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Volume XXIII No. 1 - Jan. 15, 1999

CSA News

BHSU Update





CSA positions open

The following career service positions are open:

  • senior security officer, facilities services
  • senior building maintenance worker - carpenter, facilities services
  • secretary (25 hrs per week), institutional advancement

For further information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

On-line writing courses offered by the bureau of personnel

The bureau of personnel training program is offering two online writing courses this spring. The course writing for results is for the business writer, while the technical writing course is geared towards those individuals that want to improve reports, studies, analyses, procedures, and other technical documents.

Participants must have internet and email access to take either course.

If you are interested in taking either of the courses, contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. Course costs will be billed to the requesting department(s).

Technical writing course begins March 2, 1999. The online technical writing class condenses a two-day classroom seminar into eight one-hour Internet-based lessons. This program focuses on the technical writer who wants to improve reports, studies, analyses, procedures, and other technical documents.

The course is held over eight weeks. At the start of the course, participants receive an ID and password for the website. They may access the site any time and as many times as they want during the eight weeks.

Each week participants complete a homework assignment. They use the website's "send homework" button to call up their email and send in their homework. The course coach replies via email with personal, confidential feedback on their performance. When participants complete their homework on time, the coach responds within 48 hours. Though we cannot guarantee the 48-hour turn-around time for late homework, the coach does accept any assignment at any point during the eight weeks.

Topics covered in the technical writing course:

  • audience and purpose
  • multiple audience
  • mapping and clustering
  • issues messages
  • instructions and procedures
  • solution messages
  • writing style I & II

Course cost is $205.

The writing for results course begins April 29, 1999.

The online writing for results class condenses a two-day classroom seminar into eight one-hour Internet-based lessons. Each lesson contains an essential article, examples or self-test, a homework assignment, and an advanced tip. Throughout the course, participants also have access to an online thesaurus and dictionary as well as the grammar and punctuation guide.

The process for the writing for results course is the same as for the technical writing course.

Topics covered in the writing for results course:

  • purpose
  • audience
  • mapping and clustering
  • informative messages
  • persuasive messages
  • negative messages

Course cost is $185.

BOP offers driving and first aid courses

The South Dakota department of transportation through the bureau of personnel is offering the following courses at the Rapid City Howard Johnson.

Contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. These courses are free. However, travel costs will be charged to the requesting department.

  • March 16, 1999 - Defensive Driving - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 17, 1999 - First Aid with CPR - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 18, 1999 - Back Injury Prevention - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 20, 1999 - CPR - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Report of January CSA meeting

The CSA council met Jan 12, 1999. New officers elected are president – Colleen Gustafson, vice-president – Deatta Chapel, secretary – Becky Dovre, and treasurer – Marilyn Luscombe.

Fred Nelson will attend the state CSA meeting in Pierre April 16.

The CSA awards luncheon was discussed. Committee members are Susan Hemmingson, Deatta Chapel, Marilyn Luscombe and Becky Dovre.

CSA meetings were scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month in the Pangburn little dining room. The summer potluck picnic was discussed and a date will be set soon. The next meeting will be Feb. 9, 1999.

Official minutes of the December CSA meeting

Council President Fred Nelson called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, 1998. Members present: Fred Nelson, Ellen Boyd, Susan Hemmingson, Candy Huddleston, Marilyn Luscombe, Gloria Spitler, Corinne Hansen, Ellen Koan, Margaret Kleinsasser, Evonne Welsh, Michelle Kirk, Colleen Gustafson, and Deatta Chapel. Members absent: Becky Dovre, Jim Holter, Shawn Haug, Paulette Ward. and Sandra Nauman.

New members were introduced and exiting members were recognized for the positive accomplishments of the CSA Council during the last two years. In particular, the successful implementation of the annual summer CSA picnic that has for the past two years raised sufficient funds to cover the annual CSA Scholarship. By focusing on the annual picnic as the primary fundraiser, we were able to eliminate all other CSA fundraisers.

Introduced the new CSA Council members: Margaret Kleinsasser, Deatta Chapel, Paulette Ward, Becky Dovre, Ellen Boyd, Gloria Spitler, and Corinne Hansen.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Finance report: No report.

Strategic planning committee: Discussion was held on the proposed vision statement for Black Hills State University.

Safety and facilities committee: Discussion was held on handicap accessibility to buildings, fraudulent parking stickers, BHSU's snow removal policy, and campus security.

Welcome baskets: There are several new employees on the BHSU campus and they should be receiving a visit along with a welcome basket from the CSA Council representative.

Old Business: Christmas get-together. Last minute details have been finalized and we are hoping for an excellent turn out.

New business: State CSA meeting. The next board of regents state CSA meeting will be held April 16, 1999. Please make mental notes of items you would like discussed.

The meeting was adjourned. The next council meeting will be held Jan. 12, 1999, at 9 a.m. in Pangburn Hall Little Dining Room.

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