Volume XXIII No. 29 • July 30, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University

Dana Borowski, purchasing assistant, University Support Service

Career Service positions open

The following Career Service postitions are open:

  • secretary with keyboarding, College of Arts & Sciences
  • staff assistant, EAFB

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

Ochse article published

Dr. Roger Ochse, associate professor of humanities and English, had an article published in the current issue of The Journal of Teaching Writing.

Ochse's article, "From Alienation to a New Vision: Using Class Letters to Transform English 101," explores class letters, those written between teacher and student and between students.

"Beginning college students often approach the writing classroom with attitudes of fear and alienation. Letter writing can help these writers extend their private selves, affirm their identities, and connect to a larger audience."

Class letters, Ochse concludes, "can help along a collaborative process, paralleling essay assignments in a series of progressively challenging engagements that advance the writer's 'authority' from the private narrative to the semi-public arena of exposition and argument."

The article appearing in The Journal of Teaching Writing resulted from extensive experimentation with class letters in Ochse's own writing classrooms. The article contains extensive passages from student writing, all who gave their permission to use their real names. "It is gratifying to see a major publication in my field not only accept but embrace the importance of student writing." Ochse added: "My students should be proud of their efforts, knowing that their writing may help inspire other students."

The Journal of Teaching Writing. is the leading publication in the field of teaching writing, and has become a major force in the sharing ideas between teachers of composition.

Faculty and staff invited to presentation

You are invited to attend a presentation by Dr. Donna Erickson, National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME), Chiba, Japan, titled "Syllable Counting and Mora Units in Speech Perception". The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 9 in conference room 220 at the Student Union.

Erickson is an associate professor, Faculty of Letters, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in linguistics and has spent the last several years in Japan working in the linguistics and telecommunications research area.

She will also speak about the multimedia and distance learning programs at NIME.

CSA picnic is Tuesday

The 3rd annual CSA picnic will be Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Ida Henton Park on the BHSU campus. Presentations will begin at noon. The auction begins at 12:15 p.m.

All CSA personnel and their spouses are invited to bring their choice of main dish, salad or dessert and enjoy the camaraderie of co-workers and friends. Beverages and eating utensils will be provided.

There will also be an auction of baked goods featuring Carolyn Skallerud as auctioneer. The CSA council is looking for donations of baked goods, jellies, etc. for the auction. Call Colleen Gustafson at 6642 for more information.

In conjunction with the picnic, the CSA council is kicking off the annual scholarship fund drive. The council is proud to award a $400 scholarship to a BHSU student each year. Employees are encouraged to consider authorizing a monthly deduction from their paycheck to help finance the scholarship or make a one-time donation.

All who contribute to the CSA annual fundraising scholarship drive are eligible to win prizes in a drawing. Prize contributors are: BHSU bookstore, BHSU facilities services, Family Thrift Center, Holiday Inn of the Northern Hills, Kathleen's Boutique, Perkins Family Restaurant, Pizza Ranch of Spearfish, Seaton Publishing Company, Subway/TCBY of Spearfish and Wal-Mart. Some prizes will be drawn during the picnic and the grand prize drawings will be held Sept. 14. All employees who make a donation to the scholarship fund are eligible to win a grand prize. The members of the CSA Council would like to thank all of the organizations for their generous contributions to support our scholarship fund drive.

Once a year the CSA asks for our members support for the CSA scholarship fund. The generosity of our supporters and our members has made this a very successful and rewarding event in the past and we hope to continue in that tradition.

Grants opportunities

Below are the program materials received July 15-21 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at <grants@mystic.bhsu.edu>. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • NASA Earth System Science Education Programs. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) intends to solicit proposals for unique and innovative proposals from a broad range of education and research professionals to develop and implement Earth system science education programs targeted for kindergarten through post doctoral levels. Response date Sept. 8, 1999. <http://www.earth.nasa.gov/education/>

This week at BHSU - Top

  • Aug. 2-Aug. 27 Fourth summer session
  • Tuesday, Aug. 3 - CSA picnic, Ida Henton Park, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 9 - Presentation by Dr. Donna Erickson, National Institute of Multimedia Education (NIME), Chiba, Japan on "Syllable Counting and Mora Units in Speech Perception", 1:30 p.m., Conference Room 220 at the Student Union.

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