Volume XXIII No. 3 • Jan. 22, 1999

BHSU Update





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FDIC representative will visit - Top

A representative of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will be on the Black Hills State University campus Feb. 2 for an informational meeting about working as a bank examiner.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union conference room 220. Interviews will be scheduled for Feb. 3.

Business, finance, accounting, economics and marketing majors are invited to explore this career option. For more information and to schedule interviews, contact BHSU career services at 642-6277 or stop by Student Union room 124.

Altmyer will conduct stock market game workshops - Top

The spring version of the South Dakota stock market simulation game will begin Feb. 22 and end April 30. In preparation for the spring game a free two-hour workshop on "How to Play the Game," will be held at two locations in South Dakota.

The workshops will be presented by Don Altmyer, assistant professor and interim director for the Center for Business and Tourism at Black Hills State.

The first workshop will be conducted on Feb. 5 in Vermilion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of South Dakota's Coyote Student Center, Frankenfeld Room A.

The second workshop will be conducted the following day, Feb. 6 in Spearfish from 10 a.m. to noon in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University.

The cost to play the game is $10 per team. Teachers or advisors sponsoring more than one team will receive a free 15-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal, a $30 value.

If you are interested in playing the game, being a team advisor or sponsoring a team, call 605-642-6091.

English Club will hold a reading Saturday - Top

Black Hills State's English Club will be hosting a reading Saturday, Jan. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. at Common Grounds in downtown Spearfish.

Students will be reading and performing some new works including poems, songs, stories, etc. An open stage will be available to anyone who has something to read.

The English Club is also starting a new writer's workshop group that will meet for the first time Monday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 103. According to Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of education at BHSU, the group is open to anyone who is interested in writing and working with other writers.

Information about the reading or the writers' group is available by contacting Dr. Scott Simpson at 642-6078.

Scholarship deadline is extended - Top

Black Hills State University has announced that the scholarship deadline for new incoming freshmen for the 1999-2000 year has been extended to March 1, 1999.

By filling out the 1999-2000 BHSU undergraduate academic scholarship application, students will be considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The extension does not apply to the Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship.

Students who would like more information on the BHSU academic scholarship program should contact the BHSU enrollment center at 1-800-255-BHSU or see the BHSU website at <http://www.bhsu.edu>.

Obtain approval before beginning research projects with humans or animals - Top

Any faculty member or student utilizing human subjects in research projects or animals in research or teaching activities must obtain approval from the animal care and human subjects committee before beginning the project or activity.

For information and application forms, contact the committee chair, Doug Wessel, at USB 9032, phone 6514, or in SW210.

Summer and fall student teachers must attend orientation meeting - Top

The office of field experience in the College of Education reminds students who are planning to student teach during the summer and fall of 1999 must attend one of the following registration/orientation meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union conference rooms 2 and 3.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. in south end of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. in south end of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room

Applicants should bring a copy of their current BHSU transcript, updated status sheet and pens and pencils. Potential student teachers should check their BHSU catalog to make sure they meet all requirements.

For additional information contact the office of field experience at 642-6642.

On-line writing courses offered by the bureau of personnel - Top

The bureau of personnel training program is offering two online writing courses this spring.

BOP offers driving and first-aid courses - Top

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.

Minutes of the graduate council meeting - Top

Minutes of the graduate council for Tuesday Jan 19, 1999, at 3:15 p.m. in Woodburn conference room 1

Present: Earley, Erickson, Follette, Swartz, Montross, Steckline, Silva. Absent: Zeiger, Schurrer, Bluearm. Visitor: Molseed

The director reported that the Board of Regents wanted a statement about graduate residence. The statement had been written over a telephone conference with the various graduate deans and directors. The high points were that a minimum of 60 percent of courses could be taken on a campus and a maximum of 75 percent could be taken on a campus. To require a course be taken on its campus, the institution must designate that requirement in the catalog.

The director announced that BHSU has recently been awarded an NSF grant which provided funding for graduate assistants. If things go as planned, next year BHSU would have one graduate assistant in tourism and 4-5 in education. There was some discussion about compensation for the ga's and assignments.

Dr. Erickson announced the library is doing an experiment for the month of February. A new search machine called First Search will be used which allows students to look up items such as dissertations. The library will track usage during that month to determine if a subscription is worth the cost.

The next meeting is Feb. 16 at 3:15 p.m. in Woodburn conference room 1.

Instructional improvement committee is receiving applications - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 1999-2000 school year.

Course releases are available to any full-time faculty member with the approval of his/her dean and department chair. Course releases will be for one semester during the regular academic year. Consideration will be given for summer stipends for faculty unable to apply for a course release for the regular academic year because of documented departmental staffing problems.

Course releases may be granted to:

  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or design a new course.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in February so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in January, and will consist of a proposal following the specified format. A copy of the guidelines and proposal format are available from the grants office web page or by contacting your dean or department chair for a hard copy. Ten copies of the proposal are needed so that each member of the IIC can review it. Proposal writers may be requested to make an oral presentation to the committee in support of a proposal.

Faculty-research committee has funds available - Top

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the academic affairs office. The faculty research committee will review applications Feb. 4.

Proposals are due Feb. 1. It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged. Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to USB 9550.

Grants opportunities listed - Top

Below are the program materials received Jan. 11-15 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Business & Professional Women's Foundation. BPW Scholarship Program.
  • Department of Commerce. National Telecommunications and Information Admin. National Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program. Due March 11.
  • USDA. Higher Education Challenge Grants. Federal Register announcement Jan. 8, 1999. Due March 9.

This week at BHSU - Top

  • Friday, Jan. 22
    Senior Day, high school visitation
  • Saturday, Jan. 23
    English Club reading, 6 p.m, Common Grounds, downtown Spearfish.
  • Monday, Jan. 25
    Writers workshop group meeting, 2 p.m., Jonas Hall, room 103.
  • Thursday, Jan. 28
    Green and Gold luncheon, noon, Holiday Inn