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State supreme court holds October term at BHSU - Top
Black Hills State University will host the October term of the South Dakota Supreme Court on the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st of this month.
Chief Justice Robert A. Miller announced recently the state's highest court will be in Spearfish at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
Dr. Tom Hills, professor of political science at BHSU, said, There are some of South Dakota's best attorneys presenting before the court this term. In addition, some of cases are of local interest. One involves the South Dakota Cement Plant, another the Belle Fourche Irrigation District, another involves a housing project in Rapid City, and yet another is the death penalty case of Richard Moeller.
The court will hear oral arguments in three cases on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and in one case on Thursday. Court will open at 9 a.m., and cases will commence on the hour. Booklets containing a schedule of the cases to be heard and a short synopsis of each case, as well as biographical information on the justices and a short summary of appellate procedure will be available for persons attending any of the court's sessions.
In addition to the ten cases scheduled for oral argument during the October term, there are 25 cases on the court's non-oral calendar. As well as considering those cases in which argument is held, the court will consider several non-oral cases each day.
Chief Justice Miller extends a special invitation to the residents of Spearfish and area communities to attend any of the court's sessions.
Information regarding the court's appearance at BHSU is available by contacting Dorothy A. Smith, Clerk of the Court, Supreme Court of South Dakota, 500 E. Capitol Ave., Pierre, S.D. 57501-5070.
Enrollment at BHSU is up for the fall semester - Top
On-campus enrollment shot up 6 percent to 2,935 students, compared to 2,770 in the fall of 1998. That's the second highest on-campus enrollment in the school's history which topped out at 2,965 in 1994, said President Thomas Flickema, as he reviewed the final count for the fall term. The overall enrollment situation is very positive for Black Hills State University.
Steve Ochsner, dean of enrollment services at BHSU, said the overall increase came from new students, transfer students and returning students. This was also the third consecutive year for gains in first-time freshmen enrollments which jumped from 459 in 1997 to 715 this fall, a 56 percent increase.
BHSU, the state's third largest university, reported an overall headcount of 3,747 students for a 2.97 percent increase over last fall's number at Spearfish and at the Ellsworth branch campus.
What pleased the president were the increased numbers of new students and returning students to the northern hills campus. This fall the campus is home to 1,230 new students, a 4 percent increase and 1,705 returning students, a 7.4 percent increase over the previous year.
Ochsner said, The on-campus increase came about as a result of two things: a good marketing campaign and more scholarships. We're getting more students and better quality as shown by recent ACT scores.
The enrollment dean was equally pleased with the resident student numbers at both on- and off-campus locations which were up this fall.
It represents a nice balance, he said. It represents a positive growth plan for Black Hills State.
Writing workshops scheduled - Top
Self-sustaining groups of writers will be meeting weekly. These meetings are dedicated to writing and sharing and revising.
The writing workshops are set for Wednesdays at noon at the Market Place, Wednesdays at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103 and Thursdays at 6 p.m. in Common Grounds.
Anyone is welcome to attend these workshops. If you are interested in attending and these times do not work for you, contact Jen Mueller , Dr. Scott Simpson, Dr. Vincent King, or Dr. Dave Joplin.
Disc golfers compete in snow conditions - Top
Fifteen disc golfers, playing in 32 degrees and a constant snow fall, participated in the last South Dakota disc-golf event for the 1999 season at the 4th Annual "Octoberfling" which was held on the Black Hills State University disc-golf course Saturday, Oct. 2.
Due to the cold and dampness, the disc golfers were forced to wear gloves between throws and carried towels while trying to keep their discs dry. Several players cracked their plastic discs due to the contact with the frozen metal basket.
In the advanced division Don Altmyer birdied 4 of the last 5 holes to overtake defending champion Scott Caesar in a closely fought field. C.T. Kirkpatrick made a hole in one on the 303 foot Hole #7.
In the novice division Jason Thorman made a hole in one on the 249-foot first hole and ran away with the championship.
The results of the two round 38-hole tournament were as follows: (par is a score of 114)
Advanced division: first - Don Altmyer, Spearfish, 98; second - Scott Caesar, Rapid City, 100; third - C.T. Kirkpatrick, Aberdeen, 106; and fourth - Lane Prang, Rapid City, 111.
Novice division: first - Jason Thorman, Spearfish, 106; second - Ryan Heinis, Rapid City, 113 (won second place in a sudden death playoff); third - Richard Massman, Spearfish, 113; and fourth - Shawn Raivo, Spearfish, 114.
Flu shots offered for state employees - Top
Flu shots are available free of charge to all health-plan participants. This includes benefited employees and their participating dependents. It also includes participating retirees and those who have continued their health coverage through COBRA.
Shots will be given at Black Hills State University: Oct. 27 and 28 at 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., room 222 of the Donald E. Young Center. Call student health services at 642-6520 for an appointment.
Flu shots are also available Oct. 20 from 1-6 p.m., at the Health Fair at Black Hills Medical Center, (walk-in clinic) or call for an appointment at the Lawrence County CHS Office (578-2660).
Five new members appointed to the BHSU Alumni Board of Directors - Top
Five new board members have been appointed this year to the Black Hills State University Alumni Association board of directors.
Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement at BHSU and executive secretary of the alumni association board, announced the following appointments to the board: Larry Vavruska, Class of `68; Myrle Hanson, Class of `53; Stan Triplett, Class of `95; Rebecca Sukstorf, Class of `83; and Donna Page, Class of `82. The five Spearfish residents will serve four-year terms on the board.
Presently, 24 members serve on the alumni board. The board meets several times a year and focuses on promoting the university. The organization recognizes alumni and friends of the university for their service, contributions and accomplishments. The alumni association and board also serve as social catalysts bringing alumni, faculty, students and administration together in support of the university and its mission.
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 Oct. 21.
Proposals are due Oct. 15. 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 unit 9550.
Grants opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Sept. 23-Oct. 6 in the grants office in Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
This week at BHSU - Top
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