Volume XXIII No. 40 • Oct. 15, 1999

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Standiford and Kirby present at library conference - Top

Standiford Kirby

Brenda Standiford and Colleen Kirby presented "Censorship in the School Library" at the 84th annual conference of the South Dakota Library Association.

Standiford is cataloging librarian and Kirby is special collections librarian/assistant professor at Black Hills State University. They are current chair and past chair respectively of the SDLA Intellectual Freedom Committee.

At the conclusion of the SDLA Conference, Kirby began her tenure as SDLA president for the 1999/2000 term. Besides chairing the IFC, Standiford is also serving as executive secretary of the South Dakota Library Association.

SDLA, which has been active since 1904, is responsible for promoting quality library service for all present and potential users of libraries in South Dakota and furthering the professional development of librarians, trustees, and library employees.

Weather station project grant for middle schools funded for a second year - Top

A $6,000 NASA grant award to continue a middle-school weather station project at five western South Dakota schools was funded for a second year.

The sub-grant, written by Larry Hines, math/science instructor at Black Hills State, and awarded through the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, will provide continuation of a project started last year at schools in Sturgis, Kadoka, Rockyford, Buffalo, and Ridgeview.

The “NASA Weather Station Pilot Project” at South Dakota Tech supports the efforts of South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) in its plan to continue the project in the five western South Dakota schools. Started last year, the project involved teacher workshops and the maintaining of equipment at the five sites.

Hines said he would be working with Tom Gerkin at S.D. Tech to move the program forward. There are plans to expand the project and tie it to a local television station, but the details have yet to be worked out.

“The stations are up and running now,” said Hines. “There is one classroom at each site dedicated to weather survey.”

The BH instructor says he visited the school sites three times last year. Black Hills State is providing the educational component to the project.

“With Internet capabilities it would be ideal if the five sites could collaborate with one another to compare notes and predict the weather,” said Hines. “Two-way video communication is a possibility and the next logical step for us to be involved.”

He also noted that plans are being made to develop curriculum units for student integration of math and science concepts with weather themes.

Hines will continue to be the contact person for the designated collaborators at the different schools and will work with the director and outreach coordinator of the SDSGC to ensure the project's success.

The goals of the south Dakota Weather Station Network include student involvement in the collection of real observational data; student teamwork in the computer-based analysis of their data; student awareness of weather phenomena; enhanced collaboration between SDSM&T and BHSU; cooperation between diverse cultural groups; establishment of an e-mail and Internet communications network among area schools; and potential expansion to other schools.

Retirement banquet set for Ellen Koan - Top

You are cordially invited to a retirement dinner for Mrs. Ellen Koan being held at the Donald E. Young Center in the Hall of Fame room Oct. 29. The meal will be served promptly at 6 p.m. with a social hour afterwards.

The choice of meals on the menu will be chicken fried steak or roast beef. The dinner is at your own expense and the cost is $11.50 per person. Please RSVP by telephone before Oct. 21, 1999, with the number in your party and your choice of meal. This is imperative so that we may have a correct count for the banquet. The phone number to call is 642-6560 (facilities services).

We would also like everyone to say farewell to Ellen by sharing with us a story, memory or remembrance during her twenty-five years here. So, be thinking of something special.

There will also be a coffee for Ellen on October 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Pangburn Little Dining Room. So please stop by and wish her farewell. Hosted by facilities services employees.

BHSU receives Chiesman grant for library materials - Top

The Black Hills State University E. Y. Berry Library received nearly $3,000 from the Chiesman Foundation for curriculum materials this fall.

This was the second year a grant from the Chiesman Foundation was awarded for purchasing materials related to teaching civic education. This year's material will support curriculum items for faculty in the university's department of history and social science.

Dolores Moodie, curriculum librarian, said, “The Chiesman grant has benefited students and professors. A lot of material went to the curriculum library last year. This year's material will go into the main library.”

John Usera, chairman of the Chiesman endowment, said, “I hope this will be a continuous endeavor on the part of all stakeholders in developing updated materials in the areas of social studies, political science, U.S. government, and civic education. ...”

Theatre at BHSU opens season with comedy performance - Top

The Black Hills State University theatre season opens next week with the production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." This play will be performed Oct. 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Wilde's 1895 tour-de-force has been called "The most perfect comedy in the English language." Chock-a-block with mistaken identities, missed connections and misunderstandings, the show is famously known as a "trivial play for serious people." Amid the laughter the play slyly digs at Victorian society and superciliousness, the English class system and young love. Abounding in verbal wit, "The Importance of Being Earnest" is a delightful play.

Reservations are available by calling 642-6171.

Other plays scheduled for this season:

  • "The Diviners" by James Leonard, Jr., which will be presented Dec. 2, 3, and 4;
  • "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine which will be presented Feb. 24, 25, 26 and 27;
  • "Come Blow Your Horn" by Neil Simon scheduled for April 13, 14 and 15.

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.

Funds available through instructional improvement committee - Top

The instructional improvement committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact on instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects Office, W220, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

Minutes of the April 21 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Wednesday, April 21. Present: Tim Steckline, Rob Schurrer, Kristi Pearce, Barb Chrisman, Don Chastain, Dan Peterson, Nicholas Wallerstein, Steve Babbitt, Charles Lamb, Tim Martinez, and Ryan Maher


Minutes of the Sept. 15 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Sept. 15, 1999, in Jonas 103 at 3:15 p.m.

Faculty senate members attending: Tim Steckline, Steve Babbitt, Don Chastain, Barb Chrisman, Randalei Ellis, John Glover, Tom Hills, Rena Fay Norby, Rob Schurrer


Minutes of the September CSA meeting - Top

The CSA Council met Sept. 14 at the Pangburn dining room at 9 a.m. Present were Susan Hemmingson, Colleen Gustafson, Marilyn Luscombe, Corinne Hansen, Becky Dovre, Deatta Chapel, Gloria Spitler, Fred Nelson, and Candy Huddleston. Not present were Ellen Boyd, Paulette Palladino, Margaret Kleinsasser and Jim Holter.


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.

New Faculty Profile
by Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern

Kelly O'Connor-Salomon

Kelly O'Connor-Salomon is from the old school – her approach to teaching is a traditional straight-forward style with a twist.

She said the interactive style of teaching does not work for her because that was not the way she was taught; however, she does like to mix art and history with the basic English and writing classes to help give the students a different perspective.

Salomon grew up in Worcester, Mass., and earned her bachelor's degree in English and history from Worcester State College in 1990. She earned a master's degree in medieval studies from the University of Connecticut in 1992, and another master's in English literature from Trinity College in 1998.

Salomon teaches basic English and composition classes, so she has a few students who don't really appreciate English. She said, “It's what you make of it,” and tries to make the required classes more enjoyable by applying art and history to the coursework to make it more appealing.

Prior to her current position at Black Hills State, Salomon was employed by the University of Connecticut since 1990 as a teaching assistant, academic tutor, and finally as an instructor; all positions involved composition and literature courses.

Salomon received several distinctions throughout her college career which include: Lambda Iota Tau English Honors Society at Worcester State College in 1989, Pre-Doctoral University Fellowship at the University of Connecticut in 1990, Graduate Studies Scholarship at Trinity College from 1995-97; and she was a nominee for the Paul Brown Thesis Award at Trinity College in 1998.

As for the future Salomon said, “I would like to be a professional student; I want to broaden my knowledge and find a permanent place to be.” She is also ten years into the creation of a “pseudo-historical fantasy” novel and hopes to finish it and have it published soon.

Salomon's hope for a legacy is that she be “remembered as an author of some fame and also as a teacher and scholar who contributed something worthwhile” to her field.

Her husband, Dr. David Salomon, is an assistant professor of English at Black Hills State.

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Oct. 15

  • Travelogue Series: Lidan Lin on her trip to China, noon, Jonas 305, bring your lunch
  • Theatre production, “The Importance of Being Earnest," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium

Saturday, Oct. 16

  • Bill Kloefkorn, Nebraska State Poet, poetry reading, 6 p.m., Common Grounds
  • Theatre production, “The Importance of Being Earnest," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium

Monday – Friday, Oct. 18-22

  • Midterm Week

Monday, Oct. 18

  • Graduate Council meeting, 3:15 p.m., Jonas 306
  • Supreme Court sessions at BHSU, beginning at 9 a.m., Student Union multipurpose room

Tuesday, Oct. 19

  • Career development workshop, Creating a Competitive Resume, 10 a.m., Student Union multipurpose room 4
  • Supreme Court sessions at BHSU, beginning at 9 a.m., Student Union multipurpose room
  • Nash Finch Company, scheduled interviews, contact Career Services at 642-6277

Wednesday, Oct. 20

  • Supreme Court sessions at BHSU, beginning at 9 a.m., Student Union multipurpose room
  • Nash Finch Company, scheduled interviews, contact Career Services at 642-6277
  • Career development workshop, Creating a Competitive Resume, 3 p.m., Student Union multipurpose room 4

Thursday, Oct. 21

  • Supreme Court sessions at BHSU, beginning at 9 a.m., Student Union multipurpose room
  • Green & Gold Luncheon, noon, Holiday Inn
  • Fall Film Festival, “Red”, 7 p.m., Jonas 305
  • Career development workshop, Creating a Competitive Resume, 7 p.m., Student Assistance Center, Cook Gym

Friday, Oct. 22

Volleyball, University of Sioux Falls, 7:30 p.m., home

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