Volume XXIII No. 41 • Oct. 22, 1999


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Transfer - Top

Ramona Collins from senior claims clerk in the business office to senior secretary in enrollment services

Positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:

  • senior claims clerk, business office
  • child-care worker, child-care center

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

Retirement banquet set for Ellen Koan - Top

You are cordially invited to a retirement dinner for 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 and northern hills business organizations will host a tourism and hospitality career fair - Top

Black Hills State University in collaboration with Northern Hills Job Service and the Deadwood Gaming Association will sponsor a Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair Thursday, Nov. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the David E. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multipurpose room.

The career fair is open to the public but focuses on students and alumni with majors related to business and tourism. Those pursuing career interests with the airlines, cruise companies, hotels and resorts, travel agencies, food service, attractions, casinos, festivals and events, recreation agencies, convention and visitors bureaus are invited to attend.

Judy Larson, career services director at BHSU, says there will be 25 to 30 vendors from which to choose. There will also be a panel discussion by the experts on career opportunities and entrepreneurship.

“The event will provide an opportunity for Black Hills State students to hear professionals in the various fields and to make personal contacts during the afternoon with businesses and entities which employ such majors,” said Larson. “Businesses will also distribute materials and some will accept resumes for employment.”

Career fair information is available by the contacting the BHSU Career Services office at (605) 642-6277.

Center for Excellence announces new scholars program - Top

The Center for Excellence is pleased to announce a new scholars program in mathematics and science education.

According to Andy Johnson, Center of Excellence associate director, the center is seeking exceptional students who are interested in math and/or science and who want to expand their intellectual horizons and be recognized for their abilities and efforts. The focus of this program is to promote excellence in math and science, particularly in math and science education.

Center scholars will enter into contracts with faculty members to do additional work in conjunction with some courses. Duties could include working in a scientific laboratory, studying a topic the student finds particularly interesting, gaining field experience in a school classroom, or studying special problems in teaching and learning math or science. Also, center scholars will enroll in courses designated for the scholars program. Two are planned for this spring semester: a scholars technical writing course and an orientation course to the scholars program.

This program is open to any student who meets admission qualifications for the program, has an abiding interest in mathematics and/or science, and is ready for additional challenges. We hope that, after a wide variety of special experiences, scholars will be interested in pursuing mathematics or science education. However, this is not a requirement of the program.

Any faculty member can nominate a student for consideration in this program. To nominate a talented freshman or sophomore who is interested in science or math, send a letter to Johnson at the Center for Excellence (andyjohnson@bhsu.edu). Students are welcome to ask faculty members to nominate them for this program.

To be admitted to the program, a student must be nominated by a faculty member, and demonstrate appropriate qualifications in an admissions interview. Because spaces are limited in this program, student nominations should be made as soon as possible.

For additional information contact Johnson or the Center of Excellence.

Burger King to donate $10,000 in student's name to BHSU - Top

Ryan Remington, a senior free safety from Groton, has been selected as a Burger King College Football Scholar Athlete. The award recognizes athletes for academics, community service and athletics.

Remington, an elementary-education major, was singled out for his achievements on the field and in the classroom and his commitment to mentoring the community's youth. He has maintained a 3.8 grade-point average at BHSU.

The $10,000 scholarship in Remington's name will placed in the university's general athletic scholarship fund.

Burger King Corporation has a long history of supporting academics and believes that by honoring scholar athletes it highlights the value of education.

The company will present the $10,000 check to Remington and the university during halftime ceremonies at this Saturday's game at Lyle Hare Stadium against the University of Sioux Falls.

Retired chemistry teacher establishes $30,000 scholarship endowment at BHSU - Top

James Martin, a retired high school chemistry teacher from Brookings, gifted Black Hills State University $30,000 to establish a scholarship endowment.

The endowment will provide three scholarship awards named after James Memory Martin, Shirley Leone Martin, and George Edward Martin. James' scholarship will be awarded to a science major in education. Shirley's scholarship will be presented to an elementary education major and George's scholarship will go to a business major.

Scholarship recipients must be United States citizens, Christian, a senior and married with at least a 2.0 grade-point average.

The scholarship amount will be divided equally among the three scholarships. The principal of the fund will be permanently preserved, with the earnings from the principal to be used for the management, growth and distribution of scholarships at BHSU.

The scholarship recipients will not receive cash but will receive credit for tuition, books and fees at BHSU during the year of the award.

The BHSU Foundation will manage the endowment fund.

Ruddell Gallery features environmental photographs of Mark Shekore - Top

The environmental photographs of Mark Shekore, professor of art at Northern State University are currently on display at the Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University Student Union.

The exhibit "Images of South Dakota" features Shekore's black and white photographs that were taken during field trips with environmental photography students to the Black Hills, Badlands, Sand Lake Wildlife Refuge, Ordway Prairie and other locations around Aberdeen.

The artist says, "Primarily the images depict my views on how the landscape has been changed by our presence. As a visual artist, the things that interest me the most are composition, contrasts in values, textures, shapes and light rather than the environmental issues associated with each site. Often mundane subject matter yielded my most successful photographs. I experienced an increased awareness of details."

Shekore, currently chairman of the NSU art department, has been on the faculty there since 1968. He received bachelor's and master's of science degrees and a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1995 Shekore received the Terence Brown Memorial Faculty Development Award to study and photograph contemporary ceramics at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. In addition to landscape photography, Shekore has developed techniques of holography and is an accomplished potter.

The exhibit continues through Nov. 11. The Ruddell Gallery in the Miller Student Union is open to the public at no charge weekdays from 7 a.m to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

Spearfish Lion's Club award scholarship to two special-education majors - Top

Two Spearfish Lions Club Scholarships were awarded this year to Black Hills State students Brooke Kelly, a senior from Wall, and Jeanna Kohn, a senior from Lemmon. Both women have double majors in elementary education/special education.

The Lions Club Scholarship is given annually to a BHSU junior or senior majoring in special education. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of scholastic excellence, need, and potential for contribution to special education.

The Spearfish Lions Club established a $15,000 endowment to support their annual scholarship program. Eighty percent of the interest from the endowment supports the annual scholarship award. Twenty percent of the interest is returned to the endowed fund to help it grow.

Jeanna Kohn, center left, and Brooke Kelly, this year's winners of Spearfish Lions Club Scholarships, receive a scholarship award check from Marlin Konstant, left, Spearfish Lions Club president. Gary Thorman, Lions Club project chairman, was on hand for the presentation. Both women will graduate from BHSU next May and plan to teach in western South Dakota.

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 practical 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.

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.

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 Oct. 7-20 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. 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.

  • American Library Association. Purpose is to provide support for continuing education through scholarships, grants for future projects, and awards for distinguished service. Deadlines is Dec. 1 and Dec. 15.

Minutes of the Oct. 19 graduate council meeting - Top

Minutes of graduate council for Oct. 19 at 3:15 p.m. in Jonas 306. Present: Erickson, Molseed, Silva, Steckline, Alsup, R. Chrisman, and Schwartz. Absent: Cook, Lee, Sander, Montross. Visitor: Momanyi.


New Faculty Profile
by Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern

Patty-Jo Bellamy chose Black Hills State University because of it's small classes, it's emphasis in teaching, and because of the Black Hills.

The small classes were the greatest influence on her decision to join the BHSU team. She said, “Students are afraid to speak up in bigger classes,” and she feels large classes are not good for the students.

Bellamy's employment at Black Hills State began on August 15 in the area of advertising and marketing. She was previously employed as a visiting assistant professor at North Dakota State in Fargo, N.D. Prior to employment at NDSU she was a research assistant and sessional instructor for the University of Manitoba at Winnipeg as well as assistant professor at the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks. She also held editorial and managerial positions at The Casper Star Tribune in her hometown of Casper, Wyo., Ke Alaka'I Newspaper at Brigham Young University in Hawaii, and the Wyoming Horizons Magazine.

Bellamy's teaching areas include marketing and mass communication with an emphasis in advertising. She admits that she is both an advocate and a critic of advertising saying, “It's dynamic, it's fun, and it's complex.” Bellamy finds advertising to be the most rewarding subject she teaches, and would like to see an interdisciplinary collaboration between her advertising classes and some of the mass communication computer classes. She feels the experience of seeing a project through to the end product would be very beneficial to her advertising students.

Bellamy earned several degrees: associate of arts in business, 1985, Casper College, Casper, Wyo.; bachelor of science in business information management, 1987, Brigham Young University, Laie, Hawaii; master's of business administration, 1990, University of Montana, Missoula, Mont.; and she is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in marketing through the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Her awards include: National Deans Honor List, 1987; University of North Dakota Professional Development grant, 1994; University of North Dakota Equipment Grant, 1994; Centre for International Business Studies Research Grant, 1996-97.

For the future, Bellamy would like to see her students participate in national competitions in advertising and do collaborative class work.

The activities Bellamy enjoys include traveling, cooking, and meeting people of different cultures. She is also an advocate for animals; she rescues and places animals that have been abandoned or injured, such as birds that have become covered in oil. These birds, once they have been cleaned and treated, are released back into the wild. She also rescues abandoned/injured domestic pets.

Bellamy has done a great deal of charity work for orphanages in Russia and the Republic of Georgia, where there are currently one million orphans. She gathers clothing, medicine and toys for these children and coordinated a drive for stuffed animals for 300 orphans in Russia.

Bellamy says of her legacy, “I would hope to have been as dynamic as Steven Covey, as compassionate as Mother Theresa, as knowledgeable as Peter Drucker, and as successful in teaching as Bill Gates is in computers.”

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Oct. 22

  • Volleyball, University of Sioux Falls, 7:30 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Volleyball, Mount Marty College, noon, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
  • Football, University of Sioux Falls, 1:30 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. Tailgate socials prior to game - Burger King Tailgate social at north end of Lyle Hare Stadium, noon to 1:15 p.m. and Black Hills Power and Light Tailgate social at Salem Park from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 25

  • Manic Monday - retreat for faculty, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Woodburn third floor
  • Open house, United Ministries, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union 18

Tuesday, Oct. 26

  • Norwest Financial, scheduled interviews, contact Career Services at 642-6277
  • Volleyball, National American University, 7 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Wednesday, Oct. 27

  • Rocky Horror picture show, 7 p.m., Cook Gym

Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 27-8

  • Flu shots for state employees, call 642-6520 for an appointment

Thursday, Oct. 28

  • Green & Gold Luncheon, noon, Holiday Inn

Friday, Oct. 29

  • Preview Day: high school students on campus today
  • Travelogue Series: Brian Smith on Antigua, noon, bring your lunch

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