Volume XXIII No. 47 • Dec. 10, 1999


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BHSU participates in fast for a world harvest - Top

Many students, faculty and staff at BHSU joined with others in various schools and colleges in the U.S. to participate in a "Fast for a World Harvest" just before Thanksgiving break.

The idea was for people to give up lunch (or any part of it) and donate that money to Oxfam America. Oxfam is one of the most respected humanitarian agencies in the country determinedly engaged in combating problems of poverty and inequality in the world.

A total of $194.76 was raised and sent as our contribution. The figure may appear to be paltry, but it is helpful to put it in perspective. It is estimated that the money is more than enough to buy all the educational materials for a class of about 50 students for an entire year in a rural primary school in India, or arrange water purifying tablets to benefit a village of about 500 people for a year in Guatemala, or provide a nutritious meal for about 1,000 people in Sudan. The event was sponsored by the Global Awareness Committee.

Winter commencement set - Top

The 138th Commencement will be held at Black Hills State University Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to 189 students. Degrees awarded include 13 associate degrees, 169 bachelor's degrees and 7 master's degrees.

Greetings from the South Dakota Board of Regents will be given by Pat Lebrun. Diplomas will be presented by Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and the college deans. Faculty marshals for the ceremony are Dr. Howard Perry, professor of business and technology, and Dr. Darlene Swartz, professor of education.

Following the commencement ceremony a reception hosted by the president will be held in the Young Center field house.

An honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The magna, summa and cum laude graduates will be recognized.

Chiesman foundation to sponsor issue forum on juvenile violence - Top

Black Hills State University Students For Informed Voters in conjunction with South Dakota Issues Forums and the Chiesman Foundation For Democracy announce that an issue forum on juvenile violence will be held Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 308.

The forum is free and open to everyone. Pre-forum materials and information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Tim Martinez at 642-6246 or stopping by his office in Jonas 106C. The juvenile violence issues forum is developed by National Issues Forums, which offers several suggestions to the problem of juvenile violence in America.

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, Woodburn 220, 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. Proposals are due Dec. 17.

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. Preference is given to new applicants particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.Two three-hour release times are available for fall 2000 and spring of 2001.

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.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Dec. 2-8 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.

  • DOC.NIST. NSF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program for students majoring in science, mathematics and engineering. Due Feb. 15.
  • University of Michigan. Center for the study of higher & postsecondary education information.
  • IREX. Short-term travel grants. For scholarly projects on Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Mongolia. Next deadline Feb. 1.
  • American Political Science Association. Small research grant program. Due Feb. 1.
  • NSF. Research on learning and education (ROLE). Preliminary proposals due March 1 and Sept. 1. Proposals due June 1 and Dec. 1. NSF 00-17.
  • NSF. Biocomplexity: special Competition - integrated research to understand and model complexity among biological, physical, and social systems. Message of intent due Jan. 31.

New Faculty Profile

by Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern

C. Gregory Cooch

“While my attraction [to teaching] was an accident, staying is due to the committed individuals I've been associated with over the years. I think there was a period of time (a long time ago), when I thought maybe it wouldn't be that hard to be a teacher; it is very demanding but at the same time rewarding.”

Dr. C. Gregory Cooch is teaching special-education courses at Black Hills State University. He has been in education for the past 23 years, during which he worked at different positions which were involved with developmentally disabled people, mostly children.

Cooch was very positive about his BH students and remarked, “I'm just very impressed with them. They'll not only compete with, but beat, all the competition that's out there; they are challenging and they are bright.”

In terms of style, Cooch says he does his best to bring into the classroom real life and authentic material, and he has a more participatory classroom. Cooch is also very positive regarding outcomes for children with disabilities, or those for whom he is training his students to help. He stated, “I think many times individuals with disabilities given the opportunity, can achieve with their commensurate abilities as long as no one places obstacles in their way.” As for those obstacles, he said, “I've seen a change; there are not so many people out there handicapping these individuals with their attitudes.”

Technology seems to be another positive factor for Cooch. He said, “For me personally it is just astounding, the mass of information available to us – it can be the bridge between knowing and not knowing; it's a marvelous tool.” Cooch is also impressed with the level of proficiency he sees at Black Hills State with so many staff and students.

Cooch earned several degrees, all from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, including: bachelor of science in political science, 1974; secondary teaching certificate, 1985; master of arts in special education, 1987; secondary school administration certificate, 1989; education specialist in educational administration, 1992; educational doctorate in curriculum and instruction, 1996. He is currently working on an education specialist degree as a school psychologist.

His professional experience includes: 1976-84, director of industrial services for Sioux Vocational Services; 1984-85, student; 1985-86, secondary classroom teacher for Children's Home Society; 1986-91, special-education teacher for Sioux Falls Public School District; and 1991-99, director of student services for Lennox School District.

Cooch received many awards and nominations, and has been involved with various accreditation teams and advisory panels. He was also involved with the Turner County Child Protection Team.

Cooch says of his leisure time, “My plan is to try to keep the golf ball on the fairway – I would like to experience that with some consistency.”

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Dec. 10

  • Women's basketball vs. University of Mary, 7 p.m.
  • Hawaiian Suitcase Dance, Student Union Market Place, 8 p.m. to midnight

Saturday, Dec. 11

  • Women's basketball vs. Presentation College, 6 p.m.
  • Men's basketball vs. Presentation College, 7:30 p.m.
  • ACT, GRE tests on campus, prior registration required

Tuesday, Dec. 14

  • Last day of tutoring and make-up exams in the student assistance center
  • Dunk Club hosts "Meet Coach Mike Kruszynski" social at Pizza Ranch, 5-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 15

  • Reading Day – no classes

Thursday, Dec. 16

  • Green & Gold Luncheon, Pizza Ranch

Thursday – Friday, Dec. 16-17

  • Final examinations
  • Book buy-back at the bookstore

Saturday, Dec. 18

  • Book buy-back at the bookstore
  • Commencement, Young Center, 10 a.m. (honors breakfast, Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m.)

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