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CSA position open - Top
The following Career Service position is open:
For more information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.
Austin's book getting strong reviews - Top
BHSU educational psychology instructor Leonard Austin got a wonderful surprise for Christmas. On Christmas Eve his new book was released by a major publishing house, Taylor and Francis Publishers of Philadelphia.
Dr. Austin, known to his students as "Dr. A," has written a 352-page college textbook titled The Counseling -Primer, which covers information students learn when enrolled in a master's degree program in counseling. It also answers the question, "'What does a school counselor or psychotherapist need to know in order to become a licensed professional counselor?" Austin says his book contains both techniques and theories, and the basic information that is taught in counseling and therapy classes in major universities across America.
Austin's publisher is advertising his book as a handy resource tool for established mental health professionals, and calling it a helpful guide for lay counselors. Austin adds, "It is a quick reference into the varieties of theories and practical applications used in today's psycho therapies."
After reviewing Austin's book, Francis P. Segedin, Ph.D. and director of the counseling center at the University of Evansville, said The Counseling Primer is "an invaluable study guide for the National Counseling Exam and for students preparing for comprehensive written and oral exams."
Other reviewers have called Austin's book concise, comprehensive, and well-organized. "Yes, I am flattered by the good reviews. It is nice to know people are reading your work. When you spend so much time on a book (about three years by Austin's account) you are always wondering if it will be of value to others."
Austin's book is available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com, where anonymous readers can make comments about their purchases. One reader who reviewed Austin's book wrote, "For the money this book is great! It covers all the information in one easy-to-read book. Why didn't someone write this when I first started taking counseling classes." A BHSU student also has a comment posted on-line, "I think this is a great book for education majors as well as psychology majors. The author also just happens to be my educational psychology professor."
Austin admits he has been asked to sign some copies of his book for his students, but doesn't expect to become a local icon. "'Students who know me know that I am very informal and fun, not your typical author-type," he said, even though his book contains a photo of him with a hand strategically placed under his chin in a typical author pose.
Austin believes The Counseling Primer has value for BHSU students too, as it contains a special chapter which gives definitions of many of the terms used in today's counseling profession by psychologists and educators. In addition Austin said, "BHSU students who have bought the book say that the in-depth chapter on how to take examinations has been especially helpful."
Taylor and Francis Publishers which owns several smaller publishing houses such as Psychology Press, Brunner/Mazel, and Accelerated Development, says the book has high potential for national sales as Austin has given special emphasis to those courses that contain content which is found on the National Counseling Exam; a national test required for those seeking to become Licensed Professional Counselors in the United States.
One spin-off benefit of the book is the possible creation of a CD-ROM computer package for sale to students studying for national counseling exams. "Those disks would have to contain much of the book's contents and the addition of a few sample practice exams in order to make it sell," Austin believes. "However it would be fun to see it in stores like OfficeMax or Staples," he admits.
Austin, who has a doctorate degree in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Wyoming, is a member of the American School Counseling Association, and does several presentations across the United States each year at counseling conferences and at summer youth conferences. "I enjoy doing presentations too," he said, "especially when I can interact informally with others. I pretty much conduct my professional presentations like I teach my BHSU classes - I use lots of discussion, questions, and exploring."
Austin says he is currently working on a second book titled, What Teachers Need to Know About Students From Different Religious Backgrounds. This effort examines the history, culture, controversies, teacher interventions and important constructs of different religions in the U.S. Austin believes this text is needed, as some of his educational psychology students at BHSU surveyed teachers and found them interested in becoming more knowledgeable about the background of students in their classes who are distinguished by strong religious/spiritual viewpoints.
Austin who has been teaching educational psychology classes and supervising College of Education student interns at BHSU since the fall of 1997, previously taught at SDSU, the University of Wyoming, and was a high school teacher in Melbourne, Australia. He is married with three children.
Carol Smith, assistant professor of physical education at Black Hills State University, received two small grants from the BHSU faculty research committee and the instructional improvement committee to complete a study and develop a fitness-education program.
Smith plans to become certified as a Physical Best health-fitness instructor and will be able to teach Physical Best in college courses, thereby providing Physical Best health-fitness specialist certification to college students.
The comprehensive health-related physical fitness education program was developed by physical educators for P.E. instructors. It is designed to support existing curriculum standards and enable teachers to help students meet the National Association for Sport and Physical Education's health-related fitness standards. It teaches students to be active, physically fit and healthy, and to have fun while being physically active.
With grant funds from the faculty research committee, Smith plans to continue research into the ethical and moral reasoning of college students in a study titled The Examination of Decision Making and Moral Reasoning of Students at a NAIA state university in South Dakota.
The Defining Issues Test will allow Smith to compare reasoning level of different groups of students at BHSU. A further comparison will be made between students who are involved in athletics, to the general population.
Smith joined the BHSU division of physical education and health in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology at Texas A&M University.
Students to host gambling forum - Top
Black Hills State University Students for Informed Voters in cooperation with the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy and the South Dakota Issues Forum will present a forum "Gambling: Is It a Problem? What Should We Do?" Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the campus of Black Hills State.
The forum looks at three distinct views of gambling - game, danger, or disaster - and allows participants to weigh the pros and cons of each choice, and look at the costs and consequences of the choices. The last two decades have brought dizzying growth in casino and lottery gambling as well as change in the place gambling holds in our culture. No longer treated as an illegal vice, gambling is now promoted as entertainment by most states and the gambling industry. It's important that citizens, individually and collectively, come to terms with this issue, as gambling proposals continue to appear on legislative calendars across the nation.
The forum is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact Karie at 642-2129.
BHSU accounting students provide tax assistance - Top
Accounting students at Black Hills State University will be available to help area residents with income tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).
The student tax assistance program will be available Feb. 8 through April 15. The student tax preparers will be at the Spearfish Grace Balloch Public Library Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., excluding national holidays.
VITA offers free assistance to those with special needs, including persons with disabilities, and older taxpayers who file Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 federal tax return. VITA volunteers also alert taxpayers to special credits and deductions for which they may be eligible.
Taxpayers who visit a VITA site should bring this year's tax package, wage and earnings statement (Form W-2) from all employers, interest statements from banks (Form 1099), a copy of last year's tax return, if available, and other relevant information about income, and expenses.
Randalei Ellis, associate professor at BHSU and VITA coordinator, has 14 student volunteers participating in this year's VITA program. The student volunteers have completed an individual income-tax class presented on campus and are now enrolled in the advance tax class. In addition, they have completed a VITA orientation and certification class that will help alert them to credits and deductions they are likely to encounter while working at a VITA site. Ellis reminds the public that VITA is a self-help program. Student volunteers are only expected to help with basic tax forms and with basic deductions. They are not expected to do complicated returns such as those with Schedule C businesses and complex or numerous sales and exchanges of property. The students are giving their time to help people in the community with their basic tax returns, particularly the elderly, handicapped, and students. There is no charge for this service.
Students participating in the program are Kelly Schurman, Windom, Minn.; Jennifer Tonager, Hot Springs; Patty Tlustos, Spearfish; Jammie McKey, Sheridan, Wyo.; Bonnie Zimmerman, Rapid City; Travis Kennedy, Colstrip, Mont.; Natalya Livingston, Spearfish; John Ashley, Spearfish; Fonda Lewis, Newell; Amanda Stadler, Spearfish; Amy Sharkey, Spearfish; Cary Stilwell, Kadoka; Christa Conklin, Gillette, Wyo.; and Darrin Heisinger, Sturgis.
For additional information on the VITA program, contact Randalei Ellis, VITA coordinator at 642-6702.
The next presentation in the spring science seminar series will be by Luther Boorn, a graduate of BHSU, now the state geographic information specialist in Pierre.
Luther will be available at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8 to discuss Geographic Information Systems. He will give his presentation "Geographic Information Systems in South Dakota," at 4 p.m. in Jonas 164. Everyone is welcome.
Future spring science seminars include:
All presentations are scheduled in Jonas 164 at 4 p.m. on Mondays. For more information contact Mark Gabel at 6251.
Mark Gabel, BH science professor, visits with a student concerning his project at the Spearfish Science fair hosted recently at the Young Center. There were 360 sixth, seventh and eighth graders sharing science research at the fair. The College of Arts and Sciences helped support the middle-school science event.
Presentation will focus on how to lower your risk of sexual assault - Top
The University Programming Team Lectures Committee will be presenting, Bill Nelson, author of "Your Weapon Within: How to Lower Your Risk of Sexual Assault" Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305. Admission is free and the lecture will be open to the public.
The focus of this presentation is on education and prevention of sexual assault, with an emphasis on developing and awareness of your surroundings, learning to identify potentially dangerous situations, trusting your instincts, being creative, and able to think on your feet if ever involved in an attack, and how traditional gender roles, sexism and cultural conditioning can lead to sexual violence against women.
Bill Nelson has spoken to thousands of people across the country on the issues of sexual assault prevention and self defense. Nelson is currently chairman of the board and a volunteer advocate for the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center and a volunteer advocated for Woman House, a battered women's shelter in central Minnesota. A fifth-degree black belt instructor in the art of Soo Bahk Do Karate, Nelson currently owns and operates a martial arts studio in central Minnesota. He earned his BA degree in psychology, with a minor in criminal justice from St. Cloud State University. Nelson has been a private investigator for the past 15 years and is a former police officer.
For more information please contact, Jay Beyer at 642-6418.
Cast announced for "Gypsy" - Top
The Black Hills State University theatre and music departments will present "Gypsy" Feb. 25, 26, 27 and 28 at Woodburn Auditorium.
Gypsy exemplifies American musical theatre at it's best. Filled with passion and mirth, the show features a solid book based upon the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and exciting, exhilarating music composed by two of the musical theatres leading figures.
A quintessential "showbiz" musical, Gypsy details the story of a woman who drives her children to achieve what she has been unable to accomplish for herself. Only when she finally comes to realize that her children have their own lives to live and ambitions to fulfill is it possible for her to live peaceably with them. It includes the hit tunes "Let Me Entertain You," "Small World," "You'll Never Get Away from Me," "If Mama was Married," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Together," and of course, the touching "Rose's Turn."
Cast members have been named for this production. The part of Uncle Jocko will be played by Daniel Patterson, Cedar Rapid, Iowa; and Georgie is Adam Romkema, Spearfish. The mothers will be played by Kimberly Martin, Spearfish, Nikki Slagle, Thermopolis, Wyo.; Olivia Bozeman, Rapid City; Jamie Kueter, Sioux Falls; and Cyndi Tschetter, Spearfish.
Cast members also include Rose - Andrea Fischer, Black Hawk; Pop - Mike Richards, Spearfish; Mr. Weber - Thad Hicks, Martin; Herbie - Steve Blume, Custer; Yonkers - Fred Strasser, Summit; L.A. - Geno Pesicka, Rapid City; Tulsa - Rusty Luebchow, Spearfish; Angie - Clint Baird, Sturgis; Louise - Julie Schaller, Rapid City; June - Taffy Anderson, Belle Fourche; Mr. Kringelein - Roger Miller, Spearfish; Mr. Goldstone - Chris Karr, Tabor; Miss Cratchitt - Elsbeth Lord, Rapid City; Hollywood Blondes - Misty Reub, Rapid City, Crystal Muglia, Belle Fourche, Laura De Tullio, Rapid City, Lisa Larson, Rapid City, and Kristin Kurtz, Rapid City; Cigar - Daniel Patterson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tessia Tura - Joanna Casper, Belle Fourche; Mazeppa - Dawn Adkins, Spearfish; Electra - Beata Ferris, Spearfish; Pastey - Adam Romkema, Spearfish; Showgirls - Melissa Patterson, Kadoka, Teresa Addington, Lead, and Katherine Schoenick, Spearfish; and Renee - Erin Lemme, Rapid City.
Several area young people have been chosen to play the parts of children in the play. These cast members are Baby June - Tyffany McMichael; Baby Louise - Joo Ree Richards; the Newsboys - Tonya Morton, Jessica Koerperich, Sarah Hanna, Jessie Richey, and Keeley McNeill; the Boy Scouts - Mitchell Bradley, Jacob Tschetter, Ryan Krogstad, and Ashlee Reinert; the Show Kids - Melissa Tschetter, Janette Sigle, Ellie Bastain, Katie Hallenbeck and Beth Hansen.
Al Sandau is the director and Sandi Hogen is the assistant director. The conductor is Steve Parker and Celeste Parker is the choreographer. Costume design is by Pam Wegner.
Juggler will perform at Black Hills State - Top
Mark Nizer, a juggler, will perform Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multipurpose room.
Nizer, described as the juggler your mother warned you about, has appeared on has several television shows including the Arsenio Hall show, Caroline's Comedy Hour, MTV, and Comic Strip Live. He was named the 1998 Comedy Entertainer of the Year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities and was the winner of the 1998 International Juggling Championships.
Mark's 20 years on stage has taken his one-man show to thousands of venues around the world, including three times at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. His invention of the Laser Diablo merges juggling, light and technology. Imagine four lasers being juggled at 1,000 rpm, with the spinning laser beams dancing just above the audience and you'll see why Performance Magazine called his show "nothing less than brilliant."
Combining original comedy, world-class juggling, movement, music and technology has made Nizer's performance unique. Whether it's five ping-pong balls being thrown 20 feet in the air using only his mouth; or juggling a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball, you'll never know what is possible until you see for yourself.
This performance is sponsored by the University Programming Team and is open to the public at no charge.
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, they must attend one of the following registration/orientation meetings:
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.
Spearfish Chamber to host legislative crackerbarrel - Top
The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee will host a legislative crackerbarrel Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce beginning at 10:30 a.m.
District 31 legislators Sen. James Dunn, Rep. Mark Young, and Rep. Jerry Apa, have been invited to participate in the Spearfish Crackerbarrel. Crackerbarrels are held to give the public the opportunity to visit with local legislators and become more informed on political issues facing the state. Following the opening remarks by featured legislatures, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on legislative issues. Rick Tysdal, chair of the governmental affairs committee, will moderate the forum.
The crackerbarrel is free of charge and open to the public. For more information contact the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626.
Minutes of the assessment committee meeting - Top
Minutes of the University Assessment Committee Meeting Wednesday Jan 27 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference 1
Present: Earley, S. Cargill, Grey, Golliher, Smith, Meyers, J. Miller, O'Neill. Absent: Cook, Myers, Pearce, Termes, and Haislett.
The chair reported that about half of the reports on the majors had been submitted. In terms of the colleges, all of the reports were done in the College of Business, some in the College of Arts and Sciences, and none in the College of Education except outdoor education. The submitted reports had been distributed to the committee members.
A discussion followed during which the question was raised regarding what national exit exams indicated about the majors- that is do the tests really provide any useful information about the major? There also was a discussion about how to indicate the growth of student knowledge as the student progressed through the curriculum. Finally, there was some discussion about the connection between the goals of general education and those of the major and whether or not those should be included as important in the majors (i.e., an emphasis on writing or speaking).
The chair indicated he would meet with Vice President Cook and President Flickema and discuss the direction and charter of the committee. Based on what he had seen and heard, the chair reported, he assumed that the next area of concern would be an assessment plan for general education. Everyone agreed that the chair would call the next meeting after he had meet with the vice president and president.
Minutes of the faculty senate meeting - Top
The Black Hills State University faculty senate met Dec. 2, 1998.
Members Attending: Nicholas Wallerstein, Ahrar Ahmad for Dan Peterson, Tim Steckline, Steve Babbitt, Tim Martinez, Randalei Ellis, Rob Schurrer, Ryan Maher, Charles Lamb, and Kristi Pearce. Also attending this meeting was Roger Miller.
A motion was made by Rob Schurrer to approve the proposed agenda given the addition of sabbatical request. Steve Babbitt seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Babbitt moved to approve the Nov. 18,1998, minutes given the noted corrections were made. Ahrar Ahmad seconded the motion. Motion passed.
Vice President of Finance Tom Anderson and Director of Personnel Anita Haeder were invited to this faculty senate meeting to discuss overload payment procedures and other finance issues. To begin the discussion, Randalei Ellis posed the question: "How are withholding taxes computed for teaching at Ellsworth and other such extra service pay?" They responded that this pay was considered as supplemental contracts, and that the aggregate schedule was used to figure the withholding taxes for such mid-month payments. They continued by presenting two alternative options for consideration: (1) make all payments only at the end of the month, or (2) make dependent changes for withholding purposes each payment time. Haeder reported that historically the faculty had requested the mid-month payment plan for supplemental contracts. It was noted that extended services would be responsible for making the change to an end of the month payment plan for teaching at Ellsworth and any off-campus contract if a change to end of the month payments were to be made. They continued the discussion of the second option to change the number of dependents, and cautioned faculty to manage the change month by month, and to do so before the first day of each month.
Another issue discussed with Tom Anderson and Anita Haeder was the 12-month payment option as used by one or two other state universities. They presented that if faculty were to request a 12-month payment plan, this would require that the plan would be in place for the duration; there would be no option of returning to the 9-month pay or the 11-month pay plan used now because of the fiscal impact involved when using a 12-month pay schedule.
And when Tim Martinez asked, "How much of the university fees are used to support the library?" Tom Anderson replied that "according to the Board of Regents Fact Book, BHSU is dead last -- underfunded across the board." He continued by saying that using the new funding schedule, there are great discrepancies across the regental institutions. He noted that the administrative council makes the best decisions they can to determine how university needs are met across the campus, and that no one is dismissing the needs of the library. He pointed out that Barb Chrisman was given the USF budget for 1997 to better understand the allocations made. He continued by explaining that USF funds personnel positions as well, and that CSA employees received a three percent cost of living increase plus a two and one half percent move to mid-point.
The faculty senate members thanked the guests for their visit with the senate, and determined that Ben Dar, assistant vice president of technology and extended services, would be asked to visit the senate during the February meeting to discuss the end of the month pay option for extended-service contracts, distance-education plans, and the impact of technology on teaching and learning.
Additional agenda items included the following:
And finally, Steve Babbitt moved to approve Ronnie Theisz's application for sabbatical leave next year. Ahrar Ahmad seconded the motion. The senate unanimously approved it.
The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m..
These minutes are respectfully submitted by Kristi Pearce, faculty senate secretary.
The following addendum was added by faculty senate member, Barb Chrisman:
Due to the death of my father-in-law, I was not able to attend this meeting with Mr. Anderson. To clarify the discussion related to the budget figures provided to me in October 1997 by Mr. Anderson, those budget figures were reviewed by the faculty senate's library/educational media committee and used as a basis for the Faculty Forum held in February 1998. The committee regrets that Mr. Anderson did not attend this forum.
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:
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 March 11.
Proposals are due March 4. 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 announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Jan. 25-Feb. 5 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
This week at Black Hills State - Top