Volume XXIV No. 10 • March 10, 2000

CSA position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open:
secretary with keyboarding in the residence life office.
For more information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Sarver co-authors marine biology paper - Top

Working with two other scientists, Dr. Shane Sarver, assistant professor of biology at Black Hills State University, had a paper recently accepted for publication in the international journal Marine Biology.

The title of the paper is “Phylogeny of Opsanus (Batrachoididae) inferred from multiple mitochondrial DNA sequences.” Assisting Sarver with the research and publication were D. Wilson Freshwater, Center for

Marine Science Research, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Patrick J. Walsh, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami.

Sarver has been a member of the BHSU science faculty since 1996. He teaches classes in biology, genetics and evolution. His research interest is in evolutionary genetics. He earned his Ph.D. in zoology from Louisiana State University.

Japanese scientist to visit BH biology classes - Top

Dr. Sadao Kiyohara, professor of biology, at Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan, will be spending some time in the science department at Black Hills State University studying the United States' higher education system.

Kiyohara's visit is an international exchange program funded by a grant from Kagoshima University to promote research and education. He will be investigating biological education at BHSU and at the University of Colorado for the purpose of making improvements in his school's department of chemistry and bioscience.

At BHSU Kiyohara will be working with Dr. Charles Lamb, associate professor of biology. Lamb became acquainted with Kiyohara when he spent six months (1987) in Japan at Kagoshima University as a research associate. The two collaborated on a published paper involving the brainstem and taste in sea catfish.

Working with Lamb, he will observe lectures, lab classes, student evaluations and undergraduate research in biology. He wants to get a close up look at everything from the classroom environment to teacher evaluations.

The Japanese professor teaches undergraduate courses in biology and animal physiology. At the graduate level he teaches neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory physiology, and neuroethology. In 1990 he was the recipient of the Achievement Award for Young Scientists from the Japanese Society of Fisheries Science.

Nominations sought for employee award program - Top

Please forward your nominations for the annual employee award program to BHSU, Unit 9568, by March 15. Forms are available from the personnel office.

Teacher interviews scheduled through career services - Top

School officials from Riverton, Wyo., Bennett County, and White River will be at the Black Hills State University Career Services office this month to visit with teacher candidates.

Jim Matson, Riverton elementary principal, will be at BHSU Thursday, March 16 to interview elementary and special education teachers. Contact Career Services to schedule an interview.

Chris Anderson, Bennett County superintendent of schools, will be available Wednesday, March 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. to visit with candidates interested in elementary, instrumental music, special education, high school science, and social science with coaching positions.

Mike Stroup, White River superintendent, will also be available Wednesday, March 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. to visit with candidates interested in middle-school special education, reading recovery, elementary, counselor, high school business/math, middle-school math and pre-school special education positions.

Anderson and Stroup will be available for informational meetings with interested candidates in the university's Student Union Marketplace Wednesday afternoon.

Contact BHSU Career Services at (605) 642-6277 or stop by the office in the student union, room 124, for information and to schedule an appointment.

Comedy revue will be held at Black Hills State University - Top

A comedy revue similar to the hit television show "Who's Line is it Anyway" will be performed at Black Hills State University.

The BHSU University Programming team (UP) and the theater department will present "Brave New Workshop"

Monday, March 13 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

For more information call the UP team at 642-6418.

BHSU is seeking vendors for Festival on the Green - Top

The Black Hills State University Programming (UP) team is seeking vendors for the annual Festival on the Green which will be held April 28.

The festival, held on the campus green, features live music, art shows and demonstrations, as well as novelty vendors. There will be door prizes and other contests.

There is no admission charge.

In case of inclement weather the event will be held at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

For more information call the UP team at 642-6418.

Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts offers educational and entertaining arts events - Top

The annual Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts (formerly known as the Black Hills Arts Festival) will offer participants unique experiences with several educational and entertaining arts events this summer with events scheduled throughout the month of June.

The change in name reflects a fresh emphasis on the mission of the three-year old event according to Laura Hovey Neubert, director.


Minutes of the Feb. 16 faculty senate meeting - Top

Minutes of the faculty senate meeting Feb. 16, 2000, at 3:15 p.m. in Jonas 110.


Instructional improvement committee taking applications for course releases - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 2000-2001 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:

  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or
  • design a new course.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in March so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in March, 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.

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 of 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.

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. Deadline is March 25.

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 spring of 2001. You can apply now.

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Lyle Cook, Tom Cox, Daniel Farrington, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver and Rob Schurrer.

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 March 2-8 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.

  • Department of Education. OERI. Eisenhower Regional Mathematics and Science Education Consortia Program. Due April 17.
  • NSF. Course, curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program (CCLI). This program seeks to improve the quality of science, math, engineering and technological (SEMT) education for all students and targets activities affecting learning environments, course content, and educational practices. The program has three tracks: Educational Materials Development (EMD) due June 6; Adaption and Implementation (A&I) due June 5; National Dissemination (ND) preliminary description due April 24 with proposals due June 6. NSF 00-63.
  • Department of Education. Regional technology in education consortia. Due April 14.

Campus Calendar

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Women's history month, student panel, 3:30 p.m.

Workshop and performance, workshop, Student Union, 3 p.m., comedy revue, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.

2000 Summer Job Fair, Student Union, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Green & Gold Luncheon, Cedar House, noon

Women's history month presentation, Dr. Sharon Strand, 12:30 p.m., Jonas 307.

Volunteer meeting for the Summer Institute of the Arts, 7 p.m., Student Union Marketplace, David B. Miller yellow Jacket Student Union.

BHSU Spring Film Festival - "Orlando," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Preview day - High school students will visit campus


Women's history month presentation, Dr. Kristi Pearce, noon.

Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr. Audrey Gabel, 4 p.m., Jonas 101

Rising junior exam, 8 a.m. to noon

Rising junior exam,
noon to 4 p.m
Black Hills Research Symposium,
Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Career services hosts Martin and Assoc., Student Union Conference room 221, 4:30 p.m.,

Green and Gold Luncheon, Cedar House, noon

Women's history month presentation, Dr. Holly Downing and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, 3 p.m.

Spring Film Festival - "Grand Illusion," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Track and field BHSU Frostbite Invitational
Manic Monday re-treat for faculty, Woodburn 3rd floor conference room, 11:30 a.m.

Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr. Richard Gayle, 4 p.m., Jonas 101

Career services hosts Waddell and Reed, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union lobby

Student recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.

Jazz Band/Black Hills Gold Concert, Student Union, 7:30 p.m.

Spring Film Festival, "Buena Vista Social Club," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.