Volume XXIV No. 14 • April 7, 2000


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Regents executive director meets with BHSU personnel

Robert T. `Tad' Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, met this week with Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students. His purpose was to listen to concerns regarding the state's higher education system and explain policy issues. It was basically an information gathering and information disseminating session designed to bring higher education officials, faculty and students up-to-date on current issues.

Perry meet with a group of practice teachers to discuss the role of technology in the classroom. He sought their views on technology preparation for teachers and how it's implemented in the classroom.

The executive director took time following his student teacher session to field additional questions from Vince Hafner, who is practice teaching in a third-grade classroom in Sturgis.

Perry participates in national business education conference

Dr. Howard Perry, professor of business at Black Hills State University, will be attending the National Business Education Association (NBEA) convention in Anaheim, Calif., later this month.

The theme of the convention and trade show is “Real Time, Real World: Accepting the Challenges of 2000 and Beyond.” He will serve as an assistant coordinator for the National Association of Business Teacher Education (NABTE) research session at the convention.


Perry is also a member of the NABTE nominating committee seeking candidates for the position of associate program director/associate research coordinator on the executive committee. Nominees for the position must come from the eastern region and after one year on the committee that person will become program director.

According to the BH business professor the association is trying to put together a list of colleges and universities that offer business-education courses, particularly in the western region. He noted that there are no business-teacher education courses available in Nevada and Oregon. When completed, the survey list should include distance education offerings available by correspondence, Internet, and satellite, at institutions in the west region. They expect to catalog the courses for students wanting to enter the business teaching profession.

Perry has been a member of the BHSU business faculty since 1965. He has a Ph.D. in business-teacher education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Simpson releases recording of original folk songs

Scott Simpson, assistant professor of education, has released new CD of original folk songs. Most of the songs are stories collected from his family. Simpson is currently performing at various venues around the Northern Hills and on South Dakota Public Radio. He is also working on forthcoming CDs, another of original songs and the other is instrumental

The CD, Ozzie's Guitar, is available at the BH bookstore, at http://www.cdbaby.com/simpson (real audio clips available), at Borders, Common Grounds, Moyes Music, and Whispering Pines in Deadwood.

BH students earn excellence in writing awards - Top

Five Black Hills State students were recently recognized for their outstanding writing skills in a university sponsored undergraduate writing competition.

Black Hills State hosts 8th annual student volunteer awards banquet - Top

Students and campus organizations were recognized recently at the 8th annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet at Black Hills State University.

The theme for the banquet was “An Evening of Stars.” The annual awards ceremony recognizes volunteerism and leadership among individuals and student organizations at BHSU. Student award winners were nominated by fellow students, faculty, staff members, organization advisors and administrators who identified their contribution to the university.


Bomengen wins Spirit of BH award - Top

Students and alumni were honored recently at the 8th annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet at Black Hills State University. The coveted Spirit of BH Award was presented to Lisa Bomengen, a senior business-education major from Sundance, Wyo., who in addition to being an honor student is also a gifted athlete.


Shawn Rost named outstanding BH alumnus - Top

Shawn Rost was honored as the Black Hills State University Alumni Association young alumnus of the year at the university's 8th annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet.


Poet will give a public reading at BH - Top

Nationally known poet Tony Crunk will give a public reading at Black Hills State University Monday, April 17 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Student Union.

Crunk is a native of western Kentucky and is currently a professor of English at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Drawing on his own rural background, Living in the Resurrection is a series of tightly connected poems that chronicle the attempt of the volume's narrator to reconnect himself to his cultural and familial past. Faced with the devastation of the rural landscape, the erosion of traditional religious values, and the fragmentation of the modern family, the speaker seeks to infuse lost folkways with new meaning.

Crunk's interest in reclaiming a lost agrarian past is also evident in his second volume, New Covenant Bound. Between 1936 and 1968, nearly 7,000 families from western Kentucky and Tennessee were removed from their homes by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers. Once the families were displaced, the land was flooded to

create immense lakes. These lakes, which buried thousands of homesteads, and on occasion, entire towns, were designed to meet the electrical and recreational needs of the region. New Covenant Bound juxtaposes prose sections, which document the evacuation of a small Kentucky town in the 1930s, with poems that explore the ramifications of this removal in the present.

Crunk's first volume, Living in the Resurrection, was selected by James Dickey as the 1994 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Previous winners of this prestigious award include Adrienne Rich, W.S. Merwin, James Tate, John Ashberry, and Carolyn Forché.

Crunk's visit is sponsored by the Black Hills State University English department and is part of a coordinated effort to introduce students to contemporary poetry. Crunk will visit BHSU English classes April 17th and 18th. To augment these classroom visits, nearly 200 students will study Living in the Resurrection as part of a common reading program. The Bush Foundation and the BHSU instructional committee provided funds for Crunk's visit.

For more information contact Dr. Vincent King at 642-6502 or by email at vking@bhsu.edu .

Crisis intervention seminar will be held in Heidepriem Hall - Top

Robert Hansen from Behavior Management Systems will present a one-hour Crisis Intervention Seminar Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the second floor lobby of Heidepriem Hall. The seminar is primarily for residence hall staff, but is open to all interested students and faculty/staff.

PBL to sponsor blood drive - Top

PBL, the business club on campus, is sponsoring a blood drive Wednesday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Room of the Young Center Although walkins are welcome, appointments are appreciated. Call 6193 or email howardperry@bhsu.edu to schedule a time.

Perry encourages BHSU faculty and staff to take this opportunity to celebrate life by donating blood.

South Dakota political science and public affairs conference to be held at BHSU - Top

The third annual conference of the South Dakota Political Science and Public Affairs Association will be held at the multipurpose room in the Student Union Building at Black Hills State University on Saturday, April 8, 2000.


Native American political activist to speak to BHSU students - Top

Jean Day, a Native American political activist, will speak at Black Hills State University Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m in Jonas 305.

Day will present “Reign of Terror,” a discussion of the ongoing, nationwide campaign to gain freedom for Leonard Peltier, a Native American leader who has been declared a political prisoner by Amnesty International.

This event is sponsored by the University Programming Team and the Center for Indian Studies. It is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact Allen Godsell at 642-6291.

Comedian will perform at Black Hills State - Top

Comedian Craig Carmean will perform at Black Hills State University Wednesday, April 12 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union multipurpose room. This musical comedian entertains audiences with hilarious new lyrics to popular songs. The performance is open to the public at no charge.

Students to perform “Come Blow Your Horn” - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will present “Come Blow Your Horn” by Neil Simon in Woodburn Auditorium April 13-15 at 8 p.m.


PEARL club sponsoring a mini-march on Lookout Mountain - Top

The PEARL (Physical Education And Recreation Leadership) Club is sponsoring a mini-march on Lookout Mountain Saturday, April 8.


Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run and Walk is April 15 - Top

The 16th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run & Walk will be held at Black Hills State University on Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. Categories include kids' races (eight and under - 1/4 mile and 9-12 - 1/2 mile), a one-mile walk, a 5K run, and a 10K run. A $10 entry fee includes a t-shirt. Proceeds support the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information or to obtain registration forms call Deatta Chapel at 642-6259 or e-mail to deattachapel@bhsu.edu . Registration forms will also be available at a booth at the Northern Hills Wellness Fair April 5 from noon to 7 p.m. in the Young Center Field House.

Williams and Ree will return to BHSU - Top

Williams and Ree, the comedy team that met while attending Black Hills State, will return to their alma mater for a show Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room.


Faculty and staff invited to join in disc golf tournament - Top

Recreation sports is hosting a disc golf tournament on Saturday, April 29 on the campus disc golf course.

BHSU faculty, staff and student get a great deal. If

you sign up at the recreation sports desk by April 7, your entry fee is only $5. This fee includes an official golfing disc (a $10 value) and a post tournament barbeque.

Minutes of the university assessment committee - Top

The university assessment committee met Wednesday, March 30 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103.



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.

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 April 14.

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.


This week at BHSU

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April Calendar

Friday, April



Conference of South Dakota Political Science Association, Student Union multipurpose room, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Lookout Mt. Mini-March sponsored by PEARL Club at BHSU

Sunday, April9

April 10

Spring Science Seminar Series, Paul Johnson, SDSU, Jonas 101, 4 p.m.

Big 100 Week begins, Scavenger hunt, Student Union marketplace, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11

Big 100 week activities, mud volleyball, parking lot on St. Joe, noon
Bar-B-Q, campus green, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Crisis Intervention Seminar, Robert Hansen, Heideprim Hall, 7 p.m

Wednesday, April 12

Student employee recognition, Student Union lower lobby, noon-3 p.m.

Comedian Craig Carmean, Student Union multipurpose room, 7 p.m.

Thursday, April13

Big 100 week Olympics, Jonas field, 3 p.m.

Theatre production "Come Blow Your Horn," Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Jean Day, "Reign of Terror," Jonas 305, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April14

Preview Day: high school students on campus

18th Annual Lakota Omniciye Pow Wow, Young Center, grand entry, 7 p.m.

Theatre production "Come Blow Your Horn," Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Mock Prom, Student Union multipurpose room, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m.

April 15

18th Annual Lakota Omniciye Pow Wow, Young Center, grand entries, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk

Theatre production "Come Blow Your Horn," Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Piano festival, Cook Hall