Volume XXIV No. 21 • May 26, 2000


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Black Hills State will host PREP days for new students - Top

New freshmen who have applied and who have been accepted to Black Hills State University are encouraged to attend one of the PreRegister Early Program (PREP) 2000 sessions this summer.

Parents are also encouraged to attend to receive valuable orientation information. PREP for new freshmen students will be held June 2 and 9, July 7 and 11, and Aug. 18.

Transfer and returning (those students who have been attending other schools or out of school more than a semester) students accepted to BHSU are encouraged to attend a PREP session July 6 and 10, and Aug. 17.

This orientation is extremely valuable to all students and parents/spouses in order to help with the transition to college life. One of the big advantages in the attending PREP is early registration for classes. Student who take advantage of the total PREP experience tend to do better academically and socially than students who do not participate in the program.

Registration for classes will be held on these days, as well. See the BHSU web page at www.bhsu.edu for details or call 605-642- 6829.

Gala opening will kick off the BHSU Summer Institute of the Arts - Top

An evening of song, theater, dance, visual arts and more is planned for the opening of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts. “A Gala Celebration of the Arts” is the title of the event June 12 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.

This kickoff to the month-long arts festival will feature aspects of the arts in a performance setting. Brian Manternach, professional Rapid City tenor, will perform a repertoire focusing on the art of song. South Dakota writers Wendy Mendoza, Paul Higbee and Dan O'Brien will present readings in praise of the arts. Dance will be featured with Melanie Palm. Theatrical arts will be showcased by Ray Michel and Edward Harding in scenes from “Man of LaMancha.” The winners of the “Young Performer Competition” are scheduled for the evenings entertainment as well.

Admission is $5. Hors d'oevres and refreshments will be served. Gala dress is appreciated.

The annual Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts (formerly known as the Black Hills Arts Festival) will offer participants unique experiences with many educational and entertaining arts events scheduled throughout the month of June. The institute is sponsored by Black Hills State University.

Volunteers are welcome. For more information contact the College of Arts and Science at Black Hills State University at (605) 642-6420 or Laura Neubert at 605-341-5714 or visit the website at www.bhsu.edu/arts

Passion Play seeks backstage extras - Top

Thursday, June 1 will mark the opening of the Black Hills Passion Play's 61st season in the Spearfish amphitheater. The Passion Play is held every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evening.

Volunteers are needed to act as supers (extras) in the Passion Play. Costumes are provided and extras need not have prior stage experience. To participate, you do not need to be available for every performance all season long, only those which fit your summer schedule. The supers' churches are reimbursed at season's end for their participation. New people who have not participated before are encouraged to attend a special rehearsal Sunday, May 28 at 7 p.m. to familiarize themselves with the production procedure. All scenes involving supers will be rehearsed.

Again this summer four special performances of "The Beginning," the Passion Play's production dramatizing the birth of Christ, will be presented. These performances are July 5, 12 19 and 26 at 8 p.m. This production was created for the Christmas season in Florida and depicts the Annunciation, the Betrothal of Mary and Joseph, the Wisemen visiting King Herod, the Angels' appearance to the Shepherds and the birth of Jesus. It is a fully realized drama, with narration and spoken dialogue, utilizing the entire stage dna large cast of characters. As an added event each Wednesday performance will be preceded by a Biblical Bazaar with costumed merchants selling goods such as pottery, brass, leather goods, ethnic foods, jewelry, and clothing.

  Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received May 18-25 in The grants office in Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.


  • NASA. Discovery Program 2000. NOI due June 16. Proposals due Sept. 18.
  • Head Start - Higher education faculty initiative - DHHS. The cooperative agreement will be funded to provide opportunities for faculty in higher education to enhance their skills, knowledge and effectiveness as they teach teachers in Head Start and Early Head Start programs in order to ensure better outcomes for children. Closing date is July 11, 2000. http://www2.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb/announce/index.htm
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) The NSF is seeking applications under a revised program announcement for all elementary, secondary and informal science education projects, including informal science education projects that foster stimulating lifelong learning opportunities outside of school to promote appreciation, interest and understanding of science, mathematics and technology for youths and adults. Funds: $24 million for 40 to 60 awards. Required cost-sharing is 10 percent of requested amounts for all projects except ASCEND projects. Deadlines: Aug. 2 for required preliminary proposals; Nov. 15 for full proposals; Aug. 14 for preliminary proposals; Nov. 15 for full proposals. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf0099.txt