Volume XXIV No. 24 • June 16, 2000

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CSA positions open - Top

The following Career Service positions is open and is limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State University:
  • financial aid assistant, University Support Service

The following Career Service position is open:

  • cook, food service

For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Jean Schoenfelder, senior claims clerk, business office
  • Larry Schuman, grounds keeper, facilities services

Resignation - Top

  • Richard Wheeler, custodial worker dining services

Norby will chair women in physics symposium - Top

Rena Faye Norby, College of Education assistant professor, will be chairing an invited symposium at the American Association of Physics Teachers summer meeting in Guelph, Ontario, Canada on Aug. 1. The topic is "Women in Physics Careers - Retention - What are the Issues?"

Faculty research grants announced  - Top

The formation of volcanic lava flows, earth homes, Deadwood tourism industry training needs, and the phenomenology of republicanism are a few of the topics Black Hills State University faculty members will be studying as a result of the recent grant awards.

The faculty research committee announced the grant awards for ten BHSU faculty members. Faculty will use their awards, in amounts ranging from $900 to $2,390, to conduct research in their respective area of interest. Two faculty members were also awarded release time to pursue research.

Faculty research award winners, research title and amount of grant are listed below:

  • David Salomon, College of Arts and Science assistant professor, "The Glossa ordinaria for Examinations of Conscience," in the amount of $900. 
  • Brian Smith, College of Arts and Science assistant professor, "Re-introduction of the Antiguan Racer (Alsophis antiguae) to Off-shore Islands in the Caribbean Nation of Antigua and Barbuda," in the amount of $3,000.
  • Charles Lee, College of Business and Technology assistant professor, "Assessing Training Needs in Deadwood Tourism Industry," in the amount of $1,173. 
  • Timothy Martinez, College of Arts and Sciences associate professor, "A Phenomenology of Republicanism," in the amount of $2,390. 
  • Roger Ochse, College of Arts and Sciences associate professor, "An Examination of the Democratic Thought of Walt Whitman," in the amount of $1,708. 
  • Rena Faye Norby, College of Education assistant professor, "Does Positive Role Modeling increase Native American High School Students’ Choices of Science and Technology-Related Jobs?" in the amount of $1,500. 
  • Richard Carter, College of Arts and Sciences professor and BHSU Indian Studies director, "Santiam Kalapuya Grammar," in the amount of $1,332.
  • Lidan Lin, College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor, "Jacques Lacan and the East" in the amount of $1,000. 
  • Steve Anderson, College of Arts and Sciences associate professor, "The Formation of Tumuli on Basaltic Lava Flows," in the amount of $1,600.
  • Monty Robinson, College of Business and Technology assistant professor, "Earth Homes," in the amount of $2,815. 
  • Mark Gabel, College of Arts and Sciences professor, will use release time in the fall 2000 for work on newly discovered fossils from Argentina.
  • Vincent King, College of Arts and Sciences assistant professor, will use release time in the spring 2001 semester for his research "Postmodern Palimpsest: Recovering Ezra Pound’s Diptych Rome-London" 

Business office announces year-end deadlines - Top

The following deadlines affect all accounts in the accounting system. You should be aware of these dates when planning any expenditures that need to be processed before year end.

The following are the deadlines for processing documents for the current fiscal year:

  • Interdepartmental billings - Billings must be submitted to the business office by June 22.


  • All other funds accounts - Invoices/Vouchers must be submitted to the business office by June 27.

Yellow Jacket Sports and Leisure Auction is June 17

 - Top

The 2000 Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Sports and Leisure Auction is Saturday, June 17 at 7:45 p.m. at the Holiday Inn of the Northern Black Hills. The auction is open to the public at no charge.

The day's events include a golf tournament at the Spearfish Canyon Golf Course followed by the sports and leisure auction will be held at the Holiday Inn of the Northern Black Hills beginning at 7:45 p.m. This annual event raises money for athletic scholarships at BHSU.

The 18-Hole Texas Best Shot Tournament (rain or shine) will begin at 1 p.m. A social hour and dinner will be held following the tournament. Golf awards will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Followed by the auction at 7:45 p.m. To register for the golf tournament call the BHSU institutional advancement office at 642-6385.

The sports and leisure scholarship auction features more than 350 items during the live and silent auctions. Auction items include a wide variety of items such as autographed sports memorabilia, passes to area recreational sites, artwork as well as clothing, food, lodging and gift items.

List of auction items.

Folk Festival offers culturally diverse performers

The fourth annual Black Hills Folk Festival will present an all-day folk-art sampler June 24 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Deadwood Pavilion. This event will provide folk music with a culturally diverse flavor.

"Little Sonny (Aaron Willis) and the Detroit Rhythm Group" will perform. Little Sonny's live performances with the other four members of his group take on an incredible intensity that has earned Sonny the title "King of the Blues."

The Turtle Mountain Mitchif Performers will provide lively fiddle music and jigs which combine the heritage of French, Irish, and Scottish fur traders with Chippewa and Cree Native American tribes. This energetic and humorous trio of fiddle, guitar and dance features songs in English and French.

Also performing during the folk-art sampler will be the Vatra: Croatian Tamburitza Ensemble. Vatra is one of the finest tamburitza ensembles in the U.S. (Tamburitzas are fretted stringed instruments in a variety of sizes.) These 

six young Croatian-American musicians perform the dance tunes and folk songs of their ethnic heritage but also experiment with new sounds and compositions.

Cost for the folk festival is $5 per person or $10 per family.

An open mic session is scheduled from 3-5:30 p.m. PA will be provided and all are welcome.

Free public workshops will be held that morning in Deadwood. The workshops begin at 9 a.m. at Callahan’s, at the Franklin Hotel. The first workshop is "Vatra, What is a Tamburitza?" at 9 a.m. The next workshop is titled "Who are the Turtle Mountain Mitchif" at 10 a.m. The final workshop will be presented by Little Sonny and the Detroit Rhythm Kings, "Blues Harmonica."

This event is sponsored in part by Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Global Sounds and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Minutes of the April 5 faculty senate minutes  - Top

The faculty senate met April 5 in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present: Tim Steckline, Barb Chrisman, Steve Babbitt, Curtis Card, Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis, Margaret Lewis, Larry Tentinger (for Norby), Rob Schurrer. Student: Scott Biggin

Motion to approve agenda with additions related to alcohol and plagiarism policies– Rob Schurrer, Steve Babbitt.

Minutes with spelling correction approved by motion from Margaret Lewis, Don Chastain.

Meeting was opened with discussion on the plus-minus straw poll. The returns on the poll and discussions with faculty seemed to be almost evenly split. Motion to table the issue at this time with the proviso that we will watch what happens with the efforts by South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to implement this in Datatel at their campus. It can be revisited by the senate in the future. Chastain and Lewis.

Dr. Wallerstein was present to give the report of the distinquished faculty committee. Motion to approve the selection by the committee was made by Schurrer and Babbitt. Dr. Howard Perry will receive the award this year.

President Steckline presented the guidelines for the Honors Program as proposed by the committee. Senate members will review and it will be discussed in the future. Concern was expressed about the failure to include non-traditional students in this program. Discussion was held on payment for faculty who teach in this program. It was discussed that there is money for adjunct faculty, why not for faculty in this program. Faculty should be allowed to teach honor’s course as part of their load.

An issue related to revision of the academic integrity and plagiarism policy was again discussed. The members were referred for consideration to a policy in place at Wichita State University. This will be considered in the future.

The policy of disciplinary response to students who come to class while intoxicated was discussed. Who is the entity responsible for action when this occurs? There does not seem to be a clear line of command on this. Senate will pursue.

Meeting adjourned at 4:50 p.m. Respecfully submitted, Barbara Chrisman, recording secretary.


Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received June 8-June 14  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.
  • Canadian Embassy. Research grant program promotes research in the social sciences and humanities with a view to contributing to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada and its relationship with the U.S. and/or other countries. Due Sept. 30.
  • German-American Academic Council Foundation. TransCoop Across the Atlantic. A program supporting transatlantic research, cooperation among German, U.S., and/or Canadian scholars in the humanities, social sciences, economics, and law. Due Oct. 10.
  • NSF. Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities. Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation: Third Monday of July, 2000; Instrumentation Development: second Monday of January; Chemistry Research Facilities: Preproposals due first Monday in December; Full proposals due first Monday of June, 2001. NSF 00-81.
  • NSF. Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI). Deadlines are established in each disciplinary program. Refer to the NSF Bulletin for a list of deadlines and target dates or contact the appropriate disciplinary program. NSF 98-142.
  • NSF. Child Learning and Development. A multidisciplinary competition. Due July 15 and Jan. 15. NSF 99-42.
  • NSF. Research Experiences for Undergraduates. Supplements and sites. Proposals for sites are Sept. 15; Supplement deadlines vary with the research program. NSF 00-107.


This week at BHSU

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 Friday, June


Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic
Spearfish Canyon Golf Course
Auction, 7:45 p.m. Holiday Inn of the Northern Hills


June 18
Summer Institute of the Arts recital, Woodburn, 7 p.m.
Monday, June19
Art Education Institute begins

Black Hills Folk Festival begins

Tuesday, June20
Summer Institute of the Arts Dale Lamphere Studio Tour, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21
Digital Shakespeare, Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Summer Institute of the Arts Lecture Series - Dr. Pamela Wegner, Matthews Opera House, noon

Summer Institute of the Arts picnic, Spearfish Park, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 24
Black Hills Folk Festival, Deadwood Pavilion, noon-10 p.m.

Workshops - Midwest Sampler, Callahan's Franklin Hotel, 9 a.m. - noon