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CSA position open
following career service position is open:
- computer support specialist, computer center
For additional information, check the announcement
bulletin or contact the personnel office.
Regents to host open forum
The South Dakota Board of Regents invites members of the
Black Hills State University community to an open forum with
regents Friday, Aug. 11 between 4 – 5 p.m. in the Hall of
Fame room at the Donald E. Young Center.
|The regents have set
aside this hour during their August meeting on campus to
give interested persons an opportunity to interact and ask
questions of the regents.
Regents approve writing major
at BHSU -
|The South Dakota
Board of Regents gave approval to two new degree programs
recently including a minor in writing at Black Hills State
The regents also approved a major and minor in electronic
commerce at Dakota State University.
"Both of these degrees that were approved are in
fields in which industry craves skilled graduates. A minor
in writing may not seem like an innovative concept, but
communication style and delivery have changed
dramatically," said Regents President Harvey C. Jewett,
The writing minor will be offered at Black Hills State
beginning this fall. The minor requires 18 credit hours
after six credit hours in composition required as part of
the general education.
The new minor has been designed to improve written
communication skills for students in any major with emphasis
on advanced, imaginative, and technical modes. The program
will help students demonstrate proficiency in the standard
forms, arguments, and audience analyses expected of
graduates in their major field of study. A student earning a
writing minor will be allowed to choose particular emphases
– scholarly, creative or technical as best fits his or her
career plans and major. It will encourage the student to
explore the uses of technology in writing, word processing,
internet communication and research, desktop publishing, the
location and evaluation of information, and the integration
|written and graphic
A writing internship is also a part of the minor and it
will link students to businesses and organizations in the
region and local community, and allow students to gain
practical experience writing, while also improving the
relationship between the university and wider community.
"In any profession, good communication is critical.
We must continue to offer courses that will build our
graduates’ communication skills," said Jewett.
A pilot program initiated in the spring of 1998 assigned
technical writing students to Spearfish area businesses,
government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The
program met with an enthusiastic response from the
community. Several employers cited the need for writing
skills as critical in their workplace, and hoped the
university would continue to educate students in writing in
tandem with technical business writing.
"I think the approval of a minor that gives students
improved writing and communication skills is an excellent
example of how the Board of Regents is committed to
producing graduates that possess the knowledge and skills
that employers desire," said Regents Executive Director
Robert T. Tad Perry.
Austin book receives positive
Len Austin’s book The Counseling Primer (Leonard
A. Austin, Ed.D., Black Hills State University, Spearfish,
SD Taylor & Francis, January 1999) recently received
a good review in the Christian Counseling Today.
The review described his work as a "…concise,
tightly written, information packed, no nonsense book that
tells counselors - those in training and counselors with
experience - what they need to remember if they are to be
knowledgeable about their field. For a good precise
reference book that presents professional counseling
information in an easy-to-find format, this is a valuable
|Austin, an assistant
professor of educational psychology at BHSU, says "many
teachers will gravitate toward counseling during their
teaching careers, and this book gives them the basic
information and practical knowledge that they will need to
Austin's book is designed to bring
synthesis to the entire course of study that would-be
counselors would experience in their master's degree program
in the area of counseling. Teachers who are interested in
becoming school counselors will find important chapters on
theories, terms, ethical codes, tips on taking exams, sample
forms, and preparing for comprehensive written and oral
Johnson will present at physics
teachers conference -
Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for
Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education, will
present a paper and a poster at the summer meeting of the
American Association of Physics Teachers and the Physics
Education Research Conference (PERC) in Guelph, Ontario,
Johnson will present a paper titled ""I don't
know how to say it exactly. . . you know what I mean?"
-- Constructing and checking scientific meanings in physics
This paper introduces some ideas about communication in
physics classes, and shows how, given supportive classroom
circumstances, students can talk in ways that support their
development of ideas about physics. Johnson explains that in
normal conversation, most of the relevant information is
assumed and inferred by speakers and listeners. This
succeeds only when
|members of a
conversation agree on a set of meanings that provide a
foundation for the talk.
Learning a new topic such as physics requires the
development of new agreed-upon systems of meanings that, for
the students, did not exist before. His paper discusses the
following: How do students discover a need to develop
meanings? How do new meanings come about? How can we support
Johnson will also present a poster at the conference on a
related topic. The title is: "Identifying the
development of scientific meanings by preservice teachers in
a guided inquiry physics course."
"My purpose for presenting this poster is to support
research on student conversations in physics courses, by
providing a language that can allow researchers to talk
about what is going on in group discussions," Johnson
Theisz chosen as contributing
editor for American literature text
D. Theisz, of the BHSU humanities department, has been
invited to become a contributing editor for the prestigious Heath
Anthology of American Literature, widely used in
American literature courses throughout the world. He will be
contributing to the Post-Civil War section of Volume II of
||Professor Theisz has
also been invited to make contributions to the new Infography
website published by Fields of Knowledge to provide guidance
through the sources on the Internet which are often
irrelevant or otherwise dubious. His contributions will
address bibliographic entries on "Native American
Literature" and "Native American Music."
Whiteface and his swing band
will perform -
Whiteface and the Swing Fantabulous will perform at the
Central States Fairgrounds in a scholarship fundraiser in
his name Aug. 5 at the Fine Arts Building, 800 San Francisco
Street, Rapid City. A reception will be held from 7-9 p.m.
and the band will perform from 9:15 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Tickets are $5 at the door. The performance is sponsored by
the Native American Music Association.
Class of ‘49, received the first ever lifetime achievement
award at the first Native American Music Awards ceremony and
he received the first best jazz/blues artist award. He was
the director of city planning for Rapid City in 1976. He was
also the music teacher that started the first high school
band program at Wall High School.
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|Below are the program materials
received July 27-Aug. 2 in the grants office, Woodburn 220.
For copies of the information, contact our office at
642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
- American Political Science Association. Small Research
Grant Program. Due Feb. 2, 2001.
fellowships and grants. http://www.acls.org/
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).