Volume XXIV No. 37 Sept.
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Welcome to Black Hills State -
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CSA position open - Top
The following Career Service position is open:
- secretary with keyboarding, career counseling/placement
For additional information, check the announcement bulletin
or contact the personnel office.
Board of Regents CFO selected as vice
president for finance at BHSU - Top
Kathy Johnson, chief financial officer for the South Dakota
Board of Regents, was recently selected to become vice president
for finance and administration at Black Hills State University.
Following a national search, Johnson was selected to fill the
VP’s position at BHSU vacated this spring by Tom Anderson. He
accepted a position as associate dean for administrative affairs
at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Johnson will
officially assume her duties at the Spearfish campus during the
first week in November.
As a result of her current position, Johnson has worked with
the BHSU staff over the past several years and was familiar with
the campus and its progression.
"Black Hills State has a vision for the future that is
exciting," she said. "It was appealing to think of
becoming a part of that. … I’m looking forward to working
with the administration, faculty and students in a new
President Thomas Flickema said, "I’m absolutely
delighted to have a person with Kathy’s qualifications join
our administrative team. She brings tremendous knowledge and
experience to the vice president’s position. Since 1996 she
has been in charge of overseeing fiscal and administrative
affairs for all six regental institutions including budgets,
facilities, and personnel."
As the regent’s chief financial officer, Johnson served as
a senior-level advisor to the executive director and was
responsible for reporting to the board and Legislature on a $319
million budget. She had direct control of $20 million for
allocating and expending.
Johnson’s other major responsibilities included serving as
legislative, executive and regental liaison to the state’s
universities, directing the regents committee on budget and
finance, and developing system policies and procedures. She was
also responsible for staff supervision, chairing the business
affairs council (six VPs for finance), and developing the annual
budget request for the governor, Legislature and regents.
It is her experience at the state level, working with the entire
higher education system, which gave Johnson the edge in her
pursuit of the vice presidency. That job she says,
"presents a great opportunity for me to become more active
in the university community."
Johnson describes her management style as based on
communication and vision.
"If those around you know and believe in your goals, an
incredible synergy will be achieved that will make success
She began her professional career in 1992 as a fiscal analyst
for the board of regents. In 1994, Johnson was appointed budget
officer in charge of the regents’ financial information system
committee. She prepared annual budget procedures, maintained
accounting systems for capital improvement projects, and
directed federal grants administered by the board. She also
provided analysis on the regents’ operating budget and
developed the system tuition and fee pool tracking and
She was named to her current position as director of
administrative affairs to board of regents in 1996.
The new vice president said, "My family and I are very
excited about becoming a part of the Black Hills State
University and Spearfish Communities. Everyone we’ve met has
gone out of their way to make us feel welcome."
Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial economics
with a minor in computer science from South Dakota State
University in 1991. She is currently pursuing a master’s
degree in business administration from the University of South
BHSU hires new director of student
Giving students the technology to
be successful is the primary objective of Bob Stanelle as he
assumes the position of director of student development at Black
Hills State University this fall.
He reports to the vice president
for student affairs and will be responsible for directing the
Center for Career Planning and Placement, the Student Assistance
Center, Student Support Services and Upward Bound.
"The emphasis here will be
to develop a technological resource for students," said
Stanelle. "We want to bring students up-to-date and bring
them into the new century by greatly increasing contact with
He plans to develop a
six-station computer lab connected to the Internet to assist
students with career planning and the job search. He believes
students should have access to the computer system 24 hours a
day, 365 days of the year.
Seminars, workshops and
orientations related to career planning will be developed to
supplement the expanded technology base. He plans to investigate
and select software programs this fall with implementation by
next spring. By then the bugs should be worked out of the system
so the program can be fully operational by the fall of 2001. He
wants to focus on resume writing, interviewing skills, and the
job search. He believes employers want students competent in
oral and written communications skills as well as demonstrating
proficiency in the use of technology.
"With the additions and
technology, we can open the world to students by giving them
more chances to be successful," said Stanelle. "I want
to get people thinking about national as well as international
The new development director is
aware how fast technology is changing the way corporations do
business. It used to be corporations sent out pamphlets and
brochures as well as recruiters to visit the campus. Today, he
said 94 percent of companies
use the Internet for recruiting. In
fact, the corporate web site is No. 1, and the campus career
service web site is No. 4 as ranked by college students seeking
Stanelle, 57, will be using a
technology model he developed at Tulane University, New Orleans,
La., where he worked as director of the career services center
from 1997 to 1999. He managed the design and creation of an
extensive Internet web site and in-house computer lab. He hired
and trained the staff and introduced computer resources to
students, faculty, employers and alumni.
Stanelle describes his
management style as "demanding laissez faire. I expect a
lot if they know what needs to be done," he said. "I
don’t look over an employee’s shoulder. Most people take
pride in their work if you let them do the job."
From 1993 until 1997, he was a
graduate assistant in the career services area at the University
of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., while working on his doctorate.
He worked as a career development counselor to the Lady Vols
from 1994 to 1995. He also counseled undergraduates regarding
degree choices and academic requirements, and counseled master’s
degree students regarding career options, resume preparation,
and interviewing skills.
Although he has spent half of
his life in the North and the other half in the South, it was
the Black Hills location that caught his attention. He likes to
hike and the Hills afford a great opportunity for him to pursue
that interest. As for other interests, he says he grew up in
Wisconsin and is a Green Bay Packer fan; he basically enjoys all
types of football and basketball events.
Stanelle, the father of two
grown children, earned his bachelor’s degree at Ball State
University, Muncie, Ind., and his master’s degree at the
University of Tennessee. He has completed all of his doctoral
requirements except the dissertation.
Janeen Larsen will present a
Dr. Janeen Larsen will present a lecture-recital on Sunday,
Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
The program, titled "Pictorial Imagery in Music,"
will be centered on selected works by MacDowell and Debussy.
Larsen will demonstrate how these composers used specific
elements of music to create visual images through their piano
compositions. According to Larsen, "composers of orchestral
music can use the great variety of instrumental tone colors
available to them to help create moods and images. Piano
composers have to be more creative."
Composers of the 19th century were particularly
interested in using music to tell stories and paint pictures.
MacDowell is the best known American composer of the 19th
century, and Debussy is the best known French composer of the
same century. Although MacDowell and Debussy were born only a
year apart, their music is very different. Debussy was an
innovator who started a whole new style of music called
impressionism, while MacDowell stayed within the tonal framework
of the Classical-Romantic music traditions. Larsen believed it
would be interesting to compare and contrast music of the two
composers, since they both were interested in using the piano to
The lecture-recital is open to the public; there is no
Hesson completes advanced training -
James Hesson, department of physical education and health
professor, completed additional and advanced training this
summer by completing a course offered by the National Strength
and Conditioning Association. The course was the Coaches'
College Level IV Course (highest level) on the topic of program
design and periodization. Hesson completed the course during
July 2000 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The focus of the course was on designing conditioning
programs to achieve optimal results. Periodization of training
has been used for many years but each year more research is
available to help unravel the mystery of optimal training. Two
applications were emphasized: coaches working with athletes, and
personal trainers working with individuals who are training for
health and fitness.
Periodization of training is based on the observation that
humans can not maintain peak performance levels or peak fitness
levels for very long. Any attempt to stay at peak levels too
long results in an exhaustion stage, or an overtraining stage,
during which the same or greater exercise stimulus actually
results in a decrease in performance or health. Exercise is like
medicine, to be effective you must get exactly the right kind
and the right amount at the right intervals, and to further
complicate matters, every individual responds differently. It is
a challenging and exciting area of scientific study.
Hesson has completed the NSCA CSCS Certification (National
Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and
Conditioning Specialist) and the ACSM HFI Certification
(American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness
Volunteers sought for Relay for
There is probably not a person at BHSU who has not been affected
by cancer; consequently, faculty, staff and students are invited
to consider helping with the local Relay For Life event which
begins Friday afternoon Sept. 22 and ends at noon on Saturday
Sept. 23 at BHSU's Lyle Hare Stadium.
This event celebrates life by honoring those individuals who
have survived cancer and raises money for cancer research. BHSU
faculty, staff, and students are asked to help by volunteering
time during the 24 hours to help with the event. Possible tasks include:
setting up for the event, cleaning up after the event, serving the spaghetti
dinner on Friday evening, filling luminaries with sand and arranging them
around the track, helping with hot air balloon rides, displaying team posters,
and helping with the overall success of this wonderful event. If you have some
time to offer, please contact Kristi Pearce at 642-6405 or email her at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Faculty will present talks at Opera
BHSU faculty will present Brown Bag talks at the Matthews Opera
House. The talks are scheduled for the second and fourth
Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The dates this month are Sept. 13
and Sept. 27
On Sept. 13 Dr. Janeen Larsen will present "To a Wild
Rose: The Evocative Music of Edward MacDowell." Larsen will
discuss and perform piano compositions by Edward MacDowell.
In 1896, MacDowell was selected to be the first music
professor at Columbia University because at the time he was
considered by many to be the greatest genius of music in the
United States. Most of his works were performed enthusiastically
by major orchestras and solo performers. He excelled as a
composer, performer, and teacher. Today, the
Second Piano Concerto, the Indian Suite, the Woodland
Sketches, and the Sea Pieces are the only works which are
performed regularly. The short piano works, written in a
Romantic style, are very suggestive of images of nature which
were dear to MacDowell. After his death in 1908 at the age of
47, money was raised to turn his country estate into a place
where artists, writers, and musicians could work in seclusion.
Today, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire continues to
provide a scenic and quiet refuge for creative endeavors.
Dr. Janeen Larsen is a professor of music at BHSU, where she
has been teaching since 1978. She received her master of music
degree in piano performance from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in music education from the
University of Florida. She has performed frequently throughout
the region as a classical soloist, accompanist, and jazz
pianist. She is particularly interested in American music, and
MacDowell has always been one of her favorite composers.
(Dr. Larsen's program is a programming change. Scott and Sheryl
Simpson, originally scheduled to present their musical program
"Poems, Songs, and Family" on Sept. 12, will present
at a later time.)
On Sept. 27 Dr. Walter Higbee, "Tales from My Childhood,
or Growing Up Poor But Happy During the Great American
Depression." Walter will read some of the columns he has
written about his childhood including "My First
Haircut," "My First Dollar Earned," "Remembering My First Grade Teacher,"
"How It Was in the Olden Days," and "Remembrance
of Things Sharp."
Higbee is professor emeritus of special education at Black
Hills State University and is well known throughout the Black
Hills for his wry humor and unique perceptions. His career in
education has touched the hearts and souls of his students and
colleagues, and his columns in the Rapid City Journal
have touched the memories and good will of those of us
privileged to know him and of those who have come to know him
through his writing.
Future Brown Bag presenters include:
- Oct. 11 - Jim Knutson will discuss the paintings of South
Dakota Native Sons Harvey Dunn and Oscar Howe and the impact
of their art on the state and nation.
- Nov. 8 - Priscilla Romkema talks about Russia and her
years of working there.
- Dec. 13 - Stewart Bellman reads poems and stories by South
- Jan. 10 - Dick Hicks, art historian, talks about the Freer
Collection of Japanese Prints.
Submit names of volunteers -
Please submit to the president's office the names and addresses
of any volunteers who will be working in your area.
The names will be forwarded to the South Dakota Board of
In case a volunteer would be injured in the performance of
volunteer work, they will be covered by Workmen's Compensation
similar to any employee of the university. In addition, the
university can justify expenditures which are made in connection
with their contributions if they are identified with volunteer
CSA council to meet -
The CSA council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. in the
Pangburn small dining room. All interested CSA employees are
welcome to attend.
BHSU students welcomed back to school
by local rock band -
Rock group "Kory and the Fireflies" will be welcoming
Black Hills State University students back to the campus on
Friday, Sept. 15.
The free event will be held on the campus green from 3 to 5
p.m., and is being sponsored by the University Programming Team
(UP Team), and funded by student activity fees.
The entertainment welcome will also include music by a group
known as the "Acoustic Toadstool."
Information about the welcome-back event is available by
contacting the UP Team at 642-6418.
Tailgate social planned for football
Two tailgate social are planned prior to the BHSU vs. Minot
State football game Sept. 16. Both socials are scheduled for
noon - 1:15 p.m.
The Green and Gold Tailgate Social will be at Salem Park.
Burgers, brats and beverages will be served for $4 per
The Burger King Tailgate Social will be held at the north end of
Lyle Hare Stadium. Whoppers, chips and soda will be served at no
Minutes of the May 3 faculty senate
The faculty senate met May 3, 2000, in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Tim Steckline, Barb Chrisman, Steve Babbitt,
Curtis Card, Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis, John Glover, Margaret
Lewis and Larry Tentinger for Rena Faye Norby. Newly elected
member Vincent King was also present.
Meeting was opened by President Steckline.
Motion to approve agenda made by Margaret Lewis with second
by Curtis Card.
Approval of the minutes of the April 5th meeting
with correction to include Curtis Card as present.
Tim Steckline thanked all members for assisting him during
his tenure as president.
Curriculum Revision: Dr. Landis was asked to come in to
explain the changes for BIOL 411. The changes as recommended by
the curriculum committee will be forwarded to Dr. Cook.
Discussion of the proposed honors program was tabled until
fall (proposal for program is attached to minutes in secretary’s
Election of officers for 2000-2001: Curtis Card, president;
John Glover, vice president; and the secretary position will
remain open until first meeting of the fall semester.
Discussion continued on the procedures to be followed when
intoxicated students come to class. A letter of response from
the vice president for student affairs related to this issue was
(copy attached to minutes in secretary’s book).
Other issues of classroom and campus safety were discussed
and will be continued as items for next fall.
The general education grid for university catalog was
discussed. (Copy of grid is attached to minutes in secretary’s
Issues related to probation and suspension were presented.
A motion regarding the student registration process was made
The faculty senate requests that the enrollment center
refrain from distribution of pin numbers for registration
purposes until the faculty senate on behalf of the faculty has
input into the process to be used for student enrollment.
Rationale: The removal of the required faculty advisor
signatures from the enrollment process during spring enrollment
appears to have resulted in fewer students seeing their faculty
advisors. There is concern that some students might have failed
to enroll in the appropriate courses to meet the requirements of
general education and/or their major or minor.
Meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.
Barb Chrisman, recording secretary
Grants opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Aug. 31-Sept. 13 in the
grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information,
contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at email@example.com.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
- NSF. Research in Undergraduate Institutions. Faculty
research projects; research instrumentation grants; and
research opportunity awards. Deadlines vary with NSF
what a struggle it is when you don’t know what you want
to major in or what you want to do after you
graduate," said Sarah M. Fisher, new career planning
and placement center counselor. "I’m glad to help
others with that struggle."
business graduate returned to Black Hills State University
as career counselor where her responsibilities include
helping students with their internships and finding
part-time or summer jobs. She replaces retention counselor
Christa Fye. Fisher, 24, finds that there is an advantage
to being near in age to many of the students at Black
Hills State, but she can also identify with the
non-traditional students because, she says, people do
change jobs and careers.
One piece of
advice Fisher offered from her own experiences, and as a
career counselor, is that students need to do research.
They need to pursue a major that will lead to a job that
fits their personality. "It’s best when you know
what interests you," she said.
Black Hills State has been concerned with student
retention. Fisher feels that to increase retention rates
there needs to be an increase in access to the career
planning office. Fisher said that one reason students don’t
return is because they can make a lot of money by going to
work for one of the area coal or gold mines. However, she
said, "they need to be educated in how much more they
can make in a lifetime if they go to college."
planning office will be presenting workshops in October.
originally from Newcastle, Wyo., and enjoys her family and
friends. She likes to read, hike, camp, and fish, and she
is planning her wedding, which is to take place in June of