Volume XXIV No. 40 Oct.
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Parrow reviews advanced placement
exams and publishes history paper -
|Dr. Kathleen A. Parrow,
BHSU associate professor of history, was selected as a reader
by the Educational Testing Service and participated in the
scoring of the College Board’s Advanced Placement European
History essays written by high school students.
Approximately 60,000 students participated in the European
history AP exam and each wrote three essays. Reading and
scoring of the exams was done over a period of one week in
June by selected high school teachers who teach AP European
history and college professors who teach the college-level
survey courses for which students hope to obtain advanced
ETS Executive Director Walt MacDonald thanked the teachers
saying, "The AP Program relies on outstanding faculty who
help develop the courses and exams and evaluate student
performance." Dr. Lee Jones, AP executive director at the
College Board, said in a press release, "The reading
draws upon the talents of some of the finest teachers and
professors that America has to offer. It fosters
professionalism, allows for the exchange of ideas and
strengthens the commitment to students and to teaching."
|Parrow enjoyed the
interaction with the high school AP teachers and with the
other college teachers, a number of whom she has met at
research conferences over the years.
Parrow was also recently informed that a paper she authored
accepted for presentation at the American Historical
Association annual meeting in January 2001 and will be published
in the Proceedings of the American Historical Association,
The paper is titled "Provincial Estates and the
Revisions of Customary Law in Medieval and Early Modern
France: Evidence from the Procès-Verbal Narratives.
" It examines the records of the discussions (called procès-verbaux)
between the provincial leaders and the royal judicial
representatives as they revised the provincial law codes in
sixteenth-century France. The evidence suggests that changes
in the laws on inheritance that affected noble or clerical
income aroused a great amount of discussion and that there was
a strong effort by the royal officials to respect these local
privileges. The records also show efforts to improve the laws
by clarifying ambiguous laws and by adding new laws. Although
this period has often been seen as the beginning of French
absolutism, these documents support the position that the
French monarchy was still using a model of consultation with
the provincial leaders.
Career Services Director Judy
Larson takes early retirement -
|After serving 14 years
as career services director at Black Hills State University,
Judy Larson will be taking early retirement this month to
pursue other interests.
Larson plans to do some career service consulting work at
the state level and then leave her options open for other
"I’m calling this my employment sabbatical,"
she said. "I’ve thought about this for some time and
decided to follow the advice I’ve given others to look
beyond their current responsibilities to seek new
Her association with the university began in 1979 when she
went to work for the academic vice president as an
administrative assistant. She coordinated campus and satellite
class enrollments, prepared reports for the regents’ office,
developed and carried out faculty evaluations and generated
presentation and information materials for the president and
In 1986 President Clifford Trump appointed her as the first
full-time director of career services.
"Seeing students progress from the academic world to
successful employment is gratifying," she said. "It
is also rewarding to be able to promote the university through
career services to outside entities."
The most significant changes in the office since she
arrived in the mid 80s are more students, more alumni, more
employers and more outside groups using the services of the
office. The use of technology has also increased office
productivity and the availability of services.
Larson feels her strengths as director centered around
creating an effective career services office focused on team
building, seeking a diversity of ideas, getting the university’s
name out to employers, and providing for the nontraditional
and location-bound students.
"It was rewarding to be able to help students and
alumni build their self esteem," said Larson. "It’s
still important they stay competitive by preparing
professional resumes and by presenting a positive self
|Her dedication and
commitment to career services was recognized in 1996 when she
received the Patrick Merrigan Award "Making a Difference
in the Profession" from the South Dakota College
Personnel Association. She also received a certificate of
merit from the South Dakota Teacher Placement Center advisory
board in 1997.
Her work experience at BHSU includes presenting numerous
career workshops, organizing job and information fairs, and
serving on various state and local committees. She often
partnered with university faculty and students on special
assignments, devised graduate follow-up procedures, and
collaborated with university faculty to strengthen internships
and employment opportunities.
The BH career director was active in the South Dakota
Teacher Placement Advisory Board, a cofounder of South Dakota
BIG (Business-Industry-Government) Job Fair, and a charter
member of the South Dakota Career Planning and Placement
Association where she served as president. She completed the
National Association of Colleges and Employers Leadership
training for Career Professionals at the Carlson School of
Management, University of Minnesota.
On the local level, the BHSU career services director was
very active in community affairs serving on many committees
and by holding office as president of the city council and as
president of the South Dakota Municipal League. She was also
the Spearfish representative to the Black Hills Council of
Local Governments and served on the board of directors for
Northern Hills Community Development. It was through these
positions she was able to meet employers from all over the
state and enhance the image of Black Hills State University.
Larson began her professional career as a teacher at a
private high school and later served as a business instructor
at Mitchell Technical Institute.
"Looking back," said Larson, "One job builds
on another and this is a stepping stone to the next."
Swarm Day candidate chosen -
Swarm Day king and queen candidates have
been named at Black Hills State University. Homecoming week at
BHSU is Oct. 10-14.
The Swarm Day royalty will be crowned during a coronation
ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller
Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room. The Swarm Day
mom and dad will also be named from a group of BHSU faculty
and staff who have been nominated by students.
Nominated as king candidates are Ryan Remington, a senior
elementary education major from Groton; Allen Godsell, a
senior social sciences major from Sturgis; Alan Demaret, a
senior elementary/special education major from Faith; and
Allan Johnson, a junior history/American Indian Studies major
Queen candidates are Joce Schwengler, a
senior professional accounting major from Rapid City; Crystal
Muglia, a senior elementary/special education/theatre
education major from Belle Fourche; Rachel Travis, a junior
math education major from Platte; and Christine Davis, a
senior psychology and wellness management major from Casper,
Faculty and staff who have been nominated
as Swarm Day mom and dad are: Chris Schultes, Jan Golliher,
Amy Fuqua, Margaret Kleinsasser, Darlene Swartz, Priscilla
Romkema, Patty Maki, Becky Haak, Holly Downing, Micheline
Hickenbotham, Sheila Aaker, Al Sandau, Tom Wheaton, Thomas
Flickema, Nicholas Wallerstein, Bob Majeski, David Salomon,
Charles Lamb, Len Austin, David Calhoon, Steve Babbitt, Greg
Cooch, Jade Harney, Mike Turner and Tom Hills.
Swarm week begins Tuesday -
The annual Black Hills State University homecoming Oct.
10-14 will be celebrated "hippie style" with "Swarmin’
in the 70s" as the theme for the week’s festivities.
Activities begin Tuesday, Oct. 10 and continue through the
week culminating in a full day of activities on Swarm Day Saturday,
Oct. 14. Events include the parade, tailgate socials and the football
game vs. Mayville. So find your tie die t-shirts, peace signs and
smiley faces and help celebrate Swarm Day 2000.
approval before using any humans or animals in research projects
Any faculty member or student utilizing human subjects in
research projects or animals in research or teaching activities
must obtain approval from the Animal Care and Human Subjects
Committee before beginning the project or activity.
This includes survey research, analysis of data previously
collected from human subjects, and student research projects
involving animal or human subjects. Although many of the
involving human subjects may be determined to be exempt from
full committee review, the application process must be completed
to extend University legal protection for the project.
For information and application forms, please contact the
committee chair, Doug Wessel, at unit 9032, phone 6514, by
e-mail, or in SW 210.
Printing center offers training -
Training session will be offered for faculty and staff
interested in learning how to submit printing jobs on-line to
the university printing center.
There will be training sessions on the following days:
- Tuesday, Oct. 10th at 3 p.m. in the library room 009
- Wednesday, Oct. 11th at 2 p.m. in the library room 009
- Thursday, Oct. 12th at 10 a.m. in the library room 009
For additional information or to sign up contact Stacie
Roddis at 6285.
Disc golfers compete -
Twenty-four disc golfers from as far away as Watertown and
Chadron, Neb., participated in the South Dakota Amateur disc
golf championship and 5th Annual Octoberfling held on the campus
disc course at Black Hills State University Saturday.
The top four players in each of the two divisions are listed
below. Par for the 47-hole tournament was 141.
Name Score Hometown
1. Don Altmyer 127 Spearfish
2. Scott Caesar 139 Rapid City
3. Richard Massman 142 Spearfish (won sudden death playoff for
4. Brad Benton 142 Rapid City
1. Mike Abrams 153 Chadron, Neb.
2. Matt Minnick 159 Rapid City
3. Mike Birch 160 Chadron, Neb.
4. Rob Sandoval 165 Rapid City
Tournament net proceeds of $210 were donated to the Relay for
Life charity. Prizes for the tournament were donated by the BHSU
bookstore and Discraft Flying Discs.
Faculty research funds available -
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 grants office or can be
printed out from their webpage.
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request
support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to
research sites or 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. A three-hour release time is available
for fall 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. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your
proposal to the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s
office in Woodburn 314 by Oct. 20.
the university assessment committee meeting Sept. 14 -
The university assessment committee met Wednesday Sept. 14,
2000. Present: Earley, Meyers, Calhoon, Godsell, J. Miller,
Sharon Hemmingson. Absent: Cook, Haislett, business
representative, Schamber, Termes, general education representative.
There was a discussion and approval of the operational
guidelines for the university assessment committee.
The director reported several things-
a) the deadline for submission of the annual report on
1999-2000 had been moved from Jan 1, 2001, to Oct 15, 2000.
b) the deans had been asked to make sure that the individual
majors submitted reports on student learning in each major. In
specific, Dean Myers had agreed that the college of education
would submit separate reports for each major and Dean Meek and
Dean Downing had agreed that the outcomes should be tailored to
fit the major.
c) the director was meeting with the deans to talk about the
process of delivering the reports and their role.
d) the reports are to evaluate student learning.
The committee wanted the director to emphasize to the deans
that the reports should be an interpretation of the data and
also approved by the faculty involved in that major. The first
point refers to several reports last year stated that since the
data was useless, nothing could be said. If the faculty are not
satisfied with the data, then they should find a better system
of measuring student learning. The committee believes that
denial does not have any value in assessing student learning.
The second point is that several members of the committee
reported that faculty in their major had neither seen nor
discussed the report on their major. The faculty should meet,
discuss, and approve the document. The committee indicated that
there are several reports which could be used as models and the
various members of the committee are willing to work with the
departments on the reports.
The committee agreed to meet in October and begin reviewing
Minutes of the North Central
Accreditation self study committee -
The North Central Accreditation self study committee met Sept.
26, 2000, at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn conference room one. Present:
Earley, Downing, Wessel, Cook, Heidrich, Haislett, Godsell,
Keller, Silva, Lin, Card, Schamber, J. Johnson, A. Hemmingson.
Absent: K. Johnson, Kloppel.
There was a discussion of the North Central self-study
framework and timelines. The chair welcomed the chairs of the
five committees and outlined the process of self-study for the
next two years. The chairs are Criterion 1- Holly Downing,
Criterion 2- Doug Wessel, Criterion 3- Lyle Cook, Criterion 4-
Fred Heidrich, Criterion 5- Judith Haislett. During the
conversation, the chairs asked for ace cards to be able to
duplicate material for completing their component of the
self-study. The chair agreed to the request.
Arnie Hemmingson suggested that the self-study could be setup
to be online and recommended an electronic document room. The
chair agreed to meet with him and work on the idea.
The chair recommended that each of the
committees make sure that all groups of the university including
students, CSA, administrators, and faculty were represented on
The chair suggested that since the NCA self-study will be in
the fall of 2002 and the NCATE in the spring of 2003 every
effort should be made to coordinate and perhaps overlap the two
to make less work for everyone. The chair pointed out that he
and Sandee Schamber had been working on a project to have one
vita book for all personnel in place of a vitabook for NCA and a
different one for NCATE.
The committee recommended that the chair ask President
Flickema to send a letter to everyone on campus informing them
about the NCA self-study. The chair agreed.
The chair said the tentative date for the next meeting was
Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn conference room one. By that
time, he should have more information on the self-study and also
the chairs of the criteria committees could report on their
progress and needs.
Instructional improvement funds
Grants of up to $1000 are available to full-time faculty,
adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff members for projects
which will improve the quality of instruction at BHSU. Grants
are available for bringing in consultants, for training support,
for equipment that will improve instruction, and for travel to
Proposals are reviewed monthly. Ten copies of the grant proposal
should be submitted to the grants and special projects office or
the committee chair, Sharon Strand, by the last Friday of the
month. For more detailed information, go to the grants and
special projects page or contact Sharon Strand.
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Sept. 21-Oct. 4 in the
grants office, 218 Woodburn. 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.
Four programs under the
Individuals with Disabilities Act: Special education –
research and innovation to improve services and results for
children with disabilities; Special education – technology
and media services for individuals with disabilities; Special
education – training and information for parents of children
with disabilities; and Special education – studies and
evaluations program. Awards and deadlines vary. http://www.ed.gov/GrantApps/
- Department of Education. Undergraduate international
studies and foreign language program provides grants to
strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in
international studies and foreign languages in the United
States. Deadline is Nov. 3, 2000. http://www.ed.gov/GrantApps/
Foundation. Deadlines: Dec. 15, 2000; May 15, 2001; Dec. 15,
2001; May 15, 2002. National Collegiate Inventors and
Innovators Alliance Introduction. Through June of 2002, the
NCIIA will award approximately $2 million in grants to faculty
and students of member institutions. The NCIIA will provide
financial support for the creation and establishment of
programs and courses that promote invention, innovation, and
entrepreneurship and support the work of student/faculty
E-Teams see "What Are E-Teams?" This RFP and
additional important background information are available on
our website, http://www.nciia.org/
- NCIIA Grants to Support Invention, Innovation, and
Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.
This week at BHSU
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Octoberfling, disc golf course, 9 a.m.
|Sunday, Oct. 8
||Monday, Oct. 9
|Native American day,
|Swarm Week begins
Picnic, Campus Green, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
Jim Wand hypnotist, Young Center gym,
BHSU Fall Film Festival "Manhattan," Jonas 305, 7
|Strip basketball, 4
Mr. Cinderfella, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.
|Multicultural Book Quilt
and Speaker, Student Union multipurpose room, 4-5 p.m.
Swarm Day Kids Carnival, 4-7 p.m.
Float preparation, 7 p.m. to midnight
|Volleyball game with
Minot State University, 7 p.m.
Float preparation, 7 p.m. to midnight
Hall of Fame Banquet, Holiday Inn, 6:15 p.m
Parade, 10:30 a.m.
Cross Country Dakota Championships, 9 a.m.,
Spearfish Canyon Country Club
Football game vs. Mayville State, 2 p.m.
Homecoming dance, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.