Volume XXIV No. 46 Nov. 17, 2000
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Welcome to BHSU - Top
Welcome to Black Hills State University
Positions open - Top
|The following career service positions
- teacher aide, child care center
- secretary with keyboarding, Upward Bound
- cashier, business office
For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or
contact the personnel office.
Friday following Thanksgiving is designated as leave
time - Top
|Gov. William Janklow has
signed an executive order declaring the day after Thanksgiving as
administrative leave for executive branch employees. Dr. Perry has
decided to follow the executive branch's lead and award
||administrative leave to
all South Dakota Board of Regents employees for the day after
Thanksgiving. For administrative purposes please treat this day as
an extra holiday.
Dr. Betsy Silva recognized for outstanding work -
|Dr. Betsy Silva, chair of
the Black Hills State University division of physical education
and health, was presented with the South Dakota Association for
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) Honor
Award plaque and a merit award medallion at the SDAHPERD annual
meeting in Aberdeen recently.
Silva will now be entered into competition for a district- level
honor award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); the district-honor
award winner will be announced in February 2002.
A member of SDAHPERD for nine years, Silva has served a
four-year term as chair-elect and chair for secondary physical
education twice, a two-year term as chair-elect and chair for the
aquatics section, and a three-year term as president-elect,
president, and past-president of SDAHPERD. She chaired the
SDAHPERD writing team for the South Dakota State Physical
Education Standards adopted by the state Legislature in March of
2000. Silva organized a grassroots advocacy campaign statewide,
co-chaired a membership drive and designed a new brochure, served
on a task force for Jump Rope for Heart, organized a Leadership
Development Conference, and served as the liaison to both the
AAHPERD and the National Association for Sport and Physical
Education (NASPE). She has also served as conference organizer or
on the organizing site committee for three state conferences,
hosting over 30 speakers and 150 attendees at each meeting. She is
a national reader for NASPE, reviewing schools or colleges of
physical education for national accreditation.
In the Spearfish community, Silva has been active for the past
three years in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life,
organizing activities for children.
Recommending Silva for the honor award, cross country and track
and field coach Scott Walkinshaw said, "The
strength and success of the physical education program
| here …
are a direct result of Betsy’s leadership. … Her enthusiasm is
contagious and she has boundless energy."
The award recipient is selected based on experience as an
officer or on committees in AAHPERD and its state and district
organizations, significant achievements in the field of health,
physical education, recreation and dance, presentations at
workshops or programs, service to the school, community,
state,region, or nation, and service as a positive role model in
The merit award is presented for involvement in the SDAHPERD
and for membership recruiting efforts in the organization. The BH
department chair received the merit award for her work with
students at Black Hills State University (eight of whom attended
the SDAHPERD annual meeting in Aberdeen).
Silva was appointed chair of the division of physical education
and health in the BHSU College of Education in May of 1997. She
supervises and guides 13 full- and part-time instructors and three
degree programs (physical education, wellness management, and
outdoor education). She is an associate professor in physical
education and has served on the university’s promotion and
tenure, institutional agreement and management, writing
competency, and academic appeals committees. She has also served
on the college’s promotion and tenure, professional progress,
and field experience committees as well as numerous search and
screening committees for faculty, coaches, and deans.
Silva joined the BHSU faculty as an assistant professor in 1992
and was promoted to associate professor in 1997. She earned her
doctorate in education and her master of arts degree at the
University of Northern Colorado and her bachelor of science degree
at the University of Michigan
BH professor returns from Olympic coaching; compares it
to teaching - Top
|By Dawn Taggart, media
relations student intern
Dan Durben, assistant professor of physics at Black Hills State
University, recently returned to the United States from coaching
the Olympic rifle shooting team in Sydney, Australia. One of the
members of his team, Nancy Johnson, won the first gold medal for
the U.S. in this years’ Olympics.
Durben, 41, first became interested in shooting while growing
up in St. Paul, Minn. He was involved in shooting clubs through
his freshman year in college at the University of Minnesota.
Durben said, "I couldn’t afford to go to school – but
there were other schools we were competing against that offered
athletic scholarships in shooting. I ended up transferring down to
Eastern Kentucky University and basically walked onto their team
[where] I ended up getting three-and-a-half years of a full-ride
scholarship, which really helped."
He used his skills as a rifle shooter and worked his way up
through national championships, national record holding, world
championships and a lot of international medals. He competed in
the 1988 Olympics where he finished 13th.
The young shooting champion earned his bachelor’s degree in
chemistry from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, 1982, and
a Ph.D. in chemistry from Arizona State University in Tempe, 1993.
Durben began coaching when he was still in college and made
good contacts early. He said, "I was able to coach at a high
level early. I was able to coach state junior camps up to the
national level and junior camps at the state training school even
back when I was in school. I’ve been working with the top junior
shooters in the country for quite a few years."
He stayed involved, and when he stopped competing, he was named
an assistant national team coach. As assistant, he was taking the
top juniors in the country to world cups and other competitions.
When the opening came up for Olympic coach, Durben was right
there, and as in all his other endeavors to date, was successful.
He took a three-year leave of absence from Black Hills State as
a science teacher to coach the U.S. Olympic rifle shooting team.
This fall he returned to the chemistry classroom. Durben said
there are parallels between coaching and teaching.
"They both involve working with people and developing
their skills. You get to watch people grow and learn, explore and
discover. That’s very much the same," he said.
"One of the frustrations I see is in a lot of cases
practice doesn’t count, it’s what you do in the competitions.
And in school where you see that, in a lot of cases, it’s really
not the homework that counts: but can you produce on the tests?
can you produce at the interview for the job? There are certain
critical situations where it’s like a competition for an
athlete; you have to be able to produce in those situations. That’s
a real challenge for some people, both on the athletic side and
Members of the U.S. Olympic rifle shooting
team at the Minnesota Shooting Sports Education Center in
Grand Rapids, Minn., are, left, Ken Johnson, Nancy Johnson
(standing, gold medallist), Thrine Kane, Glenn Dubis, Tom
Tamas, Mike Anti, Jayme Dickman, Jason Parker, Melissa
Mulloy, Jean Foster, and Coach Dan Durben.
academic side. On both sides you see very talented, very
skilled people, but can they do it when it really counts. It’s
one of the challenges of both teaching and coaching to help the
athlete and the student to be able to perform up to their
abilities, or to maximize their potential. In both teaching and
coaching you see the frustrations that both the students and the
athletes go through in the learning process. In both of them I
think you have to struggle to learn properly."
Durben commented that struggle is what makes the student and
athlete stronger. "When they’re trying to tackle a
difficult subject – it’s not like just sitting down to read a
book – you have to really work with it and struggle with it; and
you’ll have some disappointments along the way. If the student
really sticks with that it pays off down the road just like with
Durben feels that as a teacher, like being a coach, he
individualizes his style of teaching. Some students need more
nurturing, or encouragement than others, and there are some who
need the toughness to get them going. He said that the goal is to
get them to do it without assistance.
"By the time they’re a senior and getting ready for a
job or grad school, I’d like to see them developed to where they
know how to learn on their own and don’t have to rely on the
The BH chemistry professor feels that teaching sometimes
requires a lot of administrative work, which takes away from time
to give to students and research.
"Like in coaching, other things have to be done,"
Durben said. "It’s not the most fun part of the job, but
there are administrative duties."
Durben says his future plans are to help build and improve the
physical science program at Black Hills State.
"I think we’ve got the opportunity to be a top-flight
science program. [I want to help] give our Black Hills State
students an excellent education in the sciences and prepare them
to be competitive with anybody in any university in the country as
far as getting good jobs or going to good graduate schools, and
producing top-flight science educators. One of the exciting things
here is excellent faculty and good students coming in."
As far as coaching any more Olympic teams, Durben says he will
be satisfied with helping out part-time once in a while, but plans
to focus his attention on being science professor at BH.
BHSU undertakes faculty/staff campaign -
fundraising campaign will begin Dec. 1 on campus with the goal to
increase faculty and staff giving to 50 percent. Nearly 30 percent
of staff and faculty have given to the Black Hills State
University or Yellow Jacket (athletic) Foundations over
the past 12 months. And approximately one-third of those givers
contribute through the payroll deduction plan.
"The focus of our campaign is to increase employee
participation primarily through the payroll deduction plan,"
according to Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement.
"Giving through the payroll deduction is simple for the
employee and also helps create the habit of consistent giving.
When someone has a small amount deducted from each paycheck, it
really adds up. Most employees find that they can give more when
they have a little taken out of each check rather than trying to
write one check a year."
|"While 30 percent is
a good percentage for staff participation, the campaign committee
felt we could do better and set a goal of 50 percent," said
Meeker. Many foundations and corporations looking at making large
gifts to a university are interested in those which have strong
The campaign will be upbeat and soft sell, he said. All
employees will receive a PayDay candy bar (a reminder to remember
the foundations each pay day) and newsletter encouraging them to
consider a gift to one of the foundations through payroll
deduction. A leader in each department will distribute the candy
bars and campaign materials.
"We are looking forward to not only raising additional
funds for the two foundations, which ultimately benefits the
student and university, but to also increase awareness of the
foundations and how they make a difference at Black Hills State
University," Meeker said.
BHSU observes disability awareness week -
The Black Hills State University student chapters of the American
Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) and Students Organized for
Disability Awareness (SODA) sponsored a number of activities this
week to help heighten awareness of working with people with
President Thomas Flickema kicked off disability awareness week by
signing a proclamation recognizing Nov. 13-17 as Disability Awareness
Week Nov. 13-17 at BHSU. Participating in the signing ceremony were,
left, Daniel Byers, president of the BHSU Students Organized for
Disability Awareness, President Flickema, and Dr. Patricia Fallbeck,
professor of special education. Standing are Dr. Judith Haislett, vice
president for student life, and Alan Demaret, president of the BHSU
American Association for Mental Retardation.
Other events planned for the week included a raffle
ticket sale, adopt-a-disability day, a panel discussion, and a tour of
Minutes of the Oct. 4 faculty senate meeting -
|The faculty senate met
Wednesday, Oct. 4 in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present were Curtis Card, John Glover, Dan Durben, Rob
Schurrer, Rena Faye Norby, Margaret Lewis, Fred Heidrich, Steve
Babbitt, Vincent King, Colleen Kirby (Absent: Don Chastain)
President Card opened the meeting. The agenda was approved. The
minutes of the Oct. 4, 2000, meeting were approved.
Old Issues: The honors program issue was tabled. The
faculty senate findings will be passed on to Vice President Cook
and the honors program committee.
Faculty Marshals for December Graduation
The senate unanimously approved Darlene Schwartz, Roger Ochse,
Dan Peterson, and Betsy Silva as faculty marshals for December
Appointment to Multicultural/Gender Issues Committee
The senate unanimously approved the appointment of Dick Carter
to the multicultural/gender issues committee.
Global Awareness Committee Request for Funds
The senate unanimously approved the request for $300 for the
Global Awareness Committee.
Proposed Curriculum Changes
1. Change in course number for lab courses.
No action was taken. The proposal to change lab courses to an
"L" designation was passed on to the university
2. Academic credit for student technology fellows.
The senate unanimously approved a motion to send a memo from
the faculty senate to Vice President Cook and the faculty senate
presidents of the other state universities strongly objecting to
the procedure being used to establish the new policy that would
grant academic credit to student technology fellows, and
requesting that this change go through the proper established
curriculum process to ensure faculty input and control over
curriculum changes and to alleviate any other potential problems
associated with the new policy.
Meeting closed: the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.
|Black Hills State University Faculty Senate -
Proposed Honors Program Findings
After informal discussions with faculty, the faculty senate has
collated the following concerns regarding the proposed Honors
- Generally, faculty did not believe that the existing
proposal provided enough details about implementation of an
- Will there be adequate compensation for additional faculty
- What impact will funding of an Honors Program have on the
- Will class sizes be limited?
- Who’s eligible? How will students be removed from the
- How will "rigor" be assured across disciplines?
There are no assurances as to the quality of the honors
requirements from one discipline to another.
- What constitutes "honors work"?
- How would courses be identified as honors courses?
- Who will teach these honors courses?
- How is an honors course graded?
- Who and how will it be run?
- In the past, an honors program was initiated but when
students discovered that they would be expected to do more
work and possibly receive a lower grade than in non-honors
course they lost interest and the program was abandoned. Past
BHSU Honors programs have failed as students realized that
they were performing additional work and, on occasion,
receiving lower grades. Their interest in the overall GPA
outweighed their desire to participate in an honors program.
- Dr. Cook has indicated that initially $10,000 would be
available for the program. The proposed funding of $10,000 is
insufficient to cover the necessary faculty compensation and
resources needs of this honors program.
- There is a lack of interest in serving on a committee that
would address these issues.
- Concerns about creation of an "elitist" group and
how this impacts other students. A separate honors program
would promote elitism. (Such elitism would have a negative
impact on a small campus such as ours.)
- Concerns that the honors program would be "in name only
because faculty wouldn’t have the time or energy to devote
to the students they served".
- Lack of explanation as to how proposed start- up funding of
$10,000 is to be utilized.
- No faculty members have stepped forward to further design
and administrate this program.
- Separate Honors sections would take contributing students
out of other classes.
- There is a concern that such additional responsibilities
would simply be forced on to new faculty without necessary
release time or compensation.
- Other honors programs are presently in place in individual
programs where they can be better managed.
- The GPA and the honors categories at graduation are sufficient
indicators of honors performance.
Grants opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Nov. 9-15 in the
grants office in 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.
and technology policy fellowships. Program designed to provide fellows
with a unique public policy learning experience; to bring technical
backgrounds and external perspectives to decision making in the U.S.
government; and to demonstrate the value of science and technology in
solving important societal problems. Applicants must be U.S. citizens
and have a Ph.D. in any physical, biological, or social science, any
field of engineering, or any relevant interdisciplinary field.
Deadline Jan. 1, 2001.
American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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Co-ed 4 on 4 Volleyball captains’
meeting, Adventure Center
Ruddell Gallery, SD Health Care
Association art show begins
Hills Honors Band, Young Center
Co-ed 5 on 5 basketball captains’
to drop a class without receiving an "F"
Day, no classes
Women’s basketball vs.
Briar Cliff, Kelly Inn Thanksgiving Classic, 8 p.m.
basketball vs. Chadron State, Kelly Inn Thanksgiving
Classic, 8 p.m.