Volume XXV No. 34 • Aug. 31, 2001

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Twelve new faculty join the BHSU academic team - Top    

New full-time faculty at Black Hills State this fall are, front left, Jason Nicholas, associate director for math education, Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education; Linn Nelson, mass communications, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, tourism and hospitality management, College of Business and Technology; Dr. Shawndra Holderby, history, College of Arts and Sciences; Sandy Klarenbeek, health education, College of Education; and Steve Andersen, health service administration, College of Business and Technology. Back row, left, Dr. Cristopher Hollingsworth, English, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Patrick Stark, psychology, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. David Bergmann, biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Gary Hagerty, mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Aaron Banks, physical education, College of Education. Not pictured is Steven Wynia, electronics, College of Business and Technology.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top  

  • Corin Humbracht and Nichole Mass, child- care workers, child- care center

Resignations - Top  

  • Dale Hanna, senior building maintenance worker, facilities services
  • Evan Peterson, instructional technology support specialist

Wallerstein article published - Top  

Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, assistant professor of English, has published an article entitled "Accusation and Argument in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night." The article appears in The Eugene O'Neill Review (Vol. 23, Nos. 1 & 2 [Spring & Fall]: pages 127-133).  

Using the rhetorical theories of the classical rhetoricians Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, and the modern rhetorician George A. Kennedy, the article argues that O’Neill’s famous play Long Day's Journey into Night contains varying types of rhetoric. A proper understanding of the Aristotelian "species" of rhetoric (judicial, deliberative, and epideictic) used by O'Neill's characters leads 

to a heightened awareness of the discursive dynamics of the play, the fundamental problem being the family's inability to embrace any expedient future action that might help the family recover from its deep divisions, angers, and addictions. At issue is the imbalance between an angry, highly-developed judicial rhetoric (one colored by vituperative epideictic), and an ineffective, under-developed deliberative rhetoric. 

Wallerstein has been a professor at BHSU since 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon, and a master of theological studies degree from Harvard. He has published articles on other playwrights, including Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.

Parrow article published in book - Top  

Dr. Kathleen A. Parrow, professor of history at Black Hills State University, has published an article “Prudence or Jurisprudence?  Etienne Pasquier and the Responsa Prudentium as a Source of Law” as a chapter in the book Historians and Ideologues: Essays in Honor of Donald R. Kelley (University of Rochester Press, 2001).  The chapter uses writings by the French Renaissance lawyer and humanist Etienne Pasquier to explore questions surrounding the role of jurists in the law-making process in both ancient Rome and sixteenth-century France.

Parrow has also had another article “Provincial Estates and the Revision of Customary Law in Medieval and Early Modern France: Evidence from the Procès-Verbal Narratives” accepted for publication in the November 2001 issue of  Parliaments, Estates and Representation/Parlements, Etats et Représentation, the annual journal of 

the International Commission for the History of Representative and Parliamentary Institutions.  This article discusses how the French monarchy’s judicial officials consulted with local representatives during the sixteenth-century revisions of the provincial customary law, and the documents used show clearly the bargaining and legal maneuvering used by all the participants.  These findings join a growing body of literature which is eroding the old view that the French monarchy was absolutist during this period.

Both of these publications benefited from the time and funding provided by a sabbatical from BHSU and an NEH long-term fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library for 1998-1999, as well as funding from the BHSU Faculty Research Committee.

Parrow joined the BHSU history department in 1991. She earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester in 1986.

Hesson reviews anatomy and physiology textbook - Top  

Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education and health at Black Hills State University, served as a reviewer for a recently published textbook, Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (fourth edition), by Rod R. Seeley, Trent D. Stephens, and Philip Tate. 

The textbook, used by universities nationwide, is published by McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., 

of New York, NY.

Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980.  He has been a professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and health at Black Hills State University since 1990.  Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches.  He frequently serves as a textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill and other educational publishers.

Wermers joins staff as disability services advisor - Top  

Student support services at BHSU is pleased to welcome Joan Wermers to the staff as the new disability services advisor.

Wermers brings a wealth of experience to the position.  In addition to a master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado and 30 years of teaching experience, she holds a transition specialist certificate from Colorado State University which she earned while serving as the transition program coordinator for a large school district in Colorado Springs.  Since moving to Spearfish in 1998 she served as a special education teacher for Spearfish High School, working extensively with students who have learning disabilities.

Her focus as the disability services advisor at BHSU will be to ensure that students with disabilities learn and practice essential self-advocacy skills so that they can access appropriate accommodations and services to make a successful transition to postsecondary and work environments.  Joan’s extensive training and experience in this area make her uniquely qualified to advise students as they move through this process.  In addition, her leadership skills, community involvement, experience with adaptive software, and established network of professionals in the area will be of trememdous benefit to Black Hills State University students.

Students, faculty, and staff can find Wermers in the disability services office in the Student Union, Room 223.

Glover and Anagnopoulos win again at faculty/staff picnic - Top

John Glover and Cheryl Anagnopoulos were once again lucky winners of door prizes at the annual faculty/staff picnic. The couple has beat the odds to win something nearly every year. 

The faculty/ staff picnic was held Tuesday evening at Spearfish City Park to welcome new and returning faculty and staff to the new academic year. 

Registration and fee payment for fall semester - Top  

Registration for the fall classes at Black Hills State University is Sept. 4. Students who have not registered for classes will have an opportunity to sign up for classes from 8 a.m. until noon in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

 “It’s not too late to register for classes,” Steve Ochsner, dean of the BHSU enrollment center said. “This time is set aside for students who have not pre-registered for classes.”

Students who have preregistered may make changes to their class schedule during the drop and add time-span which begins Sept. 4 and continues through Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Student Union. The last day to drop a non-block course with a refund is Sept. 13.

With the use of the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system, which is new this year, the payment and financial aid disbursement time frame has been changed to include only three days. Students who completed paperwork for admissions and financial aid completed by Aug. 20 will receive refunds at fee payment.

“The most noticeable difference to students with the use of Electronics Funds Transfer system is that they won’t have to wait for their refund checks,” said Ochsner. “Fee payment is a fairly simple process. It will not be time consuming for the students who have completed their paperwork.”

Students who have confirmed enrollment (with the enrollment verification card) and taken care of their bill in advance won’t need to check in. All other students should go through the payment and financial aid disbursement process according to a schedule based on their last name. To keep payment lines as short as possible students are 

advised to follow the schedule. If the schedule conflicts with a class, students should go through fee payment during an open time slot. You must pay or make financial arrangements before 4 p.m. Sept. 6 or a late fee will be assessed. Classes will be released for students who have not checked in or returned the enrollment verification card by Sept. 6 at 4 p.m 

New students can move into the residence halls Monday, Sept. 3 at 8 a.m.

Students must check-in outside the Student Union before going to a residence hall for move-in. At check-in, new students will receive their student ID and room assignment card and other information. Residence hall move-in continues until 2 p.m. New students will then have a variety of welcoming events on Monday including an ice cream social from 2-3 p.m.; hall meetings from 3-4 p.m.; and an Hawaiian Luau at 6 p.m. That evening, Troy Stende, BHSU alumnus, will be the keynote speaker in a motivational program. A dance will be held Monday evening following a full day of activities for new students. Tuesday, Sept. 4 new students will have the chance to get the business side of things taken care of beginning at 9 a.m. with the deans’ address, round-robin sessions and a luncheon with faculty advisers.

Students can make final arrangements for meal plans, parking permits and email and internet accounts Sept. 4-6 in the Student Union Market Place. Student IDs from last semester will be activated when students enroll. Replacement IDs are available in Woodburn Hall room 214 for a $10 charge.

For more information about fee payment or registration contact the enrollment office at 642-6044.

Grant opportunities announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received Aug. 23-29 in the Grants Office, 218 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • American Association of University Women Educational Foundation (AAUW).  AAUW Career Development Grants, 2002-2003 Academic Year.  Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force.  Special consideration is given to AAUW members, women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.  Deadline Dec. 15, 2001.
  • American Astronomical Society.  American Astronomican Society Small Research Grants.  To cover costs associated with any type of astronomical research.  Deadline Dec. 17, 2001.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture.  National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program.  The program supports fundamental mission-linked research conducted by individual investigators and teams.  Deadlines Nov. 15, Dec. 15, Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, depending on the subject area.