Volume XXV No. 40 Oct.
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Welcome to Black Hills State University
- Roger Two Crow, custodial worker, facilities services
long-term enrollment trend remains positive
The South Dakota Board of Regents this week
released enrollment figures for the six state universities.
growth at Black Hills State, the state’s third largest university,
has been steady over the past several years.
enrollment of 3,836 students is 232 short of last year’s all-time
high at 4,068 but ranks as the second highest enrollment in the past
five years with a 11.3 percent increase since 1997.
year’s enrollment fits well into a pattern of consistent
enrollment growth over the past five years,” said BHSU President
Thomas Flickema. “Of course we would like to have a record
enrollment every year but that’s not realistic. The growth pattern
over time is what counts and we believe we are on the right
The BH enrollment
dean Steve Ochsner
says freshmen numbers are strong this fall
over 1,000 new students (freshmen and transfers) on campus. He said
the university is continuing to recruit quality students and has
tightened admissions requirements over the past several years. In
addition to growth in headcount numbers, the full-time equivalency
(FTE) number continues to improve with 100 additional full-time
students enrolled as compared to FTE numbers in 1997.
had sustained growth,” said the BH enrollment dean. “Our
enrollment had to peak, but we are still well ahead of the numbers
five years ago. We are one of only two state schools to show large
sustained growth over that period of time. Our enrollment is
Overall the state system gained 1,268 students this year, a 4.6
percent increase over last year.
and Ewing publish article - Top
Enlivens a Spanish Class” by Dr. Kristi Pearce,
associate professor in the College of Education, and Sherry Ewing,
Spearfish High School Spanish teacher, was published in the Sept.
2001 issue of Learning and Leading with Technology.
action-research project was completed as the culminary activity for
Ewing to achieve the master's of science degree in curriculum and
instruction under the guidance of Pearce.
research captures the impact on student learning when using a
variety of software programs to teach foreign language.
As a result of coursework for the MSCI degree, Ewing
investigated the educational literature
regarding the integration of
technology into teaching and learning to prepare a proposal
the Spearfish School District to re-allocate funds for textbooks to
purchase 12 computers with full audio capabilities, Spanish alphabet
keyboards, Spanish curriculum software, and internet access as well
as five printers. The
results of the classroom research project provided evidence that
this decision was a definite benefit for the high school students.
Results of the study reflect the students learned more
language skills at a higher cognitive level than previous classes
using the traditional textbook approach to teach foreign language.
joined the BHSU
College of Education faculty in 1991. She has an Ed.D., from the
University of South Dakota in educational psychology and counseling.
computer science faculty to meet at BHSU - Top
Computer Science faculty from
colleges in the region will be on the campus of Black Hills State
University for the Tenth Annual Rocky Mountain Conference of the
Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges (CCSC) Oct. 19-20.
Local faculty presenting at the
conference include Laura Turner, assistant professor of education,
and Jean Johnson, assistant
professor of technology.
The keynote address for the conference will be by Tim McCabe
of Gateway. The
sessions will be
held in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room and in
For more information contact Johnson at 642-6818.
students visit Spain - Top
Ten Black Hills State University students spent six weeks in
Granada, Spain, this past summer in an intensive program studying
language, culture, and art history at Centro Granadi’ de Espanol.
They received six semester hours of credit and lived either with
Spanish families or in apartments shared with Spanish university
students. Dr. Peggy Buckwalter, assistant professor of Spanish at
BHSU, coordinated the visit. BHSU students attending classes this
fall who participated in the summer institute were, left, Megan
Christopher, Rapid City; Sara Wasmoen, Spearfish; and Dawn
Christopher, Rapid City. Back row, left, Ben Bryce, Worland, Wyo.;
Sara DeGroot, Black Hawk; Kristina Brewer, Rapid City; and Anne
Srarstad, Rapid City. Current BH students not pictured are Deana
Nelson, Spearfish; Rachel Christensen, Spearfish; and Katie Jobyen,
Library coffee shop is now open
The library coffee shop is now open from 7:30
to 11:30 a.m. Monday through
available include espresso, cappuccino, latte`, mocha, house
coffee, hot tea, hot chocolate, Italian soda, and assorted juices.
Postal Pete tip
USPS has established Aviation Mail Security regulations pertaining to personal
domestic or international mail that weighs over 16 ounces.
The mail must be brought
to the BHSU Mail Service window.
Return address is required in the upper left corner of
envelope or parcel.
A photo ID may be required.
Minutes of the faculty senate
meeting on Sept. 19, 2001
The faculty senate met Sept. 19, 2001. Present:
Dan Durbin, president, Margaret Lewis, David Wolff, Steve Babbitt,
vice president, Vincent King, James Hesson, Darlene Swartz for
Rena-Faye Norby, Colleen Kirby, Monty Robinson, secretary, and Fred
Steve Babbitt called the meeting to order. An
approval of the agenda was entertained and passed.
There were no minutes from the organizational
meeting from Sept. 5th in
which officers were selected. John Glover was elected president from
which he has recently resigned. Steve Babbitt was elected vice
president and Monty Robinson was elected secretary.
The election of officers for a new president
was initiated with a motion from David Wolff nominating Dan Durbin.
It was approved unanimously. Thank you Dan.
It was next moved and seconded to accept the
recommendation from the appointments committee for new members on
the university curriculum committee, (Charles Follette,
Shearer-Cremean, David Calhoon and Susan Wessel),
general education committee, (Barb Chrisman, Jan Golliher, Sandee
Schamber, Steve Anderson, Ahrar Ahmad and Penny DeJong), and safety
committee (Verona Beguin).
In other business Steve Babbitt read a letter
from Monty Robinson regarding the position and purpose of the
faculty senate. Discussion followed with questions and opinions from
the group. Several ideas including improved communications with the
administration and how to make serving on the faculty senate and its
committees more desirable were voiced. It was determined that more
discussion was necessary in order to address these issues.
Additionally, it was determined to have each
faculty senate member bring issues, concerns and ideas that the
general faculty have for the faculty senate to address this year.
A motion to adjourn was entertained, passed.
Next meeting is Oct. 3rd.
Recorded by Monty Robinson, secretary faculty senate.
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
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 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for proposals is Nov. 2.
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, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair;
Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer.
Below are the program materials received Sept.
27-Oct.10 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Japan Foundation. Programs
available in the United States 2002-2003.
Nov. 1 deadline: Visiting
professorship, staff expansion grant, research/professional
conference. Dec. 1
deadline: arts and
exchange of persons programs, Japanese studies programs.
This week at Black Hills State
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"Small Business Legal
Issues," Spearfish Area Chamber Office, 8 a.m.
ball vs. Jamestown College, Young Center, 7 p.m.
Examination, Jonas 304, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meeting, Jonas 309, 3:30 p.m.
Student Union, 2:00 p.m.
workshop, Student Union, noon
Green & Gold Luncheon, Cedar House
Junior Exam preview,
Cook 119, 8:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Foundation Board of Directors meeting,
Dr. Flickema's house, 5:30 p.m.
Junior Exam preview, Cook 119, 8 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Tailgates, Lyle Hare
Stadium and Salem park, noon
vs. South Dakota Tech, Lyle Hare Stadium, 1:30