Volume XXV No. 49 Dec. 21, 2001
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named vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU - Top
director of institutional advancement at Black Hills State University,
was promoted to vice president of institutional advancement, it was
announced by BHSU President Thomas Flickema during December commencement
Meeker began his
higher education career at BHSU in 1986 as an admissions counselor. He
was selected to head the university’s admissions office as enrollment
management coordinator in 1987 and as director of admissions and records
in 1989. He was appointed director of advancement in 1990. He also
served as the university’s interim athletic director in 1993.
During his tenure as advancement director, Meeker was recognized as
outstanding staff member by the
BHSU Student Senate in 1994, outstanding
in 1999, and as marketing administrator of the year in 2001 by the
National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators.
Active in the
advancement field, Meeker was elected vice president and later president
of the state’s Alliance for Higher Education Advancement and
Development (AHEAD) organization in 1992 and 1993.
Meeker is responsible
for university academic and athletic fundraising and oversees two
university foundations: the Black Hills State University Foundation and
the Yellow Jacket Foundation.
The new BHSU vice president of advancement is a native
South Dakotan who graduated from Britton High School in 1980 and BHSU in
1984 with a degree in mass communications.
Student life staff sponsors midnight
breakfast to kickoff finals - Top
than 300 BHSU students enjoyed a finals week kickoff midnight
breakfast Monday night sponsored by the student life staff.
began lining up at 10:45 for the breakfast which was served by
student life staff members.
from the residence halls as well as many who had been studying at
the library gathered in the
Union Marketplace. “Students were very appreciative of the
breakfast,” said Kim Schmitz, committee
member. “Some were studying and others just
stayed and visited.”
breakfast, which may become an annual event, was the first part of
an ongoing promotion of the new student life motto, “It’s not
just a job, it’s our life…Student Life.”
student life staff sends a special thank you to Tim Johnston, food
service director, for all his hard work.
than 300 students came to the midnight
for the midnight breakfast included student life employees: (right
to left) Kim Schmitz, enrollment center; Ann Chastain, residence
life; Juli Larson, child-care center; and Cheryl Leahy, enrollment
in the faculty staff campaign - Top
giving at Black Hills State University is at an all-time high with
49 percent of BHSU employees contributing to one or both of the
universities two foundations following the recent campaign.
theme for this year’s employee campaign was your contributions are
"worth a mint." "And, they certainly are,”
said Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement.
"Forty-nine percent employee giving is an excellent indication of the
dedication and loyalty of employees at BHSU. These donations are
The following employees won
prizes in the recent employee campaign: Spearfish Canyon Resort stay
- Riley Chrisman, College of Arts and Sciences; BHSU t-shirt - Joan
Wermers, Student Support Services and Jace DeCory, College of Arts and
Sciences; BHSU Sweatshirt - Bev Evenson, Facilities Services, and
Ellen Lefler, Institutional Advancement.
BHSU Foundation raises money for the academic scholarships and
capital improvements to campus. The Yellow Jacket Foundation raises
money for athletic scholarships. The two foundations awarded
$455,470 in scholarships to BHSU students for the 2001 fiscal year.
employees chose to use payroll deduction for their contributions
this year. This convenient way to give is set up after an employee
authorizes the university to deduct a specified dollar amount from
each paycheck and deposit it into either the academic or athletic
foundation. Employees can even specify which college, department or
scholarship fund they would like their donation to go toward.
more information, please contact Steve Meeker at 642-6385.
stock market simulation game winners announced - Top
The fall session
of the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation (SDSMS) game concluded
with the close of the Dec. 14th market indices. Watertown
High School and advisor Kathleen Johnson produced the best portfolio
out of 112 teams competing in three divisions with a stunning 69.8
percent return and a portfolio worth $169,823.
Watertown high-school team advised by Johnson finished second with a
$122,759 portfolio and a White Lake High School team with advisor
Marcia Schuldt finished third with a $115,001 portfolio. College
division winners were Paul Hanson at Black Hills State with a
$155,012 portfolio, Gus Karinen, BHSU, $134,508 and Adam Sanderson,
BHSU, $125,659. The elementary-junior high winner, capturing the top
three places, was Watertown and advisor Colleen Ehresmann with a top
portfolio of $112,799.
The SDSMS is an
educational product of the University of South Dakota and Black
Hills State University. The simulation is a motivating approach to
learning about economics and business. In South
of student teams compete each semester in a statewide competition in
which they research companies to invest in a $100,000 stock and
mutual fund portfolio. Student
divisions include elementary/junior high school (grades 4-8), high
school and college. All
trading and research are performed online. The top teams in each
division receive cash awards and prizes.
The South Dakota
Stock Market Simulation is sponsored by the South Dakota Council on
Economic Education, the Center for Economic Education at the
University of South Dakota and the Center for Economic Education at
Black Hills State University.
The spring SDSMS
begins Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, and concludes the 10-week trading
period on Friday, April 26.
about the SDSMS game is available by contacting Don Altmyer,
associate professor at BHSU, at email@example.com
or by phone at (605) 642-6266.
grants available - Top
The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC)
encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing
knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of
instruction at BHSU.
full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-
time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant
funds administered by the committee.
Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of
$1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will
have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across
faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for
development of materials and methods to improve teaching and
learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to
conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and
bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support
staff at BHSU.
members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or
workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three
years. In the other
categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an
IIC grant in the last academic year.
Proposals for grant funding
will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for
submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be
made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, or to the chair
of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the
proposal and budget outlines following the specified format
available at the grants and special projects web
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. The next application deadline is
Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.
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.
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