Volume XXV No. 8 • Feb. 23, 2001

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Hesson, Tentinger, Shimon and Silva present at convention - Top  

Hesson Tentinger Shimon Silva

Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education and health, Dr. Larry Tentinger, assistant professor of physical education and health, and Dr. Jane Shimon, assistant professor of physical education and health, attended and presented at the Central District Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, (AAHPERD) held in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 8 – 10.  The Central District of AAHPERD consists of nine states in the upper central United States. 

Tentinger presented, "Making A Difference - Service Learning In Action," assisted by Hesson and Shimon. This presentation focused on how to create an advocacy effort that will get students involved in health-related community - service projects that draw positive media attention and result in favorable response from legislators and others.  

Hesson, Shimon, Tentinger, and Dr. Betsy Silva, department of Health and Physical

Education chairperson, presented "The Total Ab Solution."  This presentation involved the growing problem of abdominal circumference.  A comprehensive plan was presented to help AAHPERD professionals teach people how to achieve victory in the battle of the bulge. Since Silva was unable to travel this year, and her abdominal circumference was rather large (due to her pregnancy), she planned her portion of the presentation in advance and recorded it on videotape to be presented in absentia. 

Shimon organized the visually impressive presentation, including all of the main points in text, illustrations from transparences, clip art and photographs in PowerPoint and recorded it on a CD. In addition to preparing the technology part of the presentation in advance, Shimon operated the computer, VCR, and LCD projector at the hotel convention center with only 10 minutes between sessions. 

Professor donates mailboxes to child care center - Top

Children at the Black Hills State University child-care center present David Calhoon, assistant professor of education at BHSU, with a special thank-you Valentine in honor of the mailboxes he built and donated to the center.  Calhoon, who serves on the child-care center advisory board, volunteered to build the mailboxes donating his time, labor and materials to make mailboxes. The mailboxes are already in use at the center, according to director Diane Mabey. She indicated that the center has had a need for mailboxes for several years but found them to be cost prohibitive. Presenting the thank-you card to Calhoon are front, Courtney Babb, Ambrielle Belter, Kennedy VanOurkerk, back row, Blake Pruden, Calhoon, Devin Schumacher, Matthew Rosencranz.

Larsen and Hahn will perform - Top

Black Hills State University music faculty members Dr. Janeen Larsen and Christopher Hahn will present a recital Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium on the BHSU campus.

Larsen Hahn

The recital, titled (Mostly) 20th Century (Mostly) American Music for Trumpet and Piano, will feature Hahn on trumpet and Larsen on piano. Admission to the recital is free.

Larsen is well known throughout the area as a classical and jazz pianist. She is the chair of the division of fine and performing arts at BHSU. Larson earned a master’s degree in piano music from the University of Wisconsin 

and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida. She joined the BHSU music faculty in 1978.

Hahn joined the BHSU music faculty this fall.  He managed a music store and played professionally in area bands and orchestras in Cheyenne, Wyo. He is a California native and received his bachelor’s degree in music history and literature from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. While there he studied with Gilbert Johnson, former principal trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Hahn earned a master’s degree in music history from the University of Wyoming. At U.W. his principal teachers included Janet Griffith, William Stacy, and Ted Lapina.

The concert will feature a cross section of music ranging from the 1890s through the 1990s. Composers on the program include Leonard Bernstein, J. B. Arban, Kent Kennan, Mike Garson, and Peter Schickele, better known to music fans as P.D.Q. Bach.

Students win bowling competition - Top

Three Black Hills State University students found you don’t have to be a varsity athlete to find success in sports.

Brian Oelke, Dusty Evenson and Tyler Steinle took their love of sport to the next level by participating in the Association of College Unions-International (ACUI) Region 10 tournament at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, earlier this month.

Oelke, a junior from Belle Fourche, captured first place in bowling, and Evenson a sophomore from Gillette, Wyo., followed up in second place. Not to be left behind, 

Steinle, a freshman from Sturgis, finished third in table tennis. They were among eight competitors sent to the tournament from BHSU.

The Belle Fourche bowler captured the championship in the collegiate all-events division, a first for a bowler moving up from the recreational division.

Both bowlers are now eligible to compete in the ACUI tournament held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., in May. Steinle will compete in a table-tennis tournament in Baltimore, Md., in April.

BHSU theatre to present musical - Top

The BHSU theatre department will present “Tintypes” by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle Feb. 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Woodburn Auditorium.

The setting for this play is pre-World War I America. Like Ragtime, this nostalgic but thrillingly subversive revue takes us back to turn of the century America, when the innocent, slower-paced days of ice cream socials and hoop skirts are giving way to a bustling world of automobiles, electricity and 

the telephone; where American optimism and ingenuity run high in leaders like J. P. Morgan, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. It is also a time of growing social turmoil, as increased immigration begins to change the cultural and ethnic makeup of the nation.

Anyone desiring to purchase tickets for this play may do so by calling 642-6171 beginning Monday the week of the play.


Green and Gold Club Booster of the Year recognized - Top

Burger King of Spearfish was recognized recently as the Green and Gold Club booster of the year for 2000 at half time during a men’s basketball game at Black Hills State University. Presenting the award to LaChel McCollar, left, store manager, Crystal Stansbury, assistant manager, and store employee Dennis Suiter, were Myles Kennedy, left, Green and Gold Club president and Dr. Thomas Flickema, university president. Burger King donated $12,500 in cash and over $4,000 in products and labor in support of university athletics last year.

BHSU clubs support CASA benefit concert - Top

It’s time to tap your toes and snap your fingers as a hard-driving blue grass group known as Six Mile Road will be performing at a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) benefit concert, March 16 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium on the Black Hills State University campus.

The university’s Human Services and Sociology Clubs are sponsoring the benefit concert. Admission is $5 at the door. The concert is open to the public.

The Northern Hills Area CASA program is a community-based agency committed to ending child abuse by serving the needs of children. The advocacy group seeks to promote and protect the best interests of

abused and neglected children involved in court proceedings through the advocacy efforts of trained volunteers.

CASA volunteers spend about 10 to 15 hours a month with the children, foster parents, and social workers. Volunteers submit reports, based on observation, research, and the child’s wishes, to the court as to what course of action would be best for the child. There are currently 35 active volunteers serving approximately 90 children in the Northern Hills area.

Information on the CASA program or the benefit concert is available by contacting the CASA office at (605) 578-1161.

BHSU hosts economic education workshop for teachers - Top

Black Hills State University in cooperation with several support organizations will be presenting an Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century conference, Thursday, March 1, beginning at 8:15 a.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy room.

The entrepreneurship conference is open to the public at no charge and is sponsored by the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, the Center for Economic Education, the Association of Business Clubs and BHSU.

The conference opens with registration and refreshments at 8:15 a.m. Participants will be welcomed at 8:45 a.m. by Dr. Priscilla Romkema, director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and by Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of business and Technology. Presentations begin at 9 a.m. and include Verona Beguin, assistant professor of business, presenting “Location, Location, Location,” at 10 a.m. Lisa Little Chief Bryan, entrepreneur and teacher, will speak about “ Entrepreneurship:  What it Takes to be and Entrepreneur,” at 11 a.m. 

Malcom Chapman, founder of the Chapman Group, will address the group with “The Five Powers of an Organization.”

At noon a luncheon for high school teachers will be held and Dr. Ron DeBeaumont, co-director of the Center for Economic Education, will speak.

The conference will convene at 1:15 p.m. with a presentation by Anna Seaton Huntington talking about “A Comparison of Sports and Business.” She was a bronze medalist in women’s pair rowing at the 1992 Olympics. Mark Young, entrepreneur, will present “Experience of an Entrepreneur” at 2 p.m.

The conference will conclude following final remarks at 2:50 p.m.

Conference information is available by contacting Priscilla Romkema, Center for Business and Entrepreneurship director, 1200 University, Unit 9006, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9006, phone (605) 642-6091 or email priscillaromkema@bhsu.edu

BHSU to offer course on starting your own business - Top

If you have ever thought about starting your own business but were unsure of how to go about it, a course is now available at Black Hills State University to help you get started.

NxLevel for Business Start-Ups will help participants develop their skills and help them analyze their business concepts as they prepare to become an entrepreneur.

According to course organizers, “It is proven that the entrepreneur who plans is the entrepreneur who succeeds. For this reason, participants will develop a start-up plan during the course to test the feasibility of their business idea and to act as the blueprint for start-up venture.”  

The ten-session 30-hour course begins March 13 and is taught by Randalei Ellis,

associate professor of business at BHSU. She is a certified coordinator for NxLevel Entrepreneurship and NxLevel Business Start-up programs. The course, sponsored by the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, will meet on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. and continue through June 5. The participants will use three weeks during the specified time span for additional research.

Course registration is $300 and must be submitted with an application by March 2. Registration and course information is available by contacting Priscilla Romkema, Center for Business and Entrepreneurship director, 1200 University, Unit 9006, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9006, phone (605) 642-6091 or email priscillaromkema@bhsu.edu

Minutes of the faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate minutes for Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2001, in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present: Curtis Card, Dan Durben, Margaret Lewis, Fred Heidrich, Steve Babbitt, Vincent King, Rob Schurrer, Rena Faye Norby, Barb Chrisman for Colleen Kirby, Crystal Muglia (Absent: Don Chastain, John Glover)

Meeting opened:  President Card opened the meeting.  Minutes of the previous meeting were approved. The agenda was approved. 

New Issues:
Curriculum Proposals
- The senate reviewed and approved curriculum proposals.

Student Opinion Surveys The senate discussed some of the faculty concerns with the current administration of the student opinion surveys.  There were reports of students looking through and discussing completed surveys, surveys done as group projects, and students not taking the surveys seriously.  The Senate agreed that much more care must be taken with the student opinion surveys and that the dignity and integrity of the administration of the surveys must be improved.

Plus/Minus Grading - The issue was tabled until the feasibility of this grading system is determined.

Meeting closed:  The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m.

Minutes of the graduate council meeting - Top

Minutes of graduate council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 309 .

Present:  Steckline, Sujithamrack, Austin, R. Chrisman, Alsup, Molseed. Absent: Thares, Cook, Erickson. Visitor: Farrokhi

Chair reported that the College of Education had experienced a dramatic increase in enrollment.  He presented the following data:  

Term MSCI Headcount
1998FR 23
1999SR 25
1999FR 27
2000SR 32
2000FR 81
2001SR 92

In response to this growth the College of Education is considering various changes to the structure of the program which will be presented to the graduate council for consideration.

Austin report- the council discussed and approved the following:

Graduate Committee Responsibilities

Committee composition: Graduate students are responsible for asking graduate faculty members to serve as chairperson and members of his or her graduate committee. Each committee will consist of at least three graduate faculty members. The chairperson must be from the student’s college, and one member must be from outside the student’s college. The outside member can be from BHSU or, with the approval of the student’s dean and the director of graduate studies, from another accredited college or university.

Chairperson’s responsibilities: The graduate committee, under the direction of the committee chairperson, is responsible for monitoring the student’s progress. The chairperson convenes committee meetings, ensures deadlines are met, processes paperwork, acts as chief communicator of information to the student, meets with the student in an attempt to resolve committee members’ concerns, and facilitates/schedules the oral examination at the end of the student’s program of study. 

Student’s responsibility: The student will first select a committee chairperson and other members of his or her committee.

The student will submit to the chairperson and other members of his or her committee, a plan of study (an outline of courses to be taken) by completion of the 10th hour of credit, and submit a project proposal (thesis, professional portfolio, or collaborative article) by completion of the 17th hour of credit. The student’s primary contact person throughout the process (to whom he or she will ask questions, seek guidance, attempt to resolve conflicts) is the committee chairperson. If irreconcilable differences arise between the student and chairperson, the student may appeal directly to his or her dean.

The student is required to submit final copies of his or her project to committee members at least three weeks prior to an oral examination. Also, the student is to be knowledgeable of, and satisfy, any additional graduate requirements and/or graduate deadlines required by the university and his or her college.

Committee member’s responsibilities: At an initial committee meeting members approve, amend, or reject a student’s project and initial plan of study. If a committee cannot reach consensus about the initial plan of study or proposal, the committee member(s) may resign or appeal to the graduate council. If a faculty member or committee member resigns, the chairperson will report this to the student’s dean and director of graduate studies. Any new appointment(s) will be made with the approval of the student’s dean and director of graduate studies. If the committee cannot reach an agreement and there is no resignation, the committee will refer the matter to the graduate council. The graduate council will then hear the concerns and issue a binding decision.

In cases where disputes arise concerning the final disposition of a student’s oral examination and/or final project, a student needs the signatures of all committee members attesting to successful approval of the final project and/or oral examination in order for him or her to receive a passing score.

The next meeting will be March 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 309.

Minutes of the university assessment committee meeting - Top

Minutes of university assessment committee meeting of Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1

Present: Sharon Hemmingson, Termes, Earley, Schamber, Altmyer, Calhoon, Meyers. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Myers, J. Miller, Buchholz.

Chair reported that he had talked to Deans Myers and Meek about whether the assessment reports coming from the colleges of education and business and education should have a separate report for each major or one for each college. The deans had indicated to the chair that each dean had expressed a desire to do one report. The committee discussed this issue- the question is do different majors have different goals? if they do- then there should be separate reports. If they do not, then why have separate majors? The committee agreed there should be an individual report for each major regardless of the college. The chair agreed to talk to the deans about this.

Assessment reports approved
  1. Early childhood/special ed (comments added)
  2. Special ed. (comments added)
  3. Elementary ed. (comments added)
  4. Technology (comments added)
  5. Speech (comments added)

Assessment report- no recommendation

  1. Theatre

Reports to be reviewed at next meeting Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn conference room 

  1. Tourism
  2. MSTHM
  3. Outdoor ed.
  4. Physical ed.
  5. MSCI
  6. Composite Social Science/Social Science

Instructional Improvement Committee funds 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. Any 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.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the third Thursday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.  The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, 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 page.

Faculty research funds available - Top  

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 spring of 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for proposals is March 2, 2001.

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.

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.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Feb. 15-21 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 grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • National Telecommunications and Information Administration (TOP Program).  NTIA supports projects that improve the quality of – and the public access to – education, health care, government services, and economic development, especially in underserved areas.  Applications are due by March 22, 2001.  http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/top/

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA).  NIA Pilot Research Grant Program.  Award is either $25,000 or $50,000.  Application receipt dates include March 20; July 17; Nov. 16.

  • National Science Foundation.  Informal science-education programs supports projects designed to increase public understanding of science, mathematics, and technology.  Maximum grant is $50,000.  Preliminary proposals due March 5 and August 2; full proposals due May 31 and Nov. 15.  ASCEND Projects preliminary proposals due Aug.14; full proposals due Nov. 15.

  • National Science Foundation.  The course, curriculum, and laboratory improvement program seeks to improve the quality of science, mathematics, engineering, and technological education for all students and targets activities affecting learning environments, course content, curricula, and educational practices.  The program has three tracks:  1) educational materials development (EMD); 2) adaptation and implementation (A&I); 3) national dissemination (ND).  Awards vary.  Letters of intent due April 23; proposals due June 5 for A&I track and June 6 for EMD and ND tracks.

  • National Science Foundation.  Instructional materials development projects create comprehensive curricula and supplemental instruction materials, as well as student assessments that enhance classroom instruction preK-12.  Maximum award is $6 million for up to five years.  Preliminary proposals due May 9; full proposals due Aug. 23.

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Track and field DAC-10 indoor championships, Young Center

Theatre - "Tintypes," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium


Track and field DAC-10 indoor championships, Young Center

Theatre - "Tintypes," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium



Theatre - "Tintypes," 2:30 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium



Rising Junior Exam prep session, Cook 119

Student recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 28

Rising Junior Exam prep session, Cook 119

March 1

Student Support Services Scholarship deadline is today

Green & Gold luncheon, Millstone, noon

Faculty trumpet concert, Woodburn Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.       

2nd Annual Undergraduate Writing Awards deadline, 5 p.m.

Learning Plus for PPST & CAAP workshop, Cook 119


March 2

Preview Day: high school students on campus


March 3

Spring break begins