Volume XXVI  No. 15 • April 12, 2002

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. To submit an item send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

Reception will honor retiring faculty and staff and employee awards recipients - Top

A BHSU employee reception is set for Tuesday, April 30 from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.  This reception is designed to recognize the distinguished faculty member, retiring faculty and staff, longevity pin recipients, and those employees receiving awards.  The award presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

BHSU student to present paper at regional conference - Top

Lee Howard, a senior English major from Rapid City, will present an individual paper at the Great Plains Political Science and Public Affairs Association Conference hosted by North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. April 14.

His paper titled “In the Face of Genocide: The United States and Mass Murder in Rwanda” will be part of a session on 

“Political Violence” chaired by Dr. Delmer Lonowski of South Dakota State University.  Other panelists include professors from North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota at Morris.  Howard’s paper was originally written for a BHSU course on diplomatic history offered by Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students will be recognized with writing awards - Top

BHSU students who placed in the third annual BHSU Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing contest will be recognized at an awards ceremony Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Ruddell Gallery in the BHSU Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Guest speaker at the ceremony will be Lisa Norris, author of Toy Guns: Stories, winner of the 1999 Willa Cather prize for fiction.  The awards ceremony is open to the public and will include readings of excerpts from the winning essays. Reception and book signing for Norris will follow.

The following students will be honored for their winning essays:

Awards for essays written in English composition courses - first place, Jennifer Barnhardt, a freshman political science major from Rapid City,  “Liberty and Justice for All?” written for Dr. David Cremean, English 201; first runner-up, Greg Bischoff, a sophomore English major from Belle Fourche, “Extinction: The Case Against Materialistic Society” written for Dr. Christine Shearer-Cremean, English 101; second runner-up, Judith L. Novak, a sophomore English major from Spearfish, “Searching for Life: A Man’s Quest for Identity, Purpose, 

and Faith in Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer” written for Dr. David Salomon, English 201.

Awards for essays written in non-English composition courses: first place, Nathan E. Milos, a senior English major from Lead, “Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Underworld” written for Dr. David Salomon, humanities 494: heaven and hell seminar; first runner-up, Heather K. Hansen, a senior English major from Rapid City, “The Impossible Dream: Women, Freedom, and Imagination in Chopin’s ‘Story of an Hour’” written for Dr. R.D. Theisz, English 484, literary criticism; second runner-up, Scottie Bruch, a senior education major from Whitewood, “Langston Hughes: African American Pride” written for Dr. Amy Fuqua, English 342: American literature 2.

A special thanks goes to retired professors Stewart and Wanda Bellman, professor Bill Bogard, and Applebee’s of Spearfish for providing this year’s funding. The Undergraduate Writing Awards Committee: Dr. David A. Salomon, Dr. Christine Shearer-Cremean, Dr. Amy Fuqua, Dr. Timothy Martinez, and Dr. Timothy Steckline.

Career center COW grazes throughout states - Top

Bob Stanelle, director of student development, has developed a program, Careers on Wheels (COW), that has proven to be quite popular throughout western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming.  COW is a career-center initiative in taking career programs to high schools throughout the area upon their request.

The new program, formally titled, “The Art and Science of Building a Career” has been presented at 17 schools this spring semester to over 1,400 students.  South Dakota presentations have been at Belle Fourche, Colome, Lead-Deadwood, Lemmon, McLaughlin, Mission, Rapid City Central, Wakpala, Wall and Wanblee.  Wyoming sites

include Guernsey, Lusk, Moorcroft, Torrington/Goshen County and Sundance.

The program features two parts.  The first presents students with a picture of the personal habits and characteristics needed to be successful in a career.  It emphasizes the common characteristics found among successful people, no matter what field they choose to pursue as a career.

The second part of the program discusses the process and methods students can use to help find a career direction among the myriad of choices.  This part attempts to take the theoretical and turn it into a practical plan.  Chris, a senior at Torrington, Wyo., stated afterwards, “ That’s the best program I’ve ever heard!”

Spring concerts scheduled - Top  

The Black Hills State University music department will host two concerts next week

The concert choir and concert band will present a spring concert Sunday, April 21 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room at 2:30 p.m. The concert will feature several student conductors.

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra (Black Hills State University/Community string ensemble) will present a concert Tuesday, April 23 in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room at 7:30 p.m. The orchestra concert will feature local soloists.

Cozort recognized with Spirit of Excellence at Work Award - Top  

The Spirit of Excellence at Work Award this week goes to Dr. Larry Cozort and his accounting students in the VITA program (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) who have completed over 250 tax returns for community residents this tax season.  These free services are provided for senior citizens, students and community residents who can not afford a professional tax preparer. Cozort is especially commended for working all weekends since Feb. assisting these taxpayers, doing the most difficult returns himself, supervising the students, and reviewing all returns.

This award is chosen by a group which meets regularly to discuss ways to improve the campus working environment. This group feels that when they “catch” someone doing their job well, that performance should be recognized and encourages everyone to keep up the good work so they can “catch” you at it.  

BHSU students spend spring break building houses - Top

BHSU students and staff recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity program designed to build new homes, new hope and new lives.

Six students and two staff members from BHSU spent their spring break week in Norman, Okla., building houses through Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program. The students worked with the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity during the week of March 10th to build and restore two homes.

“When I signed up for the collegiate challenge trip initially, I just wanted to get away for spring break,” said Wendy Jones, a freshman elementary-education major from Plankinton.  “Once I got to the work site and met the family that would be living in the home we were working on, I realized this was more than that. This was a home for someone with an unfortunate history…and I helped build it!”

BHSU students participating were Erica Littlewolf, a sophomore psychology and American Indian Studies major from Busby, Mont.; Kara Anseth, a junior education major from Mandan, N.D.; Wendy Jones, a freshman web administration major from Plankinton; Kristin Olson, a freshman technology education major from Rapid City; Jessica Shaffer, a junior psychology major from Gregory, and Sarah Veskrna, a freshman elementary education major from Gregory.  Heather Johnson and Sarah Chase, BHSU career counselors, accompanied the group. 


In addition to donating their time and energy to help build houses, the group spent numerous hours fundraising more than $1,000 to defer travel costs and to donate to Habitat for Humanity to help cover the costs of building supplies.

The service trip was coordinated through the BHSU Career Center.  Participants in the trip joined more than 10,000 other students from over 450 colleges, universities, and high schools who construct homes for eligible families in an effort to eliminate poverty housing from the world.  The homeowners work alongside the volunteers to construct their houses. 

By participating in Collegiate Challenge, the students are helping themselves and the local community. The program gives students the opportunity to learn new skills, assist families in need and have the experience of a lifetime.

Contact Paul Kopco for help with web pages - Top

Staff members who have responsibility for their department or organization web page should contact web master Paul Kopco for assistance updating or maintaining pages. Contact Kopco by phone at 6503 or by email at paulkopco@bhsu.edu for an appointment. He will set a time to meet individually to work through any web-page difficulties. He has also placed a link to a number of FrontPage tutorials online for training. 

Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk April 20 at BHSU - Top

The 18th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at Black Hills State University’s Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The event is held in conjunction with the Lakota Omniciye spring powwow.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. in the Young Center. The registration fee is $10 and includes a commemorative T-shirt. All proceeds go to the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund. Awards and scholarships will be presented at the end of the race.

There are events for anyone who wishes to participate, starting with the quarter- and half-mile runs at 10:30 a.m. Other events include kid’s races and the one-mile non-competitive walk for all ages.

The one-mile race and the 5-K and 10-K fun runs will close out the events, after which a $500 scholarship will be presented to an American Indian sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills. Great participation in the

fundraising event may allow the scholarship committee to present three scholarships this year.

The annual fund-raising event is held to honor the memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a BHSU student who was killed in an automobile accident in 1984. Fellow classmate Marla Herman organized the run and the Whirlwind Horse family established the scholarship the spring after the accident. The event has been held annually ever since.

Last year’s run was a success with more than 100 runners participating. The scholarship went to Erica Littlewolf, a BHSU sophomore from Busby, Mont., majoring in psychology. Mae Whirlwind Horse, Kevin’s mother, and Kevin Whirlwind Horse Jr., Kevin’s son, presented the award.

For more information or applications, entry forms, or donations, see the website or contact: Deatta Chapel, Black Hills State University, Student Support Services, 1200 University, USB 9020, Spearfish, SD, 57799-9020, or call 642-6294.

BHSU celebrates Indian Awareness Week - Top

Several speakers will visit Black Hills State University April 16-19, 2002, in recognition of Indian Awareness Week. This year’s event, “Celebrating American Indian Culture,” is sponsored by the Center for Indian Studies and Lakota Omniciye with a Speakers Bureau Grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, AISES.

The first speaker will be Albert White Hat from Rosebud presenting a traditional point of view based on Lakota language and culture from an oral history perspective. He will speak on Tuesday, April 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Jonas Academic Hall room 109 and again at 7 p.m. in room 305.

Donovan Sprague from Rapid City will speak April 17. His presentation “Crazy Horse and 

the Lakota” will be held in the Student Union Yellow Jacket Legacy room at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Claudia Iron Hawk from Wounded Knee will present “Massacre at Wounded Knee” Thursday, April 18. The early speech will be at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Legacy Room, and the second speech will be at 7 p.m. in Jonas 304.

Bill O’Donnell will round out the week with “Exploring Indian Country-Rock Art and What to Look For” on Friday. He will speak at 11 a.m. in Student Union room 220.

Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations for these events should contact John Mills at (605) 642-6578 at least 48 hours prior the event.

Irene Dunn Award presented to BHSU senior - Top  

Missy Urbaniak, a Black Hills State University senior from Sturgis, received the Irene Dunn Award from the Region VIII American Association on Mental Retardation.

The regional association accepts nominations for the award from select students in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Manitoba, Canada. The award recognizes a student who shows great promise for growth and performance in the area of mental retardation. Urbaniak was selected for her leadership in the student chapter of American Association on Mental Retardation/Student Council for Exceptional Children (AAMR/SCEC) for the past three years. The talented elementary education/special education major has served as secretary, vice president, and president of the group. She organized numerous community activities for consumers from the Northern Hills Training Center. She helped coordinate conferences and arranged for Disability Awareness Week and Life’s Changes Week on the BHSU campus.

“She is always one of the first to volunteer for any community project or class activity,” said Dr. Patricia Fallbeck, student chapter advisor. 

Missy Urbaniak, Sturgis, received a plaque in recognition of her leadership and service through the Black Hills State University student chapter of American Association on Mental Retardation. The Region VIII American Association on Mental Retardation recently presented the Irene Dunn Award to Urbaniak.

“Missy contributes positive ideas and is always alert to the needs and feelings of people with disabilities. Her sense of responsibility and her dedication have made her a real leader on our campus.”

BHSU senior consults for Washington D.C. geology research group - Top

Trips to Hawaii and Peru, presenting research papers at prestigious conferences and serving as a paid consultant with a scientific research group are activities normally associated with being a research scientist, but for Shawn McColley, a senior environmental physical science major at Black Hills State, these opportunities are just part of his undergraduate studies.

McColley, a 1989 graduate of Custer High School, recently coauthored a paper presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas. The paper titled “MOLA (Mars Orbiting Laser Altimeter) Constraints on Lava Flow Rheologies” is a study of topographic variations of lava flows on Mars.

The BH senior was hired by a planetary geology group know as Proxemy Research Inc. in the Washington, D.C., area. His work, in collaboration with Dr. Lori Glaze and Dr. Steve Baloga, resulted in the research paper. Their research involved the study of the shapes and composition of lava flows on Mars using high-resolution topographic data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter.

It was a physical geology class at BHSU taught by Dr. Steve Anderson that piqued McColley’s curiosity in geology and the volcanic process. His interest and hard work led to a research trip to work on basalt lava flows with Anderson at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii last year. It was there that he made contact with planetary scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Baloga with Proxemy Inc. He was hired last summer by Proxemy to analyze data from MOLA and is continuing his research during the school year.

“I’m working with topographic data from the Mars Global Survey Orbiter reconstructing lava flows and volcanic features associated with the flows,” McColley said. “The main goal is to utilize the data collected by the Mars Global Surveyor and to determine if the flows on Mars act as they do here on Earth and to make some comparisons, which is a difficult thing to do.” 

The BH senior could graduate next December but has decided to stay an extra semester, carry a lighter academic load, and continue his research work with Proxemy Research. Also, there is more graduate scholarship money available if he waits until the fall semester to begin work on a master’s degree.

“I always wanted to have more time to work on these projects, but during school it’s difficult to balance this (research) with a heavy class load and family responsibilities,” said McColley. “I’m hoping that it works out so I can dedicate time to this (research). My scientific writing also needs a brush up.”

His writing, however, seems to be sharp, as he coauthored another paper on his work that was presented last December at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco.

With the help of a BHSU Nelson Summer Research Scholarship, the 30-year-old BH student recently spent some time at Arizona State University. He was conducting modeling experiments of lava flows and will be writing a paper on his findings.

“It’s wax works (using polyethylene glycol) in a lab modeling lava flows and attempting to determine what goes on in the inside of a lava flow as it travels. We’ve been able to acquire a lot of qualitative data, but we have not been able to quantify anything at this point and that’s where we are working now. …”

But before he completes his wax modeling research, he and Anderson will be working with researchers from the University of Maryland for two weeks in May on the Sabancaya volcano in Peru. They will be camping at an elevation of 15,000 feet studying silicic lava flows on the active volcano.









If that isn’t enough to keep him busy, McColley will spend time this June in Maryland receiving software training to make models of data that have been collected from the Global Survey Altimeter.

As for plans after graduation, McColley wants to attend graduate school and continue his study of geology and volcanoes. He plans to apply at several institutions, but his first choice is Arizona State University.

The BH senior believes he has received many outstanding opportunities at Black Hills State that nurtured his growth as a student. It was Anderson’s mentorship that has had the most significant impact.

Likewise, the geology professor has been impressed with his student’s progress and development.  

“He (McColley) is one of the most talented students I’ve ever had, and has accomplished the most with his short time here at BH,” Anderson said.

Even though he has been on campus only a few years, the Custer High School graduate had time to think about and plan for his future. His initial plan was to attend college and become a pharmacist, however, after a year of college he decided to try something different.

Vocational technical training was his next choice. His parents owned a body shop and with his newly acquired vocational skills, he returned home to become part of the family business. He spent the next eight years working at various positions from helper to manager of the business.  

“I saw what it’s like to own a small business and decided that’s not what I wanted to do,” he said. “I know it didn’t make them (parents) very happy when I decided to go back to school, but they are now very supportive. … They’re really happy the way it’s gone. I got married last June and Misty has been a big help. … She played an important part in pushing me to go back.”

Knowing he wanted a four-year college degree and thinking a major in environmental physical science would be interesting, he enrolled at BHSU. That led to a class in physical geology taught by professor Anderson. The BH volcanologist gave him some scientific geological journals to read and to report back his thoughts. From that point on, he knew that he wanted to be a geologist.

With summer approaching, there are research projects to complete, new software programs to learn and a research field trip to South America.

Paraphrasing professor Anderson, McColley said, “I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m going there fast.”

All humor aside, he does know where he is headed and with a busy schedule time will pass quickly as he moves on to graduate school.


BHSU to present musical outreach by James Hersch  - Top  

James Hersch, a musician dedicated to a musical outreach program, will perform at Black Hills State University April 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Market Place. BHSU welcomes everyone especially families to attend this free musical event.

Through music, Hersch hopes to motivate others to reach out in friendship to those around them and realize that everybody can make a difference.  He is dedicated to his role in community service.  With eight album credits to his name, a recording and songbook of children's music, Hersch has developed a style of his own that crosses into many musical genres.

For more than 19 years Hersch has been writing and singing songs for audiences nationwide.  In 1994 Hersch formed a musical outreach program known as Reach.  Since then, Reach has become a favorite among universities throughout the United States. 

In 1997, Hersch's Reach program received the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity. 

Hersch has shared his talent and message to many different venues throughout his career. Whether he is touching the lives of children in grade schools or singing to adults in retirement facilities, Hersch enjoys spreading his message to all.  Hersch has a rare mixture of raw musical talent, sensitivity, and humor that allows him to create songs that will touch the heart and speak to what is common in all of society.

For more information on the event contact Cory Kochiyama at 642-6418.  Persons with disabilities, requesting accommodations for this event should contact him at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

Second annual BHSU teacher job fair is April 19 - Top  

Approximately 60 school districts will be represented at the 2nd Annual Black Hills State University Teacher Job Fair April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The job fair gives beginning and experienced teachers the opportunity to test the job market.

Designed as the premier teacher-recruiting event for the tri-state area, the fair includes representatives from 12 states and over 1,000 positions. Students as well as veteran teachers will have an opportunity to explore career options in the field of education, and interview 

for employment with school district representatives.

If you have questions or need information stop by the career services office located in Student Union. Information is available regarding interviewing techniques, common interview questions, resume building, researching the employer, dressing for success and career-fair tips.

For information contact the BHSU Career Services office at (605) 642-6277 or email wildbill@bhsu.edu/careers.

Computer classes for seniors offered at BHSU - Top

The Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and Students in Free Enterprise at Black Hills State University will be hosting two computer workshops for area senior citizens. 

“Creating Letters and Documents” will be held on Friday, April 19, from 3-6 p.m. in Jonas 205 on the BHSU campus.  The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, April 17. The class is limited 30 participants. 

“Creating a Spreadsheet” will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m.-12 noon.

 The deadline to sign up is Thursday, May 2. The class is limited to 30 participants

The cost to attend each workshop is $10.  Checks or cash will be accepted at the door.  

Seniors who are interested in attending either or both workshops may register by calling Lovina Dodson at the Senior Citizens Center at 642-2827. Attendance is limited.


Northwestern Mutual Financial will interview at career center - Top

The career center announces an interview opportunity for BHSU students with Northwestern Mutual Financial in Rapid City. Mary Houk, company representative, will be on the BHSU campus Wednesday, April 24.

Northwestern Mutual Financial will be interviewing graduates and undergraduates for both full time and summer internships in Rapid City and other Black Hills locations as financial services Representatives.  NW Mutual, founded in 1854, is recognized for its outstanding training programs. Interviews are open to any degree area, but sales, marketing and communication skills are key

requirements of the position.  Applicants will also have some interest and skills in business and entrepreneurship.

Further information is available at the BHSU Career Center. Interviews will be in the career center in the lower level of the Student Union.  Interview times are available on a first-come basis.  To sign up, bring a copy of your resume to the career center and see Eileen to select an interview time. Students who have not completed and updated their current resume, should see Heather or Sarah in the career center as soon as possible.

Theatre events will be held in support of Matthews Opera House renovation - Top

Two events—a comedy workshop and playwriting workshop—are planned at BHSU as fundraisers for the Matthews Opera House renovation project.

The BHSU UP Team Fine Arts Committee present will present comedy improv with the award-winning group, Mission Improvable, Tuesday, April 16. This group, from Chicago, will present a workshop at 11 a.m. and a performance at 7 p.m. in the BHSU Woodburn Auditorium. Both events are free to students and open to the public for a $3

charge.  The workshop will work on developing skills commonly used in theatre. 

The second event will be a playwriting workshop by Paul Higbee. The event will be free to students and $3 to community members with the proceeds also going to the Matthew's Opera House renovation project.  This is a two-part event so attendance at both dates is desired.

For details on either of these events call Nic Hansen at 642-6418.

Lemoine Trout family establishes scholarship at BHSU - Top

The Lemoine Trout family and friends have established a $10,000 scholarship fund at Black Hills State University.

Known as the Lemoine and Shirley Trout Scholarship fund, an annual scholarship award will be presented to a BHSU student athlete participating in track and field from the Rapid City public school system. If a scholarship candidate is not available from Rapid City, the second preference is to an athlete from the Black Hills and a third preference will be given to athletes from South Dakota and Wyoming. The athletic department at BHSU will select the scholarship recipient.

The principal of the scholarship fund will be permanently preserved with interest earnings from the principal used for the management and distribution of the scholarship.

Trout, a 1966 graduate of BHSU, died Feb. 7, 2002, following a two-year battle with cancer. He coached track and football from the time he left college. He was about to

begin his 30th year of coaching. He coached at McCook and North Platte, Neb., and at Rapid City Central and Rapid City Stevens high schools.

During the past 14 years his Stevens Raiders track teams finished in the top five at the state meet 10 times, were Region 4 champs five times and finished third in the first two seasons of the Greater Dakota Conference. His girls’ teams at Stevens also finished in the top five at state 10 times (including five state titles in a row), were Region 4 champs eight times and finished first in the GDC the past two seasons.

He was recognized in 2000 by his alma mater when he was inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame.

Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made by contacting Steve Meeker, office of institutional advancement, unit 9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799 or phone 605 642-6385.

Changes announced for health benefits - Top  

Benefit enrollment dates for FY 2003 are April 29 through May 6.  Should you wish to make changes to your benefits for next fiscal year, you must re-enroll during those dates.      

The benefit plans includes: health insurance, dental, vision, major injury, hospital indemnity, short-term disability, life insurance, child care reimbursement, medical reimbursement, etc. Changes made during this enrollment period will become effective July 1, 2002.  

There will be 11 benefit enrollment meetings via the DDN Network. BHSU employees may view the sessions at the BHSU Library, room L020. BHSU employees located in Rapid City or at EAFB may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the new classroom building, room 109.

The FY 2003 benefit enrollment meetings are scheduled for only one-half (1/2) hour this year. This is your change to have your benefit question answered by the SD Employee Benefit Plan staff.  Dates and times are shown below.

Employees should take note of the following changes of the enrollment process.

1.  Enrollment packets will not be mailed

Enrollment packets will not be automatically mailed to employees this year as all information is available online.  Employees who would like to receive a printed FY 2003 annual enrollment packet need to make the request at 1-800-343-1319 by April 10. Callers will need to use the following access code - SDBOP (73267) and social security number when they call. All re-enrollments will be conducted on-line or via telephone.

2.  Enrollment meetings

There will be 11 benefit enrollment meetings via the DDN Network.  BHSU employees may view the sessions at the BHSU Library, room L 020.  Rapid City based employees may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the new Classroom Building - Room 109. The meetings are scheduled for only one-half hour this year.  This is your chance to have your benefit questions answered by the plan staff.


Time (Mountain Time)

Monday, April 15         

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 18

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 25

1 p.m.

Friday, April 26

10 am and 10:30 am

3.  Plan changes for FY 2003 include:

            1.  Premium increases

  • Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Health up 10 percent

  • Dental and Vision Care up 5 percent

            2.  Wellness Incentive - An increased incentive of $50 into a medical spending account when an employee attends a health screening and completes a health risk assessment. This is your reward for monitoring your health.  For FY 2002, the incentive was $25.

3.      Co-payment Increases


Prior to 7/1/2002

7/1/2002 on


PCP Office Visit

$ 20

$ 20


Inpatient Hospitalization




Outpatient Hospitalization




Global Maternity/PCP




Global Maternity/OB-GYN




Participating Chiropractic Office



$ 15

$ 20


Non-Participating Chiropractic


Office Visit

$ 20    

$ 25


Physical Therapy

$ 0

$ 15


Prescription Drug   Co-payments          


Second Tier Name Brand    

Third Tier Name Brand (newer more expensive)

30 day supply or less




31 - 90 day supply




4.  Pharmacy Plan

Change from PAID Prescriptions to Advance PCS (Prescription Card Service)

      • More pharmacies from which to choose
      • Mail order will still be available - employees will need to re-apply
      • Better service to state employees
      • Everyone will received a new ID card on or about July 1st

Diabetic Supplies will be processed through Advance PCS - not through the health plan. Co-payments are still to be determined.

5.  Administrative Changes         

Enrollment process, PCP changes, family status changes, life beneficiary changes, life amount changes can be made on-line at the BOP web page.

Instructional improvement 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.

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. 

Faculty 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 page

Faculty research funds final application deadline is April 26 - Top  

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. The final deadline for ths semester is April 26. 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. The final application deadline for this semester is Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Twelve copies of the application should be submitted to the Grants & Special Projects Office, Woodburn 218, or to Dr. Farrokhi, Chair, Woodburn 314.

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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