Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Lisa Jenner, senior secretary, Enrollment Services
- Bobby Perry, custodial worker, Facilities Services
CSA position open -
The following Career Service position is open and
limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State
- Office supervisor, Retention Office
For additional information, view the announcement on
the Human Resources
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Congratulations to the following employee award
- Community Service Award – Randy Culver
- Student Service Award – Dawn Kennedy
- University Service Award – Terry Hupp
- Area Award – Library Staff
- Committee Award – Finance/HRIS Implementation
Employee award winners will be honored at the annual
recognition tea Tuesday, May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union
Jacket Legacy Room.
Flickema chairs Higher
Learning Commission accreditation team -
Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State
University, recently served as chairperson of an accreditation team of
the Higher Learning Commission that conducted a comprehensive evaluation
of the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort
Fort Leavenworth is the center for Army doctrinal
study. The Command and General Staff College annually provides over
1,200 officers, ranking from majors to colonels, with training in
state-of-the-art military tactics and strategies. Composed of five
schools (the Command and General Staff School, the School of Advanced
Military Studies, the School of Command Preparation, the School of
Non-Resident Studies, and the Army Staff College), the Command and
General Staff College offers a master’s of military art and science
Other team members included Dr. R. Craig Schnell,
provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at North Dakota State
University; Dr. Michael Horowitz, president of the Chicago College of
Psychology; Dr. Donald Bird, professor of chemistry at the United States
Air Force Academy; and Dr. Ralph Bohn, consultant with the California
State University System.
Gurney named softball coach at
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Amy Gurney, an assistant softball coach at Northern
State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, has been named head women’s softball
coach at Black Hills State University.
Gurney has been an assistant coach at Northern since
2004. Prior to her coaching experience she was a pitcher for the NSU
Wolves softball team from 1999-2003. Gurney also served as head softball
coach for the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation program and has served as
volunteer softball coach and pitching clinic director in Yankton. She
has been involved in a number of professional activities including the
South Dakota Counseling Association, South Dakota Education Association
and Kappa Mu Epsilon.
Gurney is currently a counseling center intern and
disability services graduate assistant at NSU. She previously served as
a substitute math teacher and residence life program coordinator in
Originally from Yankton, Gurney graduated from NSU
with a bachelor’s degree in education with a coaching minor in 2003. She
will finish her master’s degree in education, guidance and counseling
In a written coaching philosophy, Gurney says she
believes coaching is a matter of creating an environment of expectations
"To me, coaching is more than conducting practices and
having game strategy. In this leadership role, I must be able to relate
with and respect athletes. Athletes have to know the expectations placed
upon them both on and off the field."
"Coach Gurney is going to be a great addition to the
BHSU coaching staff. Her experiences as a player and coach at the
college level, along with her character, integrity and professionalism
both on and off the playing field, will be a great asset to the
university and community of Spearfish. Amy will do a great job in
starting the fast pitch softball program at Black Hills State
University, and we are excited about the future of our Lady Yellow
Jacket's softball program," commented Jhett Albers, athletic director at
Gurney is excited to bring softball competition back
to the BHSU campus. It was dropped from the athletic program in 1982.
“I am extremely excited to be involved with bringing
fastpitch softball back to the university and back to the city of
Spearfish. One of my goals is to recruit student-athletes to the
university who are motivated to start a strong tradition of success for
the program. I hope to base the program around enjoying the game,
working hard and respect for the team and the university. It is
important to me to help my athletes enjoy their college years as well as
prepare them for their future. Hope to see you at the softball fields,”
BHSU will host Grant
Writing USA Workshop next week -
Black Hills State University will host a Grant Writing
USA Workshop Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame Room.
This workshop is designed to help participants learn
how to find and write grants. Enrollment is open to all government and
nonprofit professionals. The tuition cost of $395 per person includes
all necessary materials – a workbook, resource CD, two days of
instruction, and free lifetime access to exclusive alumni support
For more information or to register for the workshop
http://grantwritingusa.com/events/ssd0406.html or call Cathy
Rittenhouse, registrar for Grant Writing USA, at 1-800-814-8191.
“Writing the West Series”
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The conclusion of the “Writing the West Series” at
Black Hills State University will feature a presentation by two regional
journalists, Jim Stiles and M. John Fayhee, Friday, April 7 from 4 to 6
p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.
During their presentation, entitled “What’s Wrong with
the West and Writing/Righting It,” Stiles and Fayhee, both longtime
residents of the West and avid outdoorsmen, will talk about what they
see as the western region’s most pressing issues, including recreation
versus wreckreation, development and sprawl, and water issues.
A panel discussion will be held after the
presentation, featuring differing views from each of the two speakers.
David Cremean, assistant humanities professor and director of the Bush
Grant at BHSU, will serve as the questioner. Audience members will also
be able to participate by posing questions.
Stiles has operated one of the West’s unique
periodicals, The Canyon County Zephyr, since 1989. In the spirit
of an independent press and centered in Moab, Utah, the paper provides a
forum for issues particular to most of the arid and semi-arid West, most
frequently using Moab and its general area as a representation of the
Fayhee, a former editor for Backpacker Magazine,
rejuvenated the well-known regional publication Mountain Gazette,
an eclectic periodical perhaps best described as a vehicle for creative
writing about mountain life. He still serves as editor for the
Gazette. A resident of Frisco, Colo., Fayhee has also done a great
deal of freelance writing.
Both speakers have recently published major articles
in High Country News in addition to their own publications.
The event is co-sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU
English Club. It is open to the community at no cost. For more
information, contact Cremean at 645-8478 or
Music fundraising event will
feature Impressionist music and dance -
Megan Moore, Black Hills State
University music student, will be one of the featured performers at the
BHSU Opera Theater Institute fundraiser, “Saturday, April in Paris”
April 8 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in
"April in Paris,” a fundraising event for the BHSU
Opera Theater Institute, will be held Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in
Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus in
The event includes an hour-long program of
Impressionist music and dance as well as wine, cheese and desserts in a
French cafe atmosphere. Performers include pianists Al Spreizer, Krystal
Brunner, and Megan Moore; dancers Alex Maynard and Rebecca Adkins;
dramatic readers Maureen Blake and Eric Baxter; and vocalists Megan
Moore, Joshua Stanton, Kathryn Severns, and Erin Talsma.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. For
reservations call 642-6133 or 642-6652.
The Johanna Meier Opera Theater will be in its eighth
season this summer. The two-week workshop, sponsored by the Black Hills
Summer Institute of the Arts, runs from June 12-July 24 and features a
nationally and internationally renowned faculty. The artistic director,
world famous soprano Johanna Meier, will work with students daily on
staging and stage movement. Richard Nechamkin, the founder of The New
York Opera Forum and associate musical director for the Natchez Festival
of Music, will serve as musical director. John Stewart,
nationally-renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor and member of the faculty
at Washington University, will serve as vocal coach and conductor. The
school will culminate with a recital performance Saturday, June 17, and
a Grand Opera Festival on the following Saturday, June 24, during which
the students will perform scenes and a complete act from various operas.
These performances provide an experience for pre-professional opera
students from all over the United States and serve as an enriching
experience of live opera for audiences from the Black Hills area.
discuss dual enrollment options
with Spearfish High School students -
Tom Wheaton, assistant director of enrollment at Black
Hills State University, will visit Spearfish High School Monday, April 3
at 2:10 p.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to interested
high school students.
The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was
enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school
students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling
high school requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota
Regental university as well as to out-of-state universities.
BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in
several locations in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through
the Internet or by correspondence.
For more information see
www.bhsu.edu/Dual+Credit.aspx or visit with a high school counselor.
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Holmes, career counselor with the Career Center at Black Hills State
University, presents at an employment workshop hosted by the Career
Center recently. Nearly 20 BHSU students attended the workshop, titled
“HIRED: Helping Individuals Reach Employment Destinations.” According to
Shawnda Carmichael, director of the Career Center, the workshop gave
students the opportunity to create employment documents of their own
including a resume and cover letter. Pam Soriano with the One-Stop
Career Center in Spearfish assisted with the workshop.
“This was a working workshop,” Carmichael says. “We
presented information and then worked with students on their own
documents. It was an opportunity for students to have immediate help.”
University Assessment Committee
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The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March
20 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Present were: Sarkar, Earley, P. Hall, S. Hupp, D.
Wessel, Hagerty, Alsup, and C. Cremean. Romkema was absent.
Assessment proposals considered:
- Spanish - The committee approved the
writing and undergraduate assessment proposals with the stipulation
that next year in the course syllabus and annual report the student
be able to know what exactly is required.
- Sociology - The committee approved the
writing and undergraduate assessment proposals.
- Speech - The committee approved the
writing and undergraduate assessment proposals with the stipulation
that next year in the course syllabus and annual report the student
be able to know what exactly is required.
- English - The committee read and discussed
an e-mail from Theisz. No action was required. Cremean described
6 +1 writing traits rubric.
- Outdoor education - The committee approved
the writing intensive and undergraduate research proposals.
- Education - Discussion about the proposals
is still taking place in the College of Education.
- Music - The committee approved the writing
intensive, global, and undergraduate research proposals.
- Art - The committee approved the writing
intensive and undergraduate research proposals.
The next meeting will be Monday, March 27 at 12 noon
in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Graduate Council minutes -
The University Graduate Council met Tuesday, March 21
at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 104.
Present were: Austin, B. Smith, Siemens, Molseed,
Dana, Ahmad, Ryerson, Fuller, Bukralia, and visitors Downing, Hall, and
Sayler. McGrath and Steckler were absent.
Master of Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI)
Molseed introduced the changes to the MSCI, which
- creating a math specialization within the MSCI;
- creating a math certificate outside of MSCI; and
- introducing the new courses for the MSCI - ED
611, ED 621, ED 631, ED 641, ED 651, ED 661, ED 671, ED 741, and ED
A motion was made and seconded to approve all three
proposals. The motion passed unanimously.
Master of Integrative Genomics (MSIG)
Siemens introduced the courses for the new MSIG. They
are BIOL 531, BIOL 534, BIOL 534L, BIOL 367, BIOL 565, BIOL 565L, BIOL
710, BIOL 724, BIOL 735, BIOL 794, BIOL 798, MATH 561, MATH 587, and SCI
A motion was made and seconded to approve all proposed
courses. The motion passed unanimously.
Master of Business Services Management (MSBSM)
Dana reported that they were about to start an
advertising program in the Rapid City Journal for the degree.
Bukralia reported that he is still working on adding
to the collections.
Fuller reported on the changes proposed for WebCT. If
anyone wants more information on the options being considered he/she
should contact Fuller.
The meeting adjourned.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office,
Woodburn 309, through March 29, 2006. For copies of the information,
contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
Education Research FY07 Competition
The director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute)
announces the institute's FY 2007 competitions for grants to support
education research. The director takes this action under the Education
Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I of Public Law 107-279. The intent
of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding
fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early
childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. A central
purpose of the institute is to provide parents, educators, students,
researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and
valid information about education practices that support learning and
improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for
all students. In carrying out its mission, the institute provides
support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need.
The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold two
competitions. Under the first competition, NCER will consider only
applications that address one of the following education research or
research training topics:
- Reading and Writing
- Mathematics and Science Education
- Teacher Quality - Reading and Writing
- Teacher Quality - Mathematics and Science Education
- Education Leadership
- Education Policy, Finance, and Systems
- Postdoctoral Research Training
Deadline: July 27, 2006. Information regarding program and
application requirements for the competitions is contained in the NCER,
NCSER, and NCES Request for Applications (RFA) packages, which will be
www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/programs.html no later than April
Summer Schools in the Arts (NEA)
To raise the quality and availability of arts education in
communities nationwide, the National Endowment for the Arts created the
Summer Schools in the Arts program. This program supports rigorous,
challenging summer arts education programs that enable children and
youth to acquire knowledge and skills in the arts as well as gain
lifelong interests in the arts and culture. Summer arts education
programs offer several advantages for quality arts learning by
providing: challenging and engaging arts education opportunities during
the summer, immersion experiences where students spend consecutive hours
each day for multiple weeks, and comprehensive arts instruction that
otherwise would not be available because of limited resources. A summer
school in the arts is one that:
- Provides summer instruction in one or more arts disciplines.
- Offers a comprehensive curriculum where participants actively
create and/or perform as well as respond to the arts.
- Culminates in public performances, exhibitions, or other
demonstrations of the participants' achievements in the arts.
- Measures the extent to which students gain knowledge and skills
according to national, state, or local arts education standards
through pre- and post-assessment tests.
- Offers instruction to the same group of students over a minimum
of 90 contact hours. May provide free or subsidized tuition for
students of limited financial resources.
- Serves children and youth generally between the ages of 5 and
- As part of this program, grantees will be required to
participate in an evaluation and assessment training workshop. Each
organization will send at least one person – either the project
director or evaluator – to attend a one-day session in Washington,
Deadline: Statements of Interest will be accepted through May
22, 2006. Following review of these statements, it is anticipated that
no more than 100 organizations will be invited, by the week of July 17,
2006, to submit formal applications. For a link to the full announcement
Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical
Sciences (CSUMS) (NSF)
The goal of Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the
Mathematical Sciences (CSUMS), a program of the National Science
Foundation, is to enhance computational aspects of the education and
training of undergraduate students in the mathematical sciences -
mathematics and statistics - and to better prepare these students to
pursue careers and graduate study in fields that require integrated
strengths in computation and the mathematical sciences. The core of the
activity is long-term research experiences for cohorts of at least six
undergraduates. Projects must focus on research topics that require
interplay between computation and mathematics or statistics. They should
expose students to contemporary mathematics, statistics, and
computation, addressed with modern research tools and methods. That is,
projects must be genuine research experiences rather than rehearsals of
research methods. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, and
appropriate mentorship from the disciplines involved is welcomed. In
addition, we expect that projects will strengthen the research and
education capacity, infrastructure, and culture of the participating
institutions. To this end, we welcome projects that create models for
education in the mathematical sciences and influence the direction of
academic programs for a broad range of students. CSUMS is a joint effort
of the Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Mathematical and
Physical Sciences (MPS) directorates at the National Science Foundation
Deadline: June 17, 2006. Additional information is available
Pollution Prevention Grants Program (EPA)
The goal of this Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant program
is to assist businesses and industries in identifying better
environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste
at the source. Funds awarded through the grants program are to be used
to support State and Tribal P2 programs that address the reduction by
businesses of potentially harmful pollutants across all environmental
media: air, water, and land. Programs should reflect comprehensive and
coordinated pollution prevention planning and implementation efforts
within the State or Tribe. Past P2 grants have demonstrated that
facilities have ample opportunities to implement pollution prevention
and that source reduction can be a cost-effective way of meeting or
exceeding federal and state regulatory requirements. For purposes of
this grant announcement, pollution prevention/source reduction is
defined as any practice which:
- reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or
contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the
environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling,
treatment or disposal;
- reduces the hazards to public health and the environment
associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or
- reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants through:
increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or
other resources; or protection of natural resources by conservation.
Examples of pollution prevention/source reduction projects or
activities include: equipment or technology modifications, process or
procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products,
substitution of raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping,
maintenance, training, or inventory control.
Deadline: Refer to Section IV, Part H for the submission
deadlines provided for each regional P2 program office, which are
available along with the full announcement at