Volume XXIII • Jan. 15, 1999

BHSU Update





CSA positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:

  • senior security officer, facilities services
  • senior building maintenance worker - carpenter, facilities services
  • secretary (25 hrs per week), institutional advancement

For further information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Obtain approval before beginning research projects with humans or animals - Top

Any faculty member or student utilizing human subjects in research projects or animals in research or teaching activities must obtain approval from the animal care and human subjects committee before beginning the project or activity.

For information and application forms, contact the committee chair, Doug Wessel, at USB 9032, phone 6514, or in SW210.

Hills elected to Chiesman foundation - Top

Tom Hills, College of Arts and Science professor, was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy. He will serve on the board until Jan. 1, 2002.



Black Hills State plans spring film festival - Top

The 1999 Spring Film Festival at Black Hills State University will include five films as well as a presentation by one of the film's directors.

Movies will be shown in Jonas Hall room 305. There is no admission charge. The festival is sponsored by the BHSU English Club and funded by the UP Team, the global awareness committee, and the vice-president's office. For more information call 642-6078.

Following is the schedule:

  • Movie: Gas, Food, Lodging (1992), Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305
    Director Allison Anders examines the lives of three women in a New Mexico town. The film's unusual mix of realism and magic make this one of the best films of the past ten years. Think of the film as a feminist companion to Smoke Signals.
  • Movie: Smoke Signals (1998), Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305
    First major film written, directed and produced by American Indians.
  • Chris Eyre, director of Smoke Signals, speaks. Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Multi-Purpose room.
  • Movie: Touch of Evil (1958), March 18 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305
    Orson Welle's remastered southwestern noir (crime fiction featuring hard-boiled cynical characters and bleak sleazy settings) stars Charleton Heston, Marlene Dietrich, and Janet Leigh. Generally considered one of the finest examples of film noir.
  • Movie: A Pure Formality (1995), April 15 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305
    French film noir starring Roman Polanski and Gerard Depardieu. Directed by G. Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso).
  • Movie: Camille Claudel (1990), April 29 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305
    Isabel Adjani and Gerard Depardieu star in this French epic about the relationship between the sculptor Auguste Rodin and his famous mistress/collaborator.

Summer and fall student teachers must attend orientation meeting - Top

The office of field experience in the College of Education reminds students who are planning to student teach during the summer and fall of 1999 must attend one of the following registration/orientation meetings:

  • Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union conference rooms 2 and 3.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 3:30 p.m. in south end of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi purpose room
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 a.m. in south end of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi purpose room

Applicants should bring a copy of their current BHSU transcript, updated status sheet and pens and pencils. Potential student teachers should check their BHSU catalog to make sure they meet all requirements.

For additional information contact the office of field experience at 642-6642.

On-line writing courses offered by the bureau of personnel - Top

The bureau of personnel training program is offering two online writing courses this spring. The course writing for results is for the business writer, while the technical writing course is geared towards those individuals that want to improve reports, studies, analyses, procedures, and other technical documents.

Participants must have internet and email access to take either course.

If you are interested in taking either of the courses, contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. Course costs will be billed to the requesting department(s).

Technical writing course begins March 2, 1999. The online technical writing class condenses a two-day classroom seminar into eight one-hour Internet-based lessons. This program focuses on the technical writer who wants to improve reports, studies, analyses, procedures, and other technical documents.

The course is held over eight weeks. At the start of the course, participants receive an ID and password for the website. They may access the site any time and as many times as they want during the eight weeks.

Each week participants complete a homework assignment. They use the website's "send homework" button to call up their email and send in their homework. The course coach replies via email with personal, confidential feedback on their performance. When participants complete their homework on time, the coach responds within 48 hours. Though we cannot guarantee the 48-hour turn-around time for late homework, the coach does accept any assignment at any point during the eight weeks.

Topics covered in the technical writing course:

  • audience and purpose
  • multiple audience
  • mapping and clustering
  • issues messages
  • instructions and procedures
  • solution messages
  • writing style I & II

Course cost is $205.

The writing for results course begins April 29, 1999.

The online writing for results class condenses a two-day classroom seminar into eight one-hour Internet-based lessons. Each lesson contains an essential article, examples or self-test, a homework assignment, and an advanced tip. Throughout the course, participants also have access to an online thesaurus and dictionary as well as the grammar and punctuation guide.

The process for the writing for results course is the same as for the technical writing course.

Topics covered in the writing for results course:

  • purpose
  • audience
  • mapping and clustering
  • informative messages
  • persuasive messages
  • negative messages

Course cost is $185.

BOP offers driving and first aid courses - Top

The South Dakota department of transportation through the bureau of personnel is offering the following courses at the Rapid City Howard Johnson.

Contact Becky Bruce at 6549 or Anita Haeder at 6545 to register. These courses are free. However, travel costs will be charged to the requesting department.

  • March 16, 1999 - Defensive Driving - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 17, 1999 - First Aid with CPR - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • March 18, 1999 - Back Injury Prevention - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April 20, 1999 - CPR - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Minutes of the January university assessment committee meeting - Top

Minutes of University Assessment Committee Meeting of Jan 13, 1999, at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.

Present: Pearce, O'Neill, Meyers, Myers, Smith, Earley, Golliher, Termes. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Miller, S. Cargill

MSCI Plan of Assessment: A motion was made to approve and seconded. Motion passed.

Reports: The committee discussed the fact that the annual reports assessing the majors for the 1997-98 academic year are coming it:

The reports were due by Jan. 1 and should include:
1. A copy of the original plan
2. the annual report should include

a. assessment goals
b. assessment results
1. there must be multiple measures
2. indicate the location of the data
3. interpretation of the data: what did you learn from the data?
c. use of results/changes in curriculum
1. what changes have been made due to your analysis of the data?
2. what changes should be made due to your analysis of the data?
d. strengths and concerns

The report should also be discussed by the faculty of the major and be available to students. The final document should include the name of the unit, the unit representative, and the approval of the chairs and/or deans and dates of approval.

So far the director has received reports from the majors in the College of Business and the outdoor-education major. The committee agreed to meet again on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn conference room 1 to discuss the annual assessment reports.

Report of January CSA meeting - Top

The CSA council met Jan 12, 1999. New officers elected are president – Colleen Gustafson, vice-president – Deatta Chapel, secretary – Becky Dovre, and treasurer – Marilyn Luscombe.

Fred Nelson will attend the state CSA meeting in Pierre April 16.

The CSA awards luncheon was discussed. Committee members are Susan Hemmingson, Deatta Chapel, Marilyn Luscombe and Becky Dovre.

CSA meetings were scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month in the Pangburn little dining room. The summer potluck picnic was discussed and a date will be set soon. The next meeting will be Feb. 9, 1999.

Official minutes of the December CSA meeting - Top

Council President Fred Nelson called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, 1998. Members present: Fred Nelson, Ellen Melaragno, Susan Hemmingson, Candy Huddleston, Marilyn Luscombe, Gloria Spitler, Corinne Hansen, Ellen Koan, Margaret Kleinsasser, Evonne Welsh, Michelle Kirk, Colleen Gustafson, and Deatta Chapel. Members absent: Becky Dovre, Jim Holter, Shawn Haug, Paulette Ward. and Sandra Nauman.

New members were introduced and exiting members were recognized for the positive accomplishments of the CSA Council during the last two years. In particular, the successful implementation of the annual summer CSA picnic that has for the past two years raised sufficient funds to cover the annual CSA Scholarship. By focusing on the annual picnic as the primary fundraiser, we were able to eliminate all other CSA fundraisers.

Introduced the new CSA Council members: Margaret Kleinsasser, Deatta Chapel, Paulette Ward, Becky Dovre, Ellen Boyd, Gloria Spitler, and Corinne Hansen.

The minutes of the last meeting were approved.

Finance report: No report.

Strategic planning committee: Discussion was held on the proposed vision statement for Black Hills State University.

Safety and facilities committee: Discussion was held on handicap accessibility to buildings, fraudulent parking stickers, BHSU's snow removal policy, and campus security.

Welcome baskets: There are several new employees on the BHSU campus and they should be receiving a visit along with a welcome basket from the CSA Council representative.

Old Business: Christmas get-together. Last minute details have been finalized and we are hoping for an excellent turn out.

New business: State CSA meeting. The next board of regents state CSA meeting will be held April 16, 1999. Please make mental notes of items you would like discussed.

The meeting was adjourned. The next council meeting will be held Jan. 12, 1999, at 9 a.m. in Pangburn Hall Little Dining Room.

Instructional improvement committee is receiving applications - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 1999-2000 school year.

Course releases are available to any full-time faculty member with the approval of his/her dean and department chair. Course releases will be for one semester during the regular academic year. Consideration will be given for summer stipends for faculty unable to apply for a course release for the regular academic year because of documented departmental staffing problems.

Course releases may be granted to:

  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or design a new course.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in February so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in January, and will consist of a proposal following the specified format. A copy of the guidelines and proposal format are available from the grants office web page or by contacting your dean or department chair for a hard copy. Ten copies of the proposal are needed so that each member of the IIC can review it. Proposal writers may be requested to make an oral presentation to the committee in support of a proposal.

Faculty-research committee has 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 academic affairs office. The faculty research committee will review applications Feb. 4.

Proposals are due Feb. 1. It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged. Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to USB 9550.

Grants opportunities listed - Top

Below are the program materials received Dec. 7 - Jan. 13 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. 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.

  • 1999 National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. Department of Agriculture. Cooperative state research, education, and extension service. Applications are invited for competitive grant awards in agricultural, forest, and related environmental sciences under the National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program. For further information contact: USDA/CSREES/NRI, Stop 2241, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-2241. Phone: (202) 401-5022.
  • Wildlife Forever. Grants to support enhancing wildlife and fish populations, conserving wildlife and aquatic habitat, promoting wildlife and fish habitat and quality, watchable wildlife related projects.
  • NSF. EPA. EPA/NSF Partnership for Environmental Research. Opportunity for grants in environmental statistics. Due March 10.
  • Department of Education. Technology Innovation Challenge Grants. Due March 12.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science. AAAS-RAND Science and Technology Policy Intern Program; Science Scholars in Higher Education for Development Program; Fellowships for Scientists and Engineers.

This week at BHSU - Top

  • Friday, Jan. 15
    Women's basketball vs. Dakota State, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m.
    Men's basketball vs. Dakota State, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 16
    Pre-game Tip Off Social, Stadium Sports Grill, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Women's basketball vs. Huron University, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m.
    Men's basketball vs. Huron University, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 18
    Martin Luther King Day, no classes, CSA holiday
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19
    Graduate Council meeting, Woodburn Conference room 1, 3:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 20
    Gong Show (sponsored by UP Team), Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 21
    Green and Gold luncheon, noon, Holiday Inn
    Faculty senate meeting, Cook 307, 3:15 p.m.
    Last day to drop a class with a refund
  • Friday, Jan. 22
    Senior Day, high school visitation