Volume XXIII No. 42 • Oct. 29, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University

Nancy Shuck, secretary education/physical education

Retirement banquet set for Ellen Koan - Top

You are cordially invited to a retirement dinner for Ellen Koan at the Donald E. Young Center in the Hall of Fame room Oct. 29. The meal will be served promptly at 6 p.m. with a social hour afterwards.

The choice of meals on the menu will be chicken-fried steak or roast beef. The dinner is at your own expense and the cost is $11.50 per person. Call 642-6560 (facilities services) for more information on the banquet.

We would also like everyone to say farewell to Ellen by sharing with us a story, memory or remembrance during her 25 years here.

There will also be a coffee for Ellen on October 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Pangburn Little Dining Room. So please stop by and wish her farewell. Hosted by facilities services employees.

BHSU and northern hills business organizations will host a tourism and hospitality career fair - Top

Black Hills State University in collaboration with Northern Hills Job Service and the Deadwood Gaming Association will sponsor a Tourism and Hospitality Career Fair Thursday, Nov. 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the David E. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multipurpose room.

The career fair is open to the public but focuses on students and alumni with majors related to business and tourism. Those pursuing career interests with the airlines, cruise companies, hotels and resorts, travel agencies, food service, attractions, casinos, festivals and events, recreation agencies, convention and visitors bureaus are invited to attend.

Judy Larson, career services director at BHSU, says there will be 25 to 30 vendors from which to choose. There will also be a panel discussion by the experts on career opportunities and entrepreneurship.

“The event will provide an opportunity for Black Hills State students to hear professionals in the various fields and to make personal contacts during the afternoon with businesses and entities which employ such majors,” said Larson. “Businesses will also distribute materials and some will accept resumes for employment.”

Career fair information is available by the contacting the BHSU Career Services office at (605) 642-6277.

Governor's Technology award winners will present their projects - Top

The 1999 recipients of the Governor's Technology Awards will present their projects to BHSU faculty, students and staff Friday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the multipurpose room of the Student Union.

This year there are 11 recipients:

  • Thomas Cox, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Pat Fallbeck, College of Education
  • Amy Fuqua, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Carol Hess, College of Education
  • James Hess, College of Arts & Sciences
  • James Knutson, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Roger Miller, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Roger Ochse, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Sandee Schamber, College of Education
  • Betsy Silva, College of Education
  • Larry Tentinger, College of Education

BHSU library received $10,000 grant to support electronic journals - Top

A $10,000 grant funded by the Bush Foundation of Minneapolis and the Andrew Mellon Foundation of New York will support World Wide Web access to scholarly journals at Black Hills State's E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center.

Participation is made possible through Project JSTOR (Journal Storage), a three-year grants initiative of the Bush and Mellon foundations. The Minnesota Private College Research Foundation of St. Paul, Minn., serves as sponsor and fiscal agent for the project.


Comedy team will perform at Black Hills State University - Top

The BHSU University Programming Team presents Harvest Moon Productions featuring Bob Wyant and Tom Roberts performing in the popular fast-paced comedy "Greater Tuna" Nov. 4 at Woodburn Auditorium at 7 p.m. The performance is open to the public at no charge.

Wyant and Roberts are Sioux Falls actors who together portray 19 different small-town characters from the fictitious community of Tuna, Texas. With amazing quick costume changes and hilarious characterizations they provide their audience with a delightful evening of entertainment filled with gales of laughter.

This performance is sponsored in part by the South Dakota Arts Council whose support is provided with funds from the state of South Dakota and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information contact Jen Chrans at 642-6418.

BOR honors BHSU student organizations - Top

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently recognized two Black Hills State University student organizations.

The "Today" newspaper received the academic excellence award for its contribution to student academic achievement.

The American Association on Mental Retardation/Student Council for Exceptional Children won the organizational leadership award for its activities to promote the university's mission of service to the community.

Burger King scholarship check presented to BHSU athlete - Top

Burger King Corporation recently donated $10,000 to Black Hills State University in the name of athlete Ryan Remington.

The presentation was made during halftime ceremonies of the BHSU vs. University of Sioux Falls football game last weekend. The money will be deposited in the university's general athletic scholarship fund.


Minutes of the Oct. 6 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Oct. 6, 1999, in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.


Funds available through instructional improvement committee - 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 on 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.

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 practical on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects Office, W220, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

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. Proposals are due Nov. 12.

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. Preference is given to new applicants particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities.Two three-hour release times are available for fall 2000 and spring of 2001.

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 unit 9550.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Oct. 21-27 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@mystic.bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • American Political Science Association (APSA). Purpose: To support research in all fields of political science. Deadline: Dec. 1, 1999-Feb. 1, 2000. Applicants must be APSA members at the time of application. http://www.apsanet.org/PS/grants/
  • Challenge America Small Grants (NEA). The National Endowment for the Arts is inviting proposals to communicate information to targeted areas of the country, as well as communities that have historically been underrepresented as grantees, about a new small grants program. (Sept. 30 Federal Register). Deadline: Nov. 29, 1999. Funding will be outlined in the solicitation, due for release Oct. 25.
  • Rural Telemedicine (HRSA). The Health Resources and Services Administration is inviting applications next year for grants to demonstrate how telemedicine can help develop integrated systems of care for rural residents. (HRSA Preview, Aug. 18 Federal Register). Deadline: Jan. 31, 2000, for letters of intent; March 1, 2000, for applications. Funds: $8 million for 25 awards. The project period is three years. http://www.hrsa.gov/
  • Major Instrumentation (NSF). The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals to help higher education institutions pursue research advances by providing funds to purchase, develop or upgrade research instrumentation that generally is too costly for NSF research grant programs to support and to defray related maintenance and technical support. Deadline: Jan. 18, 2000. The proposal success rate was 34 percent in fiscal 1999 http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf99168/nsf99168.txt

New Faculty Profile
by Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern

Dr. David A. Salomon

A change of pace from big city life and the appeal of the northern hills are what attracted Dr. David A. Salomon and his wife, Kelly, to Black Hills State.

Salomon was born and raised in the Bronx of New York City, so he is all the more appreciative of our area's clean air. He said another reason that he was attracted to BHSU was because the students seemed bright and interested here. “We were looking for a change of pace,” said Salomon, “I had been offered three other jobs in bigger cities, two of which were non-teaching, but I wanted to teach.”

Salomon said he learns a great deal from his students every semester, and relies on their reactions to determine his style of teaching. “When I started teaching, I was pretty `wet behind the ears' as all new teachers are. I learned what to do (and not to do) from teachers I've had.”

Salomon enjoys teaching writing courses because he has an opportunity to see the students learn, and to get them to fulfill their potential. He has worked with students who do not know their potential, sometimes because of previous discouragement.

In high school, Salomon did not care for reading, and had intentions of becoming a lawyer. His sophomore year in college proved to be the turning point in career choices when he read Milton's Paradise Lost, which piqued his interest in the fields of English and religion.

Salomon said his style of teaching is “rather traditional,” but lectures provide a great opportunity for discussion, and it is important for students to raise issues for discussion.

He began his teaching career at the City University of New York in 1987 and continued there until 1990. He was also an adjunct lecturer for Bergen Community College and Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since 1990, Salomon has held various teaching positions at the University of Connecticut.

Salomon's distinctions include: Nominee for the Department of English Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Connecticut, 1995-96; Pre-Doctoral University Fellowship, University of Connecticut, 1994; Research Foundation Teaching Fellowship, City University of New York, 1987-88; Outstanding Scholar-Leader, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1987; B. A. Honors Thesis, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1987; and Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, 1987.

Other achievements include a proficiency at reading Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, and Old/Middle English; he is able to write in Latin and French.

Salomon has earned several degrees including a bachelor of arts, magna cum laude in English literature at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1987; master of arts in English literature at the City University of New York, 1988; and a Ph.D. in English literature in 1999 from the University of Connecticut.

His recent achievements include the CD-ROM publication of The Works of Gregory of Nyssa, of which Salomon is the editor. He also reviewed Religious Experience and Mysticism: Otherness as Experienced of Transcendence by Jose C. Nieto in the forthcoming issue of the Sixteenth Century Journal, and his articles have appeared in Christianity and Literature.

Salomon's leisure time is spent reading. He said, “Books are a big thing; I used to run a book store.” He also enjoys collecting books and music – and of course he loves to spend time with his wife, Kelly.

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Oct. 29

  • Preview Day: high school students on campus today
  • Retirement coffee for Ellen Koan, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Pangburn Little Dining Room
  • Travelogue Series: Brian Smith on Antigua, noon, bring your lunch
  • Retirement banquet for Ellen Koan, 6 p.m., Donald E. Young Center Hall of Fame Room

Saturday, Oct. 30

  • Halloween ghost hunting tour, sign up at the adventure center in Student Union

Tuesday, Nov. 2

  • Green and Gold Club - meet the Yellow Jackets, basketball scrimmage at 6 p.m., meet the players 6:30 p.m., Hall of Fame Room, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Thursday, Nov. 4

  • Green and Gold Club meeting, noon, Valley Cafe
  • Greater Tuna, witty two-act comedy, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 5

  • Governor's Technology Awards presentations , 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., multipurpose room of the Student Union.

Saturday, Nov. 6

  • Men's basketball vs. Carroll College, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 7:30 p.m.

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