Volume XXIII No. 46 • Dec. 3, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Joanne Wilkening, senior claims clerk, business office
  • Celese Smith, child care worker, child care center

Resignations - Top

  • Rick Rochelle, senior building maintenance worker, facilities services
  • Beverly Lewis, custodial worker, facilities services

Salomon's work published on CD ROM - Top

The Works of Gregory of Nyssa, edited by Dr. David Salomon, has just been published on CD ROM.


Meyers' newest work receives honor - Top

Kent Meyers' book, Light In the Crossing, has been named a Notable Book for 1999 by The New York Times. Earlier in the year Light In the Crossing received a highly favorable review by The New York Times, and has also received excellent reviews elsewhere.

The paperback edition of Meyers' novel The River Warren was named to the New York Times list of Notable Paperbacks several months ago.


College of Education faculty and students present at collaboration conference - Top

College of Education faculty Dr. Jim Hesson, Dr. Rob Schurrer, Dr. Betsy Silva, Dr. Larry Tentinger, Dr. Carol Hess and Dr. Kristi Pearce presented at the fall Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning conference in Bloomington, Minn.

The conference theme focusing on "How Learning Happens: Making Connections, Constructing Knowledge, and Building Community" was held Nov. 19-20, 1999.


Dr. Kristi Pearce co-chairs collaboration conference - Top

Dr. Kristi Pearce, Bush Grant director and faculty development coordinator, co-chaired the fall '99 conference, "How Learning Happens: Making Connections, Constructing Knowledge, and Building Community" sponsored by the Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning in Bloomington, Minn.

The conference keynote addresses were presented by Dr. Bernice McCarthy, president and founder of About Learning Inc. a national consulting firm that works with education, business, government, and the military and Dr. David Merrill, professor of instructional technology at Utah State. The conference was held Nov. 19-20, 1999, and was attended by over 350 faculty from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, tribal colleges, and historically black colleges.

Christmas Concert is Sunday - Top

The annual Black Hills State University Christmas Concert will be Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Spearfish. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

The Christmas Concert will feature the Black Hills State University/community band, Black Hills Singers and the concert choir.


Jazz concert rescheduled for Dec. 8 - Top

The Black Hills State University music department presents the Jazz Ensemble and Black Hills Gold Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room. The concert was originally scheduled for Nov. 18 but was canceled due to bad weather. The concert is open to the public at no charge.


USD law school dean visits - Top


Chiesman foundation to sponsor issue forum on juvenile violence - Top

Black Hills State University Students For Informed Voters in conjunction with South Dakota Issues Forums and the Chiesman Foundation For Democracy announce that an issue forum on juvenile violence will be held Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 308.

The forum is free and open to everyone. Pre-forum materials and information may be obtained by contacting Dr. Tim Martinez at 642-6246 or stopping by his office in Jonas 106C. The juvenile violence issues forum is developed by National Issues Forums, which offers several suggestions to the problem of juvenile violence in America.

PowerPoint art - Top


Students to perform The Diviners - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will present James Leonard Jr,'s The Diviners, which will be performed Dec. 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Leonard's startling and imaginative work was an American College Theatre Festival Award winner in its original production. The play takes place in a simpler time and place – rural Zion, Ind., during the depression of the 1930s. It brings together a disturbed young man and an itinerant preacher disenchanted with the hollowness of pious religiosity. Both men struggle with events from their past, until the inner turmoil of one life is fused with the childhood trauma of the other in the play's climax.

The Vermillion Literary Project seeks submissions for its annual literary magazine - Top

Writers and artists, are invited to submit original, previously unpublished works for possible publication in the Vermillion Literary Project's annual literary magazine. Short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction (essays), and black-and-white artwork (drawings or photographs) are accepted with special preference given to works/contributors with a South Dakota connection.


Minutes of the faculty senate meeting - Top

Minutes of the faculty senate meeting Nov.3, 1999, in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present: Tim Steckline, Charles Lamb, Barb Chrisman, Steve Babbitt, Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis, Tom Hills, Rena Faye Norby, Rob Schurrer, Cheryl Anagnopoulos (for John Glover). Student: Scott Biggin.


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, Woodburn 220, 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 Dec. 17.

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.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Nov. 25-Dec. 1, 1999 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. 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 Honda Foundation. Grants program. Next deadline Feb. 1, 2000.
  • Department of Education. Bilingual Education: Comprehensive School Grants. This program provides grants to implement schoolwide bilingual education programs or schoolwide special alternative instruction programs for reforming, restructuring, and upgrading all relevant programs and operations within an individual school that serve all, or virtually all, limited English proficient (LEP) children and youth. Due Jan. 14, 2000.
  • National Science Foundation-Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL). This solicitation is the pilot for a wide-ranging, research-based program that will address critical issues in the K-12 instructional workforce through the creation of Centers for Teaching and Learning.
  • Department of Education-English Literacy and Civics Education Demonstration Grants. The purpose of the English Literacy (EL) and Civics Education (EL/Civics education) program is to support projects that demonstrate effective practices in providing and increasing access to English literacy programs linked to civics education. Deadline for transmittal of applications: Jan. 18, 2000.
  • Field-Initiated Studies (ED). The Education Department's Office of Educational Research and Improvement is inviting applications under its field-initiated studies research program, which gives investigators the leeway to pursue their own research ideas to improve instruction and learning. Deadline: Feb. 16, 2000.
  • The Coleman Foundation, Inc. Awards support efforts to establish or significantly expand an entrepreneurship program, course or community outreach program of a university, college that focuses on self-employment and business ownership.

New Faculty Profile

by Dawn Taggart, media relations student intern

Dr. E. Samuel Berney

According to E. Samuel Berney III, teachers have to modify the way they teach in order to make the lesson understandable for all of the students.

He said, “There are more people at the universities now than there used to be back in 1970, and it's not the top third of the class or the top half; it's really quite broad in spectrum. If you're going to teach them anything, and the school demands that you actually teach them something – you can't just fail everybody because they're not all rocket scientists. It changes how you approach teaching.”

In regard to courses taught, Berney said he has taught at all levels, from remedial courses to directing doctoral dissertations. He feels they were all “kind of fun” to teach, and he likes them all.

In terms of teaching style, Berney said he basically lectures, but the classes he teaches here are technologically more advanced, so he is now using more of a media presentation. He feels that Black Hills State's setup is much nicer than other colleges.

Berney's course of study in college was in mathematics, but he teaches computer science courses at Black Hills State and will be teaching more classes at Ellsworth campus next semester.

Berney was born in January 1942 in Fallon, Nev. He earned three degrees in mathematics: a bachelor of science in 1964 from the University of Nevada in Reno, a master of arts in 1966 from Arizona State University, and a doctor of philosophy in 1970, also from A.S.U.

His teaching experience includes being associate professor at Idaho State University from 1970 to 1989, associate professor at S.D. School of Mines and Technology from 1989 to 1996, and adjunct faculty at Ellsworth since 1998.

Berney has written several papers which have been published including two on the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, one on Acta Mathematica, General Topology and its Applications, and Topology Proceedings.

The committees he has served on include computer science and curriculum revision for departmental service, and for university service, the executive committee in the faculty senate.

Berney's favorite leisure activity is hiking; however, he said his wife convinces him to canoe once in awhile. They have one child in second grade.

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Dec. 3

  • Preview Day: high school students on campus
  • Theatre production, “The Diviners”, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • Green & Gold Club, pre-game social, Stadium Sports Grill, 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Men's basketball vs. Minot State, 7:30
  • Theatre production, “The Diviners”, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 5

  • Christmas Concert, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 6

  • Sledding party, 7 p.m.
  • Moonlight frisbee golf, 11 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • Multi-organization Christmas tree set-up, 8 a.m.
  • International student potluck and forum, Young Center Hall of Fame Room, 6 p.m.
  • Kids day out – BHAEYC, multipurpose rooms north and south 5-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 8

  • United Ministries Noon Forum Series, “Witnessing”, Pangburn Hall (little dining room)
  • Alcohol Awareness Day, Student Union lower lobby, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Shoebox Service Project delivery day, United Ministries, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Jazz Concert, (which was postponed Nov. 18 due to weather conditions), Student Union multipurpose room, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 9

  • Green & Gold luncheon, Pizza Ranch, noon
  • Adventure Center barbecue cook-out, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Student Organization Christmas wrapping fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Night of one act plays, theatre society, Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 10

  • Women's Basketball vs. Univ. of Mary, 7 p.m.
  • Hawaiian Suitcase Dance, Student Union Market Place, 8 p.m. to midnight

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