Volume XXIV No. 12 • March 24, 2000


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Parrow's work to be published - Top

Dr. Kathleen Parrow, associate professor of history, has written a chapter for a book that will be published.


Regents executive director to meet with BHSU personnel - Top

Robert T. `Tad' Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will visit Black Hills State University April 5.

The purpose of executive director's visit is to meet with faculty, staff and students to listen to concerns regarding the state's higher education system and explain policy issues. It is basically an information gathering and

information disseminating session designed to bring higher education officials, faculty and students up-to-date on current issues.

Perry will hold meetings in the David B. Miller Student Union multipurpose room. He will meet with university students from 1 to 2 p.m.; faculty and staff from 2 to 3 p.m. and student teachers from 3 to 4 p.m.

Resignation - Top

The computer center reluctantly says goodbye to Paulette Palladino.

Palladino began in November of 1996 as a part-time employee who would develop and offer a training program to faculty and staff. After she graduated from BHSU in May of 1997, her position became fulltime. Over the four years of her employment, she has continued to offer expert faculty and staff training in many areas, assumed the web responsibilities, developed web pages for administrative offices and academic areas, researched new and better ways to serve the institution web process, developed a web design for BHSU and brought customization to our web site, developed customized web-based course offerings, was instrumental in testing the Colleague AR module interfacing, and provided assistance in many other areas.

Roxy Schmit, data processing supervisor, says "Paulette has been a strong asset to the organization and institution and will definitely be missed by the many people she worked with. Her dedication, positive attitude and skill set has made her a valuable resource."

Palladino leaves BHSU to continue her career in a web-based field at the Higher Plains Center for Technology at the School of Mines and Technology, in Rapid City. Her last day at BHSU will be Friday, March 31. Please join in wishing her farewell and best wishes Thursday, March 30 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Pangburn little dining for cake and coffee.

Symposium highlights research at Black Hills State

Dr. Mike Zehfus, assistant professor of chemistry, and Dr. Tim Martinez, associate professor of political science, discuss the research implications of thiamine levels in salmon after reviewing a poster display at the Black Hills Research Symposium.

The symposium featured faculty and student research that builds on the past by integrating new technology and theories that move across the curriculum from the natural and social sciences to the arts and humanities to business and education.

The BH Symposium included ten 30-minute presentations as well as a variety of poster displays.

Defensive coordinator Bob Majeski named football coach - Top

Bob Majeski, who came to Black Hills State University four years ago as defensive coordinator for Coach Russ Martin, will be taking over his mentor's job as the Yellow Jacket's head football coach.


Black Hills State jazz band to perform - Top

The Black Hills State jazz band will present a concert Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union multipurpose room.


Students to perform “Come Blow Your Horn” - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will present “Come Blow Your Horn” by Neil Simon in Woodburn Auditorium April 13-15 at 8 p.m.


TRIO scholarship winners named - Top

Black Hills State University students Cyndi Tschetter and Stella Broom submitted winning essays that earned them TRIO scholarship awards for next fall.


Williams and Ree will return to BHSU - Top

Williams and Ree, the comedy team that met while attending Black Hills State, will return to their alma mater for a show Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room.


Minutes of the university assessment committee - Top

Minutes of university assessment committee meeting of March 15, 2000.


Instructional improvement committee taking applications for course releases - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 2000-2001 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 March so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in March, 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.

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 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.

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. 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. Deadline is March 27.

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 spring of 2001. You can apply now.

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, Daniel Farrington, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver and Rob Schurrer.

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 March 16-22 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.

  • Richard Florsheim Art Fund. The Richard Florsheim Art Fund supports American visual artists with established reputations who are over 60 years old. Funding supports exhibitions, catalogs and the acquisition/purchase of art works by museums, universities and other arts institutions. Grants up to $20,000 are available. Deadline: Oct. 1. Contact: August Freundlich, President, Richard Florsheim Art Fund, 4202 E Fowler Ave., USF 30637, Tampa, FL 33620-0637, (813)949-6886.

Campus Calendar

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Friday, March24

Preview day - High school students will visit campus

Senior Exit Exhibit reception, Ruddell Art Gallery, 1-3 p.m.

Saturday, March25

Sunday, March26 Monday, March27
Manic Monday re-treat for faculty, Woodburn 3rd floor conference room, 11:30 a.m.

Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr. Richard Gayle, 4 p.m., Jonas 101

Tuesday, March28
Career services hosts Waddell and Reed, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Union lobby

Student recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.

Jazz Band/Black Hills Gold Concert, Student Union, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March29 Thursday,
Spring Film Festival, "Buena Vista Social Club," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.
April 1