Volume XXIV No. 16 • April 21, 2000

The annual powwow
culminated Indian
Awareness Week at BH.


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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Lynn Langer, baker, food service

Resignations - Top

  • Barbara Standiford, librarian, library learning center
  • Dennie Dykeman, equipment service worker, facilities services

Retirement - Top

  • Jane Mattson, senior cook, food service

Reception will honor retirees and employee award recipients - Top

A reception will be held Thursday, April 27 from 2 - 4 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room to honor retiring employees, and to present special employee awards and longevity awards. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m.


BHSU recognizes student employee of the year - Top

Tennille Nelson, a junior business-administration major from Hazen, N.D., was recently recognized as student employee of the year at Black Hills State University.

Cody McMichael, student employment coordinator, introduced the six nominees and announced the winner at a university sponsored reception. Each nominee was given a certificate of appreciation and a guide book for resume writing.


More than 100 take part in annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Race despite cold and snowy weather conditions - Top

Snow and cold temperatures didn't dampen enthusiasm at the 16th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk held at Black Hills State University April 15th. More than 100 runners and walkers turned out for the event.

Each year the proceeds from this run/walk support the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship, honoring this former Black Hills State University student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Whitney Rencountre was selected as this year's scholarship recipient. Rencountre graduated from Crow Creek High School in 1998 and is currently a sophomore majoring in biology at Black Hills State University. Mae Whirlwind Horse (Kevin's mother) and Kevin Whirlwind Horse Jr. (Kevin's son) presented the scholarship certificate.

Lance Adrian (19.48) and Mary Kate Guilfoyle (23.12) were the overall winners in the 5K run. Dennis Newell (36.12) and Molly Mason (44.11) took overall honors in the 10K division. Jared Jacobson and Korral Whirlwind Horse won the 1/4 mile run, and Leah Sperry and Nathan Jacobson took first in the 1/2 mile run. Medals were awarded to 1st-3rd place finishers in each division.


Former medical school dean offers helping hand to BHSU science students - Top

It was the quality of the science program and a chance to get involved once again in a vocation that he loved, that brought George Rinker back to the classroom after 16 years of retirement.

Rinker, 78, a former associate dean of the University of South Dakota medical school in Vermillion, is volunteering his expertise and experience as a lab assistant. He attends class lectures taught by BHSU professors and then helps students with their laboratory work. He is in the lab twice a week and is also available evenings before finals week.


Green and Gold Club athletic fund drive begins Tuesday - Top

The 41th annual BHSU athletic fund drive sponsored by the Green and Gold Club begins Tuesday, April 25 and continues through Thursday, May 11.

The Green and Gold Club spring fund raiser is the driving force for athletic scholarship funds at Black Hills State University. Last year they raised approximately $168,000. The club's goal this year is to up the ante to $211,000.


Students celebrate Week of the Young Child - Top

BHAEYC students celebrated the Week of the Young Child recently at Black Hills State University.

Thursday the children from the BHSU child-care center walked from the child care center to Jonas to view the art display of their work.

The guidance class worked with the children to do the artwork and escorted the children across campus. BHAEYC students had place mats printed and displayed them to at various early childhood settings. They will also be distributed to area restaurants for use as placemats.

Student assistance center schedules two student sessions - Top

Student assistance center and student support services are offering two sessions for students.

"Picking Up Esteem" session an end-of-semester boost will be held Tuesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. to noon in Jonas 103.

An information meeting for new student days group leaders will be held Wednesday, April 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the student assistancecenter in Cook 119.

These sessions are free to all BHSU students. For more information call Joe Valades at 642-6746.

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 Tuesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multi-purpose room.


BHSU students will offer stress-management seminar - Top

A stress-management seminar presented by Black Hills State University students will offer techniques to deal with stress just as students are heading into their fast-paced end of semester finals week.

The seminar will be presented by BHSU students in Larry Tentinger's stress-management class on May 1, 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. All students are welcome to attend and reduce their anxiety level before finals week begins.

A variety of techniques to relieve stress will be featured including art therapy, music therapy, time management, and progressive relaxation techniques.

“It would be in the best interest for mind, body and soul to participate in these activities,” according to the organizers.

For more information on this seminar contact Tentinger at 642-6042.

Alumni association sponsors theatre gathering - Top

Al Sandau, (right) BHSU theatre director, visits with Janet and Paul Higbee at the alumni theatre gathering. Approximately 45 people attended the gathering prior to the BHSU theatre performance of "Come Blow Your Horn."

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.

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 May 5.

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 30-April 12 in the grants office in Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
  • A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship – AISES. American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES). To award to members of AISES who are American Indian/Alaskan Native college students pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, medicine, business, natural resources, and math and science secondary education. Deadline: June 15, 2000.
  • Pathways to Nature Conservation Fund. The Pathways to Nature Conservation Fund makes grants to enhance environmental education activities and bird and wildlife viewing opportunities at significant nature tourism destinations in the United States and Canada. The fund is a partnership between the more than 270 Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. franchises and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Deadline: May 13 and Dec. 1. Electronic submissions are encouraged. Maximum grant is $50,000.
  • Teacher Quality Enhancement Grants Program – DoED. Department of Education. Partnership Grants—Partnerships comprised, at a minimum, of an institution of higher education with an eligible teacher preparation program, a school of arts and sciences, and a high-need local educational agency (LEA). Applications available: April 11, 2000. Partnership Grants—Pre-applications: May 26, 2000; Final Applications: Aug. 15, 2000.
  • Canadian Embassy. Canadian Studies Grant Programs. Includes research grants, graduate student fellowships, faculty enrichment and senior fellowship programs and also institutional grants. Various deadlines.
  • NSF. Middle Grades Science Instructional Materials Initiative. Preliminary proposals due July 14; full proposal due Oct. 20. NSF 00-80.
  • William T. Grant Foundation. Faculty Scholars Program. Research on adolescents and young adults. Due July 1.
  • NSF. Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities. Departmental multi-user instrumentation: third Monday of July; Second Monday of July, annually thereafter; Instrumentation development: Second Monday of January; Chemistry research facilities; preproposals due first Monday of December; full proposals due first Monday of June 2001.
  • American Institute of Indian Studies. Fellowship competition. Due July 1.

This week at BHSU

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April Calendar

Friday, April21

No classes – Good Friday,

Administrative leave for employees (4 hours)


Sunday, April23 Monday, April24
No classes - Easter Monday
Tuesday, April25
Williams and Ree show, Student Union multipurpose room, 7 pm.
Wednesday, April26 Thursday,
Reception to honor distinguished faculty member, employee award recipients, longevity awards and retirees, Student Union Multipurpose room, 2-4 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m.
CSA luncheon, 11:30 - 1 p.m., Young Center Hall of Fame room

Premier performance of the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, Matthews Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

Disc golf tournament