Volume XXIV No. 18 • May 5, 2000

Students celebrate Big 100 week

Williams and Ree
returned to their
alma mater to present
a show for faculty,
staff and students
last week.

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CSA position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open and is limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State University:

librarian, library-learning center

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

Tom Anderson accepts position at Wayne State University - Top

Tom Anderson, vice president for finance and administration at Black Hills State University, has accepted a position at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., as associate dean for administrative affairs.

The BHSU chief financial officer will be leaving June 9. He came to BHSU in April of 1996 from Chatham College, Pittsburgh, Pa., where he served as a vice president of finance at the all-women's college since 1993.


Employees recognized - Top

Black Hills State University recognized employees at the Annual Employee Award Program held April 27 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The recognition tea was in honor of employees nominated by a member of the university community for outstanding service in a particular category. The categories are: economic savings, community service, student service, outstanding university service, university area, and special committee.


Retiring faculty honored - Top

Three Black Hills State University faculty were honored recently at a university sponsored recognition reception.

Faculty retiring this spring are Howard Perry, professor of business, and Ella Stotz, assistant professor of education. Lorella Donlin, associate professor of business, who retired late in the spring a year ago, was also recognized.


Five staff members retire - Top

Five Black Hills State University staff members who are retiring this year were honored at an annual spring recognition reception for faculty and staff.

Staff members retiring are Verla Fish, administrative assistant I in charge of the continuing education office and a 23-year employee; Ellen Koan, custodial supervisor I, a 26-year employee; Jane Mattson, senior cook, a 22-year employee; Dee Moodie, library associate, a seven-year employee; and Evonne Welsh, secretary at the Young Center, a nine-year employee.


BHSU employees receive longevity pins from state - Top

Faculty and staff at Black Hills State University were recently honored for their longevity as state employees and were awarded pins representing years of service.


BHSU will hold 139th commencement May 13 - Top

The 139th Black Hills State University commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

A total of 330 students are candidates for degree confirmation. Among the graduates are 25 master's of science, one bachelor's of arts, 209 bachelor's of science, 89 bachelor's of science in education and six associate-degree candidates.

Dr. Howard Perry, College of Business professor, will be honored as the 2000 recipient of the distinguished faculty award, and will also retire this year. Last year's recipient, Jan Golliher, assistant professor of physical education, will speak to the graduates and guests.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and their families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members immediately following the commencement ceremony. The reception will be held in the Young Center Field House.

An honors convocation breakfast will be held prior to graduation at 7:45 a.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room. The cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates will be honored. Also, the highest ranking male and female graduates, John Broome, England, and Lisa VanLanduyt, Spearfish, will be recognized.

The BHSU student senate has selected the following award recipients who will also be honored at the breakfast: outstanding female student, Christina Schultes, Spearfish; outstanding male student, Ryan Maher, Spearfish; outstanding staff member, Rusty Leubchow, Spearfish, and outstanding faculty member, Al Sandau, Spearfish.

The Fayette L. Cook Scholarship will be awarded to Ellery Grey, Spearfish, and the Wenona Cook Scholarship will be presented to Karie Price, Rapid City.

Students offer stress relieving activities - Top

Nearly 400 students, faculty and staff took advantage of a chance to learn stress management techniques offered at no charge as part of a stress management class at BHSU.

According to Dr. Larry Tentinger, instructor of the class, 35 students participated in the class activity. The students indicated they learned a lot by being a part of this stress less finals activity. The massage therapy proved to be the favorite among visitors. The students also provided art therapy, music therapy, time management, and progressive relaxation techniques.

Tentinger said the project was a success and will definitely continue in the future. He thanked campus organizations including the UP team for their help with the project.

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.

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 April 20-26 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.

  • NSF. Faculty early career development (CAREER) program, including the description of the NSF component of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Deadlines range from July 25-27, depending upon directorate. NSF 00-89.
  • Department of Education. Comprehensive school reform educational research grant. Due June 22. CFDA 84.306S.
  • Ford Foundation. Foundation's interests are education, knowledge and religion; media, arts and culture.
  • Middle-Grades Science Instructional Materials (NSF). The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals under a two-phased initiative to develop a new generation of comprehensive science instruction materials to use in the middle grades and the transition to high school. Deadline: July 14 for preliminary proposals; Oct. 20 for full proposals.

New Faculty Profile

By Dawn Taggart, Media Relations student intern

Dr. Charles Lee

Quality of life and nice, friendly people are what brought Dr. Charles C. Lee to Black Hills State University.

Before joining BHSU's tourism and hospitality department, Lee had been both research assistant and reaching assistant for Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., since 1996. Prior to that position, he was an English lecturer for Seoul Tourism and Translation Institute in Seoul, Korea, from 1991 to 1998.

Lee earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Hang Yang University in Seoul, Korea, in 1987. He earned a master's degree in hospitality and tourism management from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va., in 1995 and his doctorate in parks, recreation, and tourism management from Clemson University in 1999.

He has published several journal articles include: “Understanding Cross-Cultural Training Practices in the Restaurant Industry: Training Effectiveness and Deterrence Factors” and “An Investigation of Tourist Attachment to a Destination: An Application of Place Attachment Based on Place Identity and Dependence,” among others.

Lee said he chose teaching because, “In my family we have a lot of people teaching at the university level, high school and senior high school (levels) – for me, it is a natural thing to do. I like teaching and talking to young people.”

Tourism management is Lee's favorite class to teach. He said, “The students are very receptive and open-minded—they really want to participate in the class discussion. They are intelligent and I am pretty sure they will have fun in my class.”

Lee's hands-on style of teaching includes emphasizing an interactive environment. “I usually give them questions and let them respond; let them come up with their own ideas. I use multi-media; video tape, my professional experience, and case analysis. I have them read business magazines and journals—they like it,” said Lee.

He does not believe that they have been any fundamental changes in teaching tourism over the years, but the method of delivery is more technology based, he said. His students will sometimes be asked to go to a web page relevant to a tourism and hospitality organization and have them critique the design and utility of the page, and its content. He tries to incorporate technology into his classroom as much as possible.

Lee said he hopes to be a good teacher, researcher, and a good community service provider. “Since we are at the heart of tourism industry, I believe it is part of my obligation to serve local tourism and hospitality in the community as a faculty member of Black Hills State University. It will make our program more visible; it will benefit Black Hills State and the local tourism community both,” he said.

In the future, Lee hopes to do more research in his field and publish as much as possible. There are two tourism conferences that Lee will be presenting papers at this summer, both at the international level; Lee hopes these will make the program more visible.

Lee enjoys listening to classical musicians such as Beethoven, Bach and Mozart in his free time. He also enjoys spending time with his two young children who are five and seven years old.


This week at BHSU

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Sunday, April7 Monday,
Final exams begin
Tuesday, May9 Wednesday, May 10 Thursday,
Class of '50 reunion
Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 10 a.m.