Volume XXIV No. 2 • Jan. 14, 2000


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BHSU photography professor featured at Isaac Lincoln Gallery on Northern State's campus - Top

“Working on the Last Ten Percent” is the title of Stephen Babbitt's one-man art show featured at the Isaac Lincoln Gallery on Northern State University's campus Jan. 18 to Feb. 18.

Babbitt, an assistant professor of photography at Black Hills State, is showing 40 recent photographs on a variety of topics from landscapes to South Dakota small towns. His photos are displayed on a computer imaging format as well as the conventional silver gelatin process format. The majority of his photos are done in black and white.

In recent years, he has been working on images from

rural South Dakota. Six photos from his small town series will be shown for the first time.

In addition to the gallery show, Babbitt will be presenting a photography seminar to a class at NSU. He plans to cover the changing nature of traditional photography as it relates to the new digital format.

The BHSU photography teacher has two photographs currently featured at the 56th annual juried exhibition at the Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, Iowa. One of his photos was selected as a cash award winner.

Babbitt has been teaching classes in journalism and photography at BHSU since 1994. He holds a master's of fine arts degree in photography from San Francisco Art Institute.

BHSU professor James Hesson and his author wife, Margie, will participate in a book signing at Border's bookstore - Top

“Weight Training for Life,” by Dr. James Hesson and “Stress Less” by Margie Hesson will be featured books at Borders Book Store in Rapid City with the authors available to sign copies Saturday, Jan. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Hesson's “Weight Training for Life” is in its fifth edition this year and was just released by Morton Publishing. He is the author of books on weight training and walking for fitness and has produced many articles and professional papers related to health and proper training methods.

He has spent summers in recent years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs working as an exercise physiologist studying and researching training procedures for world-class athletes. During the academic year, he teaches in the division of physical education and health at Black Hills State University.

Hesson earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Nebraska and his doctorate in physical education from Brigham Young University.

Margie, a certified Health Ministries Consultant, was recognized in 1998 as South Dakota State University

James Hesson Margie Hesson

College of Nursing Award For Excellence winner. She teaches at the SDSU College of Nursing West River Program, a position she has held since 1991. She has presented many papers on public health and wellness topics at the local, state and national levels. Other books she authored include “Health Yourself” and “Body and Soul.” Her recent book was released by Abingdon Press.

Hesson earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Delta State University and she has a master's degree in nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi.


CSA to host chili feed - Top

The BHSU CSA council will host a CSA winter social Jan. 21 at the Donald E. Young Center Hall of Fame room from 4:30 to 5:30. The CSA council will serve chili in a bread bowl with all the fixings.


Following the social CSA employees are invited to support the BHSU Yellow Jackets men and women basketball teams as they play against Dakota Wesleyan University. Admission is free for you and your guest with your Ace card.

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.

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 2000 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 Jan. 6-Jan. 12 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
  • NASA. Research opportunities in space life sciences: Advanced human support technology.
  • DOC. Technology opportunities program. (Formerly telecommunications and information infrastructure assistance program). Due March 16.
  • USDA. Rural development. Rural utilities service - distance learning and telemedicine loan and grant program. Deadlines vary.
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Funding interests include health, philanthropy and volunteerism, food systems and rural development, youth and education/higher education, cross-cutting themes, devolution. Preproposal letters are accepted at any time via the web.

Campus Calendar - Top

Thursday, Jan. 13

  • Green and Gold luncheon, Margie's Dinner club, noon
  • Classes begin

Monday, Jan. 17

  • No classes – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • CSA holiday - no classes, CSA holiday

Tuesday, Jan. 18

  • Graduate council meeting, Jonas 306, 3:15 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19

  • Faculty senate meeting, Jonas 103, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 20

  • Green and Gold luncheon, Margie's Dinner Club, noon

Friday, Jan. 21

  • CSA Winter Social chili feed, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame Room, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Men's and women's basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

Saturday, Jan. 22

  • Track and field winter invitational, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
  • Pre-game tip-off party, Stadium Sports Grill, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • 1965 men's basketball reunion, 4 p.m.
  • Men's and women's basketball vs. Mount Marty College, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.