Volume XXIV No. 25 • June 23, 2000

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CSA position open - Top

The following career service position is open:
  • custodial worker, food service

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


Celese Smith, child care worker, child care center


Ruth Ylitalo,  staff assistant, EAFB Branch Campus

Business office announces year-end deadlines - Top

The following deadlines affect all accounts in the accounting system. You should be aware of these dates when planning any expenditures that need to be processed before year end.

The following are the deadlines for processing documents for the current fiscal year:

  • Interdepartmental billings - Billings must be submitted to the business office by June 22.


  • All other funds accounts - Invoices/Vouchers must be submitted to the business office by June 27.

Folk Festival offers culturally diverse performers - Top

The fourth annual Black Hills Folk Festival will present an all-day folk-art sampler June 24 from noon to 10 p.m. at the Deadwood Pavilion. This event will provide folk music with a culturally diverse flavor.

"Little Sonny (Aaron Willis) and the Detroit Rhythm Group" will perform. Little Sonny's live performances with the other four members of his group take on an incredible intensity that has earned Sonny the title "King of the Blues."

The Turtle Mountain Mitchif Performers will provide lively fiddle music and jigs which combine the heritage of French, Irish, and Scottish fur traders with Chippewa and Cree Native American tribes. This energetic and humorous trio of fiddle, guitar and dance features songs in English and French.

Also performing during the folk-art sampler will be the Vatra: Croatian Tamburitza Ensemble. Vatra is one of the finest tamburitza ensembles in the U.S. (Tamburitzas are fretted stringed instruments in a variety of sizes.) These 

six young Croatian-American musicians perform the dance tunes and folk songs of their ethnic heritage but also experiment with new sounds and compositions.

Cost for the folk festival is $5 per person or $10 per family.

An open mic session is scheduled from 3-5:30 p.m. PA will be provided and all are welcome.

Free public workshops will be held that morning in Deadwood. The workshops begin at 9 a.m. at Callahan’s, at the Franklin Hotel. The first workshop is "Vatra, What is a Tamburitza?" at 9 a.m. The next workshop is titled "Who are the Turtle Mountain Mitchif" at 10 a.m. The final workshop will be presented by Little Sonny and the Detroit Rhythm Kings, "Blues Harmonica."

This event is sponsored in part by Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Global Sounds and the National Endowment for the Arts.


New freshmen and transfer students should attend PREP - Top

If you are a recent high school graduate, if you have been out of school for some time or if you are a transfer student, Black Hills State enrollment officials encourage you to attend one of several registration and orientation programs being offered on campus this summer.

The PreRegistration Early Program (PREP 2000) is designed to help new students and transfer students make a smooth transition to college life. PREP 2000 includes information about course requirements, understanding the catalog, visiting with advisors, learning about campus resources, and planning class schedules.

One of the big advantages in attending the PREP 2000 is early registration for classes. Students who take advantage of the total PREP 2000 experience tend to do better academically and socially than students who do not participate in the program.

The PREP 2000 days for new freshmen will be July 7, 11 and Aug. 18. Transfer and returning students can attend the PREP 2000 days July 6, 10, and Aug. 17. Check-in time is 8 a.m. at the Miller Student Union.

Parents and spouses are welcome to attend PREP 2000 days. The cost to attend PREP 2000 is $35 per student and $5 per accompanying spouse or parent (payable at check-in).

Transfer students should make arrangements to have transcripts (high school and college) sent to the BHSU Records Office so that credits toward a major can be evaluated and a status sheet prepared.

All applied and accepted students are receiving orientation this summer as the first of a series of college orientation sessions which will include New Student Days, Sept. 2-4, 2000, and Career Connection sessions throughout the 2000-2001 school year.

For information or to reserve a place in PREP 2000 call the BHSU enrollment center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU (255-2478) or e-mail debrabrauneller@bhsu.edu.

Online enrollment for PREP 2000 is available at www.bhsu.edu/orientation .


Yellow Jacket golf classic and sports auction raises $14,800 in scholarship dollars - Top

The Yellow Jacket Foundation at Black Hills State University was able to add more than $14,800 to its athletic scholarship fund recently at the tenth annual Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Sports and Leisure Auction.

The annual fund raiser, which is open to the public, featured an 18-hole Texas best-shot golf tournament and a sports and leisure auction. Both events are designed to raise money to support Yellow Jacket athletics.



Upward Bound students attend national leadership Congress - Top

Lydia Skunk from Lower Brule and Tara Wahcahunka from Wagner were selected to represent Black Hills State University Upward Bound at the Council For Opportunity In Education Tenth Annual National Student Leadership Congress in Washington, D.C., from June 10-15, 2000.

Student representatives are participants in the Talent Search and Upward Bound projects; part of the federally funded TRIO programs, which provide counseling and instructional services enabling students to enroll in and graduate from college. Their project directors nominated the student delegates who were then selected by the Council for Opportunity in Education, which sponsors the program.

The theme for this year is community service, diversity awareness, and political awareness. The Council for Opportunity in Education National Student Leadership Congress has four components: (1) workshops on conflict resolutions and negotiations; (2) exercises in policy-making—the mock Congress; (3) discussions of and hands-on experience with community service; and (4) a component on youth affecting policy--dialogues with elected representatives.

After hearing from leaders in the field of youth and community service, groups of five to ten students spend four hours in a community service project in Washington, D.C. Students serve in a variety of capacities depending on the social service agency with which they are working. Students deliver food to elderly shut-ins, hold babies and play with toddlers in a Pediatric AIDS Clinic, or help homeless women living in a transitional shelter to prepare their belongings to move out. Still others do repair work in local churches and community centers. The students take this experience home with them making plans to get involved in a community service project when they return to their communities.

During the youth affecting policy component, Representatives from Congress as well as other community leaders meet with the student delegates. An important follow-up activity to the mock Congress, is that students actually meet with the members of Congress from their home state to discuss the mock Congress. Students spend the day on Capitol Hill meeting with their senators and representative and other students to discuss the process they went through and to ask members of Congress about their priorities.


Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received June 15- 21 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.
  • NSF. Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities. Departmental Multi-User Instrumentation: Third Monday of July, 2000; Instrumentation Development: Second Monday of January; Chemistry Research Facilities: Preproposals due first Monday in December; Full proposals due first Monday of June, 2001. NSF 00-81.
  • NSF. Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI). Deadlines are established in each disciplinary program. Refer to the NSF Bulletin for a list of deadlines and target dates or contact the appropriate disciplinary program. NSF 98-142.
  • NSF. Child Learning and Development. A multidisciplinary competition. Due July 15 and Jan. 15. NSF 99-42.
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF). The National Science Foundation continues to invite applications under the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, which funds projects that provide meaningful research experience in the scientific areas the agency supports. Deadline: Sept. 15 annually. http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/poc.htm
  • Agriculture Small Business Research (USDA). The Agriculture Department is inviting grant applications for short-term pilot projects under the three-phase Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is designed to stimulate technological innovation and engage small businesses in federal research and development. (June 7 Federal Register). Deadline: Aug. 31. Topics include plant and animal production; air, water and soils; and food science and nutrition. http://www.reeusda.gov/sbir\\
  • Local Initiative Funding Partners Program (LIFPP). Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. LIFPP is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that focus on underserved and at-risk populations. The program also helps bring to national attention new ideas and approaches developed locally. Deadline: Aug. 1, 2000.


This week at BHSU - Top

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 Friday, June


Black Hills Folk Festival, Deadwood Pavilion, noon-10 p.m.

Workshops - Midwest Sampler, Callahan's Franklin Hotel, 9 a.m. - noon


Sunday, June25 Monday, June26
Black Hills Folk Festival, Songwriters Workshop begins
Tuesday, June27 Wednesday, June28
Summer Institute of the Arts Lecture Series - Dr. Scott Simpson, Mathews Opera House, noon
June 29
Black Hills Folk Festival, Songwriters Show, Belle Fourche Park, 6:30 p.m.
First TTL session ends
Saturday, July1
Summer Institute of the Arts - Opera Scenes, Woodburn, 7 p.m.