Volume XXIV No. 38 Sept.
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Welcome to Black Hills State University
- Ryan Ogan, computer support specialist, computer center
- Tasha Roberts, teacher aide, Child Care Center
CSA position open -
The following career service position is open:
- senior secretary, Student Union
- secretary with keyboarding, College of Business and
For additional information, check the announcement bulletin
or contact the personnel office.
Royer will be guest clinician/conductor for Wyoming music
Dr. Randall Royer, assistant professor of music at BHSU, will be
a guest clinician and conductor for the Wyoming N.E. District
Music Clinic, Nov. 17-18, 2000. The clinic will be held at
Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Wyo.
Royer conducted the same clinic three years ago when it was
held in Casper, Wyo. He will direct the Northeast District
Symphonic Band, which includes approximately 120 musicians
representing 17 different schools. Towns represented include
Buffalo, Casper, Douglas, Gillette, Moorcroft, Newcastle,
Sheridan, Sundance and others from the northeast district of
Wyoming. The band will rehearse all day Friday and most of
Saturday before presenting a final concert.
Also included in the clinic and final concert will be the
northeastern District Honor Choir, directed by Dr. Pat Patton
Casper College, and the northeastern District Wind
Ensemble, directed by Dr. Michael Griffith from the University
of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.
Royer was also guest conductor of jazz band I for the
University of Wyoming summer music camp in June. The jazz band
included the top jazz musicians in the camp. The camp hosted
approximately 180 middle school and high school students from
around the Laramie region. Royer also taught classes in jazz
history, jazz improvisation, and a jazz rhythm section, in
addition to private saxophone lessons. The camp ended with final
concerts from all the major performing groups and select
ensembles that rehearsed throughout the camp.
Royer joined the BHSU faculty in 1997. He completed his
doctorate in music education at the University of Utah in 1996.
Larsen will present a lecture-recital
Dr. Janeen Larsen will present a lecture-recital on Sunday,
Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
The program, titled "Pictorial Imagery in Music,"
will be centered on selected works by MacDowell and Debussy.
Larsen will demonstrate how these composers used specific
elements of music to create visual images through their piano
compositions. According to Larsen, "composers of orchestral
music can use the great variety of instrumental tone colors
available to them to help create moods and images. Piano
composers have to be more creative."
Composers of the 19th century were particularly
interested in using music to tell stories and paint pictures.
MacDowell is the best known American composer of the 19th
century, and Debussy is the best known French composer of the
same century. Although MacDowell and Debussy were born only a
year apart, their music is very different. Debussy was an
innovator who started a whole new style of music called
impressionism, while MacDowell stayed within the tonal framework
of the Classical-Romantic music traditions. Larsen believed it
would be interesting to compare and contrast music of the two
composers, since they both were interested in using the piano to
The lecture-recital is open to the public; there is no
Student teacher meetings set at Black Hills State -
Black Hills State University students who are planning to
student teach during the spring semester 2001 must attend one of
the following registration/orientation meetings:
- Monday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 301
- Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 301
- Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 7 a.m. in Jonas 301
Potential student teachers should check their BHSU catalog to
make sure they meet all requirements. For additional information
Volunteers sought for Relay for
Due to the weather forecast, Relay for Life will be moved to the
Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center field house. Events
begin Friday afternoon Sept. 22 and end at noon Saturday, Sept.
There is probably not a person at BHSU who has not been affected
by cancer; consequently, faculty, staff and students are invited
to consider helping with the local Relay For Life event.
This event celebrates life by honoring those individuals who
have survived cancer and raises money for cancer research.
faculty, staff, and students are asked to help by volunteering
sometime during the 24 hours to help with the event. Possible tasks include:
setting up for the event, cleaning up after the event, serving the spaghetti
dinner on Friday evening, filling luminaries with sand and arranging them
around the track, helping with hot air balloon rides, displaying team posters,
and helping with the overall success of this wonderful event. If you have some
time to offer, contact Kristi Pearce at 642-6405 or email her at <email@example.com>
Art demonstrations will be held -
Blacksmith, potter, stained glass and spinner demonstrations
will be held at the Black Hills State University Student Union
from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 and 28.
The arts festival, sponsored by the university
programming fine arts committee and the Ruddell Gallery, will be
held in the skywalk and Student Union lobby area on both
Wednesday and Thursday.
For more information call 642-6418.
Theatre schedule announced at BHSU -
The BHSU theatre department will open their 2000-2001 season
Oct. 19, 20 and 21 with "The Effects of Gamma Rays on
Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." The plays are presented at 8
p.m. (with a special Sunday afternoon performance of the
musical) in Woodburn Auditorium on the BHSU campus. Tickets are
available the week of the play by calling the box office at
Other plays scheduled for the season include:
- "The Diary of Anne Frank," Dec. 7, 8 and 9
- "Tintypes," Feb. 22, 23, 24 and 25 and
- "Isn’t It Romantic?," April 19, 20 and 21.
The first play "The Effects of Gamma Rays on
Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" is a story of a frowzy,
acid-tongued mother supporting herself and her two daughters by
taking in a decrepit old boarder. One daughter, Ruth, is a
pretty but high-strung girl subject to convulsions, while the
younger daughter, Matilda, plain and almost pathologically shy,
has an intuitive gift for science. Encouraged by her teacher,
Tillie undertakes a gamma ray experiment with marigolds which
wins a prize at her high school – and also brings on the
shattering climax of the play. And yet, as Tillie’s experience
proves something beautiful and full of promise can emerge from
even the most barren afflicted soil.
"The Diary of Anne Frank" by Frances Goodrich and
Albert Hacketts is a new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman. In this
gripping new adaptation of the original stage play, newly
discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank as well as
survivor accounts are interwoven to create an impassioned
contemporary story of the
lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. She tries to
maintain her belief in the general goodness of humanity, but as
her world and traditions are destroyed, her optimism fades. Anne’s
diary survives as a memorial to those killed and as a warning to
"Tintpes" by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary
Pearle chronicles the growing pains of a nation in a grand
pageant of pre-World War I America told in the exuberant words
and music of the day. The story of these changing times blazes
to life in the tuneful, high-spirited brew of popular songs from
1890 to 1917 performed by five archetypes of the period: a
beautiful music hall star, a notorious socialist, a black
domestic worker, a Chaplinesque Russian immigrant and the
outrageous Teddy Roosevelt, the youngest man ever to be elected
The final performance of the season will be the comedy
"Isn’t It Romantic?" by Wendy Wasserstein. The play
deals with the post-college careers (and dilemmas) of two former
classmates, a short, slightly plump would-be writer and her
tall, thin, gorgeous WASP friend. Both are struggling to escape
from a lingering parental domination and to establish their own
lives and identities. Told in a fast moving series of inventive,
alternately hilarious and touchingly revealing scenes, the play
explores their parallel stories with uncommon wit and wisdom –
resulting, ultimately, in a heightened awareness which, while
not providing all the answers, goes a long way toward achieving
the maturity and self-assuredness both protagonists desperately
Minutes of Sept. 19 graduate council meeting -
The graduate council met Sept. 19 in Jonas
Present: Earley, Chrisman, Steckline,
Mahoney, Austin, Alsup, B. Silva, Molseed, Erickson. Absent:
Cook, Holsinger, Meek. Visitor: Farrokhi.
Moved adoption of guidelines - It was moved, seconded that
the operational guidelines with corrections. Motion passed.
The director noted that Dr. Silva’s term ends in October
and a new election was necessary. The director asked Dr.
Chrisman and Steckline to conduct the election prior to the next
Molseed reported on the cohort organization of the MSCI - So
far there is a total of 64 new students along the following
lines: Spearfish teachers – 17, Spearfish – 21, Rapid City
– 17, Hot Springs – 17. This is the largest entry group in
the history of the institution.
Molseed reported that Dr. Pearce is working on the online
delivery of the whole MSCI degree.
Assuming that the approval process is completed, he projected
that the degree will be online in the spring of 2001.
There was considerable discussion on the committee structure
and resolution of conflict within the committee as proposed by
Drs. Molseed and Farrokhi. The council agreed to the creation of
a subcommittee with Dr. Austin (chair), Mr. Mahoney, Dr.
Farrokhi, and Molseed. The committee will report to the council
in October with a proposed policy for committees.
Molseed described the new process for admission to candidacy
to the MSCI and stated given the number of new students that
more faculty from outside the college of education should be
included to fulfill the requirement of an outside member on each
oral examination committee.
Meeting adjourned. The next meeting is Oct. 17 in Jonas 309 at
Minutes of the Sept. 6 faculty senate meeting -
The faculty senate met Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Jonas 110
at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Curtis Card, John Glover, Rob Schurrer,
Colleen Kirby, Margaret Lewis, Steve Babbitt, Vincent King, Fred
Heidrich, Tim Hightower for Dan Durben, and Crystal Muglia.
(Absent: Rena Fay Norby, Dan Durben and Don Chastain.)
Meeting was opened by President Card.
Motion to approve the agenda was passed.
Motion to approve minutes for May 3, 2000, was passed.
Nominations for faculty senate secretary were made. Following
the necessary motions and discussion, Dr. Dan Durben was
unanimously elected. (VP Glover graciously offered to take the
minutes in Dr. Durben's absence.)
Newly elected President Card moved directly to the agenda
President Card briefly described the proposed honors program.
A general discussion followed raising concerns about financial
support for additional responsibilities, the potential burden on
new faculty, the extent of present faculty support for such a
program and the need to circulate the proposal. It was decided
that Dr. Martinez and Dr. Cook should be invited to discuss the
Professor Lewis explained the problems she encountered
involving a intoxicated student and the lack of procedure and
support for handling such individuals in the classroom setting.
A general discussion followed which considered the need for
specific guidelines to be possibly included in the student
President Card addressed the issue of student passwords and
computer registration. He had been informed that the passwords
had additional functions for accessing information. A general
discussion followed which raised questions regarding the need
for a waiver/disclaimer of responsibility to be signed by the
student upon receiving the pin and whether faculty should issue
the pins to their student advisees. President Card will check
with Arnie Hemmingson to see if faculty distributions is
A lengthy discussion involving the university curriculum
committee and the new "short cutting" curriculum
process occurred. Concerns were raised that the UCC authority
was being usurped through the new process, especially for new
proposals during the summer. It became clear that the UCC would
have to develop a schedule, which may include summer meetings,
to better handle the requests.
The process of nominating senate committee appointments was
discussed. VP Glover indicated that the appointments committee
would have its recommendations for the senate's Sept. 20, 2000,
Concerns were raised regarding the numbers of honor graduates
over the last few years. The possibility of raising the
requirements, establishing a cap or percentage, or establishing
a minimum number of BHSU credit hours (60) was mentioned. The
need for data involving trends and comparisons became apparent.
The need for a senate representative for the university
assessment committee was discussed. A desire to designate an
existing UAC member as the Senate Representative was
Meeting adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Faculty research funds available -
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 grants office or can be
printed out from their web page: http://www.bhsu.edu/academics/grants/frcpick.html
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request
support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to
research sites or 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. A three-hour release time is available
for fall 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. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your
proposal to the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s
office in Woodburn 314 by Oct. 20.
Grants opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Sept. 14-20 in the
grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information,
contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
- National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program. Department
of agriculture cooperative state research, education, and
extension service. Applications for FY 2001 national research
initiative competitive grants program. Deadline: Nov.
15, 2000; Dec. 15, 2000; Jan. 15, 2001; Feb. 15, 2001.
Small grants to
support research and field work. Applications due Dec. 31.
Supports research on the
future of work, immigration, literacy, and the social
psychology of social contact. Proposals are reviewed
bi-annually in June and November. Proposals must arrive at
least eight weeks prior to permit time to review.
- Association of American Geographers.
education grants program provides financial support for
projects which design, demonstrate, or disseminate
environmental education practices, methods, or techniques,
including assessing environmental and ecological conditions or
specific environmental issues or problems. Deadline Nov. 15. http://www.epa.gov/
Bilingual education: program
development and implementation grants. Provide grants to
develop and implement new comprehensive, coherent, and
successful bilingual education programs or special alternative
instructional programs for limited English proficient
students. Deadline Oct. 20. http://www.ed.gov/
National institute on
disability and rehabilitation research. Field-initiated
research projects must further one or both of the following
purposes: (1) develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation
technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration
into society, employment, independent living, family support,
and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with
disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe
disabilities; and (2) improve the effectiveness of services
authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.
Deadline Oct. 27. http://www.ed.gov/
- Environmental Protection Agency.
Study in Scandinavia for U.S. graduate students. Due November
- The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF).