Volume XXIV No. 5 • Feb. 4, 2000

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Professors discuss changing diversity - Top

A common theme of acknowledging the changing diversity of the nation's population and an ever-increasing need to understand and accept different ethnic groups and religions arose at a panel discussion at Black Hills State University this week.

Seven BHSU professors and staff members took part in the panel each speaking on his/her respective area of interest and then answering questions from the audience. Throughout the presentations there emerged a common theme of the importance of recognizing and dealing with continuing racism, prejudice and stereotypes in society and especially in our state.


Entrepreneurial woman of the year to speak - Top

The Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Black Hills State University will host speaker Terri Bowersock, 1998 recipient of the Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year Award from Entrepreneur Magazine.


Stock market game workshop scheduled - Top

A free workshop regarding the South Dakota Stock Market simulation game will be held Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 on the campus of Black Hills State University. The stock-market game will begin Monday, Feb. 14 and will run through the close of trading Friday, April 21.


Obtain approval before doing research - Top

Any faculty member or student utilizing human subjects in research projects or animals in research or teaching activities must obtain approval from the animal-care and human-subjects committee before beginning the project or activity.

This includes survey research, analysis of data previously collected from human subjects, and student research projects involving animal or human subjects. Although

many of the projects involving human subjects may be determined to be exempt from full committee review, the application process must be completed to extend University legal protection for the project..

For information and application forms, please contact the committee chair, Doug Wessel, at unit 9032, phone 6514, by e-mail, or in SW 210.

Student teacher meetings scheduled - Top

Students planning to student teach in the summer or fall 2000 should attend one of three student teacher meetings.. The meetings are Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union Multipurpose room. For more information contact Colleen Gustafson, Office of Field Experience, 1200 University Street, Unit 9038, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9038 (605) 642-6642.

University Women donate to child-care center - Top

University Women, a group formerly known as Faculty Wives, donated nearly $200 and several toys to the Black Hills State University child-care center.


BHSU Green and Gold Club to host chamber appreciation night - Top

The Green and Gold Booster Club and Spearfish chamber relations committee at Black Hills State University will host an appreciation night Saturday, Feb. 12 for members of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce during the BHSU basketball games against Dakota State University.


Theatre will present a musical fairytale - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will present “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine in Woodburn Auditorium Feb. 24-26 at 8 p.m., and a Feb. 27 matinee at 2:30 p.m.


Yellow Jacket Booster of the Year recognized - Top

Norwest Wells Fargo Bank of Spearfish is this year's recipient of Black Hills State's Green and Gold Club booster of the year award.


Minutes of the December faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Wednesday, Dec. 1 in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.


Minutes of the November faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Nov. 17 in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.


Minutes of the university assessment committee meeting - Top

Minutes of the university assessment committee meeting Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103.


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. Deadline is Feb. 25.

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. 27-Feb. 2, 2000 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. 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.


Weekly Campus Calendar

BHSU events are shown in gold, Spearfish Chamber events are in gray.
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Monthly Campus Calendar


Friday, Feb.

Saturday, Feb.

Challenge & SD Cross Country Ski Championship

Sunday, Feb.

Monday, Feb.

Tuesday, Feb.

Reading Council bookfair
11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb.

Reading Council bookfair
11 a.m. -3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb.

Green and Gold luncheon, Perkins, noon

Reading Council bookfair
11 a.m. -3 p.m

Presentation by entrepreneurial woman of the year Terri Bowersock, Student Union multipurpose room, 11 a.m.

Friday, Feb.

Men's and women's basketball vs. Huron University, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb.

Spring science seminar series presentation "Source and sink dynamics of redwing black birds" by Dr. Kerri Vierling, assistant professor of biology, SDSM&T, Jonas 164 at 4 p.m.

Men's & women's basketball vs. Dakota State, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (Chamber appreciation night)

Pre-game tailgate party, Stadium Sports Grill, 5:30-7 p.m.