Volume XXIV No. 7 • Feb. 18, 2000

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Resignation - Top

After 17 years, Shirley Brost is leaving BHSU.  Come join us for cake and coffee in the Pangburn little dining room, Friday, Feb. 18 from 2-3:30 p.m.. Please stop by and wish her good luck and appreciation for her many dedicated years.

Photographer Steve Babbitt featured in four art shows - Top

Photographs by Steve Babbitt are on display this month at Rapid City's Dahl Fine Arts Center, the Isaac Lincoln Gallery at Northern State University, Aberdeen, the Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, Iowa, and at Yosemite Village, Calif.


Austin presents technology paper at international conference - Top

Dr. Len Austin, assistant professor of education at Black Hills State University, presented a workshop at the 11th International Conference for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE 2000) recently in San Diego, Calif.


Simpson to perform at Borders - Top

Scott Simpson, assistant professor of education at Black Hills State University, will give a CD release performance at Borders in Rapid City Saturday, Feb. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. His recording, Ozzie's Guitar, is original acoustic folk music.

Regents adopt special resolution to honor employees - Top

The South Dakota Board of Regents adopted this special resolution at their January meeting extending their thanks and appreciation to the employees on campus who made the new millennium a non-event.


Career services announces opportunities - Top

A representative from Tom Daschle's office will be on campus Feb. 23 to provide information and interview applicants for Internships.

An information table will be in the Student Union Lobby from 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon interviews may be scheduled with career services office.

The South Dakota B-I-G Job Fair will be in Sioux Falls on Feb. 22. More than 100 businesses will be participating.

Employers will be prepared to meet with candidates about internships and career opportunities. Check the website sdcppa.org for a list of companies.

Check with the career services office for more information.

BHSU accounting students provide tax assistance - Top

Accounting students at Black Hills State University will be available to help area residents with income tax preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).


Dakota Chamber Orchestra established - Top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra has been established in residence at Black Hills State University. A premier performance for this group is scheduled for April 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra was formed to provide an opportunity for personal development of musicians through performance of works of the master composers of orchestra music while providing the campus of BHSU and the people of the Black Hills region with additional cultural opportunities.

Rehearsals for the chamber orchestra are set for Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. in Cook Hall room 204 on the BHSU campus. The schedule of regular rehearsals is Feb. 15, Feb. 22, Feb. 29, March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18 and April 25. There will be a dress rehearsal Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at Matthews Opera House.

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.


Risk management and marketing seminar scheduled - Top

The Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at Black Hills State University will host two workshops "Organization Risk Management" and "The Role of Marketing in Your Organization" Friday, Feb. 18 at the Bell Steak House in Spearfish.


Wellness fair scheduled at BHSU - Top

Along with spring cleaning it's time to get a clean bill of health for summertime activities. A good place to start, if you haven't had a recent physical by your family physician, is at the second annual Northern Hills Wellness Fair on the Black Hills State University campus Wednesday, April 5.

The wellness fair will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center and is open to the public. The fair, composed mainly of health-care providers, will provide free or at-cost wellness screenings which include, but are not limited to: glucose, blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, flexibility and balance, vision, and hematocrit tests. It's

important to know the numbers from these kinds of tests for good health and wellness.

Local health-care providers will be available to discuss and answer questions, discuss job opportunities in health care, and answer questions on a variety of health-related topics.

Other booths will offer educational information and demonstrations. Many will offer freebies and door prizes. Entertainment will also be provided.

For health-fair information contact BHSU Student Health Services at (605) 642-6520.

Crackerbarrel scheduled for Saturday - Top

The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee will host a Legislative Crackerbarrel Saturday, Feb. 19 at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, 106 W. Kansas, at 10 a.m.

District 31 legislators Sen. James Dunn, Rep. Mark Young, and Rep. Jerry Apa have been invited to participate in the crackerbarrel. Crackerbarrels are held to provide the public an opportunity to visit with local legislators and become more

informed on political issues facing the state. Following the opening remarks by featured legislators, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on legislative issues.

The crackerbarrel is open to the public. For more information call the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626.

Spring film festival announced - Top

The schedule for the spring film festival at Black Hills State University has been announced. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305 on five Thursdays - Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 16, March 23 and March 30.


Chamber of commerce hosts hot chocolate days art walk - Top

This year marks the fourth annual hot chocolate days art walk sponsored by the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce city wide retail trade committee.

Beginning Feb. 17 and running through Feb. 20 participants can view local art on display in participating businesses throughout the city of Spearfish. A brochure listing these "temporary galleries" and featured artists will be available at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce and at all participating businesses. Participants who visit the businesses and receive a special stamp at each will be entered in a drawing for Spearfish bucks donated by First

Western Bank, Norwest Bank, Pioneer Bank and Trust and Rushmore Bank and Trust.

Gold winners (who visit 30 or more) will be put in a drawing for $100, silver winners who visit 20 or more will be put in a drawing for $50, and bronze winners who visit 10 more will be put in a drawing for $25.

For additional information contact the chamber of commerce at 642-2626.

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.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in March so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in February, and will consist of a proposal following the specified format. A copy of the guidelines and proposal format are available from the grants office web page or by contacting your dean or department chair for a hard copy. Ten copies of the proposal are needed so that each member of the IIC can review it. Proposal writers may be requested to make an oral presentation to the committee in support of a proposal.

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. 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 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 Feb. 10-Feb. 16 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.
  • Selected ED Grant Initiatives
    New Programs:
  • Next Generation Technology, $170 million
  • Telecommunications for Professional Development, $5 million
  • Troops to Teachers, $25 million
  • Early Childhood Educator Development Professional, $30 million
  • Teacher Quality Incentives, $50 million

Other Education and Training Initiatives

  • National Science Foundation: $20 million for Centers for Learning and Teaching to build on current pilot; $1.5 million for new Distinguished Teaching Scholars.
  • Agriculture: $27 million for Distance Learning and Telemedicine grants, up from $20 million.

Pilot Research Grant (NIA). The National Institute on Aging is seeking small grant applications to stimulate new investigations into aging research by new investigators and established researchers switching fields. Deadline: March 17, July 17 and Nov. 17.

Weekly Campus

BHSU events are shown in gold, Spearfish Chamber events are in gray. Submit items or send to media relations, Unit 9512, BHSU.


Preview day: high school students on campus

1975 men's cross country track & field reunion

"Organization Risk Management" and "The Role of Marketing in Your Organization" at the Bell Steak House in Spearfish.


Alumni Mile reunion, Young Center, noon
Art Walk Winer Art Show, Matthews Opera House



President's Day

No classes




Green & Gold luncheon, Perkins, noon

Spring Film Festival "The Third Man", Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Theatre production “Into the Woods,” Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.


Theatre production “Into the Woods,” Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.


Theatre production “Into the Woods,” Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.