Volume XXIV No. 8 • Feb. 25, 2000

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Open house set for National TRIO Day 2000 - Top

In recognition of National TRIO Day, the Student Support Services and Upward Bound offices at Black Hills State University will hold a TRIO Day 2000 open house on Monday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

TRIO programs, such as Student Support Services and Upward Bound, are federally funded and have been serving academically at-risk and financially eligible student populations for over 30 years. Nearly 2,000 TRIO programs are now in place at over 1,200 colleges, universities, and community agencies nationwide and serve some 780,000 young people and adults from financially and culturally diverse settings.

Student support services will also hold a noon awards ceremony to recognize its Eminent Scholars (3.0 cumulative gpa or higher) as well as the recipient of the $500 essay scholarship. Faculty, staff and students at BHSU are welcome to attend the open house. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Sharon Hemmingson, director of student support services/student assistance center at 642-6371.

Sandau and Smock receive Matty awards - Top

Black Hills State University faculty were among those who received the first-ever Matty Awards recently.

Al Sandau, associate professor of theater at Black Hills State University, was presented a special "Angel in the Wings" award at the Matthew's Opera House Matty awards.

Sandau received the award for being available on the shortest of notice to fill even the most outlandish requests, according to Matthews Opera House director David Whitlock.

Louise Smock, a retired BHSU professor, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With five decades invested into the Opera house so far, Smock is still active and will be directing the latest in the Nunsense series later this year.

Similar to the Academy Awards, the Matty Awards honors actors, actresses, directors, set designers, vocalists, stage managers and the many others who make the Matthew's Opera House shows successful.

Residence hall association recognizes employee achievements - Top

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) of Black Hills State University has recently recognized individual students and staff from each of the four residence halls in different categories. Staff members of the month are: David Steele, Ranchester, Wyo.; Connie Nicholas, Spearfish; Mark Nore, Belle Fourche, and Dave Stahl from Goodwin.

The hall governors of the month are Melanie Shurtz, Gillette, Wyo.; Nicole Swanson, Pukwana; Chris Klucas, Pierre; and Dean Sigman from Martin. Those students listed as residents of the month are: Josh Lund, Groton; Pat Sibson, Mitchell; Nikki Underwood, Brookings; and Judy Locati from Spearfish.Wenona

Cook Hall was awarded “Hall of the Month” for their group effort to raise money for their custodian whose father died. Recognition for floor/community of the month was awarded to Thomas second south, and program of the month was awarded to Pangburn for their Christmas party. The RHA represent the elected leadership of the residential students. In addition to policy development, the RHA provides opportunities for individual development in the areas of service, learning and citizenship.

Each month, RHA recognizes various individuals and halls for extraordinary achievement.

Class plans safe spring break activities - Top

Black Hills State University class students will sponsor several activities promoting a safe spring break for all university students.

Students in Dr. Larry Tentinger's Substance Use Education class are hosting the activities beginning Monday, Feb. 28 through Wednesday, March 1. Spring break for Black Hills State University students begins March 4.

An obstacle course using fatal vision glasses will be set up in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The big class project will be Wednesday, March 1 from

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. when students wearing the fatal-vision goggles will drive a car in the parking lot of Lyle Hare Stadium.

Activities are planned on the main level of the Student Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29 and Wednesday, March 1 to promote safe sex. A parked wrecked car filled with empty cans will be placed in front of the Student Union for the duration of the safe spring break recognition. Students will have the opportunity to guess the number of cans to win a prize.

For more information on any of these projects contact Tentinger at 642-6042.

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.


Alumni compete in a mile run - Top

Keith Lein was the winner of the eighth annual alumni mile with a time of 4:44.9. Eighteen former BH runners competed in the one mile race at the Young Center President's Day weekend.


Minutes of the Feb. 2 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Feb. 2, 2000, at 3:15 p.m. in Jonas 110.


Minutes of the university assessment committee - Top

Minutes of university assessment committee meeting Feb. 16 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103.


Minutes of the Feb. 15 graduate council meeting - Top

Minutes of graduate council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 3:20 in Jonas 305. Present were: Earley, Molseed, Chrisman, Lee, Alsup, B. Silva, Follette for Steckline. Absent were: Cook, D. Swartz, Sander, Montross, and Erickson.


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 March 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.


New Faculty Profile

By Dawn Taggart

Dr. Connie J. Pollard

“I would like to be in the forefront of totally dismantling the labeling process,” stated Dr. Connie J. Pollard, assistant professor of education at Black Hills State University.

“Children must have a sense of belonging. Having children leave their peer group and classrooms for instruction tends to send a message to the child that they are incapable of succeeding in the regular classroom. And, unfortunately, this is what their peers and teachers in the class begin to believe also. There is more diversity in our classrooms now than ever before, whether it is due to family background, ethnicity, language, skill level, etc. I believe it is more beneficial for all students if teachers and schools begin to develop ways to meet this diversity through lower teacher-student ratios and by providing teachers more time to collaborate and plan for various student needs. We need to look at changing the system of public education rather than determining which children don't `fit' the system.”

Pollard believes it's time we stopped calling children names, using labels such as slow, slow learner, or learning disabled. Words do hurt, is the point she makes. However, she also feels that some good has been done.

“We've done great things for the mentally and physically impaired,” said Pollard. She remarked that teaching in special education has changed from more of a behaviorist approach where teachers believed they could 'fix' kids to recognizing personal learning styles and accommodating for individual needs.

Pollard, who recently joined Black Hills State as a full-time faculty member, enjoys teaching introduction to special-education classes where she works mostly with future elementary-education teachers. She said, “That's when they have to define themselves as a teacher.”

Pollard said her philosophy on teaching is this; “we're all teachers and we're all learners – I like to see it as a collaborative process.”

Her educational experience includes a bachelor of arts degree with an emphasis in psychology, guidance, and counseling received in 1974, and a master of arts degree with an emphasis in learning disabilities received in 1976, both from the University of Colorado. She also earned two degrees from the University of Wyoming which are a specialist in education administration, 1989, and a doctor of education with an emphasis in education administration, 1992.

Pollard has extensive work experience in education. She began her teaching career in 1976 as a resource room teacher for the Park County School District in Powell, Wyo. She also obtained experience as an education diagnostician and elementary school principal.

In 1981 Pollard traveled to Gaborone, Botswana in Africa for a ministry of education project which involved consultation to elementary school classroom teachers; it included improving and standardizing instructional methods. In describing Africa, she commented, “A major impact to me was the immense poverty. Some children only had the one to two cups of `mealy-meal' (a ground corn mush), provided at school through the Save the Children Foundation, to eat for the day. During the dry season they would often take this home to share with their families.” Pollard noted that she was “impressed with the knowledge of the general population. When “Time” magazine hit the newsstands there would be a line of people three to four blocks long waiting to buy a copy.”

She is a licensed professional counselor, and a nationally certified school psychologist, as well as being a certified teacher with the State of Wyoming Department of Education, and South Dakota Department of Education. Pollard also holds a membership with the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Pollard has acquired additional professional training on subjects such as “How the Brain Learns,” “Play Therapy,” “Group Dynamics,” “Behavior Styles Profile,” and “Creating Effective Schools.”

Pollard's plans for the future include a desire to get some courses on-line through the internet; she would some day like to go over-seas to Africa again as a remedial curriculum consultant.

As for hobbies, Pollard said, “I really enjoy the outdoors. I own property at Sand Creek and I plan to build there.” She learned about the Sand Creek area approximately 10 years ago and said, “I like the solitude it offers and the wildlife. I have lived in Wyoming for most of the past 20 years and feel a definite kinship with the area, so I am glad I still have a connection.” She also enjoys tennis and hiking.

Pollard hails from Loveland, Colo., but said she loves Spearfish because it is small and also because of its geographic location.


Weekly Campus Calendar

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

Friday, Feb.25

Saturday, Feb.26

Sunday, Feb.27

Monday, Feb.28

TRIO Day Open House, Student Union multipurpose room

Tuesday, Feb.29

Wednesday, March 1

Thursday, March 2

Green & Gold luncheon, Cedar House, noon

Friday, March 3

Preview Day, High school students will visit campus

Saturday, March4

Spring break  

Destination Imagination Tournament (formerly Odyssey of the Mind)