Volume XXIV No. 9
March 3, 2000
to Black Hills State University - Top
Chris Feller, senior building maintenance
specialist, facilities services
| Shirley Brost, agency
| Cindy Schoon,
baker, food service
sought for employee award program - Top
Please forward your nominations for the annual
employee award program to BHSU, Unit 9568, by
March 15. Forms are available from the personnel
published - Top
James Hesson has an article published in the
latest edition of the European Journal of
Applied Physiology (2000) 81:140-147.
title of the article is "Effect of altitude
training on serum creatine kinase activity and
serum cortisol concentration in
|Hesson was a member
of a small research team at the United States
Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where
the research was conducted and he is a co-author
of the research article.
radio career offers students' valuable insights -
wealth of experience is often a good thing, in
David Diamond's case it's a tremendous resource
he can call upon to embellish his lectures and
bring real life experiences to communication
students at Black Hills State University.
history month activities planned - Top
Several activities are planned at Black Hills
State University in honor of women's history
month. The theme for the month of women's history
month is "You've come a long way, baby ...
Or, have you?"
employers will visit BHSU campus - Top
employers will be on the BHSU campus in the near
future to visit with students and graduates about
job opportunities. The career services office
will coordinate the following visits.
- Paula Plagmann, a representative from
Martin and Associates, a Mitchell
telecommunications company, will be on
campus March 22 at 4:30 p.m. in the
Student Union Conference room 221.
- Waddell and Reed will set up an
informational table in the Student Union
lobby March 28 to give students an
opportunity to learn more about financial
planner opportunities. Jim Patrick will
be available to meet with students from
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- BHSU graduate Eric Bittner will be on
campus April 7 to present employment
opportunities with the National Archives.
For more information contact the BHSU career
services office at 642-6277 or stop by David B.
Miller Student Union room 124.
improvement committee taking applications for
course releases - Top
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
- redesign an existing course so that it is
infused with technology or offered for
- design a new course or redesign an
existing course to be presented
collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
- significantly redesign an existing
- 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.
available through instructional improvement
committee - Top
improvement committee (IIC) encourages, through
monetary grants, the application of existing
knowledge to specific teaching situations to
improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.
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,
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.
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.
committee has funds available - Top
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.
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.
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.
opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Feb
17-March 1 in the grants office, Woodburn 220.
For copies of the information, contact our office
at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at
information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
- Preservation Assistance Grants (NEH). The
National Endowment for the Humanities'
Division of Preservation and Access is
inviting applications for preservation
assistance grants to preserve and
increase the availability of resources
important for humanities research,
education and public programming.
Deadline: April 3. Funds: Up to $5,000
will be awarded per grant. http://www.neh.gov/
- American Honda Foundation. The
American Honda Foundation supports
various programs within youth education.
Projects that have been funded include a
focus on job training, math, science and
environmental education. Deadline: May 1,
2000, Aug. 1, 2000 and Feb. 1, 2001. If
the staff receive preliminary proposals a
month before the deadline, they can
provide feedback in time for applicants
to make changes and still meet the
- NEH. Fellowships. Due May 1.
- NEH. Challenge grants. Due May 1.
- NEH. Preservation and access. Due
- US West Foundation. Arts and
culture. Due April 15. Priority emphasis
will be given to a collaboration of
organizations which will provide free
access for a day or weekend at the major
cultural attractions in your community.
- US-Mexico Fund for Culture. Program
for 2000 calls on artists, scholars,
independent groups to present proposals
for projects of binational relevance in
dance, theater, music, visual arts,
literature, media arts, cultural studies,
libraries. Due April 28.
- NATO. Science program. Various
By Dawn Taggart
"I knew at
six that I was going to be a teacher. I
was already playing teacher when I was a
little girl with all the kids in the
neighborhood. I never gave up on my
dream," said Micheline A.
Hickenbotham, who recently joined the
College of Education staff of Black Hills
Hickenbotham is from
Brussels, Belgium, where she was born and
raised. It was there she earned several
degrees in education beginning in 1972.
She earned a bachelor of
science degree in 1974 in elementary
education; a master's in English language
arts/reading in 1981; and became a
certified Dutch language elementary
teacher in 1984, all from Brussels,
Belgium. She is also a certified teacher
in South Dakota, and is currently working
on her second master's degree which is in
curriculum and instruction.
Hickenbotham finds there
is a definite difference between the two
countries in teaching. She said,
"Europe is very content based. There
is not a system of credits when you come
to higher ed. There, you are in class all
day long from 8 to 4 and it is a
continuing education where you take the
course over a period of four or five
years, one hour a day every day instead
of a semester."
The instructor remarked
that she would not call education in
Europe better, but said, "I think
America gives more opportunities. It
provides you with the right to go and
finish high school, to compare to some of
the countries in Europe that I am
familiar with where you are tracked, and
then many students don't make it through
eighth grade, and they get into a vo-tech
program and sometimes they don't even
finish that. There is no inclusion if you
have special needs. You are automatically
educated in a situation where they just
help those students so when it comes time
to analyze scores you only have the cream
off the top over there to compare here
with the total population. It reflects
what the total population is capable of -
not just the elite. This is the land of
Hickenbotham says of her
teaching style, "I think I'm a
social constructivist. I like interaction
- I don't like lectures. My students are
engaged in hands-on activities. I think I
am flexible and open to new strategies
and theories...I am promoting
success." Indeed, she appears a
model of success.
She relocated to the
United States when a visit with her
penpal in Faith resulted in the friend
telling her of a new school opening on
the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. She
called for an interview and was hired the
next summer. She taught there for nine
years before joining the faculty at Black
The educator said her
most rewarding classes are "methods
and my seniors, because they are just a
door away from being my peer. By the time
they are done and in student teaching,
there is such a big growth. They are in
your room being students and leave you
being teachers. I just hope that we made
enough connection that they will
understand that we're now part of a
network and that everybody can help each
other. It seems to work so far. They
contact me and we visit about some of
their challenges or their
In her classroom,
Hickenbotham said, "I promote as
much as possible integration, especially
with language. Language is used in
anything you do. Literature is just such
a gift, but sometimes we forget. One day
I hope everybody understands what a gift
reading is, because it's the door to a
Hickenbotham said her
plans for the future are to develop a
program that promotes literacy in a
diverse classroom - something that's
going to help every child regardless of
One thing Hickenbotham
wants to be remembered for is, she said,
"I hope to be a role model for some
teachers that will understand that being
different is okay, taking risks in your
life as a life-long learner, and promote
new things in teaching."
Hickenbotham has one son
who is a junior at Black Hills State. He
has a double major in special education
and elementary education. Her husband has
For fun and leisure, she
enjoys trap shooting, which is a gun
sport where you shoot clay targets.
"I will be in competition next
year," said Hickenbotham. "I
also read a lot and I enjoy crafts and
gardening." She lives in the country
where she also enjoys watching the
BHSU events are shown in gold, Spearfish
Chamber events are in gray.
items or send to media relations, Unit 9512,
- High school students will visit campus
|Spring break begins
Destination Imagination Tournament (formerly
Odyssey of the Mind)
month, student panel, 3:30 p.m.
and performance, workshop, Student
Union, 3 p.m., comedy revue, Woodburn Auditorium,
|2000 Summer Job
Fair, Student Union, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
& Gold Luncheon, Cedar House, noon
Women's history month presentation, Dr.
Sharon Strand, 12:30 p.m., Jonas 307.
BHSU Spring Film Festival -
"Orlando," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.
|Preview day -
High school students will visit campus
month presentation, Dr. Kristi Pearce,
Spring Science Seminar Series, Dr.
Audrey Gabel, 4 p.m., Jonas 101
Rising junior exam, 8 a.m. to
|Rising junior exam,
noon to 4 p.m
Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
services hosts Martin and Assoc.,
Student Union Conference room 221, 4:30 p.m.,
|Green and Gold
Luncheon, Cedar House, noon
history month presentation, Dr. Holly
Downing and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, 3 p.m.
Spring Film Festival -
"Grand Illusion," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.
|Track and field
BHSU Frostbite Invitational
re-treat for faculty, Woodburn 3rd floor
conference room, 11:30 a.m.
Science Seminar Series, Dr. Richard
Gayle, 4 p.m., Jonas 101
hosts Waddell and Reed, 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., Student Union lobby
recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.
Jazz Band/Black Hills Gold Concert, Student
Union, 7:30 p.m.
Festival, "Buena Vista Social
Club," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.