Volume XXV No. 46 • Nov. 30, 2001

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. To submit an item send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

CSA position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open

  • secretary with keyboarding, Upward Bound

For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

Transfer - Top

  • Jane Dunbar, program assistant I, records office.

Resignation - Top

  • Dawn Robins, secretary, College of Business and Technology

Hupp is new instructional designer at BHSU - Top

Becoming an instructional designer at Black Hills State University, doesn’t necessarily require experience as a banker, auctioneer, accountant, rancher and computer center director, but it helps.

Terrance Hupp, 47, has held all of these positions and more before accepting the instructional designer job at BHSU this fall. In his new position he will provide technical support for the university’s Dakota Digital Network, the governor’s electronic classroom and multi-media setups in the classroom.

“I hope to be doing some training sessions for faculty, staff, and students,” he said explaining that he had done similar types of technology training with student teachers before they went out to teach. “I’m impressed with Black Hills State and the number of technology support people available, from the technology fellows program, to the instructional media center to the computer center. This represents great diversity for a school this size. It shows progressive thinking beyond the box.”

Hupp said he got into computer work while serving as an accountant at Chadron State College. He was involved in computerizing the ledger system and later other systems at the college. As he learned the various computer programs, college officials asked him to maintain the system. So with the help of a cadre of students he went to work supporting the college’s computer structure. He also said that Chadron had received a Title III grant in the 80s for video conferencing, so he was in on the ground floor with that type of technology.

“I like to do accounting but I also like technology. It gives you a window of opportunity to be current,” he said.

According to Hupp most of his experience has been in the management of people in technology areas, and as a result he has made many contacts with people who work in the technology industry.

The past few years, Hupp has held several technology positions including technology coordinator for the Billings Country School District, Medora, N.D., 2000-2001; academic operations facilitator with the North Dakota Interactive Video Network at

Dickinson State University, director of extended campus interactive video network and management information systems, and served as a management information specialist. The Dickinson State positions he held were basically consultant or interim positions that began in 1997.

BHSU computer center director Arnie Hemmingson recommended Hupp for the technology position at Dickinson State. Hemmingson was contacted by Dr. Larry Landis, a former BHSU academic vice president who serving as interim vice president for academic affairs at Dickinson State at that time, about finding a person with a technology background.

Hupp’s technology experience included serving as Chadron State’s director of computer services from 1984 to 1994.  At Chadron he managed a staff of five full-time employees and 10 to 15 part-time student employees and a budget of $1,000,000. His experience included smart classroom development, implementing technology plans, upgrading campus computer technology, coordinating networking plans, library automation, accounting systems, and distance learning.

From 1994 to 1997 he operated the family ranch and served as a bank loan officer in Gordon, Neb. He also worked as a real estate agent and auctioneer, a job he still does on a part-time basis.

Regarding his BHSU position, he said, “Being exposed to other video systems, I want to learn this system and be able to make suggestions. The first thing I need to do is inventory or audit the equipment in the classrooms.”

He will be relying on his two work-study helpers Dusty Evenson and Kate McKillop to help learn the current system. He said they have kept the system going during the interim.

Hupp and his wife, Susan, have three school-age daughters. She is currently severing as educational enhancement services project director at Dickinson State University. She will be leaving her position to join her husband later this month.

Hupp earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA at Chadron State College.

BHSU is a partner school in medical research grant - Top

Black Hills State University is one of three partner schools working with the University of South Dakota School of Medicine on cellular growth control with funding from a $6 million grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH).

The collaborative research project known as the Biomedical Research Infrastructure (BRIN) combines science department personnel and resources at several schools to enhance research capacity at a nationally competitive level to study cellular growth control. Partner schools working with USD are Augustana, BHSU, and Sisseton/Wahpeton.

Dr. Barbara Goodman, USD School of Medicine, and a seven-member steering committee will direct the BRIN project. Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, is a steering committee member. Each partner school has representation.

Downing said the grant was initiated last spring and has initial funding for six months with the reminder of the funding to become available throughout a three-year cycle. Working with the shortened version of the funding plan, BHSU science department personnel and students will get started during the spring 2002 semester.

“It really puts Black Hills State on the map in terms of research as a partner institution involved in a major grant,” said the BHSU dean. “It opens up research to students and faculty in the biomedical field. It’s beneficial for students majoring in the pre-professional areas by giving them access to resources for research.”

Three BHSU science faculty members will be participating in BRIN research projects:  Dr. Cynthia Anderson, biology and fungal genetics; Dr. Shane Sarver, biology and evolutionary genetics; and Dr. Micheal Zehfus, biochemistry and biophysics. Anderson will be paid to work half time on the project while Sarver and Zehfus have paid quarter-time research responsibilities.

The grant provides fellowship opportunities to four BHSU students who are interested in science research. Downing says there is quite a bit of 

flexibility in the proposal so more BH students may  become involved in research as the program develops.

For faculty, the grant provides exchange opportunities between the schools so a faculty member with a particular area of expertise could be a guest lecture at one of the participating schools. Partner school faculty will also be able to acquire a 10-week research fellowship during the summer months to study and do research at USD. In addition, there is funding for other science speakers and additional library resources.

Downing expects two students at BHSU will begin working with either Sarver or Zehfus this spring on research projects. Anderson is currently developing a student application for the fellowship research opportunity. The grant also provides for research in related areas, so other BH students and faculty could become involved.

“It provides students with the opportunity to support research with faculty at this campus (BHSU) or at USD in a major science facility. It will improve their overall experiences by exposing them to speakers, exchanges and new resources,” said the BH dean.

BHSU was selected as a partner institution because of its recent success finding external funding for undergraduate research from entities such as the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Geographic Society, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department. The BHSU science department recently upgraded and acquired new science equipment necessary to conduct the required research with instrumentation such as an electron microscope, atomic absorption spectrometer, nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, Thermo Nicolet Genesis II FTIR, circular dichroism machine, and genetic analyzer.

Downing believes BHSU will have an opportunity to support as many as eight student research fellows as the program fully develops. She expects faculty to begin the exchange phase of the program this summer.

 “Black Hills State as a strong partner is important to building our reputation in the sciences,” she said.

Farrokhi presents at national convention - Top  

Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, professor of mass communication at Black Hills State University, gave a presentation at the recent National College Media Convention in New Orleans.

Farrokhi's presentation entitled, "Making Sense of Polls and Surveys: A Conceptual Overview," covered survey research methods in journalism.

Farrokhi, who chairs the College Media Advisers (CMA) Research Committee, also met with the board of directors to discuss planning for the next national convention to be held in New York, in March.  As part of the planning, he will review the research papers submitted to the convention and will invite the successful ones for presentation at the next convention.

The convention offered more than 300 sessions in the areas of press, broadcast, and on-line media technology. CP is the nation's largest and oldest membership association for college-student media. CMA is an association of advisers and general managers of student media in colleges and of other journalism educators and professional journalists interested in the student media.

More than 2,400 faculty and members of college media organizations including advisers, editors, and staff participated in this convention. Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and College Media Advisers Inc. (CMA) sponsored the convention.

Farrokhi has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1986. He earned his Ph.D. in mass communications from Florida State University in 1985.

Austin presents at national conference - Top

Dr. Len Austin, assistant professor in the College of Education at Black Hills State University, recently presented a session at a U.S. Department of Education conference held in Washington, D. C.

The conference was held for universities in the United States who have received PT3 (Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers to Use Technology) grants from the Department of Education. The federal grant funds the College of Education’s new P.A.L. (Partnership in Learning) program, which aims to infuse greater technology into its teacher preparation curriculum and better prepare future K-12 educators so that they effectively meet the needs of 21st century learners.

Austin’s presentation was titled “Action Research: A Process for Continuous Improvement,” which centered on how BHSU faculty, Technologies and Innovations in Education (TIE) staff, and several public schools within the Black Hills have formed a triad community. This triad cooperatively used an action research process to enhance the education of BHSU’s pre-service teachers.

Austin said, “The process helped our faculty to make informed decisions about improvements in the field experiences in which our College of Education students participate.”

Austin reported that the changes BHSU made as a result of information obtained through this action research model was impressive to those who attended the session.

According to Austin, the college’s faculty undertook a “Herculean task” and was successful. Austin said, “ Because of the partnership we have with local schools, and through our faculty’s efforts to obtain working teacher’s input into our university system, we have enjoyed exciting and effective changes in the teacher education program at BHSU.”

Speaking of the specific changes, Austin said, “We have been through a curriculum mapping process on campus, identified faculty liaisons to specific schools, and held two-day summer workshops with practicing teachers to gather information from their perspective about our programs and processes.

In addition, he said, “We have integrated greater levels of technology training for students in our university classrooms, fostered greater implementation of technology experiences for our student teachers once placed in schools, revamped the way in which we place students in schools for their student teaching, revised the evaluation forms we use to assess student performance in the field, and increased our student’s exposure to multicultural experiences.”

In his conference session, Austin, who teaches educational psychology courses at BHSU, described the process the triad used to reach decisions before making systemic changes. He then enumerated the benefits that have come to BHSU as a result of using the action research model.

“Well-prepared teachers are vital to the growth of community. Given the role of technology in our society and the learning benefits of technology-infused education, teachers who know how to use technology in the classroom are invaluable, ” said Austin. “Developing future teachers who know how to use modern learning technologies to improve student learning is a major challenge facing our nation's teacher preparation system.  Federal, state, and local agencies are investing billions of dollars to equip schools with modern computers and telecommunication networks.  But these information technology investments will not pay off unless future teachers become technology-proficient educators who know how to use these new learning tools to improve learning.”

BHSU class visits Rosebud and Oglala Sioux Tribes - Top

Black Hills State University students recently visited with members of the Rosebud Sioux and Oglala Sioux Tribes as part of a field experience.

The students, who are in Dr. John Glover’s tribal law and politics class, toured the Rosebud Tribal facilities, attended an appellate hearing before the Rosebud Supreme Court, examined the Rosebud Casino operation, visited the Wounded Knee Memorial and conducted research at the Tribal Archives located at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Lisa Bryan, BHSU business professor and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, helped organize the experience.

This class is assisting Glover in the creation of a tribal sovereigns of South Dakota handbook which will describe the nine tribal governments in South Dakota along with the Santee of Nebraska. This resource book will include each Tribe’s Constitution and is intended to be used by upper level high school and college students in South Dakota. 

Glover has been a member of history and social science faculty at BHSU since 1992. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree at Willamette University in 1990 and a B.A. degree in political science from Concordia College in 1987.


Former faculty member honored - Top  

Victor Weidensee, former fine arts department chair at BHSU, was recognized with the Rushmore Honor Award by the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s cultural affairs committee presents this award to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the cultural development of Rapid City and for their dedication to the arts and for having a significant impact on the cultural vision of our area.

Some honorees are benefactors, some are artists and some are volunteers. Other people who received this 

award are Marylou Torrey, Irene Handren-Seals and Bruce Rampelberg. The recipients were presented with a plaque that included a matted photograph, the governor’s proclamation and the mayor’s proclamation to display in their home.  The awards were presented at the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

Weidensee retired from Black Hills State in 1986 after serving as chair of the fine arts division for 29 years.

Spirit of Excellence at Work Award - Top

The Spirit of Excellence at Work award is being presented to Dan Durben for his courage and integrity in representing the concerns of the faculty as president of faculty senate.

This award recipient is chosen by a group which meets regularly to discuss ways to improve the campus working environment. This group feels that when they “catch” someone doing their job well, that performance should be recognized and encourages everyone to keep up the good work so they can “catch” you at it.

Faculty and staff: Your gift is worth a mint - Top

A faculty/staff fundraising campaign will kick off on campus Dec. 3 with the goal to increase faculty and staff giving to 50 percent.

Nearly 40 percent of faculty and staff have given to the Black Hills State University or Yellow Jacket (athletic foundation) Foundations over the past 12 months.

"The focus of our campaign is to increase employee participation primarily through the payroll deduction plan," according to Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement. "Giving through the payroll deduction is simple for the employee and also helps create the habit of consistent giving. When someone has a small amount deducted from each paycheck, it really adds up. Most employees find that they can give more when they have a little taken out of each check rather than trying to write one check a year."

"While 40 percent is a good percentage for staff participation, the campaign committee felt we could do better and set a goal of 50 percent," said Meeker. Many foundations and corporations looking at making large gifts to a university are interested in strong employee giving.

This past fiscal year, the BHSU and Yellow Jacket Foundations provided $455,470 in scholarships for BHSU students. Donations to either foundation is an investment in the futures of many BHSU students.

The campaign will be upbeat and soft sell, Meeker said. All employees will receive a York mint (reminding employees that their gifts are worth a mint) and newsletter encouraging them to consider a gift to one of the foundations through payroll deduction. A representative in each department will distribute the candy and campaign materials.

"We are looking forward to not only raising additional funds for the two foundations, which ultimately benefits students and the university, but to also increase awareness of the foundations and how they make a difference at Black Hills State University," Meeker said.

Employees who contribute to the foundations will be eligible for door prizes from the University Bookstore as well as a stay at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge.

If you have questions about the campaign contact Steve Meeker or any of the committee members: Dick Dubois, Sharon Hemmingson, Tom Hills, Cheryl Leahy, Steve Meeker, Steve Parker, Priscilla Romkema, Rob Schurrer, and Terri Wells.


BHSU emerging leaders recognized - Top

Sixteen Black Hills State University freshmen were recognized recently for completion of an eight-week leadership program.

The Emerging Leader program is an innovative program designed to identify opportunities for involvement on campus, to explore effective leadership experiences and to provide a peer-support system for potential student leaders.

The students studied leadership qualities, the importance of trust and how to build trust, communication skills, the importance of diversity in student groups, the process of integrating personal values with ethical decisions, and how individual and personal learning styles relate to leadership in student organizations. Participants were required to join a student organization, volunteer for a community service project, submit weekly journal entries, attend campus events and participate in group sessions.

“The students learn a lot about leadership and examined some very essential components of leadership,” said Jane Klug, director of student services at BHSU. 

“They also learn many new and exciting things about their responsibilities as leaders.” 


Graduates of Black Hills State University Emerging Leaders program were recognized at a recent reception hosted by the university. Students honored were, front row left to right, Crystal Espinosa, Baker, Mont., Faye Price, Hermosa, Shaun Darling, Black Hawk; Chelsea Kujawa, Kadoka; Megan Wyett, Casper, Wyo.; Alison Gamber, Huron; Christopher Busby, Wessington Springs. Second row, Tammy Gallagher, Glasglow, Mont.; Sarah Baldwin, Lander, Wyo; Julianna Tenold, Reva; Helen Rector, Dayton, Wyo.; and Carolie Brennan, Rapid City. Back row, Shaya Eyre, Bailey, Colo.; Venessa Adcock, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Adree Borho, Dickinson, N.D.; and Kelsey Klingenberg, Loveland, Colo.

Theatre to present ‘Sylvia’ - Top

The cast has been announced for “Sylvia,” the second production of the season for the theatre department at Black Hills State University. The play, by A.R. Gurney, will be performed Dec. 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

“Sylvia,” is about a couple that adopts a dog that Greg, the husband, found in the park. Sylvia soon becomes a bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Al Sandau, BHSU associate professor, will direct the play, and the costume designer is Dr. Pam Wegner, also a BHSU associate professor.

Members of the cast include: Sylvia - Rachel Eggebo, Spearfish; Greg – Ryan Heinis, Spearfish; Kate – Leann Olsen, Piedmont; Tom – Nic Hansen, Spearfish; Phyllis – Crystal Bleu Muglia, Spearfish; and Leslie – Teresa Addington, Lead.

The assistant director/stage manager is Joshua Lund, Spearfish. Members of the crew are: scenery – Saisha Kuykendall, Spearfish, Teresa Addington; Julie Schaller, Spearfish, Joshua Lund, Megan Christopher, Spearfish, and Jamie Vickers, Newcastle, Wyo.; lights – Jared McDaris, Rutledge, Ga.; Leah Kropuenske, Pierre and Nic Hansen; sound – Sarah Cozort, Spearfish, Leann Olsen, and Ryan Heinis; costumes – Jamie Vickers, Katie McGuire, Spearfish, Jenni Tifft, Union Center and Elysia Pederson, Spearfish; and publicity – Rachel Eggebo and Crystal Bleu Muglia.

Tickets are available by calling the box office at 642-6171 the week of the play.


Christmas concerts scheduled - Top

The Black Hills State University music students will present two Christmas concerts.


The first concert is Dec. 8 at the Belle Fourche Community Center at 3:30 p.m. The following day, Dec. 9, the concert will be presented at St. Josephs Catholic Church, in Spearfish at 2:30 p.m.

Postal tip - Top

Don’t forget to mail your Christmas cards and packages early!  Save a trip downtown and bring your holiday packages to the University Mail Service.  Shipping or mailing internationally?  No problem. We also have delivery confirmation and insurance available as well as a great selection of Christmas and Hanukkah stamps.

University Mail Service   642-6396

United Ministries is collecting gifts for annual Christmas shoebox project - Top

The fourth Annual United Ministries and Black Hills State University Shoebox Project has begun. Each year Black Hills State University makes Christmas a reality for residents of the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center. Gifts may be left at the table in the Student Center or may be placed in the box in Pangburn Hall.

Items needed are white socks, small mirrors, stationery, postage stamps, books of puzzles,

chapstick, small stuffed animals, sugarless and regular candy, greeting cards, and shoeboxes.

Help Black Hills State University help the residents at the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center have a great Christmas by contributing to the Shoebox Project in the Student Union.

Gifts will be wrapped on Dec.10 beginning at 3:30 in Room 221 of the Student Union.

Dakota Master Works art show at the Ruddell Gallery - Top  

Thirty-seven works of art from the Dakota Master Works Art Show and Competition are on display at the Black Hills State University Ruddell Gallery through December.

Sponsored by the South Dakota Health Care Foundation, the Dakota Master Works was created to demonstrate the creative art talents of older South Dakotans. 

The competition is open to every citizen of the state who is age 60 or older. Following this year’s judging of the competition in October, the winning entries are showcased at various locations across the state. After appearing at the Ruddell Gallery, the Dakota Master Works will be on display in Pierre at the Capitol Rotunda during the legislative session.

The art show features watercolor painting, oil painting, acrylic painting, drawing/illustration, photography, sculpture and woodcarving.

This artwork shown is  “Ton-Kah E Ton Chon” is a wood carving by Eugene D. Clemetson, age 70. He started carving in 1992. He was an employee of John Morrell Company in Sioux Falls for 43 years.

The Ruddell Gallery in the Miller Student Union is open to the public at no charge weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

Dorothy Beck Memorial Scholarship established at BHSU - Top  

The family of Dorothy Beck has established a $25,000 memorial scholarship as a posthumous tribute to the former elementary teacher and college instructor at Black Hills State University.

Beck was employed at BHSU from 1946 to 1970 as a supervising teacher at the lab school and later as an instructor of elementary education. She and her husband, Alfred, were long-time residents of Spearfish Valley, where they owned and operated Beck’s Nursery.

Her family remembered the joy she displayed in retelling the words and deeds of the little children in her classrooms. They recalled her love and pervasive use of children’s literature as well as her dedication to teaching. It is their hope that the Dorothy Beck Memorial Scholarship will help other dedicated teachers meet her standards of education and love of children.

She was born in Ardmore, S.D., and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at the University of South Dakota and later a master’s degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado. She died in 1991.

Recipients of the Beck scholarship must be a resident of South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, or Wyoming. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student in elementary education, carry a minimum 2.0 grade-point average, and be an applicant for financial aid. Scholarship winners will be selected by the College of Education at BHSU.

The principal of the scholarship fund will be permanently preserved with interest earnings from the principal used for the management and distribution of the scholarship.

For information about the Beck scholarship, contact Steve Meeker, BHSU institutional advancement director, unit 9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799 or phone (605) 642-6385.

Minutes of the Nov. 20 Graduate Council meeting - Top

Minutes of Graduate Council meeting Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 308

Present were Earley, Austin, Steckline, Molseed, Sujithamrack, Johnston. Absent were Erickson, R. Chrisman, Thares.

Discussed curriculum changes. Since these are all common course numbering there was a discussion but no approval necessary.

SPED 510 to SPED 513
SPED 506 to SPED 510
SPED 550 to SPED 520
SPED 532  Methods of teaching individuals with learning disabilities to
SPED 532 Methods and Materials for LD K-12
SPED 508 to SPED 560
ED 622 Instructional Technology Material Design to ED 622 Instructional Design and Learning Theory

Delete - SPED 508 and SPED 500

New cohort. Molseed reported that a new online cohort was just about established for next semester.  This would bring at least 15 more students into the program.

Culminating event proposal

Molseed reported on the college of education proposal for the culminating event in the msci program. This proposal does not apply to students already in the program who have a chair and have started their research. Students online are required to do the Collaborative Research Proposal. The portfolio option has been shelved for the time being for reconstruction. The three options are thesis, collaborative research project, and comprehensive examinations. Molseed handed out the details of the three options and discussion followed. Motion was made and seconded to approve. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned.

Minutes of the Nov. 19 North Central Self-study meeting - Top

Minutes of North Central Self-Study Meeting Monday November 19th at 3 p.m. in Jonas 110

Present: Earley, Downing, Dar, Cook, Keller, K. Johnson, Schurrer, J. Johnson, A. Hemmingson. Absent: Haislett, Heidrich,  Fuqua, Schamber. Visitor: Art Jones

The committee discussed the issue of physical facilities and a safe and healthy environment.

Dar and Hemmingson agreed to rewrite the description of the computer center, DDN, GEC, and send to the chair.

Jones agreed to supply a more complete description of Jonas classroom building.

Numerous suggestions were made to change the issue of office space, the issue of labs, and the new building. Earley said he would rewrite.

Jones suggested that Earley contact Mr. Sullivan in regard to a campus safety report. Cook suggested that Earley needed to visit with each of the departments on campus and discuss with them the NCA self-study. Earley said he would take this up with the deans.

The next meeting will be on Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 110.  The subject will be fiscal expenditures and financial management.


Minutes of the University Assessment Committee - Top

The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday Nov 27 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1. Present were Earley, Olson, Siewert, Altmyer, L. Turner, Valades, D. Myers, Calhoon, Pearce, Schamber. Absent were  J. Miller, Cook, Haislett.

Earley announced that Dr. Bruce Petrie at Northern is working to create SD Higher Education Assessment Association.

A meeting of interested parties may occur in the spring of 2002.  If anyone is interested in participating they should contact Earley.

There was considerable discussion on the draft of how to write an annual assessment report.  Pearce reported that she had attended the Bush Conference  

and gone to a presentation by the VP for Academic Affairs at Mankato. The report had information which could be accessed on their website and would be of use to us.  Earley agreed to look at the website and incorporate some of it in the document.  The website is http://www.mnsu.edu/acadaf/Html/

The committee began to review the annual reports and decided to approve the composite social science and social science report, to send back the psychology report for more information, and to reject the math and chemistry reports. Earley will send notice to the faculty and deans and work with them.

The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.

Instructional improvement grants available - 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.  In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.  

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.  Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page

Faculty research 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 grants office or can be printed out from their webpage.

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 2002. Apply now. The next application deadline is Dec. 14. 

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, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Nov. 8-28, in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.  

  • National Science Foundation.  Global Learning, Observations to Benefit the Environment:  GLOBE (NSF).  The National Science Foundation is inviting applications to participate in the interagency Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE), which supports higher education, school system and private sector partnerships that provide K-12 students with hands-on science experience.  NSF is seeking proposals in four areas:  scientific involvement in GLOBE and its measurements; development of education materials; evaluation; and professional development activities and materials for teachers.  Grantees recruit, train and mentor teachers and provide support to schools and teachers.  Deadline March 1.

  • Gateway Foundation.  Teach America Program seeks to provide teachers with the skills and knowledge they need to enhance student learning through the effective use of technology.  Awards are ongoing and applications will be accepted at any time.

  • U.S. Department of Interior.  The Educational Component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program.  Due Dec. 4.

  • National Science Foundation.  Chemistry Research Instrumentation and Facilities.  Instrumentation Development due Jan. 8.

  • National Science Foundation.  Major Research Instrumentation Program.  This is a limited submission grant program; please contact Sreeparna Mitra for I.S.U. internal deadlines.  Due Jan. 24.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Higher Education Challenge Grants Program to stimulate and enable colleges and universities to provide the quality of education necessary to produce baccalaureate or higher degree level graduates capable of strengthening the nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.  Due Feb. 11.

This week at Black Hills State University

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Basketball vs. University of Mary, Young Center,  women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m. 



Pre-game tip off social, Stadium Sports Grill, 4 p.m.

Basketball vs. Jamestown, Young Center,  women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m. 

Dec. 2

Dec. 3

Christmas on Campus, Winter Olympics cardboard box race, BHSU practice field, 3:30 p.m. Worship service, Student Union Legacy room, 6:30 p.m. 


Dec. 4

Christmas on Campus, 
Snowbuilding contest,
campus green, 3 p.m. 
Movie night - Jacket Legacy room, 7:30 p.m 

Dec. 5

Ellsworth Branch registration begins

Christmas on Campus,
Gingerbread house building contest,
3:30 p.m .
Christmas cookie bake-off, Student Union
Dance, Student Union, 8 p.m. 


Dec. 6

Theatre gathering, Woodburn, 7 p.m. 

Theatre - Sylvia, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m. 

Christmas on Campus,
Kids night out,
4-7 p.m. 
Madden Tourney, Jonas 306-307, 7 p.m. 


Theatre - Sylvia, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m. 

Christmas on Campus, Sleigh rides, 6 p.m. 

Dec. 8

Band/Choir Concert, Belle Fourche Community Center, 3:30 p.m. 

Theatre - Sylvia, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.