Volume XXV No. 48 • Dec. 14, 2001

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Retirement - Top

  • Jerri Geist, extended services

Students collaborate on research article featured in fisheries journal - Top

The effects of supplemental thiamine hydrochloride treatments on Lake Oahe chinook salmon eggs and subsequent embryo survival rates were subjects of  research done by Black Hills State University students under the direction of Dr. Mike Zehfus, assistant professor of chemistry, and Michael Barnes with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks.

Their research was featured in October issue of the North American Journal of Aquaculture. The five-page article was titled “Initial Observations on 

Thiamine Hydrochloride Treatment of Eggs of Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon.” Students involved in the research were Jonathan Schumacher, Rapid City, Kelly Stock, Rapid City, Faraz Farrokhi, Spearfish, and Rebecca Nutter, Mitchell.

Barnes initiated the research involving professor Zehfus and the BH students. The result was a cooperative study to determine the influence of the thiaminase-containing smelt diets on the reproductive success of Lake Oahe chinook salmon during hatchery rearing and also the evaluation of therapeutic thiamine treatments.

Midnight breakfast planned to kick off finals week - Top

Student life staff members at BHSU are offering a free midnight breakfast for all students to kick off finals week. The special midnight breakfast will be served Monday, Dec. 17 beginning at 11 p.m. and continuing until 1 a.m. at the Student Union Marketplace.

“We want to let the students know that we are here for them,” Jennifer Butler, residence life administrative assistant, said, “That’s why we came up with this idea.”

The breakfast is just the first part of an ongoing promotion in conjunction with the new student life new motto, “It’s not just a job, it’s our life…Student 

Life.”  All students are invited to join them for breakfast of pancakes, sausages, coffee, juice and rolls.

“We have terrific students and helping them through finals week is our privilege,” said Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life.

Other members of the committee are Joan Wermers, disability services; Heather Johnson, career center; Ellen Melaragno, Student Union, Joe Valades, student assistant center, Kim Schmitz, financial aid, Michelle Kirk, enrollment center, Jane Klug, Student Union and Cheryl Leahy, financial aid.

BHSU students will present advertising ideas for area business - Top

Black Hills State University students will present their advertising ideas for a local business Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in Woodburn Hall room 310. 

In a new concept this fall Black Hills State faculty combined business and mass communication classes to work on an advertising plan for a client. The Spearfish Canyon Country Club worked with students to help prepare them for what they will face in the business world. Students tested their skills by forming an advertising plan and developing creative ads for the country club.

Last spring two BHSU faculty, Dr. Patty Bellamy, business assistant professor, and Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, mass communications professor, decided to enhance the education of the two academic majors by combining the course materials. Bellamy’s advertising class constructed the advertising plan while Farrokhi’s class created the actual advertisements.

Students participating in the presentation are Chris Rutherford, a mass-communication major from San 

Diego, Calif.; Beth Bingham, a mass-communications major from Sioux Falls; Renae Summers, a mass-communications major from Rapid City; Aaron Keller, a marketing major from Mobridge; Sara Smeenk, a mass-communications major from Newell; Heidi Giesler, a public-relations major from Newcastle, Wyo.; Erica Snyder, a public-relations major from Rapid City; Matt Banton, a commercial art major from Rapid City; Amy Heuston, a mass-communication major from Pierre; Nicole Hollerman; a commercial art major from Youngstown, Ohio; Scott Petz, a public-relations major from Faith; James Williams, a mass-communications major from Spearfish;  Jayne Aden, a English major from Deadwood; Amy Edwards, a marketing major from Spearfish; Jason Kerner, a marketing major from Kadoka; and Ashley Cordell, a mass-communications major from Camp Crook.                     .     

For more information contact Chris Rutherford 722-8411.

Matthews Opera House will host Christmas High Tea - Top

Still searching for that special Christmas gift?  Consider the Christmas High Tea at Matthews Opera House.

The Christmas High Tea is Saturday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. or 3 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. Cost is $12.50 per person. Reservations are required. Call  Matthews Opera House at 642-7973 to make reservations.

This will be a traditional high tea with cucumber tea sandwiches, chicken salad tea sandwiches; scones 

with lemon curd and clotted cream; and an array of special sweets.  Tables seating four will be set with linens, fine china and silver specially set by various women in the community.  It is an elegant and quiet time out of your busy schedule for a special treat. You can purchase your own table of four or just call and make your reservation.

This event is a fundraiser for Matthews Opera House with proceeds going to the continuing renovations.


Minutes of the NCA Self-study committee - Top

Minutes of the NCA Self-study Committee meeting Monday, Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 110

Present were Earley, J. Johnson, K. Johnson, Dar, Schurrer, D. Wessel, Downing, A. Hemmingson. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Heidrich, Fuqua, Keller, Schamber.

Discussion of financial resources and fiscal management. Most of the discussion was led by K. Johnson as she described the resources available from the state and external funding. She also explained the role of tuition, incentive funding. Finally the committee reviewed the management of the resources. The chair told those present to send any corrections or additions to him.

The chair stated that the president wanted to have a polished draft ready by March 1, 2002. This draft would be finished and sent to North Central in July of 2002. The visiting team would come in October 2002. The chair also said that he would meet with any group that was interested in hearing about the self-study.

The chair asked the committee members to send him their possible meeting times for next semester as we may have to move the meeting time to another day. Next semester the committee will look at the criterion 3 - are we delivering what we describe as our institution, criterion 4 - will we be able to continue our mission in the future, and criterion 5 - integrity. The chair thanked everyone for their hard work over the past year and a half.

Minutes of the University Assessment Committee - Top

Minutes of the University Assessment Committee Dec. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.

Present: Earley, Schamber, J. Miller, Olson, Siewert, Valades, Altmyer, Calhoon, Pearce, L. Turner, D. Myers. Absent: Cook, Haislett.

Discussion on draft of how to write an annual report and rubric for evaluating reports.  At the end of the meeting Schamber and Pearce agreed to use the Mankato State form and adapt it for BHSU.  The new proposal should be ready in January.

Committee considered the following reports:

Art - agreed to return to department for rewrite.

Chemistry - accepted with comments to be sent to writer.

English - tabled until chair can ask about comments made in the report.

History - accepted with comments.

The next meeting will be in January.

Minutes of the CSA council meeting - Top  

The CSA Council met at the Student Union room 221, Nov. 13, 2001. 

President Jeanne Hanson called the meeting to order.  Those present were Deatta Chapel, Krista L. Schroeder, Linda Allbee, Carolyn Skallerud, Cheryl Leahy, Ginny Sunding, Lynette Long, Jeanne Hanson and Becky Haak.

Becky Haak read the minutes from the Oct. 9th meeting. Carolyn Skallerud moved to accept and Lynnette Long seconded, motion carried.

Lynette Long gave the treasurer's report: Becky Haak moved to accept as read, Cheri Leahy seconded, motion carried

Committee Reports:

Ginny Sunding reported she has two welcome bags to deliver.

Ginny Sunding gave an abbreviated report on a Strategic Planning meeting (hard copy available).

Safety and Facilities: no report

Old Business:

Deatta Chapel reported the new CSA council members for a two-year term are Joanne Wilkening for Woodburn Hall, Sherri Adams and Lynn Fox  for Facilities Services, and Colleen Gustafson for Cook, Jonas and 

Central.  Sandra Nauman will fulfill Sherry Albert's remaining one-year term for Wenona Cook. 

A “thank-you” note from Becky Haak was read.

Cheri Leahy reported Relay for Life did a participant survey and it will be held in September 2002. 

Jeanne Hanson gave an abbreviated report on BOR CSA meeting held in September in Pierre. (hard copy available)

New Business:

Becky Haak made a motion to change our CSA Council meeting time to 9:30 a.m. the 2nd Thursday of each month to accommodate some of the new council members, Cheri Leahy seconded, motion carried.

There has been a change in the campus food policy.   Jeanne Hanson indicated that we may need to serve only foods prepared on campus by food service. Krista Schroeder will follow- up on this issue.

Carolyn Skallerud made a motion to adjourn and Deatta Chapel seconded, motion carried.

Our next meeting will be held at Pangburn Hall, Little dining room, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 9:30 a.m.

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. 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. 

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