Volume XXV No. 5 Feb. 2, 2001
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following career service positions are open:
- child- care worker, child care center
- custodial worker, facilities services
additional information, please review the announcement bulletin or
contact the personnel office.
cracker barrel scheduled
legislative cracker barrel is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3 at
10:30 a.m. at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce office on Main
This is an opportunity for constituents to make their
opinions known to our area representatives on higher
education and other
Accounting students help with income tax
students at Black Hills State University will be available beginning
Wednesday, Feb. 7 to help area residents with income tax preparation
assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
coordinator Dr. Larry Cozort, says this year’s tax program will
operated on an appointment basis. Taxpayers who would like
assistance in preparing their tax returns should call Cozort at
605-642-6869 to make an appointment.
The best time to call to make an appointment is Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday between 10 a.m. and 11a.m. and Tuesday and
Thursday between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Messages can be left at other
times on voice mail.
offers free assistance to those with special needs, including
persons with disabilities, and older taxpayers who file Form 1040EZ,
Form 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 federal tax return. VITA volunteers
taxpayers to special credits
and deductions for which they may be eligible.
who visit a VITA site should bring this year’s tax package, wage
and earnings statement (Form W-2) from all employers, interest
statements from banks (Form 1099), a copy of last year’s tax
return, if available, and other relevant information about income,
VITA program is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the
BHSU College of Business and Technology. The student preparers have
received IRS training and passed an IRS prepared exam. The VITA
program is designed to assist taxpayers with simple returns.
Taxpayers who have complicated returns should contact professional
tax preparers. Tax return preparation and electronic filing of the
return are free services. Taxpayers should come to Jonas 230 on the
BHSU campus for their appointment.
BHSU community band rehearsals begin
for the Black Hills State University community band resume Monday,
All interested musicians are invited to join the BHSU community
band. There is no audition or age limit and the group is open to
anyone who plays a wind or percussion instrument.
Rehearsals are Monday evenings from
7-8:30 p.m. in the BHSU band
room in Cook 204. The band will present two concerts this spring.
For more information contact Christopher Hahn, BHSU
band director at
642-6888 (days) or 642-0327 (evenings).
students faculty relationships get fired up
By Antonia Kucera, media relations student intern
and faculty members now have a chance to get to know each other
informally through a new Student Life event, the Fireside Chat. Held
once a month, the chat brings two faculty members to the dorms to
share popcorn, hot apple cider and personal conversation with
students by the light of a homemade “fire” made of candles.
monthly chats are the idea of Thomas Hall Director Duster Butler.
His wife, Jennifer, took the plan to a Student Life retreat and was
put in charge of implementing it along with Student Life staff
members Sarah Fisher and Cheri Leahy. The purpose of the gathering
is to give the students a chance to get to know their professors
outside the classroom. Bringing the professors into the students’
territory, offering free snacks, and encouraging students to bring
pillows and blankets, created a relaxed atmosphere for all. The
organizers behind the Fireside Chat hope these events will help
bridge the gap between students and faculty.
first Fireside Chat was held in Jonas academic hall in November and
had a very poor turnout, probably due to the location. The following
month the event was moved to the residence halls, where they are
currently held, and the attendance increased.
Butler approached some students to ask why they don’t attend, many
replied that the professors intimidate them. Contrary to what they
think, the professors are usually just as nervous as the students.
The students who do attend the chats report that they enjoyed the
most recent Fireside Chat took place on a January evening in the
Thomas Hall lobby with business professor Priscilla Romkema and
psychology professor Cheryl Anagnopoulos. Fischer usually starts the
night with an introduction and lets the professors or students start
the conversation, following a question and answer format. Fisher
asks questions in the beginning to help break the ice, but it
doesn't’t take long for the conversation to take off.
often begin asking questions about background, travel, embarrassing
moments, and college experiences, but one question guaranteed to be
asked is “Why did you come to South Dakota?” A common reply to
this question is that professors like the size of the campus because
it allows more contact
with students, and they just think the Black Hills are beautiful.
Priscilla Romkema, center, and Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, right,
met recently with Thomas Hall residents on the Black Hills
State campus in an effort to bridge the gap between faculty
and students. The Fireside Chat (with candles rather than a
fireplace) concept was initiated to develop an informal
atmosphere where the participants can relax, visit and get
acquainted through casual conversation.
Students were treated to several interesting
tidbits about professors Romkema and Anagnopoulos. They found out
that Romkema studied music in college and then studied and taught in
Communist Russia for several years. Attendees discovered that
Anagnopoulos enjoys horseback riding and were surprised to hear that
she is expecting a child! Anagnopoulos thought it was fun to
announce her pregnancy and get such a positive reaction from the
Though just acquaintances, the two professors had
some things in common. They both married late in life, and they both
used to be afraid to speak in front of crowds. The professors closed
out the evening’s conversation with some words of wisdom to
students. In retort to the common conception of leaving college for
the real world, Romkema replied, “This (college) is your real
world. Enjoy it!” Along the same line, Anagnopoulos suggested,
“Try different things. Don’t be afraid to change.”
Students can put this suggestion to work by
trying out the next Fireside Chat. You just might find out you like
it. With the realization that the chats are not just another lecture
but a chance to find out about professors, the gap can be overcome
and this event will grow into a popular social gathering.
German speakers are invited to meet at the Common
Grounds, downtown Spearfish every Friday
at 3 p.m. for what's called a "Stammtisch".
Join us, even
if you haven't
had a lot of German, or if it's been a long time. Contact Connie
Hubbard at 642-6066 for more information.
of the NCA self-study committee
of North Central self study committee meeting of Jan. 30 at 3:30
p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1
were Earley, Downing, D. Wessel, Cook, Heidrich, Keller, B. Silva,
Schamber, and J. Johnson. Absent were Haislett, K. Johnson,
Godsell, A. Hemmingson, Lefler, and Lidan.
reported that more data was becoming available for use by the
committee. The BOR
Factbook for FY 2001 was available for use.
Ven Thompson was still adding information to the BH
Institutional Research website. The chair also reported that Dr.
Schamber had done an excellent job on the book of vitae and syllabi
and both were available for use by the committee. The NCA Basic
Institutional Documents were also available if someone needed.
Finally the strategic planning committee was holding budget
hearings for use in Criterion IV.
If a taskforce or member needed more data, they should let
the chair know.
chair asked if there were any further comments, additions, or
deletions to the chapter on Criterion I.
When none were made, he thanked Taskforce 1 and Dean Downing
for their work.
chair reported that the next step would be to consider the BH
response to the concerns of the 1992 visiting team.
A draft of the response had been sent by e-mail to each
member and the meeting on Feb. 6th would be spent reviewing this
Wessel reported that his taskforce was moving forward on Criterion
II and would be ready to present to the committee at the Feb. 13th
Cook reported that his taskforce was moving forward on Criterion III
and would be ready to present to the committee later in the semester.
Heidrich reported that the strategic planning committee was holding
hearings and would begin to work on Criterion IV once the first
three chapters were done.
report on Criterion V was that it also was progressing.
next meeting will be held on Feb. 6th at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn
Conference Room 1.
Improvement Committee funds available - Top
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
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.
for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis.
The deadline for submission will be the third Tuesday of each month;
a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be
submitted to the grants and special projects office, W218, 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
research funds available
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
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 of 2001. You can apply now
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.
The research committee will not provide salary.
The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research
assistants. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your proposal to
the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s office in
Grants opportunities announced - Top
are the program materials received Jan.
25-31 in the
grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our
office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
and Professional Women/USA. Career
Advancement Scholarships. Business
and Professional Women/USA advances the careers of working women.
Career Advancement Scholarships are given to women over the
age of 25 to complete a college degree program.
In 1999, the BPW Foundation received more than 1,100
applications from qualified women and awarded 226 scholarships.
Deadline April 15, 2001.
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Gallery, Tim Rickers art exhibit begins
Type Indicator (learning style workshop), Student Union room
221, 2-2:50 p.m.
Book Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Briggs Type Indicator (learning style workshop), Student
Union room 221, 2-2:50 p.m.
Briggs Type Indicator (career workshop), Career Center, 5-6:30
and Gold luncheon, Millstone, noon
Briggs Type Indicator (career workshop), Career Center, 3:30-5
LSAT (Law School Admission