Volume XXVI  No. 16 • April 19, 2002

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.

Resignations - Top

  • Donnelle Culver, registration officer, records

  • Todd Knutson, computer support analyst, computer center

Patricia Fallbeck selected distinguished faculty member at BH - Top  

Dedicating her 30-year professional career to helping those less fortunate and encouraging college students and the community to become partners catering to those with special needs set Dr. Patricia Fallbeck apart from many of her colleagues at Black Hills State University.

It was her enthusiasm, commitment and professionalism toward her profession that garnered the popular special-education professor recognition as this year’s recipient of the BHSU distinguished faculty award.

It is a blend of theory, practical application, and technology that drives Fallbeck’s philosophy of education. In fact, a few years ago she left the halls of academia on a yearlong sabbatical to teach in a classroom full of second graders with special needs. What she found was that teaching her college students about inclusion (special needs students in a typical classroom) and the use of technology in the classroom worked.

“I was energized by it,” Fallbeck said. “It was everything I excepted it to be.” Having those kids in my own class on a day-to-day basis was fun. It made me more assured that what I was doing up here (at BHSU) was practical.”

Whether her students are second graders or college seniors, Fallbeck has the ability to relate and make that personal connection that develops trust and rapport. In combination with that connection, she believes her ability to individualize and meet a wide variety of needs are her teaching strengths. 

A former student obviously agrees with her approach. Jerry Kendrick, a 1994 special-education graduate, wrote to Fallbeck recently telling her he earned his master’s degree and works in a high school with 2,300 students and 18 special-education teachers.

“I took most of your special-education courses while attending BHSU. … I thank you for the practical application of information that you taught and the experiences in the classroom that you provided. … I do feel equipped having taken your courses. … I want to thank you for starting me on the course that I am on today.”

Karen Kissack-Wilson, a special-education teacher in Spearfish, wrote in support of Fallbeck’s nomination, “Her advocacy for and commitment to special-needs people rises to the forefront when I reflect upon Dr. Fallbeck. … What we learn as students in her classes is transferred to our own learning environment as teachers—to provide every opportunity for all students to learn and succeed.”

Outside of the classroom, Fallbeck has dedicated herself to involving her students and community members in the lives of individuals with disabilities. She has been involved with many special services organizations and has played a significant role as a committee member in the development of the Northern Hills Training Center in the mid 70s.

Fred Romkema, executive director of NHTC, said at a recent education conference, “Dr. Fallbeck has dedicated her professional career to prepare others to be competent, confident and compassionate in providing service to people with disabilities. She empowers all people to expand the horizon on the possibilities and calls us each to contribute to the common good.”

The melding of students, community, and special service organizations with classroom instruction played an important role in her pedagogy. 

“Community functions for people with disabilities anchor theory in the classroom,” she said.

She once told her students that in the future elementary schools will have basically two kinds of teachers: librarians and special-education teachers. Today, with inclusion the mainstream approach, that prediction is on target. She also advocates the use of technology to ease the burden of documentation and paper work that buries today’s special-education teacher. It’s just another example of combining theory with a practical solution that has helped so many of her students prepare for the careers in the classroom.

In addition to teaching hundreds of special-education majors and supervising many student teachers, she has been actively involved with professional special education, mental retardation and education associations at the local, state and regional levels. She was responsible for starting student organizations such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and the American Association of Mental Retardation (AAMR). Her involvement has earned her much recognition.

She is a two-time winner of the Mildred C. Thomson Award from Region VIII of the American Association on Mental Retardation. She also earned recognition twice as South Dakota Educator of the Year by the Association of Retarded Citizens. At BHSU she was recognized as advisor of the year in 1994.

Throughout her busy career, she has maintained a keen sense of humor, served as a mentor to new faculty, updated her technology skills, and has been devoted to Black Hills State University by going beyond what is required to get the job done.

“She is a compassionate educator and ambassador of good will,” said colleague Kristi Pearce. “This faculty member truly ‘walks the talk.’”

Fallbeck, 55, will be taking early retirement this year, not because her work is finished or that she has given her all to higher education, but because she has new priorities. Her family has special needs, and she’s answering the call.

Anderson presents paper at science conference - Top

Dr. Steve Anderson, professor of geology and planetary science at Black Hill State University, recently co-authored a paper presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, Texas. 

The NASA-funded study "Large volcanoes on Venus: Ten case studies" reports results of a project designed to study the eruptive histories of large Venusian volcanoes, and involves detailed mapping of structures and flows in the summit regions and on the flanks of volcanoes that have diameters exceeding 500 miles. The study found few similarities between volcanoes, suggesting that each has a 

unique history that may be influenced by local geologic processes rather than large-scale regional tectonics.

The BH geologist will continue his volcano research this summer with a trip to Peru where he and BH student Shawn McColley will visit Sabancaya volcano to map lava flows. They will be working with researchers from the University of Maryland.

Anderson earned his Ph.D. in geology at Arizona State University in 1990. He has published multiple articles and papers on his research related to volcanoes and lava flows. He has been a member of the science faculty at BHSU since 1991.

Chiesman Foundation grant supports curriculum material at BHSU Library - Top

Linda Allbee, acquisitions librarian for the E. Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills State University, recently received a grant in the amount of $3,500 for the purchase of books and curriculum material related to the study of democracy and development of civic education.

The library was approved for funding through the BHSU Chiesman Endowment for 2002. The Chiesman Foundation For Democracy Inc. “is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that serves as a forum and 

channel to provide greater awareness of the meaning and practice of democracy while encouraging all citizens to actively participate in the democratic process.”

These new materials will be a valuable resource to the library and the university’s social science department as well as to teachers in the public school system.

This is the fourth year that the BHSU library has received funds through the Chiesman Foundation for curriculum materials.

Homestake legacy symposium to be held on BHSU campus May 3 - Top

The Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies at Black Hills State University, in conjunction with the Friends of Case Library, is sponsoring a Homestake Legacy Symposium Friday, May 3 at 1 p.m. in the Yellow Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Student Union.

Duane Smith of Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., will be one of the featured speakers. He is a nationally recognized mining historian, and recently wrote the Homestake history titled "Staking a Claim: The Evolution of Homestake Mining Company." His talk is called “‘Here’s to low grade ore, and plenty of it: the Homestake’s Heritage.”

Smith received his education at the University of Colorado and has taught at Fort Lewis College since 1964. At Fort Lewis he developed one of the nation’s first mining history courses, and was named Colorado professor of the year in 1990. He was one of the founding fathers of the Mining History Association.

Smith has published 36 books, most on mining topics. When not pursuing history, he ardently follows the Chicago Cubs.

Don Howe of Spearfish will join Smith as a speaker. Howe held a variety of jobs at the Homestake Mine during his 43 years of employment, including director of public affairs. Howe will reflect on some of his experiences at the mine and in handling public relations. Besides working at the Homestake, he has also been an active supporter of the Case Library at BHSU.

Rounding out the program will be Wayne Paananen of Lead who will show video footage that he has taken of the Homestake. As part of his presentation, Paananen will show “Homestake  . . . more than a gold mine: A Tribute to Homestake Mining Company.” He is a native of the Northern Black Hills, and after leaving the Hills for a time, he returned in 1985 and started his video company, Historical Footprints. Paananen has been taking videos of the Homestake mine for over 16 years, including the closing activities.

Personnel from the Homestake Visitors Center will also be on hand to sell copies of Smith’s Homestake history "Staking a Claim." This will be the perfect opportunity to have Smith autograph a copy. Paananen will also have Homestake videos for purchase, and the Friends of Case Library will be selling copies of the new book "Chasing the Glitter: Black Hills Mining, 1874-1959." The South Dakota State Historical Society Press just recently released this book.

The public is welcome. There is no charge for the symposium, and parking is available in university parking lots.

Hicks family donates telescope and astronomy material to science department - Top  

Science students at Black Hills State have been gazing at stars and planets and reading literature about astronomy thanks to a gift in the memory of Alan J. Hicks. His wife, Darleen Hicks, and daughter, Carol Reausaw, a BHSU senior, formally presented an Edmund Scientific four-inch refracting telescope and a complete set of Astronomy magazines to the BHSU science department. According to Dr. Dan Durben, center, assistant professor of chemistry, both the telescope and magazines have gotten plenty of use this year as students study the galaxies, nebula and plants and prepare research papers. Hicks was a medical technologist, who pursued numerous hobbies including astronomy, ham radio, electronics, gardening and fishing.

Three finalists for athletic director position will visit campus - Top  

The search for a new director of athletics at Black Hills State University has been narrowed to three finalists from a field of 63 candidates according to Steve Meeker, chairman of the search and screen committee. A reception and open forum for the entire campus and community to meet the final three candidates have been scheduled on the following dates.

Jeff Thompson, athletic director, Western Arizona College will be on campus Monday, April 22. The open forum reception will be in Hall of Fame Room dates from from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Joel Erdmann, assistant athletic director, University of South Alabama will visit Friday, April 26. The open forum reception will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the institutional advancement office

Lyndon Wieseman, assistant athletic director for resource development, Central Washington University will be on campus Monday, April 29. The open forum/reception will be in the Hall of Fame Room from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Thompson’s association with Arizona Western College, Yuma, Ariz., began in 2000. In addition to serving as director of athletics, he is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the physical education and recreation programs. Prior to his AWC position he served as director of recreational services and athletics at Carroll College, Helena, Mont., from 1996 to 2000. He has a master’s degree from the U.S. Sports Academy and a bachelor’s degree from Drake University.

Joel Erdmann has been at the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Ala., since 1995. He is the executive director of the Jaguar Athletic Club and has served as the university’s compliance coordinator and games operations and special projects person. He also holds academic rank as an associate professor. Erdmann began at the South Alabama as an assistant baseball coach. He earned his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., a master’s degree at the University of South Alabama, and a doctorate at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla., in 1995.

Wieseman has been at Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Wash., since June of 2000. He is also responsible for the university’s trademarks and licensing program and is responsible for establishing the Catbacker Club for Annual Giving. He came to CWU from Dakota State University, Madison, S.D., where he served as athletic development officer and instructor of geography from 1999 to 2000. He holds two master’s degrees, one from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., and the other from Wayne State University, Wayne, Neb. He has a bachelor’s degree from SDSU.

Meeker said the committee has been working hard over the past few weeks reviewing candidates’ resumes and contacting references. The committee chairman hopes to have a director of athletics selected by early May.


Students honored at annual volunteer awards banquet - Top  

Students and campus organizations were recognized recently at the 10th annual Student Volunteer Awards Banquet at Black Hills State University.

The theme for the banquet was “Serving Others – American Style,” and the Yellow Jacket Legacy room in the Student Union was decked out with symbols of patriotism. The annual awards ceremony recognizes volunteerism and leadership among individuals and student organizations at BHSU. Fellow students, faculty, staff members, and organization advisors nominated students and organizations, and a panel of seven judges took into consideration the following criteria: completion of the application, level of volunteerism, number of people impacted, level of commitment, and creativity.

Students and guests were welcomed by Jane Klug, student services director, before enjoying dinner. Keynote Speaker James Hersch, a Minnesota native, gave a musical and motivational speech to reach out in friendship and encourage everyone to make a difference in the world.

Perhaps the most prestigious recognition at this event is the Spirit of BH Award, presented this year to Rachel Travis, Platte, a senior majoring in human resources management. Travis has been active in multiple organizations and extra-curricular activities at BH. She is a dominating track and field athlete and was named NAIA All-American in 2001 and holds multiple school records. She has excelled academically as one of the Academic Seven in 2001 and has repeatedly made the dean’s list. Travis has also gained the respect of her peers as a residence assistant (RA) and was honored as the 2000 Swarm Days Homecoming Queen. On top of all this, Travis is also a community service volunteer.

April Meeker, director of records at BH, stated in her nomination letter, “I have known Rachel for the past three years and have found her to be a remarkable person.” She further stated, “Students like her bring our campus to life through their involvement and positive actions.”

The Young Alumni Achievement Award went to Christopher C. Houlette, a 1992 magna cum laude graduate. From BHSU, Houlette went on to the University of South Dakota School of Law and was admitted to the South Dakota Bar Association in September of 1996. Currently, Houlette is a staff attorney at South Dakota Advocacy Services where he advocates clients’ disability-related legal interests in administrative hearings and negotiations and provides legal advice to staff and clients. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective order of Elks, and he co-hosts “Spud Sports” radio show on KCLR in Pierre.

Houlette was accompanied by his wife, Denice, and their newborn son, Justin Christopher. President Flickema presented the award to Houlette. His wife and son were invited on to the stage for a special presentation by Steve Meeker; young Justin is now the proud owner of a BHSU sweatshirt.


The ceremony ended with a surprise for Klug, the self-proclaimed “master of the script.” She was presented with an excellence award for her work in initiating and maintaining the banquet in the past decade.

The awards were as follows:

Outstanding Community Service Project:  Alpha Epsilon Xi and Humbert Hall Government

Outstanding Program/Activity:  BHSU Reading Council, Thomas Hall Government, and United Ministries

Outstanding New Student Organization:  Shutterbuzz Photography Club

Outstanding Student Organization:  BHSU Reading Council

Board of Regents Awards:  Black Hills Association for the Education of Young Children (BHAEYC)—Academic Excellence Award and Sigma Tau Gamma—Leadership Award

Outstanding Members of Student Organizations:  Sigma Tau Gamma, Tyler Hoffart, Gregory; International Student Organization, Constance Kushman, Spearfish; BHSU Hockey Club, Nick Stroot, Spearfish; Phi Beta Lambda, Brandy Tschacher, Newcastle, Wyo.; Student Ambassadors, Jessi Stroppel, Kadoka; Alpha Epsilon Xi, Tammie Brodkorb, Spearfish; Travel and Tourism Club, Morgan Miles, Rapid City; Humbert Hall Government, Julianna Tenold, Reva; Psychology Club, Kari Price, Rapid City; History Association, Isaac Olson, Brookings; United Ministries, Heather Lien, Belle Fourche; UP Team and Information Technology Resource Network, Angie Case, Rapid City; Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program, Allison Lindquist, Spearfish; BHSU Reading Council, Lori Peterson, Chamberlain; BHAEYC, Terri Vandersnick, Spearfish; Today Newspaper, Justin Varland, Gregory; Shutterbuzz, Megan Christopher, Spearfish; Heidepriem Hall Government, Casey McCoy, Sisseton

Outstanding Residence Life Involvement Award:  Carrie Albright, Rapid City

Outstanding Advisor:  Priscilla Romkema, assistant professor of business and advisor to Students in Free Enterprise

Outstanding Volunteer Award:  Gene Pesicka, Rapid City

Outstanding Freshman Award:  Megan Wyett, Casper, Wyo.

Vice President for Student Affairs Rising Star Award:  Meredith Huber, Lead

Outstanding Student Leader:  Angie Case

Excellence in Leadership:  Brooke Aker, Spearfish; Wendy Emerson, Box Elder; Brian Ewald, Spearfish; Allen Godsell, Vale; Nicole Hanson, Newcastle, Wyo.; Angelia Johnston, Spearfish; Anya Olverson, Spearfish; Ruth Reichert, Belle Fourche; Nicole Swanson, Pukwana; Missy Urbaniak, Sturgis; Lindsay Whitley, University Place, Wash.

Black Hills State University theatre to present 'The Taming of the Shrew' - Top

The cast has been announced for “The Taming of the Shrew,” Black Hills State University Theatre Department’s final performance for the semester. The dates for the play have been changed to May 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

“The Taming of the Shrew,” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies.  This play describes the volatile courtship between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, who is determined to subdue Katharina’s legendary temper and win her dowry.

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: Christopher Sly – Roger Miller, BH professor, Spearfish; Hostess – Teresa Addington, Lead; Lord – William Stodden, Spearfish; Page – Matt Medill, Rapid City; Huntsman 1 – Larry Elwess, Chamberlain; Huntsman 2 – Bob Bechtold, Spearfish; Lucentio – Dan Patterson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Tranio – Tim Bessette, Spring Creek, Nev.; Baptista – Ben Latham, Spearfish; Gremio – Mosas Feeley, Kemmerer, Wyo.; Hortensio – Jared McDaris, Rutledge, Ga.; Biondello – Josh Lund, Groton; Petruchio – Isaac Waring, 

Spearfish; Grumio – Nic Hansen, Spearfish; Katharina – Crystal Muglia, Belle Fourche; Bianca – Melita Roberts, Spearfish; Curtis –Stodden; Nathaniel –Medill; Joseph – Vanessa Foxworthy, Belle Fourche; Nicholas – Julia Geddes, Belle Fourche; Philip – Sarah Cozort, Spearfish; Pedant –Bechtold; Haberdasher – Saisha Kuykendall, Redfield; Tailor –Addington; Vincentio –Elwess; Widow – April Mol, Spearfish; servants/players: Sarah A. Baldwin, Lander, Wyo.; Sarah Duex, Spearfish; Jessica Hinker, Forestburg; Cozort; Foxworthy; Geddes; Bechtold.

The assistant director/stage manager is Kristine Schaffer, Custer.

Members of the crew are: scenery – Feeley; Lund; Bechtold; Ryan Hansen, Sturgis; Elwess; Medill; Kuykendall; Gene Pesicka, Rapid City; Latham; Waring; Miller; lights & sound – Bessette; Hansen; McDaris; costumes – Mol; Erin Overcast, Worland, Wyo.; Roberts; Hinker; Duex; Baldwin; Foxworthy; publicity – Muglia; Cozort; Stodden; props – Addington; Geddes; Janette Hettick, Roscoe.

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

Positions now open for student technology fellows - Top  

Positions are now open for student technology fellows for the fall semester at Black Hills State University. Major duties and responsibilities include assisting faculty in integrating technology in their teaching.


  • Working knowledge of at least one major computer package or application (such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or FrontPage)

  • Strong communication skills

  • Good questioning and analytical skills

  • Comfortable with computer technologies and terminologies

  • Experience using email and web browsers (Netscape & Internet  Explorer)

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

  • Ability to provide efficient and courteous service 

  •  Full-time degree seeking student

  • College GPA 2.5 or higher or high school GPA 2.5 or higher

  • South Dakota resident

Term of position and pay:

  • Fellows will be expected to work 10 hours per week. 

  • Fellows will be expected to attend 1 hour of training per week. 

Wage: $11.73 per hour (Up to $2,064 per semester.) Position begins with fall semester.

For more information or application, contact Calvin Crooks, graphics and media director, calcrooks@bhsu.edu or call 642-6242.

For additional information on this program see their webpage

Mail tips from BHSU Mail Service - Top

University mail services suggests these tips for mailing documents off campus. 

When sorting your outgoing mail be sure to sort by the following categories:

  • on campus

  • domestic

  • international

If your bundle of outgoing mail will not go through the provided slot, call our office at 6396 and we will pick up your mail during one of our three daily mail runs. 

If you would like to use a locked area, check with Vera in the enrollment center. She has a key to this cabinet.

Be sure to use rubber bands that will hold your mail together. You may want to use more than one rubber band if you have a large bundle of mail.

For more information or details contact Hanna at mail service at 6396.

Minutes of Graduate Council Meeting - Top  

The Graduate Council met Tuesday April 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 305.

Present: Earley, Steckline, Sujithamrack, Austin, R. Chrisman, Alsup, C. Johnston, P, Thares, Molseed. Absent: B. Silva, Erickson, Cook. Visitor: Meek.

Chair reported a new course proposal- ED 695: Practicum: Secondary or Elementary 1-3 hours.

Moved and seconded to approve. Discussion followed. Motion approved.

MSBSM - Meek asked that the body approve the following change in policy: The policy would read

"For students in the MSBSM degree program at BHSU, the institution will allow the transfer of up to 15 hours of graduate credit from another SD regental institution. Before enrolling in such courses, the student 

should obtain the approval of the Dean of the College of Business and Technology and the Director of Graduate Studies."

Moved and seconded to approve. Discussion followed. Motion passed.

Meek announced that the College of Business and Technology is seeking graduate student assistants for next year. Anyone interested should contact him or Sujithamrack.

MSCI- Molseed described the culminating event for students in the MSCI. Students would choose to do either a thesis, collaborative research project or a written exam. The College of Education had created a culminating event committee which would handle the proceedings. Molseed also stated that they were working on a new cohort for the fall.

Meeting adjourned

Changes announced for health benefits - Top  

Benefit enrollment dates for FY 2003 are April 29 through May 6.  Should you wish to make changes to your benefits for next fiscal year, you must re-enroll during those dates.      

The benefit plans includes: health insurance, dental, vision, major injury, hospital indemnity, short-term disability, life insurance, child care reimbursement, medical reimbursement, etc. Changes made during this enrollment period will become effective July 1, 2002.  

There will be 11 benefit enrollment meetings via the DDN Network. BHSU employees may view the sessions at the BHSU Library, room L020. BHSU employees located in Rapid City or at EAFB may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the new classroom building, room 109.

The FY 2003 benefit enrollment meetings are scheduled for only one-half (1/2) hour this year. This is your change to have your benefit question answered by the SD Employee Benefit Plan staff.  Dates and times are shown below.

Employees should take note of the following changes of the enrollment process.

1.  Enrollment packets will not be mailed

Enrollment packets will not be automatically mailed to employees this year as all information is available online.  Employees who would like to receive a printed FY 2003 annual enrollment packet need to make the request at 1-800-343-1319 by April 10. Callers will need to use the following access code - SDBOP (73267) and social security number when they call. All re-enrollments will be conducted on-line or via telephone.

2.  Enrollment meetings

There will be 11 benefit enrollment meetings via the DDN Network.  BHSU employees may view the sessions at the BHSU Library, room L 020.  Rapid City based employees may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the new Classroom Building - Room 109. The meetings are scheduled for only one-half hour this year.  This is your chance to have your benefit questions answered by the plan staff.


Time (Mountain Time)

Monday, April 15         

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 18

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 25

1 p.m.

Friday, April 26

10 am and 10:30 am

3.  Plan changes for FY 2003 include:

            1.  Premium increases

  • Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Health up 10 percent

  • Dental and Vision Care up 5 percent

            2.  Wellness Incentive - An increased incentive of $50 into a medical spending account when an employee attends a health screening and completes a health risk assessment. This is your reward for monitoring your health.  For FY 2002, the incentive was $25.

3.      Co-payment Increases


Prior to 7/1/2002

7/1/2002 on


PCP Office Visit

$ 20

$ 20


Inpatient Hospitalization




Outpatient Hospitalization




Global Maternity/PCP




Global Maternity/OB-GYN




Participating Chiropractic Office



$ 15

$ 20


Non-Participating Chiropractic


Office Visit

$ 20    

$ 25


Physical Therapy

$ 0

$ 15


Prescription Drug   Co-payments          


Second Tier Name Brand    

Third Tier Name Brand (newer more expensive)

30 day supply or less




31 - 90 day supply




4.  Pharmacy Plan

Change from PAID Prescriptions to Advance PCS (Prescription Card Service)

      • More pharmacies from which to choose
      • Mail order will still be available - employees will need to re-apply
      • Better service to state employees
      • Everyone will received a new ID card on or about July 1st

Diabetic Supplies will be processed through Advance PCS - not through the health plan. Co-payments are still to be determined.

5.  Administrative Changes         

Enrollment process, PCP changes, family status changes, life beneficiary changes, life amount changes can be made on-line at the BOP web page.

Faculty research funds final application deadline is April 26 - Top  

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. The final deadline for this semester is April 26. 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 final application deadline for this semester is Friday, April 26 at 2 p.m. Twelve copies of the application should be submitted to the Grants & Special Projects Office, Woodburn 218, or to Dr. Farrokhi, Chair, Woodburn 314.

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. 

Monies still available from Instructional Improvement Committee - Top  

Monies are still available from the Instructional Improvement Committee which provides grants to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.  Any full time faculty member or full time adjunct faculty or other full time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds.  Funding is available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project for the
1)  purchase of equipment or materials to improve instruction; 
2)  salary for consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff;
3)  travel funds to attend relevant conferences or conventions.

Proposal forms are available from the grants and special projects office, on the university website or from the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand.  

The committee will meet for the last time this school year on May 2 to consider proposals.  Eleven (11) copies of a proposal should be submitted to the grants and special projects office or to Sharon Strand by April 26.  Monies are still available for travel, equipment, and consultants that have the potential to improve instruction at BHSU.

Grant opportunity announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received March 28-April 17 in the grants office, 218 Woodburn. 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.

Department of Education.  Teaching American History Grant Program with grants that will 
support programs to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of American history.  Grant awards will assist local educational agencies (LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development.  Deadline is  June 3, 2002.

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