XXVI No. 2 • Jan. 11, 2002
items to Campus Currents - Top
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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.
position open - Top
The following Career Service position is open and
is limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State
For additional information, see the announcement
bulletin or contact the personnel office.
Salomon book accepted for publication - Top
David A. Salomon, assistant professor
of English, has had his book on the Glossa Ordinaria accepted for
publication by the University of Wales Press.
book, which he is currently writing, concerns the Medieval glossed Bible
and is an introduction to the history and critical issues
in studying the massive work. Salomon argues that the Glossa
Ordinaria, whose complete Latin name is Biblia Latina cum glossa
ordinaria, is a Medieval form of hypertext, and his study stresses the
importance of page layout in understanding both the work’s
hermeneutical and exegetical concerns. The book is untitled at this
writing. This project has been partially funded by the BHSU Faculty
Two long-time BHSU employees will retire this month - Top
If you attended Black Hills State University any
time during the past 27 years there’s a good chance you probably
received help from the financial aid office or the admissions office and
more than likely Judy Berry was answering your questions and guiding you
in the right direction.
“Something I’ve always want to do, and I’ve
managed to do it, was to work with students,” said Berry regarding her
Berry, assistant director of the BHSU Enrollment
Center, will be taking early retirement at the end of January after
assisting BH students and staff since 1975. She started her collegiate
employment at Black Hills State as a staff assistant with the Center of
Her hard work and attention to detail were
recognized in those early years as she was promoted to senior secretary
in the financial aid office. It was there that her helping hand was put
to work as she advised students, calculated financial aid awards, and
managed the office. Her diligence once again paid off as she was
promoted to assistant director of financial aid in 1986.
The thing she liked about working in the financial
aid area was the contact with students over a period time usually
involving several years of attendance. Berry says admissions work is
exciting and has its rewards, too, but it involves initial contacts and
a new group of students every year.
The ability to work with students, parents, manage
office procedures and explain the intricacies of financial aid planning
were taken a step further as she was promoted to assistant director of
admissions and records
(now the enrollment center) in 1990. Her
responsibilities included counseling new freshmen, planning and
coordinating travel schedules for admissions counselors, providing
academic advising, planning and supervising recruiting events, training
telecounseling staff, implementing new computer technology, and
supervising staff members.
The BH assistant enrollment center director
described herself as “detail oriented. I like to organize. I might get
a little tense at times and need to back off, but I’ll do whatever is
necessary that is good for the office or institution.”
Admissions work provided her an opportunity to
present the virtues of obtaining a higher education degree and to tell
students about Black Hills State. That appeals to her.
She says she will miss her co-workers. “We’ve
got a great group of people working in the enrollment center and the
student life offices. Their dedication is outstanding.”
Berry began her teaching career in 1963 following
graduation from the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Neb. She taught
English in grades 8-12 in Nebraska, Colorado and South Dakota. She has
been active in financial aid and admissions association at the local,
state and national levels during her term at Black Hills State. Her
dedication was recognized in 1999 when she received the BHSU Student
She said the physical appearance and growth of the
university were the most significant changes that have taken place since
she joined the staff in the mid 70s. Her departure this year will bring
about another change at BHSU, one that leaves a void when a dedicated
worker moves on.
BHSU extended services secretary to retire - Top
Jerri Geist, senior secretary in the extended
services office at Black Hills State, will take early retirement Feb. 1
after 24 years of service to the university.
She began her career at BHSU in the fall of 1978 as
a secretary with the division of science and mathematics. While working
in the science and math area, she was promoted to senior secretary
before moving on to the College of Education in 1989.
During her working years she found time in a very a
busy schedule to take classes and complete her degree. She earned a
bachelor’s degree in education in 1989. Geist said she began college
work after graduating from Lead High School in 1958, but family
responsibilities and work forced her to take the long route to
completing her education.
In 1993 she moved to the office of extended service
where she worked with grants, facilities use and extended service. She
will complete her
tenure at BHSU this winter as a senior secretary with
the extended services office.
Geist said, “I’ve enjoyed all the areas of
I’ve worked in. I’ve particularly enjoyed the students and the
Regarding her retirement plans she said, “My
husband, Roger, and I plan to do some traveling after our youngest
grandchild’s first birthday to Texas and Arizona. We plan to take each
day as it comes and have fun and enjoy our two sons and two
life offices begin “100 grand promotion” - Top
Student life staff members are taking part in a new
customer service program beginning Jan. 14.
The “100 Grand Promotion” is designed to stop
the run around for all students. In response to a student survey which
showed the students’ biggest complaint about BHSU was getting “the
run around,” student life staff are committed to finding ways to end
“the run around” for all students.
The student life staff makes this pledge, “No run
around. If an someone in a student life office refers you to the wrong location,
come back to the original office and we will pay up. Our goal is to stop
the run around for all students.”
Students who think they’ve been given erroneous
information at any student life office, are encouraged to return to that
office point out the
error and the staff will pay up with a 100
candy bar. In turn this will indicate to the staff what mistake was made
so it won’t happen again.
Offices participating in this program are Student Union, Upward Bound, Financial Aid, Enrollment
Center, Student Support Services, Child Care Center, Residence Life,
Health Services, Career Center.
All of Student Life staff members are wearing “no run around”
buttons during fee payment and every student is given a bookmark
at fee payment that tells about the promotion.
names of volunteers to president’s office - Top
Please submit to the president's office the
names and addresses of any volunteers who will be working in your
The names will be forwarded to the South Dakota
Board of Regents
In case a volunteer would be injured in the performance
of volunteer work, they will be covered by Workmen's Compensation
similar to any employee of the university. In addition, the
university can justify expenditures which are made in connection
with their contributions if they are identified with volunteer
of Excellence at Work Award - Top
The Spirit of Excellence at Work Award is presented to facilities
service for their comprehensive and positive mission statement.
Check it out at www.bhsu.edu/resources/facilitiesservices/mission.html
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.
South Dakota stock market simulation game - Top
deadline for schools participating in the South Dakota Stock Market
Simulation spring program is Friday, Feb. 15.
The SDSMS is an
online education tool that increases student motivation and learning
in a variety of subjects and grade levels. Students participate in
three divisions: elementary/junior
high, high school, and college. Cash prizes and award letters are
presented to the top teams following a ten-week trading period. The
spring program runs from Monday, Feb. 18 to Friday, April 26, 2002.
fee is $15 per team and includes all teacher materials and online
plus a bi-weekly
Coordinator Newsletter with information on the stock market and a
variety of current business and economic events to stimulate student
discussion in the classroom. Teachers sponsoring five or more teams
will receive a free 10-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal
delivered to their home or school address.
Registration for the SDSMS program is available online
at <www.sdakotasms.com>. For additional information contact
professor Don Altmyer, SDSMS Coordinator, Black Hills State
University, USB 9025, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9025 or phone (605)
642-6273 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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.
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.
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
Faculty research funds available -
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
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
business, social sciences and humanities. The next application deadline is
Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.
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.
Ten tips for grant writers -
The daunting task of proposal writing is a
frequent source of questions for both new and experienced grant
grantseekers turn to their colleagues for answers and insights into
tried-and-true methods of creating successful proposals.
A popular meeting spot for grantseekers and
other fundraising professionals to share ideas and questions is
Charity Channel, the world’s largest online community of
offers more than 50 nonprofit-related discussion forums, with topics
including grants and foundations, advocacy, annual funds, boards,
e-philanthropy, sponsorship and technology.
Recently, on Charity Channel’s Grants forum,
Jennifer Mansfield of JHM Consulting in Merrimac, Mass., asked
grantseekers for help in constructing a proposal writing tip sheet.
Many forum participants posted quick and helpful replies and
the resulting ten-point list.
Proposal Writing Tips
When seeking funding for a program start
from your own strategic plan: what activities will move you
forward and what they will cost?
Do not change or create programs solely for funding
Do your homework, make sure you have
identified, described and documented the need for which you are
seeking funding (include statistics when possible).
Make sure to put this problem statement near the
beginning of your proposal.
Do your homework some more…have an
understanding of the funder’s mission, funding priorities and
geographical preferences. Based
on your program needs and each funder’s interests, match your
program with a prospective funder. Also understand the typical
grant size given by the funder.
Understand the application process; get a copy of their
guidelines and deadlines for submission.
Funders vary with their timelines and even how they want to be
contacted. This sounds simple
but if they have specific instructions—follow them to the letter.
Pay close attention to the appearance of the proposal.
Make sure your font is no smaller than 12 point.
Use bold/underlined headings for new sections.
Your margins should not be less than one inch on all sides.
Toss in a chart, graph or sidebar story once in a while.
In other words, try to make the document user friendly.
The reviewer can’t help but have an “oh no” reaction to a
proposal with dense type and narrow margins.
Generally, most proposals start with a one-page summary
or project abstract page—this should tightly summarize your case for
support and proposal.
Typically a longer project narrative, goals and
objectives of the project, evaluation, budget and budget justification page,
follows the summary page. The
entire proposal should be about five (and no more than 10) pages.
Include a one-page cover letter outlining your agency,
the proposal and the amount of funding requested.
If your proposal is not accepted, send a thank you note
or make a call thanking the funder for the time spent reviewing your
proposal. Ask for any
shortcomings of the application, so that you might revise when applying in
If your project is funded, follow up with a thank you,
a six-month and 12-month letter telling the funder how the money is being
**Taken from “Foundation Grants Alert”, December 2001
Grant opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Jan.
3-9 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
National Science Foundation. Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI)
Educational Materials Development and National Dissemination
Tracks. The Course,
Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) program seeks to
improve the quality of Science, Technology, Engineering, and
Mathematics (STEM) education for all students and targets
activities affecting learning environments, course content,
curricula, and educational practices.
The program has three tracks-Educational Materials
Development (CCLI-EMD); National Dissemination (CCLI-ND); and
Adaptation and Implementation (CCLI-A&I).
6, 2002, EMD and ND Tracks; Nov. 13, 2002, A&I Track.
National Council for the Social Studies.
Grant for the Enhancement of Geographic Literacy.
promote geography education in the schools; to enhance the
geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or
statewide level; and to encourage the integration of geography
into the social studies curriculum/classroom.
Deadline is March 21, 2002.
- The German Academic Exchange Service.
Study visit research grants for faculty.
This program offers support to scholars and scientists to
pursue research at universities and other institutions in
Germany for one to three months during the calendar year.
1 for visits during the second half of the current year; Aug. 1
for visits during the first half of the following year.
This week at Black Hills State
University - Top
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