Volume XXVI  No. 3 • Jan. 18, 2002

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Dr. Theisz awarded a Sasakawa Fellowship - Top

Dr. R. D. Theisz, chairman of the department of humanities, has been awarded a Sasakawa Fellowship by The American Association of State Colleges and Universities.  The fellowship will support his participation in the National Faculty Development Institute on "Incorporating Japanese Studies in the Undergraduate Curriculum," to be held at San Diego State University from June 3-28.

Spearfish middle school student shadows BHSU volcanologist - Top

Shadowed—Spearfish middle school student Travis Trautman spent a day on the Black Hills State University campus recently learning about volcanoes and what a volcanologist does during a regular work day.

The Spearfish seventh grader, one of many students participating in the middle school’s “Take Charge” program, followed Dr. Steven Anderson, professor of geology and volcanology at Black Hills State, during a day of teaching and research. 

Trautman said, “I’ve always really liked volcanoes and then I saw a movie about them. I was always fascinated about them.” Anderson let Trautman attend one of his geology classes, showed him a video on volcanoes, and explained volcanic activity on Venus through computer imaging. The youngster said 


Anderson told him he would have to get good  grades in school and would need about nine years of higher education to become a volcanologist. “I’m willing to do that, “ said the seventh grader, as he stared intently at the professor’s computer and manipulated the graphic volcanic display.

Meetings for prospective student teachers set - Top

The Black Hills State University College of Education, office of field experiences, is holding mandatory registration/orientation meetings for BHSU students planning to student teach during the summer or fall of 2002.

Students must attend one of the following meetings: Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 7 a.m. in Jonas Hall room 202; Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 309; or Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 204. Call 642-6642 for more information.

Music department presents trumpet recital - Top

The Black Hills State University music department will present a trumpet recital, ‘Mostly’ Jazz, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. The concert is open to the public at no charge.

  The concert will feature music instructor Christopher Hahn on trumpet. Music department professors Dr. Janeen Larsen and Dr. Randall Royer will also be featured, along with students Carol Reausaw and Andrea Fischer.

The recital will include jazz and music that is influenced by jazz. According to Hahn, “there is a solo trumpet homage to jazz trumpeters Louis  Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, and  Dizzy Gillespie titled “I Remember…,” a French concerto for trumpet, mainstream jazz, and a pair of spirituals for trumpet and soprano. It’s quite a varied program, but all of the music has jazz elements or helped contribute to the development of jazz.”

There will be a reception immediately following the performance. Concert information is available by contacting Christopher Hahn at 1-(605) 642-6888 or by email.

Scholarship guarantee available at BHSU - Top

High school seniors are guaranteed a renewable scholarship at Black Hills State University provided they are in the top one-third of their class and have an ACT composite score of 21 or above. 

According to Steve Ochsner, dean of the BHSU Enrollment Services, the guaranteed renewable scholarship program has been available for the past several years to high school seniors or first-time freshmen who plan to attend BHSU. The scholarship plan guarantees first-time freshmen, who are in the top third of the their high school class with an ACT composite score of 21or higher, a minimum one-quarter (1/4) in-state scholarship. 

The enrollment dean noted that the quarter scholarship is a guaranteed minimum; students with a higher ACT score and a higher-class rank may receive a larger scholarship. Guaranteed renewable scholarships may be 

from one half to full in-state tuition scholarships. Scholarships are renewable provided students maintain appropriate grade-point standards and carry an approved number of credit hours.

In order to be eligible for the guaranteed renewable scholarship program first-time freshmen must apply by Feb. 15, 2002. A scholarship application and complete listing of all BHSU scholarships is available online at www.bhsu.edu (click on prospective students/enrollment/scholarships). One scholarship application is sufficient for all BHSU scholarships.

Check out what your Black Hills State classmates have known about scholarships for the past several years. Information about guaranteed renewable scholarships at BHSU is available by contacting the BHSU Enrollment Center, USB 9502, Spearfish, SD 57799-9502 or by phone at 1-800-255-BHSU.

BHSU students plan spring break service project - Top

Ten Black Hills State University students will be spending their spring break building houses for Habitat For Humanity International in Norman, Okla. The project is part of Habitat For Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge program, the country’s largest alternative break program for high school and college students.

This year BHSU students will be joining thousands of other students from across the country who work to eliminate poverty housing by building decent and affordable houses for people in need.  The houses are then sold to homeowners at no profit, using no-interest loans. 

The BHSU Career Center is organizing the service trip. The students, along with two members of the career center staff, will be driving two school vans for the 16-hour trip to Oklahoma.  While there, the group will spend their days traveling to different construction sites to help with the rebuilding efforts after the devastating effects of a tornado in the area.  Students team up with the homeowners and trained construction supervisors to rebuild, repair and paint the homes.

Students participating in the project are expected to pay for all building supplies and transportation costs involved in the trip.  For the BHSU students, the total amount of the trip exceeds $3,500.  In order to defer some of the costs of the trip, the group has planned several fundraisers, including raffling off  “Romantic Weekend Getaways” to a faculty or staff members.  The group has also received generous contributions from the following 

businesses and would like to thank them for their donations:  Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Black Hills, Black Hills State University Bookstore, Black Hills State University Adventure Center, Wal-Mart, Millstone Restaurant, the Silverado, Hickok’s, Midnight Star (Jake’s), First Gold Hotel, and the Comfort Inn of Deadwood. 

Super Bowl raffle ticket sales will be held 
Jan. 22 & 23 at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the BHSU Student Union Lobby and Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the BHSU Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Tickets are also available by contacting Heather or Sarah at 642-6277.

A bake sale will be held Jan. 22 and 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union Lobby and again Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. During the same times, the group will be taking orders for Valentine’s Day flower delivery. 

A spaghetti feed will be held Jan. 27th  from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, located at 845 5th Street in Spearfish. 

A Craft Sale is scheduled for Jan. 29, 30 and  31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the  Student Union Lobby. 

Raffle tickets for a “Romantic Weekend Getaway” will be on-sale from February 19-28 in the BHSU Career Center.

For more information on this trip or to make a donation, contact Heather Johnson or Sarah Chase at 642-6277.  

Investment speaker will speak at class - Top

Terry Nelson of Dain Rauscher, Inc., will present a crash course on investing with very little money or knowledge on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 3:20 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The class is open to the public. Nelson will give a simple introduction of the terminology of investing and then explain how to develop wealth.  Nelson will also address the minimum 

dollar amount to start Roth IRA’s, mid cap vs. large cap, how to invest for your children’s education, commodity investment, and the advantages and disadvantages of investing in preferred stock.

Phi Beta Lambda is sponsoring the event.  For additional information contact Verona Beguin at 642-6389.

Eighth Annual Hot Chocolate Days Art Walk - Top

The Eighth Annual Hot Chocolate Days Art Walk will be held Feb. 14 through Feb. 17 in downtown Spearfish.  Hot Chocolate Days Art Walk features a variety of art by regional artisans displayed in Spearfish businesses.  The public is invited to stroll through the businesses, view the art and sip hot chocolate.

The walk is a growing event involving more than 50 businesses and artists.  Past art mediums have included oils, acrylics, watercolor, pottery, wood and bronze sculptures, photography, ink and graphite drawings, ceramics, miniatures and quilts.

To witness masterpieces in progress, visit with the artists in residence at the old City Hall on 722 Main St., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hot Chocolate Days Art Walk is held in conjunction with the Winter Art Show at the Matthews Opera House.  For more information, contact Melissa or Jo at the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626.

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 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. 

Grant opportunities announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received Jan. 10-16  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.  Research on Learning and Education.  Required preliminary proposals due March 15 and Sept. 1; proposals due June 10 and Dec.  1.

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