Volume XXVI  No. 31 • Aug. 23, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Shannon Alcorn, senior secretary, Institutional Advancement

Faculty in-service begins - Top

Faculty in-service begins Monday, Aug. 26 for new faculty members.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 Dr. Flickema will present "The State of the University" address at 8:30 a.m. That will be followed by presentations from various faculty members (see more information below). The university picnic will be held at Ranch A in Beulah, Wyo., at 5:30 p.m.

In-service continues Wednesday through Friday.

Individual faculty photographs will be taken Thursday, Aug. 29 in Jonas 307 from noon to 3 p.m. These photographs are maintained by the university communications office for use throughout the year. All faculty members are encouraged to update their file photo at this time.

In-service Schedule


Registration for Black Hills State University is Sept. 3 - Top

Registration for students who have not yet registered for fall classes at Black Hills State University is Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. until noon in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Classes begin Sept. 4.

Students who have preregistered may make changes to their class schedule during the drop and add time-span which begins Sept. 3 and continues through Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Student Union. Students who have already pre-registered for classes can make changes to their schedule on-line through Sept. 9 using WebAdvisor. The last day to drop a non-block course with a refund is Sept. 13.

Students who have confirmed enrollment (with the enrollment verification card) and taken care of their bill in advance won’t need to check in. All other students should go through the payment and financial aid disbursement process. To keep payment lines as short as possible students are advised to follow the schedule, which is divided by last name. If the schedule conflicts with a class, students should go through fee payment during an open time slot. All payments or financial arrangements must be made before 4 p.m. Sept. 5 or a late fee will be assessed. Classes will be released for students who have not checked in or returned the enrollment verification card by Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.

New students can move into the residence halls Monday, Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. Returning students may then move in on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. All students must check-in outside the Student Union before going to a residence hall for move-in. At check-in, new students will receive their student ID, room assignment card and other information. Residence hall move-in continues until 2 p.m.

Students can make arrangements for meal plans, parking permits and email and internet accounts Sept. 3-5 in the Student Union Market Place. Student IDs from last semester will be activated when students enroll. Replacement IDs are available in Woodburn Hall room 214 for a $10 charge.

For more information about fee payment or registration contact the enrollment office at 642-6044.

Payment and Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule


 

BHSU is one of two state universities to offer new education paraprofessional degree - Top  

Beginning this fall, BHSU will be one of two state universities to offer a new associate degree in paraprofessional education. The South Dakota Board of Regents recently approved the new associate degree for BHSU and Northern State University to help South Dakota’s teacher aides comply with federal educational requirements.

The 64-credit associate of science degree in paraprofessional education can be completed in two years. The degree focuses on general education and more specific courses needed by classroom paraprofessionals.

“This new degree offers a sound grounding in the liberal arts, along with specialized coursework essential for those assisting in K-12 classrooms,” said Regents' President Harvey C. Jewett.

Curriculum includes 21 credit hours in general education-required courses in the areas of mathematics, science, composition, psychology, speech, and computer technology. Other courses prepare the paraprofessional in educational psychology, teaching strategies, mathematics, children’s literature, classroom instructional management, and special education. An additional 18-19 elective credits complete the degree requirements.

When Congress reauthorized federal education law late last year, it required paraprofessionals who assist teachers in classrooms supported by federal Title I dollars to complete at least two years of postsecondary study, obtain an associate’s degree, or demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist with instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. These federal requirements apply to any new aides hired for the 2002-03 school term, and will apply to all eligible paraprofessionals by the end of the 2005-06 term. There are an estimated 1,700 K-12 education paraprofessionals employed in South Dakota. 

There is still time to register for fall classes at BHSU. Classes begin Sept. 4. Students who have not pre-registered for classes may do so Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Most of the courses are also available through distance delivery, including the state’s Digital Dakota Network, Internet, or correspondence. To view and register for current undergraduate distance education courses offered through the Regents’ Electronic University Consortium of South Dakota see <http://www.hpcnet.org/euc/paraprofessionals>.

Degree Details


Web Services issues web page guidelines - Top

Web Services, which is responsible for the design, development, implementation, and day-to-day management and maintenance of the BHSU web site has issued a style guide and other information to assist faculty and staff in creating web pages.

The purpose of web page design standards is to reinforce BHSU's identity, provide continuity in web site appearance, protect and regulate the use of proprietary names, logos and graphic elements and positively represent BHSU to the public.

The BHSU web site uses style sheets and shared borders to provide consistency in type styles, header placement and colors of links. Future plans include providing templates and providing additional graphics. Workshops will also be scheduled periodically for faculty and staff who are responsible for creating, maintaining or updating web pages on the BHSU web site.

If you have specific questions concerning your web pages contact Paul Kopco at 642-6503.


BHSU announces mail service changes - Top

As the university begins the new fall semester, BHSU Mail Services is announcing several recent changes including the change in postal rates (shown in link below). 

Staff who have switched locations and new faculty members are urged to update their campus box numbers. A current list may be found in the BHSU Web site phone book. Changes can be made by emailing University Support Services.

Due to security restrictions, mail that is placed in front of or on top of the outgoing mail boxes in the Donald E. Young Center, Woodburn Hall, or Student Union will not be processed for mailing. If packages are larger than the outgoing mail slots, deliver them to the BHSU Mail Service or call the Mail Service office at 642-6396 to schedule a pick up time.

Mail will not be processed without the blue charge slip and the correct account number. Replacement charge slips are available at BHSU Mail Services.

Contact Hanna Swarts at 642-6396 or hannaswarts@bhsu.edu for more information.

BHSU Mail Service Changes


Volunteers needed to help make a great second impression with students - Top 

Black Hills State University is working to make a good second impression,  which may be just as important as the first impression, for incoming new students and their families.

During PREP days, the New Student Days Committee had an opportunity to make a good first impression. During New Student Days, students will form their second impression of BHSU. The last few years, volunteers have helped move students into residence halls which makes a great impression with the students and an even greater impression with the parents.

This year the service was expanded to include athletes who move into the residence halls early.  Football players moved in August 19th with help of members of the Green and Gold Club.  Jim Rarick, Pope & Talbot, Terry Sheahan, Pioneer Bank & Trust, Dave Little, Bill Jordon, Myrle Hanson and Charley Conger along with Jack Hall and three students from Campus Ventures volunteered to meet our athletes and make them feel welcome. A couple of days later, Campus Ventures volunteers also helped move volleyball players from Pangburn Hall to their permanent residence halls. After the events, all volunteers concurred that everything went great and the help was greatly appreciated, especially by parents who were dropping off their freshman athletes.

Move-in for new students will be Monday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The football players will return the favor and help other students move in from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  Then, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Ventures, ROTC, plus a few students who appreciated the help moving last year when they were freshman, have volunteered to help. Faculty and staff have volunteered to greet students and help with traffic control.  Staff and faculty are still needed to help greet students. As a thank you for your help, volunteers will be given a t-shirt, to wear that day. If you would like be a part of this tradition, please call the Career Center at 642-6277 or email eileenthomas@bhsu.edu. Please indicate the t-shirt size needed.


BHSU hosts open house for RSVP - Top

By Mark Norby, University Communications

Black Hills State University, which recently became a sponsor for the Northern Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), hosted an open house this week at the relocated RSVP office in the former Central Elementary Education School building in Spearfish.

When the previous host organization left the region, the fate of the program was in limbo because the federal and state grants that fund RSVP require a supervising organization. BHSU became RSVP’S new executive sponsor this spring to ensure that this valuable program did not disappear from the area.

Volunteerism has been the bedrock of RSVP since its inception in 1973. Currently there are over 400 enrolled volunteers assisting nearly 90 participating non-profit groups.

Kathy Schneider, director of the northern Black Hills RSVP, works closely with Ruth Lettau, the Sturgis RSVP coordinator, to provide senior (over 55 years old) volunteers to any non-profit organization that needs them.

“The amount and times volunteers work vary, but about 75 percent of the 400 volunteers are usually active,” said Schneider.

Although the hours worked change month to month, the total for all volunteers is surprisingly large. This past July, participants in the program volunteered 7,718 hours. “The only pay they get is an annual recognition banquet and the satisfaction helping gives them,” said Schneider.

Evelin Hinker, a RSVP volunteer for the last two years, spends most of her time working with the Share program and the Northern Hills Crisis Line. “For seniors, [RSVP] is a wonderful program. There is always something to do,” said Hinker.

Liz Haanstad has been with RSVP for the last five years and is fond of saying that RSVP keeps the town running.

BHSU believes its sponsorship of RSVP can grow into a relationship that benefits both organizations. Bob Stanelle, director of student development for BH, is acting as the executive sponsor of RSVP for the university and will be providing a work-study student to assist the staff once school starts.

Both Schneider and Lettau believe the relationship with BHSU will offer RSVP new and exciting opportunities. “I like the idea of the merging of the different age groups,” said Lettau.

"My first board meeting with [RSVP] is in September,” said Stanelle. “We hope to offer some projects that will benefit both parties (BH and RSVP) in the future, but this first year is going to be a lot of learning about each other.”    

Kathy Schneider, Northern Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program director, visits with volunteers present at a recent open house held in RSVP’s new office in the old Central Elementary School in Spearfish. RSVP staff and volunteers, BHSU staff and members of the community came together in recognition of the university’s sponsorship of the RSVP program.

 


Champion disc golfers give BHSU course a good review - Top  

By Antonia Kucera, University Communications intern

A shiny Airstream camper from Michigan pulled on to the Black Hills State University campus recently, intriguingly covered in stickers and other accessories proclaiming the owners as fans of a particular sport. The campers are Rock and Pat Searle and they came to Spearfish for one thing only: to play disc golf.

Black Hills State University is home to the longest 18-hole disc golf course in South Dakota, and “frolfers” (a slang term for Frisbee golfers) come from all around for tournaments held on the campus course. The Searles are retired from the Air Force and have spent the last two years traveling the country in a van towing a camper. They visited Devil’s Tower and were staying in a campground in Sundance, Wyo., when one of the workers noticed their traveling décor and mentioned the free course at BH.

“[The BH course] is easy enough for beginners, but challenging enough to be worth the stop,” said Rock, who has designed disc golf courses himself in the past. He praised the designer of the course, BHSU associate professor Don Altmyer, and was impressed to find only one piece of trash on the entire course.

“To come to a course that is this litter-free is a plus,” Rock said.

Rock and his wife have seen plenty of courses with which to compare BH. They have been frolfing for 18 years and are both members of the Professional Disc Golf Association. Pat is the 2000 PDGA world champion and Rock had two consecutive aces at the same competition in Michigan. Both won the German masters competition while stationed overseas, a title Rock took three times consecutively. They have continued to avidly play the sport in retirement and do not plan on quitting any time soon.

BHSU was just one stop on the road for these pros, but rated as well worth it. The Searles may have been the first tourists to play the course since its recent redesign. Due to campus construction, two holes of the previous 19-hole course were removed and replaced by one new hole, and the course’s starting point was moved with the holes being renumbered accordingly.

Anyone interested in playing the course can visit the Adventure Center in the Student Union where maps and discs are available. Or just do what the Searles did: make a flashy entrance to arouse people’s curiosity so they approach you first.

Champion frolfer Rock Searle, Mich., putts for par on the new disc golf hole at Black Hills State University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock, left, and Pat Searle, Mich., take it easy next to their van after playing disc golf at Black Hills State University. Stickers on the van declare Pat as the “world champ on board” and Rock as the “Rock of Aces” for back-to-back hole in ones at the PDGA Disc Golf World Championships 2000. 


S.D.S.E.O. meeting to be held Aug. 27 - Top

The next S.D.S.E.O. meeting will be held in the Pangburn Small Dining Room Aug. 27 at 4:30 p.m.

Members who attended the Aug. 17 meeting with the gubernatorial candidates will speak about that experience. A drawing will also be held for a parking permit. 

Tickets for the drawing are available from S.D.S.E.O. members. For more information, contact Gloria Spitler at 642-6244, Fred Nelson at 642-6848, or Myron Sullivan at 642-6297.


BHSU’S New Student Days mixes business with pleasure - Top

By Antonia Kucera, University Communications intern

Black Hills State University’s New Student Days 2002 mixes business with pleasure to help students get a head start both socially and academically.  On Sept. 2, the program kicks off its carnival theme by providing students with a fun-filled day before getting down to business on Sept. 3 and starting classes on the fourth.

New Student Days 2002 at BHSU is one of several programs geared towards making the transition into college life an enjoyable experience. Another program, PREP Days, has already brought over 500 students to the BH campus this summer and is expected to bring in 250 to 300 more by the end of August.

“We had an awesome turnout last year [at New Student Days] and we’re looking forward to an even better time this year,” said Sarah Chase, the program’s orientation coordinator. Chase encourages new students to take advantage of this opportunity to get acquainted with BHSU and make new friends. “This is a chance for them to become part of the Black Hills State University community. They get a jump start on both the social and academic life at Black Hills State.”

Students enjoy the social part first. This Labor Day at BHSU, the campus will be filled with fun and games. New students start the day by checking in between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in front of the Student Union, where they will receive their student identification, or ACE, card, room assignment and the name of their advisor. Once they know where to go, students can begin moving into their rooms; at this point they can meet some of BH’s returning students and alumni who have volunteered to assist with move-in.

Students will meet even more new people at the 11:30 a.m. lunch for everyone in the Student Union. This is a good time for new students to bid their families “farewell” before the afternoon’s activities begin. President Flickema’s welcome speech will start the ball rolling in the Young Center field house, along with the ice cream social hosted by United Ministries. After the social, students learn the ins and outs of their “home away from home” in residence hall meetings.

Students will have some free time before the evening’s activities begin. A barbecue on the campus green will provide fuel for the fun at the carnival. Outside Thomas Hall will be a midway of entertainment with activities including an inflatable obstacle course, a bungee race and sumo wrestling. Students can take their chance at winning small prizes at the fishing stand, big prizes at the balloon and darts stand, or just visit the fortuneteller to see what their future might hold. There will also be popcorn and cotton candy. If that is not enough to keep everyone busy, the “Sizzling Summer Nights” dance will provide musical until prize giveaways at 10 p.m.

Students should be comfortably settled in and ready to get down to business Tuesday when the academic part of the program begins. The morning starts with a loan debt counseling session at 8 a.m. and an address by the college deans at 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., students begin the concurrent round robin sessions that discuss the vitals of college life. Students will take care of fee payment, learn about internships and classroom etiquette, and take the Learning and Study Skills Inventory (LASSI) test that will help them assess their strengths and weaknesses in self-education.

Students will get the chance to meet their advisor casually at the picnic luncheon in the Young Center field house. Chase hopes that this informal setting will help students become familiar and comfortable with their advisors.

“It is both a social and academic orientation,” Chase stresses. “It’s a chance to meet new friends, have fun, meet advisors, and learn more about the many opportunities that Black Hills State offers.”

New Student Days provides that and more not only to the new students required to attend, but also to transferring and returning students. They are also strongly encouraged to attend the activities, some of which are tailored specifically to their needs.

New Student Days 2002 promises to give students the jump-start they need for a successful year at BHSU. 


Emerging Leader Program provides valuable skills for new students - Top

By Mark Norby, University Communications

Some students have found that participation in the Black Hills State University Emerging Leader Program has enhanced their leadership skills through out their college years and even after they graduate.

Jason Glodt, Class of ’97 alumni, who went on to earn a law degree after graduating from BHSU, rates the Emerging Leader Program as an exceptional experience. “It gave me the positive encouragement to get involved and to take a leadership role,” said Glodt.

During his time at BHSU, Glodt was involved in many organizations. He credits that involvement for his nomination by Gov. Bill Janklow to be a student regent for the South Dakota Board of Regents. Glodt, who participated in the program as a freshman, now utilizes his leadership skills in his career with the state’s attorney general’s office.

The Emerging Leader Program is for new freshmen only and begins in late September after new students have had time to acclimate themselves to the campus and get past the hectic days surrounding homecoming. Enrolled students meet once a week during an eight-week period.

Some aspects of the program involve participating in discussions about being effective leaders, listening to guest speakers and conducting team-building exercises. The freshmen also study effective communication and conflict resolution. All of these are skills that not only enhance one’s school years, but will also prove valuable throughout life.

Student Union Director Jane Klug emphasizes that many past participants of the program have gone on to be leaders in numerous clubs and organizations at the university and that many of these organizations are making important contributions through volunteerism on campus, in the community and beyond.

Abbey Helling, a junior at BHSU, credits the program with showing her just how valuable teamwork is and how leadership applies to teamwork. “It’s opened my eyes to what I could do for others through a leadership role,” said Helling.

Another goal of the program is to make the students aware of the many organizations and clubs available at BHSU and the various volunteer opportunities there are both on campus and in the surrounding communities. In fact, all participants are required to join at least one of the nearly 70 campus organizations by the fourth week of the program. There are groups for almost any interest, be it academic, hobby or social, and many of them contribute to the surrounding communities with their activities throughout the year.

The United Ministries group has held their shoebox service project for a number of years. They facilitate the collection and distribution of needed personal items for residents of the long-term care facility in Belle Fourche. Members of the organization also spend time with the residents.

The Sociology/Human Services Club collects donations and conducts events to help support the Artemis House, a shelter for battered woman and children.

Even though a cause may be serious, the many ways BHSU student organizations find to help raise funds isn’t always serious. For example the men’s fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, annually lets their members spend a week in a waterbed outside on the campus (it inevitably snows during this event) to raise money for charities and they also have shriveled like prunes in a hot tub soak-a-thon and raffle.

The Residence Hall Association holds a Halloween safe house so children in the area can enjoy the holiday without their parents worrying about their safety or inclement weather.

The Psychology Club conducts an annual rat race, with real rats in a maze, to raise money.

Many groups’ efforts extend past South Dakota’s borders. Several members of La Masa, a multi-cultural association that encourages Spanish as a second language, traveled to Mexico in 2001 to donate items and more importantly their time to an orphanage in Baja California, Mexico.

Immediately after the tragedy of last Sept. 11, both the BHSU fraternity and its sister sorority, Alpha Epsilon Xi, initiated projects to aid the relief efforts in New York City, along with several other university groups.

Students who get involved make a difference on campus, in the community, across this country and even in foreign nations. What may be most important is that being involved makes a difference in their lives.

Since his graduation from law school in 2000, Glodt has worked in the state attorney general’s office in Pierre. He also served as Attorney General Mark Barnett’s assistant campaign manager during Barnett’s 2002 bid in the Republican primary for governor.

“I’m still involved in my community today, said Glodt. “If not for [the emerging program] I’m not sure I would be as active as I am today.”

For many, that first step to a life of involvement and leadership begins with the BHSU Emerging Leaders Program.

According to the Student Union Director Jane Klug, “Getting involved while I was in college was the best thing I ever did. It led me to my career, and getting up each morning wanting to go to work is a great way to live.”

 

 

 

 

 

Members of Sigma Tau Gamma and friend, left to right, Mike Odle, Beth Bingham and Trevor Bryan, do their part during one of the fraternity’s unusual and fun projects for raising money. Raffle tickets were sold with the lucky winner receiving the hot tub. Sigma Tau Gamma then donated the $1,350 raised to the Books For Kids foundation.  

 


Green and Gold Club announces luncheon dates - Top

The Green and Gold Booster Club at Black Hills State University has announced its luncheon schedule for the 2002-2003 season.

The first luncheon will be Aug. 29 at the Cedar House Restaurant in Spearfish. All luncheons are held Thursdays at noon. The public is welcome to attend.

University coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming season. The BHSU football team kicks off their season Sept. 7 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The volleyball team begins competition Aug. 23-24 at the Dickinson State Tournament. The cross-country season begins Sept. 14 at the S.D. Tech Invitational.

This year’s Green and Gold luncheon schedule is shown below. For more information call 642-6385.

See luncheon schedule


Clayton Miller Blues Band to appear Sept. 8 at BHSU - Top

The BHSU University Programming Team Fine Arts Committee is presenting the Clayton Miller Blues Band Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Woodburn Auditorium on the BHSU campus. Paul Dennis Kopco, Web master and instructor at the university, will perform the opening act. His performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Clayton Miller Blues Band, a family that sings the blues together, has been performing throughout the Midwest. They have been on stage with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mississippi Heat, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, James Cotton, Walter Trout, The Nighthawks and Urge. Recently, the band was selected for the Blues Deluxe Radio program, which is aired on 100 radio stations around the world.

This band consists of Dad Larry on bass, brothers Clayton, 19, on guitar and vocals, Cole, 15, on drums and vocals, and L.D., just 7, on harmonica. They have released two CDs, “Gotta Have Love” and “Live at Duncan Hall.” Selections from these CDs can be heard at www.claytonmillerbluesband.com.

The charm and allure of this young family band packs the house at colleges, clubs, and festivals. The innate talent, hard work, and rocking crazy musicianship bring audiences to their feet dancing and applauding.

Before becoming a professor at BH, Paul Dennis Kopco was a full-time musician on the East Coast. The Web site, www.pauldennis.com, contains selections from his two albums of original music, “Black Hills Gold” and “Badlands.” Most recently, Paul has focused on the blues, playing and digitally prerecording the background music himself. He also performs live and brings his music to venues throughout the Black Hills region.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets are $3 per person, $5 per couple, or $10 per family. The concert is free to all BH students with a student ACE card.

For more information, please call the Student Union office at 642-6852.


Dr. Robert P. Watson will speak at Spearfish library - Top

There will be a discussion led by Dr. Robert P. Watson on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish. Watson is a member of the "Maintaining Democracy in an Unstable World" tour, which engages the public in conversation from the author's point of view. Watson, the author of The Presidents' Wives, will focus on the wives of the four Mt. Rushmore presidents.

The tour is being presented in Spearfish by the South Dakota Center for the Book and the Friends of Grace Balloch Memorial Library. Refreshments will be served, and copies of Watson's book will be available for sale. Call Sharon Henry at 642-1330 for more information.


Two students named 2002 Trio Scholars at BHSU - Top

The Student Support Services program at Black Hills State University recently awarded two additional TRiO Scholarships to students attending BH this fall.

The recipients are Chelsea Kujawa and Carl Sharkey IV. Kujawa is the daughter of Jim and Arlene Kujawa of Kadoka and has successfully completed her freshman year at BH. She will return as a sophomore this fall and receive a $1,000 award. Sharkey is the son of Maria Sharkey of Rapid City and is among fifteen new freshmen to be selected as TRiO Scholars at BHSU this fall. He will receive up to $2,500 in scholarship assistance for his first two years of study at BH. Both scholars will also participate in a comprehensive program focusing on leadership development, cultural enrichment and college and career success.

Student Support Services is an educational opportunity program funded through the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about this program or the scholarships, see the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu/studentlife/studentsupport.

Black Hills State University is a regional comprehensive university that now offers 90 majors and minors in education, business and arts and sciences. With nearly 4,000 students, BHSU is the state’s third largest university.


Grant opportunity announced - Top

Below are the program materials received July 25-August 24, 2002 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.

  • New Library Education Program. Grants of $50,000 to $500,000 a year will be available for three years for a variety of activities conducted by a range of eligible entities. Priorities are to: recruit and educate the next generation of librarians; develop faculty to educate them; enable pre-professional library staff to make the transition to librarianship; and provide the library community with information needed to support successful workforce recruitment and education. For the draft announcement, visit www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_bdre.htm (select “Draft Guidelines”).