Volume XXVI  No. 44 • Nov. 22, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Dennis Hothem, program assistant II, University Support Services

Resignation - Top

  • Brian Ullrich, program assistant II, University Support Services

BHSU staff person welcomed back with a castle of kidney beans after she undergoes kidney donation to her sister - Top 

A most miraculous experience, is how Ellen Melaragno, senior secretary in the BHSU Student Union, describes her recent experience of being a living kidney donor for her sister who had been on dialysis.

Ellen, who recently traveled to Tennessee to donate a kidney to her sister, returned to campus this week and was greeted with a “kidney-bean castle.” Faculty, staff, and students, at the suggestion of Ellen’s supervisor Jane Klug, donated cans of kidney beans affixed with notes congratulating her and wishing her well as she returns to work.

“The bean castle was such a surprise,” said Ellen. “What a clever idea and a neat thing to do. It was a great surprise to me and is also a form of giving. Now we will 

donate these kidney beans to the community food pantry.”

Ellen, a 1996 graduate of BHSU, recently returned from the University of Tennessee where she donated a kidney to her sister Jennifer. The sisters, both forty-something, have been close throughout their lifetime. That closeness reached a new level when Ellen volunteered to donate one of her kidneys to her sister when her kidneys shut down due to complications from diabetes. 

Ellen Melaragno, senior secretary in the Student Union at Black Hills State University, is welcomed back to work with a “kidney-bean castle” created by coworkers.  Ellen found kidney beans aplenty, in cans, on frames and even in a specially made lamp, waiting as she returned to work following her successful kidney donation to her sister.  Ellen will keep the encouraging and congratulatory notes affixed to the cans as a sign of support for her generous act. The cans of beans will be donated to the local food pantry.  

Diagnosed when she was just six years old, Jennifer has lived with diabetes throughout her life. Ellen explained that as Jennifer got older she had more complications and went on dialysis last winter, which curtailed many of the activities of her life.

Ellen became seriously interested in the option of providing a kidney to her sister about a year ago after a visit to Spearfish by Jennifer. At that time, Ellen started to think about becoming a living donor because she knew her sister’s quality of life on dialysis was limited. Ellen began to research the possibilities and discovered several advantages to a living kidney donation as compared to a donation from a cadaver. A living kidney donation increases the possibility of a match especially when donated by a sibling. The timeframe the kidney is expected to last is also higher.

“All of the research was pointing toward a living donor being much more successful for her,” Ellen said. “There was no question for me. I knew I wanted to do whatever I could to help.”

That started the process for what became a successful kidney transplant between sisters. Ellen began to make plans, working around her schedule at work as well as that of her family, to make the trip and become a living organ donor. She planned the surgery for late in the fall so that the semester would be well on its way before she left.

In what was Ellen’s first and only surgery, she went under the knife to provide what her sister most needed, a functional kidney. Even as she left for Tennessee, Ellen was not at all sure she could donate or that they would even be a match. She was required to undergo many exams as the doctors checked her from head to toe for any health conditions that could possibly cause complications. She was also tested for the matching capacity. Everyday as Ellen went through a full week of tests, she prayed that the transplant would work.

“They came back all smiles after the final test,” Ellen said.  She said the surgeon finally confirmed that she was indeed healthy enough to undergo the transplant donation and was an excellent match for her sister. “Most siblings have a 3-6 match but in this case we showed a 4-6 match, even closer than they had anticipated.”

After a full year of planning and hoping, the transplant actually became a reality. Ellen was admitted into the hospital immediately and her sister joined her the following morning. As they were being prepped for surgery, the sisters remained together.

“They took us in together and we were talking as we went in,” Ellen said. “Our beds were right next to each other. They were prepping us at the same time.”

After the surgery Ellen was back into her own hospital room by noon, much to her husband’s surprise and relief. Now the sisters, donor and recipient, were given hospital rooms adjacent to each other and communicated by sending messages written on napkins transported back and forth by the nursing staff.

“We couldn’t see each other for two days, so we sent notes to each other,” Ellen recalls.

The success of the transplant was quick and affirmative.

“Immediately the kidney started working for Jennifer,” Ellen said. “She never had any signs of rejection or any problems.”

The recovery time after the transplant was actually harder for Ellen than her sister. Ellen explained that the doctors indicated she would have a longer recovery time since the surgery is more complicated for the donor.

Jennifer’s life began to change for the better immediately. Ellen describes her sister’s recovery as amazing as her energy level increased dramatically. Jennifer, who had lost her appetite and interest in activities while on dialysis, returned to one of her favorite pastimes, that of being “a fabulous cook.” She is once again a night owl and is working on making Christmas gifts for the family.

All in all, Ellen spent a year planning, a week undergoing tests, a week at the hospital recovering and then two weeks of further recovery at her sister’s home for a gift of life that will never be forgotten. All medical expenses were paid by her sister’s insurance. Ellen, who was responsible for the cost of transportation and room and board, is thankful that her daughter recently began working for an airline that allows discounted and free travel for parents. Also Jennifer lives near enough to the hospital that the two were able to spend their extended recovery time at her home. Ellen returned home Nov. 5 and is now back on campus catching up on work, answering the phone and greeting visitors.

“If I learned anything through this, it’s that I know I’m a big advocate of living donations and the remarkable difference a living donor makes,” Ellen said.

The future looks good for the duo who both now have one functional kidney. Ellen has been warned not to partake in rough sports and to monitor some types of medicine consumption, but she basically expects no change in her lifestyle.

“I can handle that,” Ellen said. “It’s really nothing compared to watching someone you love in need.”

Jennifer remains on call for a pancreas transplant that would actually end the diabetes. The pancreas transplant must come from a cadaver so Jennifer carries a cell phone at all times and is available at a moment’s notice to receive the needed organ.

The sisters and their entire family are now looking forward to a family wedding next summer. With the successful transplant behind them, Jennifer is making plans to come to the wedding, something she would not have been able to do on dialysis.

“It’s something special for us to look forward to as a family,” Ellen said. She is quick to praise the entire staff at the University of Tennessee for their excellent care and is thankful for all the support from her friends and family at home.

“It was the support and prayers from you all that helped make this operation such a successful and miraculous event,” Ellen said. “You all helped me so much through the process and the recovery. I consider myself fortunate to have such great co-workers, bosses, and friends.”

Jane Klug, director of student services, echoes the sentiment across campus as she enthusiastically welcomes Ellen back to her desk in the Student Union.

“I am so glad to have her back,” Jane said, “but I’m also glad that she was able to go. I’m pleased that she did such a wonderful, generous thing for her sister. I admire her. What Ellen did was so noble.”

CAMSE Summer Institute for Teacher Leaders seeks teachers - Top

The Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University is seeking additional teachers for next year's Summer Institute on Professional Development to be held in Spearfish July 8-11, 2003. Expert teachers who have substantial classroom experience with NSF-supported curriculum materials and who want to provide leadership in math and science teaching are cordially invited to apply for the four-day institute. There is no charge for attending, and CAMSE can offer modest financial support to attendees. Expert math and science teachers are invited to be a part of the solution.

CAMSE works to improve the teaching of math and science at all levels in South Dakota. Among other services, the center offers professional development to K-12 teachers, particularly those in districts using new, high quality science and math curriculum materials.

To better serve the needs of school districts all over the state, CAMSE is training a team of professional development providers in math and science. The first group received training at CAMSE last summer and is available to serve school districts across the state. These experienced teacher-experts can help with myriad issues related to raising the effectiveness of math and science teaching. 

More information on the CAMSE professional development providers project is available online at www.camse.org/pdp. Interested teachers or districts that are seeking the services of professional development providers should contact Dr. Ben Sayler, CAMSE director, at 605-642-6874 or bensayler@bhsu.edu. Requests may also be mailed to CAMSE, Black Hills State University, 1200 University Street Unit 9005, Spearfish, SD 57799-9005.

Assistive learning lab provides assistance to BHSU students and enlightens future teachers - Top

The assistive technology learning lab at Black Hills State University attempts to “level the playing field” for students with disabilities according to Joan Wermers, disability services advisor at BHSU. The lab also expands the learning possibilities for prospective teachers as education teachers have the opportunity to increase their knowledge about assistive learning technologies.

The new assistive technology learning lab 

at BHSU has been successful accomplishing its dual purposes. The lab provides a convenient location with increased access to the latest in assistive learning technology for students with disabilities as well as providing a place for BHSU education students to gain valuable knowledge and become familiar with   Joan Wermers, left, disability services advisor at Black Hills State University, and her assistant, BHSU student Kenny Williamson, demonstrate some of the assistive learning technology that is now available in a lab setting for students with disabilities as well as students planning to be teachers.  
technology that may be useful as they begin teaching.

Wermers realized there was a need for increased assistive learning options for students with disabilities at BHSU. She also knew that future teachers in special education classes at BHSU could gain valuable knowledge about assistive learning techniques by observing a lab setting and becoming familiar with technological changes.

Wermers, in her constant pursuit of efficiency, took the initiative to combine these two related needs in a request that resulted in a Bush mini-grant to fund the establishment of the assistive learning lab now located in the Student Union. Grant monies were used to fund technical consultations, training, and software purchases for the lab. Wermers pointed out that Student Support Services contributed computers and some basic software while the Student Assistance Center was instrumental in finding space for the assistive learning lab. In addition, the College of Education and a private donor have supported upgrades and supply needs. Assistive technology gives students with different learning styles and abilities the tools they need for active learning according to Wermers. The grant was an extension of services offered by disability services. She said the main goal is to improve the assistive technology access and training by building on the combined resources of disability services and the College of Education.

“We expect that students with disabilities will have access to the proper tools or opportunities to learn in ways that accommodate their needs and that special education as well as all education majors will be prepared to provide assistive technology devices and services to eligible children when needed,” Wermers said.

Wermers pointed out that the assistive technology is available for all students and have been used by students facing temporary disabilities such as surgery or an accident. She said staff members have also benefited from assistive learning technology that improves their work stations.

“What we do is level the playing field,” Wermers explained. “We do this in a lab setting that is similar to technology available in real world work situations.”

The assistive technology lab is taking the place of services previously provided by “readers” and “scribes” and the software available on one computer located in the library.  Now the lab includes a variety of assistive learning technology and access to several computers in a lab setting. The increased access in the lab setting has been beneficial for students.

The lab has been set up to provide prospective teachers with training enabling them to have basic knowledge of the programs and to provide assistive technology devices and services that results in comparable learning experiences for students with special needs. Wermers’ technology assistant, Kenneth Williamson, provides training and mentoring services to students with disabilities and education students utilizing the lab.

“Future teachers have a need to know about and understand assistive technology. This lab gives them a chance to see it and use it in a lab setting,” Wermers said.

Dr. Gregory Cooch, College of Education assistant professor, says the lab is very advantageous for BHSU students as well as current teachers.  Students in his higher-level special education course go into the lab in small groups to learn about the assistive technology.

“The lab is set up very efficiently and is so well organized,” Cooch said. “Williamson goes through the different software programs and tutors our students on the uses of the technology. This will make our students better able to assist their students so they can perform better academically,” Cooch said.

Cooch noted that area teachers have also requested access to the lab to improve their knowledge of assistive learning technology.

Wermers notes that Williamson, a BHSU student who has faced disabilities himself, has been instrumental in the success of the assistive learning lab. Williamson, a web administration and network administration major, relies on his personal experience to better mentor and train students to use the assistive training technology. He applies what he has learned in his struggles as a student with disabilities as he instructs students and encourages them to succeed.

“This job allows me to interact with other people faced with disabilities and help them find ways to cope,” he said. “My past gives me great respect for what [students with disabilities] are going through. I know where they are at and where they are coming from because I’ve experienced it myself.”

Williamson set up three computers in the assistive technology lab and maintains these computers for others to use. He is available in the lab every day of the week. After an initial training session to go over the technology with students, Williamson continues to meet with students in the lab to improve their ability to use the assistive technology.

Williamson received consultation and set-up assistance from DakotaLink, an assistive technology project under contract with the Black Hills Special Services Cooperative. Williamson works with a variety of software programs including screen readers, scanners with text to speech ability, word prediction, screen magnification and other technology.

“Students are very eager to learn. Use of the lab can improve their grades if they devote themselves and their time to making class work easier for themselves,” Williamson said.

Williamson speaks to special and regular education classrooms and then spends time in the lab with these future teachers going over the many types of assistive learning software.  He conducts training sessions for special education students and works with these students in small groups to encourage them to try out the assistive technology.

Williamson noted that although some teachers have used these software programs, many teachers lack the training needed and that when teachers lack, the students lack in their ability to successfully use the programs. Dragon Naturally Speaking, a text to speech software program, is the program cited by Williamson as being used the most often. Kurzweil 3000 is another popular program which is particularly useful because it integrates all software versions. Williamson praised the changes and improvements in assistive technology in the last five years. He especially appreciates the ability of programs to integrate with each other as well as commonly used word processing applications.

Wermers encourages students with questions, prospective teachers or even current teachers to learn more about this technology and how it can be used to improve the students’ ability to learn.  Contact Wermers at 642-6099. 

BHSU Career Center to hold job search workshop for teachers - Top

The Career Center at Black Hills State University will sponsor “The Complete Job Search for Teachers” workshop Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 
Jonas 107.

The workshop, designed especially for teachers, includes the following sessions: “Writing the Winning Resume” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., “Credential Files: What Are They and How Do I Get One?” from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., “Interviewing Tips for Teachers” from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., and “A+ Job Search Strategies” from 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All workshops and career fairs are open to the public at no charge. For more information contact the Career Center at 642-6277 or email wildbill@bhsu.edu.

Film series wraps up with Monster’s Ball Dec. 4 - Top

The Academy Award winning Monster’s Ball, the final film of the Black Hills State University 2002 Fall Film Series, will be shown on DVD Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.

Monster’s Ball, a 2001 film directed by Marc Foster, depicts the life of Hank Grotowski, played by Billy Bob Thornton. Supporting cast members include Heath Ledger as Sonny, Peter Boyle as Buck, Sean “Puffy” Combs as Lawrence Musgrove, and Halle Berry as Leticia.

Grotowski is a prison guard who works with his son, Sonny, and lives at home with his racist father, Buck. Musgrove has just been executed, and a horrible tragedy has happened at home. Grotowski meets Leticia, a young black woman struggling to make ends meet, and falls in love with her not knowing that she is Musgrove’s widow.

Popcorn is provided courtesy of the BHSU Residence Hall Association. Contact David Salomon at davidsalomon@bhsu.edu or 605-642-6240 for more information.

BHSU theatre presents Children of a Lesser God Dec. 5-7 - Top

The Black Hills State University theatre presentation of Children of a Lesser God will begin Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. Additional performances will be held Dec. 6-7 at 8 p.m.

A drama by Mark Medoff, Children of a Lesser God, has received the Tony Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award for the best new play of the season.

The play depicts the life of James, a young speech therapist, who has just joined the faculty of a school for the deaf after serving for three years in the Peace Corps. While teaching lip-reading at the school, James meets Sarah, a school dropout. Sarah has been completely deaf from birth and lives estranged from both the world of the hearing and from those who would compromise to enter that world. Fluent in sign language, James tries, will little success, to help Sarah. Gradually the two fall in love and marry. At first their relationship is happy as the gulf of silence between them seems to be bridged by their desire to understand each other’s needs and feelings, but discord develops as Sarah becomes militant for the rights of the deaf, rejecting any hint that she is being patronized or pitied. In the end the chasm between the worlds of sound and silence seem almost too great to cross; but love and compassion hold the hope of reconciliation, and deeper, fuller understanding of differences that can unite as well as divide.

Children of a Lesser God will be performed by a cast of seven including Martie Combs, a senior speech communications major from Deadwood, as Sarah Norman; Larry Elwess, a sophomore social science major from Chamberlain, as James Leeds; Geno Pesicka, a junior marketing major from Rapid City, as Orin; Jared McDaris, a sophomore psychology major from Rutledge, Ga., as Franklin; Dr. Pamela Wegner, associate professor at BHSU, as Mrs. Norman; Julie Schaller, a junior speech communications major from Rapid City, as Lydia; and Teresa Addington, a senior speech communications major from Lead, as Edna Klein.

American Sign Language consultants are Combs and Kimm Lischefska, a graduate student from Sturgis. Tim Bessette, a senior speech communications major from Spring Creek, Nev., will serve as the assistant director/stage manager.

Scenery will be designed by Bessette, the scenery crew chief; Elwess; Pesicka; Nic Hansen, a junior speech communications major from Spearfish; Vailferree Brechtel, a sophomore English major from Hot Springs; Mandy Gustafson, a freshman instrumental music major from Rawlins, Wyo.; Elizabeth Verhey, a freshman English major from Rapid City; and Jacob Feeley, a junior art major from Kemmerer, Wyo.

Props will be provided by Addington, the props crew chief; Combs; and Emily Varland, a freshman mass communications major from Gregory. Wegner, the costumes crew chief; Lischefska; and Teri Nelson, a sophomore mass communications major from Sturgis are providing the costumes.

McDaris, the crew chief for lighting and sound, and Julia Geddes, a senior communication arts major from Rapid City, will be in charge of lighting and sound. Publicity and tickets will be handled by Schaller as crew chief and Varland.

Contact Al Sandau for more information at 642-6268. Tickets may be reserved by contacting the BHSU theatre box office at 642-6171 or emailing theatre@bhsu.edu the week of the play.

Christmas Concert will be Dec. 8 - Top

The BHSU Christmas Concert will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in 
Spearfish Dec. 8 at 2:30 p.m. 

The concert will feature the Concert Band, the Concert Choir, and the Black Hills Singers. The Dakota Chamber Orchestra will also accompany the choir on two numbers. 

The choirs will perform arrangements of familiar carols and the Concert Choir will end the program with a three movement piece called Hodie! by Omaha, Neb., composer 
Z. Randall Stroope.

BHSU Winter Art Show will be on display at Lead Art Center Dec. 6 through Jan. 10 - Top

A student art show, the BHSU Winter Art Show, will be on display at the Lead Art Center in the historic opera house on Main Street Dec. 6 through Jan. 10. 

A reception will be held Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. to open the show. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to attend.

The Winter Art Show is sponsored by the BHSU Art Department and the Historic Deadwood/Lead Arts Council. 

Construction is progressing at Black Hills State - Top

Construction is progressing on all three levels of the new music/academic building at Black Hills State University. Workers are taking advantage of the recent mild weather to pour concrete on the second and third floors of the area that will become faculty offices and conference room. These areas will soon be enclosed to allow for interior work throughout the winter.


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Black Hills Gold and the Black Hills Jazz Ensemble perform at recent jazz concert - Top 

Members of Black Hills Gold, under the direction of Steve Parker, and the Black Hills Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Randall Royer, entertain the audience with vocal and instrumental jazz arrangements at the recent jazz concert held Nov. 19 in the Student Union. 

BHSU students receive Optimist scholarships - Top

Two Black Hills State University students have been chosen to receive $500 scholarships from the Spearfish Optimist Club.

Each year the Optimist Club awards scholarships to Spearfish High School graduates who are attending BHSU.

Adam Zeigler, a political science major, is currently a member of the Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department. While at Spearfish High School, he was an Eagle Scout, a member of the varsity football 

and track teams and a participant in the "We the People" and the "Close Up" clubs. Zeigler serves as a DARE role model and is a member of the St. Josephs’ 

BHSU students Megan Carlson (left) and Adam Zeigler (right) accept their Optimist scholarship checks from Don Altmyer, BHSU faculty member and Optimist Club officer.

Youth Group. He also works full and part time to pay for his college tuition.

Megan Carlson, a general studies major, is a member of the campus Newman Club and an athletic trainer for BHSU. While attending Spearfish High School, she was a member of the basketball, volleyball, track and softball teams.  She was also a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Drama Club, Meals on Wheels, Relay for Life and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Carlson now works two jobs to pay for her college tuition.

The Optimists choose scholarship recipients based on the criteria of financial need and participation in local youth activities. In the last fiscal year, the Spearfish Optimist Club has approved more than $24,000 in financial assistance grants to over 40 local youth organizations. In addition to these two scholarships, BHSU recently received two $500 grants from the Optimist Club, one to the child care facility and one for the Green and Gold Club.

Sixth week standings in South Dakota Stock Market Simulation announced - Top

The markets were marginally positive this week with economic reports indicating that the consumer continues to spend while production in domestic factories declined. Although retail sales were flat in October, following a decline in September, after subtracting a drop in automobile sales, retail sales were actually up .7%. The Producer Price Index, an economic measurement of wholesale inflation trends was up 1.1% in October, surpassing market expectations. However, the increase was primarily in energy, food and automobile prices.


A total of 101 teams are currently participating in the fall simulation. Below is a list of the divisions. The top teams are given in each of the three divisions for week six of trading, as of Friday, Nov. 15.

The SDSMS is an educational program based on a real-life simulation of the stock market. This educational tool is offered cooperatively by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, and the BHSU Center for Economic Education.


For additional information contact Don Altmyer, SDSMS coordinator and associate professor in the College of Business and Technology, by mail at USB 9025, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9025; by phone at 642-6273; or by email at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu. Information may also be found on the SDSMS website at www.sdakotasms.com.

Thanks for supporting your National Guard forces - Top


Governor William Janklow requested this letter be shared with all employees in gratitude of the National Guard.


November 13, 2002

Black Hills State University
1200 University Street
Spearfish, SD  57799

Our nation is relying on its National Guard forces now more than ever.  As an employer of a soldier or airman, you continue to support our nation by allowing your Guard employees time off to serve.  It’s tough to have key people away from your business, but you have made a conscious decision to support our country by employing members of the Guard.  Thank you.

You hired them for the same reason we did.  They are talented, competent, and committed workers.  Recently, some of our men and women have been defending our country as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war against terrorism.  Others were in Bosnia as part of an air ambulance unit.  This last year, the Guard helped secure our airports and fight forest fires.  Each time they are called to protect us; you put the needs of our state and nation ahead of your own and allow them to go.  That’s quite a sacrifice.

It also places an added burden on your other employees who must step up to fill the void when one of our Guard is absent from the workplace. Like you, they are making sacrifices and supporting the defense of our country.  I am grateful to each of them, as well.

On 9-11, our patriotism swelled and we asked only how we could help America.  Many of us could only pray or donate money.  You were already supporting our nation substantially by employing citizen-soldiers, knowing full well they might be called to defend our country and us.  They’re willing to train for a job they hope they never have to do, and you are willing to employ them knowing they may be called away on a moment’s notice.

Our thanks to you and your employees for your tangible contributions to keeping America free by employing and filling in for members of the South Dakota National Guard.

Faculty Senate Minutes - Top

The Faculty Senate met on Oct. 16. Steve Babbitt, Tim Hightower, Monty Robinson, Susan Dana, Kristi Pearce, Vincent King, Barb Chrisman, David Wolff, Jim Hesson, Randy Royer, and Gary Haggerty were in attendance.

The agenda was approved and passed.

The minutes were approved and passed.

Old issues:

  • Dr. Flickema and Janeen Larsen presented a proposal to the senate for granting an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Johanna Meier to be awarded by Black Hills State University. A motion was made to approve, seconded, passed.
  • Tim Martinez presented to the senate on the honors program as it had been proposed previously. Discussion followed on how an honors program would be instituted and an outline proposal was developed. Babbitt will present this to Dr. Cook for his review.

  • David Salomon presented the problem of plagiarism and cheating on campus. He proposed a committee of faculty and students be formed to review cases as they arise. Salomon will look into how other universities handle this issue and will report back to the senate in three weeks. 

  • The Faculty Evaluation Committee will meet in two weeks, more on this at the next Faculty Senate meeting.

  • Babbitt presented to the senate the reason for a minor requirement. Discussion followed. There was a motion to keep the minor requirement at BHSU. The motion was seconded and passed.

New issues:

  • Questions as to the availability of a current Faculty Handbook were raised. Babbitt will contact the vice president’s office for a current handbook.

Motion to adjourn, seconded, passed.

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate will be Nov. 6.

The minutes were recorded and submitted by senate secretary Monty Robinson.

Minutes of the Graduate Council - Top

The Graduate Council met Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 309.

Present were Earley, Sujithamrack, Alsup, Silva, Salomon, Mueller, Erickson, and Molseed. Cook and Strand were absent.

Earley welcomed the new members.

Molseed reported on the Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI). Currently the program has eight cohorts of students, the latest cohort had taken their written exams last Saturday. There would be a new cohort in spring of 2003. This would be the third one online. The College of Education graduate faculty had decided to require a portfolio of all graduate students in the degree program and were working to implement that goal. There would be about 45-50 students hooded in the December graduation.

Sujithamrack said she would have a report on the Master of Science in Business Services Administration program in January.

Earley reported that the North Central Accreditation visit had gone well. The team had applauded the idea of a graduate council which spoke for the graduate faculty and also applauded the strength of the MSCI degree. The team did express a concern about the appointment of graduate faculty. Earley suggested that the council review various ways to address the issue. It was agreed that a committee of Silva as chair, Fuller, Erickson, and Molseed will meet and draw up a proposal for discussion of the council in January.

Earley reported the University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University were asking for a Master of Natural Science in Sioux Falls. Dr. Cook had indicated we should explore the option here and had created a committee for such purpose. Lamb is chair. Discussion followed with concern expressed that this degree and the MSCI would be competing for the same students. Earley noted this concern to forward to Cook. 

The next meeting will be Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 309.

University Curriculum Committee minutes - Top

The University Curriculum Committee met Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. 

Penny DeJong called the meeting to order. Members present were DeJong, Carol Hess, Joanna Jones, Christine Cremean, Susan Dana, Dick Hicks, Charles Follette, Tom Termes and David Calhoon.

First order of business:

  • Dr. Lyle Cook addressed the committee in order to outline some of the newer directives coming from the Board of Regents (BOR) regarding reducing/limiting the size of majors and minors, upper division credit limit on associate’s degrees (18), and other board directives. No committee action was requested. Cook was merely providing information so that the committee would be prepared and informed.

Minutes for the Oct. 18 meeting were approved.

Proposals from the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Experimental course notification - Social Psychology PSYC 241 was acknowledged.
  • Minor course modification - Request to change course title of  HUM 388 Readings in Non-Western Religions to Non-Western Religions was approved.
  • New course request - Western Religions HUM 387 was approved with some discussion about whether the BOR would approve additional general education courses.
  • New course request - PSYC 348 Psychology of Religion was approved.
  • Proposal for program modification to revise courses in the program for the major in Chemistry was approved with some discussion that the resulting credit increase may not meet with BOR approval.

Proposal from College of Business and Technology:

  • Proposal for program modification to revise courses in the associate's degree program in Tourism and Hospitality Management was approved.

The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Dec. 13.

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, Woodburn 218, or can be printed from their website

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 Friday, Dec. 6 at 12 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, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

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