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.
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
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
“Immediately the kidney started working for
Jennifer,” Ellen said. “She never had any signs of rejection or any
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
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
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.
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.”
Klug, director of student services, echoes the sentiment across campus
as she enthusiastically welcomes Ellen back to her desk in the Student
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
The new assistive technology
| 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
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 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
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.”
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.
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 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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com the week of the play.
Christmas Concert will be Dec. 8 - Top
The BHSU Christmas Concert will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church
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
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.
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.
students receive Optimist scholarships - Top
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.
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
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’
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.
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information may also be found on the SDSMS website at www.sdakotasms.com.
for supporting your National Guard forces - Top
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.
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
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.
- 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.
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
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
Currently the program has eight cohorts of students, the latest cohort had taken their written exams last
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
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
- 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
The meeting was adjourned at 4 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for
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