Volume XXVII  No. 4 • Jan. 24, 2003

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Black Hills State to host recital in honor of Women's History Month - top

As a part of the March celebration of Women’s History Month, the Black Hills State University music department will present the recital, “WomanSong: Sister Groups,” March 29 at 2 p.m. in Deadwood.


This recital is the second of a series, following last year’s “WomanSong: Torchsingers.” The recital represents research conducted by Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, BHSU associate professor of music, on the popular American singing groups of the 1920s-60s which were comprised of singing sisters.

“Siblings often sang together at home, gathering around a piano, radio, or phonograph. Usually they were active in the music of their church, school, and community.  Some were trained musicians while others were self-taught or parent-taught. Although many sisters performed, a small percentage of them were ‘discovered’ for a radio program or a vaudeville show (or in later years television),” according to Hove-Pabst.

“For those who did become career musicians, radio, television, stage shows, films, and recordings all played an important role. In the 1920s and 30s the Boswell Sisters were described by the “Popular Songs” magazine as ‘the foremost harmony team of the world…Yowzah!’  They were followed by the Andrews Sisters, who were the musical embodiment of the war years of the 1940s. The King Sisters’ popularity overlapped the earlier groups and the McGuire Sisters, who were popular in the 1950s. In the 1950s and 60s the Lennon Sisters were a part of Americana, entering our homes by way of the Lawrence Welk Show every Saturday night,” Hove-Pabst said.

The recital will include harmonized songs popularized by these groups.  Hove-Pabst will serve as music director. Vocalists performing include Hove-Pabst, Dewalea Alsup, an area musician who has previously performed with BHSU groups, Leslie Spiers, a BHSU graduate who is now a Spearfish elementary teacher; along with Carol Olson Rye and Helene Haakenson Olson. The trio of Rye, Olson, and Hove-Pabst is a reunion for three singers who first performed as a trio in the 1960s as the Tioga Teen Toppers and were also part of the Tioga, N.D., high school choral program.

Stephen Parker, BHSU assistant music professor, and C. Ron Wiley, adjunct faculty member, will join in selected numbers.  Lori Miller, BHSU adjunct faculty member, will be the pianist and will be joined by Randall Royer, BHSU associate music professor, on guitars and woodwinds and Christopher Hahn, BHSU music instructor, on trumpet.

Jake’s at the Midnight Star in Deadwood is once again hosting the WomanSong recital. The recital is open to the public. There is no admission charge and reservations are not being taken. There will be refreshments available for purchase.

For more information contact Hove-Pabst at 642-6230.

ABWA announces Black Hills State University scholarships - top

The Northern Black Hills Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is taking applications for female students who plan to attend Black Hills State University during the fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters. A total of four ABWA $600 scholarships are available with distribution of $300 each semester.

Applications may be obtained at the BHSU Enrollment Center and the Spearfish High School guidance office. Application deadline is Feb. 28, 2003.

Scholarships are made available each year through the ABWA annual STRUT fundraiser. This relay race is sponsored each fall by area businesses that contribute money, beams, and prizes to raise dollars for scholarships.

For more information, please contact Sharon Allen at 717-1229 or 642-3430.

Instructional and Information Services offers technology related workshops - top

Instructional and Information Services will once again offer technology related workshops for faculty and staff. Most workshops will focus on one or two topics within one of the Microsoft applications such as Word, Excel or Access or cover topics related to using classroom technology, the library, or Graphic and Media Services.

The first workshop, "Excel Tips," will offer two sessions, 8 to 9 a.m. and 2 to 3 p.m.,  Friday, Jan. 31. Both sessions will meet in Room 004 in the basement of the library. The course will cover formatting, functions and other editing tips. Participants should be familiar with Microsoft Excel. 

Enrollment is limited to 12 for each workshop session. Those interested in attending the workshop should contact Arnie Hemmingson by email at arniehemmingson@bhsu.edu

Graduate Council minutes - top

The Graduate Council met Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 309.

Earley, Molseed, Sujithamrack, Mueller, Erickson, and Silva were present. Absent were Alsup, Cook, Fuller, and Salomon.

Silva reported that her subcommittee had developed procedures and guidelines for becoming a graduate faculty member.

The council agreed that the proposed rules would be distributed to faculty, the Council of Deans, the vice president for Academic Affairs, and the president for input prior to adoption at the February meeting. Chair thanked Silva, Molseed, Fuller, and Erickson for their work.

A motion was made and seconded to raise the TOEFL cutoff score to 530 in line with the undergraduate cutoff. Motion passed.

Molseed reported there was a new MSCI cohort started which is totally on-line.

Molseed also mentioned that NCATE is coming in February.

Regarding the MSBSM Sujithamrack reported:

  • The number of graduate students in BSM is slightly down this year.
  • In the process of evaluating current prerequisites for all courses and the option of some prerequisites, in terms of UG courses for non-business UG majors.
  • We have developed new recruiting brochures and posters that will be sent to schools in South Dakota as well as the surrounding region.
  • We should have at least four to five externally funded assistantships available next fall.

Molseed reported that we have a problem in that students must march in graduation prior to fulfilling many of the courses. This is particularly true of those who complete their degree in the summer but must march in May. Molseed will bring a recommendation to the committee in February.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received Jan. 9 through Jan. 22 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • US Department of Education. FIPSE. The Education Department’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education seeks applications to address four priorities to improve postsecondary education opportunities. ED particularly invites projects that:
    1. Improve the quality of K-12 teaching through new models of teacher preparation and new kinds of IHE/school partnerships that enhance students’ preparation for, access to and success in college;
    2. Promote innovative curriculum/instruction reforms at the college preparation, undergraduate, graduate and professional levels, including the area of civic education, especially through student-centered or technology-mediated strategies, and;
    3. Design cost-effective ways to improve postsecondary instruction and operations; and
    4. Support new ways and encourage wider adoption of proven approaches to ensuring equal access and increased retention for students underrepresented in postsecondary education.
  • National Science Foundation. Centers for Learning and Teaching. The National Science Foundation is inviting applications for partnerships between higher education institutions and K-12 schools and school districts to increase the quality of teacher preparation, classroom practice and research in elementary, secondary and informal science and math education. Deadline is Feb. 28 for optional letters of intent and April 24 for applications. www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03522/nsf03522.htm
  • State Farm Companies Foundation. Priority school grants go to colleges and universities undertaking insurance studies, actuarial science and financial services studies. Deadline: None. Requests exceeding $100,000 are considered quarterly.  www.statefarm.com/foundati/foundati.htm

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 the 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, Jan. 31 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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