Volume XXVII  No. 22 • May 30, 2003

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CSA position open - top

The following career service positions are open:

  • AV equipment coordinator, Ellsworth Air Force Base
  • computer support analyst, Computing Services
  • program assistant II, University Support Services

For additional information view the announcements at www.bhsu.edu/resources/jobs/ or contact the Human Resource Office.


RSVP receives $50,000 grant to continue program - top 

Black Hills State University recently received a $50,000 grant to continue sponsoring the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).

When BHSU became a sponsor of the RSVP program last year it was relocated to a site at the former Central Elementary School, 236 W. Jackson Blvd., in Spearfish. The RSVP program under the direction of Kathy Schneider has been in place since 1973 and was formerly sponsored by various health organizations.

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 local organizations. Volunteerism has been the foundation of RSVP since its inception. Currently there are more than 450 enrolled volunteers assisting nearly 74 non-profit groups.

The volunteers provide services to a variety of non-profit organizations in a three-county area. Volunteers have assisted at museums, the DC Booth Historic Fish Hatchery, nursing homes in several communities, hospitals, chambers of commerce, the Salvation Army, the humane society, the Matthews Opera House, libraries, a toy lending library, the police department, and several community organizations including AARP and the Red Cross and a local GED program. According to Schneider, RSVP has added 42 new volunteers and 10 new stations in the last year.

Schneider indicated that volunteers are available for any non-profit organization that wishes to use the program. RSVP’s priority is to assist frail elderly – doing special things for them – volunteering to help them with special needs, telephone reassurance, and other services.

RSVP operates with annual grant funding, some state funding as well as contributions from the cities of community. The program also does some fundraising, including a coupon donation program with Family Thrift Center and an annual bus trip for senior citizens.


Lyman High School graduate receives Nelson Scholarship to attend BHSU - top

Nicole Henriksen, a 2003 graduate of Lyman High School, was recently awarded the Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship at Black Hills State University. This four-year full-ride scholarship award provides tuition and fees as well as room and board for outstanding science or math students.

Henriksen, who plans to pursue a biology major and chemistry minor, is excited to begin her academic career at BHSU and plans to ultimately attend medical school to become a doctor.

“Black Hills State University is the perfect place for me to grow and learn,” Henriksen said. “I believe that attending BHSU will enable me to achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a medical doctor. I feel the high quality of the pre-medicine and science programs at BHSU will provide me with the necessary education to be accepted into medical school and will give me the opportunity to achieve my goals.”

Henriksen was selected based on her outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements in high school as well as recommendations from her teachers.

“Nicole’s scholastic achievement has been consistently top of the class,” one of her teachers wrote in a recommendation. “Her abilities have also earned her varsity spots in debate, volleyball and basketball. Nicole stands out as a young woman whose intellect and focus bring her to leadership and success in whatever group or activity she engages. Her dedication and determination, combined with her keen focus results in quality results in situations ranging from class work to debate to athletic competition.”

The Nelson scholarship, the largest endowment ever received by the university, was established when Joseph and Martha Nelson bequeathed nearly $1 million to BHSU. The Nelsons both attended Black Hills State and chose to create the scholarship in honor of former teachers Ida Henton, Evelyn Hesseltine and Mark Richmond.

Joe and Martha Nelson attended BHSU when it was known as Spearfish Normal School in the 20s. Martha was selected as Swarm Day Queen in 1927 and earned a teaching certificate. Joe earned a degree in education and served as assistant registrar and filled in as registrar during one summer. He taught at Faith High School and served as school superintendent there before going on to earn a master’s degree in organic chemistry and a doctorate in chemistry. He then did research, making synthetic rubber, detergents and other chemicals from petroleum, and assisted in starting up the butyl rubber plants at the beginning of World War II. Nelson was the inventor and co-inventor of 81 U.S. patents on chemicals, rubber and detergents made from rubber. After his death in 1995, at the age of 95, money from his estate was bequeathed to BHSU to establish the scholarship. The Nelson endowment also provides summer research fellowships and other research opportunities for BHSU students.

Henriksen joins an elite group of BHSU students and alumni who have received the prestigious Nelson Scholarship, including two recent graduates who have gone on to medical school, one who is attending graduate school in a physician assistant program, and two others who went on to graduate school in basic sciences. The scholarship is awarded each year to an incoming freshman student and is renewable for four years as long as the student successfully completes 16 credit hours with acceptable grade point average requirements.

Current BHSU undergraduate students who are receiving the Nelson scholarship include Kirsten Graslie, a sophomore biology major from Spearfish; Tasha Anderson, a junior chemistry major from Spearfish; Tyler Steinle, a senior math major from Sturgis; and Daniel Miller, a senior pre-medicine major from Parker.

Recent graduates who received the Nelson scholarship to fund their education and graduated with honors from BHSU include Nathan Steinle, a biology major from Sturgis who graduated in 2001 and is now one of the top-ranked students at USD medical school; Brett Theeler, a biology major from Mitchell who graduated in 2001 and is now attending medical school at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md.; Brenda Randall, a chemistry major from Spearfish who graduated in 1999; Brooke Klein, a biology major from Sundance, Wyo., who graduated in 2002; Rebecca Byer, Casper, Wyo., who graduated with a degree in mathematics this spring; and Kristine Phoenix Maggi, a biology major from Gillette, Wyo., who graduated in 1997 and is now a practicing physician assistant in gastroenterology in Casper, Wyo.


Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received May 22-28 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. 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.

  • Department of Education. Teacher Preparation (ED). The Education Department is inviting applications for consortia to help future teachers become proficient in using modern learning technologies. Deadline is June 23. For program information, see www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister. CFDA #84.342A.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Behavioral Therapies Development (NIDA/NIAAA). The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism are inviting applications to develop behavioral treatments for drug and alcohol abuse and dependence. Deadlines are June 1, Oct. 1 and Feb. 1. See http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-126.html for more information.


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 in the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 309, 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. Applications are now being accepted for faculty release time for spring 2004. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Thursday, May 29 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, Earl Chrysler, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 


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