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CSA position open - top
The following Career Service is open. This is a unit-specific
promotional announcement and is limited to Career Service employees of
the College of Business and Technology with Black Hills State
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For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin.
Current openings may also be viewed at www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.
Ribbon cutting held for
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|Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a new building on the Black Hills State
University campus, was officially opened as Clare Meier, one of the
founders of the Passion Play and namesake of the building, cut the
ceremonial ribbon yesterday.
Visitors were greeted by BHSU President Thomas Flickema
outlined the features
| of the new building noting the acoustically
and band rooms, faculty studios, soundproof practice
rooms, and 280-seat recital hall.
“This is a magnificent facility that will be a tremendous addition
to the campus and the entire community,” Flickema said.
|BHSU music faculty members and President Thomas Flickema watch as
Clare Meier, assisted by Guido Della-Vecchia and Johanna Meier, prepares
to cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the newest building on
the BHSU campus, the Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Shown, left to right,
are, Steve Parker, Chris Hahn, Della-Vecchia, Clare and Johanna Meier,
President Flickema, Janeen Larsen, Susan Hove-Pabst and Randall Royer.
| “We, at
Black Hills State, are dedicated to making the arts an important part of
life for all of our citizens and this building will play an important
role in that endeavor. For the first time, in the history of the
university, our music professors and students will have first-class
Johanna Meier, daughter of Clare and Josef Meier, who spoke on behalf
of the family, said, “this is a wonderful day for all of us.”
Johanna noted that Black Hills State, then known as Black Hills
Teachers College, was very supportive of the Passion Play when it first
came to Spearfish. In fact the first performances of the Passion Play,
which is now presented on a huge outdoor stage, were actually held in
Woodburn Auditorium on the campus.
“The rest, as they say, is history,” Johanna said. “Our history
began here and this music building is a part of the future. A music
building was a special dream for my father (Josef) and our family. It
was something that he talked about for years. Now we’ve been able to
achieve those goals.”
Johanna noted the importance of music in everyone’s life and cited
a recent news story indicating that children who are exposed to music
early in their lives scored high academically and that band and choir
students are less likely to show at-risk behaviors.
“Music serves a great purpose for everyone besides just enjoying
it,” Johanna said. “Music plays a part in educating the psyche.”
She reminded the audience that “the only enemy of the arts is
ignorance” and noted that this building will play a part in educating
many students in the future.
Spearfish mayor, Jerry Krambeck, also addressed the gathering noted
that the university is an important part of the Spearfish community and
that this building is a great addition.
“There are many things that make this a great community,”
Krambeck said. “This is yet another piece of the puzzle that makes
Spearfish a special place to live.”
Dakota state senators Jerry Apa and Marguerite Kleven also attended the
Following the ribbon cutting, the audience listened to a trumpet solo
by BHSU music faculty member Chris Hahn. Hahn performed an original
trumpet solo, “Fanfare,” that he wrote specifically for the opening
of Meier Hall with musical references to the building and the Meiers.
Clare and Josef Meier Hall, located in the center of the campus, is
an $8.25 million 44,919 square-foot building which includes a 280-seat
recital hall, choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms,
soundproof practice rooms, conference rooms, instrument storage areas,
keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices.
College of Business faculty members have moved their offices to the
third floor of the building. Faculty offices for members of the
Department of Humanities within the College of Arts and Sciences are
also located in the new building.
Tours of Clare and Josef Meier Hall will be given during Swarm Day
weekend, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
New faculty members at
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Black Hills State University welcomed several new faculty members
in preparation for the fall 2003 semester which begins Sept. 3. New
faculty include, front row, left to right, William Tinney, Jr.,
sociology; Natalie Doering, education; Ann Porter, art; Mary Rogers,
human services; Karen Mortimer, education; back row, left to right,
Jonathan Sampson, business; Bobbi Sago, special collections; Dan Bergey,
biology; Carrie LeBrun, business; Holly Stillson, mathematics; and Chang
Lee, tourism. Not pictured are John Scott, physical education/athletics;
Mark Nore, physical education/athletics; Pat Fackrell, physical
education/athletics; Jay Long, physical education/athletics; and Tori
Robbins, mass communications.
Athletic director Bud
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Bud Synhorst, athletic director at Black Hills State University, has
resigned to take a position as executive
director of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation in Omaha, Neb.
Synhorst, who has been at BHSU for just over a year, was hired as
athletic director in July 2002. He was previously the development
officer in the athletics department at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. In his new position, Synhorst, 31, will
oversee the day-to-day operations of the foundation and be in charge of
all annual and capital fund-raising for Metro College which includes
Synhorst expressed his
thanks to BHSU employees, faculty, and staff as well as members of the
community for their support of BHSU athletics during his time here. He
said he is excited about the new opportunity at Metro and cited personal
reasons for his desire to return to Nebraska.
“I will miss the
day-to-day interactions with the coaches and student-athletes at
BHSU,” Synhorst said. “I know that all of them will continue the
success of Yellow Jackets athletics.”
Thomas Flickema, BHSU
president, praised Synhorst for his work at BHSU and expressed
appreciation for all that he has contributed to BHSU athletics.
“Bud has moved us into
several exciting new areas of athletic fundraising,” Flickema said.
“I appreciate his energy and creative approaches. These qualities will
bring Bud continued success. We are sorry to see him leave, but
appreciate the contributions he has made.”
Steve Meeker, vice president
for institutional advancement at BHSU, will serve as interim athletic
director in addition to his other duties at the university. This will be
Meeker’s second stint as interim athletic director; he previously held
that position during the fall of 1993.
Meeker said he is looking
forward to a great year of athletics at BHSU.
Black Hills State Child
Care Center moves to a new location - top
|The Child Care Center at
Black Hills State University will host an open house at the new location
of the Child Care Center Sept. 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Child Care
Center has moved to the former Northern Hills Training Center at 630
South 32nd Street in Spearfish. The open house will provide
parents, children and community members an opportunity to view the new
The Child Care Center, which
has been a part of the campus since 1986, was relocated due to safety
concerns with the
location in basement of Wenona Cook.
former Northern Hills Training Center site was chosen because it offers
excellent facilities, is in move-in condition and meets the codes
necessary for the Child Care
|BHSU football players were among the volunteers who helped move the BHSU
Child Care Center to a new location last week. An open house is
scheduled for Sept. 4 at the new location in the former Northern Hills
Training Center in Spearfish.
| Center according to Dr. Judith
vice president for student affairs.
is pleased with the new arrangement and is glad that the center will
continue to provide child-care services for students, faculty and staff.
center was on the brink of closing. This would have displaced some 70
children the week before school opened, creating problems for parents
who may have had to consider dropping out of school,” Haislett said.
“The solution to this crisis has been a team effort.”
is an excellent example of how the community pulled together to find an
alternate location for our Child Care Center which will provide
excellent accommodations for the children,” said Jane Klug, director
of student services.
expressed her appreciation of Northern Hills Training Center executive
director, Fred Romkema, for his dedication and commitment to making this
new arrangement feasible in time for the fall semester.
Northern Hills Training Center just recently moved to a newly
constructed building at 625 Harvard Street in Spearfish.
Diane Mabey, director of the BHSU Child Care Center, said the new facility is
wonderful and she is looking forward to greeting the children and
parents in the new location.
just love the bright, big rooms. It’s a great facility and it really
meets our needs,” Mabey said. She indicated that the
drive from campus will be an adjustment but thinks that once people get
used it and see the benefits of the new facility they will realize
it’s certainly worthwhile.
said that the children at the center will continue to be involved in
activities on campus and that BHSU education students will continue
their learning activities at the center.
though we’ve moved, we will remain a part of the campus community. The
children here do special projects for the campus and we will continue to
work with the education students.” Mabey said.
expressed her thanks to all the people who helped move. A group of
volunteers, including parents, faculty and staff, community people, and
students including nearly 20 BHSU football players, were instrumental in
making the move efficient and quick.
had many people, including parents, faculty and staff and community
members, show up to help get moved,” Mabey said. “That was a huge
help to us and we now are looking forward to starting the year in our
The Child Care Center is a facility for the children of BHSU
students, faculty, and staff. The center currently has a staff of 23
people including two full-time employees, four part-time, and 17
work-study students majoring in early childhood, elementary or secondary
BHSU music faculty
perform at faculty inservice - top
BHSU music faculty
and friends were given a standing ovation for their performance during
faculty in-service this week. Trumpeter Christopher Hahn and pianist
Janeen Larsen were joined by singers Dewalea Alsup, Dean Peterson, Susan
Hove-Pabst and Stephen Parker, in the performance.
Last year in honor of the 100th
anniversary of the birth of Richard Rodgers, the music faculty members
created this presentation which includes selections from musicals by
Rodgers and Hart as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with
informative commentary about Rodgers’ life and work. Rodgers'
extraordinary contributions, in a career that spanned six decades,
influenced the direction of musical theatre. His hits ranged from
Hollywood to Broadway and beyond. In his lifetime Rodgers wrote more
than 900 songs and 40 musicals for Broadway and was honored with many
awards including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.
Soldiers from 842nd guard
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Several soldiers from the
842nd Engineer Company from Spearfish, including recent BHSU
graduate and former football player, Freddy Maseman, and BHSU students
Bryan Batien and Nathan Hedin, used their training and quick reaction to
help save four Iraqi children.
The 842nd is one of several South Dakota Army National
Guard units in Iraq. Although
they are trained to build roads the soldiers in 1st Platoon of the 842nd
used their lifesaving skills to help four Iraqi children who were
wounded by an unexploded ordinance (UXO) that detonated when the
children attempted to move it.
The following is an account put together by the National Guard Public
Affairs Office from the statements provided by those soldiers involved.
Spec. Jay Burns, and Staff
Sgt. Tim Mercy, of the 842nd, were two of the first to arrive at the
scene. Mercy stepped into a loader bucket and was lifted to the top of
the wall. He grabbed the children, one at a time and handed them to
other soldiers that had arrived at the scene.
Spec. Bryan Batien, a BHSU
psychology major from Wolsey, and Spec. Robert Carr, 842nd, began to
administer first aid to the children. Both soldiers had training as
combat lifesavers. Batien took the first child and started to administer
first aid. The child, who was by far the most critical, was suffering
from severe wounds to his entire body. The blast had taken away flesh
and muscle from his leg, torn flesh from his face to the point that his
jawbone was exposed and had created a large abdominal wound. Batien
proceeded to treat his remaining injuries with the assistance of Sgt.
Nathan Hedin, a BHSU business management major from Buffalo.
While Batien and Hedin
treated the wounds, Carr ran to the nearby medical aid station to notify
the ambulance of the incident. As the wounds of the first child were
being treated, the remaining children were brought over the wall one at
a time. Sgt. John Heinert, Spec. Fredrick Maseman, and Spec. Tyler Lusk
offered their help to get the children to a shaded area to be treated.
“When I saw the first
child, I thought he was going to die right there in his father’s
arms,” Maseman said. “I’ll never forget the way the kids were
looking at us as we helped them.”
The second child over the
wall had a puncture to his lung that created a sucking chest wound. This
child was also brought to Batien who immediately created a flutter valve
that allowed air to escape but protected the lung from further damage.
The child also had extensive cuts and was suffering from shock.
“The reaction of the
soldiers in the platoon is a testament to their values and the training
they have received. Without regard to their own personal safety, they
retrieved the children and treated them quickly. The lives of the
children were saved because of their quick reaction and training,”
said a National Guard public affairs representative.
The last report received on
the children stated that they were all alive and recovering at home. The
parents were grateful that the soldiers of the 842nd Engineer Company
were there to help.
Faculty and staff gather at
Ranch A for annual picnic - top
and staff were welcomed during the
annual BHSU faculty/staff picnic this week. New and returning faculty and staff met at
Ranch A, just across the Wyoming border, to get acquainted and enjoy a
catered meal. Attendees also had the opportunity to listen to music by
Brock Finn and participate in a disc golf contest. Winners of the door
prizes were: Jean Kennedy, Becky Haak, Jan Golliher, Jean Helmer, and
BHSU golden age activity
tickets available - top
Golden age activity tickets for Black Hills State University
activities are once again available at a cost of $10 per ticket.
The golden age activity pass admits senior citizens to all regular
athletic, theatre, music and other events at the university. Special athletic events such as tournaments or playoff
games are not included.
Tickets are available to anyone 65 years of age or older through the
president's office in Woodburn Hall room 201.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are the program materials received Aug. 21-28 in the Grants
Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office
at 642-6627 or email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin
board near the information desk.
- Sloan Research
Fellowships. Nominations for Sloan Research Fellowships,
supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are currently being
accepted. Up to $40,000 is available to each recipient for two-year
research projects in chemistry, computational and evolutionary
molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, or
physics. Nomination forms and additional information are available
on the foundation's website. Who may be nominated: faculty members
at a college or university in the United States or Canada who hold a
Ph.D. in one of the areas mentioned above or in a related
interdisciplinary field. Candidates must have received their Ph.D.
within the past six years. Awards are made to the institution at
which the fellow will conduct his or her research. The deadline is
Sept. 15. www.sloan.org
- Information and
Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. Letters of inquiry
for grants from the University of Maryland's Center for Information
and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement are being accepted for
research on the following topics: the civic education of students in
kindergarten through 12th grade; the civic engagement of youths; and
political participation and electoral engagement among young people.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available. More information, including a
detailed description of each of the three topic areas, is available
on the organization's Web site. Who may apply: organizations
classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
Revenue Code. Individuals with a tax-exempt sponsor are also
eligible. The deadline is Sept. 19. www.civicyouth.org
Leadership Program Fellowships. Applications are being accepted
for fellowships from the Environmental Leadership Program, which
works to strengthen environmental groups by training and developing
emerging leaders in the field. Each year, 20 environmental
professionals receive three-year fellowships that provide training,
project support, and a peer network. Fellows may come from various
backgrounds, including nonprofit organizations, business,
government, and higher education. The program includes four five-day
retreats over two years. Fellows may also be eligible to receive up
to $10,000 to design and conduct leadership-training programs for
others. Who may apply: residents of the United States or its
territories. Applicants should be relatively new to the
environmental field, with approximately three to 10 years of
professional experience or graduate studies. The deadline is Oct. 1.
- Women in Science U.S.
Fellowship Program November 1: Women (national). Applications
are being accepted for the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science U.S.
Fellowship program, which will award five grants of $20,000 each to
third- and fourth-year female graduate students and postdoctoral
researchers who are pursuing studies and research in computer
science, engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences.
Additional information and applications are available on L'Oreal's
Web site. Who may apply: women who are U.S. citizens or permanent
residents and who are in their third or fourth year of graduate
studies and enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program, or who are
postdoctoral researchers. Applicants must plan on pursuing their
fellowship work at a nonprofit institution. The deadline is Nov. 1. www.lorealusa.com/fwis/fwis_home.aspx
- Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. Letters of
intent to apply for grants of up to $400,000 for research and
evaluation projects through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's
Substance Abuse Policy Research Program are being accepted. Research
projects should examine policies designed to reduce the harm caused
by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs in the United
States. Additional information is available on the program's Web
site. Who may apply: researchers and scholars working in criminal
justice, economics, law, medicine, political science, public health,
sociology, and other behavioral and policy sciences. Preference is
given to applicants affiliated with public agencies or organizations
that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue
Code and are not private foundations as defined under Section
509(a). Letters of intent are due Nov. 7. The deadline for receipt
of full proposals from those invited to apply is March 15, 2004. www.saprp.org
- Chemical Sciences
Teacher-Scholar Awards. Nominations are being accepted for the
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation's Camille Dreyfus
Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, which supports faculty members in
the chemical sciences who demonstrate outstanding individual
research attainment and promise. Institutions that grant bachelor's
degrees or higher in biochemistry, chemical engineering, or
chemistry may nominate one faculty member who holds a full-time
tenure-track academic appointment in a department focused on the
chemical sciences, and who is within the first five years of his or
her independent academic career. In general, 15 awards of $60,000
each are made annually. Additional information and nomination forms,
which must be submitted online, are available on the foundation's
Web site. Who may nominate: department chairs or other appropriate
institutional representatives familiar with the qualifications of
the nominees. The deadline is Nov. 14. www.dreyfus.org
- W.M. Keck Foundation
Science Grants. Letters of inquiry for grants from the W.M. Keck
Foundation, which supports programs in science, engineering, and
medical research, as well as innovative instruction and research at
leading liberal-arts colleges, are being accepted. Additional
information, including detailed instructions for submitting letters
of inquiry, is available on the foundation's website. Who may apply:
four-year colleges and universities, medical schools, and major
independent research institutions in the United States.
Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not as a private
foundation under Section 509(a). The deadline is
Nov. 15. www.wmkeck.org
- National Endowment for
Financial Education Grants. Proposals are being accepted for
grants from the National Endowment for Financial Education for
programs to educate the public - especially young people and members
of underserved, low-income groups - on how to better manage personal
finances. Proposed projects should encourage personal savings and
investment as a means to financial security. Grants are not
available for fund-raising efforts, general operating expenses, or
political activities. The average grant is $50,000. More information
is available on the organization's website. Who may apply:
organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under Section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that propose projects
designed to increase knowledge about personal finances. The deadline
is Feb. 3. www.nefe.org
Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program. The
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES)
is requesting applications for the Regional Integrated Pest
Management Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2004 to
support the continuum of research and extension efforts needed to
increase the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM)
methods. The Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program supports
projects that develop individual pest control tactics, integrate
individual tactics into an IPM system, and develop and implement
extension education programs. The program is administered by the
land-grant university system’s four regions (North Central,
Northeastern, Southern, Western) in partnership with CSREES. In FY
2004, CSREES anticipates that approximately $855,000 will be
available for support of the Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program
- North Central Region (NC-IPM). Of this amount, approximately
$585,000 is expected to be available for research projects, $85,000
for extension projects and $185,000 for joint research-extension
projects. The deadline is Oct. 17. A letter of intent to submit an
application must be received by close of business (COB) on Sept. 19
(5 p.m. Central Time). An application will not be accepted if this
requirement has not been met. www.usda.gov
Faculty research funds
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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 309, or can be
printed from the committee 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 Sept. 19 at noon.
Applicants are encouraged to contact 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.