Volume XXVII  No. 42 • Oct. 24, 2003

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Resignations - top

  • Fawn Homestead, Child Care Center
  • Gerry Pabst, Graphics and Media


CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Custodial worker, Facilities Services
  • Food service supervisor (two positions), Dining Services
  • Secretary with keyboarding (part-time), Human Resources

For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin or the ad may be viewed at www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.


Wolff releases book in Mining the American West Series - top

Dr. David A. Wolff, assistant history professor at Black Hills State University, recently authored a book detailing events that shaped the Western coal industry.

The book, Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914, is a part of the Mining the American West Series published by the University Press of Colorado. In the book, Wolff discusses two defining moments of Western coalfield labor relations: Wyoming’s Rock Springs Massacre of 1885 and Colorado’s Ludlow Massacre of 1914.

Wolff places the deadly conflicts and strikes in the context of the Western coal industry from its inception in 1868 to the age of maturity in the early 20th century. He studies the emergence of coalfield labor relations and gives a general overview of the role of coal mining in the American West.

Copies of Industrializing the Rockies are available by calling 1-800-627-7377. Visit www.upcolorado.com for more information.

Wolff received his master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1998. 


Fuqua authors two articles to be published in North Dakota Quarterly - top

Two articles written by Dr. Amy Fuqua, assistant English professor at Black Hills State University, will be published in North Dakota Quarterly.

The articles, “Muckrakers, Pioneers, Neighbors: Progressive Politics in Willa Cather’s Fiction” and “Huck’s Sons: Community Ethic and the Comic Way in Kent Meyers’s The River Warren,” will be featured in upcoming issues of North Dakota Quarterly.

In “Muckrakers, Pioneers, Neighbors: Progressive Politics in Willa Cather’s Fiction,” Fuqua explores the connection between Cather’s works of fiction and her work as a journalist and editor for McClure’s Magazine, which, as a part of the so-called muckraking movement, sought to bring about reform in business and government by exposing corruption and documenting the impoverished conditions of urban laborers.

Fuqua’s essay argues that the politics of McClure’s was formative for Cather and that her necessary escape from journalism was not an escape from politics, as most have assumed. Fuqua traces Cather’s ongoing dialogue with the progressive politics of her time from her first novel, Alexander’s Bridge, published in 1912, to Obscure Destinies, a collection of three stories, published in 1932.

According to Fuqua, two Faculty Research Grants made this project possible: one grant to travel to the University of Chicago to study original copies of McClure’s Magazine and the other to study the unpublished papers of S.S. McClure housed at the Lily Library at Indiana University.

“Huck’s Sons: Community Ethic and the Comic Way in Kent Meyers’ The River Warren” considers The River Warren in relation to the agrarian vision of literature expressed by essayist Wendell Berry. Berry argues that American literature has worsened a serious problem in American culture: that of valuing individualism over social responsibility. He says that writers should focus on “the beloved community” - on “common experience and common effort on a common ground to which one willingly belongs.”

Fuqua’s article argues that Meyers’ fiction does just that. It suggests that The River Warren is not only an example of responsible agrarian fiction, as Berry defines it, but that it explores the dramatic shift in perception that is necessary for restoring a viable community ethic.

Fuqua received her master’s degree in English from James Madison University and her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1998. 


Miller presents at annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education - top

Dr. Roger Miller, associate professor of geography at Black Hills State University, recently presented a paper at the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Using multimedia technology, Miller presented his paper, “Incorporating Japanese Studies in the Geography Curriculum.” The foundation for his presentation was his one-month Sasakawa Fellowship to San Diego State University in June and a recent visit to BHSU by students from Gifu City Women’s College in Japan. Both experiences were catalysts for a substantial injection of Japanese culture into the undergraduate program at BHSU, specifically for the World Regional Geography and Introduction to Geography courses.

Miller discussed the Japan Studies Institute at San Diego State University, which featured lectures, workshops, and several tourism opportunities for the 20 participants in the course. Various Japanese arts were demonstrated, and Japanese language lessons and calligraphy lessons in the writing systems of Hiragana and Katakana were provided. The participants also had the opportunity to sample Japanese cuisine from various restaurants in the area. Miller currently has request forms for application to next year's fellowship.

He also talked about the visit to BHSU of students from the Gifu City Women’s College in Japan. The Gifu students learned about the culture of the Midwest from English and area history classes in addition to their stays with American host families. The students also had a chance to visit several area attractions. Reciprocal visits by BHSU students to Gifu are planned for June 2004.

Miller received his master’s degree in geography and his doctor of education in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1991. 


Meek appears on business television news show - top

Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology, recently appeared as a guest on a business television news show on KNBN.

Meek’s appearance on the show originally aired this fall and will be repeated this Saturday, Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Meek was a guest on the “Business Report” hosted by Ben Boyett on KNBN as a part of the News Center 1 programming.

During the interview, Meek discussed the business program at BHSU. He noted that BHSU has the largest business department in the state and that the graduate business program has recently been restructured and now offers a graduate degree with an option of five emphasis areas. He also noted that many business courses are available online or by other distance delivery options.

See an excerpt of Meek’s appearance.


David St. John joins Black Hills State University coaching staff - top

David St. John recently joined the Black Hills State University coaching staff as assistant track and field and assistant cross country coach.

St. John most recently served two years as head track coach at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. Previously he served as assistant coach at Middle Tennessee University, Oral Roberts University and Arkansas University.

“I know that Scott runs a successful program and he has fun while he’s doing it,” St. John said. “Those were some of the reasons I wanted to come here. I’m glad to be a part of this program.”

Scott Walkinshaw said he is pleased to have David helping out with the program.

“David is a great addition to our program,” Walkinshaw said. “What impresses me most about him is that he has expertise in a lot of areas.”

St. John, who began his coaching and teaching duties this fall, has known Scott Walkinshaw, BHSU head track coach, for many years. St. John used to recruit high school athletes from Odessa,Texas, where Walkinshaw was then coaching, for the track program at Oral Roberts University when St. John was an assistant coach there.

As assistant coach at BHSU, St. John would like to help get the track and field team elevated to the level that Walkinshaw has achieved with the cross country team. St. John has high expectations for this season.

“I think we are going to see some school records broken,” St. John said. “The athletes are working hard, they have incredible attitudes and there’s a lot of talent here.”

He expects to see records fall in sprints, jumps and hurdles.

St. John received his undergraduate degree at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and his master’s degree from Middle Tennessee University in Mufreesboro. Besides serving as assistant coach, St. John teaches health classes at BHSU.

St. John and his wife, Kimberly, who taught golf for many years and is now a stay-at-home mother and Mary Kay businesswoman, have a four-year-old son, Gunner. 


Meier Hall will be open for tours and a special public performance - top

The newest building on the Black Hills State University campus, Clare and Josef Meier Hall, will be open Saturday, Oct. 25 for tours, a silent auction and the first public performance in the new recital hall.

The public is invited to take a tour of the new building from 2-5 p.m. The first public performance in the new recital hall will follow that evening at 7:30 p.m. when BHSU alumni and friends take the stage in a fundraising concert.

Performers include: Andrea Fischer Elwess, Karen Blunk, Dean Peterson, Janeen Larsen, Priscilla Romkema, Angie O’Shea, Dan O’Shea, Lori Miller, Dick Dittman, Carol Reausaw, Bob Golay, Dewalea Alsup, Leslie Spears, Randall Royer, Dick Rausis, Lyle Berry, Doug Ruhnow, Paul Young, Lorrie Redfield, Patti Crofutt Schladweiler, Nikki Miller, Tom Loff and Scott Bellew.

The concert is open to the public with a recommended donation of $10. Proceeds will be used to fund music scholarships. Advance tickets are available by calling 642-6133. Tickets will also be available at the door. Alumni and friends will gather at the Bay Leaf Café in Spearfish following the concert.

Meier Hall was designed and built to be a state-of-the-art music facility for BHSU students and the entire community. Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, points out that this building is a key element in Black Hills State University’s effort to enhance the role of the fine arts in enriching the cultural life of the entire region.

Music has been an integral part of the BHSU campus since the early years of the school and Meier Hall is a welcome addition to the campus. The $8.25 million building, which is nearly 45,000 square-feet, includes a 280-seat music recital hall, band and choir rooms, practice rooms, classrooms, faculty offices and studios. The classrooms include video projection computers and Internet access. There is also an outdoor stage for special campus performances.

In just over a year, the construction of Meier Hall, located in the center of campus, has dramatically changed the layout and appearance of the entire campus. The new open campus green area is enhanced by special lighting and landscaping.

The new building was named in honor of Clare and Josef Meier, founders of the Black Hills Passion Play, whose family has provided decades of arts leadership for the entire Black Hills region.


BHSU will host Home-Based Business Conference next week - top

Black Hills State University will host a home-based business conference Tuesday, 
Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame Room.

The Home-Based Business Conference will provide a starting point for individuals interested in opening or improving a home-based business. Topics include the basics on starting a home-based business and the tools for marketing a home-based business professionally. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to interact with existing home-based business owners.

Megan Pederson, program manager for the Center for Women Business Institute states, “The intent of the Home-Based Business Conference is to give people the tools and know-how from the beginning of their business to increase their odds of survival and success in the future.”

According to Priscilla Romkema, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU and director for the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, home-based businesses are becoming more popular as advances in information technology allow people to operate their businesses in ways that better fit their lifestyle needs.

The BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, the University of Sioux Falls Center for Women Business Institute, and the BHSU Chapter of Students in Free Enterprise are sponsoring the conference.

To register, contact the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at 642-6091 or priscillaromkema@bhsu.edu on or before Friday, Oct. 24. The registration fee is $25. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations for this event should call
642-6091 at least 48 hours prior to the start of the conference.


Retired Justice Amundson will speak at BHSU on the election of state judges - top

Retired state Supreme Court Justice Robert Amundson will present, “Reflections on the Election of State Judges,” Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room on the Black Hills State University campus.

The presentation will focus on the proposal that has recently been put forward for a constitutional amendment aimed at replacing the direct election of Circuit Court Judges in South Dakota with gubernatorial appointment. A question and answer period will follow Amundson’s address.

Amundson served the state of South Dakota as a circuit court judge for four years and as a Supreme Court justice for 11 years. Earlier in his career Amundson worked as an attorney with the Lead and Spearfish law firm that is now known as Tellinghuisen, Gordon & Percy.

Amundson will remain on campus Oct. 30 to meet with students and faculty to discuss various legal topics and the role of the courts in South Dakota and the United States.

BHSU students, staff and faculty are invited to attend his address, as are members of the local community. Refreshments will be provided. BHSU, the College of Arts and Sciences and the BHSU Pre-Law Club are sponsoring Amundson’s visit. Contact Timothy Martinez, political science professor at BHSU, at 642-6246 for more information. 


Six Mile Road will perform at Black Hills State University - top

The blue-grass and new-grass band, Six Mile Road, will perform at Black Hills State University Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Six Mile Road is a four-piece group consisting of Trappor Masson, a BHSU student who plays banjo; Emilee Schulte, a BHSU student who plays bass; Jake Jackson, who plays guitar and fiddle; and Dan Cross, a 1998 BHSU graduate, who plays the mandolin.

The public is invited to attend at no charge. For more information call Greg at
645-0558. This event is sponsored by the fine arts committee of the University Programming Team at BHSU. 


Dakota Chamber Orchestra presents fall concert - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the campus of Black Hills State University, will present their fall concert Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The program will feature music by Mozart, Debussy, Mussorgsky, Bach, Beethoven, and Vivaldi.

This marks the fifth season for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Randall Royer, associate professor of music at BHSU. The orchestra provides an outlet for area string players to come together, play music and improve their skills.

For additional information call Royer at 642-6255.


Flu shots available in November for state employees - top

Flu shots will be offered for state employees Tuesday, Nov. 4; Wednesday, Nov. 5; and Thursday, Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Members of the state health care plan can schedule an appointment for a free flu shot by calling Student Health Services at 642-6520. There are approximately 200 doses available. 


BHSU students teach the "ropes of life" to middle school students - top

Nate Cina, Black Hills State University student, demonstrates how to cross the ‘human ladder’ with a group of Spearfish eighth grade students. 

Black Hills State University physical education students recently spent a day teaching local middle school students the “ropes of life” at a specially designed course on campus that includes several stations with elements to present physical and mental challenges.

These elements have been designed to encourage students to collaborate better as 
a team, encourage effective communication skills and utilize leadership skills. The BHSU students planned the day-long event which included a visit by approximately 150 Spearfish eighth grade students.

According to Betsy Silva, who teaches the skills concept physical education lecture and lab class at BHSU, the event is a good learning experience for both the university students and the middle school students.

“The university students schedule and
develop the activities, practice teaching techniques and also develop communication skills with middle school students. The students also learn patience, motivation skills, and how to adapt to various skill levels and interest levels,” Silva said.

The “ropes of life” elements provided several unique learning experiences for the middle school students as they had the opportunity to practice challenge by choice, collaboration, leadership and communication skills.

One of the stations was the “x-game” element, which challenges a pair of students to traverse cables that form an “X” by relying on one another for balance and support. When the students reach the middle they must switch sides and continue.

Another element, “the wild woosey,” is shaped in a triangle, with ropes provided for support. Participants walk along their own cable and the triangle widens with only a single rope that is attached to the tip to help balance them. Once the students reach the bottom of the triangle, they must cross over one another on a single cable and finish around to the opposite side of the element.

Students also participated in the “human ladder.” This activity teaches trust and safety through responsibility as students select partners and hold opposite ends of a hard wooden dowel. The groups line up holding their rung of the ladder, while one member climbs across the ladder that is being supported by the group.

Black Hills State University students Laura Burcham and Ken Christianson help “spot” eighth-grade students on the “x-game” element during a recent “ropes of life” learning experience on campus.











Students participate in roadside clean up as part of Stay-On-Campus Weekend - top

More than 20 Black Hills State University students and several staff members took part in a community roadside cleanup recently as a part of Stay-On-Campus Weekend.

Nine BHSU student organizations enjoyed the beautiful, unseasonably warm fall weather while they worked together to clean up a portion of Maitland Road, which is a county road that links Spearfish and Lead-Deadwood.

Emily Varland, BHSU student who is the special events coordinator for the University Programming Team Stay on Campus weekends, organized the cleanup event. Approximately 45 bags of garbage were collected in a five-mile stretch of the road. Residents along the way came out of their homes to offer their appreciation and thanks.

Participating BHSU student organizations included the BHSU Reading Council; Lakota Omniciye; the Lorax Society; Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); Fantastic Phalanges Sign Language Club; the University Programming (UP) Team; the English Club; the Student Support Services Club; and the Student Senate.

Individuals volunteering their time for this community service project were: Manuela Dietrich, Rodney Jacobs, Ken Fisher, Scott Pies, Andrea Steele, Wilde L.M. Asimont, Susan Hupp, Lillian VanVlack, Jill Spinar, Jenny Thill, Emily Varland, Madelaine Erickson, Karri Haye, Jordyn Haye, Greg Bischoff, Darwin Haerer, Joanna Jones, John Fitzgerald, Jace Decory, T. Tolman, Patrick Fink, and Ellen Melaragno.

To help with the cause, BHSU Facilities Services donated garbage bags and gloves; BHSU Dining Services donated containers of water, lemonade and cups, Perkins Restaurant donated a variety of muffins, and Applebee’s donated discounted lunches.

The next Stay-On-Campus Weekend is scheduled for Nov. 21-23. Planned activities include a presentation by comedian Dan Levy and a hot dog roast. 


Faculty Senate minutes from Sept. 17 meeting - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Sept. 17. 

Present were Timothy Hightower (President), Randy Royer (Vice President), Jim Hesson, Barb Chrisman, Curtis Card, Amy Fuqua, Christine Shearer-Cremean (Secretary), Timothy Martinez (Proxy for David Wolff), Earl Chrysler, Kristi Pearce, and Steven Andersen.

Tim Hightower called the meeting to order. The proposed agenda was reviewed and approved. An approval of the minutes from the April 16, 2003, meeting was passed.

New Issues

  • As the President and Vice-President of the Senate were elected in the spring semester, the sole office to be filled was that of secretary. After an extended period of contemplation, Christine Shearer-Cremean was given that honor.
  • New Faculty Mentors: David Wolff is currently working on the faculty mentor program. It was offered that faculty senate members should introduce themselves to new faculty.
  • Developing New Faculty Handbook, including a phone book and travel request form, was discussed. It was decided that the Faculty Senate would take up this task during the 2003/2004 academic year. David Wolff agreed to chair a faculty handbook committee, and that Dan Farrington had offered to grant assistance, in the form of additional funds or a course release for the chair of this committee. Faculty willing to offer help David Wolff with this project were encouraged to see him.
  • The development of a computer handbook for faculty was discussed, a handbook that would be in print form. The Senate discussed various issues related to the development of a computer handbook. The function of the Technology/Computer Committee was discussed, and the mission statement of that committee was referenced. The Senate decided that for the next meeting, senators would bring various questions and concerns from the faculty relevant to the computer staff and computer use.
  • Council of Deans: The need for a Faculty Senate member to sit in on Deans’ meetings was discussed. The decision of who would attend these weekly meetings was postponed until schedules could be assessed and coordinated.
  • Improvement of Summer School: In the near future David Salomon will be giving a report regarding students’ interest in summer school and how summer school can be improved at this institution.
  • Collaboration with SDSMT: The Senate discussed how faculty here at BHSU might be proactive regarding the merging of the two schools.
  • Connected to the merging of BHSU and SDSMT, Faculty Senate discussed inviting Dr. Flickema to a Senate meeting in order to discuss the complex issues surrounding this merger.
  • Faculty Evaluation Document: It was discussed that since this new document is in place, faculty should be advised to use it like a checklist as they prepare their Appendix F files. It was agreed that the Faculty Evaluation form is a working document, and discussion about it should be ongoing.
  • There was no report from the Plagiarism committee.
  • Concerns have been raised regarding how faculty who participate in Prep Days might be more effectively appreciated. This issue will be an item of discussion this semester.

Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, and it was almost 5 o’clock, a motion to adjourn was made.


Faculty Senate minutes from Oct. 1 meeting - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Oct. 1.

Present were Timothy Hightower (president), Randy Royer (vice president), Jim Hesson, Barb Chrisman, Kristi Pearce, Curtis Card, Christine Shearer-Cremean (secretary), David Wolff, Earl Chrysler, and Steve Andersen. Tom Flickema was a guest at the meeting.

  • The meeting was called to order.
  • The recent newspaper article about the BHSU-Mines report was discussed.
  • Flickema arrived at 3:30 p.m.
    • He provided an overview of the South Dakota Opportunities program, which calls for economic and academic development for the state of South Dakota.
    • He emphasized his commitment to maintain Black Hills State University’s role as the multi-purpose, liberal arts institution in west river, South Dakota.
    • Flickema encouraged all faculty to submit their suggestions or concerns directly to him, either as a group or or individually.
    • Faculty Senate thanked Flickema for coming.
  • The agenda for the meeting was approved.
  • The senate discussed the academic computer committee, and how a representative from the Faculty Senate for that committee would be beneficial. Fred Nelson had accepted the senate’s invitation to visit, to be scheduled later.
  • The new faculty handbook will include a section on computing issues.
  • It was suggested that a representative from the Faculty Senate also participate in the University Assessment Committee. It was agreed that Amy Fuqua would be asked if she would like to join that committee.
  • Wolff summarized the last deans’ meeting.
  • Randy Royer submitted the following committee information. New committee appointees approved by the Senate are underlined:
    • Appointments Committee (Faculty Senate)
      Mission: The Appointments Committee will supervise the filling of vacancies and the election to all Senate Committees. They will keep appropriate records of the terms of office. Also, they will be in charge of keeping a file of the official records of all committee minutes. At the end of every year the committee will file a copy of all official records with 
      the BHSU Library Archives. One faculty member will be appointed from each college.
      Membership: Susan Dana, Business & Technology; Carol Hess, Education; Randall Royer, VP of Faculty Senate (Chair, non-voting); Roger Ochse, Arts & Sciences.
    • Campus Safety and Facilities Committee (VP Finance & Administration)
      Mission: The Campus Safety and Facilities Committee is a standing 
      committee of the University that reports to the vice president for finance and administration (vpfa). The committee shall advise the vpfa on the react to the current conditions of and any proposed changes in the following matters: campus building and grounds, safety and handicapped accessible, campus design and appearance.

      The University shall appoint ad hoc committees to advise it on matters of new building construction or major renovations of existing buildings. When such ad hoc committees are formed, they shall report their findings 
      in writing jointly to the vice president for finance and administration and the campus safety and facilities committee. The standing committee shall forward a written report along with the report of the ad hoc committee.
      Membership: Verona Beguin, Faculty Member, appointed by the Faculty Senate for a three year term, 2004; Riley Chrisman Faculty Member, appointed by the Faculty Senate for a three year term, 2005; Holly Downing, Deans' Council Representative; Mike Isaacson, Director of Residence Life & Judicial Officer; Kathy Johnson, Chair VP Finance & Administration; Art Jones, Director Facilities Services; Jane Klug, Director Student Services; Cheryl Leahy, CSA Member, appointed by the CSA Council for a two year term, 2003; Joan Wermers, Disability Services Advisor.
    • Curriculum Committee (Faculty Senate)
      Mission: The Curriculum Committee will be responsible for studying, approving, and making recommendations to the Senate concerning any changes made in the curriculum in any area of the University. This will include Class I, II, and program request changes. Terms are for three years.
      Membership: David Calhoon, Ed, expire: 2004; Susan Dana, B&T, expire: 2004; Penny DeJong, B&T, expire: 2005; Charles Follette, A&S, expire: 2004; Carol Hess, Ed, expire: 2006; Kathleen Parrow, A&S, expire: 2006; Joanna Jones, Ed, expire: 2005; Christine Shearer-Cremean, A&S, expire: 2004; Tom Termes, B&T, expire: 2005.
    • Distinguished Faculty Award Committee (Faculty Senate)
      Mission: The mission of the Distinguished Faculty Award Committee
      is to select a recipient of the Black Hills State Distinguished Faculty Award.
      Time Line: Nominations will be due in February of each year. The committee will review the nominations and make a selection by March 1. The selected faculty member will function as the BHSU distinguished faculty member until March 30 of the following year.
      Membership: One faculty member from each college plus Vice President of Faculty Senate (Chair, nonvoting). Terms are for three years. Valerie Hawkins, Education, expire: 2005; Donald Altmyer, Business & Tech., expire: 2005; Randall Royer, VP, Faculty Senate Chair; Nicholas Wallerstein, Arts and Sciences, expire: 2005.
    • General Education Requirements Committee (Faculty Senate)
      Mission: The General Education Requirements Committee will be 
      responsible for studying, approving, and making recommendations to the Senate concerning the general education requirements for BHSU students.
      Membership: Terms are for three years. Ahrar Ahmad, A&S, expire: 2004; Steve Andersen, B&T, expire: 2004; Barb Chrisman, Ed, expire: 2004; Penny DeJong, B&T, expire: 2005; Jan Golliher, Ed, expire: 2004; Gary Hagerty, A&S, expire: 2005; Kent Meyers, A&S, expire: 2006; Sonya Pagel, A&S, expire: 2006; Sandee Schamber, Chair, Ed, expire: 2004.

Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, a motion to adjourn was made.


University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 308.

Present were Earley, Rose, Fuqua, H. Johnson, D. Wessel, and Siewert. Farrington, Myers, Calhoon, Ellis, Schamber, and Bobby were absent.

Chair welcomed new members.

Chair pointed out that Myers and Schamber were in Pierre at the Education Discipline Council meeting and would be discussing Project Step and how it fits into assessment. Hopefully they will give a report at the next meeting.

Chair handed out the list of those writing the annual reports. Fuqua said Cremean would do the one for English. There was some discussion of what was required in the annual reports with the new form. Chair said the due dates are:

  • Nov. 3 - first half of Arts and Sciences
  • Nov. 24 - last half of Arts and Sciences
  • Jan. 26 - Business
  • Feb. 23 - Education
  • March 22 - General Education

Chair reported that all Regental schools are participating this year in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This would be two surveys - one of students and the other of faculty. Last year's report will be sent to committee members before the next meeting.

Chair reported that there is a System Assessment Committee meeting Oct. 28 in Pierre. Part of the discussion may be the review of the assessment of general education.

The next meeting of the University Assessment Committee will be Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 308. The meeting will be to review annual reports submitted and to discuss with Dr. Haislett the overall campus academic environment.


University Graduate Council minutes - top

The University Graduate Council met Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 308. 

Present were Earley, Salomon, King, Ahmad, Fuller, Alsup, and Sheila Lane. Molseed, Sujithamrak, Farrington, and Erickson were absent.

Chair welcomed new members King and Ahmad. Council thanked Alsup, Salomon, and Downing for handling elections.

Operational guidelines: Council discussed operational guidelines for this year and agreed that any corrections should be sent to Ahmad for final incorporation.

MSCI: Fuller reported that Molseed was in South America establishing another cohort. The College of Education has three online cohorts at the present time including one in Gillette, Wyo. The college is also working on the culminating event to reflect the number of students online.

MSBSM: No report.

Curriculum: Chair reported that once the Student Project is completed there will be a consideration of the backlog of courses for the Board of Regents (BOR) to approve. The BOR is changing the forms for curriculum proposals and this will be distributed as soon as it is available.

South Dakota Opportunities: A question was asked about the role of graduate studies and the council in terms of negotiations between BHSU and SDSMT. Chair reported that it is still unclear where we are going and reported that, on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in Meier Hall Room 128, representatives from the BOR, Central Office, and the Legislature will meet with the public to discuss the future of BHSU. Chair urged faculty to attend that meeting and ask those questions.

Additional funds: Chair reported that at the current time no decision has been announced about the allocation of the additional funds. There were apparently numerous proposals including one for technology and the library. Discussion followed about concerns with the library. Council recommended that Erickson and Hemmingson be invited to the next meeting to discuss the library and concerns of the faculty.

The next meeting will be Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 308.


Grant opportunities available - top

Below are the program materials received through Oct. 22 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6371 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Centers for Teaching and Learning (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation seeks applications for partnerships between higher education institutions and K-12 schools to increase the quality of teacher preparation, classroom practice and research in elementary, secondary and informal science and math education. Partnerships of organizations with scientific, engineering and/or education missions; including two-and four-year colleges, state and local education agencies, professional societies, business and industry, informal science centers, instructional materials development centers and private foundations are sought. Centers must have one or more school district partners in addition to a partner authorized to award doctoral degrees in an area of science, technology, engineering and/or math.
    Deadline: Dec. 2 for required preliminary proposals and Feb. 20, 2004, for full proposals. See www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04501/nsf04501.htm for more information.
  • Methods, Measurement and Statistics (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation is inviting applications to develop innovative methods and models for the social and behavioral sciences. The program seeks proposals that are interdisciplinary, innovative and grounded in theory. Areas include: development, application and extension of formal models and methods for social and behavioral research, including methods for improving measurement; development of formal models that cross traditional discipline boundaries; and collection of unique databases with cross-discipline implications. The program provides mid-career fellowship stipends of up to $50,000 for one year and doctoral dissertation research proposals for $12,000 over a two-year period. 
    Deadline: Jan. 16 and Aug. 16 annually. Additional information can be found at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04504/nsf04504.htm.
  • Instrumentation for Materials Research (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation seeks applications to acquire and/or develop research instruments that will provide new capability or advance current capability in materials research. NSF supports instrumentation that will advance: discovery of fundamental phenomena in materials; synthesis, processing and/or characterization of the composition, structure, properties and performance of materials; and improvement in the quality and expansion of the scope and integration of research and education in research-intensive environments.
    Deadline: Jan. 8, 2004, and the second Thursday of January thereafter. See www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04503/nsf04503.htm for more information.
  • Information and Data Management (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation seeks applications for research and education activities fundamental to the design, implementation, development, management and use of databases, information retrieval and knowledge-based systems. Topics include design methodologies, data, metadata, information, knowledge and process/event modeling, information access and interaction, information integration, knowledge discovery and visualization, and systems architecture and implementation. Research areas span web-based systems; novel data types; scientific and engineering databases and other intelligent information systems; efficient data gathering and storage; and information and data organization and management, including security/privacy issues, information flow and change maintenance, among other issues.
    Deadline: Jan. 8, 2004, and Dec. 6, 2004; and Dec. 6 thereafter. Additional information is available at www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04500/nsf04500.htm.
  • School Health Programs (CDC)
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is inviting applications to improve the education, health and well being of young people by strengthening coordinated school health programs and other youth-serving organizations. Applicants should have a nationwide capacity to: help schools or youth-serving organizations prevent HIV (priority 1); integrate school efforts to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted disease and unintended pregnancy (priority 2); strengthen communication and collaboration among agencies working to prevent sexual risk behaviors (priority 3); coordinate school health programs to prevent health risks (priority 4); and prevent food-borne illness (priority 5). For priority 6, applicants must demonstrate nationwide experience with programs designed to prevent HIV and other health problems within the context of schools and other youth-serving agencies and in addressing training needs.
    Deadline: Dec. 8. More information is available at www.cdc.gov (click on “Funding,” then “Grants and Cooperative Agreements”).
  • Overweight and Obesity Control at Worksites (NHLBI)
    The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute is inviting applications to test interventions at worksites to prevent or treat obesity in adults. The purpose of the initiative is to determine whether worksite interventions that include environmental strategies are successful in preventing and controlling obesity. Environmental strategies include programs, policies or organizational practices to influence health behaviors by, for example, increasing the availability of, and providing access to, healthful food choices and facilities for physical activity and creating a socially supportive climate. NHLBI will support multiple controlled trials to test innovative multi-component interventions and sufficient length – about two years – and intensity to be effective. Interventions must be delivered at worksites and must emphasize environmental approaches or a combination of environmental and individual approaches to preventing and controlling obesity in adults.
    Deadline: Feb. 15, 2004, for letters of intent and March 12, 2004, for applications. See http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-006.html.
  • Informatics for Disaster Management (NLM/NIMH/NIBIB)
    The National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering invite applications for informatics research that address biomedical information management problems relevant to natural or manmade disasters. The initiative focuses on the use of modern information technology to facilitate the flow of information and knowledge to improve the handling of disasters in the areas of prevention, advance warning, early detection, problem analysis, communication, response mobilization, containment and relief and medical care. NIMH is especially interested in data collection techniques and procedures that can speed and coordinate collection of new information about mental health consequences of disasters.
    Deadline: Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 1, 2004. Detailed information is available at http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-178.html.
  • Earth Science Resources (NSF)
    The National Science Foundation invites requests for funds to support instrumentation required for research training in the Earth sciences. The program will consider proposals for: acquisition or modernization of research equipment; development of new instrumentation, analytical techniques and/or software that extend current research capabilities in the Earth sciences; support of shared facilities that make complex and expensive instrument systems available nationally or regionally; and research technician support. NSF will support meritorious requests across a range of fields in the Earth sciences such as biogeoscience, geodesy, remote sensing, seismology and tectonics.
    Deadline: Jan. 16, 2004, for all proposals except equipment acquisition and instrument and technique development and July 16, 2004, for all proposals. Go to www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04507/nsf04507.htm for more information.


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