Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Eddelmen Young, custodial worker, Facilities Services
study of epic poem - top
Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English at Black Hills State University, has published a study of the Old English epic poem
Beowulf in the journal In Geardagum: Essays in Old and Middle English Language and
The article, "The Ubi Sunt Problem in Beowulf's Lament of the Last Survivor," argues that, in missing 1) the Aristotelian
erotesis of traditional medieval elegies, and 2) the accompanying Christian consolation of the afterlife, the Lay has been mischaracterized by scholars as an
Ubi Sunt piece. These two missing elements are representative of the Last Survivor's irredeemable paganism--unlike many of the other characters who exhibit proto-Christian qualities in the poem.
Wallerstein has taught at BHSU since 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in theology from Harvard.
Styles honored by state health
education association - top
Sheryl Styles, graphic designer at the Black Hills State University printing center, was recently honored with the “Friend of SDAHPERD Award” at the South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) convention.
This award is given to individuals or groups outside the professions of SDAHPERD who help the association and its members achieve their goals.
Styles, who has been with the BHSU printing center for 14 years, received the award in recognition for her contributions as a key person in the production of the SDAHPERD publications.
“Sheryl’s ‘can-do’ attitude and insight into producing a professional product has helped make the publishing tasks of SDAHPERD much easier,” said Patty Hacker, SDAHPERD awards chair.
The university printing center produces several publications for SDAHPERD including their newsletter, convention program, letterhead and miscellaneous projects.
Styles was pleasantly surprised with the recognition and noted that the award is the result of a team effort at the printing center.
“We all work together on these projects,” Styles said. “It’s an honor for all of us at the printing center.”
SDAHPERD is a statewide association which represents mostly physical education and health teachers in the public schools, as well as students and faculty. The main goals of the organization are to advance the field of physical education, physical activity, health, recreation, dance and all allied areas.
Walkinshaw named cross
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Black Hills State University cross country coach Scott Walkinshaw was named
DAC-10 and Region III men’s and women’s coach of the year following another outstanding season. Walkinshaw was also named college coach of the year by the South Dakota cross country and track coaches’ association.
Walkinshaw said the awards are a reflection of the excellence and dedication of the athletes on the cross country teams.
“We’ve had a great season. We have a lot of great leadership on the teams.” Walkinshaw said. “This award reflects the kind of team we have and the type of athletes on the
Walkinshaw’s men’s and women’s cross country teams won the conference meet and are now making preparations for the national meet in Louisville, Ky.
“We put a lot of emphasis and focus on the conference meet,” Walkinshaw said, “and the teams came through.” He noted that the conference win marked five straight conference titles for the women’s team and three in the last four years for the men’s team.
Walkinshaw said the Yellow Jacket runners are excited to go to the national competition and have set a goal to finish at least as high as they are ranked. The women finished the season with an eighth place ranking and the men’s team is currently ranked ninth in the nation.
“Both teams have finished in the top nine in the last three years. We’d like to keep that streak going,” Walkinshaw said.
Since he joined the BHSU coaching staff in 1998, Walkinshaw has been named conference coach of the year seven times in cross country – four women’s team coaching honors and three men’s team coaching honors. He was also named college coach of the year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association in 2001 and South Dakota cross country/track and field coaches Association cross country coach of the year in 1999 and 2000.
Previously, Walkinshaw taught and coached at Odessa College in Odessa, Texas, and at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan.
Walkinshaw, who is originally from Syracuse, Kan., earned his bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Kansas Wesleyan in 1978 and a master’s degree in physical education from Brigham Young University in 1986.
Center for Tourism hosts
first research seminar - top
More than 35 people attended the first seminar hosted by the Center for Tourism Research at Black Hills State University this week. The seminar was primarily designed to introduce the Center for Tourism Research staff, and get the audience to consider how and where research may be applied to resolve complex strategic issues confronting local businesses.
Tom Dunn, director of the center, noted that the goals of the seminar were multidimensional.
“We wanted to enhance the understanding of how research, specific to business operation environments, has the potential to help businesses target resources more effectively and stress the importance and outcome of destination imaging and planning frameworks for business and marketing plans,” Dunn said.
Five BHSU faculty members, who are also members of the research team of the Center for Tourism Research, presented during the seminar.
Dr. Priscilla Romkema presented “The Benefits of the Business Plan Process.” Romkema is an assistant professor of business and technology and director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Penny DeJong, marketing professor and chair of the business department at BHSU, discussed marketing plans and strategy. Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, tourism professor at BHSU, lead a discussion on marketing specifically for tourism businesses. Dr. Beth Tracton, assistant business professor, discussed the “need for research.” Dr. Chang Lee, assistant business professor, presented “Tourism Destination Imaging and Positioning.”
Dunn said some participants expressed a desire for more detailed information and specific details about how stakeholders in the industry can access research services provided by the Center. He is currently scheduling personal follow-up visits with participants to further explain the mission of the center, discuss issues the participants are grappling with, and identify future research projects.
The Center for Tourism Research was established in the summer of 2003 to provide the state and region with access to tourism research services. The center recently completed their first research project, an intercept study for the city of Deadwood.
“The Center for Tourism Research is working to build a reputation for designing and conducting research projects that are based on academic and applied research methodologies and sound scientific protocol,” Dunn said. “Research activities and subsequent outcomes will not be purely theoretical; instead, our studies will be pragmatic in their scope and grounded in local and regional market realities.”
He added that the Center for Tourism Research is available to assist private businesses, tribal enterprises, and public entities such as local chambers of commerce and economic development boards.
Dunn said he and members of his staff will continue to work with tourism entities throughout the state to determine what the industry needs are and what role the Center for Tourism Research will have.
For more information about the center call 605-642-6435.
|Tom Dunn, director
of the Center for Tourism Research, shown standing, introduces the
speakers for the first-ever Center for Tourism Research seminar at
BHSU. Five faculty members presented at the seminar including,
seated, left to right, Priscilla Romkema, Beth Tracton, Penny
DeJong, Siriporn Sujithamrack, and Chang Lee.
Technology Club builds a
custom podium as an extra touch to Meier Hall - top
chair of the BHSU Technology Department, and members of the BHSU
Technology Club, Dale Fisher, Martin Lemke and Randy Koopman, look
over one of the three podiums that the club built for use in the
new Meier Hall. The custom podiums were built primarily from
leftover materials and designed specifically to match the hall.
A custom conductor’s podium, built by members of the Black Hills State University Technology Club, adds an extra “touch of class” to the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
BHSU technology students, under the direction of Monty Robinson, professor of technologies at BHSU, built a custom conductor’s podium that is now in use in the recital hall. Dale Fisher from Spearfish, Randy Koopman from Spearfish, Martin Lemke from Sturgis, and Jason Gorzewski from Spearfish volunteered their time to create the podium. The project was the initial fundraiser for the group for the 2003-2004 school year.
BHSU music faculty members Steve Parker, Chris Hahn, and
Randy Royer had been looking in catalogs for some time to find the right podiums for the new building. All of the podiums they saw in the catalogs were not only expensive, but also “lacked the touch of class” that the faculty felt the new hall deserved.
Parker then contacted Robinson about the possibility of having the technology students create custom podiums as a fundraising project.
“We only had about two weeks to get the project completed,” Robinson said, “but with some hard work from everybody we got it done.”
The podiums were built from scraps and remnants leftover during the initial construction of the music hall making them completely custom podiums. Items like the carpet used for the top of the podium were leftover from the carpeting of the hall. Also the stain used for the podium is the exact stain that was used in the recital hall.
The only pieces that were purchased were the rod-iron front pieces, the handrails and a top bar. Because most of the pieces were salvaged or donated, the custom podiums were a significant savings for the music department.
Jazz ensembles present
fall concert - top
The Black Hills State University Jazz Ensemble and the BHSU Black Hills Gold vocal jazz performed a fall concert last night. There was a good crowd at the concert, which was held in the new recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
Steve Parker directed the Black Hills Gold and Dr. Randall Royer directed the BHSU Jazz Ensemble. Pre-concert music was provided by the Rausis & Royer guitar
The BHSU Christmas concert is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at
7:30 p.m. in the recital hall at the Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
Students and community members
prepare packages for National Guard units in Iraq - top
BHSU students and staff worked with Spearfish community members to prepare packages that are being sent to the 842nd National Guard Unit in Iraq. Cody Oliver, mass communications student from Lemmon, Cheri Leahy, BHSU enrollment center staff member, Judy
Flickema, Zonta member,
Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life; Ida Marie Snorteland, Zonta member, and Sherry Butt, a BHSU student from
Murdo, prepare the packages of items that were collected on campus.
Black Hills State students and staff worked with members of the Spearfish Zonta Club to prepare holiday care packages, filled with items collected by the students, that were sent to the 842nd National Guard Unit currently stationed in Iraq.
The Council of Student Organizations (COSO) organized the collection on campus. They created a special individual collection for the BHSU staff members and students who are deployed as well as one larger collection for the entire unit to share. BHSU staff members currently deployed include Tim Johnston, Jade Harney, and Mike Tiffany. BHSU students who are deployed with the 842nd unit include: Ken Bartlett, Tricia Beringer, Gwen Dungey, Brian Schaff, Anson Juelfs, Billi Jo Derudder, and Joe Kiley.
The students also collected cash to help defray shipping costs and were pleased to find that the amount of cash collected was nearly equivalent to the amount needed to ship the packages.
Ellen Melarango, senior secretary at the student union, thanked the organizations for the efforts.
“We sincerely appreciate the individuals who so generously helped out with this effort by donating items, baking goodies, running the booth in the lobby, giving cash donations, sending notes, assisting with the packaging efforts, and giving your time for this cause,” Melarango said. “Because of your efforts, the 842nd will have a little merrier Christmas.”
Also included in the collection is a personalized holiday video greeting created by mass communications students at BHSU.
recognized at Black Hills State University - top
Dr. Judith Haislett, BHSU vice
president for student life, and Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president,
praised the students for their dedication to the emerging leader program
and encouraged the students to continue building their leadership skills
during their educational experience at BHSU.
Twenty-five BHSU freshmen were recently recognized for completing the eight-week emerging leader program which was designed to prepare them for the world of leadership roles at a college level.
The program provided information on many aspects of leadership while exploring individual personality types, effective communication, ethics
in leaders and goal setting. After completing all the program requirements, which included a community service project and joining a student organization, the
graduates were honored at the banquet.
“I look forward to what this group can do,” Jane Klug, advisor of the program, said. “They will take on many tasks and will be a great asset to Black Hills State University and the community.”
Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life, praised the students for their dedication to the program and encouraged them to continue building their leadership skills during their educational experience at BHSU.
Patrick Fink, Venessa Adcock, Megan Wyett, and Emily Varland, who are graduates of the emerging leader program, served as student advisors.
Speakers at Oxfam Banquet
encourage BHSU students to become involved in the fight to lessen world
hunger - top
BHSU students experienced the unequal distribution of food throughout the world at the annual Oxfam Hunger banquet on campus this week. Alicia Rath, a freshman from Spearfish, received a low-class designation by random drawing which meant she only received a cup of rice. Roy Sullivan, a freshman from Belle Fourche, was designated as a high-income person, so he dined on a gourmet meal. Angie Koski, a freshman from Spearfish, was a middle-class designee, who was served beans and rice.
While a select few of the people attending the Oxfam Hunger Banquet at Black Hills State University enjoyed a gourmet meal of chicken cordon bleu served on fine china, more than half of the participants sat on the floor and ate only a cup of
The banquet is a dramatic and interactive way to illustrate the unequal distribution of food throughout the world. As students and community members arrived, they were assigned a role by random drawing, to determine their designation as high-, middle-, or low-income people, which determined the menu and seating arrangement for the evening.
The majority of the people (60 percent) were designated as low-income people. Twenty-five
percent of the participants, who received middle-class designations, were seated at tables and ate beans and rice. The final 15 percent had a high-income designation and enjoyed a gourmet meal. These percentages reflect the unequal food distribution throughout the world.
The speakers, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, and Gloria Borgman, a nurse who has participated in several mission trips, challenged the students to become involved in some way.
Ahmad provided statistics on the number of people who go hungry everyday in the world. He noted that although food production has increased the number of hungry people has also increased.
“It’s not a matter of availability of food but of distribution of the food,” Ahmad said. He noted that people, in recent years, have become so preoccupied with one or two issues, primarily terrorism-related concerns, that they are, perhaps, neglecting the continuing problems of hunger, deprivation and despair.
“People can live without things,” Ahmad said. “People cannot live without hope. It’s people like you, with care and compassion, that give hope.”
Borgman challenged the students to be involved in “more than a band-aid solution” to this worldwide problem.
Borgman shared a slide show and discussed highlights of her mission trips which have included medical relief, construction of schools and hospitals, and agricultural assistance.
She noted the importance of education for both children and adults.
“Education is one of the ways out of poverty,” Borgman said. “It’s hard to get an education if you don’t have necessities or if there is no school.”
She encouraged students and community members to become involved.
“Somewhere, there’s someone who needs every one of you. Consider volunteering at a local food bank, with Habitat for Humanity or on a mission trip. I challenge you to become more than a band-aid for these problems,” Borgman said.
The banquet, a combination fundraiser and consciousness-raiser, was sponsored by United Ministries, LaMASA (Spanish Club) and the Global Awareness Committee.
Sociology and Human
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The Sociology and Human Services Club at Black Hills State University will collect food and essentials for community food banks Sunday, Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Safeway and Kmart stores in Spearfish.
Items to be donated can be dropped off in designated shopping carts at either store. Non-perishable foods, toiletries and baby items, especially formula, are needed. All items will be given to the BHSU and Spearfish community food banks.
Anyone interested in helping with this event should call Alecs Bihlmaier, secretary of the Sociology and Human Services Club, at 722-1288.
Ahmad and Larsen will
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Two Black Hills State University professors, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, political science, and Dr. Janeen Larsen, music, will present a program about humanitarian Albert Schweitzer Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Meier Hall room 128.
Ahmad will discuss the highlights of Schweitzer’s life and the significance of his contributions, interspersed with special selections by J.S. Bach performed by Larsen. Schweitzer, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952, was a renowned Bach scholar, performer, author, theologian, philosopher and doctor.
The public is welcome to attend at no cost. Contact Larsen at 642-6241 for more information.
Fall Film Series
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The final film of the Black Hills State University 2003 Fall Film Series, “Real Women Have Curves,” will be shown Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.
“Real Women Have Curves,” directed by Patricia Cardoso in 2002, is the story of Ana, a first generation Mexican-American teenager on the verge of becoming a woman. Just graduated from high school, Ana receives a full scholarship to Columbia University, but her traditional, old-world parents feel that now is the time for Ana to help provide for the family, not the time for college. Torn between her mainstream ambitions and her cultural heritage, she works to find her place in the world as an American and a Chicana.
This film will be shown on DVD. Contact David Salomon, assistant professor of humanities at BHSU, at 642-6240 or
email@example.com or visit
www.bhsu.edu/artssciences/asfaculty/dsalomon/fall03films.htm for more information.
BHSU representative to
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Michelle Hoffman, admissions representative at Black Hills State University, will visit nine high schools next week to discuss college plans with area students.
Hoffman will be at the following schools Monday, Nov. 24: Red Cloud High School at 10:30 a.m.; Little Wound High School, Kyle, at 1:30 p.m.; and Pine Ridge High School at 3:20 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 25, Hoffman will visit Bennett County High School, Martin, at 8 a.m.; Kadoka High School at 10:30 a.m.; Midland High School at 12:15 p.m.; and Wall High School at 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 26, Hoffman will visit Philip High School at 8:30 a.m. and New Underwood High School at 10:30 a.m.
High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should visit with the BHSU admissions representative. For additional information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at
1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu.
Dorothy Keller says thanks
I would like to thank all of the staff at the Center for the Advancement for Math and Science Education for the great send off to start my retirement. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all of them and wish the
center and staff the best in the future.
I have made a lot of friends through my employment at BHSU, and I treasure the memories.
Thanks to all who attended the open house or sent messages to wish us well. This will be quite a transition for both of us, but we look forward to new opportunities.
You will all be missed.
Dorothy and Kim Keller
Committee minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 308.
Present were Calhoon, Earley, Ellis, Fuqua, Johnson, Rose, Schamber, Siewert,
and D. Wessel. Bobby, Farrington, Haislett, and Myers were absent.
The committee discussed the report of the National Survey of Student Engagement 2002. Wessel asked that copies of the questions and the responses be distributed to the committee.
- Math - Motion made and seconded to approve- discussion- concern that the number of students used as the aggregate to evaluate should be at least ten- motion to approve passed.
- Psychology - Motion made and seconded to approve-discussion- recommendation that format of reporting be changed next year to fit new form- motion approved.
- Theatre - Motion made and seconded to approve- discussion about information and conclusions in the report- concern expressed that the conclusions did not come from the data- motion tabled- chair will pull last years report and bring to next meeting for review with this years report.
- Sociology - Motion made and seconded to approve- discussion followed- report approved.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. Room to be announced.
University Curriculum Committee
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The University Curriculum Committee (UCC) meeting was called to order
at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18 by Penny DeJong, UCC Chair. Members present were
DeJong, Susan Dana, Carol Hess, Kathleen Parrow, and Joanna Jones. Members
absent were David Calhoon, Christine Shearer-Cremean, and Tom Termes.
The only proposal under consideration was a program modification request from the College of Education, asking to modify the K-12
special education major. There was considerable discussion as to whether this proposal should be considered a program modification request, or if it should have been submitted as a new major. The committee decided, since the outcome of the proposal was predetermined, that continued discussion was not necessary. The proposal for modification to the K-12
special education major was accepted contingent upon the following changes:
- Correction of the highlighting (bolding) on the proposal (only those things that constitute changes should be bolded).
- One the second page, second column, at the bottom Electives (That Support the Major) are listed as 30-23. We believe this is in error and should be corrected.
- In the justification at the bottom of page two, second line, should read “Rules now allow for a“.
A request for these changes was to be sent to Dr. Myers, the originator of the proposal, by
Elections followed. Parrow was elected chair of the committee for the coming year.
Dana was elected vice-chair and Joanna Jones was elected secretary. The next meeting date has yet to be determined.
Graduate Council minutes
The Graduate Council met Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 308.
Present were Earley, Salomon, Erickson, Alsup, Fuller, Rounds, Sujithamrack,
and Molseed. Visiting was A. Hemmingson. Absent were Farrington, King, and Ahmad.
Salomon reported that the English faculty had looked at the graduate courses in the catalog and were planning on
offering them when the undergraduate level course is offered. Chair reminded people that so far all curriculum is still frozen
and would probably be unfrozen next semester.
Erickson and Hemmingson handed out the library budget for the last six years with a breakdown of allocations into
various categories. Erickson explained the various items and the monies allocated to
them. A discussion then followed concerning the library budget and also the possibility of some equity money being given to the library. Those present also discussed the issues of priorities for library purchases, needs for off-campus on-line students, differences between graduate student uses and undergraduate uses, faculty advisory committee, an interlibrary loan position, and the collaboration between SDSMT and BHSU in terms of libraries.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 308.
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 Monday, Dec. 8 at noon. 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
Instructional improvement grants available
The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at
Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU.
Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years. In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.
Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The next meeting of the committee will be held Monday,
Dec. 1. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 24. Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 309. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on the grants and special projects
Faculty Research Grants
available from the Chiesman Endowment - top
The Black Hills State University Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy is seeking applications from BHSU faculty members interested in pursuing research in the areas of democracy, civic education, law-related education, or the promotion of democratic principles and
ideals. The endowment will award two (2) stipends of up to $6,000 each to individuals who meet the following
- The research or scholarly activity focuses on the intent of the Chiesman Endowment. The Chiesman Endowment is seeking research and publication on topics related to the promotion, study, and preservation of democracy and democratic ideals.
- The findings will be submitted for publication in a national journal or magazine within one year of the award of the stipend unless other arrangements are
- A proposal, which will serve as an application, must be submitted to the BHSU Office of Grants and Special Projects by
Jan. 15, 2004. The Office of Grants and Special Projects will forward the proposal to the Chair of the Chiesman Endowment Committee for review and approval for funding.
The announcement of awards will be made on March 14, 2004.
- The proposal must contain the name or names (if it is a joint project) of the investigators, the research question or problem, a proposed methodology, a statement of relevancy to how the project will promote or preserve democratic ideals and principles, a proposed budget, and finally, a statement on where the results will be published or presented. The proposal should not exceed three pages (double spaced).
Proposals should be submitted to Sharon Hemmingson, interim director
of the Grants and Special Projects Office, by mail at Black Hills State
University, 1200 University Unit 9504, Spearfish, SD 57799-9504; email
or fax at 642-6193. Proposals may also be submitted online.
Contact George Earley, chair of the BHSU Chiesman Endowment
Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 642-6270 with questions.