Volume XXIX, No. 10 • March 11, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Penny Masters, secretary, Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources

Resignation - top

  • Connie Nicholas, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Alaska's Fiddling Poet will perform at BHSU - top

Ken Waldman playing fiddleKen Waldman, Alaska’s Fiddling Poet, will perform at Black Hills State University Monday, March 14 at 6 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place. He will also speak at several BHSU humanities classes throughout the day.

A former college professor, Waldman has had more than 400 poems and stories published in national journals, and, since 1994, has worked full-time performing at some of the nation’s leading clubs, bookstores, universities and art festivals.

Waldman’s books include Nome Poems and To Live on this Earth. His CDs, which feature poems read over old-time fiddle music, a mix of traditional Appalachian tunes, and original compositions, include A Week in Eek, Burnt Down House, and Music Party.

Waldman is also a popular visiting artist in classrooms. Employing both his fiddle and a repertoire of proven writing exercises, he has led workshops in over 100 schools in 18 states nationwide, and has been a guest writer at over 50 colleges and universities, including SUNY Brockport, the University of Tennessee, Albion College, University of Nebraska Omaha, Idaho State University, and San Diego State University.

The performance, which is sponsored by the University Programming (UP) Team Fine Arts Committee, is open to the public at no charge. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Joshua Stanton at 642-6418 at least 48 hours prior to the performance.

Dakota String Quartet to perform in Meier Hall - top

The Dakota String Quartet will perform Tuesday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the campus of Black Hills State University.

Quartet members Doosook Kim on violin, Magdalena Modzelewska on violin, Fei Chen on viola, and Phoebe Dalton on cello will perform music by Vivaldi and Bach.

Based in Sioux Falls, the Dakota String Quartet consists of highly trained, professional musicians from the South Dakota Symphony. The quartet tours the state and region to help students master their instruments and broaden their appreciation for classical music.

In addition to Tuesday night’s concert, the quartet will perform in area schools throughout the day Monday, March 16.

The concert, which is sponsored by First Premier Bankcard Center of Spearfish, is free and open to the public. Donations for BHSU music scholarships will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Mary Pochop at 722-3939.

Music entrepreneurship seminar will be held March 15 - top

The Black Hills State University music department, together with the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, will present a seminar to help musicians expand their talents into a business.

The seminar, entitled “Starting your Own Music Business,” will be held Tuesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, room 202. Alan Curtis, from the Cavalcade of Music Foundation in Kenilworth, Ill., will be the key speaker.

According to the organizers, this is an engaging, real-world workshop that will help musicians expand their talents into business applications. For additional information, call 642-6091 or 642-6255. Individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations, should call at least 24 hours prior to the event.

BHSU joins global effort to stop violence against women and girls - top

For the second year in a row, the Black Hills State University National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) will host a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month and V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.

An open mic/women’s history night, entitled “Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives: Making Sense of Experience,” will be held Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305. The event will give participants the opportunity to learn about women’s lives by examining the stories they tell about themselves and others. Panels, readings, workshops and performances that focus on women’s stories and lives will be presented. An open mic will be available for anyone who wishes to express their thoughts. The public is welcome to attend at no charge.

N.O.W. will also present two performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” staged by a cast of BHSU students, staff and faculty members. Performances will be held Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

Hailed by The New York Times as “funny” and “poignant” and by the Daily News as “intelligent” and “courageous,” “The Vagina Monologues,” which was first performed off-Broadway by Eve Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.

V-Day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls through benefit performances of “The Vagina Monologues,” unique documentary film projects and innovative gatherings designed to change social attitudes. In its first seven years, the V-Day movement has raised over $25 million. For more information, visit www.vday.org/contents.

The events are sponsored by BHSU N.O.W. and the University Programming (UP) Team. Admission for “The Vagina Monologues” is $2.50 for advanced tickets, $5 for tickets at the door, and free with a BHSU ID. Donations of clothing and toiletries will also be accepted. Advanced tickets may be purchased March 14-18 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby. All proceeds will benefit Cangleska Safehouse on the Pine Ridge Reservation. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities contact AlecSandra Bihlmaier at 722-1288 or Mary Foster at 641-6185 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Career Center plans Interviewing Skills Workshop - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center is making plans for its annual Interviewing Skills Workshop, which will be held Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 301.

This year, participants will have the opportunity to participate in mock interviews with distinguished community professionals in addition to learning and practicing valuable interviewing skills with Career Center personnel.

The workshop is free and open to the public. A pizza lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. Call the BHSU Career Center at 642-6277 to register.

Black Hills State students take a break to help others - top

Six Black Hills State University students recently accompanied two AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers to Denver to take part in several community service projects during spring break. Participants were: back row, left to right, Chelsey Mort, Mindi Harms, VISTA volunteer Connie Kushman, and Andy Baird; and front row, left to right, Maria Weber, Jackie Morris, Jessica Mort and VISTA volunteer Abbey Baird.

Students and VISTA volunteers in Denver

Six Black Hills State University students recently spent a portion of their spring break helping people in the Denver area.

The students worked in conjunction with volunteer and community agencies in the Denver area. Participants cooked, raked the lawn, cleaned up garbage and sanitized the playground area at Brent’s Place, an apartment complex for families with children who have cancer who travel to Denver seeking treatment. They then served lunch to the homeless and handed out groceries in a parking lot with Christ Body Ministries. Other projects included cooking dinner at Urban Peak, a youth homeless shelter; and doing laundry and assisting clients in the clothing room at the St. Francis Center day shelter.

BHSU students who participated in the project were: Andy Baird, a senior from New York; Mindi Harms, a sophomore elementary education major from Gering, Neb.; Jackie Morris, a junior sociology major from Belle Fourche; Chelsey Mort, a sophomore elementary educaton major from Big Horn, Wyo.; Jessica Mort, a senior pre-physical therapy major from Big Horn, Wyo.; and Maria Weber, a sophomore business administration major from Hoven. Abbey Baird and Connie Kushman, Americorps*Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) stationed on the BHSU campus, accompanied the students on the project.

According to Abbey Baird, the spring break trip, sponsored by the BHSU Community-University-Resource-Exchange (C-U-R-E) and the Student Senate, offered BHSU students the opportunity to work and have fun with other students, to increase self-knowledge and to broaden their perspective of the world around them.

The goal of the spring break trip was to involve BHSU students in community-based service projects and give students the opportunity to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no direct contact.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through March 9. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

Governor’s 2010 Individual Research Seed Grant Program (BOR)

The South Dakota Board of Regents is sponsoring an individual research seed grant program as one of several initiatives designed to strengthen South Dakota’s research competitiveness and to generate commercial activity derived from research. The program has been established in response to Governor Rounds’ 2010 Initiative, specifically Goal Three, which challenges the state to “become a recognized leader in research and technology development by 2010.” Recruiting researchers to staff the new 2010 Research Centers and to work in new Ph.D. programs will be a tremendous boost to the Governor’s effort, but increasing research expectations and opportunities for existing faculty is also very important. Through this request for proposals (RFP), the South Dakota Board of Regents solicits applications for funds to provide individual research seed grants.

Deadline: March 28, 2005. The complete RFP is available online at www.sdbor.edu/grants/researchseedgrant/rfp.htm.

Women's Educational Equity Act Program (WEEA)

The purpose of the WEEA program is: (a) to promote gender equity in education in the United States; (b) to provide financial assistance to enable educational agencies and institutions to meet the requirements of title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and (c) to promote equity in education for women and girls who suffer from multiple forms of discrimination based on sex, race, ethnic origin, limited English proficiency, disability, or age.

Deadlines: April 1, 2005, for the notice of intent to apply and April 18, 2005, for transmittal of applications. Review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. The complete announcement is available at www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/announcements/2005-1/030205a.html.

Funding Opportunities in Arts Education (NEA)

The National Endowment for the Arts is convinced that all children and youth, not only those with specific artistic talent, benefit from an education in the arts. The arts are in themselves a vital part of a comprehensive education. Current research further suggests that young people who participate in the arts acquire skills that help them in decision-making, problem solving, creative thinking, and teamwork. The arts also can help motivate children to learn and achieve stronger results in core academic subjects. For some children, the arts provide the impetus to stay in school and find their way to contribute to society.

The Arts Endowment achieves its support of arts education through a focus on children, teachers, artists, arts organizations, and school leadership that will model best practices in arts education, disseminate those practices to the field, and build the case for quality arts education across the country. Critical to this strategy is the rigorous application of national, state, or local arts education standards. Complete details on all of the following opportunities for funding are available at www.arts.gov/grants/apply/Artsed.html.

  • Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
    To advance arts education for children and youth in school-based or community-based settings. This category supports in-depth, curriculum-based arts education experiences that occur over an extended period. Projects must provide participatory learning and engagement of students with skilled artists, teachers, and excellent art. All projects must include the following components: 1) the opportunity for students and their teachers to experience exemplary works of art, in live form wherever possible; 2) study of the art experienced including the acquisition of skills for practicing the art form where appropriate; 3) the performance/making of art within the discipline(s) studied; and 4) student assessment according to national, state or local arts education standards.

    : June 13, 2005.
  • Access to Artistic Excellence
    To foster and preserve excellence in the arts and provide access to the arts for all Americans. This category supports projects that provide short-term arts exposure or arts appreciation for children and youth as well as intergenerational education projects.
    Applications under Access to Artistic Excellence Awards are available under the following disciplines: dance, design, folk & traditional arts, literature and local arts agencies. Media arts awards in film/radio/television, museums, music, musical theater/opera, theater, visual arts, and presenting. If you have a project that is multidisciplinary the Arts Endowment has consolidated its support for multidisciplinary projects and presenting projects under the heading of presenting.

    : August 15, 2005.
  • Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants
    To support primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. This category, as an essential component of the Arts Endowment's goal of providing wide access to artistic excellence, supports local projects that can have significant effects within communities. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development.

    Partnerships can be valuable to the success of these projects. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project. Funding is not available for instruction in the arts.

    Deadline: June 1, 2005.
  • Summer Schools in the Arts
    To raise the quality and availability of arts education in communities nationwide, the Arts Endowment created the Summer Schools in the Arts program. This program supports rigorous, challenging summer arts education programs that enable children and youth to acquire knowledge and skills in the arts as well as gain lifelong interests in the arts and culture.

    A summer school in the arts is one that: provides summer instruction in one or more arts disciplines; offers a comprehensive curriculum where participants actively create and/or perform as well as respond to the arts; culminates in public performances, exhibitions, or other demonstrations of the participants' achievements in the arts; measures the extent to which students gain knowledge and skills according to national, state, or local arts education standards through pre- and post-assessment tests; offers instruction to the same group of students over a minimum of 90 contact hours.

    Deadline: Statements of interest are being accepted through May 23, 2005. Following review of these statements, it is anticipated that no more than 100 organizations will be invited, by July 18, 2005, to submit formal applications, which will be accepted through Sept. 12, 2005.

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants & Special Projects Office or can be printed from their 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 committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Applications to be considered at the next meeting of the Faculty Research Committee need to be submitted to the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, by Wednesday, March 30. Twelve copies of the proposal must be submitted for consideration. Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Committee members are John Alsup, Dan Bergey, Earl Chrysler, Dorothy Fuller, Vincent King, Raju Ramaswamy, Shane Sarver, Rob Schurrer, and Kathleen Parrow, committee chair.

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