BHSU employees to be
honored - top
Black Hills State University will host a reception Tuesday, April 12
from 2-4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket
Legacy Room to honor outstanding employees and retirees.
The public is invited to attend. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. James Hesson, physical education professor, will be honored with
the prestigious Distinguished Faculty award. Retirees who will be
recognized at the reception include: Ann Chastain, secretary; Barbara
Chrisman, librarian and associate professor; Dr. Riley Chrisman, history
professor; Dr. Ed Erickson, director of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning
Center; and Dr. Dan Peterson, sociology professor and chair of the
department of social sciences.
Several employees and departments will receive special awards during
the reception. Barbara Chrisman will be presented the Outstanding
University Award. Susan Hupp, director of student support services, will
receive the Student Service Award. A Special Committee Award will be
presented to Terry Palmer, custodial worker.
Staff members from the child care center will receive the Economic
Savings Award. Child care staff members include Diane Mabey, Diane
Hannah, Danelle Johnson, Sandra Nauman, Cathy Skvicalo and Kaylene Van
Lingen. Technical support services staff including Fred Nelson, Brian
Ewald, Mike Sparker and Richard Van Lingen, will be presented the
University Area Award.
Pins and plaques will be awarded to employees recognizing their years
of service. The following employees will be honored:
- 35-year award, Dr. Charles Follette, English professor;
- 30-year award, Jerry Miller, technology professor; and Hanna
Swarts, lead mail processor;
- 25-year award, Barbara Chrisman, librarian and associate
- 20-year award, Susan Hemmingson, senior accountant; Peggy
Madrid, senior secretary; and Dr. Doug Wessel, psychology professor;
- 15-year award, Sheila Aaker, coordinator of extended services;
James Bechtold, custodial crew leader; Shirley Brownell, financial
aid assistant; Christina Couch, secretary; Sandra Dickinson, cook;
Randi Ellis, associate accounting professor; Corinne Hansen,
director of university communications; Dr. James Hesson, physical
education professor; Diane Mabey, child care coordinator; Dr. Rob
Schurrer, wellness management professor; Carolyn Skallerud, office
supervisor; and Sheryl Styles, graphic designer;
- 10-year award, Don Altmyer, associate accounting professor and
director of the Center for Economic Education; Steve Babbitt,
associate photography professor; Verona Beguin, assistant business
professor; Dr. Ron DeBeaumont, associate economics professor and
chair of the department of accounting and economics; Ralph Hoover,
custodial worker; Dr. Charles Lamb, associate biology professor and
chair of the department of science; and Pam Thomas, accountant.
Paul Sather named men's
basketball coach - top
Paul Sather, who is currently assistant coach at the University of
Colorado - Boulder and also played and coached at Northern State
University, has been named head basketball coach at Black Hills State
Sather has a wealth of coaching experiences at many levels from the
high school level through the NCAA Division I and II levels. Sather
spent six years as an assistant coach at Northern State University, his
alma mater, before taking the job with CU this fall. He served as
assistant coach for NSU for three Northern Sun Intercollegiate
Conference (NSIC) regular season championships and NSU’s first ever NSIC
Originally from Princeton, Minn., Sather had a stellar career
collegiate career with Northern State University as a player from
1990-1994. He was team captain for the NSU Wolves when they earned
back-to-back national runner-up finishes in 1993 and 1994.
Sather is excited to be coming back to South Dakota and relishes the
idea of leading a university basketball program.
“This is a great chance to come in and run a quality basketball
program,” Sather says. “My coaching experience has offered me many
different challenges and I have been blessed to learn from some great
coaches along the way. I look forward to joining the Yellow Jackets and
to leading a highly competitive collegiate basketball program.”
Steve Meeker, athletic director at BHSU, says that he thinks Sather
is a perfect fit to guide the Yellow Jacket basketball program.
“We’re excited to welcome Paul to Black Hills State,” Meeker says. “I
know he’s a winner. Everyone I know who’s had contact with him said he’s
the real deal.”
Meeker added that Sather was chosen from a field of 83 applicants.
Sather replaces Mike Kruszynski who resigned following the 2004-2005
Sather earned his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from NSU
in 1995. He then served as physical education teacher and assistant
boys’ basketball coach at Sidney High School in Nebraska from 1996-1997.
The following year, Sather returned to college basketball, serving as a
graduate assistant at Wayne State while he earned a master’s degree in
Sather, his wife Kelsi, and their two-year-old son Samuel will be
moving to the Spearfish area this spring and look forward to becoming a
part of the community.
“I was really impressed with the community and all of the people I
met there,” Sather says, “That says a lot about a community and we are
excited to live there.”
Romkema chosen as president
of national business teacher organization -
Dr. Priscilla Romkema, associate professor at Black
Hills State University, was recently chosen as president-elect of the
National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE) Board for
Romkema was elected for the post at the National
Business Education Association (NBEA) Annual Convention in Anaheim,
Calif. The following term, 2007-2009, she will assume the role of NABTE
The organization is the institutional division of the
NBEA and its primary purpose is to promote business teacher education by
providing national leadership and services to its member institutions
and business teacher educators. Membership is open only to such colleges
and universities that offer business teacher education curriculums
approved by their respective state departments of education for the
certification of business teachers.
The objectives of NABTE are to improve undergraduate
and graduate programs for preparing business teachers; to help develop
high standards for business teacher certification; to stimulate research
in business education and assist in disseminating and implementing
research results. The organization also works to promote a better
understanding of the significance of business and economic programs in
schools; assists in the recruitment of potential business teachers and
the placement of qualified business teachers; and works actively with
other associations to improve educational opportunities for all.
Romkema joined the BHSU faculty in 1997. She has a
Ph.D. in education and a master’s degree in business education, both
from the University of Wyoming. She earned her undergraduate degree from
BHSU in instrumental music. Romkema also directs the Center for Business
and Entrepreneurship at BHSU.
Dakota Chamber Orchestra concert
will showcase students - top
Concerto soloists featured in this
Sunday’s Dakota Chamber Orchestra concert are Amanda Lynn Scott,
trumpet; Erin Talsma, mezzo soprano; and Jennifer Bailey, piano. Not
pictured is Katie Sowers, violinist. The concert will be held Sunday,
April 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the campus of Black
Hills State University, will present a student showcase concert,
featuring three BHSU students and one area high school student, Sunday,
April 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
The concert will feature solos by Belle Fourche High School senior
Katie Sowers, and BHSU students Amanda Scott, Jennifer Bailey and Erin
Sowers will be featured on the first movement of Vivaldi’s Spring
Concerto. Scott, a sophomore music major from Custer, will perform
all three movements of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb. Bailey, a
senior music major from Lead, will play the first movement of Mozart’s
Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major. Talsma, a senior music major
from Spearfish, will sing Laudemus Te from Mozart’s Mass in C.
Mr. Christopher Hahn, BHSU music instructor, will conduct the
majority of the program. Dr. Randall Royer, BHSU associate professor of
music and music director for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, will conduct
the Vivaldi performance.
The concert is open to the public at no cost; however, donations for
music scholarships will be accepted at the door. For more information,
contact Royer at 642-6255.
of the Arts begins next week - top
Black Hills State University will host its annual Week of the Arts
Sunday, April 3 through Saturday, April 9.
A wide variety of concerts, art exhibits, book signings and other
events are scheduled on the BHSU campus. Art exhibits will also be on
display at three Spearfish locations: Roma’s Restaurant, on the corner
of Fifth Street and Illinois Street; the Bay Leaf Café, on Hudson
Street; and the Spearfish Arts Center Gallery, on Main Street.
Information on exhibit locations and reception times will be available
at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union information desk.
Campus maps are also available at the information desk.
The public is welcome to attend all BHSU Week of the Arts events.
Admission is free. For more information call the College of Arts and
Sciences office at 642-6420.
- Postcards and other affordable art for sale (silent auction),
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 12 noon
- Downtown art exhibits, The Spearfish Arts Center Gallery,
Roma’s Restaurant, and the Bay Leaf Café
- Campus art exhibits, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union, Ruddell Gallery and third floor lobby; Clare and
Josef Meier Hall, second floor lobby; Woodburn Hall, third floor
hallway; Jonas Hall, basement; and the Donald E. Young Sports and
Fitness Center lobby
Sunday, April 3
- Dakota Chamber Orchestra student showcase concert,
Recital Hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Monday, April 4
- Sculpture/Stained Glass Show and Student Photo Show
receptions, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union third
floor lobby and Ruddell Gallery, 3 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5
- Student recital, Recital Hall in Clare and Josef Meier
Hall, 3:30 p.m.
- Senior Photo Show reception, Clare and Josef Meier Hall
second floor lobby, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Panel discussion “Humor in Art,” Clare and Josef Meier
Hall Room 128, 7 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6
- Student Photo Show and “In Appreciation” Show receptions,
Jonas Hall basement, 3 to 5 p.m.
- Premiere of the one-act play “Chimera,” Recital Hall in
Clare and Josef Meier Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 7
- Film “Rivers and Tides,” Clare and Josef Meier Hall Rooms
127 & 128, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Jazz Choir concert, Recital Hall in Clare and Josef Meier
Hall, 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon
- Student Painting Show reception, Donald E. Young Sports
and Fitness Center lobby, 3 to 5 p.m.
- Poetry and Song Concert, Recital Hall in Clare and Josef
Meier Hall, 3:30 p.m.
- Reception and book signing for recently published BHSU
writers, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market
Place, 7 to 9 p.m.
Friday, April 8
- Postcard/affordable art auction final bid, David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union entrance, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Bid
winners will be announced from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
- Jazz Combos/Big Band, Recital Hall in Clare and Josef
Meier Hall, 12 noon to 1 p.m.
- Author Charles Bowden lecture and book signing, Recital
Hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, April 9
- Premiere of the independent film “10:15 Salem Park,”
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room, 2
- Reception for Jenny Braig and Shawn Funk, The Spearfish
Arts Center Gallery on Main Street in Spearfish, 5 to 7 p.m.
UP Team presents extreme
comedy show - top
Hills State University will host an extreme comedy show by Mad Chad
Taylor Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.
Taylor has been called the Evil Knievil of comedy. During his
hilarious one-man comedy show, he juggles running chainsaws, lights his
finger on fire, and catches a 15-pound anvil with his head. He says,
“It’s amazing how many people want to watch you do something stupid.”
Taylor has performed his extreme comedy show all over the world. He
has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Donnie and Marie
Show,” “The World’s Most Dangerous Acts,” and dozens of other television
shows in the U.S., Japan, Germany, Spain and Finland.
An accomplished actor who studied at the acclaimed Beverly Hills
Playhouse, Taylor starred in the film “Fastlane to Vegas” and made
appearances in “Landspeed” and “Crocodile Dundee in L.A.”
The show, sponsored by the University Programming (UP) Team
Kaleidoscope Committee, is open to the public at no cost. For more
information or to make accommodations for persons with disabilities,
contact Crystal at 642-6418 at least 48 hours prior to the show.
BHSU authors will be
honored at book signing during Arts Week 2005 -
Kent Meyers, BHSU English professor,
is one of six BHSU authors who will be taking part in a reception and
book signing April 7. Each author will read from and discuss their works
as well as answer questions from the audience.
Black Hills State University authors will be honored
at a reception and book signing Thursday, April 7 from 7-9 p.m. in the
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace on campus.
This event is one of many scheduled in honor of BHSU
Arts Week 2005. Six authors will be recognized. Each author will read
from and discuss their works as well as answer questions from the
The featured authors during the first hour include
David Diamond, assistant mass communications professor, Cool Hand in
a Hot Fire; Audrey Gabel, professor emeritus, and Elaine Ebbert,
BHSU graduate, Mushrooms and Other Fungi from the Black Hills and
Surrounding Area; and Kent Meyers, associate English professor,
The Work of Wolves. Following an intermission, the second hour will
feature presentations by Roger Ochse, English professor, The Civic
Literature of Walt Whitman; Ronnie Thiesz, English and American
Indian Studies professor and chair of the department of humanities,
Sharing the Gift of Lakota Song; and David Wolff, associate history
professor, Industrializing the Rockies: Growth, Competition and
Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914.
Time will be provided for book signings and books will
be available for purchase from the BHSU Bookstore.
Arts Week 2005, which runs April 3 through April 9, is
a celebration of the arts that includes musical recitals and concerts,
art and photography exhibitions, feature films, a one-act play and panel
discussions. All events are free and open to the public. For additional
information or to request disability accommodations, call Greg at
Renowned author will speak at
Black Hills State University - top
Renowned author Charles Bowden will speak at Black Hills State
University Friday, April 8 at 3 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and
Josef Meier Hall. His topic will be “Writing Prophetically about the
According to David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities and
director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, Bowden is a master of non-fiction
and is considered by many to be America's finest living writer of
literary journalism. His writings range widely, covering topics such as
the environment, politics, border issues, examinations of America, and
examinations of the drug trade.
Bowden has published articles for a wide range of national
periodicals, from Harper's and Arizona Highways to GQ
and Mother Jones. He has also authored numerous books, including
Red Line; Desierto; Frog Mountain Blues; Juarez:
The City of Our Future; Blue Desert; and Blues for
Cannibals. His latest book, A Shadow in the City: Confessions of
an Undercover Drug Warrior, is slated for release July 6.
The presentation is open to the public at no cost. Bowden's books
Blood Orchid and Down by the River will be available for
purchase at the BHSU Bookstore.
Bowden’s appearance is one of several events scheduled for the 2005
Week of the Arts at BHSU, which begins Sunday, April 4 and ends
Saturday, April 9. His presentation is the seventh in the university's
Writing the West Series, which is sponsored by a grant from the Twin
Cities' Bush Foundation. Contact Cremean at 642-0829 for more
Teachers asked to donate
educational materials for future teachers -
The Black Hills State University Reading Council will
host the second annual Teacher Swap Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 12
noon in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.
Teachers are asked to donate materials they are no
longer using in their classrooms. Reading Council members and BHSU
education students will then have the opportunity to pick out materials
for their future classrooms.
The BHSU Reading Council is composed of individuals
who plan to teach. Most members will become certified teachers in the
state of South Dakota within a year or two. The Teacher Swap was created
to help these soon-to-be teachers with the expenses associated with the
first year of teaching.
Materials may be dropped off at the Student Union
Market Place April 9 or arrangements can be made to have someone pick up
donated items. For more information or to make arrangements to have
someone pick up donated items, contact Joanna Jones, the BHSU Reading
Council advisor, at 642-6405 or
BHSU student named outstanding
geoscientist - top
Tessa Jones, a senior environmental earth science
major at Black Hills State University, recently received the
"Outstanding Woman Geoscientist Award" by the Association for Women
Jones has been invited to an awards banquet in Denver
in April. According to Dr. Steven Anderson, BHSU professor of geology
and planetary science, Jones is very deserving of this award.
Jones was recently accepted into the master's degree
program in the geology department at the State University of New York (SUNY)
in Buffalo, New York, where she will conduct volcanology research with
Dr. Tracy Gregg.
Earlier this semester, Jones had the opportunity to
present research findings at an international meeting in Pucon, Chile.
While there, Jones also climbed to the summit of a volcano where she
observed an active lava lake.
Jones, who came to BHSU with plans to earn a biology
degree, is now looking forward to a career in volcanology and plans to
continue her research and eventually teach in the field. Jones feels
that her educational experience at BHSU has certainly prepared her for
the next step as she contemplates beginning graduate school.
“Here at Black Hills State, I was only limited by what
I wanted to do. If I had the devotion and desire to do it, I could get
funding (for research),” Jones said. She noted, and Anderson concurred,
that hands-on research at this level is unusual for undergraduate
students and that research has been an integral part of her education.
“In bigger schools it is much more difficult to get
actual research experience,” Jones said. “The professors at BHSU are
eager to do research with students and never hesitate to help in any
SIFE members will compete in
business competition - top
The Black Hills State University Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) team will compete in the regional SIFE competition in
Denver April 4.
The BHSU SIFE team will present information about the
activities (workshops, outreach, training) in which it has been involved
over the course of the last year.
Students who will be representing the BHSU SIFE Team
in Denver this year are: Brandi Heid, a senior business major from
Beulah, N.D.; Judy Dague, a senior accounting major from Nisland; Teresa
Montgomery, a junior business major from Hot Springs; Don Wolkenhauer, a
sophomore business major from Sturgis; Laurie Stange, a senior business
major from Spearfish; John Williams, a junior business major from
Spearfish; and Becca Walters, a senior business major from Sioux Falls.
The BHSU SIFE team advisor is Dr. Priscilla Romkema, associate professor
in the College of Business and Technology and director of the Center for
Business and Entrepreneurship at BHSU.
Two previous BHSU SIFE teams competed and earned
honors at the regional competition.
SIFE is a nonprofit organization that gives students
the tools to learn the free enterprise system in a real working
situation. SIFE challenges students on more than 800 college campuses
nationwide to take what they're learning in the classroom and use their
knowledge to better their communities. Guided by faculty advisors who
are named Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellows in honor of the late
Wal-Mart founder, SIFE teams establish a variety of community outreach
programs that teach free enterprise; for example, they teach concepts
such as budgeting, accounting and supply and demand. They help budding
entrepreneurs get their plans off the ground and mentor at-risk
students, inspiring them to reach for their dreams.
Regents staff members visit
campus - top
Robert T. Tad Perry, (left) executive director for the South Dakota
Board of Regents (SDBOR), visits with Dr. Betsy Silva, chair of the
department of physical education at Black Hills State University, and
BHSU President Thomas Flickema. Perry and other members of the SDBOR
staff are currently conducting annual visits to each of the Regental
universities. At BHSU Perry, along with Regents staff members Sandee
Schamber, a BHSU education faculty member who is currently serving as a
Regents Scholar/Fellow for teacher quality enhancements, and Dr. Paul
Gough, director of policy and planning for the SDBOR, toured the campus
and met with students, faculty and staff. The group visited the Center
for the Advancement of Math and Science Education which recently moved
to campus, viewed the Young Center to hear a preview of changes planned
to enhance the building to meet Title IX guidelines, listened to
students and faculty perform musical numbers in the recital hall of
Clare and Josef Meier Hall and visited the recently established Center
for Conservation of Biological Resources in Jonas Hall.
Herseth and Flickema discuss
educational issues - top
Stephanie Herseth recently met with Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of
Black Hills State University, to discuss educational issues. Herseth and
Flickema discussed several items of concern to higher education
including funding of higher education and the status of student
financial aid. Herseth was in Spearfish to conduct meetings to discuss
proposed changes in social security.
BHSU hosts research
symposium - top
Cynthia Anderson, (left)
BHSU researcher, Jessica Cahoy, (center) a senior biology major from
Spearfish, and Dr. Shane Sarver, associate biology professor, were among
more than 150 participants in the annual Black Hills Research Symposium
hosted by BHSU this week. The goal of this
research was to screen bison for a specific mutation that has been
identified in cattle and is important in Mad Cow Disease research.
Researchers at BHSU have isolated the region harboring the mutation,
sequenced that region, and, using DNA fingerprinting methods, have
tested 178 bison for the presence of the mutation. It was found that the
mutation does exist in bison, but at a very low frequency. Additional
bison samples are currently being tested.
More than 150 students and faculty showcased results
of their research at the annual Black Hills Research Symposium hosted by
Black Hills State University this week.
According to Holly Downing, dean of the College of
Arts and Sciences, the symposium was a success. She noted that more than
80 people attended the keynote address by Dr. William Foley, professor
emeritus of history at Central Missouri State University and the author
and editor of numerous books. Drawing from his research at the British
Library and the Public Record Office in London, Foley discussed British
reactions to Lewis and Clark’s trek across North America.
Throughout the day, BHSU students and faculty gave
oral presentations and poster sessions were held.
“Students and faculty were able to share their
research interests with their colleagues both in their own disciplines
and across campus,” says Downing. She added that, for students the
experience of giving presentations teaches them about the process of
formally communicating research results.
Relay for Life team plans
fundraising dinner - top
A group made up of Bangladeshis and Americans calling
itself "Food for Life" will hold a fundraising dinner at Hudson Hall
Saturday, April 9 at 6 p.m. Essentially South Asian cuisine will be
Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Lawrence
County Relay for Life in support of its efforts to raise money for the
American Cancer Society. The minimum donation for the dinner is $20.
Seating is limited. To purchase a ticket, or to make
reservations, contact Hasina Ahmad in the Business Office, Woodburn 206,
at 642-6480 or
HasinaAhmad@bhsu.edu, or Ahrar Ahmad in Jonas 124 at 642-6000 or
Kids Fair volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the 10th Annual Youth and
Family Services (YFS) Kids Fair April 22, 23 and 24 at the Rushmore
Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City. All volunteers are allowed to attend
the Kids Fair free of charge the day or days they volunteer.
Last year more than 9,000 children and their families
from western Nebraska, eastern Wyoming and South Dakota attended this
family event that includes more than 70 booths that feature a hands-on
"This is the perfect opportunity for people to learn
more about Rapid City and the many organizations in our area dedicated
to helping children and their families," said Steve Merrill, YFS
community relations director. "If you're enrolled in a program that
involves children and plan to stay in this area, this is a perfect way
to start to learning more about who you may want to work for someday."
Volunteers may sign up for one or more three-hour
shifts on each day of the event. All volunteers must be 13 years of age
or older. The dates and times for this year's fair are:
- Friday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Pony rides, a jumping castle, train rides, a giant
crawl-through dragon, a climbing wall, an inflatable slide, and a
petting zoo are a few of the top attractions this year. Volunteers are
needed to assist at the attractions, help take tickets, work as costume
characters and help in the face-painting booth. Proceeds from the Kids Fair will go to YFS.
To volunteer, call Merrill at (605) 342-4195 or send
an e-mail with your name, address, telephone number, and preferred
volunteer time period and date to
Assessment Committee minutes - top
The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March
21 at 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.
Present were Earley, Siewert, Strand, Alsup, D.
Wessel, S. Hupp, and Ellis. Sarkar, Cremean, Hagerty, and Myers were
The following annual assessment reports were reviewed:
- English - Approved with the recommendation
that next year student names be left out, that the department look
at adopting a national exam, and that the goals be stated as
- Physical Education - Approved.
- Composite Physical Science - Accepted with
the recommendation that Dean Downing and Ms. Dunbar provide a report
on the status of dropping the major.
- Psychology - Approved and lauded as a
model for others.
- Speech Theatre - Approved with the
recommendations that next year statements about physical facilities
be omitted, that the department look at the possibility of a
national test, and that the number of majors and exit exam takers be
- Spanish - Approved with the recommendation
that a national exam on content be considered.
- Wellness Management - Delayed until Dr.
Schurrer can report on what constitutes the exit exam and what data
he has accumulated over previous years.
The next meeting will be Monday, April 18 at 1 p.m. in
the Meier Hall Conference Room. The committee will consider the
following reports: MSCI, MSBSM, Speech, Wellness Management, Math and
Science Education, and Science Education. In addition, the committee
will talk about a summary report and recommendations.
Faculty Senate minutes
The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, March 2 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present were: Kristi Pearce (president),
Randall Royer (vice president), Barbara Chrisman, Steve Andersen, Curtis
Card, Jim Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Roger Miller, Tom Termes,
Christine Shearer-Cremean, Sharon Strand, and Ian Laber (Student Senate
The meeting was called to order by Pearce. The agenda
was approved and the minutes were approved as corrected.
Royer announced that Hesson has been chosen to receive
the Distinguished Faculty Award for 2005. Since Hesson will be a
platform guest at graduation, Dr. Verona Beguin will serve as a marshall
in his place.
The senate discussed the forum held Feb. 23.
Twenty-five people attended the forum, including students, faculty, one
department chair, and one dean. The senate commended Andersen for his
role as moderator at the forum. As a result of the forum, ideas and
suggestions to improve campus communication were presented in written
form as action items to be addressed by the senate. After the forum,
student senators had a discussion with a student who sometimes reports
for the Today Newspaper who had asked questions at the forum. The
Student Senate will continue to respond to the issue with the Today
There was a continuance of the discussion related to
possible ways of reorganizing the Faculty Senate. The issue of shared
governance is included in the Strategic Plan of the university. Further
investigation of the structure of an Academic Senate will be done.
Members are to get faculty input from their constituents. A motion to
invite department chairs and deans to the Wednesday, April 6 meeting was
made and approved.
The senate continued its discussion of curriculum
issues related to general education changes and to the STEP process
which remain a frustration. Faculty need more direction related to STEP.
The STEP project is funded through the Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE)
The Tree Award could be made at the annual recognition
reception April 12 or at graduation May 7. Graduation was chosen as the
preferred venue. The type of tree and the plaque will be chosen soon.
- Council of Deans - It was announced that Black
Hills State University has identified undergraduate research and
creative activity as the institutional priority. The Board of
Regents Office has announced a new faculty research program to
promote economic development in relation to the 2010 program of
Governor Rounds. Applications are due by end of March.
- On March 23 there will be an open house at the
Higher Education Center - West River in Rapid City. Dr. Dean Myers,
vice president for Academic Affairs, is in charge of this center.
The new doctorate program in Adult & Higher Education is a part of
this center. USD, SDSU, and BHSU (Molseed and Alsup) will provide
faculty to teach in this program. Seventy-seven students are
currently enrolled in the cohort-based program that will take 2˝
years to complete.
- Standards of evaluation are still being pursued.
Curriculum proposals from history, business, science, art and music
were reviewed and approved.
- Dr. Tad Perry will meet with the Faculty Senate
March 30 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Perry has issued special invitations
to faculty members under 40 for a separate meeting.
- Student Senate - The new constitution approved by
members and changes in the bylaws will come up at the next meeting.
Elections will be held Monday, April 11. Petitions are due two weeks
prior to the election. Concern was expressed that the student
newspaper does not cover the activities of the Student Senate.
- Assessment - There will be a training session for
people who write the assessment reports for the various academic
departments. Reviews of reports continue. Most of the reports are in
- Strategic Planning - The committee continues to
review budget reports - Dr. Haislett's Student Life report was the
most recent. Haislett discussed where money comes from, what it is
spent on, and the area's highest priority if it had more money.
A motion to adjourn was made and seconded at 4:50 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Chrisman, recording
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Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
309, through March 30. For copies of the information, contact the office
at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Fellowship information will also be posted on the
Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program - Applied
Plant Genomics - Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP)
The Department of Agriculture, Cooperative State Research, Education,
and Extension Service, Office of Extramural Programs announces their
National Research Initiative (NRI) Program. The purpose of the NRI
Program is to support research, extension, and education grants that
address key problems of national, regional, and multi-state importance
in sustaining all components of agriculture (farming, ranching, forestry
including urban and agro-forestry, aquaculture, rural communities, human
nutrition, processing, etc.). Providing this support requires that NRI
advance fundamental sciences in support of agriculture and coordinate
opportunities to build on these discoveries. Building on these
discoveries will necessitate new efforts in education and extension that
deliver science-based knowledge to people, allowing them to make
informed practical decisions. In FY 2005, the NRI Program will accept
applications for fundamental research, mission-linked research, and
integrated research, extension, and education projects.
Deadline: July 1, with letters of intent due by June 1. For
the entire request for applications document, including mailing
addresses and contact information, application forms, specific
eligibility requirements, and other information, see
Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children
with Disabilities—Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation (ED)
The Department of Education announces the following grant
opportunity. The purposes of this program are to (1) help address
state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel -- in special
education, related services, early intervention, and regular education
-- to work with infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with
disabilities; and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and
knowledge -- derived from practices that have been determined through
research and experience to be successful -- that are needed to serve
those children. The purpose of this priority is to increase the number
and quality of personnel who are fully credentialed to serve children
with disabilities especially in areas of chronic shortage, by supporting
projects that prepare special education, early intervention, and related
services personnel at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s and
Deadline: May 9. Review the official application notice for
pre-application and application requirements, application submission
information, performance measures, priorities and program contact
information. It is available at
Personnel Preparation to Improve Services and Results for Children
with Disabilities—Preparation of Leadership Personnel (ED)
The Department of Education (ED) announces grant opportunities to
develop leadership personnel for children with disabilities. The
purposes of this program are to (1) help address state-identified needs
for highly qualified personnel -- in special education, related
services, early intervention, and regular education -- to work with
infants or toddlers with disabilities, or children with disabilities;
and (2) ensure that those personnel have the skills and knowledge --
derived from practices that have been determined through research and
experience to be successful -- that are needed to serve those children.
This priority supports projects that train personnel at the doctoral or
post-doctoral level in early intervention, special education or related
services and at the advanced level (masters and specialists) in special
Deadline: May 9. For specific information about eligibility,
Tools for Zebrafish Research (NIH)
The National Institute of Health (NIH) through a number of its
organizations publishes this program announcement (PA) which encourages
investigator-initiated applications designed to exploit the power of the
zebrafish as a vertebrate model for biomedical and behavior research.
Applications are welcome proposing to develop new tools or genetic or
genomic resources of high priority to the zebrafish community that will
advance the detection and characterization of genes, pathways, and
phenotypes of interest in development and aging, organ formation,
behavior, sensory processing, physiological processes, and disease
processes. This effort stems from an NIH initiative developed by the
Institutes and Centers of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee
(TZCC) under the co-chairmanship of NICHD and NIDDK.
- Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary
from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and
duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and
the number of awards will depend upon the numbers, quality,
duration, and costs of the applications received.
- This PA will use the NIH individual research project grant (R01)
- Eligible organizations include for-profit or non-profit
organizations; public or private institutions, such as universities,
colleges, hospitals, and laboratories; units or State and local
government; eligible agencies of the federal government; and,
domestic or foreign institutions.
- Eligible principal investigators include any individual with the
skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed
research. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to
apply for NIH programs.
- An individual principal investigator may submit only one
application per year in response to this announcement. There is no
limit to the number of different applications that an applicant
institution may submit.
Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. For details, see the full