Volume XXIX, No. 12 • April 1, 2005


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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 professor;
  • 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
Sather

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 University.

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 Tournament Championship.

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 basketball season.

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 sports administration.

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 - top

Priscilla Romkema
Romkema

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 2005-2007.

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 president.

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.

Amanda Scott, Erin Talsma, and Jennifer Bailey

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 Talsma.

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.



Annual Week 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.

Week-long events

  • 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 p.m.
  • 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

Mad Chad Taylor juggling chainsawsBlack 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 - top

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.

Kent Meyers

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 audience.

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 723-3006.



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 West.”

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 information.


Teachers asked to donate educational materials for future teachers - top

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 JoannaJones@bhsu.edu.


BHSU student named outstanding geoscientist - top

Tessa Jones
Jones

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 Geoscientists.

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 way.”


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

Dr. 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

Rep. 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.

Research Symposium

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 served.

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 AhrarAhmad@bhsu.edu.


Kids Fair volunteers needed - top

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 educational activity.

"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 yfsnews@rapidnet.com.


University 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 absent.

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 measurable goals.
  • 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 included.
  • 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 - top

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 representative).

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 Newspaper.

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) grant.

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.

Reports:

  • 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 acceptable form.
  • 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 secretary.


Grant opportunities announced - top

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 grants@bhsu.edu. 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 www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/USDA/CSREES/OEP/USDA-GRANTS-032505-001/Grant.html.


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 specialist levels.

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 www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-032305-002/Grant.html.


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 education administration.

Deadline: May 9. For specific information about eligibility, visit www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-032305-001/Grant.html.


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) award mechanism.
  • 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 announcement at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-080.html.


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