Volume XXIX, No. 27 • July 15, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Kirsten Smart, sales clerk, University Bookstore

Resignation - top

  • Kaylene Van Lingen, Child Care Center

New system will change PPAR dates - top

Beginning July 31, Career Service Act (CSA) employees will have their Performance Planning and Review (PPAR) sessions on the anniversary date of their hire instead of in March each year. This change is a part of the new finance/human resources/payroll system rollout that is currently underway in the South Dakota public higher education system.

All the necessary information and forms will be sent to the appropriate supervisor approximately two weeks prior to the CSA employee’s anniversary date. The review is to be completed on the anniversary date.

According to Anita Haeder, director of Human Resources, there will be some "catching up" to do since the new fiscal year began July 1 and there were anniversary dates the first part of July. Prior to July 31, supervisors will be sent the annual PPAR document letters for those employees who are to be evaluated in July. After July the information should be out on a regular schedule.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through July 13. 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.

Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (NSF)

The long-range goal of the Enhancing the Mathematical Sciences Workforce in the 21st Century (EMSW21) program is to increase the number of well-prepared U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents who pursue careers in the mathematical sciences and in other National Science Foundation supported disciplines. EMSW21 tries to do this with three separate components: The Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE) program supports activities that involve the entire department and span the entire spectrum of educational levels from undergraduates through postdoctoral associates; Research Training Groups (RTG) support the training activities of a group of faculty who have a common research interest; Mentoring through Critical Transition Points (MCTP) involves a larger group of faculty but focuses on specified stages in the professional development of the trainees.

Deadline: Oct. 12, 2005. For additional information and program requirements see www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-595/Grant.html.

Rural Health Network Development Program

Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration announces the Rural Health Network Development Program, which will support development of rural health networks. Grant funds are used to support activities that strengthen the organizational capabilities of these networks whose purpose is to overcome the fragmentation and vulnerablility of providers in rural areas.

Deadline: Sept. 26, 2005. The full announcement is available at https://grants.hrsa.gov/webExternal/SFO.asp?ID=622C2AAE-7389-4B44-B6D1-EF9094F96D93.

Fall 2006 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering graduate fellowships for master's and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for receipt of pre-applications is Oct. 18, 2005. Subject to availability of funding, the EPA plans to award approximately 100 new fellowships by July 21, 2006. Master's level students may receive support for a maximum of two years. Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years, usable over a period of four years. The fellowship program provides up to $37,000 per year of support per fellowship.

Deadline: Oct. 18, 2005. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/EPA/OGD/GAD/EPA-F2006-STAR-F2/Grant.html for more information.

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