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Johnson named chair of
Industrial and Technology Department -
Jean Johnson, assistant professor at Black Hills State
University, has been named the chair of the Industrial and Information
Technology Department in the College of Business and Technology.
Johnson has been a faculty member at BHSU since the
fall of 1986. She has completed a number of Ph.D. level courses in
computer science at the University of Wyoming and received a master's
degree in mathematics with an emphasis in computer science from the
University of South Dakota. She also has a bachelor's degree in
mathematics also from USD.
Johnson’s teaching background includes one year in the
Mathematics Department and three years in the Computer Science
Department at USD. She also held a teaching assistant position at the
University of Wyoming. Johnson has presented a number of computer
classes and workshops for area businesses, organizations, and
governmental agencies; taught with the Teaching in Technology and
Learning program at BHSU, and has developed many workshops for students
and community members.
Johnson is involved in several community and
professional organizations. She volunteers with the Suncatcher's
Therapeutic Riding Academy and the Special Olympics program in Rapid
City. She is past chair and current proceedings editor for the Rocky
Mountain Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges
and serves on the executive committee of the Society for the Advancement
of Information Systems. Other memberships and affiliations include Phi
Beta Kappa, Sigma Beta Delta, Pi Mu Epsilon, and the Association for
According to Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the College of
Business and Technology, Johnson played a key role in last year’s review
of the college programs and curriculum revision for the bachelor of
science in business administration degree.
“The revised business administration curriculum, which
is now more rigorous and flexible, is one of the top business programs
in the nation,” Sarkar said. “Jean’s contribution provided the basis for
a review of the college programs including minors and associate
programs. This review helped to develop an efficient allocation of
scarce faculty resources.”
Sarkar added that BHSU is the only institution in the
state that offers an undergraduate degree in industrial technology.
“I look forward to working with Jean for a similar
curriculum modification for industrial technology programs and the
accreditation of the NAIT – National Association of Industrial
Technology,” Sarkar says.
The College of Business and Technology at BHSU offers
a master degree (MS) in business which focuses on the service industry;
bachelor’s degree (BS) in business administration with seven
specializations, professional accounting, industrial technology, applied
technical science, and business and technology education; and an
associate degree (AS) in drafting. The Department of Industrial and
Information technology also offers minors in management information
system (MIS), electronics and drafting.
Sarkar noted that recently, BHSU business students
scored an average of 152.9 on a national exit exam which focused on
eight areas including accounting, economics, finance, management,
marketing, business communication, and ethical and legal environment of
business, well above the nationwide average of 151.6.
Web site revision update
The Black Hills State University web site
transformation is underway. The web team is now converting content from
the current site to a newly redesigned site that utilizes a content
management system. Once this stage of content conversion is completed,
the new site will be activated.
There are many benefits to the new website since
utilizes a content management system which will allow many additional
features to accommodate the increased internet usage. When complete, the
site will feature a new comprehensive web strategy, a new site
navigation plan and a new site design built on content management system
by .Net (dot net) technology.
The BHSU web team includes Corinne Hansen, director of
university communications; Robin Temple, internet specialist with the
Center for Tourism and Research; Paul Kopco, webmaster and instructor;
Ven Thompson, director of institutional research; and LaNaya Elliott, a
recent BHSU graduate who is working part time on the project.
According to Hansen, much progress has been made and
the web team members are actively moving content, establishing a
navigation system and incorporating graphics. The new site is expected
to be ready “to go live” later this semester. Due to technical problems
the site wasn’t ready to be activated at the beginning of the fall
semester as originally planned.
“We are in the process of moving information to the
new site. Staff members will be contacted when the information on the
web pages for their department is moved to the new site. Then they will
be asked to continue making necessary content changes on the current
site while maintaining a copy of the changes so the changes can be made
to the new site once it is activated,” Hansen said.
The content management system will allow staff members
to create, edit and maintain pages without having separate web
development software. Plans are being made to incorporate more
interactive tools such as forums, discussion groups, news feeds and
surveys. Training sessions for people who update web pages will be
conducted before the site is activated.
Hansen noted that the new site will have a consistent look throughout
the pages that will give the university the opportunity to present a
comprehensive positive message, which is especially important to outside
audiences. The web site conversion is part of an overall marketing plan
for the university which includes incorporating a new branding concept
for BHSU. According to Hansen, the branding concept is still being
developed, but once it is finalized, it will be applied to the website
as well as many other communication venues.
“This is an exciting time for BHSU. We have wonderful
success stories to tell about the dedicated faculty, outstanding
students and accomplishments of graduates. The branding effort will
create a comprehensive concept to promote BHSU with a clear message to
make people more aware of what BHSU is and what we have to offer the
community, state and region,” Hansen said.
To make suggestions or comments about the website
redevelopment, contact Hansen at 6215, Kopco at 6503, or Temple at 6336.
College of Business and
Technology will host popcorn party - top
In the spirit of Swarm Days, the College of Business
and Technology will host a popcorn party Tuesday, Sept. 20, Wednesday,
Sept. 21 and Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the campus
green outside Meier Hall. BHSU students, faculty and staff are welcome
to come and enjoy some tasty popcorn flavors while getting to know the
business and technology faculty and staff members.
Swarm Day plans announced -
2005 Swarm Day committee has developed a full week of homecoming
activities at Black Hills State University including several events
which encourage community participation. Members of the Swarm Day
committee are: first row (left to right)-Theresa Mutter, general
chairperson; Sara Schafer, coronation chairperson; second row, Nicole
Jaris, decorations, Amy Fulton, who is overseeing the game show, Nicole
Krcil, decorations chairperson, Kayla Kidder, parade chairperson; third
row, Jessi Moeller, concessions and kiddie carnival chairperson; Kelly
Kirk, coronation chairperson; Jamie Appleman, coronation chairperson;
Chancie Smith, parade chairperson; fourth row, Jane Klug, director of
student services, advisor; and Jodi Neiffer, director of alumni,
advisor. Not pictured are Chelsey Anderson, general chairperson; Ellen
Melaragno, advisor; and Terri Wells, director of development, advisor.
Eighteen named to Swarm Day
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Eighteen Black Hills State University students will
vie for 2005 Swarm Day king, queen, prince and princess honors during
the annual BHSU homecoming celebration next week. Royalty members will
be crowned during a coronation ceremony Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in
the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.
King candidates are Patrick Fink, a senior mass
communications major from Sturgis; Seth Gudmunson, a senior
communication arts and mass communications-photography major from
Watertown; Jesse Julius, a senior business administration-travel and
tourism major from Watertown; Nicholas Koontz, a senior psychology major
from Sturgis; and Joshua Stanton, a senior vocal music major from Miles
Queen candidates are Rachel Braaten, a senior
elementary education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Nicole Krcil, a
senior elementary education major from Wagner; Jessi Moeller, a senior
elementary education major from Hartford; Erin Power, a senior outdoor
education major from Bismarck, N.D.; and Emily Varland, a senior mass
communications major from Gregory.
This year, in addition to the king and queen chosen
from BHSU seniors, a Swarm Day prince and princess will be chosen from
Prince candidates are Joseph Herzog, a sophomore mass
communications major from Miles City, Mont.; Blake Schumacher, a
sophomore elementary education major from Hot Springs; Joel Sletten, a
junior business management major from Irene; and Ian Vytlacil, a
sophomore speech/theatre and mass communications major from Box Elder.
Princess candidates are Megan Fitzgerald, a junior
social science major from Belle Fourche; Kelly Kirk, a sophomore history
and political science major from Beulah, N.D.; Sara Schafer, a junior
speech communication major from Rapid City; and Lily Van Vlack, a junior
elementary education major from Rapid City.
Homecoming week activities will begin Saturday, Sept.
17 with the second annual Swarm Days 5K Run. Other events will be held
throughout the following week, culminating Saturday, Sept. 24 with the
Swarm Day parade and football game. This year’s theme is “Hollywood
Community members and alumni are encouraged to take
part in the Swarm Day homecoming activities. The Swarm Day Committee is
sponsoring a spirit competition window painting, sidewalk chalking and
banner painting Sunday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union Market Place. Other community events include the
second annual 5K Run Saturday, Sept. 17; the Kiddie Carnival, with free
games and prizes for preschool and elementary school children, Tuesday,
Sept. 20; and an alumni/student/faculty/staff flag football tournament
Wednesday, Sept. 21.
A complete schedule of events for the week is given
below. For additional information contact the Swarm Day office at
Saturday, September 17
- Swarm Days 5K Run, 8 a.m.(registration is
6:45 to 7:45 a.m.), Lyle Hare Stadium
Sunday, September 18
- Spirit competition window painting/sidewalk
chalking/banner painting, 2 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Market Place
Monday, September 19
- Kick-off at the H, 3 to 8 p.m., Black
Hills State University campus green
Tuesday, September 20
- Royalty panel, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place
- Kiddie Carnival, 4 to 7 p.m, David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
- Residence Hall decoration judging, 7 to 9
p.m., Residence Hall lobbies
- Movie Night at Northern Hills Cinema, 9
p.m., Northern Hills Movie Theater
Wednesday, September 21
- Office decoration judging, all day, BHSU
- Spirit Competition scavenger hunt, 3 p.m.,
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby
- Student/Alumni/Faculty/Staff Flag Football
Tournament, 6 to 9 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness
Thursday, September 22
- Disc golf tournament, 3:30 p.m. (students)
and 5 p.m. (community), meet at Hole #1 of the BHSU disc golf course
- Coronation, 7 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union Market Place
- “Hollywood Squares” game show, 8 p.m.,
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
Friday, September 23
- Float prep, 7 p.m. to 12 midnight, Donald
E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House
- Hall of Fame Banquet, 6 p.m., David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
Saturday, September 24
- Alumni Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
- Parade, 10:30 a.m., Donald E. Young Sports
and Fitness Center parking lot
- Can drive/tailgate party, 12 noon, Lyle
- Football game, BHSU vs. Dickinson State
University, 1:30 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium
BHSU will honor alumni during
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Four Black Hills State University outstanding alumni
will be honored for their achievements during Swarm Day activities next
Those selected for special recognition include: Dick
DuBois, Rapid City, who will receive the Excellence in Education Award;
dee (Denise) Welsch, Denver, Colo., who is being honored with the
Special Achievement Award; Walter Higbee, Spearfish, who will be
presented with the Special Service Award; and Roger Risty, Sioux Falls,
who will be honored with the Distinguished Aumni Award. These alumni
will be honored at an awards breakfast Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Tickets for the
banquet are available by calling 642-6446. The honorees will also
participate in the Swarm Day parade and be recognized during half-time
of the football game.
Dick DuBois, who taught studio art at BHSU for
35 years before retiring, earned an art degree from BHSU in 1964. He
then attended the University of Wyoming, earning a master’s degree in
art. He continued post graduate study in New England at the University
of Massachusetts in Amherst. DuBois maintains a private studio and home
in Rapid City. Before joining the faculty at BHSU, Dubois taught high
school in Rapid City and Lead.
DuBois has influenced many art students throughout the
years and said he hopes that he has made a difference in their lives and
helped them be better prepared for a career or future in art.
"I try to inspire the students to be better people as
well as better in their craft," DuBois says. "I hope I've made a
difference in some small way in their future."
A native of the Black Hills, DuBois prefers
traditional watercolor as his medium. He is the co-founder of the
Northern Plains Watercolor Society and has served on the board of
directors for the past 10 years. In addition to his studio work, Dick
participates in and conducts professional workshops in watercolor. He
has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has juried
competitions and invitational shows. His work is featured in permanent
collections throughout the United States.
DuBois has received numerous awards. His most recent
awards include the 2004 Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Visual Arts
dee (Denise) Welsch, graphic designer and
photographer, is a Torrington, Wyo., native who earned a bachelor’s
degree in mass communications and photography from BHSU in 1982. While
attending BHSU, Welsch was on the campus newspaper and campus yearbook
staff serving as both a photographer and a photo editor. Welsch was also
a four-year letter winner on the BHSU collegiate volleyball team.
After graduating, Welsch worked for the Queen City
Mail, the local newspaper in Spearfish. She later relocated to the west
coast and attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara,
Calif. While in California, Welsch worked for Fuji Film during the 1984
Olympics and was employed at a commercial photographic laboratory in Los
Angeles as a manager and then in sales. She worked with clients in the
aerospace, entertainment, architectural and sporting industries.
For the past 12 years, Welsch has lived in the greater
Denver, Colo., area working in various industries as a graphic designer
and photographer. She is presently employed at PENTAX Imaging in Golden,
Colo., as a graphic designer, coordinating visual marketing concepts,
graphic design, photography and all printed materials. Welsch is also a
freelance photographer for the National Football League and a national
stock photography agency.
Dr. Walter Higbee, a longtime education
professor at BHSU, is being honored with the Special Service Award.
Higbee joined the BHSU faculty in the fall of 1966. He previously had
worked in several education capacities in Iowa. Higbee spent time as a
special education teacher, a special education supervisor, and a school
psychologist. When he came to BHSU, he moved the special education
coursework from the summer to the academic year. The program was first a
collateral field and later emerged as a full special education major. At
the height of the program, there were 30 to 35 special education
graduates each year.
Higbee retired from BHSU in 1992 after 26 years of
service. He considers the development of the special education program
the highlight of his tenure at BHSU. He is also remembered for training
hundreds of special education teachers. In 1987, Higbee became the first
recipient of the BHSU distinguished faculty award. He lives in Spearfish
with his wife, Marion, and visits campus regularly.
Roger Risty, a longtime insurance agent and
community advocate, is currently president of Risty Benefits Inc. in
Sioux Falls. In addition to being a licensed insurance agent, Roger is a
registered investment advisor and a series six licensed securities
representative. After 30 years in the insurance business, Risty opened
his own agency specializing in employee benefits such as group medical,
life, disability and long term care.
Risty is actively involved in the Sioux Falls
community. He was a member of the Sioux Falls School Board from
1989-2004, serving as president for eight years and vice president for
four years. He also served as president and vice president for the
Association of School Boards of South Dakota and served as a delegate
for the National School Board Association.
Risty is a member of the board of directors for the
Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Sioux Falls Community
Development Foundation and Big Brothers and Big Sisters. He is also a
member of the El Riad Shrine Temple, is a member of the Sioux Falls
Downtown Kiwanis Club, is on the board of directors for the Volunteers
of America organization and has served as vice president of the
Pennington County Republican Party.
Risty is the founder of the President's Bowl, a high
school football event that has raised more than a million dollars since
its inception. He is also founder and president of Sioux Empire Safety
Village, an organization that brings safety related information and
support to all aspects of the community.
Risty has received many awards including the
Outstanding Achievement Award from the Sioux Falls Chamber and the
Lifetime Achievement Award from the Sioux Falls Parents Teachers
Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame
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Seven individuals are being inducted into the Yellow
Jacket Hall of Fame during a banquet Friday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the
Jacket Legacy Room in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at
Black Hills State University.
Individuals who will be inducted as athletes are
Michele (Cliff) Batz, Class of '81, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; Joe Divis,
Class of '95, Rapid City; Greg Deville, Class of '77, Foothills Ranch,
Calif.; and Ron Erion, Class of ’75, Pierre. John Nicholas, Class of
‘62, Eau Claire, Wisc., is being inducted as a coach. Bob and Linda
Albert, Class of '76 and '82, Mead, Colo., will be inducted as
contributors. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are available by
The Hall of Fame inductees will also participate in
the Swarm Day parade and be recognized during half-time of the Swarm Day
football game Saturday, Sept. 24.
Michele (Cliff) Batz attended BHSU from
1977-1981 and graduated with a degree in physical education. She was a
four-year letter winner in volleyball as well as track and field. Batz
received all-conference honors all four years in volleyball as a setter
and helped her team compile a record of 25-1 during her junior year.
According to Batz, the highlight that year was being crowned South
Dakota State Volleyball Champions in 1980. Her senior year brought a
first place finish in the conference tournament, a record of 35-14 and a
second place finish in the state tournament.
After graduating, Batz taught and coached at
Reedsville High School in Wisconsin. In 1987, she left teaching to
become the aquatics director for the Zion Park District in her hometown
of Zion, Ill. She is a certified aerobics instructor, yogafit instructor
and water aerobics instructor. Batz recently returned to teaching
physical education to elementary students and has been recognized as an
outstanding teacher by the school board. She also writes her own weekly
fitness column for the News Sun in Waukegan, Ill. A year ago, she wrote
her first book.
Joe Divis, Class of ‘95, had an extraordinary
basketball career at BHSU, finishing with 1,590 points, 745 rebounds and
361 blocked shots, an NAIA record for blocks. The NAIA all-American
center was named newcomer of the year for 1990-91. He was also named to
the all-conference second team his freshman year. The following three
years he was also selected to the all conference first team. In 1992-93
he was named to the NAIA all-district 12 team. He received the team’s
most valuable player and conference player of the year in 1993-94. He
also earned NAIA division two, third team all-American status.
After graduating from BHSU with a degree in business
administration, Divis began working for Green Tree Financial in Rapid
City. In his nine years with the company, which is now known as CompuCom,
he has worked as a payoff specialist, customer service representative,
refinance representative, loan officer, and customer service supervisor.
He is currently a desktop support engineer and is the telephone site
administrator in Rapid City. He provides desktop computer support and
telecom support to over 400 users in Rapid City. He is also responsible
for remote support for St. Paul, Minn.; Tempe, Ariz.; San Ramon, Calif.;
and Seattle, Wash.
Greg Deville, Class of '77, was the starting
catcher for the BHSU baseball team all four years he played for the
university. In 1977, Deville earned the top spot in the SDIC in batting
average with a .514 batting average. Throughout his years at BHSU, he
recorded a fielding percentage of more than .990.
Deville was the area three NAIA batting champion in
1975 and also received the Rawlings-Adirondack "Big Stick" award and the
Stan Musial sportsmanship award that year. He was named to the
all-district team in 1976 and the all-SDIC team in 1976 and 1977. He had
a .377 batting average and had 29 RBI in 1976. In 1974, he received an
honorable mention with a .487 batting average.
Deville is now senior vice president of operations
support services for Beech Street Corporation in Lake Forest, Calif.
Early in his career he coached basketball at Spearfish High School.
Ron Erion, Class of ‘75, is being inducted as a
baseball player. He was named to the all-SDIC first team in 1973 and
1974 as an outfielder. In 1974 he had 54 hits and 10 doubles and had a
batting average of .365. In 1973 he batted .385, which was third in
individual batting in the SDIC.
After graduating from BHSU, Erion stayed in Spearfish
for a few years and managed a bowling alley. He then moved to southern
Ohio where he coached and taught for four years. He later returned to
Spearfish as a high school teacher and coach. He stayed with the
Spearfish School District for 14 years and the last five years there as
athletic director and assistant principal. He also coached the BHSU
baseball team in 1982. In 1995, Erion moved to Casper, Wyo., to take a
position as associate commissioner for the Wyoming High School
Activities Association. In January of 2005, Erion resigned from that job
and is now working as an independent insurance adjuster. In addition to
his degree from BHSU, he also has completed a master's degree in
education and an athletic administration certificate.
John Nicholas, Class of '62, who was a head
coach for 26 years at three Wisconsin high schools, is being inducted
into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame as a coach. Altogether his teams won
13 regional and seven sectional tournaments and advanced to the state
tournament seven times. Coach Nicholas' teams won 442 games and lost 177
for a 71 percent winning average.
Nicholas was a member of the Federation of Wisconsin
High School Coaches Association and the National Basketball Coaches
Association. He has served on the executive board and as chairman of the
player selection committee for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches
Association (WBCA) and hosts the annual Northwest Basketball Clinic. He
also chairs the WBCA Hall of Fame. He was chosen as an assistant coach
for the all-star game in 1987 and was head coach in the 1988 game.
In the mid-sixties, Nicholas was one of the first
coaches in Wisconsin to use a match-up zone defense. Though his coaching
style changed to meet the challenge of today's game, his philosophy,
which was designed to enable team members to achieve their maximum
potential, remained constant: “Always be the best person, the best
student, and the best player that you can be.”
Nicholas was inducted into the Wisconsin High School
Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1993. He retired from
coaching in 1992 and worked as a volunteer assistant coach at the
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire until 2003.
|Linda and Bob Albert
Bob and Linda Albert are being inducted into
the Hall of Fame as contributors. The couple have been consistent and
generous supporters of Yellow Jacket athletics. In the past six years
they have contributed more than $25,000 to athletic scholarships.
Bob and Linda both attended BHSU in the late 60s and
early 70s. Bob earned an education degree in 1976 and Linda returned to
BHSU to earn her degree in 1982. After teaching and coaching for several
years, Bob and Linda relocated to the Denver, Colo., area where they now
own and operate Greenleaf Construction and Timberco Manufacturing.
The Alberts are involved in many community and
charitable activities including Habitat for Humanity, the Children’s
Hospital, the BHSU Foundation, Volunteers of America, Boys and Girls
Clubs of America and other groups.
Little Jackets Learning Center
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Weston Verhulst, (right) who attends
the Little Jackets Learning Center, gives a guided tour, assisted by
Jane Klug, director of student services, during the open house
celebration held at Black Hills State University this week.
Students, community members, parents and local
dignitaries gathered at the new Little Jackets Learning Center this week
for an open house celebration.
The open house included guided tours by children who
attend the center, a brief ceremony with comments by BHSU administrators
and city officials as well as a magic show for the children and
refreshments for all.
The university was celebrating the opening of a new
location for the child care center which was been through several
transitions and was nearly closed due to problems in identifying and
acquiring a feasible site. Two years ago, a problem was discovered with
the site in the lower level of Wenona Cook Hall. Administrators
anxiously searched for an alternate site and considered other options
including building a facility or closing the center. Relocating the
center near campus remained a priority so staff members and
administrators relentlessly pursued that option.
In an exceptional collaborative effort, the university
worked with city and state officials to ultimately receive a $215,700
Community Block Grant from the state of South Dakota which made it
possible for the daycare center to purchase and renovate a building
adjacent to the campus.
The Little Jackets Learning Center, the new name for
the BHSU child care center, is located at 1307 W. Oliver Street, which
Diane Mabey, director of the center, describes as “the ideal set-up.”
Mabey expressed her gratitude to all the people who worked to make the
center relocation possible and then presented them with certificates
that were hand made by the child care center children.
At the program, Jane Klug, director of student
services, outlined the history of the child care center and highlighted
the grant process. Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU, noted that
“this is a great day in a fantastic facility.”
“We’re here for the little kids. That’s what it’s all
about. This is big achievement and I want to thank everyone involved,”
Mayor Jerry Krambeck and Beth Benning, representing
the city, also spoke at the program. Krambeck said he was glad to be a
part of this endeavor and noted this is one example of many exceptional
partnerships between the city and the university.
Benning, city finance officer who is also a member of
the BHSU Foundation and a BHSU graduate, expressed her appreciation of
the center’s positive influence on the children and their parents and
noted that cooperation was key to the success of the center.
“I would have loved to have this when I was a student.
It’s wonderful for the children to have place like this to attend while
their parents are getting their education,” Benning said. “We know that
what one entity can’t do, we can accomplish together. It’s great to see
all these little Jackets learning here while their parents are learning
Megan Wyett, president of the student senate, said
that she understands the importance of the center and noted that BHSU
students also use the center as a learning lab for their education
Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life,
thanked everyone for their part in making the center possible and noted
that several times the center was dangerously close to being closed due
to problems in identifying and affording a feasible site.
“Not once, but twice the center was saved by the
cooperation by all of you here. It’s a wonderful place for children,”
The 4,800-square foot Little Jackets Learning Center
provides services for BHSU faculty, staff and students' children ages
4-weeks to 12-years. BHSU has offered child care services since 1986.
The center, under the direction of Mabey, is currently full to capacity
and has a waiting list of potential attendees. The center is licensed
for 60 children and offers a comprehensive, fun, safe environment for
children with activities to enhance the childrens’ social, emotional,
physical and intellectual development.
Diane Mabey (right) presents a
certificate of thanks to Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck during an open
house celebration this week. His certificate and others presented to
people who were instrumental to the success of the center were hand made
by children who attend the Little Jackets Learning Center, a child care
center for Black Hills State University.
University Assessment Committee
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The University Assessment Committee met Monday, Sept.
12 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall conference room.
Present were: S. Hupp, Earley, D. Wessel, Siewert,
Alsup, C. Cremean, and Hagerty. Ellis and Sarkar were absent.
Membership for 05-06
- Chair reported Ellis would not be able to attend
due to a class conflict so she is looking for a replacement.
- Chair agreed to contact the Student Senate and
solicit student representation.
- Chair agreed to contact A. Hemmingson if the
Academic Advisory Committee desired a representative.
- The Faculty Senate appointed C. Cremean to be
- Agreed to wait until the issue of membership
could be determined before discussing guidelines for the year.
Meetings for the year
- Agreed to meet at 12 noon on yet to be determined
New general education requirements and assessment
- Chair discussed the new general education
requirements, including the writing intensive and
global issues requirements. Discussion was held about focusing
assessment this year on three items:
- Undergraduate research/creative activity
- Writing intensive requirement
- Global issues
The committee agreed that the chair should discuss
this with the vice president for academic affairs and also a
committee involved. Hagerty, as chair of the General Education
Committee, agreed to discuss with that committee how to assess
global issues. Cremean agreed to look at ways to assess the writing
intensive requirement. Chair agreed to contact Downing and the
Undergraduate Research Committee for input.
The next meeting of the University Assessment
Committee will be Monday, Sept. 26 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall
Faculty Senate minutes
The Faculty Senate met May 4 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present were: Kristi Pearce (president),
Randall Royer, Barbara Chrisman, Jim Hesson, Christine Shearer-Cremean,
Curtis Card, Sharon Strand, Roger Miller, Steve Andersen, Tom Termes,
and Ian Laber (Student Senate representative).
Pearce called the meeting to order. Motions for the
approval of the agenda and minutes were made by Andersen and Miller.
Both were approved as presented.
Faculty Senate recommendations for next year were
discussed. The issue related to release time for serving on the Senate
was presented once again. Discussion included the time factor for
serving on many of the university committees. No conclusion was drawn
and the issue was dropped with the arrival of Dr. Myers.
Myers had asked to meet with the Faculty Senate to lay
out the issue related to a standards document for Appendix F. He
provided background information on the issue that had been raised
approximately 10 years ago. The Regents had left the questions of how
each university would do promotion and tenure in the hands of each
institution. It could be handled at the department level if desired.
SDSU was the only university to do follow through with this process.
BHSU did an exceeds document when Dr. Cook was the vice president for
This standards document is a part of the COHE
agreement and the time on this expires as of May 2005. As a result of
the failure to act by the other universities, it has been determined
that all universities will adopt what SDSU has done as a template. Each
university will make their own document. Starting at the university
level, then college, then department there will be no guesswork on how
the process is done. Everything is to be defined clearly.
Myers will choose a representative group of faculty
and administrators to start work on this during the summer of 2005. This
document will aid the University Promotion and Tenure Committee. The
standards will have expectations by rank and by discipline including
service, teaching and scholarship. Departments will begin their work on
this in the fall. Pearce asked Myers if the Faculty Senate would be
involved in this process. He indicated that a Faculty Senate
representative is not required in the initial development of the
A concern was expressed by one of the senators related
to the requirement that they sign a waiver when they chose not to
participate in the AFLAC program offerings. It was explained that this
was done in order to show that the faculty or staff person had the
opportunity to participate in the benefit program but had chosen not to
Discussion was held with Myers on how the Senate might
be a more viable part of the institution governance process and what
could be done to encourage people to serve on the Faculty Senate.
Release time for Senators was brought up as a possibility. It was
explained that the Instructional Improvement Committee had in the past
made some recommendations related to release time for faculty who had
received grants. Currently faculty ask their deans for release time and
a recommendation is taken to Myers for a decision on that. He takes the
money from faculty salary salvage. Release time for Senators does not
appear to be under consideration as of this time but he would support
release time for the president.
Myers indicated that he is trying to move budget
issues back to the college deans. Faculty sabbaticals go through a
committee and the deans make decisions on how the positions will be
covered during the sabbaticals. Other financial issues for the colleges
are to be handled by the deans.
Myers concluded his time with the Senate.
Pearce proceeded with the process of electing officers
for next year. Strand, Andersen and Miller agreed to serve as recording
secretary, vice president and president, respectively. The slate was
Royer presented a certificate to Pearce thanking her
for her service as president. Pearce presented certificates to all other
members recognizing their contributions. A special presentation was made
to retiring Faculty Senate member Chrisman. Strand, on behalf of the
Senate, had made a beautiful quilted table runner with space for the
signatures of Senate members. All members present at the meeting signed
The Faculty Senate completed the 2004-05 term's agenda
at 4:45 p.m.
Minutes were respectfully submitted by Chrisman as
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Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
309, through Sept. 14, 2005. For copies of the information, contact the
office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
Early Career Principal Investigator Program in Applied
Mathematics, Computer Science, and High-Performance Networks (DOE)
The Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the
Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby
announces its interest in receiving grant applications in support of its
Early Career Principal Investigator Program (ECPI). The overall
objective the ECPI program is to stimulate academic research in
scientific areas of interest to ASCR programs, especially among faculty
in the early stages of their academic profession. The specific research
areas of interest to ASCR include: applied mathematics, computer
science, and high-performance networks.
Deadline: Letters of intent are due by Oct. 31, 2005. The full
application deadline is Jan. 31, 2006. The full text of Program Notice
DE-FG01-05ER05-25 is available via the Internet at
NINDS Cooperative Program in Translational Research (NIH)
The goal of this National Institute of Health project announcement is
to implement a program of cooperative agreements that will support
milestone-driven projects focused on the identification and pre-clinical
testing of new therapeutics. The program will facilitate the effective
review and research administration of translational research projects
and will accelerate the translation of discoveries in basic research to
treatment in the clinic.
- Only Aims required for therapy development can be supported in
this program. No basic/mechanistic Aims may be included in the
- There is no specific limit on the total funds that will be
awarded under this PA or on the number of awards. The total amount
awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the quality,
duration, and costs of the applications received.
- This funding opportunity will use the U01, U54, and U24
cooperative agreement award mechanisms. The total project period for
an application submitted in response to this PA may not exceed five
- Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources
necessary to carry out the proposed research is invited to work with
their institution to develop an application for support. Individuals
from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as
individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH
- Applicants may submit more than one application, provided they
are scientifically distinct.
Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. For details including
deadline information see
Instructional Materials Development (IMD) Program (NSF)
The Instructional Materials Development (IMD) program sponsored by
the National Science Foundation (NSF) includes four components:
- Learning Progressions -- supports the creation of instructional
frameworks centered on learning progressions in science and
technology education and the development of associated teacher
resources and models for professional development.
- Instructional Materials for Students -- supports the creation
and substantial revision of comprehensive curricula and supplemental
instructional materials that are research-based; enhance classroom
instruction, preK-12; and reflect standards for science,
mathematics, and technology education developed by national
- Assessment -- supports the creation of tools for assessing
student learning that are tied to nationally developed standards and
reflect the most current thinking on how students learn mathematics
and science. Projects can also focus on developing resources that
provide technical assistance to schools and districts in
implementing new assessments.
- Applied Research -- supports the research for development of the
IMD program and projects; provides evidence for the effectiveness of
materials and feedback for strengthening the portfolio; and
identifies possible new directions in instructional materials and
Proposals may be submitted for projects in any field of science,
technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) education typically
supported by NSF.
Deadline: Preliminary proposals are due Nov. 14, 2005. Full
proposals are due March 13, 2006. See
http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-612/Grant.html for a
link to the full announcement.
Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (NSF)
The Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants (AAG) Program provides
individual investigator and collaborative research grants for
observational, theoretical, laboratory and archival data studies in all
areas of astronomy and astrophysics, including but not limited to the
following areas of study: Planetary Astronomy: Studies of the detailed
structure and composition of the surfaces, interiors and atmospheres of
the planets and satellites in the Solar System; the nature of small
bodies (asteroids and comets); the inter-planetary medium; and the
origin and development of the Solar System. Stellar Astronomy and
Astrophysics: Studies of the structure and activity of the Sun and other
stars; the physical properties and composition of all types of single
and multiple stars; compact objects and their interactions; extra-solar
system planet formation and detection; star formation and stellar
evolution; stellar nucleosynthesis; and the properties of atoms and
molecules of relevance to stellar astronomy. Galactic Astronomy: Studies
on the composition, structure and evolution of the Milky Way galaxy and
nearby galaxies. Research may focus on the stellar populations in these
galaxies; the characteristics of star clusters; the interstellar medium;
and the properties of atomic and molecular constituents of the
interstellar medium. Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology: Studies of
the more distant Universe. Research topics include galaxy formation,
evolution and interaction; active galaxies; quasars; large-scale
structure; and all areas of cosmology. Proposals submitted to the AAG
Program do not require categorization into one of the study areas
identified above. Proposals may span multiple disciplines and/or areas
of study and may utilize multiple techniques. Principal Investigators
are encouraged to contact one of the Program Officers listed in this
announcement prior to submitting a proposal to the AAG Program,
particularly if the proposal will include investigators at multiple
Deadline: The window for submissions is Sept. 15 through Nov.
15, 2005. For more information visit
The Bush Leadership Fellows Program
The Bush Leadership Fellows Program seeks accomplished, motivated
individuals who are eager to prepare themselves for greater leadership
responsibilities within their communities and professions. Applicants
are invited to propose academic or self-designed learning experiences
that will help them attain goals that they set for themselves. The
program encourages applications that will expand fellows’ experiences
beyond the familiar to learning environments that might be inaccessible
without a fellowship. Fellowships support learning experiences that may
include academic course work, internships, self-designed study programs
or various combinations of these and other kinds of learning
Deadline: Oct. 14, 2005. See
for further information and program details.
Faculty research funds
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The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current
fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for
research equipment, travel to research sites, support for the production
of creative work, or release time for research or 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. Applicants are
encouraged to review submission requirements, and to contact the
committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals.
Committee members are Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Dorothy Fuller,
Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Rob Schurrer, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and
Kathleen Parrow, chair.
Applications to be considered at the next meeting need to be
submitted to the Grants Office by Wednesday, Sept. 28. Proposals will be
accepted electronically as an attachment to an e-mail sent to