Volume XXIX, No. 36 • Sept. 16, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Carol Edwards, accountant, Dining Services

Johnson named chair of Industrial and Technology Department - top

Jean Johnson

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 Computing Machinery.

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 - top

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 - top

Swarm Day CommitteeThe 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 royal court - top

Patrick Fink Rachel Braaten
Fink Braaten
Seth Gudmunson Nicole Krcil
Gudmunson Krcil
Jesse Julius Jessi Moeller
Julius Moeller
Nicholas Koontz Erin Power
Koontz Power
Joshua Stanton Emily Varland
Stanton Varland
Joseph Herzog Megan Fitzgerald
Herzog Fitzgerald
Blake Schumacher Kelly Kirk
Schumacher Kirk
Joel Sletten Sara Schafer
Sletten Schafer
Ian Vytlacil Lily Van Vlack
Vytlacil Van Vlack

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 City, Mont.

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 underclassmen nominees.

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 Homecoming."

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 642-6418.

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 offices
  • 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 Center

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 Hare Stadium
  • Football game, BHSU vs. Dickinson State University, 1:30 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium


BHSU will honor alumni during Swarm Day events - top

Four Black Hills State University outstanding alumni will be honored for their achievements during Swarm Day activities next week.

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

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 Award.

dee Welsch

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.

Walter Higbee

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

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 Association.

Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame inductees announced - top

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 calling 642-6385.

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 Batz

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

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

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

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

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
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 hosts open house - top

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.

Little Jackets Learning Center tour

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,” Flickema said.

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 at BHSU.”

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 classes.

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,” Haislett said.

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 presents certificate of thanks to Spearfish Mayor Jerry KrambeckDiane 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 minutes - top

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 their representative.

Operational guidelines

  • 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 dates.

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:
  1. Undergraduate research/creative activity
  2. Writing intensive requirement
  3. 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 conference room.

Faculty Senate minutes - top

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 academic affairs.

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 document.

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 do so.

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 elected .

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 quilt.

The Faculty Senate completed the 2004-05 term's agenda at 4:45 p.m.

Minutes were respectfully submitted by Chrisman as recording secretary.

Grant opportunities announced - top

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 grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship 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 www.science.doe.gov/grants/.

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 research plan.
  • 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 years.
  • 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 programs.
  • Applicants may submit more than one application, provided they are scientifically distinct.

Deadline: Multiple receipt dates. For details including deadline information see http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/NIH/NIH/PAR-05-158/Grant.html.

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 professional organizations.
  • 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 assessment.

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 institutions.

Deadline: The window for submissions is Sept. 15 through Nov. 15, 2005. For more information visit http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-608/Grant.html.

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 experiences.

Deadline: Oct. 14, 2005. See www.bushfoundation.org/programs/LeadershipFellowsProg.htm#Financial for further information and program details.

Faculty research funds available - top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office website.

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 PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu.

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