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Lynne Munger has been promoted to the position of assistant to President Schallenkamp and will assume this role upon the retirement of Ardean Wessel.

She currently serves as secretary to Kathy Johnson, vice president for finance and administration, and Donna Kloppel, comptroller.  Munger’s previous experience includes a tour of duty in the United States Army in Hanau, Germany, as secretary to the division commander; administrative assistant to the president at Clark College in Topeka, Kansas; administrative assistant to the vice president of academic affairs at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn.; and career services specialist in the Career Services Center in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  Prior to coming to BHSU, she was the administrative assistant to the president of Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Penn.


Kathy Schneider, director of the Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP) will retire after 20 years of service at the end of the month. There will be an open house Oct.30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Spearfish Senior Citizen Center. The BHSU faculty, staff, and students as well as the public is invited to attend.

RSVP has been in operation in Spearfish since 1973. It joined with the Sturgis RSVP office in 2002 to become the Northern Black Hills RSVP and has been sponsored by Black Hills State University since that time. RSVP has a dual purpose of providing a quality volunteer experience as well as fulfilling needs for non-profit agencies and the frail elderly in our communities. There are over 500 volunteers in four counties who contributed just under 100,000 hours last year. Volunteers serve Meals on Wheels, work with children in the schools, help with mailings and administrative tasks for the cities and chamber offices, provide transportation to the elderly for grocery shopping or doctor's appointments, as well as "fun projects" like visiting with tourists while serving at one of the museums in town or rocking babies at the BHSU daycare.

Schneider started as the RSVP secretary in 1986 and has served as director since 2001. In her 20 years, she's managed 38 senior tours covering every state in the U.S. except for Delaware and Alaska. With those 38 tours, she made over $277,000 for the program. She'll do one last senior tour this month, prior to her retirement. With all the changes that have taken place over the years, she managed to increase the number of volunteers, the number of volunteer hours, while overseeing the expansion of the program into Faith, Lemmon and Bison, and all with a smile on her face, according to co-workers.

Co-workers added that Schneider will be greatly missed but her time and talents will be greatly appreciated as the program continues to be successful with great hopes to continue the trends she began.


Koral Olson , Secretary, Graphics/Media

.CSA Position Open

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Senior Accountant, Grants Accounting

 For additional information or to apply visit:

Academic freedom forum will be held on campus

 A forum discussing academic freedom will be held Wednesday. Oct. 25 from 3-5 p.m. in Jonas 305.

This fall, there has been significant discussion of academic freedom on our campus in response to this new Board of Regents policy and the national debate. Please join Dr. Sam Gingerich, system vice president for Academic Affairs, for a public forum on the recently implemented ‘Freedom in Learning’ policy. At this forum, Gingerich invites students, faculty, and administrations to share their questions and concerns about this policy and its implementation in the classroom.

Although academic freedom has long been a topic of public discussion, the debate has become more heated and more immediate in several states with the introduction of bills regarding bias of faculty viewpoints and implementation of academic freedom policies (much of this movement has been stimulated by the Academic Bill of Rights which has been widely promoted by conservative activist David Horowitz). Several national organizations have posted statements on or analyses of the issues (for example see Academic Freedom and Educational Responsibility or Academic Freedom and the ‘Intifada Curriculum’).

Recently, the state of South Dakota implemented SD BOR Policy 1:11 (2) which applies to all university courses:  “Freedom in learning. Students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled. Under Board of Regents and University policy, student academic performance shall be evaluated solely on an academic basis and students should be free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course of study. Students who believe that an academic evaluation is unrelated to academic standards but is related instead to judgment of their personal opinion or conduct should contact the dean of the college which offers the class to initiate a review of the evaluation.”

BHSU Students in Free Enterprise host Home-based Business seminar

Black Hills State University’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is hosting a Home- Based Business Seminar Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. in Meier Hall room 206. The seminar is targeted towards anyone who is interested in starting a new business or improving their current home based business. A law firm, tax firm and panel of business owners will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions according to Dr. Priscilla Romkema, associate professor of management and marketing. Due to limited space, RSVP is requested. For more information, contact Romkema at 642-6091 or email 

The Career Center hosts three career events

The Career Center is hosting three events for upcoming graduates under classmen about networking and preparing for job interviews. 

The Interviewing Skills workshop is an all day event that requires students sign up in advance. The other two events have open registration at the door of the event.

Interviewing: A Planned Event workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union Yellow Jacket Legacy Room. According to career center staff, this workshop is a must for anyone who is applying for a job, internship, scholarship etc. Register in advance by contacting Eileen Thomas, Career Center senior secretary at 642-6277.

The Fall Career Festival and Graduate Schools Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union Yellow Jacket Legacy Room. This is a great opportunity network. Local and national businesses will be represented. Information will be provided for part-time and full-time employment, internships and grad schools.

The Complete Job Search workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union Yellow Jacket Legacy Room. Whether graduating in December or May, attending this workshop will put you ‘one step ahead’, according to Shawnda Carmichael, career center director.

Outdoor education students sponsor rock climbing wall

Jessica Alsaker, a recent outdoor education graduate, makes a move on the rock climbing wall at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black Hills State University. Outdoor education students in the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program  sponsor open wall climbing for a nominal fee for community members Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.

A climbing wall on the campus of Black Hills State University provides students with the opportunity to scale to new heights

BHSU recently installed a 20 x 16-foot indoor rock climbing wall in the field house of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. According to Chris McCart, outdoor education instructor, the wall is used with the physical education classes to teach future physical education teachers how to lead bouldering activities with youth. It is also used with a rock climbing course and an outdoor skills course to teach climbing skills.

In addition, students in the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) , a student group comprised of outdoor education majors at BHSU, received training in wall supervision and now are available to oversee the climbing wall when it is open to community people and students. The climbing wall is currently open Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8:45 p.m. The rock wall is also open to groups by special appointment. The cost is $4 per person or $2 per person if they have their own gear. 

“Wall supervision gives outdoor education students valuable leadership experience and also serves as a fund raiser for future wall expansion,” said McCart. She added that COLP is accepting donations for rock wall expansions because they are trying to make the wall taller and more exciting.

According to McCart a grant was written because several youth wanted to use the wall but we didn't have small enough gear for them or enough holds or supplies. The grant provided funds for these materials.

McCart sees the climbing wall as an excellent opportunity for the students as well as members of the community.

Our outdoor education students need experience working with youth, so this grant enables us to partner with others to provide a fun activity for kids and leadership experience for our students,” McCart says.

BHSU offers the only outdoor education program in the state and region. The outdoor education degree at BHSU is an interdisciplinary major combining instruction in basic environmental sciences, training in education skills for outdoor settings, and preparation in outdoor adventure programming.



University singers host medieval evening

Black Hills State University singers will host a ‘Medieval Evening’ Nov. 17 and 18 at Matthews Opera House, Spearfish.  The evening begins with a cash wine bar at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and entertainment at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.

Matthews Opera House will be decorated in the style of a medieval castle and the singers (in costume) will lead the audience through several favorite customs of the times before dinner (legend of the mistletoe, boar’s head, wassail, lighting of the Christmas candle, etc.).  During dinner the singers and others will entertain their guests with madrigals and familiar carols.  After dinner the singers will present a concert of songs of the Christmas season.

This event is sponsored by the BHSU music and theater departments. Call 642-6652 or 642-6133, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for reservations/information. 

BHSU choirs invite community to join European tour

The Black Hills State University invites faculty and staff as well as community people to join them on the Concert Choir and Black Hills Chamber Choir's tour in Austria and northern Italy in May 2007.

According to Steve Parker, director of choral activities, the tour group will have room for 20-25 additional travelers who would like to "come along for the ride.”  Several faculty members have traveled with the group in the past and many others in the community have inquired about traveling with the choirs. 

For information regarding the tour, contact Parker at 642-6628 or

Minutes of Assessment Committee Meeting, Oct. 4

The Assessment Committee met Oct. 4, 2006, in the Meier Hall conference room from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 

Attendance: Erin Dugan, Student Senate;Amin Sarkar, Deans’ Council; Gary Hagerty, General Education Committee; David Calhoon, Chairs; John Alsup, College of Education

Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Faculty Senate; Judith Haislett, Student Affairs; George Earley, Chair; Priscilla Romkema, College of Business and Technology; Pat Simpson, NCATE; Cynthia Chandler, University Curriculum Committee; Pam Carriveau, College of Arts and Sciences

Item 1:  Introductions and review of the agenda.

Item 2:  An address by the President underscored the importance of assessment to the process of educating students. The President indicated that it was essential we test what we believe we are teaching students is actually reflected in the curriculum and in their performance. Further, she indicated that assessment is often a catalyst in assuring good communication among faculty teaching in the same discipline. Dr. Schallenkamp has been at the core of the assessment effort as it developed over time. The President assured the committee of the importance of our work and the vital role it plays in the quality of education offered at Black Hills State University. She also invited the committee to attend the Friday afternoon group which will meet on Friday Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Little Dining Room to discuss students at BHSU.

Item 3:  Dr. Haislett presented a summary of the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) for the 1999-2004 time period. Her focus was to  notify the committee members of the value of the data and its existence. She volunteered to meet with any and all faculty, staff, and students wanting more information or assistance in mining the data. Her points were:

  • The SSI is scheduled for administration in select classes in November 2006
  • The demographics typically approximate 400 subjects, with comparable breakdowns of class designation, gender, and ethnic background to the general full-time campus population.
  • The instrument measures full-time day campus students and is not distributed to part-time or off-site students.
  • Results are calculated on the importance of the item to the student’s expectations of college and satisfaction with the job BHSU is doing regarding that item.
  • Groups scored are: 

                        All students,  both genders, male only, female only

                                   Comparison to national norm and prior year BHSU

                        Freshmen,  both genders, male only , female only

           Comparison to national norm, prior year BHSU, and upperclassmen


                                    Comparison to current year’s freshmen

Residence Hall students

                                    Comparison to prior year’s residence halls students and current off campus

                        Off campus students

                                   Students aged 18-24 years

                                           Compared to ages 25+

                                   Students aged 25+ years


Questions addressed to summarize data are:

            What items are consistent strengths and weaknesses?

            How have the 3 summary questions fared?  (paraphrased below)

                        Has BHSU met your expectations of a college experience?

                        Overall, are you satisfied?

                        Would you enroll again?

            What is the history on the key aspects of our campus?

                        Are students welcomed and do they feel safe here?

                        Are academic requirements reasonable and are classes valuable?

                        Do students have adequate academic and technological support?

                        Are students connected with faculty advisors?

                        Are they adapting socially?

                        Is BHSU an enjoyable experience, worth the investment?

Concluding the presentation were examples of how the data can be mined to reflect specific questions.

Item 4:  Next week we will review the “How to Write a Plan Assessing Your Major” document. Noon in Meier Hall conference Room, on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

George Earley, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Minutes of Assessment Committee Meeting, Oct. 11

The Assessment Committee met Oct. 11, 2006, in the Meier Hall conference room from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 

Present: Erin Dugan, Amin Sarkar, John Alsup, Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Judith Haislett, George Earley, Cynthia Chandler, Pam Carriveau, Pat Simpson 

Absent: Priscilla Romkema, Gary Hagerty, David Calhoon

Item 1:  Annual Reports

Chair reported that we will be doing two assessment reports:

one for NCATE and one for the overall perspective on the majors.

The deadline for the NCATE reports has been set and Alsup and Simpson reported that those reports were starting to come in.

The deadline for the University reports would be set soon.


Item 2:  Overall or university report on the majors

Clarification was sought by Carriveau. Her questions were:

Do we assess students or curriculum?  Answer – student performance

            Do we assess all students in classes or graduating seniors in

            major?  Answer – Either will do. The criteria for assessment is

            the best way to determine what students are learning and from that

 understand how to strengthen the major.


Item 3. How to write an assessment report-

Chair said he had sent committee members a copy of how to write an assessment report. The committee should look at that document and decide how much data should be in the report and also how the report should be structured. For example, at the front of the report should be a brief statement of how many majors had graduated and how many had taken the exit exam. Chair distributed data on degrees from the Regents’ Fact Book  Considerable discussion on what should be done with the intensive writing and undergraduate degree requirements. Committee decided on two steps- 1) those whose plan was not accepted last year should write and submit one in addition to doing the annual report covering the last two years 2) those whose plan was accepted last year should write and submit an annual report plus attach a copy of last years proposal. Those involved in step one would have to submit a document on intensive writing and undergraduate research by November 20th. All annual reports would be due January 19th.


Item 4:  The document ‘How to Write a Plan” will be altered to “How to Assess the Major”.

            Next week we will discuss the document and finalize it.

Chair will then visit with the College Deans regarding application for this year.


Next meeting:  Meier Hall, Wednesday, October 18, Noon – 1 p.m. Final revisions to “How to Assess a Major” discussed and adopted.

 George Earley, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Faculty research funds available

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

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 for all funding is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, fine arts, social sciences and humanities.

Applicants are encouraged to review submission requirements and to contact committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. Committee members are Steve Andersen, Dan Bergey, Michelle Hoveland, Vincent King, Tim Molseed, Kathleen Parrow, David Siemens, Sheng Yang, and Dorothy Fuller, chair.

The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis. Proposals submitted by October 18, will be considered at the committee’s October meeting.

 To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachment and send it to A single hard copy with the appropriate original signatures should also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn 213

Instructional improvement proposals now being accepted

The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,500 per project.

Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU.

Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every four years. In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. Proposals are being accepted for consideration at the October meeting through Wednesday, October 18. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget outlines as specified on the IIC web page. Please note: Proposals are accepted electronically as an attachment to an e-mail sent to However, a signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 213.

Grants opportunities announced

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, 309 Woodburn, through Sept. 29. For copies of the information, contact the Grants Office at 642-6204. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

The US Department of Education invites applications for the Upward Bound Program. This program, in part, supports math and science projects to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs leading to careers in math and science. Applications are due Nov. 6, 2006. See

 The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is soliciting proposals to apply state-of-the-art structural genomics technologies to structurally characterize targeted proteins from NIAID Category A-C pathogens and organisms causing emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases. The goal is to create a collection of three-dimensional protein structures that are widely available to the broad scientific community and serve as a blueprint for structure-based drug development for infectious diseases. Proposals are due Dec. 15, 2006. Go to

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, the National Institute of Nursing Research, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research invite R18 and R34 applications proposing to develop cost-effective and sustainable interventions that can be adopted in real-world settings to prevent and control diabetes and obesity. Research should be based on interventions already proven efficacious in clinical trials to prevent and reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes, to improve care of type 1 and type 2 diabetes and to prevent or delay its complications. Deadlines and full announcement information is at

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites R03 applications for small research grants to support the entry of beginning investigators into the field of behavioral science research related to drug abuse. To be appropriate for an award, research must be primarily focused on behavioral processes and research questions. Various types of projects are sought, including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology. Deadlines and other details are at

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences invites R25 applications proposing to organize a short-term program for high school and undergraduate students to encourage research on the environmental impacts on human health. Letters of intent are due Dec. 11, 2006; applications are due Jan. 11, 2007. More information is available at:

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for the Innovation and Organizational Change program. This program supports research aimed at advancing understanding of innovation and organizational phenomena. Levels of analysis may include individuals, groups or institutional arrangements. Research may involve industrial, educational, service, government, nonprofits, voluntary organizations or interorganizational arrangements. Proposals are due Feb. 2, 2006. Go to

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for the Environmental Genomics Program. Genomics-enabled methods are beginning to be used to increase understanding of how organisms of all types (i.e. plants, animals and microbes) interact with their environments. This program is intended to enhance the development of fundamental knowledge and strengthen the capacity to apply these methods in research on organisms in their natural environments. Deadline: Jan. 29, 2007. See

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for research to determine the functions of all genes in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana by the year 2010, as part of the 2010 Project. This includes creative and innovative, genome-wide or systems-level research conducted by individual investigators or groups of investigators. Proposals are due Jan. 29, 2007. Go to http: //

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for research in mathematics and statistics related to mathematical biology research. This competition is designed to encourage new collaborations at the mathematical sciences and life sciences interface and to support existing ones. Proposals are due Dec. 15, 2006. More information is available at:

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals to support research facilities with specialized instrumentation available to the scientific research community and the materials research community, particularly. These national user facilities provide unique research capabilities that can be located at only a few highly specialized laboratories in the nation. They include facilities and resources for research using high magnetic fields, ultraviolet and x-ray synchrotron radiation, neutron scattering, and nanofabrication. Complete details can be found at:

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for mathematics research motivated by or having an effect on problems arising in science and engineering. Mathematical merit and novelty, as well as breadth and quality of impact on applications, are important factors. Proposals to develop critical mathematical techniques from individual investigators and interdisciplinary teams are encouraged. Deadline is Nov. 15, annually. More information is available at:

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for research on perception, action and cognition, including the development of these capacities. Emphasis is on research strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control, and developmental issues in such areas. Deadline: Jan. 15, 2007. Go to

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for the Biological Physics program. This program supports projects in which the analytical and experimental tools of physics are applied to the study of problems originating in the living world. Both experimental and theoretical projects will be considered, although the main focus of the program is in the experimental area. Of particular interest are projects in which new experimental approaches are brought to bear on a well-identified problem. See deadline information and complete grant submission information at:

 The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for research on natural, managed and disturbed ecosystems, including those in terrestrial, freshwater and wetland environments, as part of the Ecosystem Science Cluster. Descriptive and manipulative approaches in field, mesocosm and laboratory settings are supported, with the expectation that the bulk of the research is question or hypothesis-driven. Proposals are due Jan. 9, 2007. More information is available at:

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for its Population and Evolutionary Processes Cluster, which supports research in population dynamics, evolutionary ecology, evolutionary genetics, and molecular population biology. Emphasis is on population properties that lead to variation within and among populations. Proposals are due Jan. 9, 2007. More information is available at:

The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for research in the general science of systematics, as part of the Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories Cluster. This cluster's three main objectives are to (1) discover, describe and inventory global species diversity; (2) analyze and synthesize the information derived from this global discovery effort into predictive classification systems that reflect the history of life; and (3) organize the information derived from this global program in efficiently retrievable forms that best meet the needs of science and society. Proposals are due Jan. 9, 2007. More information is available at:

The American Political Science Association (APSA) invites applications for its Congressional Fellowship Program. This program, in part, affords early- to mid-career political scientists the opportunity to gain a hands-on understanding of the legislative process by serving on congressional staffs. Office assignments as full-time legislative aides in the House of Representatives and/or Senate run from December 2007 to August 2008. Fellows receive a stipend of $38,000, plus a small travel allowance. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have completed their Ph.D. within the last 15 years or are working on a dissertation that is near completion. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2006.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) will be soliciting proposals for the State Scholars Initiative (SSI), a multi-state business-education partnership effort focused on increasing the number of high school students who take a rigorous secondary-level curriculum. Deadline is Nov. 2, 2006. See

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