Volume XXX, No. 11 • March 31, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Lisa Jenner, senior secretary, Enrollment Services
  • Bobby Perry, custodial worker, Facilities Services

CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open and limited to status Career Service employees of Black Hills State University:

  • Office supervisor, Retention Office

For additional information, view the announcement on the Human Resources web page.

Congratulations employee award winners - top

Congratulations to the following employee award recipients:

  • Community Service Award – Randy Culver
  • Student Service Award – Dawn Kennedy
  • University Service Award – Terry Hupp
  • Area Award – Library Staff
  • Committee Award – Finance/HRIS Implementation Team

Employee award winners will be honored at the annual recognition tea Tuesday, May 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Flickema chairs Higher Learning Commission accreditation team - top

Dr. Thomas Flickema

Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State University, recently served as chairperson of an accreditation team of the Higher Learning Commission that conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Fort Leavenworth is the center for Army doctrinal study. The Command and General Staff College annually provides over 1,200 officers, ranking from majors to colonels, with training in state-of-the-art military tactics and strategies. Composed of five schools (the Command and General Staff School, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the School of Command Preparation, the School of Non-Resident Studies, and the Army Staff College), the Command and General Staff College offers a master’s of military art and science degree.

Other team members included Dr. R. Craig Schnell, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at North Dakota State University; Dr. Michael Horowitz, president of the Chicago College of Psychology; Dr. Donald Bird, professor of chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy; and Dr. Ralph Bohn, consultant with the California State University System.

Gurney named softball coach at Black Hills State - top

Amy Gurney

Amy Gurney, an assistant softball coach at Northern State University (NSU) in Aberdeen, has been named head women’s softball coach at Black Hills State University.

Gurney has been an assistant coach at Northern since 2004. Prior to her coaching experience she was a pitcher for the NSU Wolves softball team from 1999-2003. Gurney also served as head softball coach for the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation program and has served as volunteer softball coach and pitching clinic director in Yankton. She has been involved in a number of professional activities including the South Dakota Counseling Association, South Dakota Education Association and Kappa Mu Epsilon.

Gurney is currently a counseling center intern and disability services graduate assistant at NSU. She previously served as a substitute math teacher and residence life program coordinator in Aberdeen.

Originally from Yankton, Gurney graduated from NSU with a bachelor’s degree in education with a coaching minor in 2003. She will finish her master’s degree in education, guidance and counseling this spring.

In a written coaching philosophy, Gurney says she believes coaching is a matter of creating an environment of expectations and trust.

"To me, coaching is more than conducting practices and having game strategy. In this leadership role, I must be able to relate with and respect athletes. Athletes have to know the expectations placed upon them both on and off the field."

"Coach Gurney is going to be a great addition to the BHSU coaching staff. Her experiences as a player and coach at the college level, along with her character, integrity and professionalism both on and off the playing field, will be a great asset to the university and community of Spearfish. Amy will do a great job in starting the fast pitch softball program at Black Hills State University, and we are excited about the future of our Lady Yellow Jacket's softball program," commented Jhett Albers, athletic director at BHSU.

Gurney is excited to bring softball competition back to the BHSU campus. It was dropped from the athletic program in 1982.

“I am extremely excited to be involved with bringing fastpitch softball back to the university and back to the city of Spearfish. One of my goals is to recruit student-athletes to the university who are motivated to start a strong tradition of success for the program. I hope to base the program around enjoying the game, working hard and respect for the team and the university. It is important to me to help my athletes enjoy their college years as well as prepare them for their future. Hope to see you at the softball fields,” Gurney said.

BHSU will host Grant Writing USA Workshop next week - top

Black Hills State University will host a Grant Writing USA Workshop Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame Room.

This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to find and write grants. Enrollment is open to all government and nonprofit professionals. The tuition cost of $395 per person includes all necessary materials – a workbook, resource CD, two days of instruction, and free lifetime access to exclusive alumni support forums.

For more information or to register for the workshop online, visit http://grantwritingusa.com/events/ssd0406.html or call Cathy Rittenhouse, registrar for Grant Writing USA, at 1-800-814-8191.

“Writing the West Series” concludes next week - top

The conclusion of the “Writing the West Series” at Black Hills State University will feature a presentation by two regional journalists, Jim Stiles and M. John Fayhee, Friday, April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 305.

During their presentation, entitled “What’s Wrong with the West and Writing/Righting It,” Stiles and Fayhee, both longtime residents of the West and avid outdoorsmen, will talk about what they see as the western region’s most pressing issues, including recreation versus wreckreation, development and sprawl, and water issues.

A panel discussion will be held after the presentation, featuring differing views from each of the two speakers. David Cremean, assistant humanities professor and director of the Bush Grant at BHSU, will serve as the questioner. Audience members will also be able to participate by posing questions.

Stiles has operated one of the West’s unique periodicals, The Canyon County Zephyr, since 1989. In the spirit of an independent press and centered in Moab, Utah, the paper provides a forum for issues particular to most of the arid and semi-arid West, most frequently using Moab and its general area as a representation of the West.

Fayhee, a former editor for Backpacker Magazine, rejuvenated the well-known regional publication Mountain Gazette, an eclectic periodical perhaps best described as a vehicle for creative writing about mountain life. He still serves as editor for the Gazette. A resident of Frisco, Colo., Fayhee has also done a great deal of freelance writing.

Both speakers have recently published major articles in High Country News in addition to their own publications.

The event is co-sponsored by a Bush Grant and the BHSU English Club. It is open to the community at no cost. For more information, contact Cremean at 645-8478 or DavidCremean@bhsu.edu.

Music fundraising event will feature Impressionist music and dance - top

Megan Moore, Black Hills State University music student, will be one of the featured performers at the BHSU Opera Theater Institute fundraiser, “Saturday, April in Paris” April 8 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish.

Megan Moore practices her piano performance for the upcoming BHSU Opera Theater Institute fundraiser

"April in Paris,” a fundraising event for the BHSU Opera Theater Institute, will be held Saturday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus in Spearfish.

The event includes an hour-long program of Impressionist music and dance as well as wine, cheese and desserts in a French cafe atmosphere. Performers include pianists Al Spreizer, Krystal Brunner, and Megan Moore; dancers Alex Maynard and Rebecca Adkins; dramatic readers Maureen Blake and Eric Baxter; and vocalists Megan Moore, Joshua Stanton, Kathryn Severns, and Erin Talsma.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for children. For reservations call 642-6133 or 642-6652.

The Johanna Meier Opera Theater will be in its eighth season this summer. The two-week workshop, sponsored by the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, runs from June 12-July 24 and features a nationally and internationally renowned faculty. The artistic director, world famous soprano Johanna Meier, will work with students daily on staging and stage movement. Richard Nechamkin, the founder of The New York Opera Forum and associate musical director for the Natchez Festival of Music, will serve as musical director. John Stewart, nationally-renowned Metropolitan Opera tenor and member of the faculty at Washington University, will serve as vocal coach and conductor. The school will culminate with a recital performance Saturday, June 17, and a Grand Opera Festival on the following Saturday, June 24, during which the students will perform scenes and a complete act from various operas. These performances provide an experience for pre-professional opera students from all over the United States and serve as an enriching experience of live opera for audiences from the Black Hills area.

Wheaton will discuss dual enrollment options with Spearfish High School students - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of enrollment at Black Hills State University, will visit Spearfish High School Monday, April 3 at 2:10 p.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to interested high school students.

The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling high school requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota Regental university as well as to out-of-state universities.

BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in several locations in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through the Internet or by correspondence.

For more information see www.bhsu.edu/Dual+Credit.aspx or visit with a high school counselor.

BHSU students attend employment workshop - top

Arlene Holmes presents at an employment workshop at BHSUArlene Holmes, career counselor with the Career Center at Black Hills State University, presents at an employment workshop hosted by the Career Center recently. Nearly 20 BHSU students attended the workshop, titled “HIRED: Helping Individuals Reach Employment Destinations.” According to Shawnda Carmichael, director of the Career Center, the workshop gave students the opportunity to create employment documents of their own including a resume and cover letter. Pam Soriano with the One-Stop Career Center in Spearfish assisted with the workshop.

“This was a working workshop,” Carmichael says. “We presented information and then worked with students on their own documents. It was an opportunity for students to have immediate help.”

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March 20 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Sarkar, Earley, P. Hall, S. Hupp, D. Wessel, Hagerty, Alsup, and C. Cremean. Romkema was absent.

Assessment proposals considered:

  • Spanish - The committee approved the writing and undergraduate assessment proposals with the stipulation that next year in the course syllabus and annual report the student be able to know what exactly is required.
  • Sociology - The committee approved the writing and undergraduate assessment proposals.
  • Speech - The committee approved the writing and undergraduate assessment proposals with the stipulation that next year in the course syllabus and annual report the student be able to know what exactly is required.
  • English - The committee read and discussed an e-mail from Theisz. No action was required. Cremean described 6 +1 writing traits rubric.
  • Outdoor education - The committee approved the writing intensive and undergraduate research proposals.
  • Education - Discussion about the proposals is still taking place in the College of Education.
  • Music - The committee approved the writing intensive, global, and undergraduate research proposals.
  • Art - The committee approved the writing intensive and undergraduate research proposals.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 27 at 12 noon in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Graduate Council minutes - top

The University Graduate Council met Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 104.

Present were: Austin, B. Smith, Siemens, Molseed, Dana, Ahmad, Ryerson, Fuller, Bukralia, and visitors Downing, Hall, and Sayler. McGrath and Steckler were absent.

Master of Curriculum and Instruction (MSCI)

Molseed introduced the changes to the MSCI, which included:

  1. creating a math specialization within the MSCI;
  2. creating a math certificate outside of MSCI; and
  3. introducing the new courses for the MSCI - ED 611, ED 621, ED 631, ED 641, ED 651, ED 661, ED 671, ED 741, and ED 751.

A motion was made and seconded to approve all three proposals. The motion passed unanimously.

Master of Integrative Genomics (MSIG)

Siemens introduced the courses for the new MSIG. They are BIOL 531, BIOL 534, BIOL 534L, BIOL 367, BIOL 565, BIOL 565L, BIOL 710, BIOL 724, BIOL 735, BIOL 794, BIOL 798, MATH 561, MATH 587, and SCI 588.

A motion was made and seconded to approve all proposed courses. The motion passed unanimously.

Master of Business Services Management (MSBSM)

Dana reported that they were about to start an advertising program in the Rapid City Journal for the degree.


Bukralia reported that he is still working on adding to the collections.


Fuller reported on the changes proposed for WebCT. If anyone wants more information on the options being considered he/she should contact Fuller.

The meeting adjourned.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through March 29, 2006. 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.

Education Research FY07 Competition

The director of the Institute of Education Sciences (Institute) announces the institute's FY 2007 competitions for grants to support education research. The director takes this action under the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002, Title I of Public Law 107-279. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary and adult education. A central purpose of the institute is to provide parents, educators, students, researchers, policymakers, and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all students. In carrying out its mission, the institute provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. The National Center for Education Research (NCER) will hold two competitions. Under the first competition, NCER will consider only applications that address one of the following education research or research training topics:

  • Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Teacher Quality - Reading and Writing
  • Teacher Quality - Mathematics and Science Education
  • Education Leadership
  • Education Policy, Finance, and Systems
  • Postdoctoral Research Training

Deadline: July 27, 2006. Information regarding program and application requirements for the competitions is contained in the NCER, NCSER, and NCES Request for Applications (RFA) packages, which will be available at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ies/programs.html no later than April 7, 2006.

Summer Schools in the Arts (NEA)

To raise the quality and availability of arts education in communities nationwide, the National Endowment for the Arts created the Summer Schools in the Arts program. This program supports rigorous, challenging summer arts education programs that enable children and youth to acquire knowledge and skills in the arts as well as gain lifelong interests in the arts and culture. Summer arts education programs offer several advantages for quality arts learning by providing: challenging and engaging arts education opportunities during the summer, immersion experiences where students spend consecutive hours each day for multiple weeks, and comprehensive arts instruction that otherwise would not be available because of limited resources. A summer school in the arts is one that:

  • Provides summer instruction in one or more arts disciplines.
  • Offers a comprehensive curriculum where participants actively create and/or perform as well as respond to the arts.
  • Culminates in public performances, exhibitions, or other demonstrations of the participants' achievements in the arts.
  • Measures the extent to which students gain knowledge and skills according to national, state, or local arts education standards through pre- and post-assessment tests.
  • Offers instruction to the same group of students over a minimum of 90 contact hours. May provide free or subsidized tuition for students of limited financial resources.
  • Serves children and youth generally between the ages of 5 and 18.
  • As part of this program, grantees will be required to participate in an evaluation and assessment training workshop. Each organization will send at least one person – either the project director or evaluator – to attend a one-day session in Washington, D.C.

Deadline: Statements of Interest will be accepted through May 22, 2006. Following review of these statements, it is anticipated that no more than 100 organizations will be invited, by the week of July 17, 2006, to submit formal applications. For a link to the full announcement see www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8717.

Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (CSUMS) (NSF)

The goal of Computational Science Training for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences (CSUMS), a program of the National Science Foundation, is to enhance computational aspects of the education and training of undergraduate students in the mathematical sciences - mathematics and statistics - and to better prepare these students to pursue careers and graduate study in fields that require integrated strengths in computation and the mathematical sciences. The core of the activity is long-term research experiences for cohorts of at least six undergraduates. Projects must focus on research topics that require interplay between computation and mathematics or statistics. They should expose students to contemporary mathematics, statistics, and computation, addressed with modern research tools and methods. That is, projects must be genuine research experiences rather than rehearsals of research methods. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, and appropriate mentorship from the disciplines involved is welcomed. In addition, we expect that projects will strengthen the research and education capacity, infrastructure, and culture of the participating institutions. To this end, we welcome projects that create models for education in the mathematical sciences and influence the direction of academic programs for a broad range of students. CSUMS is a joint effort of the Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Deadline: June 17, 2006. Additional information is available at www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=8746.

Pollution Prevention Grants Program (EPA)

The goal of this Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant program is to assist businesses and industries in identifying better environmental strategies and solutions for reducing or eliminating waste at the source. Funds awarded through the grants program are to be used to support State and Tribal P2 programs that address the reduction by businesses of potentially harmful pollutants across all environmental media: air, water, and land. Programs should reflect comprehensive and coordinated pollution prevention planning and implementation efforts within the State or Tribe. Past P2 grants have demonstrated that facilities have ample opportunities to implement pollution prevention and that source reduction can be a cost-effective way of meeting or exceeding federal and state regulatory requirements. For purposes of this grant announcement, pollution prevention/source reduction is defined as any practice which:

  • reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment or disposal;
  • reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants; and
  • reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants through: increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources; or protection of natural resources by conservation.

Examples of pollution prevention/source reduction projects or activities include: equipment or technology modifications, process or procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, or inventory control.

Deadline: Refer to Section IV, Part H for the submission deadlines provided for each regional P2 program office, which are available along with the full announcement at www.epa.gov/oppt/p2home/grants/ppis/2006RFPP2Grant.htm.

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