Volume XXX, No. 16 • May 5, 2006


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CSA position open - top

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

  • Program assistant II, University Support Services

For additional information or to file an application, view the announcement at http://YourFuture.sdbor.edu.


Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Anne Koenig, senior computer support specialist, Instructional Design
     

Resignation - top

  • Jeannie Salazar, senior secretary, College of Business and Technology
  • Sandra Nauman, teacher aide, Child Care Center
     

Klarenbeek presents at Health Education Assessment Project meeting at Yale - top

Sandy Klarenbeek
Klarenbeek

Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor at Black Hills State University, recently presented at the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) project meeting held at Yale University.

The spring meeting and training workshops focused on health education standards and assessment item development, web-based assessment systems, advancing state trainings and improving professional practice.

Klarenbeek is a member of the HEAP steering committee and a representative for South Dakota. She is also a trainer for health education standards and assessment training, which is held four or five times a year around the state. Her presentation, “Building the State’s Capacity to Provide Teacher Training,” shared the design that South Dakota uses for the professional development training. The training manual and corresponding participant’s manual was shared with those attending. Klarenbeek’s presentation demonstrated how the pre-service instruction, that she uses in the K-8 Methods of Teaching Health, which all elementary education majors take, and Methods of Health Instruction, which incorporates HEAP teaching and learning materials and correlate with the professional training delivered to practicing teachers.

According to Klarenbeek, the mission of the assessment project is to develop effective health education assessment resources through a collaborative process, and to increase members’ capacity to align curriculum, instruction and assessment to improve student health literacy through improved health education instruction. The state of South Dakota is one of 23 member states that belong to the HEAP collaborative, part of the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO) State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS).

Klarenbeek serves on the HEAP Assessment Development Committee, which is developing protocols for new item development, reviewing the assessment framework, and expanding the assessment database and web-based assessment system (WBAS). The system uses new technology which significantly changes the way teachers teach and students learn by measuring the knowledge and skills of students through pretests, delivering instruction and learning experiences based on the pretest assessment scores, and allowing the teachers and the students to measure the growth of knowledge and skills through comparison of the pre- and post-test assessment results.

Klarenbeek joined the BHSU faculty in 2001. She is a certified health education specialist and holds a master’s degree from South Dakota State University. She has worked as a consultant with the South Dakota Department of Education, Office of Coordinated School Health for over 15 years. She and Dr. Betsy Silva, chair of the department of physical education and health at BHSU, are currently helping to develop the state health and physical education course graduation requirements.


BHSU professor and student present at international convention - top

Dr. Joanna Jones
Jones

Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant education professor at Black Hills State University, was recently invited to present at the International Reading Association annual convention in Chicago. She was assisted by Samantha Burr, 2005-06 BHSU Reading Council president.

Jones presented insights and successes that relate to membership development for student reading councils. Her session, entitled “All for One and One for All: Membership Development,” featured examples from the BHSU Reading Council, which has grown over 500 percent over the last four years according to Jones. Burr, a senior elementary education major from Gillette, Wyo., provided student perspective on council activities.

The BHSU Reading Council has received the International Reading Association’s Honor Council recognition. For the last two years, the BHSU organization has been the only South Dakota Reading Council to receive the award. To receive Honor Council recognition, a council must maintain membership growth, hold regular meetings and participate in community activities, and participate in international literacy projects.

Jones has served as advisor for the BHSU Reading Council and student membership director for the South Dakota Reading Council for four years. She joined the BHSU faculty in 2002 after receiving her master’s degree in elementary education from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate in elementary education from Arizona State University.


Theisz poem accepted for publication - top

Dr. R.D. Theisz
Theisz

Dr. R.D. Theisz, Black Hills State University professor and chair of the Department of Humanities, was recently notified that his poem “Salt Flat Good Old Boys” was one of only 140 submissions accepted for publication by the anthology In Other Words.

The anthology narrowed its selections to 140 from over 4,000 works submitted for publication. It will be published this fall by Western Reading Services in Denver, Colo.

According to Theisz, “Salt Flat Good Old Boys” is a result of a visit to Cherokee, Okla., two years ago. It features local ranchers who transcend stereotypes.

Theisz received his master’s degree in German from Middlebury College and his Ph.D. in literature from New York University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1977.


Black Hills State launches advertising campaign - top

Black Hills State University recently launched a new advertising campaign.

The campaign includes two radio and television ads and will also include print ads and other components. The ads were created by Paulsen Marketing in Sioux Falls under the direction of the university communications office.

According to Corinne Hansen, director of university communications, the ads were designed to raise awareness and appreciation of the university and increase non-traditional enrollment for the fall semester. One of the ads is specifically designed to remind people, especially non-traditional students in the Rapid City and Gillette areas, that it’s not too late to get registered for classes this fall and that it’s never too late for them to earn their degrees.

BHSU currently has the highest percentage of non-traditional students of the six state higher educational institutions and is committed to providing quality courses in the locations that are convenient for the non-traditional age student. BHSU offers classes at several locations in Rapid City as well through by distance learning methods.

“We want people to know that there are many options available at Black Hills State University that make it convenient to earn a degree while continuing to work,” Hansen says. “The ad reminds people to think about what they’ve always wanted to do and begin a program of study to accomplish that goal.”

The other ad, a general image enhancement ad, is designed to pique people’s interest in BHSU and let them know there are a multitude of opportunities for students at BHSU.

“This ad is a brief introduction to Black Hills State University. There’s more to BHSU than people may know, and we’d like to build awareness about the amazing things happening every day at Black Hills State University,” Hansen said.

This advertising campaign is the latest step in an on-going effort to coordinate communications for BHSU. The overall look of the ads correspond with the recently redesigned website. Coordinated admissions publications are also in process of being created.

“We’ve begun to lay the groundwork for a much more coordinated communications effort for BHSU,” said Robin Temple, director of internet and marketing strategies. “The interdependence of content, design, distribution and documentation is critical to this endeavor. Cooperative efforts among all university departments including admissions, financial aid, student life, and others is essential.”

To view the ads, visit the links below. The files are quite large and may take some time to load.


Annual Green and Gold fund drive begins - top

The 47th annual Black Hills State University athletic fund drive, sponsored by the Green and Gold Club, began Tuesday, May 2 and will run through Tuesday, May 16.

The Green and Gold Club spring fundraiser is the driving force for athletic scholarship funds at Black Hills State University. The club’s goal is to fully fund the maximum number of scholarships allowed for the 12 intercollegiate sports in which BHSU participates. A total of $1,023,000 is needed to meet this goal. This year’s goal is to raise $435,000. Funds from the drive will be awarded to athletes participating in the 2006-07 athletic season.

“Black Hills State depends on alumni and friends to provide scholarship aid to our student-athletes,” John Kietzmann, director of development at BHSU, said. “The Yellow Jackets thrive on contributions provided by the Green and Gold Club.”

Green and Gold Club members will once again call on businesses and individuals for scholarship donations. Any contribution, regardless of the amount, is appreciated. The fund drive has been a success because of the dedication and hard work of many volunteers and the generosity of friends of BHSU athletics, according to Kietzmann.

"Black Hills State is on the brink of breaking through and becoming a dominant force in all areas of the athletic arena,” Jhett Albers, athletics director at BHSU, said. “A donation to the Green and Gold Club symbolizes your commitment to continually improving the athletics program at BHSU.”

Contributions will be categorized by gift amount received. The gift categories are as follows: Circle of Champions, $20,000 or more; Hall-of-Fame Club, $10,000-$19,999; All-American Club, $5,000-$9,999; Yellow Jacket Club, $4,000 to $4,999; President's Club, $3,000 to $3,999; Executive's Club, $1,000 to $2,999; Captain's Club, $750 to $999; Green Beret's Club, $500 to $749; Gold Beret's Club $350 to $499; Jacket Backer's Club, $175 to $349; and Stinger's Club, $174 or less.

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made by check, cash or credit card. They can be paid in full or by monthly or quarterly installments. University faculty and staff may contribute through the payroll-deduction plan. Many employers will match gifts; check with your human resources department for more information on matching gifts.

The Green and Gold Club also encourages support through alternative avenues such as bequests, trusts, life insurance, personal property, gift annuities, pooled income funds, and charitable remainder trusts. Individualized giving programs can be created that will not only support Yellow Jacket athletics, but will also provide valuable tax advantages and income benefits to donors.

For more information or to make a donation, contact the Yellow Jacket Foundation at 642-6385 or JohnKietzmann@bhsu.edu.


One hundred fifty-first commencement will be held May 13 - top

The 151st Black Hills State University commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to approximately 370 students including 39 master’s degrees, one bachelor of arts degrees, four bachelor of applied technical science degrees, 237 bachelor of science degrees, 73 bachelor of science in education degrees, and 16 associate degrees.

Dr. James Hesson, 2005 Distinguished Faculty member, will speak to the graduates. Diplomas will be presented by Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and April Meeker, BHSU registrar.

Two retiring faculty members will be formally recognized during the ceremony. The 2005 Distinguished Faculty Award will be presented to Dr. Randall Royer, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Music will be provided by the BHSU Band, under the direction of Christopher Hahn, instructor of music; and the Black Hills Singers. Accompanying the Black Hills Singers during their performance of “Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah” will be BHSU sophomore music majors Kelsey Babb and Chris Roman.

Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and their families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members immediately following the ceremony. The reception will be held in the Young Center Field House.

An honors breakfast will be held prior to graduation at 8 a.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. For the first time in BHSU history, the university will recognize two University Honors Scholar graduates. They are Theresa Mutter, a political science major from Oehningen, Germany, and Bryan Batien, a psychology major from Spearfish. Also recognized will be the cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates and the highest-ranking female and male graduates. Amy Switzer, an instrumental music major from Gillette, Wyo., will be honored as the highest-ranking female graduate. Michael Hobert, a social science major from Harrold, will be honored as the highest-ranking male graduate.

Also honored at the breakfast will be the BHSU Student Senate 2005-06 outstanding faculty, staff, and students. David Diamond, assistant professor of media writing and radio broadcasting, will be honored as the Outstanding Faculty Member. Jane Klug, director of student services, will be honored as the Outstanding Staff Member. Patrick Fink, a mass communications major from Sturgis, will be honored as the Outstanding Male Student; and Megan Wyett, a special education major from Casper, Wyo., will be honored as the Outstanding Female Student.


BHSU community invited to participate in Spearfish Capital for a Day events - top

Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Spearfish’s Capital for a Day events Wednesday, May 17.

Plans are now being made for a variety of Capital for a Day activities. BHSU community members who would like to be involved should contact Corinne Hansen, director of university communications, at 642-6215.

“Capital for a Day brings government to the people,” said Gov. Mike Rounds. “Those who are unable to travel to Pierre on a regular basis have an opportunity to discuss their issues with the different agencies. It also gives state employees a chance to learn more about activities in the regions. I’m looking forward to visiting the Spearfish community and learning about topics important to the people living there.”

The day-long schedule includes community tours and presentations by state officials. There will be an executive branch expo when officials from state cabinet offices are available to meet with members of the public from 3:30-5:30 p.m., followed by a community dinner with the governor from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center. Tickets for the community dinner are available for $15. Call the city office at 642-1325 or 642-1333 or the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce at 642-2626 to reserve tickets.

Representatives from the Department of Labor will do a presentation in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall at 2:15 p.m. They will present an overview of the demand for certain occupations over the next 5 to 10 years. Members of the BHSU Reading Council will be assisting with the First Lady’s Reach Out and Read program at 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center.


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

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of admissions at Black Hills State University, will visit Sturgis High School Wednesday, May 10 at 11:30 a.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.


Kevin Whirlwind Horse Scholarship winner announced - top

Kevin King and Mae Whirlwind Horse present the 2006 Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship to Bear Hand FischerBear Hand Fischer, a sophomore at Black Hills State University, was recently presented the 2006 Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship. The award was presented by Kevin Whirlwind Horse’s son, Kevin King (right), and mother, Mae Whirlwind Horse, to Fischer during the 21st annual.Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run.

Fischer is an active participant in the Student Support Services program at BHSU and also takes part in Lakota Omniciye, a student organization at BHSU. He was very involved with the organization of the annual wacipi (powwow) held at BHSU this spring. Fischer was recognized for being on the dean's list in 2005-06.

Each year, an outstanding Native American sophomore is selected to receive this scholarship based upon grade point average, leadership qualities and involvement. The award is given in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former Black Hills State University student who was killed in an automobile accident in 1984. In the spring of 1985, friends, family and the BHSU community gathered to honor his memory by running together. Every year since then, people have gathered on the Saturday morning of the Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (PowWow) to participate in the memorial run. Registration fees from the run help support a memorial scholarship, which was initially established by the Whirlwind Horse family.



Teacher Job Fair a success despite spring snowstorm - top

The annual teacher job fair at Black Hills State University was a resounding success despite complications from a major spring snowstorm.

Shawnda Carmichael, director of the Career Center at BHSU, said that of the 60 schools and organization registered to attend, nearly 40 made it to the fair despite the snowstorm and were pleased with the outcome. Nearly 100 candidates attended the job fair.

One school representative from Dalton, Neb., said she was quite impressed with the high quality of candidates with whom she had visited.

According to Arlene Holmes, career counselor, word about the quality of BHSU teachers will be spreading around the world because there were recruiters from all over, including the Universal Education School in Kuwait , whose representatives stated were very impressed.

“Specifically the representatives said our students were well prepared, presented themselves well, and conducted themselves with a high degree of professionalism,” Holmes said. She added that BHSU faculty members should be recognized for maintaining high standards in their programs.

According to Dr. Nancy Hall, dean of the College of Education at BHSU, the university has an excellent record of placing graduates in their field, with an estimated 90 percent placement rate for education graduates and a 100 percent placement rate for students with special education majors.

Career counselors at the Career Center are available to assist all BHSU students as they prepare for their careers. For more information contact the center at 642-6277 or email ShawndaCarmichael@bhsu.edu.


Faculty Senate minutes - top

The BHSU Faculty Senate met Wednesday, March 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Members present were: Roger Miller, Sharon Strand, Dan Bergey, Curtis Card, Tim Martinez, Christine Shearer-Cremean, Verona Beguin, Jim Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Roberta Sago, Polly Hall (Student Senate representative), and guests April Meeker, Dawn Kennedy, and Patricia Simpson.

The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. Hesson moved and Card seconded that the agenda be approved as presented. The motion passed. Beguin moved and Sago seconded that the minutes be approved as amended. The motion passed.

Miller asked for volunteers to be marshals at the May graduation. Beguin and Hickenbotham agreed to be marshals. Miller will ask Earl Chrysler and another faculty member to be marshals as four are needed.

Hall reported for the Student Senate. The Student Union expansion project passed. The submission now goes to the Board of Regents. Election petitions for officers are due before spring break with campaigning beginning after the break.

Strand motioned and Martinez seconded to approve the nomination of the Distinguished Faculty Committee. The motion passed and will be sent to President Flickema.

Miller reported that Earley would like the criteria used for recommending sabbaticals. Miller will refer him to the Board of Regents (BOR) contract which outlines them. The Faculty Senate will discuss further the need to establish procedures for making recommendations for sabbaticals at the next meeting.

Meeker and Kennedy presented information about possible changes at PREP. Students will do the registration in the computer labs to streamline the process and get them familiar with using Web Advisor. They will be given a specially prepared suggested list of first semester classes with both the required courses and options listed for them to build a schedule of 12-18 hours. The students will be divided into groups by majors. Hall remarked that this new way would be much easier than what she experienced as an incoming first year student. It will also let departments do a better job of anticipating what courses need to be added ahead of the registration time so students get the courses they need. Hickenbotham suggested that this new plan be shared at college meetings. Meeker said they are meeting with the chairs, but the more Faculty Senate members share this with colleagues the better it will be. There will be sessions for advisors before PREP to go over the basics of the new plan.

Hickenbotham reported the COE Curriculum Committee is meeting to develop an advising template for the education programs.

Simpson and John Alsup are coordinating a TQE project to write assessment plans this school year for all the teacher certification programs at BHSU. Simpson explained the background of the project. From now on, NCATE will evaluate both the COE unit and all content area programs. This change is requiring all our programs to align with national standards for the first time, and the South Dakota Department of Education “rules” are deferring to those national standards. Simpson and Alsup realize how frustrating this has been for program coordinators. They thank people for their kindness and ask for continued patience as the project is concluded. What the S.D. DOE wants is a systematic report including a program description, faculty qualifications in detail, an alignment of program objectives to the national standards, a description of assessments, and rubrics for assessments. When NCATE comes to evaluate BHSU in 2010, all the content areas that have teacher certification programs will have been using these assessment plans to collect data for about three years.

The new program is different than the STEP program. It looked at courses to be sure that our students are ready to take the Praxis test. This alignment is programmatic. It will eventually align with University Assessment when they return to the regular method of reporting assessment of programs. The changes will also require better communication between the Curriculum Committee and the college deans when changes are proposed.

Strand reported that only 38 faculty had voted on the proposed constitutional changes, all to approve. A non-vote is considered a no vote. She will send out another notice for faculty to vote as a 2/3 majority is needed for this to pass.

Miller is collecting suggestions for changes to the Faculty Handbook. It was suggested that the new department standards document be included as well as Appendix F materials.

Miller reported that he had received the following faculty concerns to go to the new president:

  • There is unequal distribution of monies in the supposedly unified BOR system, especially in salaries and operating expenses.
  • Senate discussed that faculty is evaluated by how "scholarly active" the person is, i.e., how many journal articles are accepted by refereed journals, conference presentations are made and papers accepted for publication in conference proceedings, but we are not adequately supported.
  • There needs to be an investigation into the requirement for permission forms of the Human Subjects Committee.
  • There should be an office and infrastructure for international endeavors on campus.
  • Some concerns were expressed about the requirement for all surveys having to go through the Human Subjects Committee.
  • All colleges should be represented on the University Promotion and Tenure Committee.
  • The on-going problem of co-curricular programs being funded through the GAF monies needs to be reviewed.
  • The articulation agreement of the Higher Education Center - West River with Western Dakota Tech needs to be reviewed as it will impact hiring, curriculum, the quality of classes, etc.
  • The Library Committee will forward suggestions to Miller after their next meeting.

A Student Senate representative who can stay for the entire meeting is needed. Hickenbotham will approach Megan Wyett about this.

Hemmingson and T. Hupp will attempt to come up with sheets that will make the use of the AV equipment easier.

Miller reported on the 2/28 Council of Deans meeting. Preview Days will be cut to three a semester. The bookstore does have commercial help sheets for some of our AV equipment. We are the only Regental school that still requires a minor. We require 45 upper division hours to get a degree, but that varies from 20-42 at other schools. This may present a problem for some. The council will suggest that majors require 36 hours.

The standards documents are being reviewed by the deans.

Martinez moved and Hesson seconded that the course modifications reviewed be accepted when the dates for institution on several were clarified.

The meeting adjourned at 5:45 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Strand.


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