Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Lynette Thum, secretary, Grants Accounting
- Melisa Waterman, purchasing assistant, University Support
- Ann Evridge, Child Care Center
- Kelly Krueger, building maintenance specialist, Facilities
- Kirsten Bierema, University Bookstore
Faculty welcomed back to
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Faculty Welcome Week begins Monday, Aug. 21 with sessions for new
Faculty and staff are encouraged to have their photographs taken by
the University Communications staff Tuesday from 8 to 9 a.m. and 10 to
11 a.m. in Meier Room 127. All faculty and staff are
then invited to the "State of the University address presented by BHSU
President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp in the recital hall in Meier Hall from 9
to 10 a.m. The annual faculty/staff picnic will be held that evening in the Spearfish City Park.
College meetings for all faculty members will be held Wednesday
afternoon. Faculty breakout sessions will be held Thursday, Aug. 24.
The week will conclude Friday, Aug. 25 with the annual President's
Cup Golf Classic at 12 noon at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. All
faculty and staff are invited to participate.
Wheaton is now alumni
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Tom Wheaton was recently named director of alumni at
Black Hills State University. Wheaton, who is both an alumnus and
longtime employee of the university, is looking forward to the
opportunity to extend the BHSU alumni family.
“I came to BHSU as a student from Florida, so I was
without a family. The people of BHSU were so wonderful to me that they
became my family. Now it seems fitting that I take on the responsibility
of maintaining and preserving the BHSU alumni family,” Wheaton says.
Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional
advancement, says he’s fortunate to have an alumni director with Tom’s
experience and background.
“Tom is a perfect fit for this job. As a BHSU alumnus
who has also worked at the university, he comes to this job with
significant knowledge about the university and is already making plans
for future alumni gatherings,” Meeker says.
Tom previously served as assistant director of
enrollment at BHSU. He has also held several other positions at BHSU
including time as a hall director and apartment director and sports
information director. Tom has a strong communications background
including past employment as a radio personality and information
Tom earned a speech degree with minor in music 1987
and has also taken graduate level courses. In his spare time, Tom serves
as an official for high school football games in South Dakota. Tom and
his wife, Kristin (Schamber), Class of ‘99, and their daughter, Kylie,
live in Spearfish.
Schamber and Thomas assist BHSU
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Dr. Sandee Schamber and Carol Thomas were recently
assigned new positions with Black Hills State University.
Schamber is now serving as director for the Ellsworth
branch campus and Rapid City operations. Schamber, who previously taught
at BHSU, just finished her time as a South Dakota Board of Regents
Fellow. Schamber also previously served as director of field experiences
Schamber is active in professional activities at the
university, state and national level. Schamber joined the BHSU faculty
in 1996 after teaching for many years at the elementary and middle
school levels. She has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from
the University of South Dakota as well as a master’s degree in science
education from BHSU. She previously earned a bachelor’s degree and an
associate degree from Concordia Teachers College in Milwaukee, Wis.
Thomas, who has worked for BHSU at the Ellsworth
location since 1974, is now serving as coordinator for academic student
assistance in Rapid City. Thomas is has been helping BHSU students in
the Rapid City area for more than 30 years through her work on the EAFB
branch campus. She will now be assisting BHSU students at the Higher
Education Center – West River, located at 515 W. Boulevard in Rapid
Thomas continues to work closely with Spearfish campus
staff as she assists Rapid City students. Thomas now supervises and
coordinates student services as well as internal and external testing
programs in the Rapid City area. She also serves as a liaison with
university counselors and organizes and participates in the academic
appeal process for Rapid City students. She is instrumental in the
growth of the self-help library and self-help programming on the
Spearfish campus and in Rapid City.
Young Center swimming pools to
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The swimming pools at the Donald E. Young Sports and
Fitness Center on the Black Hills State University campus will re-open
Friday, Sept. 1. The pools were closed in May for necessary repairs to
the mechanical and filtering systems.
According to Art Jones, director of facilities
services at BHSU, problems with the filtering system caused unscheduled
closures of the pools throughout the last year. The new filters will
reduce the number of closures due to mechanical problems and will
provide for the optimum safety of pool users. The state-of-the-art
equipment also includes an enhanced monitoring system.
The swimming pools will be open weekdays from 6 to 8
a.m. for lap swimming, daily from 12 to 1 p.m. for lap swimming,
weekdays from 6 to 8 p.m. for recreational swimming, and weekends from 1
to 4:45 p.m. for recreational swimming.
Two five-week sections of American Red Cross swimming
lessons will be held at the Young Center this fall. The first section
will be held every Tuesday and Thursday between Sept. 12 and Oct. 12.
The second section will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from Oct. 17
through Nov. 16. For more information, contact pool supervisor Jon Vance
The Young Center will also offer water exercise
classes Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Tuesdays and
Thursdays from 6 to 7 a.m.
Registrations for the swimming lessons and the water
exercise classes will be accepted after Friday, Sept. 1 at the Young
Center information desk. For more information, contact Teri Royer at
Dakota Chamber Orchestra to begin
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The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the
Black Hills State University campus, will begin rehearsals for the
2006-07 season Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. in the band room of Clare and
Josef Meier Hall. All string players in the Spearfish area are
encouraged to attend.
The orchestra provides an outlet for area string
players to come together, play music and improve their skills. The group
also provides entertainment in the northern Black Hills through the
performance of string orchestra music from many different musical style
periods. Two concerts are scheduled for the upcoming season; the first
will be Sunday, Nov. 5.
This marks the eighth season for the Dakota Chamber
Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Randall Royer, associate music
professor at BHSU. For more information, contact Royer at 642-6255 or
South Dakota high school
students expand their minds at Black Hills State University
Daniel Balisco, a Douglas High School
student from Rapid City, prepares to race his Lego robot during the
Rising Scholars in Math and Science program held recently at BHSU. Daniel was one of 12 high school students from across
South Dakota who attended the summer program, which included
mind-expanding and entertaining math and science challenges.
A group of 12 high school students from across South
Dakota recently immersed themselves in mind-expanding and entertaining
math and science challenges during the annual Rising Scholars in Math
and Science program at Black Hills State University.
Coordinated by the Center for the Advancement of
Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE), in residence on the BHSU
campus, the week-long Rising Scholars program brings together
mathematicians, scientists, educators and local artists to enrich the
minds of the most promising high school mathematicians and scientists in
The students started the week learning about robots.
They then explored the connection between geometry and art with local
artist Dick Termes. Other topics included three-dimensional (3D) cubes,
light and color, and geographic information systems (GIS) and remote
sensing. Students also had the opportunity to hike Spearfish Canyon and
view the stars at the Badlands Observatory.
Participants in this summer’s Rising Scholars program
were: Carisa Anderson, Rapid City; Daniel Balisco, Rapid City; Aaron
Burns, Lead; Abby Logan, Madison; Logan Smidt, Menno; Diana Cai, Sioux
Falls; Megan Mallett, Watertown; Karin Kroon, Hartford; Kyle Buckmiller,
Hartford; Jessica Ludvik, White River; Sierra Drey, Winner; and Katy
For more information on the Rising Scholars program,
contact Ben Sayler, program director, at 642-6873 or Julie Dahl, program
coordinator, at 642-6878.
BHSU collaborates with SDSM&T to
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Black Hills area teachers study
aspects of Cascade Creek on the Whitney Preserve south of Hot Springs
during the recent Biology and Earth Science for Teachers (BEST) workshop
coordinated by Black Hills State University, the South Dakota School of
Mines and Technology, and The Nature Conservancy in Rapid City.
Area middle and high school teachers recently attended
the two-week Biology and Earth Science for Teachers (BEST) workshop,
funded through a No Child Left Behind Title II grant awarded to Black
Hills State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and
The workshop emphasized field-based experiences in
geology and biology, supplemented by laboratory extensions in the
classroom, discussions of inquiry-based materials appropriate for
classroom use, and vertical coordination of science content. Content was
based on the South Dakota Science Content Standards for grades 6-12.
Janet Briggs, principal investigator of the BEST grant
and science education specialist at the Center for the Advancement of
Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU, said, “One of our goals was
to provide inquiry-based experiences for teachers that they could easily
adapt for use with their middle and high school students. We also wanted
to show them an array of local resources available to them and provide
time for them to compare the workshop experiences with the science
standards and discuss the alignment of grade level science concepts.”
The first week of the workshop provided the teachers
with geology field experiences, including trips to various sites in the
central Black Hills. While in the Keystone area, participants were able
to view numerous geologic features and examples of igneous, metamorphic
and sedimentary rocks.
“I was amazed at how much this area has to offer; that
there were so many rock formations that were easy to access,” Dave
Ireland, BEST participant and South Middle School science teacher from
Rapid City, said.
Another topic examined during the workshop was the
hydrologic cycle and the role of surface and ground water. Dr. Perry
Rahn, professor emeritus from SDSM&T, shared the results of his research
on aquifers in the Black Hills. The teachers then visited several area
sites that demonstrated the hydrologic cycle, including an area west of
Rapid City along Nemo Road. The sites were selected by Dr. Colin
Paterson, geology professor at SDSM&T and co-writer of the BEST grant.
“The most surprising part was to actually see the
water disappear into the ground in Box Elder Creek near Custer Gap and
then reappear at Doty Spring downstream,” Anita Miller, BEST participant
and eighth-grade science teacher at Southwest Middle School in Rapid
During the biology portion of the workshop, the
teachers visited several locations to study factors that affect the
populations of various species in the Black Hills. They studied the
positive and negative human impacts visible at Mary Hall Park and
observed a warm water riparian system and the rare plants associated
with it at Cascade Springs on the Whitney Preserve south of Hot Springs.
Facilitating the biology portion of the workshop were BHSU alumnus
Elaine Ebbert, a botanist with The Nature Conservancy in Rapid City, and
BHSU biology student Elke Kuegle.
“This was a great collaboration between the two west
river universities and The Nature Conservancy. Both Colin and Elaine are
experts in their fields, and the teachers enjoyed their enthusiasm and
expertise,” Briggs said.
For more information, contact Briggs at 642-3556 or
Women's Equality Day will be
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The public is invited to an early celebration of
Women's Equality Day hosted by Democracy in Action-Northern Hills at the
Matthews Opera House in Spearfish Wednesday, Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.
The event marks the anniversary of American women
achieving the right to vote by passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S.
Constitution on August 26, 1920. Two short films will be shown, and Rita
Mayer, a long-time feminist and university teacher, will present a brief
history of Women's Equality Day. Guests are encouraged to bring posters,
artifacts and souvenirs relating to women's history for display and
discussion. Refreshments will be served.
A Joint Resolution of Congress instituted Women's
Equality Day in 1971 to commemorate women's suffrage and to recognize
continuing efforts by women to achieve full equality in all aspects of
society. Democracy In Action is a non-partisan organization for women to
promote civil public policy dialogue and to bring about progressive
change in South Dakota.
The celebration is open to both men and women free of
charge. For more information contact Mary Foster at 641-6185.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn
213, through July 10, 2006. For copies of the information, contact the
office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to
information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near
the information desk.
Grants for Teaching and Learning Resources (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities is sponsoring Grants for
Teaching and Learning Resources and Curriculum Development to support
projects that improve specific areas of humanities education and serve
as national models of excellence. Projects must draw upon scholarship in
the humanities and use scholars and teachers as advisers. NEH is
especially interested in projects that offer solutions to problems
frequently encountered by teachers.
Deadline: Oct. 2, 2006. A link to the full announcement is
2007 Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program RFP (USDA)
This announcement examines federal financial assistance grants by the
USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program.
- Matching requirements: All grant funds must be matched at least
equally (dollar for dollar) with non-federal source funds. This
match may include in-kind donations, volunteer assistance, and
private and public (non-federal) monetary contributions. All
matching funds must be specifically related to the proposed project.
The source of matching funds must be identified and grantees must
comply with all applicable federal regulations.
- Administration: Upon Forest Service review of the council’s
recommendations for funding, the selected projects will be awarded
as federal financial assistance grants by the USDA Forest Service
Urban and Community Forestry Program and as such will be subject to
the appropriate federal rules, regulations, and reporting
- Grant period: Grantees will be given up to three years to
complete their projects. The grant period begins when grant award
letters are issued by the USDA Forest Service.
- Grant category: A project may only be submitted in one category
and will only be considered in the category indicated by the
- CATEGORY 1: Innovative Urban and Community Forestry
for Minority and Underserved Populations Priority: To develop
creative and innovative partnerships that include minority
organizations in a more inclusive role while partnering in urban
and community forestry at the local, state, and national level.
- Goal: To increase participation, through partnership by,
and equitable service delivered to, people of color, people
with physical or mental challenges, and others as defined in
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Examples include
but are not limited to: Projects that are co-sponsored
between an arboriculture or urban forestry related
organization and an organization with a focus on minority
and underserved populations; projects that partner with
organizations that focus on at-risk youth with urban and
community forestry with a goal to increase the job training
and career preparation of the youth involved; projects that
focus on cultural relationships that highlight the value of
urban forestry and may share historic traditions; projects
that focus on developing environmental education programs
that can be offered and administered by minority and
underserved organizations to minority and underserved
- Note: Category 1: Innovative Urban and Community
Forestry for Minority and Underserved Populations is for
proposals that will produce projects/materials focused on,
and targeted to, minority and underserved populations and
the urban and community forestry issues that specifically
relate to these populations. The applicant can be either
minority or non-minority. However, if you are a minority
organization or institution (e.g. a historically black or
Native American college or university) that seeks to do
urban and community forestry work unrelated to minority
populations or issues, then submit your proposal in Category
2, 3, 4, or 5 as appropriate.
- CATEGORY 2: Advancing Emerging Issues: Green
Infrastructure and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems Priority: Urban
forests and green infrastructure provide measurable ecosystem
services to communities. These ecosystem services include clean
air and water, energy conservation, recreation resources,
healthier environments for children and adults, and other
valuable services. New monitoring, design, evaluation, and
management tools are needed to build, support, and optimize
natural systems in the developed landscape. This category will
support demonstration and education projects that promote green
- Goal: To advance the emerging field of green
infrastructure, with an emphasis on tree canopy and
restoring ecological function in urban settings. To expand
the body of knowledge, demonstrate design approaches, and
transfer best practices about tree canopy as a green
infrastructure component to decision makers, practitioners,
and the public. To further design standards and public
policies that capitalize on the benefits that urban forests
provide in developed landscapes. Examples include but are
not limited to: Creating user-friendly methodologies or
tools for estimating the value of environmental services
within a project site or across a landscape; writing books
and manuals about park design, urban planning, environmental
design, urban forest management, or other technical
resources; creating educator resources for retrofitting
schoolyards to maximize physical and mental health benefits
provided by green infrastructure; developing materials that
influence national standards, policies or practices
promulgated by associations, federal agencies and state
agencies; or engaging the public in activities and education
that builds grassroots awareness and support for green
- CATEGORY 3: Innovative Urban and Community Forestry
Research and/or Technology Development Priority: Develop new
knowledge about, and transfer understanding of, urban and
community forest ecosystems (their components, structure and
function), and their relationship with social, public health,
and environmental needs. There are many gaps in the applications
of research findings, thus a high priority is placed on research
that has a well-defined plan for communicating the findings to
the practitioners and that emphasizes
partnerships/collaborations between researchers and industry
professionals. Projects of an applied nature are preferred. A
priority source for fundable research projects is “A Revised
National Research and Technology Transfer Agenda for Urban and
Community Forestry” (June 2003), located at
- Goal: To improve our knowledge about the many components
of and interactions within the urban and community forest
ecosystem. Examples include but are not limited to:
Documenting use of urban trees as a tool in helping
communities combat chronic diseases such as obesity,
physical inactivity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood
pressure, colon cancer, and skin cancer. Collaborative
research is envisioned for the above research area.
Valuation of urban forest ecosystem goods and services is
acutely needed to quantifying benefits. Forest
fragmentation, carbon sequestration and trading, and urban
forest health restoration, remain hot issues. Urban forest
relations with water and air quality, urban development,
energy conservation, social benefits of trees and forests,
improving tree adaptation and longevity in urban plantings,
urban soil properties, tree biomechanics (e.g. defects,
structural failures, mitigation), tree maintenance (e.g.
pruning, fertilizing, etc.), tree/pest interactions
including control measures (e.g. influence of cultural
practices on tree defenses) are important contemporary
issues. Invasive species (e.g. Emerald Ash Borer, Asian Long
Horned Beetle, Phytophthora ramorum), dendroremediation,
rain garden, urban tree phenology and geospatial analysis of
urban forests are at the cutting edge of research.
- CATEGORY 4: Special Emphasis Areas Priority: The
address specific themes or needs recently identified by urban
forestry community constituents.
- Goal: Each year NUCFAC requests stakeholder input on the
CCS grant program. The goal of this category is to respond
to recent items of importance shared by stakeholders.
- Inventive Problem Solving. Innovate, as well as a
practical examination of projects and activities that
affect the management, investment, and public's
perception of the urban forest. Projects that explore
how activities that are ordinarily seen as outside of
the urban forest and/or urban forestry actually have
direct nexus to urban forest goals. Examples include but
are not limited to: projects regarding the influence of
urban forests on air quality, invasive species rapid
response strategies, influence of climate change on
urban tree phenology, genetic engineering of trees for
urban environment, development of expert systems for
urban tree health, dashboards for urban forest
- National and Regional Collaboration. Coalitions,
multi-party collaboratives, and partnership projects
that advance common objectives in support of urban
forestry. Projects should be clear in focus, take place
at a national or regional scale, and produce defined
deliverables. Partners should have clear roles, make
substantive and roughly equal contributions to the
delivery of the project/program, and capitalize on each
partner’s strengths. Examples include but are not
limited to: Regional collaboration between state
conservation organizations to address common public
policy or educational goals; Regional mayor or county
executive leadership forums focused on advancing urban
forest policy; National coalitions to advance public
policy and education about urban forests; and Regional
or National networks to develop grassroots capacity.
- Replication and Transfer of Model Urban Forestry
Programs. Across the country, there are many models of
success at the local, regional, and national level.
NUCFAC recognizes that the promotion, transfer and
replication of these successful models have been greatly
limited. In some cases, models, tools or resources were
developed, but the transfer of these tools was
inadequately funded. We invite applicants to present the
"super star" programs and projects that you think
deserve wider replication or dissemination. Successful
applicants will demonstrate the need for the proposed
replication project and provide some history about the
model or project that will be replicated or
disseminated. Examples include but are not limited to:
Revising, publishing, or distributing a film or book
that continues to be in-demand; reproducing an
educational poster or PSA that is successful in another
state or region; disseminating an existing set of
resources through a new marketing partner, such as a
state extension service, professional association,
retailer, or other entity. Duplicating a program model,
training program, or event that has worked well in
another region or city.
- CATEGORY 5: Capacity Building Priority: To strengthen
formal and informal educational training opportunities for
professionals and paraprofessionals in urban forestry and
related disciplines to meet the growing demand for urban tree
care professionals and workers.
- Goal: To encourage and enhance
workforce development in urban and community forestry and
related disciplines. Examples include but are not limited to:
Projects that focus on development and implementation of
continuing education and retraining opportunities for the
current workforce in urban forestry through workshops, seminars,
conferences, apprenticeships, on-line or distance education,
guidebooks/ training manuals, teaching materials and Extension
or other outreach publications; career fairs, camps, field days,
service learning, internship programs and mentoring
opportunities for targeted youth, college bound and currently
enrolled students; curriculum development for undergraduate
degrees in urban forestry as well as scholarships and
assistantships in support of graduate education.
Deadline: Sept. 6, 2006. For a link to the full announcement
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual
Predoctoral Fellowships (F31) to Promote Diversity in Health-Related
The primary objective of this funding opportunity, announced by the
National Institute of Health, is to help ensure that diverse pools of
highly trained scientists will be available in appropriate research
areas to carry out the Nation s biomedical, behavioral, health services,
or clinical research agenda. This initiative seeks to improve the
diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the
training of predoctoral students from groups that have been shown to be
underrepresented. Such candidates include individuals from
underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with
disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Detailed
eligibility criteria are described in the full announcement. Individuals
may receive up to five years of aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at
the predoctoral level, including any combination of support from
institutional training grants (T32) and an individual fellowship award.
However, it is not possible to have concurrent NRSA support (e.g., F31
and T32). Applicants must consider any prior NRSA predoctoral research
training in determining the duration of support requested. Accurate
information regarding previous Kirschstein-NRSA support must be included
in the application and will be considered at the time of award.
Funding will be awarded in the following activity areas:
- Food and nutrition
- Income security and social services
The final deadline is Nov. 16, 2009. The full announcement with
detailed information is available at
Faculty Humanities Workshops (NEH)
Grants for Faculty Humanities Workshops, funded by the National
Endowment for the Humanities support local and regional professional
development programs for K-12 teachers and faculty at post-secondary
institutions by providing such faculty with the opportunity to engage in
vigorous intellectual inquiry with visiting scholars on significant
topics in the humanities.
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2006. A link to the full announcement is
Faculty research funds available
The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for
the fiscal year. Proposal forms are available on the Grants Office
It is anticipated that successful applicants will
request support for research equipment, travel to research sites,
support for the production of creative work, or release time for
research or creative work. Preference for all funding is given to new
applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, fine arts,
social sciences and humanities.
The committee reviews proposals on an ongoing basis.
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.
To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an
email as a Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF attachment and send it to
single hard copy with the appropriate signatures should also be
submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn 213.
Instructional improvement grants
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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 and are now being accepted for consideration at the first meeting
of this funding period. Proposals must consist of the proposal and
budget outlines as specified on the IIC
To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email and send
it to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu.
A signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit
9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 213.