Volume XXX, No. 35 • Nov. 3, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Kenneth Kirk, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Transfer - top

  • Leone Geppert, from the Business Office to senior accountant in Grants Accounting

Resignation - top

  • J David Maki, food service worker, Dining Services

Student Senate hosts open house for President Schallenkamp

President Kay Schallenkamp, left, meets with Black Hills State University students Katie Sue Braun, an freshman accounting major from Spearfish; and Brandy Sickler, a senior pre-law major from Buffalo, Wyo., during an open house this week in honor of the upcoming presidential inauguration.

The inauguration ceremony for Schallenkamp, where she will be officially installed as the ninth president of BHSU, will be held Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Speakers at the inauguration include Gov. Michael Rounds, Dr. Robert T. Tad Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents; Dr. Richard Lee, vice provost for educational outreach at University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Jerry Krambeck, mayor of Spearfish, as well as representatives of the faculty, students and alumni of BHSU.

Wessel appointed to state psychologists board - top

Dr. Doug Wessel

Dr. Doug Wessel, psychology professor at Black Hills State University, was recently appointed to the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by Gov. Michael Rounds.

Wessel, who has taught and served as an administrator at BH for 21 years, will serve a three-year term on the board. He is one of five licensed psychologists on the board.

According to Wessel the primary role of the board is to license only those individuals who meet the statutory requirements of qualification based on education, experience, and character. In addition, the board provides ethical oversight for the professional activities of all licensed psychologists in the state through annual license renewal and the investigation of any complaints received in order to insure high quality and professionally appropriate services for consumers.

“I am honored to have been appointed by Governor Rounds to the Board of Examiners of Psychologists,” Wessel says. “My 32 years of experience as a practicing psychologist and professor in South Dakota will provide a comprehensive foundation for this crucial and challenging responsibility.”

Wessel received his master’s degree and his doctoral degree from the University of North Dakota after earning his undergraduate degree from Northwest College in Kirkland, Wash. He began teaching at Black Hills State University in 1985. His experience also includes serving as a psychologist and an administrator at a community mental health center.

Regents honor Ochse for excellence in online instruction - top

Dr. Roger Ochse, Black Hills State University professor of humanities and director of the BHSU Honors Program, accepts the South Dakota Board of Regents Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in E-Learning presented by Dr. Harvey Jewett, president of the Board of Regents.

BHSU professor Dr. Roger Ochse receives an Excellence in E-Learning Award from Board of Regents President Dr. Harvey Jewett

Dr. Roger Ochse, Black Hills State University professor of humanities and director of the BHSU Honors Program, was awarded the 2005-2006 South Dakota Board of Regents Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in E-Learning.

Ochse was presented the award by Dr. Harvey Jewett, president of the Board of Regents, for his online teaching of Introduction to Literature (ENGL 210) to over 150 students across South Dakota and worldwide. This is the second time he has won a Board of Regents Recognition Award for Excellence in E-Learning.

Criteria for the award followed the new Quality Matters (QM) guidelines adopted by the Board of Regents for all distance learning courses in the system. QM stresses collaborative, interactive learning combined with rigorous outcome-based instruction. Applicants for the award were required to have their courses reviewed by a panel of experts who also visited online with students for their comments.

“Online learning makes courses available to working students who cannot travel to campus and interrupt their careers. They can work at their own pace and schedule, through a series of assignments, until they learn and apply the course ideas to a higher level of thinking, reading, and writing. When they are well designed and taught, online courses can be even better than many regular classrooms—especially for the motivated adult who likes individual attention and the give and take of online discussion,” Ochse says.

Ochse has an extensive background in Internet instruction. His publications include a book on poet Walt Whitman and a chapter “Digital Shakespeare,” in a major Australian textbook. Ochse, who was honored with the Governor’s Award for Teaching and Technology in 1999, is a Certified Online Instructor.

Ochse earned his doctorate in educational administration from the University of South Dakota in 1993. He has a master’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and a bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.

Dakota Chamber Orchestra will present fall concert this weekend - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence at Black Hills State University, will present their fall concert Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The concert, “Scenes of the Country and Around the World,” will feature songs by W.A. Mozart, Gioacchino Rossini, Georges Bizet, Gian Carlo Menotti, J.S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, and J.J. Mouret.

The concert is open to the public. There is no charge for admission, but donations for BHSU music scholarships will be accepted at the door.

For more information, contact Dr. Randall Royer, conductor of the Dakota Chamber Orchestra and associate professor of music at BHSU, at 642-6255 or RandallRoyer@bhsu.edu.

BHSU community invited to Honors Program dress rehearsal - top

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend the dress rehearsal for the upcoming BHSU Honors Program presentation that will be featured at the National Honors Conference in Philadelphia. The rehearsal will be held Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.

According to Amanda Scott, Honors Program president, the dress rehearsal for “Creating a Culture of Service,” is intended to be a critique session so members of the Honors Program can represent BHSU to the best of their ability. Evaluation forms will be provided.

"Your professional opinion is valuable and very much appreciated," Scott said.

For more information contact Scott at 641-2270.

BHSU to sponsor REACH, a musical outreach by James Hersch - top

James Hersch, a musician dedicated to community outreach, will present a REACH residency and community outreach program at Black Hills State University and various Spearfish locations Monday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 7. A community and campus outreach lecture and performance will be held Monday evening at 6 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305 on the BHSU campus.

James Hersch

Black Hills State University will host a community outreach residency at BHSU and various locations throughout Spearfish Monday, Nov. 6 and Tuesday, Nov. 7. These events will feature James Hersch and the award-winning REACH program he founded.

REACH is a unique model for outreach programming. According to Ellen Melaragno, BHSU student programs coordinator, Hersch creates opportunities for students, staff and community members to give back to their local communities by giving of themselves. Designed as a medium to create connections between people and the communities they live in, REACH teaches participants a new way to think about their role as citizens of the world. This program offers many tangible benefits such as partnering with community entities, creating a legacy of service, setting examples for student leaders and employees to assume a moral and civic voice, and providing cross-cultural and inter-generational programs.

Hersch will conduct REACH sessions in various BHSU classes and meetings throughout the day Monday, Nov. 6. A community and campus outreach lecture and performance will then be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305. Hersch will also speak at various community locations the following day, Tuesday, Nov. 7. Community members, as well as BHSU students, staff and faculty, are invited to attend the program Monday evening in addition to one or more sessions Tuesday.

“The music and artistry of Hersch provide the structure for the project. The direction is determined by the sponsor to reflect a shared vision for various community issues. REACH does not assume any political or religious posture but simply provides an opportunity for groups and institutions to positively impact those most immediately surrounding them,” says Melaragno.

Hersch has received recognition from across the nation for his innovative REACH concept and caring approach toward community service learning. Among his awards, Hersch was selected to receive the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity by the National Association for Campus Activities.

Hersch received his bachelor’s degree in classical guitar from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He has established himself at the forefront of acoustic music in North America, with nine album credits to his name, as well as a recording and songbook of children’s music. Over the past 25 years, Hersch has developed a broadly appealing songwriting and performing style, crossing many musical genres.

The REACH residency with Hersch is sponsored by the BHSU University Programming (UP) Team. For more information, contact Melaragno at 642-6378 or EllenMelaragno@bhsu.edu. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations are to call 642-6104 at least 24 hours prior to the event.

A schedule of REACH community outreach sessions follows:

Monday, Nov. 6

  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m., Edgewood Vista assisted living facility
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall room 106
  • 12 noon to 12:45 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • 1 to 1:50 p.m., Jonas Hall room 303
  • 2 to 2:45 p.m., high school/middle school presentation
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m., faculty and staff presentation "Teaching Students the Importance of Service," David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
  • 4 to 4:45 p.m., Music Educators National Conference Club workshop "How to Engage Children in Spontaneous Music-making," Meier Hall room 127
  • 6 to 7 p.m., campus and community outreach program, Jonas Hall room 305

Tuesday, Nov. 7

  • 8 to 9:45 a.m., Common Grounds coffee and tea shop
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m., Little Jackets Learning Center
  • 11 to 11:50 a.m., Jonas Hall room 202 or 305
  • 1:30 to 2:15 p.m., Northern Hills Training Center
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m., David M. Dorsett Health Care Facility
  • 7 to 8 p.m., grand finale performance and video, Jonas Hall room 305

Artwork by three BHSU students published in national magazine - top

(Left to right) Michael Knutson, BHSU art student; Dave Wilson, BHSU assistant art professor; Michael Baum, BHSU art student; and Janci Jo Wenner, BHSU art student, display the Fall 2006 issue of Creative Quarterly which includes artwork by these students.

BHSU art students and professor Dave Wilson display the Fall 2006 issue of Creative Quarterly

Several pieces of artwork created by three Black Hills State University students was recently selected for publication in the national art magazine Creative Quarterly.

The students, Michael Baum, Janci Jo Wenner, and Michael Knutson, were among several BHSU students who submitted artwork to the magazine at the encouragement of BHSU assistant professor Dave Wilson. Their artwork was selected for publication in the Fall 2006 issue of the national art magazine.

According to Wilson, students from art institutes and universities from across the nation submitted artwork for possible inclusion. The magazine, formerly known as Creative Convocation, is published in New York and is juried by regional and national artists.

“The fact that artwork from three Black Hills State University students was selected for publication in this magazine is quite an honor considering the jury selection process and high level of competition for publication,” Wilson says.

The students’ artwork is featured in a section titled “New Talent Gallery.”

Baum is a non-traditional art student who returned to college after a nine-year break. He enrolled at BHSU in 2004 and now, in his senior year, says he has realized that art is one of his primary motivations in life. Baum, who has been an avid climber since he moved to the Black Hills 10 years ago, spent last summer working for the National Park Service at Devils Tower as a seasonal climbing ranger.

“My artwork has been an experimentation of materials and techniques. I feel that environment and experience plays a key role in my work, as I continue to explore with new media,” Baum says.

Baum is looking forward to graduating and then plans to continue his education in a master of fine arts program. Baum’s current artwork focus is a project that utilizes mixed media and collage to create a family historiograph.

Wenner’s artwork chosen for magazine publication is a piece she made during her freshman year at BHSU. Wenner, a sophomore from Lemmon, says the piece symbolizes the pain of loneliness.

“The red pieces of torn paper represent a heart that has kicked the rocks when reaching the ultimate low of depression referred to as rock bottom. The various shades of red and deep purples play as the emotions of both the warmth of love and the icy chill of emptiness. The knots of string tinted in gray are signifying life and its obstacles—somewhat fixable but always scars of the remembered past. As a whole I hope this offers comfort to those who wear the mask but still feel the pain…you are not alone,” Wenner says.

Knutson, who is from Spearfish, is a sophomore at BHSU pursuing an art degree and also is interested in pursuing graduate school opportunities.

“I love to create wonderful things. Out of the two works that I had published, the first was a study of the colors surgeons wear, therefore the name of the piece is Surgeons Corduroy,” Knutson says. “The second of the two works, which is one of my personal favorites, was a mixed media piece where I was trying to show texture with more of how did he make the art.”

University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were: Luikart, Hagerty, Calhoon, Alsup, Haislett, Earley, Carriveau, Chandler, and Simpson.

Absent were: Romkema, Sarkar, and Colmenero-Chilberg.

Chair reminded committee members that this year faculty would write two assessment reports - 1) the Teach Preparation Assessment Report and 2) the Annual Assessment Report. The teacher preparation assessment reports were discussed at this meeting since the first set would come into Dean Downing on Thursday.

Item One: Teacher Preparation Assessment Reports:

Simpson and Alsup gave an explanation of these reports. Three sheets were handed out by Simpson and Alsup regarding the NCATE preparations and other issues. There titles were: “Systematic Assessment Plans for Teacher Preparation Programs,” “Suggested Outline for the ‘Assessment of Content’ Piece of Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports,” and an email from Pat Simpson regarding CAS and College of Business program assessment coordinators. These documents were discussed and are to serve as resources for those preparing and submitting assessments of their teacher preparation programs.

Item Two: Suggested Outline for the 'Assessment of Content' piece of Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports:

A detailed discussion was held concerning the "Suggested Outline for the 'Assessment of Content' piece of Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports." Discussed were the Praxis and the range of scores adopted by the State Department of Education. Faculty can use this range to indicate how well their students are doing in comparison to those scores.

Item Three: Emphasis Placed on Item V, Use of Results

More emphasis was placed on item V, Use of Results in the Suggested Outline for the 'Assessment of Content' piece of Teacher Preparation Program Assessment Reports handout. Pat Simpson underscored the importance of this section and urged departments to fully elaborate on this area.

Item Four: How Diversity Will Be Addressed

The chair asked how diversity at BHSU will be addressed in these reports. The issue will be addressed at several levels and be a key part of the preparation for the NCATE review in 2010.

Item Five: Submission of Teacher Preparation Assessment Reports:

The Teacher Preparation Assessment Reports should follow this process of submission:

  • Report is submitted to the deans by email then to Earley.
  • Earley will ship the reports via email to the committee members.
  • The role of the committee is to analyze and comment, but not approve or reject.

Item Six: Upcoming Meetings

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 15. The committee will then review old non-approved reports Wednesday, Nov. 22 . The Nov. 22 meeting will be the last University Assessment Committee meeting for the Fall 2006 semester.

Minutes submitted by Earley, chair.

Black Hills Research Symposium Committee minutes - top

The Black Hills Research Symposium Committee met Monday, Oct. 16.

All members present: Priscilla Romkema (co-chair), Len Austin (co-chair), Pam Carriveau, Cynthia Chandler, Holly Downing, Parthasarathi Nag, Ann Porter, Scott Stoltenberg, Sheng Yang, and Mike Zehfus.

  1. The minutes of Monday, Sept. 18 were approved.
  2. The annual Black Hills Research Symposium (for undergraduate student research) will be held Thursday, Match 15, 2007, at BHSU. It will consist mostly of posters, with a few oral presentations.
  3. Sub-committees were organized (see below) and discussion was held as to their various duties:
  • Judging Criteria and Awards - Stoltenberg, Zehfus, Yang
    A five-point judging scale was presented by Yang for discussion. Zehfus reported that funds from Sigma Xi will not be known until Spring 2007. The committee will decide distribution of awards and ways to evaluate the student posters.
  • Call for Proposals and Review - Downing, Stoltenberg, Carriveau
    Proposal forms are to be developed and will be aligned with the judging criteria. Completed student submissions be e-mailed to Carriveau, who will act as initial “abstract reviewer.”
  • Webpage Design - Stoltenberg
    A demonstration was given to the committee showing the new BHRS webpage on the main BHSU webpage (go to Research, then BH Research Symposium). The site will include information about the symposium, the judging criteria, the abstract submission process with a sample submission, the national conference (NCUR meeting) in California, the committee members' names, the committee minutes, and more.
  • Day-Of-Event Timetable: Austin, Romkema
    Awards will be given prior to the introduction of the keynote speaker, so as to have more people attend this year. Specific times are not yet set for the keynote address, judging, or the times the posters (and students) are to be in place. Hopefully the posters can go up as early as Monday in the Jacket Legacy Room foyer. The number of oral submissions will determine that timetable.
  • Keynote Speaker - Austin
    Austin is still working on getting a speaker to submit for committee approval. Discussion was held on the amount of money that could be paid to a keynote speaker and in what form it should be distributed (travel vs. lodging vs. honorarium, etc).
  • Program Brochure - Chandler, Austin
    The same format as previous years will be used.
  • Publicity - Porter, Romkema
    Discussion was held as to the ways to best inform faculty, staff, students, the student paper, Campus Currents, and various external media. E-mail can be used as well as placement in faculty college mail boxes. Zehfus will inform Sigma Xi.
  • Student Poster Set-Up - Porter, Nag, Yang
    There is a need to ascertain the availability/scheduling times for the Jacket Legacy Room and the availability of the area outside the Jacket Legacy Room (foyer) on that Thursday. Porter or Downing will attend to this and obtain the moving gallery walls. The hope is that posters can be displayed somewhere in the area all week for maximum exposure of student work.
  1. The National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) was discussed. The 2007 dates are April 12-14. BHSU students have until Friday, Dec. 1 to apply. Conference registration ends Feb 16, 2007. Publicity posters that call for submissions to NCUR are at the printer, and Downing said they will be printed on 11x17 paper for greater visibility. Dr. Dean Myers has agreed to fund student and faculty travel to NCUR, and BRIN will cover part of the cost if BRIN students are selected to go.
  2. Austin raised the idea, and discussion ensued, concerning an undergraduate student representative(s) on the BHRS committee. It was decided that one non-voting student should attend. The student for this year will be a student who participated in the BHRS. Austin will contact this biology major.
  3. It was decided that these minutes should be sent to Myers and Campus Currents and be posted on the BHRS webpage.
  4. The next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 20 at 12 noon.

Minutes submitted by Austin.

Faculty Senate minutes - top

The Black Hills State University Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Members present were: Jim Hesson, Dan Bergey, Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, Daluss Siewert, Bobbi Sago, Verona Beguin, Annette Ryerson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Cindi Chandler, and Tim Martinez.

Chandler was welcomed as the newest Faculty Senate member filling a position left vacant from the College of Education when Hesson became Faculty Senate president.

The agenda and minutes from the Sept. 20 meeting were corrected and approved. The minutes will be sent to all faculty and submitted for publication in Campus Currents.

Hesson thanked Beguin for her work finding and distributing the official version of the Faculty Senate Constitution and Bylaws. She will see that the current constitution is loaded onto the web site.

Hickenbotham was thanked for her work completing the list of committees and their members and making sure they were all fully staffed with identified committee chairs. She will email all chairs to forward their meeting minutes to the vice president of the Faculty Senate. The vice president of the Faculty Senate will forward these meeting minutes to all faculty senators for review. The Faculty Senate will invite committee chairs to a regular meeting if additional information is sought.

The present BHSU sabbatical policy and procedures needed clarification. Members of both faculty and administration brought this to the attention of the senate. Senators discussed the items of difference, and Hesson will do the first rewrite. The process for making the changes will be the following: submit the new document electronically to the senators for review, discuss it with Dr. Myers, seek input from all BHSU faculty, complete and publish the changes. The revised policy will be effective Fall 2007.

Senators were encouraged to actively seek nominations from their departments and colleges for the Distinguished Faculty Award this year.

Bergey discussed the challenges faced with the new web site including such problems as disappearing web pages and difficulty in finding information. He asked the senate to discuss the issue with Corinne Hansen focusing not on the deficiencies themselves but instead on whether or not she feels it would be beneficial to have the Faculty Senate act in an advocacy role. Jim Hesson will visit with her about this.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Colmenero-Chilberg, Faculty Senate secretary.

Grant opportunities available - top

Below are program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 213, through Friday, Oct. 27. 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.

Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund For Implementing State Wildlife Action Plans

The Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund provides competitive grants to conservation organizations that are focused on implementing priority actions and strategies identified in State Wildlife Action Plans. For more information visit www.teaming.com.

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