Volume XXIII No.17 • April 30, 1999

Submit items to Campus Currents

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. If you would like to include an item in the newsletter send it to: Campus Currents, USB 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

Career service positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:

  • senior secretary with keyboarding, field experience
    This announcement is limited to status career service employees of Black Hills State University. For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.
  • computer support specialist, computer center

For more information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the Personnel Office.

Golliher named distinguished faculty - Top

“Knowing that my colleagues realize how much I love teaching and the fact that they can see that in me is important,” said Jan Golliher, the 1999 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty award at Black Hills State University.

Golliher, assistant professor of physical education, has been teaching and coaching at BHSU since 1976. She was varsity women's basketball coach until 1987. Today her focus is on teaching and advising students, particularly in the area of outdoor education.

Her interest in teaching was sparked when as a sophomore in high school her physical education teacher got her involved in officiating some activities in class. She liked that experience and decided teaching and coaching were things she wanted to do for a career.

She received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and began coaching at a high school in Geneva, Ill., in 1967. Completing her master's degree in 1972 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she taught at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill., until 1975 when she accepted a coaching assignment at Elgin Community College, Elgin, Ill.

The BH physical education instructor described herself as a physical education educator first and as a coach second. She said she never worried about the win loss record or the score of the game. It was the teaching and participation aspect of coaching that was important.

“The reason I got into coaching was to give women the opportunity to compete,” she said. “I thought that was important.”

Looking back, she says she didn't realize how much time coaching took from her personal life until she got out of it.

Today she focuses on teaching and assisting students with their studies, choice of major and career options.

Her approach is more hands-on and activity oriented rather than the traditional lecture method.

“I talk less and they (the students) do more,” she said about her teaching style. “When I started in education I lectured more, now I get them involved.”

It's that involvement that has set her apart and brought attention to her teaching successes.

“Every student who has taken a class from her gets her very best every day,” said Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education and health. “She never stops learning and growing as a teacher. She is an inspiration to all of us.”

New faculty member Dr. Carol Smith, associate professor of physical education and health, said, “Jan has impressed me as a tremendous role model, an outstanding faculty who is concerned with the students and improving conditions for teaching. Jan exemplifies what teaching should be. She is constantly available for the students and new faculty members, and is incredibly involved with many aspects of the university.”

Her enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the students and the university were cited by many of her colleagues as they spoke of her selection as distinguished faculty award winner.

Golliher said she enjoys teaching activities that students often haven't experienced such as life guarding, first aid and orienteering.

She says she has learned a lot about teaching from her coaching experience such as the need for individual attention and the fact that students don't learn at the same pace and that different approaches are often necessary.

It is important for people of all ages to be active and fit, she says. It's a total aspect of all learning.

“I hope people realize the importance of the mind and body connection,” she said. “You can't separate the two. Physical education allows you to use both; that's what appealed to me.”

Over the years she has watched the changes that have taken place in physical education. She has seen it move from fitness to team sports to life-time activities.

“The emphasis changes and cycles throughout the years,” she said. “It's now more cooperative with less emphasis on teams and competition. Wellness is much more important.”

Golliher knows she's chosen the right profession, “I've enjoyed it through the good times and the bad times. Someone once told me that it takes five years to figure out where the problems are and then you must decide if you want to stay and meet those problems. That's what I've done here.”

BHSU students receive appointments - Top

Four BHSU science students have successfully competed with regional and national pools of applicants for graduate, professional, and intern programs.

  • Annelle Brooks, a chemistry major with math and physics minors from Mt. Shasta, Calif., will start a four-year program in optometry at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.
  • Joe Maycock, a biology major from Gillette, will attend the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, Calif.
  • Jeremiah Smith, a Fall 1998 graduate in biology from Gillette, Wyo., recently started graduate studies in biology at Colorado State University.
  • Brett Noecker, an environmental physical science student from Gillette, will be a GPS/GIS summer intern with the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources Watershed Protection Program.

Meyers' book wins award - Top

Kent Meyers' book The Witness of Combines won a Minnesota book award in the memoir category at an awards ceremony in St. Paul last week.

The Minnesota Book Awards are sponsored by the Minnesota Center for the Book and are given annually to the best books of the previous year written by a resident or former resident of Minnesota, or published by a Minnesota press. Meyers is originally from Minnesota and The Witness of Combines was published by The University of Minnesota Press.

The Witness of Combines is also a finalist for a PEN-West award in non-fiction. PEN is one of the largest literary organizations in the United States and sponsors annual regional awards. The western region covers the area west of the Mississippi river. Five finalists were chosen, and the winner will be announced in May.

Chrisman attends conference in Maryland - Top

Barbara Chrisman, reference/government documents librarian at Black Hills State University, recently attended the 8th Annual Federal Depository Conference held in Bethesda, MD.

Black Hills State University has been a part of the Federal Depository Library Program since 1942. There are approximately 1,500 Depository Libraries in the United States and its territories. Five hundred and fifty depository libraries were represented at this conference.

The depository program provides libraries with collections of federal publications in print, microform, and CD-ROM formats. This program also provides links to government internet sites. In 1998 the program distributed 14.4 million copies of approximately 39,000 documents.

Prior to attending the conference, Chrisman was invited to participate in a focus group with 11 other documents librarians from various types of libraries located in various states. The purpose of this group was to evaluate the web site for GPO ACCESS, the acclaimed web site from which users currently retrieve an average of 19 million documents each month. This web site has been revised with the hope of making it more user friendly to the general public who need to access it. This site is available on the internet at www.access..gpo.gov.

While at the conference, Chrisman attended sessions that featured demonstrations and instructional sessions on several web sites:

  • O'Net (occupational) at http://www.doleta.gov/programs/onet/
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics at <http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs>
  • National Center for Education Statistics at <http://ncs.ed.gov/>
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics at <http://www.bls.gov>
  • Bureau of the Census at <http://census.gov>.

Federal Depository Libraries provide services related to government publications to the general public of the area in which they are located.

Anyone needing assistance with government documents may contact the office at the library of Black Hills State at 605-642-6358.

Wyoming school districts will interview teacher candidates - Top

The Rock Springs Wyoming School District will interview teacher candidates Monday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at Black Hills State University.

Openings at the Rock Springs school district include junior high math, health/PE, social studies, resource room, elementary, art, primary multi-age classroom. A counselor and an assistant principal position are also open.

The Cody, Wyo., assistant principal will be on campus Monday, May 3 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to meet with teacher candidates.

There are openings for kindergarten teachers, physical education teachers, reading, mathematics, special education, and activities director. There are also openings for head volleyball, head gymnastics, head cross country and head drama sponsor.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment for the Rock Springs interviews contact the BHSU career service office at 642-6277 or stop by their office in the Student Union room 124.

Career services receives recognition - Top

Career services was recently presented certificates of appreciation for outstanding service to recruiters by the U.S. Air Force. The regional officer accessions recruiter commented, "No other school has ever in my years of campus recruiting supported and effectively assisted like the BHSU career services office." As competition intensifies for entry-level positions, employers are depending more on quality networking and creative marketing from the campuses.

A new project in the survey of business class this year teamed Don Altmyer, assistant professor of business and Judy Larson, career services director. The 170 enrollees in the project, mostly freshmen, individually considered components of career planning to formulate foundations in building first-time resumes. Each writing was reviewed with suggestions and returned to the student who then was assigned by Altmyer to complete a five-year, down-the-road resume for a dream promotion. Such cooperative efforts have been instrumental in increasing first-time office traffic into this office and better preparing students for presenting themselves for internships and related work experiences.

BHSU special education students present at technology in education conference - Top

Six special education majors from Black Hills State University and their advisor, Dr. Patricia Fallbeck, presented three sessions at the recent Technology in Education (TIE) Conference in Rapid City.

The sessions covered the use of technology in the coursework on campus, the applications of technology to assist students with disabilities on campus, and the advantages of using technology to enhance communication among student organizations. The students shared examples of their work from throughout the year and described the advantages of using technology in their studies.

Students attending the conference were Alan Demaret, Faith; Alicia Ripley, Pierre; Jeanna Kohn, Keldron; Stacey Skyberg, Brookings; Tina Mauney, Sioux Falls; Leslie Franklin, Spearfish; and Andrea Ellwanger, Rapid City.

Dr. William Bogard among presenters at Adams Museum - Top

The Deadwood Adams Museum will host on May 6 its first of a number of special programs that examine the history of Deadwood's Jewish community.

Black Hills State University professor Dr. William Bogard will officially open the Adams Museum exhibition "An Unbroken Chain: Deadwood's Jewish Community" at 6 p.m. at the Adams Museum.

Beginning at 7 p.m. at Deadwood City Hall, Stanford M. Adelstein, Rapid City businessman and past president of the Synagogue of the Hills, will give a presentation of being a descendent of a Jewish pioneer family. His talk will then be followed by Rabbi Howard Berman's discussion of his involvement in the Jewish community as a student Rabbi at the Synagogue of the Hills in 1973-74. His talk, "An Ancient Faith in the Old West" will incorporate his personal memories within a broader overview of the history of Jewish life in the Hills.

For more information contact Mary A. Kopco at 578-1714.

Minutes of the April 7 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Wednesday, April 7 at 3:15 p.m.

Present: Tim Steckline, Rob Schurrer, Kristi Pearce, Barb Chrisman, Randalei Ellis, Don Chastain, Steve Babbitt, Charles Lamb, Tim Martinez, Ryan Maher

Rob Schurrer moved to approve the agenda and Tim Martinez seconded the motion. Agenda was approved.

Rob Schurrer moved and Tim Martinez seconded the motion to approve the March 17th minutes.

Tim Steckline announced that at the April 21st meeting, President Flickema will visit the faculty senate about finances and other issues of importance to the university. In addition, the "Distinguished Faculty Award" will be discussed and elections for next year will be held.

Regarding mid- term grades, Tim Steckline reported that Dr. Cook had responded that the catalog outlines the procedure for forewarning students of potential failure. Concerning the DATE of mid-term grades, April Meeker had responded that the date selected was in regard to the students "need to know" with ample time to withdraw. Discussion followed about ways to facilitate communication across/between administration and faculty regarding such policies and procedures.

In addition, Randalei Ellis moved, Tim Martinez seconded a faculty senate resolution to register students once each academic year to begin in the Spring of 2000. Resolution passed.

In response to the concern regarding scholarship monies from the vending machines, Tim Steckline reported that this money was used for recruitment purposes and freshman scholarships and that the colleges use the phone-a-thon monies to support their scholarships.

When reviewing the new edition of the faculty handbook, it was discussed that it should include the faculty senate constitution and that there is a need for COHE contract copies for all new faculty. It was determined that the faculty senate will review the faculty handbook over the next couple of weeks and then vote approval at the next faculty senate meeting.

Tim Steckline reported that an honors program is being discussed. Dr. Cook has suggested an honors program committee including representatives from each college, students, and student services be established. Many questions were raised by the faculty senate. Don Chastain moved to survey faculty regarding their interest and experience in working to develop an honors program for BHSU. It was noted that such a program committee would be charged with outlining program guidelines, mission and student participation criteria. Charles Lamb seconded. Motion passed.

Dr. Martinez presented a "position statement" to be forwarded to Tad Perry and BOR members. Discussion followed regarding how to proceed.

Meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Dr. Kristi Pearce, faculty senate secretary.

Grants opportunities listed - Top

Below are the program materials received April 21 - April 28, 1999 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • The BF Goodrich Collegiate Inventors Program. Inventions are due June 1.
  • Dept. of Education. Capacity building implementation catalyst grants. Preparing tomorrow's teachers to use technology. Capacity building, implementation and catalyst grants. Due June 4.
  • HHS. Health resources and services administration. Availability of additional HRSA competitive grants. Fed. reg. April 16. http://www.hrsa.dhhs.gov/  
  • NSF. Faculty early career development (CAREER) program. http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99110 . and frequently asked questions at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?faq99110 . Due July 22.
  • USDA. CSREES. Special research grants program. Food safety research. Due June 4.
  • USDA. Rural Business-Coop. Service. Funding opportunity for research on rural cooperative opportunities and problems. Due June 30..
  • Wildlife Conservation Society. Research fellowship program.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Friday, April 30

  • Travelogue - Priscilla Romkema will present about Russia, Jonas 305, noon
  • Display of traditional Lakota arts, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • College of Arts and Sciences scholarship recipient reception, Student Union multipurpose room, 3 p.m.

Monday, May 3

  • Travelogue - James Buell will present a seminar "The Origin and Evolution of the Elements", Jonas 164, 4 p.m.
  • Final exams begin

Friday, May 7

  • Final exams end