Volume XXIII No. 33 • Aug. 27, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

Sarah Sandvick, secretary LOFTI/TTL

New faculty

Several new faculty members joined Black Hills State University this fall. Front row left to right, Beth Tracton, sociology; Patty-Jo Bellamy, marketing; Dr. Jane Shimon, physical education; Kelly O'Connor-Salomon, English; Dr. Alan Krautstengl, mathematics; second row, Micheline Hickenbotham, reading, language arts; Jhett Albers, physical education/volleyball coach; Dr. David Salomon, English; Dr. Larry Cozort, accounting; third row, Dr. Charles Gnizak, accounting; Penelope DeJong, business administration; Dr. James Buell, physics; Dr. Samuel Berney, computer science; back row, Dr. Richard Carter, Indian Studies; Dr. Andrew Johnson, assistant director Center for Excellence; Dr. Gary Meek, dean of College of Business and Technology; and Dr. Gregory Cooch, special education. Not pictured are Dr. Khalique Ahmed, chemistry; Donald Miller, music; Dr. Charles Lee, hospitality/tourism management; Michael Kruszynski, physical education; and Dr. Ben Sayler, director Center for Excellence.

Wallerstein article published - Top

Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, assistant professor of English, has just published an article entitled "The Rhetoric of Despair in Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton."

The article appears in the volume "Proceedings of the Seventh Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature" (Aberdeen, S.D.: Northern State University Press, 1999).

The article argues that in Book 10 of "Milton's Paradise Lost Act III of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet," and Book 1 (Canto ix) of Spenser's "The Faerie Queene," three main characters face moments of absolute despair and a concomitant desire for instant death. Adam, Romeo, and the Red Crosse Knight all reach the conclusion that their own death is the only solution to their seemingly hopeless situations. The attractiveness of the sin of despair, though, is fully realized only through the power of rhetoric: each character falls prey to strong arguments in favor of death.

The article contends that rhetoric participates in the formation of the attractiveness of despair, yet in a fundamentally flawed (at least to the Renaissance mind) way. For despair, on a theological level, is not only immoral but also irrational: it assumes that the sinner's sin is greater than God's mercy. This is of course an impossibility, since God's mercy, being an element or feature of God's love (agape), is by its very nature limitless. In fact, despair is considered a damnable sin precisely because, in the sinner's belief that his sin is greater than God's power to forgive the sin, the sinner is exhibiting superbia, or pride—the deadliest of the seven sins. And in committing this sin, the sinner is deprived of grace.

Thus, in being inherently irrational, the arguments that Adam, Romeo, and the Red Crosse Knight promulgate or accept fail to fulfill the most central of rhetorical appeals: logos—the Aristotelian appeal to reason. Right reason is abdicated, and pathos, or emotional appeal, takes control, leading inexorably to spiritual, intellectual, and moral disease. Only through a logos-centered rhetoric of intercession—on the part of Eve, Friar Lawrence, and Una—is (respectively) Adam's, Romeo's, and the Red Crosse Knight's rhetoric of despair refuted, and salvation preserved.

Summer workshop helps teachers hone science teaching skills - Top

An intensive four-day environmental science workshop let 20 area teachers submerge themselves with inquiry-based hands-on science in preparation for the fall school term.

The workshop was conducted at Black Hills State University as part of a $1.4 million National Science Foundation grant to improve K-8 teachers' abilities to deliver high-quality, inquiry-based science teaching. The science project, available to 28 schools in western South Dakota, is titled Black Hills Science Teaching Project to Prepare K-8 Teachers for the New Millennium (BLAST).

The workshop taught by Dr. Charles Lamb, lead scientist for BLAST and associate professor of biology at BHSU, took the teachers through a review of scientific inquiry with a focus on central themes in biology, current trends, environmental education, research and curriculum implementation.

Lamb said he reintroduced the teachers to chemical and biological analysis as it relates to the environment. Some of these concepts were things they had learned in college years ago but perhaps hadn't recently applied.


Dr. Charles Lamb, lead scientist with the Black Hills Science Teaching Project to Prepare K-8 Teachers for the New Millennium (BLAST), points out some aquatic organism found in Spearfish Creek to teachers Miriam Hoff and Carol Creco of Lead, and Tom Mead, Spearfish. The three were participants in a four-day environmental sciences workshop at Black Hills State this summer. Twenty area teacher participated in the workshop. Assisting Lamb with the teaching were Mead, Laurie Root, environmental educator, and Dr. Derrick Lavoie, BLAST project Director.

Classes begin Aug. 31 - Top

Classes for the fall 1999 semester begin Aug. 31 at Black Hills State University.

Students who have not pre-registered can choose classes and register Monday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room. The English placement test, the math placement test and the ACT will also be given that day. Late registrations will be taken Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 in the Student Union room 220 during posted hours.

All students must check in, during their designated time slot according to an alphabetical registration schedule, some time between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3. Contact the enrollment center for a copy of this schedule. Students can also finalize meal plans, purchase a parking permit and obtain student IDs at the Student Union during this time. Students may drop or add classes Aug. 25 - Sept. 3 in the Student Union room 220. After that date, drop and add will take place in the Student Union multipurpose room.

All first-time borrowers and transfer students must attend a loan/debt information session before picking up student loan checks. These sessions will be in the Student Union bottom level Aug. 31 at 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m., Sept. 1 at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sept. 2 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

New students will begin moving in to residence halls Aug. 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. These students may take part in the New Student Days program "Summer Craze '99" Aug. 27, 28 and 29. Returning students will move on campus Aug. 29 from noon to 6 p.m.

For registration information contact the enrollment center at 642-6044.

Business office staff will move to Student Union during registration week - Top

Due to registration/fee payment for fall semester '99, the business office will be moving to the Student Union the week of Monday, Aug. 30 through Friday, Sept. 3rd.

All business must be conducted between 7 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 30 through Friday, Sept. 3. Please come in the business office door if the window is closed. Personal checks cannot be cashed by the cashiers in the Student Union during fee payment.

BH to celebrate 100 years of football - Top

Black Hills State University is inviting all former football players, coaches, trainers, cheerleaders and fans to celebrate 100 years of football Sept. 3 and 4.

The festivities will begin Sept. 3 and culminate Sept. 4 when the 1999 Yellow Jackets host the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks in their season opener. This celebration of a century of football is an opportunity for former Yellow Jackets to reunite with college friends and to once again enjoy the excitement of Yellow Jacket football.

The public is invited to attend the alumni Burger King tailgate party prior to the game Saturday, Sept. 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the north end of Lyle Hare Stadium. Free whoppers, chips and soda will be served at the tailgate. Burger King will be sponsoring free tailgate parties prior to all home football games this season.

At 4 p.m. a special recognition will be held in honor of 100 years of football at Black Hills State. The Yellow Jackets kick off their 1999 football season with the game at 5 p.m.

A steak fry Sept. 3 at the City Park will introduce all former players, coaches, trainers and cheerleaders to the current 1999 Yellow Jacket squad. Participants may also take part in a golf tournament or take a campus walking tour Saturday morning followed by a team meeting at 1 p.m. at the Young Center.

For more information on the 100-year celebration or to register contact the BHSU insititutional advancement office at 642-6385 or see the web site at <http://www.bhsu.edu/alumni/archive/football100years/index.html>.

The 1999-2000 BHSU theatre schedule announced - Top

The BHSU theatre will present the following productions this year:

  • Oct. 14, 15, 16 - "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde
  • Dec. 2, 3, 4 - "Diviners" by James Leonard, Jr.
  • Feb. 24-25-26-27 - "Into the Woods" by Stephen Sondheim
  • April 13, 14, 15 - "Come Blow your Horn" by Neil Simon


All performances at 8 p.m. at Woodburn Auditorium except for the final performance of "Woods" which is at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. All BHSU faculty, staff and students have free admission to the plays with their ACE card.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Aug. 19-25 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at <grants@mystic.bhsu.edu>. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Business and International Education Program. The Business and International Education Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to enhance international business education programs and to expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. Deadline: Nov. 1, 1999. Estimated range of awards: $50,000-$90,000. <http://www.usalert.com/htdoc/usoa/doed/any/any/proc/any/fr08209902.htm>
  • Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Aid artists in the early stages of their careers in painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture.
  • Fellowships-National Gallery of Art. Purpose: To provide funding assistance for study in the arts. Deadline: Oct. 1; Sept. 21; March 21. Applications will be considered for study in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, graphics, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, and other arts) of any geographical area and of any period. Senior fellowships are limited to those who have held the Ph.D. for five years or more or who possess an equivalent record of professional accomplishment at the time of application. <http://www.usalert.com/htdoc/usoa/fnd/any/any/proc/any/ngoa08179901.htm>

This week at BHSU - Top

Aug. 27, 28, 29

  • New student days - Summer Craze

Monday, Aug. 30

  • Registration for students who did not pre-register

Tuesday, Aug. 31

  • Classes begin

Wednesday, Sept. 1

  • Abby SomeOne concert, Student Union patio, 2:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 3

  • Payment deadline 3 p.m. for all classes

Saturday, Sept. 4

  • 100 years of football celebration, Lyle Hare Stadium, tailgate party 2-4 p.m., recognition 4 p.m.
  • Football game vs. Dickinson State, Lyle Hare Stadium, 5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 6

  • Labor Day, no classes, CSA holiday

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