Volume XXIII No. 38 • Oct.1, 1999

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Lech Walesa will speak at BHSU - Top

Lech Walesa, 1983 Nobel Peace Prize winner and leader who helped end Communist rule in Poland, will speak at Black Hills State University Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium. His address is open to the public at no charge.

Walesa burst into the world spotlight in 1980 during the well-known Lenin shipyard strike in Gdansk, Poland. Workers, incensed by an increase in prices set by the Communist government, were demanding the right to organize free and independent trade unions.


About the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series

BH students perform Shakespeare in digital theater format - Top

The Black Hills State University campus is quiet most summer evenings, with local residents playing tennis, walking their dogs, or just strolling in the long cool dusk. Inside the theater in Woodburn Hall it's a different story. Under the hot lights, student volunteers practice roles from famous Shakespearean plays—A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet.

All this effort is not for a stage performance, but for the filming of digital scenes that will appear on the Internet. Some movie clips will be stored as DVD video or CD-ROM. All scenes will be made available to college and high school students who will participate in an ongoing project, “Shakespeare: Collaborating Through Technology.”


Swarm Day parade winners announced - Top

The Swarm Day Committee announced the parade winners in the marching band and float competition held during last weekend's homecoming celebration at Black Hills State University.

Winners in the marching band competition were as follows: Class AA—first place to Spearfish High School, and second place to Sturgis Brown High School; Class A—first place to Belle Fourche High School; Class B—first place to Sundance High School; and best overall band—Spearfish High School.

Winners in the float competition were recognized by category. Winners in the community business category were Spearfish Rainbow pre-school, first place; and the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce, second place.

Campus office winners were the BHSU Student Union, first place; and the Campus Facility Services, second place.

Community organization winners in the Swarm Day parade were the Northern Hills Training Center, first place; and the Northern Hills Barber Shop chorus, second.

Campus organizations and residence hall winners by category were Spirit—Sigma Tau Gamma, Use of the Theme—Props and Liners, Originality—BHSU Student Ambassadors, and Effort-Heidepriem Hall.

Career development workshop series begins - Top

A different stage of career development will be explored each week. The same workshop will be repeated several times during the designated week to accommodate students' schedules. Workshops are presented by staff of the student assistance center, student support services, and career services. For additional information on these workshops contact Christa Fye at 642-6320.

"A Place to Start: Assessing Values, Interests, and Abilities" presented by Christa Fye

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room 4
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose room 4
  • Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Student Assistance Center in Cook Gymnasium

"Develop Your Major/Career: Advising, Mentoring, and Networking" presented by Deb Brauneller

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose room 4
  • Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose room 4
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. Student Assistance Center in Cook Gymnasium

"Creating a Competitive Resume" presented by Judy Larson

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose room 4
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 3 p.m. in the student organization office in the lower level of the Student Union
  • Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Student Assistance Center in Cook Gymnasium

Student-teacher meetings set - Top

Black Hills State University students who are planning to student teach in the spring 2000 semester should plan to attend a student-teacher meeting.

To prepare for the student-teaching experience students are asked to attend one of the following meetings:

  • Monday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room
  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union multipurpose room.

For additional information contact the field experience office at 642-6642.

Alumni art is now on exhibit in the Ruddell Gallery

The third annual visual arts alumni show is currently on display at the Ruddell Gallery at the Black Hills State University Miller Student Union. The art exhibit continues through Oct. 14.

A reception honoring the artists was held during Swarm Week.

BHSU alumni who have artwork in the show include: Angela (Immel) Alanson, Jay Bedsaul, Grete Bodogaard, Steve Bridge, Micherlyn Brown, Alice Burgess, T.R. Chytka, Paul Cody, Gerald Collogan, Betty Coon, Lonie Daly-Teachout, Melissa DeVries, Bill Feterl, Dave Horan, Melanie Kelley, Sandra (Satterlee) Newman, Lisa J. Swallow, Laura Tarnoff, Jim Knutson, Kay Mateer-Dubois and Dick Termes.

Results announced for the Swarm Day disc-golf tournament - Top

Twenty-nine players participated in the third annual Swarm Days disc-golf tournament held on the BHSU campus course last week.

Ryan Heinis, a sophomore from Rapid City, earned the first-place honor in the men's division after winning a three-hole sudden death playoff. His score was 54. Matt Mueller, a sophomore from Miller, took second place with a 54 and Jim Gerdes, a junior from Pierre, finished a close third with 55.

In the women's division Sara DeGroot, a freshman from Black Hawk, finished first with a 64.

Par for the 19-hole course is a score of 57.

The next disc-golf tournament on campus will be the fourth annual Octoberfling which is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2. This will be a 38-hole event with a meal provided between rounds. The entry fee includes an official golfing disc from the BHSU bookstore. Walk-up registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m, at hole 1 located to the west of Jonas Science Hall. A shot-gun start is scheduled for 9:15. a.m.

For additional information contact Don Altmyer at 642-6091.

Flu shots offered for state employees - Top

Flu shots are available free of charge to all health-plan participants. This includes benefited employees and their participating dependents. It also includes participating retirees and those who have continued their health coverage through COBRA.

Shots will be given at Black Hills State University: Oct. 27 and 28 at 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., room 222 of the Donald E. Young Center. Call student health services at 642-6520 for an appointment.

Flu shots are also available Oct. 20 from 1-6 p.m., at the Health Fair at Black Hills Medical Center, (walk-in clinic) or call for an appointment at the Lawrence County CHS Office (578-2660).


Faculty-research committee has funds available - Top

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the academic affairs office. The faculty research committee will review applications Oct. 21.

Proposals are due Oct. 15. It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged.

Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to unit 9550.

New Faculty Profile
by Dawn Taggart, media relations intern

Dr. Khalique Ahmed

The beauty of the hills and the size of the university attracted Dr. Khalique Ahmed to Black Hills State University. Ahmed joined the faculty in the science department at BHSU this fall.

Prior to his new position at BH Ahmed, an assistant professor of chemistry, spent a year teaching chemistry at Wayne State College in Nebraska. Before moving to the U.S. he lived in Canada for several years where he was a teaching assistant, then an instructor, research associate and finally assistant professor.

Ahmed earned a master of science in physics in 1977 and a master of science in chemistry in 1979 at Quaid-I-Azam University in Pakistan. By 1987 he had earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Ahmed said of his choice in field of study, “I always wanted to understand how things work, how the universe works.” Ahmed stated that his most rewarding classes are at the introductory level, and said of the students, “They are very curious to learn things. They have hungry minds.”

He feels he is not a `textbook' kind of teacher. He incorporates real life and humor into his teaching style. He says he is always willing to change his style of teaching to improve.

Ahmed's achievements include these honors and awards: Award for Excellence in teaching, University of Manitoba, 1983; Punjab University Merit Scholarship, 1975-77; and the Quaid-I-Azam University Merit Scholarship in 1977-79.

Ahmed's plan for the future is to remain a teacher, and if there is a legacy for him, he says, “I would like to be remembered as a very kind, fair person who had a good command on his subject and made good changes in young peoples lives.”

This week at BHSU - Top

Saturday, Oct. 2

  • Fourth annual Octoberfling disc-golf tournament. Walk-up registration - 8 a.m. to 9 a.m at hole 1 located to the west of Jonas Science Hall. A shot-gun start - 9:15. a.m.
  • Football vs. Dakota State - Parents Day, 1:30 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium

Monday, Oct. 4

  • U.S. Marine Corps information table at Student Union Lobby
  • Former Poland President Lech Walesa presentation, 7:30 p.m., Young Center

Tuesday, Oct. 5

  • Career development workshop "A Place to Start: Assessing Values, Interests, and Abilities," 10 a.m., Student Union Multipurpose room 4

Wednesday, Oct. 6

  • Career development workshop "A Place to Start: Assessing Values, Interests, and Abilities," 3 p.m., Student Union Multipurpose room 4

Thursday, Oct. 7

  • Green and Gold meeting, noon, Holiday Inn
  • Career development workshop "A Place to Start: Assessing Values, Interests, and Abilities," 7 p.m., SAC in Cook Gym
  • Fall Film Festival, "White" - The second part of Kieslowski's Blue-White-Red trilogy, 7 p.m., Jonas 305

Friday, Oct. 8

  • Legislative Audit office interviews, contact career services

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