Volume XXIII No. 48 • Dec. 17, 1999


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

Winter commencement set - Top

The 138th Commencement will be held at Black Hills State University Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to 189 students. Degrees awarded include 13 associate degrees, 169 bachelor's degrees and 7 master's degrees.

Greetings from the South Dakota Board of Regents will be given by Pat Lebrun. Diplomas will be presented by Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and the college deans. Faculty marshals for the ceremony are Dr. Howard Perry, professor of business and technology, and Dr. Darlene Swartz, professor of education.

Following the commencement ceremony a reception hosted by the president will be held in the Young Center field house.

An honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The magna, summa and cum laude graduates will be recognized.

Make plans now for spring 2000 registration - Top

Classes begin Jan. 13 for the spring 2000 semester at Black Hills State University.

Anyone not already registered will be able to sign up for classes the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m. until noon in the Student Union Market Place. Late registration will be Jan. 12-14 in the Student Market Place during posted hours. Students who have registered for classes will not need to re-register.

All students must check in according to the financial aid disbursement and fee payment schedule, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room. To keep payment lines as short as possible, students are asked to pay their tuition and fees during scheduled times. Disbursement will continue through Jan. 13 at 4 p.m. according to the schedule which can be obtained by calling the enrollment center at 642-6343. Students who are unable to meet their scheduled time may check in Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 9 a.m., or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dropping and adding of classes will begin Jan. 11 in the Student Union Market Place. Students must drop a non-block class by Jan. 27 to receive a refund. Block classes must be dropped within the first 13 percent (first or second day) of the class to receive a refund. Refunds will be mailed to the student's current address on Feb. 25.

Students may register for evening classes in the Student Union Market Place Jan. 11-14 anytime during Market Place hours. After Jan. 14, registration will move to Woodburn Hall Room 106 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The ACT test will be given Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. in Jonas 301. This is the final opportunity to complete the ACT prior to the spring semester.

Students may move into the residence halls Jan. 10 from noon until 10 p.m.

First-time borrowers and transfer students must attend a loan/debt information session before picking up a student loan check. The sessions will be held in the first floor conference room of Woodburn Hall as follows: Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.

For more information, call the enrollment center at 642-6343.

Nowotny athletic scholarship funded at BH - Top

The Craig and Bette Nowotny Athletic Scholarship was fully funded this fall with monies raised from the annual Black Hills State Yellow Jacket Old Baldy Golf tournament.

The Nowotny scholarship was established in 1995 in memory of Bette who served as volleyball coach, registration officer and residence hall director at the university. She died of neurofibro sarcoma Aug. 29, 1995. She is survived by her husband, Craig, and two young children.

She was an active coach, fan and participant in athletics and was training for the Black Hills Marathon when she was diagnosed with cancer. She was able to complete a second master's degree prior to her death.

With support from her husband, a former BHSU football coach who is now activities director at St. Thomas More High School, and friends and family, the scholarship fund has grown. It reached fully funded status at $5,000 in principle with assistance from the Yellow Jacket Foundation sponsored golf tournament.

The Craig and Bette Nowotny Scholarship will be awarded to a returning BHSU women volleyball player who has a 2.0 grade-point average and who has shown determination and improvement on the volleyball court.

Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made by contacting Steve Meeker, office of institutional advancement, unit 9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799 or phone 605 642-6385.

John A. `Jack' Riordan Memorial Scholarship established at BH - Top

A $5,000 tourism scholarship honoring Mount Rushmore concessionaire Jack Riordan was established at Black Hills State University this fall.

Riordan began working as a young man at Mount Rushmore for his aunt Kay Riordan Steuerwald, operator of the Mountain Co. The company operated a restaurant, gift shop and other concessions at the national memorial for many years.

Riordan was generally associated with the food service aspect of the concession; although, he was manager of the overall operation. He was also very active in the business community where he served as president of the South Dakota Hospitality Association, South Dakota Restaurant Association, the Old West Trail Foundation, the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was active in many local civic groups and organizations. At Black Hills State he was a member of the Travel Industry Advisory Board.

After 41 years with the Mountain Co., he and his wife, Mary Ann, bought the Parade of Presidents Wax Museum in Keystone in 1992.

Riordan, 71, died Sept. 26, 1999.

The John A. `Jack' Riordan Memorial Scholarship is available to a full-time junior or senior student at BHSU majoring in tourism. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average. Half of the scholarship award will be made available in the fall semester and the other half in spring semester. The scholarship recipient will be selected by the College of Business and Technology and the monetary award applied to the individual's tuition and fees.

Funds available through instructional improvement committee - Top

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 $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact on 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 three years.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practical on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 220, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

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. Proposals are due Dec. 21.

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. Preference is given to new applicants particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities. Two three-hour release times are available for fall 2000 and spring of 2001.

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.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Dec. 9-15 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.

  • Biocomplexity (NSF). The National Science Foundation is inviting applications under the second year of a special environment-related initiative to support integrated research to understand and model complexity that arises from the interaction of biological, physical and social systems. Deadline: Jan. 31 for notice of intent; March 1 for research and "incubation" proposals. Refer to NSF0022. http://www.nsf.gov/

This week at BHSU - Top

Friday, Dec. 17

  • Final examinations
  • Book buy-back at the bookstore

Saturday, Dec. 18

  • Book buy-back at the bookstore
  • Commencement, Young Center (honors breakfast, Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m.), 10 a.m.

Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 20-22

  • Final examinations
  • Book buy-back at the bookstore

Tuesday, Dec. 21

  • Graduate council meeting, Jonas 306, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 23

  • Christmas break begins

Tuesday, Dec. 28

  • Final grades due in records office by 4 p.m.

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