Volume XXIV No. 17 • April 28, 2000


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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.

CSA positions open - Top

The following career service positions are open:
  • senior building maintenance worker, facilities services
  • senior cook, food service
  • custodial worker, facilities services

For additional information, please check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.

BHSU faculty receive Teaching with Technology Awards - Top

Eleven Black Hills State University faculty members were named Teaching with Technology award winners this year. Faculty members will use these award to develop skills and methods to better use computer technology in their daily courses.

BHSU faculty receiving the awards for summer 2000 are

Anderson Anagnopolous Buckwalter Chrisman Farrokhi Gayle
King Kirby Lin Salomon Theisz  
  • Steve Anderson, hydrology and environmental geology
  • Cheryl Anagnopolous, psychology of adolescence
  • Peggy Buckwalter, intermediate Spanish
  • Riley Chrisman, historiography
  • Abdollah Farrokhi, public relations
  • Richard Gayle, probability and statistics
  • Vincent King, American literature
  • Colleen Kirby, library and society
  • Lidan Lin, teaching English as a second language
  • David Salomon, Hamlet In Hyperspace
  • and Ronnie Theisz, world literature.


Meyers' story to be published - Top

The Georgia Review has accepted Kent Meyers' story "The Checker" for publication in the summer 2000 issue. Meyers has also been notified that his most recent book, Light In the Crossing, won honorable mention in the category of adult fiction in the Society of Midland Authors' annual awards competition for works published in the greater Midwest region. The Society of Midland Authors is based in Chicago.

Andy Johnson presents at national educational research association - Top

Andy Johnson, associate director of Center for Excellence for Math and Science, presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) this week.

He presented a poster in a session called "The Impact of Instructional Reform Strategies on Future Scientists and Teachers." The title of his poster is: Sociophysics Norms in an Innovative Physics Learning Environment .


BHSU will hold 139th commencement May 13 - Top

The 139th Black Hills State University commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 13 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

A total of 330 students are candidates for degree confirmation. Among the graduates are 25 master's of science, one bachelor's of arts, 209 bachelor's of science, 89 bachelor's of science in education and six associate-degree candidates.

Dr. Howard Perry, College of Business professor, will be honored as the 2000 recipient of the distinguished faculty award, and will also retire this year. Last year's recipient, Jan Golliher, assistant professor of physical education, will speak to the graduates and guests.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and their families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members immediately following the commencement ceremony. The reception will be held in the Young Center Field House.

An honors convocation breakfast will be held prior to graduation at 7:45 a.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room. The cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates will be honored. Also, the highest ranking male and female graduates, John Broome, England, and Lisa Van Landuyt, Spearfish, will be recognized.

The BHSU student senate has selected the following award recipients who will also be honored at the breakfast: outstanding female student, Christina Schultes, Spearfish; outstanding male student, Ryan Maher, Spearfish; outstanding staff member, Rusty Leubchow, Spearfish, and outstanding faculty member, Al Sandau, Spearfish.

The Fayette L. Cook Scholarship will be awarded to Ellery Grey, Spearfish, and the Wenona Cook Scholarship will be presented to Karie Price, Rapid City.

CSA council will meet May - Top

A CSA council meeting is scheduled for May 9 at 9 a.m. at the Pangburn small dining room. All CSA employees are welcome to attend.

BHSU students and faculty will perform at Journey Museum - Top

BHSU students and faculty will present a concert titled "A Historical Presentation of Piano Music" at the Journey Museum in Rapid City Sunday, May 7,at 2 p.m.

Music students and faculty will perform piano music from J.S. Bach to George Crumb on a variety of historic pianos. Works will include music by Mozart, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, and others. The performers will be

Adam Lawson, Stacey Smith, and David Sejvar of Rapid City; Jamie Sowers from Belle Fourche; Tony Speiser from Watertown; Lynette Daum from Newcastle, Wyo.; Ginger Irwin from Green River, Wyo.; and Dr. Janeen Larsen from Spearfish.

There is no admission charge.

Stressed out? Attend a stress management seminar - Top

A stress-management seminar presented by Black Hills State University students will offer techniques to deal with stress just as students are heading into their fast-paced end of semester finals week.

The seminar will be presented by BHSU students in Larry Tentinger's stress-management class on May 1, 2 and 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. All students are welcome to attend and reduce their anxiety level before finals week begins.

A variety of techniques to relieve stress will be featured including art therapy, music therapy, time management, and progressive relaxation techniques.

“It would be in the best interest for mind, body and soul to participate in these activities,” according to the organizers.

For more information on this seminar contact Tentinger at 642-6042.

Instructional improvement committee taking applications for course releases - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 2000-2001 school year.

Course releases are available to any full-time faculty member with the approval of his/her dean and department chair. Course releases will be for one semester during the regular academic year. Consideration will be given for summer stipends for faculty unable to apply for a course release for the regular academic year because of documented departmental staffing problems.

Course releases may be granted to:
  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or
  • design a new course.

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 of 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 practicable on each proposal. Ten copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, W220, 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. Deadline is May 5.

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 spring of 2001. You can apply now.

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Lyle Cook, Tom Cox, Daniel Farrington, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver and Rob Schurrer.

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.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received April 20-26 in the grants office in Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu .

Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation provides grants of up to $10,580 (a symbolic amount representing the cost of the “Spirit of St. Louis”) to men and women whose individual initiative and work in a wide spectrum of disciplines furthers the Lindberghs' vision of a balance between the advance of technology and the preservation of the natural/human environment. Deadline: June 13, 2000.
  • NSF. FY 2000 Guide to Programs. Listing of all their programs divided by directorates. NSF 00-65.


New Faculty Profile

By Dawn Taggart, Media Relations student intern

Dr. Jane Shimon

“Sometimes education takes a back seat,” said Dr. Jane M. Shimon of the department of physical education, Black Hills State University. “The desire to learn is still there; but there's a lot of other things that get in the way. Some [students] have jobs, children – they're getting married. It's a different group of kids from what I can remember teaching years ago. I don't know if it's a region thing or if it's an overall trend,” she said.

Shimon has always loved the west. “I've always wanted to try and find a job out west, but they're just hard to find; not many people leave, and there aren't as many schools out here,” she added.

Shimon said she was familiar with the Black Hills from childhood camping trips with her family, even though she was born and raised in St. Cloud, Minn.

Her interest in teaching began early, having decided in kindergarten that she wanted to be a teacher. However, her emphasis in physical education didn't occur to her until she was exposed to it in middle school.

The teacher decidedly chose her elementary methods course as her most rewarding class. She said, “working with non-majors and to see them grow and work with students as teachers, [and also] to see their attitudes change a little bit about physical education – it's more than just play, we're actually teaching – it's rewarding to watch their confidence grow.”

Shimon's method of teaching is constructivist. She described the method as, “I like to have active learning. I think students learn more when they're active, doing hands-on things and trying to apply it.” Teaching all new classes this year, she feels she hasn't been able to use this approach very often, but says she's “just getting the feel for how they should go.”

The department, Shimon said, is always on the verge of being cut. “It's been that way for 15-20 years – it's not seen as an important content area,” she said. But with the fear of cuts aside she added, “this department is great; they're fun; they're hard-working—they're here all the time. I think that shows they care about their students.”

Technology has been a big plus to the department. Shimon said, “There's so much more out there that you can do, especially in movement analysis, athletic treatment and training, and injury prevention. The physical education teacher said that with the use of a video camera and electronics, you can input data into a computer program and analyze movement, as well as enjoy the use of other teacher feedback tools.

Teachers often don't see the rewards of their hard work until years after, but Shimon said that it's nice to receive letters from those students who “look up to you as a model and were motivated by you to do their best.”

In her leisure time, she enjoys doing crafts and refinishing antique furniture. “I love to hike, camp, and cycle; there's no trouble finding stuff to do with my leisure,” she said. The teacher mentioned that she would like to find more time for writing and publishing – other things she would enjoy.

Shimon earned her bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn., in 1984. In 1985 she earned her master's from New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and in 1996 she earned her doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo. All of her degrees are in physical education.

Before joining the faculty at Black Hills State, she was an assistant professor at Radford University in Radford, Virg., since 1996.


This week at BHSU

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