items to Campus Currents -
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Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.
CSA position open -
The following career service position is open:
- staff assistant with keyboarding, Ellsworth Brach Campus
For additional information, check the announcement bulletin
or contact the personnel office.
Gabel and student attend national
mycology conference -
Elaine Ebbert, a BHSU biology major, and Dr. Audrey Gabel,
professor of biology, recently presented the results of a
two-year study of the fleshy fungi of the Black Hills at the
Mycological Society of America meeting in Burlington, Vermont.
The meeting is an annual event for scientists who study fungi
to gather and exchange the most recent results from their work.
Scientists from most states, Canada, Europe, Asia and Central
and South America attended.
The on-going Black Hills fungi study, which began in 1998,
will continue for several additional years and ultimately result
in a book which will include colored photographs, keys and
descriptions of the fleshy fungi of the Black Hills, according
No studies have previously been done in the Black Hills on the
fungi of the area. Some of the fungi collected in the Black
Hills are considered rare on a global basis, including
palmatus. The fungi are one of the most important groups of
organisms ecologically, but probably the least known kingdom of
living organisms. Many fungi are decomposers and play a very
important role in nature by making nutrients available to plants
The researchers have established five permanent sites and
collections are made at each site four times during the summers.
August has been shown to be the month with the most fungi
In the first year of the study 313 specimens representing 150
different species were collected. In the second year 374
specimens representing 164 species were found. A total of 236
different species of fungi have been discovered. An astonishing
result of the study was that 38 percent of the species were
different in the second year. This indicates to the researchers
that there are many more species yet to be discovered.
Forty-eight percent of the fungi were found on soil and 42
percent were growing on wood.
Walkinshaw receives state coaches'
Walkinshaw, track and cross-country coach at Black Hills State
University was named college cross-country coach of the year by
the South Dakota Cross-Country and Track and Field Coaches’
The award was presented at a recent coaches’ association
meeting in Aberdeen. The BH coach directed the women’s team to
a South Dakota Iowa Conference Championship last fall.
"It’s a credit to the team," said Walkinshaw.
"It’s a reflection of the team we had this year. The
women got a lot of attention."
The BH coach felt the men’s team did well also but didn’t
receive the attention the women’s team garnered by capturing
the conference title.
The Yellow Jacket women finished the 1999 season with a 16th-place
finish at the national cross-country meet in Kenosha, Wis. They
entered the national meet ranked 20th. The BH team
was led by Lisa Bomengen who earned her second All-American
award with a 21st-place finish.
Walkinshaw was also named South Dakota-Iowa Conference coach
of the year.
PREP sessions and new students days
PreRegister Early Program (PREP) sessions will be held Aug. 17 for
transfer/returning students and Aug. 18 for incoming freshmen
students. These sessions will be the final dates for
pre-registration prior to Sept. 5.
New Student Days and Welcome Week activities begin Saturday,
Sept. 2, with new freshmen moving in from 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help with move in. Contact Judy Larson
at 6278. Retired faculty/staff are also helping the move in
process by volunteering to greet new students and their parents.
Any organizations that are sponsoring Welcome Week activities, should contact
Deb Brauneller at 6070 in order for your event to be published, as well as to
find other ways to support New Student Days activities.
The new student days committee meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the
marketplace and others are welcome to join.
Edsall endowment provides funds to
bring professional artists to BHSU -
Jim and Genevieve Mortensen gifted $10,000 to Black Hills State
University to establish a fund to encourage professional artists
to visit the campus and provide workshops, seminars, and
lectures for students.
The fund will be known as the Connie (Ollie) Edsall Memorial
Fund. Edsall was one of a very few early 20th century piano
teachers from Crook County, Wyo. She taught her students,
children and grandchildren to enjoy a lifetime love of music.
The Edsall fund is being established to encourage classical and jazz musicians
of all ages through summer seminars, lectures workshops and interpretive
concerts to share their talents with BHSU students and faculty.
The Mortensens also gifted $5,000 to BHSU in 1999 establishing an endowment
to help handicapped students. The objective of the Genevieve Edsall Mortensen
Fund for Handicapped Students is to assist in the purchase of equipment deemed
necessary to further the educational opportunities of handicapped students at
Former communications professor
funds scholarship program at BHSU -
Children’s literature instructor Charlotte Forsberg gifted
$62,000 from her estate to fund a scholarship in her name at
Black Hills State University for students majoring in English,
speech, or theatre.
The Charlotte Forsberg Scholarship fund has grown to more
than $85,000 since her estate was bequeathed to support the
The popular communications professor died following a lengthy
illness, Jan. 27, 2000. During her tenure at BHSU, she taught an
estimated 7,000 students from 1957 until her retirement in 1988.
Her love of children’s literature nurtured the development of
an extensive children’s literature collection (3,600 books and
memorabilia) which she donated to the university library.
In addition to children’s literature, she taught French,
speech, English, theater, and oral interpretation during her 31
years at BHSU. She also served as acting chairperson of
communications division during the 1983-84 academic year and retired as
professor emeritus in 1988.
In 1997 she was selected as parade marshal for Swarm Day and this past year
presented the outstanding alumnus award at the homecoming awards breakfast.
In an interview at the time of her retirement she described teaching as
demanding and arduous, but always found time to enjoy her students while
maintaining a sense of humor.
She was a charter member of the Delta Kappa Gamma. She loved to entertain
friends, read, travel and cook gourmet meals.
Forsberg obtained her B.A. degree in 1947 from the College of Wooster in
Ohio and her M.A. degree in 1949 from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
BH alumna bequeaths estate funds for
Former Rapid City teacher Audrey Mullin left a portion of her
estate to establish a $376,000 scholarship fund at Black Hills
Mullin, who was raised and attended school at Interior,
obtained her teaching certificate at BHSU and began teaching
first grade at Interior in 1947. She later moved to Rapid City,
completed her degree in 1955 and taught fifth grade. She was
named teacher of the month in 1976 at Bergquist Elementary
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rapid City, the Retired
Teachers Association and The Gray Ladies Auxiliary.
Mullin, 86, died March 24, 1999.
The corpus of the Audrey Saunders Mullin Scholarship Fund will be
permanently preserved with earnings from the corpus used for the management and
distribution of the fund. Scholarships will be awarded to needy and deserving
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received Aug. 3-9 in the
grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information,
contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at email@example.com.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
- Committee on Scholarly Communication with China
Programs. National program for research in China for
scholars in the humanities. Due Nov. 15.