Volume XXIV No. 32 • Aug. 11, 2000

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

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 position open - Top

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 - Top

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 to Gabel.

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 

Rhodotus 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 and animals.

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 "fruiting."

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' award - Top

Scott 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’ Association.

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 scheduled - Top

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 - Top

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 BHSU.


Former communications professor funds scholarship program at BHSU - Top

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 fund.

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 the 

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 scholarships - Top

Former Rapid City teacher Audrey Mullin left a portion of her estate to establish a $376,000 scholarship fund at Black Hills State University.

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 School.


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 students.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

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 grants@mystic.bhsu.edu. 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.