Volume XXIV No. 33 • Aug. 18, 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:
  • librarian, Library Learning Center

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

Faculty and staff picnic set - Top

The annual Black Hills State University faculty and staff picnic will be Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Spearfish City Park. 

The menu this year includes boned rainbow trout, new potatoes, 

corn on the cob, pasta salad, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee and lemonade. 

Please purchase tickets, at $7 per person, at the business office cashier's window by Friday, Aug. 25. 

Contact the institutional advancement office at 6385 for special menu needs. 

BHSU business professor publishes paper on stock-market simulation game - Top

Donald Altmyer, assistant professor of business at Black Hills State University, recently returned from a New York Stock Exchange graduate teacher’s workshop where he spoke about the stock-market simulation game based on a paper he wrote that will be published in the International Journal on Grey Literature (IJGL).

The BHSU business professor presented "Using an online stock-market simulation as a cross-discipline learning tool," at a session during the 13th annual Graduate Teachers Workshop at exchange headquarters on Wall Street. His presentation was based on his manuscript sent to IJGL titled "Using an Online Stock-Market Simulation as a Cross-Disciplinary Learning Enhancer: Simulation as an Example of Grey Literature." The article published by MCB University Press in Bradford, UK, is due out late this summer.

Grey literature is information or the published production in either print or electronic formats where the publishing is not the primary business activity of authoring bodies. Simulation suggests a new methodology in electronic interactive format.

Julia Gelfand, IJGL editor, wrote to Altmyer saying, "The example of simulation will be increasingly important in developments of grey literature and you demonstrated how new instructional software and teaching pedagogy will join to create ways to make information available to more diverse constituencies."

Instead of just relying on textbooks to teach about the stock market, Altmyer takes a more proactive learning style in which students are more active learners by integrating the computer into the curriculum.

"Passive and independent reading are enhanced by computer applications in which students are active learners, practicing what they learn," he said. "An online stock-market simulation emphasizes the integration of the computer into academic curricula and can be used with different audiences to begin teaching about how the stock market functions with students as young as elementary school, effectively with secondary school students, and definitely with undergraduate business students."

The stock-market simulation game involves 

Don Altmyer, left, visited with Roger Johnson, president of the New York Stock Exchange, at the Exchange’s headquarters on Wall Street. The BHSU business professor recently presented at a session during the Stock Exchange’s graduate teacher’s workshop. Altmyer spoke about the stock-market simulation game as practiced in South Dakota. Johnson attended Altmyer’s presentation.

teams of students investing $100,000 in "play" money into portfolio stocks that the students  research, track, and make discretionary buy and sell decisions. The process involves team-building, research methods, critical thinking and deductive reasoning skills.

South Dakota has its own homepage (www.sdakotasms.com) making participation in the Stock Market Game user-friendly. Navigation buttons allow teachers to pre-register their teams. There are buttons for rules of the game, workshops, teacher’s guide, stock trades, quote and research, accounts and details, and rankings offer students a real time/real place activity. Teachers are even provided a free 15-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal during the simulation period.

This past spring, over 300 teams of South Dakota students from elementary school to college participated in the stock-market simulation program.

Current sponsors for the South Dakota program are the Securities Industry Association Central States District, the South Dakota Economic Education Council, Black Hills State University, the University of South Dakota, and the Black Hills Pioneer.

Farrington is part of a team that received a patent for an agent to treat respiratory infections in livestock - Top

Writing grants for university research projects or filing patents on antimicrobial agents is all in a day’s work for Dr. Dan Farrington, director of grants and special projects at Black Hills State.

Farrington recently learned that a patent on 8A-Azalides as Veterinary Antimicrobial Agents was approved April 25, 2000, by the U.S. Patent Office. Farrington was the lead veterinary biologist and Helmut Kropp the head chemist in developing the antimicrobial agents.

The BHSU grants director was senior director for animal science research with Merck Research Laboratories before joining the university’s administrative team in 1997. The patent was filed by Merck & Company Inc., Rahway, N.J.

The agents developed by Farrington and Kropp, et al., provides methods for the treatment of bacterial respiratory or enteric infections in livestock animals, particularly in cattle and swine. The agents can be administered oral, topical, or parenteral (subcutaneous, intramuscular and intravenous).

Being named as principal scientist for patents is not new to Farrington as he is listed as a veterinary biologist on two other patents in 1977 and 1980 for immunizations for the prevention of Bordetella bronchiseptica infection.

Iowa State University named Farrington as the inaugural recipient of the William P. Switzer Award in 1998. Switzer and Farrington spawned two immunizations crucial to animal health, vaccines to help control both kennel cough in dogs and atrophic rhinitis in swine. Switzer was Farrington’s major professor, during his veterinary studies. Patents from these vaccines have provided the longest-running royalties in ISU technology resulting in over $3 million for the university’s research foundation.

Farrington earned his baccalaureate degree in zoology from the University of Nebraska in 1960, his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1968 and his Ph.D. in veterinary microbiology and preventive medicine from Iowa State University in 1974.

Australian high school teacher to visit BHSU to study North American Plains Indians - Top

Comparing the effects of settlement on the Aboriginal people of Australia to settlement of the Native American Indians of the Great Plains is the focus of a visit to Black Hills State University by high school teacher Kerry Essex of New South Wales, Australia.

Essex, the winner of a $10,000 American history scholarship funded by a Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award, will spend five weeks at BHSU this fall auditing courses and visiting the Pine Ridge Reservation. He will work with Dr. Richard Carter, director of the BHSU Center of Indian Studies, who helped arrange his visit.

"I would like to continue to study the traditional way of life of the North American Indians and the effects of colonization, and the impact of white civilization on these people," said Essex. "My study would have particular reference to Lakota (Sioux), and look at how what has happened to them compares with the effects of European colonization on the Aboriginal people of Australia."

He has been teaching in New South Wales since 1978 at the junior and senior level. His North American Plains Indians course is one 

of Kyogle High School’s most popular courses. After taking the course, many of his students have asked to continue the same study of United States history. He has taught a case-study course on the assassination of John F. Kennedy in addition to a 19th century U.S. history course. He also has an interest in the history of the American Civil War and hopes to spend an extra week visiting historic sites with a colleague.

This will not be Essex’s first visit to the U.S. as he visited here in 1997 as part of a reciprocal visit after hosting American teachers through the "Hands Across the Water" program. However, he didn’t have an opportunity to visit South Dakota or an Indian reservation at that time.

By visiting BHSU, he will spend time with Indian studies faculty, interview Indian students, collect source information, compile references, visit the historical sites, and photograph places of interest. The Australian history teacher is also interested in organizing a study opportunity through the university for his students. He visualizes using the BHSU web site to accomplish some sort of online experience for his students. It could result in a reciprocal study of Australia’s indigenous people for BHSU students.

Minutes of the CSA meeting - Top

The CSA council met Aug. 8, 9 a.m. at the Pangburn Dining Room.

Present were council members Corinne Hansen, Deatta Chapel, Ginny Sunding, Jeanne Hanson, Ellen Mellaragno, Marilyn Luscombe and Gloria Spitler. Gerry Pabst was also present.

Not present were Eileen Thomas, Becky Dovre and Myron Sullivan.

President Corinne Hansen called the meeting to order. Minutes of the meeting were read and approved, motion by Marilyn, second by Deatta.

Treasurer’s report was presented by Marilyn.

Old Business

Gerry Pabst from Instructional Media in the Library will fill the remainder of this year’s term left vacant by Paulette Palladino.

The CSA Scholarship Fundraiser Picnic was attended by about 40 people. Donations totaled $153.00, the auction took in $119 for a total proceeds of $272. Corinne will get a tally of the payroll deductions. A thank you will be sent to Dr. Flickema, Dining Service, Carolyn Skallerud and Facilities Services. Suggestions 

for next year’s picnic included the possibility of grilling, and inviting CSA members to attend even if they don’t bring food. More effort will be made to secure prizes for the auction.

New Business

Discussion was held on how to replenish our local account. This account is used to purchase items for the welcome baskets as well as supplies for other activities held throughout the year. Suggestions included a raffle during the rally or 50/50 at ball games. Council members are to bring ideas to the next meeting.

Ginny asked about information concerning the October elections. Jeanne will provide here with the information in the CSA binder, so everything will be in place by September.

Jeanne Hanson reminded members that the Regents CSA council meets in October and issues of concern to all CSA members are addressed at that time.

The next CSA meeting is set for Sept. 19, at 9:00 AM in the Pangburn Dining Room.

Recorded by Jeanne Hanson, CSA Secretary


Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Aug. 10-16 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.
  • NSF. Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology. NSF 00-130. Target Date is Oct. 31. An institution must have at least two currently funded or recently expired multi-year research awards from NSF in biological sciences
 related to the environment and have a third active or recently-expired, externally-funded multi-year research award, from any source listed in the guidelines.
  • USAID. Development Education Program. Organizations actively engaged under the Development Education Program (also known as Biden-Pell grants) as described in the RFA. Due Oct. 13. Go to link for further details.