Volume XXIV No. 37 • Sept. 15, 2000

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

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Welcome to Black Hills State  - Top 

  • Eldon Hotaling, staff assistant, Ellsworth Air Force Base

CSA position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open:
  • secretary with keyboarding, career counseling/placement

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

Board of Regents CFO selected as vice president for finance at BHSU - Top

Kathy Johnson, chief financial officer for the South Dakota Board of Regents, was recently selected to become vice president for finance and administration at Black Hills State University.

Following a national search, Johnson was selected to fill the VP’s position at BHSU vacated this spring by Tom Anderson. He accepted a position as associate dean for administrative affairs at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich. Johnson will officially assume her duties at the Spearfish campus during the first week in November.

As a result of her current position, Johnson has worked with the BHSU staff over the past several years and was familiar with the campus and its progression.

"Black Hills State has a vision for the future that is exciting," she said. "It was appealing to think of becoming a part of that. … I’m looking forward to working with the administration, faculty and students in a new capacity."

President Thomas Flickema said, "I’m absolutely delighted to have a person with Kathy’s qualifications join our administrative team. She brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the vice president’s position. Since 1996 she has been in charge of overseeing fiscal and administrative affairs for all six regental institutions including budgets, facilities, and personnel."

As the regent’s chief financial officer, Johnson served as a senior-level advisor to the executive director and was responsible for reporting to the board and Legislature on a $319 million budget. She had direct control of $20 million for allocating and expending.

Johnson’s other major responsibilities included serving as legislative, executive and regental liaison to the state’s universities, directing the regents committee on budget and finance, and developing system policies and procedures. She was also responsible for staff supervision, chairing the business affairs council (six VPs for finance), and developing the annual budget request for the governor, Legislature and regents.

It is her experience at the state level, working with the entire higher education system, which gave Johnson the edge in her pursuit of the vice presidency. That job she says, "presents a great opportunity for me to become more active in the university community."

Johnson describes her management style as based on communication and vision.

"If those around you know and believe in your goals, an incredible synergy will be achieved that will make success imminent."

She began her professional career in 1992 as a fiscal analyst for the board of regents. In 1994, Johnson was appointed budget officer in charge of the regents’ financial information system committee. She prepared annual budget procedures, maintained accounting systems for capital improvement projects, and directed federal grants administered by the board. She also provided analysis on the regents’ operating budget and developed the system tuition and fee pool tracking and allocation process.

She was named to her current position as director of administrative affairs to board of regents in 1996.

The new vice president said, "My family and I are very excited about becoming a part of the Black Hills State University and Spearfish Communities. Everyone we’ve met has gone out of their way to make us feel welcome."

Johnson earned a bachelor’s degree in commercial economics with a minor in computer science from South Dakota State University in 1991. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration from the University of South Dakota.


BHSU hires new director of student development - Top

Giving students the technology to be successful is the primary objective of Bob Stanelle as he assumes the position of director of student development at Black Hills State University this fall.

He reports to the vice president for student affairs and will be responsible for directing the Center for Career Planning and Placement, the Student Assistance Center, Student Support Services and Upward Bound.

"The emphasis here will be to develop a technological resource for students," said Stanelle. "We want to bring students up-to-date and bring them into the new century by greatly increasing contact with employers."

He plans to develop a six-station computer lab connected to the Internet to assist students with career planning and the job search. He believes students should have access to the computer system 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Seminars, workshops and orientations related to career planning will be developed to supplement the expanded technology base. He plans to investigate and select software programs this fall with implementation by next spring. By then the bugs should be worked out of the system so the program can be fully operational by the fall of 2001. He wants to focus on resume writing, interviewing skills, and the job search. He believes employers want students competent in oral and written communications skills as well as demonstrating proficiency in the use of technology.

"With the additions and technology, we can open the world to students by giving them more chances to be successful," said Stanelle. "I want to get people thinking about national as well as international opportunities."

The new development director is aware how fast technology is changing the way corporations do business. It used to be corporations sent out pamphlets and brochures as well as recruiters to visit the campus. Today, he said 94 percent of companies 

use the Internet for recruiting. In fact, the corporate web site is No. 1, and the campus career service web site is No. 4 as ranked by college students seeking career information.

Stanelle, 57, will be using a technology model he developed at Tulane University, New Orleans, La., where he worked as director of the career services center from 1997 to 1999. He managed the design and creation of an extensive Internet web site and in-house computer lab. He hired and trained the staff and introduced computer resources to students, faculty, employers and alumni.

Stanelle describes his management style as "demanding laissez faire. I expect a lot if they know what needs to be done," he said. "I don’t look over an employee’s shoulder. Most people take pride in their work if you let them do the job."

From 1993 until 1997, he was a graduate assistant in the career services area at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn., while working on his doctorate. He worked as a career development counselor to the Lady Vols from 1994 to 1995. He also counseled undergraduates regarding degree choices and academic requirements, and counseled master’s degree students regarding career options, resume preparation, and interviewing skills.

Although he has spent half of his life in the North and the other half in the South, it was the Black Hills location that caught his attention. He likes to hike and the Hills afford a great opportunity for him to pursue that interest. As for other interests, he says he grew up in Wisconsin and is a Green Bay Packer fan; he basically enjoys all types of football and basketball events.

Stanelle, the father of two grown children, earned his bachelor’s degree at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee. He has completed all of his doctoral requirements except the dissertation.

Janeen Larsen will present a lecture-recital - Top

Dr. Janeen Larsen will present a lecture-recital on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

The program, titled "Pictorial Imagery in Music," will be centered on selected works by MacDowell and Debussy. Larsen will demonstrate how these composers used specific elements of music to create visual images through their piano compositions. According to Larsen, "composers of orchestral music can use the great variety of instrumental tone colors available to them to help create moods and images. Piano composers have to be more creative."

Composers of the 19th century were particularly interested in using music to tell stories and paint pictures. MacDowell is the best known American composer of the 19th century, and Debussy is the best known French composer of the same century. Although MacDowell and Debussy were born only a year apart, their music is very different. Debussy was an innovator who started a whole new style of music called impressionism, while MacDowell stayed within the tonal framework of the Classical-Romantic music traditions. Larsen believed it would be interesting to compare and contrast music of the two composers, since they both were interested in using the piano to evoke images.

The lecture-recital is open to the public; there is no admission charge.

Hesson completes advanced training - Top

Dr. James Hesson, department of physical education and health professor, completed additional and advanced training this summer by completing a course offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The course was the Coaches' College Level IV Course (highest level) on the topic of program design and periodization. Hesson completed the course during July 2000 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The focus of the course was on designing conditioning programs to achieve optimal results. Periodization of training has been used for many years but each year more research is available to help unravel the mystery of optimal training. Two applications were emphasized: coaches working with athletes, and personal trainers working with individuals who are training for health and fitness. 

Periodization of training is based on the observation that humans can not maintain peak performance levels or peak fitness levels for very long. Any attempt to stay at peak levels too long results in an exhaustion stage, or an overtraining stage, during which the same or greater exercise stimulus actually results in a decrease in performance or health. Exercise is like medicine, to be effective you must get exactly the right kind and the right amount at the right intervals, and to further complicate matters, every individual responds differently. It is a challenging and exciting area of scientific study.

Hesson has completed the NSCA CSCS Certification (National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and the ACSM HFI Certification (American College of Sports Medicine Health/Fitness Certification).


Volunteers sought for Relay for Life - Top

There is probably not a person at BHSU who has not been affected by cancer; consequently, faculty, staff and students are invited to consider helping with the local Relay For Life event which begins Friday afternoon Sept. 22 and ends at noon on Saturday Sept. 23 at BHSU's Lyle Hare Stadium.

This event celebrates life by honoring those individuals who have survived cancer and raises money for cancer research. BHSU faculty, staff, and students are asked to help by volunteering some

time during the 24 hours to help with the event. Possible tasks include: setting up for the event, cleaning up after the event, serving the spaghetti dinner on Friday evening, filling luminaries with sand and arranging them around the track, helping with hot air balloon rides, displaying team posters, and helping with the overall success of this wonderful event. If you have some time to offer, please contact Kristi Pearce at 642-6405 or email her at <kristipearce@bhsu.edu>

Faculty will present talks at Opera House - Top

BHSU faculty will present Brown Bag talks at the Matthews Opera House. The talks are scheduled for the second and fourth Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. The dates this month are Sept. 13 and Sept. 27

On Sept. 13 Dr. Janeen Larsen will present "To a Wild Rose: The Evocative Music of Edward MacDowell." Larsen will discuss and perform piano compositions by Edward MacDowell.

In 1896, MacDowell was selected to be the first music professor at Columbia University because at the time he was considered by many to be the greatest genius of music in the United States. Most of his works were performed enthusiastically by major orchestras and solo performers. He excelled as a composer, performer, and teacher. Today, the

Second Piano Concerto, the Indian Suite, the Woodland Sketches, and the Sea Pieces are the only works which are performed regularly. The short piano works, written in a Romantic style, are very suggestive of images of nature which were dear to MacDowell. After his death in 1908 at the age of 47, money was raised to turn his country estate into a place where artists, writers, and musicians could work in seclusion. Today, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire continues to provide a scenic and quiet refuge for creative endeavors.

Dr. Janeen Larsen is a professor of music at BHSU, where she has been teaching since 1978. She received her master of music degree in piano performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Florida. She has performed frequently throughout the region as a classical soloist, accompanist, and jazz pianist. She is particularly interested in American music, and MacDowell has always been one of her favorite composers.

(Dr. Larsen's program is a programming change. Scott and Sheryl Simpson, originally scheduled to present their musical program "Poems, Songs, and Family" on Sept. 12, will present at a later time.)

On Sept. 27 Dr. Walter Higbee, "Tales from My Childhood, or Growing Up Poor But Happy During the Great American Depression." Walter will read some of the columns he has written about his childhood including "My First Haircut," "My First Dollar Earned," "Remembering My First Grade Teacher," "How It Was in the Olden Days," and "Remembrance of Things Sharp."

Higbee is professor emeritus of special education at Black Hills State University and is well known throughout the Black Hills for his wry humor and unique perceptions. His career in education has touched the hearts and souls of his students and colleagues, and his columns in the Rapid City Journal have touched the memories and good will of those of us privileged to know him and of those who have come to know him through his writing.

Future Brown Bag presenters include:

  • Oct. 11 - Jim Knutson will discuss the paintings of South Dakota Native Sons Harvey Dunn and Oscar Howe and the impact of their art on the state and nation.
  • Nov. 8 - Priscilla Romkema talks about Russia and her years of working there.
  • Dec. 13 - Stewart Bellman reads poems and stories by South Dakota writers.
  • Jan. 10 - Dick Hicks, art historian, talks about the Freer Collection of Japanese Prints.

Submit names of volunteers - Top

Please submit to the president's office the names and addresses of any volunteers who will be working in your area.

The names will be forwarded to the South Dakota Board of Regents.


In case a volunteer would be injured in the performance of volunteer work, they will be covered by Workmen's Compensation similar to any employee of the university. In addition, the university can justify expenditures which are made in connection with their contributions if they are identified with volunteer status.

CSA council to meet - Top

The CSA council will meet Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. in the Pangburn small dining room. All interested CSA employees are welcome to attend.

BHSU students welcomed back to school by local rock band - Top

Rock group "Kory and the Fireflies" will be welcoming Black Hills State University students back to the campus on Friday, Sept. 15.

The free event will be held on the campus green from 3 to 5 p.m., and is being sponsored by the University Programming Team (UP Team), and funded by student activity fees.

The entertainment welcome will also include music by a group known as the "Acoustic Toadstool."

Information about the welcome-back event is available by contacting the UP Team at 642-6418.

Tailgate social planned for football game - Top

Two tailgate social are planned prior to the BHSU vs. Minot State football game Sept. 16. Both socials are scheduled for noon - 1:15 p.m. 

The Green and Gold Tailgate Social will be at Salem Park. Burgers, brats and beverages will be served for $4 per person. 

The Burger King Tailgate Social will be held at the north end of Lyle Hare Stadium. Whoppers, chips and soda will be served at no charge. 


Minutes of the May 3 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met May 3, 2000, in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present: Tim Steckline, Barb Chrisman, Steve Babbitt, Curtis Card, Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis, John Glover, Margaret Lewis and Larry Tentinger for Rena Faye Norby. Newly elected member Vincent King was also present.

Meeting was opened by President Steckline.

Motion to approve agenda made by Margaret Lewis with second by Curtis Card.

Approval of the minutes of the April 5th meeting with correction to include Curtis Card as present.

Tim Steckline thanked all members for assisting him during his tenure as president.

Old issues:

Curriculum Revision: Dr. Landis was asked to come in to explain the changes for BIOL 411. The changes as recommended by the curriculum committee will be forwarded to Dr. Cook.

Discussion of the proposed honors program was tabled until fall (proposal for program is attached to minutes in secretary’s book).

Election of officers for 2000-2001: Curtis Card, president; John Glover, vice president; and the secretary position will remain open until first meeting of the fall semester.

Discussion continued on the procedures to be followed when intoxicated students come to class. A letter of response from the vice president for student affairs related to this issue was shared 

(copy attached to minutes in secretary’s book). 

Other issues of classroom and campus safety were discussed and will be continued as items for next fall.

New issues:

The general education grid for university catalog was discussed. (Copy of grid is attached to minutes in secretary’s book.)

Issues related to probation and suspension were presented.

A motion regarding the student registration process was made as follows:

The faculty senate requests that the enrollment center refrain from distribution of pin numbers for registration purposes until the faculty senate on behalf of the faculty has input into the process to be used for student enrollment.

Rationale: The removal of the required faculty advisor signatures from the enrollment process during spring enrollment appears to have resulted in fewer students seeing their faculty advisors. There is concern that some students might have failed to enroll in the appropriate courses to meet the requirements of general education and/or their major or minor.

Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Barb Chrisman, recording secretary

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Aug. 31-Sept. 13 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. 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. Research in Undergraduate Institutions. Faculty research projects; research instrumentation grants; and research opportunity awards. Deadlines vary with NSF disciplinary program.

New staff profile

Sarah M. Fisher

"I know what a struggle it is when you don’t know what you want to major in or what you want to do after you graduate," said Sarah M. Fisher, new career planning and placement center counselor. "I’m glad to help others with that struggle."

The 1998 business graduate returned to Black Hills State University as career counselor where her responsibilities include helping students with their internships and finding part-time or summer jobs. She replaces retention counselor Christa Fye. Fisher, 24, finds that there is an advantage to being near in age to many of the students at Black Hills State, but she can also identify with the non-traditional students because, she says, people do change jobs and careers.

One piece of advice Fisher offered from her own experiences, and as a career counselor, is that students need to do research. They need to pursue a major that will lead to a job that fits their personality. "It’s best when you know what interests you," she said.

Historically, Black Hills State has been concerned with student retention. Fisher feels that to increase retention rates there needs to be an increase in access to the career planning office. Fisher said that one reason students don’t return is because they can make a lot of money by going to work for one of the area coal or gold mines. However, she said, "they need to be educated in how much more they can make in a lifetime if they go to college."

The career planning office will be presenting workshops in October.

Fisher is originally from Newcastle, Wyo., and enjoys her family and friends. She likes to read, hike, camp, and fish, and she is planning her wedding, which is to take place in June of 2001.