Volume XXIV No. 43 • Oct. 27, 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.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Lynn Fox, senior building maintenance worker, facilities services

Position open - Top

The following Career Service position is open:
  • custodial worker, facilities services

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

Flu shots will be given - Top

Shoo the flu. Flu shots will be given at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Wednesday, Nov. 1 and Thursday, Nov. 2 from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Appointments are necessary. Call 642-6520 to schedule an appointment.

Flu shots are available for faculty, staff, spouse and/or dependents who are on the state health plan. It will take about ten minutes for the paperwork. It is essential to bring your DakotaCare card. Remember to call early and reserve a time slot that is convenient for you.

Concert band, chamber winds and community band will perform - Top

The Black Hills State University concert band, chamber winds and community band will present a concert Monday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy room.

The event is free to the public. The concert will include works by George Gershwin, Richard Wagner, David Holsinge, Clare Grundman, Edwin Franko Goldman and others.

In addition to the two full bands, there are some smaller groups performing including a brass quartet, a flute choir and a woodwind choir.

"We are spanning about 600 years in this concert. There will be a couple of marches and a Broadway medley, as well as some lesser known pieces and a Renaissance dance," said Christopher Hahn, conductor of the bands. "In addition to the two full bands, there are some smaller groups performing including a brass quartet, a flute choir, and a woodwind choir." Playing in smaller groups gives the university students additional opportunities to develop their musicianship.

Hahn recently joined the music faculty as director of concert bands. He is a professional trumpet player as well as a teacher, has music degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of Miami.

Social analyst will speak at BHSU - Top

Stephanie Coontz, social analyst, will deliver a lecture at Black Hills State University Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The subject of this presentation is, "The Way We Never Were: American Families." Coontz will be speaking about the myths that dominate our thinking about the family structure. She combines historical research and contemporary case studies to tell a story about parenting, privacy, gender relations and sexuality.

Coontz has published articles in several publications including Vogue, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She 

has also appeared on many television programs including The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN’s Crossfire, as well as documentaries hosted by Barbara Walters and Walter Cronkite.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the university programming team, the sociology club and the human services club of Black Hills State University.

Contact Allen Godsell, 642-6418, Michele Waltman, 642-0339, or Corey Aker, 642-1686 for more information. Persons with disabilities needing special accommodations should notify one of the contacts at least 48 hours before the event.

Leading motivational speaker Joe Martin will present at BHSU - Top

Joe Martin, recognized nationally as one of America’s top motivational speakers, will be on the Black Hills State University campus Oct. 27 and 28.

Martin, a professor at West Florida University, will make two presentations and also conduct interactive leadership sessions with students.

"Get a Pulse: Finding your Purpose" is the title of his presentation Friday, Oct. 27 from 3-5 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room. This presentation is designed to help people find, accept and live their life’s purpose. Martin will show students how to identify, accept and maximize their unique talents, skills, and abilities, how to get and stay self-motivated, how to stop themselves and others from sabotaging their success; how to become 100 percent committed to their problems and how to turn their passion into profits.

The presentation is free to BHSU students with an ID, $5 for other students and $7 for the public.

Martin will speak to student leaders, faculty and staff Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This leadership retreat "Give and Grow Rich: Effective Service Leadership," will challenge participants to serve others better, unlock the secret of staying self-motivated, lead others by being an example, not an excuse, accept responsibility for personal and professional development and overcome obstacles.

According to Jane Klug, director of student services, this speaker is a once in a lifetime opportunity. "I have personally heard Professor Martin speak and I guarantee you will not be disappointed."

For more information contact the student union information center at 642-6062.

Global awareness committee sponsors presentation on consumerism and culture - Top

The Global Awareness Committee at Black Hills State University is sponsoring a presentation titled "Consumerism and Culture" on Monday, Nov. 6, in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

"Affluenza," a video about the ethics of consumerism and its consequences on the planet, will be shown from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., and also from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

A panel of committee members will present arguments on consumerism after the videos from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The panel members are: 

Patty Jo Bellamy, presenting "Consumerism: A Long-Range Perspective;" Dr. Brian Smith presenting "Lifestyle and the Environment;" Dr. Ahrar Ahmad presenting "The Culture of Gobalism and the Globalization of Culture;" and Legia Spicer will present "Human Needs: A Spiritual Perspective." Dr. Dan Peterson will serve as the moderator for this panel.

There will be an audience-panel interaction from 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Legia Spicer at 642-6556.

Career center offers fall job search workshops - Top

The Black Hills State University career center is offering two job search seminars this fall. All workshops are held in the career center in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union from 3-4 p.m. For more information call Bob Stanelle at 642-6277.

BHSU students, recent graduates or alumni who need help finding the right career are 

encouraged to check out the following workshops.

"Organizing the ‘Systematic’ Job Search" will be presented Monday, Oct. 30, Tuesday, Nov. 28 and again Monday, Dec. 4.

"Writing Your Winning Resume" will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 1, Thursday, Nov. 30, and Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Football-basketball doubleheader will be held at BHSU - Top

For a full day of sports excitement take in the football-basketball double header at Black Hills State University Oct. 28.

The day begins at noon with a tailgater social at Salem Park in Spearfish. Then the BHSU Yellow Jacket football team will host Jamestown University for their final home game at 1:30 p.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium.

At 5 p.m. the BHSU Lady Yellow Jacket 

basketball team will scrimmage with Casper College in their first action of the season.

At 7 p.m. former Yellow Jacket basketball stars will go up against this year’s varsity team. All proceeds from this event will go to the Green and Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund.

For more information on any of these events call 642-6385 or 642-6882.

Health screening offered for employees - Top

The bureau of personnel will sponsor a state employee health check Nov. 1 from 1-4:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University.

Screenings include: cholesterol check, blood-sugar level (three-hour fast recommended), blood pressure, body mass index (bmi), and carbon monoxide. The health screening is available at no charge to benefited state employees and their spouses who are on the state’s health plan.

The health check will also be held at the Surbeck Center at the South Dakota School of Mines Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Special arrangements have been made with Avera McKennan to offer these health check tests at no cost to health plan participants. The primary care physician (PCP) does not offer these tests as routine procedures. Employees should not expect local clinics to provide these tests.

The envelopes, please - Top

Please return interoffice envelopes to the printing center so that they can be re-used.

Minutes of the Oct. 4 faculty senate meeting - Top

The faculty senate met Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, in Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present: Curtis Card, John Glover, Dan Durben, Rob Schurrer, Rena Faye Norby, Margaret Lewis, Fred Heidrich, Steve Babbitt, Vincent King, student: Crystal Muglia. (Absent: Don Chastain, Colleen Kirby – Barb Chrisman replaced Colleen Kirby)

Meeting opened. President Card opened the meeting. The agenda was approved. The minutes of the September 20, 2000, meeting were approved.

Old Issues: The establishment of an honors program was discussed, including input and concerns from each college. It was agreed that the concept was good but that there were still many concerns about the details of the implementation of the program. Action: A findings of the senate listing the input and 

concerns about the honors program will be compiled for the Oct. 18, 2000, meeting.

New Issues: George Earley discussed the CAAP exam and assessment at BHSU. The South Dakota Board of Regents strongly supports testing. The next CAAP exam will be Nov. 6-7 and will include tests in writing, math, science reasoning, and reading. Pass/fail levels are determined by the BOR. A help session for students will be scheduled in October. About $100,000 of BOR funding for BHSU is based on the improvement of students from their ACT entrance exams to their CAAP rising junior exams. The BOR is leaning toward adopting a nationally standardized exit exam, but they have not found an appropriate exam yet.

Meeting closed. The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

Faculty research 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 grants office or can be printed out from their webpage.

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites or 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. A three-hour release time is available for fall 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. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your proposal to the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s office in Woodburn 314 by Nov. 10.

Instructional improvement funds available - Top

Grants of up to $1000 are available to full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff members for projects which will improve the quality of instruction at BHSU. Grants are available for bringing in consultants, for training support, for equipment that will improve instruction, and for travel to conferences. Proposals are reviewed monthly. Ten copies of the grant proposal should be submitted to the grants and special projects office or the committee chair, Sharon Strand, by the last Friday of the month. For more detailed information, go to the grants and special projects page or contact Sharon Strand.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Oct. 12- 25 in the grants office, 218 Woodburn. 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.
  • NEA. Resources for Change: Technology. A planned series of initiatives designed to address the organizational development needs of arts organizations. The first is technology. It responds to the intense interest on the part of arts organizations in exploring how recent advancements in telecommunications and computer technology can help them function more effectively, involve individuals in new and more active ways with the arts, and integrate the arts more fully into their communities. Due Dec. 1.
  • American Philosophical Society.  Franklin research grants. Due October 2001. Daland Fellowship in Clinical Investigation. Due September 2001.

This week at BHSU

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November calendar


Preview Day, high school students visit campus

Joe Martin presentation, SU multipurpose room,  3-5 p.m.



Joe Martin Leadership workshop, 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Halloween Ghost Hunting Tour, Adventure Center, 10 a.m.

Tailgate Party, Salem Park, noon

Football game vs. Jamestown College, Lyle Hare Stadium, 1:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball scrimmage with Casper College, 5 p.m.

Men’s varsity-alumni game, Young Center, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct.29


Rising Junior Exam Prep Sessions, Student Assistance Center

"Organizing the ‘Systematic’ Job Search," Career Services Center, 3-4 p.m.

Concert Band and Chamber Winds/ Community Band, Jacket Legacy Room, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 31

Learning Plus for Rising Junior Exam, Student Assistance Center

Fall Film Festival "The General," Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov.  1

Cultural Identity, Cook 119

"Writing Your Winning Resume," Career Services Center, 3-4 p.m.

Flu shots will be given, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

 Employee health check, SU Jacket Legacy room, 1-4:40 p.m. 

Nov.  2

Stephanie Coontz, "The Way We Never Were" Student Union Jacket Legacy room,  7 p.m.

Men’s 3on3basketball, captains’ meeting, contact The Adventure Center

Green & Gold luncheon, Cedar House, noon

Shuck, Marso & Bennett interviews, contact the career center

Flu shots will be given

Nov. 3

BHSU Chamber Orchestra, Matthews Opera House, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 4

GRE subject tests