Volume XXV No. 18 May 4, 2001
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Resignation - Top
Position open - Top
The following Career Service
position is open:
For additional information, review
the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.
Cox receives Fulbright
Scholars award - Top
a year in Russia studying psychology could be a daunting experience,
but for Black Hills State psychology professor Tom Cox, winner of a
Fulbright Scholars award, it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.
“Going to a strange land where I barely know their alphabet
is frightening,” said Cox. “I lie awake nights thinking about
it; I see it as an immense research project. A year’s Fulbright is
considered one of the most prestigious awards available in academia.
I feel honored and at the same time frightened.”
the BH professor is uncertain about the trip’s details at this
time, he will be leaving in August for Omsk University in western
Siberia. At the university he will be lecturing and doing research
for a semester. He will then be given free time to visit the Russian
Academy of Sciences. He will be working with the people at the
academy in the area of the history of psychology and philosophy.
want to find out what happened to the methodology and philosophy of
behaviorism (reflexology in Russia) in the areas of psychology and
physiology,” he said.
is a significant topic in American scientific circles, says Cox. In
order for psychology to be considered a pure science it must be
supported by quantitative and measurable data. Others argue that the
mind and cognition cannot be measured; therefore it isn’t a
science in the traditional sense.
plans to study and research two approaches to psychology in Russia: methodological and metaphysical behaviorism.
a major impact on the development of behaviorism in the United
States was the work of Russian physiologists interested in the
investigation of “the reflex” and learning. Ivan P. Pavlov was
one who insisted on observable data as the basis of behavioral
science or reflexology as it’s known in Russia. Pavlov challenged
the work of another Russian psychologist V.M. Bechterev who
in the metaphysical position by concluding mental events are not
observable and therefore must be excluded from the science of
research methodology I will utilize is simple,” said Cox. “To
complete this project, I will interview psychology, reflexology,
history of science, and philosophy faculty at key institutions. As a
result of these interviews I will learn the outline of the
development of the Russian equivalent of methodological and
professor says little is known about the continuance of
behaviorism’s methodology and philosophy in Russia. Cox described
a conversation with a Russian psychologist, who claimed to be a
behaviorist but said there were administrative consequences to being
a behaviorist, so he now teaches false psychology.
search of answers, Cox will receive a $2,600 a month stipend and
will be visiting sites such as libraries in St. Petersburg, several
universities and technical colleges in Moscow, the University of
Ukraine, the University of Petrozavodsk, the University of Ural and
several other libraries and institutions of higher education.
past 25 years the BHSU professor has collected, read and annotated
the major works and most minor works or comments of American
behaviorism. He has done this for many criticisms of behaviorism as
well as for the few Russian works published in English. He has also
been contacting the Russian academics to discover the best
individuals to interview concerning the development of the Russian
equivalent of methodological and metaphysical behaviorism.
the BHSU faculty in 1988. He earned his bachelor’s degree in
education at Eastern Montana College, his master’s degree in
psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, and his Ph.D. in
psychology from the University of Manitoba.
Wallerstein article published - Top
Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, an assistant
professor of English, has just published an article titled
"Judicial and Epideictic Rhetoric in Milton's Paradise Lost."
The article argues that Books IX and X of
Milton's poem contain a highly-developed judicial rhetoric, one to
which is added an angry, vituperative epideictic color or style. The
article further argues that such a combination is emblematic of the
moral failings of the characters Adam and Eve, revealing a couple
lost in the wreckage of their past actions, obsessed with placing
blame for that wreckage,
and seemingly unable to embrace any course
of expedient future action that might redeem
them. The degeneration of Adam and Eve's language into a rhetoric of
angry judicial pleadings and epideictic invective is illustrative of
the degeneration of their very beings, on a moral, spiritual,
intellectual, and psychological level, brought on by the Fall.
The article has been published in the
Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Northern Plains Conference on Early
British Literature, ed. Robert J. De Smith, Sioux Center, Iowa:
Dordt College Press, 2001, pp. 39-45.
Faculty and staff honored - Top
A special recognition tea
was held to honor faculty and staff recently. Max Durgin, left, College of
Arts and Sciences professor, was honored for 35 years of
service. Thirty-year service
awards were presented to Richard Hicks, College
of Arts and Sciences professor; George Earley, graduate
studies/assessment director and College of Arts and Sciences
professor; and Deatta Chapel, student support services and
student assistant center office supervisor.
BHSU hosts conference - Top
Dr. Robert De Smith, professor of English at
Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, presents his paper "Stir
up the Athenian Youth": Sleepovers, Prom Nights, and Adolescent
Experience in A Midsummer Night's Dream” to
attendees of the Northern Plains Conference on Early British
Literature. The conference was held April 27-28 at the Young Center,
Black Hills State University. In the photo (seated, from left): Dr.
Lizbeth Benkert-Rasmussen, Northern State University; Dr. Bruce
Brandt, South Dakota State University; Dr. Jay Ruud, Northern State
See their website for program
Spirit of Work Award for Excellence - Top
The Spirit of Work Award
is given to Pat Chastain for her
friendship with and support of the faculty
Teacher job fair records high
number of participants - Top
The Black Hills Teacher Job Fair
was attended by more than
211 people. Bob Stanelle, director of student development and the
career center, reports that there were 20 South Dakota school
districts in attendance. Other states schools represented included
13 Wyoming schools, six Colorado schools, five Nebraska schools,
three Montana schools as well as at least one representative
from North Dakota, Arizona, Kansas and Texas. Stanelle noted that
there are openings in all areas for teachers, with exceptionally high
demand in special education, Spanish and bilingual education and
instrumental music. A total of 191 teacher candidates attended.
Two Nelson Scholarship students at BHSU
plan to attend medical school - Top
|Science labs are busy places this spring as
finals approach. Nathan Steinle and Brett Theeler are closing
out their undergraduate years at Black Hills State but plan to
continue their studies at medical school. Both students are
Nelson scholarship recipients, receiving full rides for four
years. The standout students will graduate summa cum laude
For most college
seniors graduation represents the end of exams and research papers,
but for two Black Hills State seniors six more years of intensive
study awaits them at medical school.
Mitchell, and Nathan Steinle, Sturgis, are both four-year full ride
Nelson Scholarship recipients. Theeler, a star basketball player, is
a fifth-year senior and the first Nelson Scholarship winner to enter
the program as a freshman. Steinle completed his studies at the end
of his fourth year and was the second Nelson scholar to complete the
program after entering as a Nelson scholar his freshman year.
Joseph Nelson, a
1927 BHSU graduate, gave the university nearly $1 million in a
scholarship fund in 1995. The Nelson scholarships cover tuition and
fees for 32 hours of credit a year, and provide for room, board and
parking. Students must major in biology, chemistry, physical
science, environmental science or mathematics. They must be in the
upper 10 percent of their high school class and have a minimum score
of 28 on the ACT examination.
Nelson was a
chemist with EXXON and held 81 U.S. patents on chemicals, rubber and
detergents made from petroleum.
According to Dr.
Charles Lamb, professor of biology at BHSU, there are currently five
students receiving full-ride Nelson scholarships. Two are freshmen
“We also award
$2,000 to $3,000 supplemental scholarships (less than a full ride)
for applicants for the Nelson award who didn’t get selected,”
said Lamb. “We usually have two to four additional applicants who
come to school here.”
Lamb says most of
the students who apply for the Nelson Scholarship are also getting
big scholarship offers at other universities.
the cream of the crop,” said the biology professor.
program provides an incentive for
students who are at the top of
their class in high school to come to
BH. He believes these students, as role models, help
other students lift their level of performance. In fact, both
Theeler and Steinle have served as mentors and tutors to other
students in the math and science areas.
has two offers to attend medical school but is leaning toward the
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.
He would be a second lieutenant while attending medical school and
graduate as a captain. He would then owe the Army seven years of
has six medical schools to choose from, he has pretty much decided
the University of South Dakota Medical School will be his choice.
to home and you get more personal attention in residency
rotations,” he said. “I’m interested in internal medicine at
this point, but it’s open to change.”
looking at anything from a surgical specialty to general practice.
them mold me,” he said with a smile. “I’m a blank canvas.”
Both young men
attributed much of their academic success to the biology program and
the faculty. They felt faculty members were very approachable and
“Dr. Lamb did a
great job of mentoring me,” said Theeler, “His help has been
huge from class work to advice.”
“I got much
more personal attention than any of my friends at larger
universities,” said Steinle.
medical students will graduate with summa cum laude honors this
month. They expect medical school to be a significant challenge, but
then they are used to that.
Without sports to
consume his time and energy, Theeler is looking forward to just
concentrating on academics. Steinle says he expects to be in classes
this August and will be focusing on the basic sciences including
lectures and lab work. An excellent tennis player, he will probably
find some time on the courts to relieve the demands of academic
carries a 4.0 grade-point average, has also displayed talents as a
writer, winning an excellence in undergraduate writing award this
spring for his classroom work titled “Aristotle and Warfare:
Achieving the Golden Mean in Perilous Times.”
Lamb said what
makes both students successful is that “They work extremely hard,
which to me is the best kind of good student. …They really want to
Results of disc golf spring fling
Twenty nine BSHU students participated in the
Spring Fling Disc Golf tournament Friday, April 27 on the campus
The top eight students receiving prizes and
their 19-hole scores are as follows: (note that par for 19 holes is
a score of 57) Brian Giesinger, senior – 54, Matt Mueller, junior
– 55, Lee Terveen, senior – 58, Chad Leddy, junior – 59; Matt
Barton, senior – 59; Gentry Touzek, freshman - 60,
Lauritsen, senior – 61, Chauncy Zhart, senior
In the community division, the top two players
received prizes: Don Altmyer, Spearfish – 47; Scott Ceasar, Rapid
City – 48.
Prizes were donated from the Student Union and
the BHSU bookstore.
This week at BHSU
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“2001: A Space Odyssey,” film series,
Jonas 305, 6 p.m.
Teacher Exit Seminar, noon – 4 p.m.
Honors Breakfast, Student Union multi-purpose
room, 7:45 a.m.
Commencement, Young Center, 10 a.m.
Young Center Fieldhouse, following ceremony