Volume XXV No. 33 • Aug. 24, 2001

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.

Faculty inservice begins - Top  

Faculty in-service begins Monday, Aug. 27 for new faculty members.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 Dr. Flickema will present the “The State of the University” at 8:30 a.m. That will be followed by presentations by Dr. Mary Huba (see more information below). The university picnic will be held at the city park at 5 p.m.

Inservice continues Wednesday through Friday.

Faculty individual photographs will be taken Thursday, Aug. 30 in Jonas 307 from 1:30-3 p.m. These photographs are maintained by the media relations office for use throughout the year. All faculty members are encouraged to update their file photo at this time.

Inservice schedule.

Huba will present during inservice - Top  

Dr. Kristi Pearce, faculty development coordinator for BHSU, reminds faculty that once again a speaker will be presented during faculty inservice.

The current Bush Foundation grant created a Collaboratory for Life-long Learning by designing interdisciplinary curriculum projects, integrating educational technology, and applying action research to enrich learning and teaching.  Previous fall in-service presentations during this Bush grant have emphasized collaboration with Earl Hipp, integrating technology with Gil Dyrli, and making the shift from teaching to learning with Bob Barr.

The focus of the final year of this Bush grant is on assessment of learning and teaching.  Dr. Mary Huba, assessment coordinator for Iowa State University and an evaluator for North Central Accreditation, will present an overall perspective from her book "Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses" in the morning of Aug. 28th for BHSU administrators, faculty, and student services personnel.

Following lunch, Dr. Huba will facilitate a two-hour workshop for faculty that will highlight "using assessment to promote learning."  Then from 3-4 p.m., she will

work with the university assessment committee, the deans, and department chairs to examine leadership roles and responsibilities in the organizational implications of assessment in preparing for continued accreditation.

Huba's book was presented to all faculty and administrators along with a calendar outlining the faculty development activities for the fall semester.  They are invited to participate in a study group during the 2001-02 academic year to discuss learner-centered assessment.

An additional opportunity for faculty during this final Bush grant year to address the focus on evaluation of teaching and learning will be a study group to discuss "Scholarship Revisited" for faculty to examine how the roles and reward system in higher education is changing.  And finally, faculty are encouraged to apply for collaborative minigrants to develop and implement interdisciplinary projects to improve student learning.  Application seminars are offered to assist faculty in designing classroom research plans to demonstrate impact on student learning.  For additional information, please contact Pearce.

Plaque unveiled in honor of Ruddell - Top  

Family and friends gathered recently at the Ruddell Gallery in the Black Hills State University Student Union to recognize Jo Marie Ruddell and witness the unveiling of a plaque in her honor at the gallery entry.

President Flickema and Student Union Director Jane Klug welcomed the Ruddell family and guests.  Ruddell daughters M’Annette, Franna and Jane spoke of their mother’s love of people and the arts. They noted “her loves and passions live on in the gallery; it is an example of what mom is all about; she had the ability to create something from each heart she touched,” the daughters said.

M’Annette read a poem she had written, “for people like mom, a to-do list for all of us.” Franna presented a small-framed quilt and a framed quote from Jo Marie:  “I was always grateful for the ‘organization quilt’ around my shoulders for the exciting pilgrimage—great journey.” Jane spoke of the meaning of the gallery to her mother and her family.

Also contributing to the program was grandson Jacob Hirsch who read a poem by Spearfish native and New York playwright Bill Russell regarding the author’s impressions of Jo Marie. Jim Thompson read from the 1967 college yearbook, portions of a 25-page work written by Ruddell titled “Concentric Are the Circles.”

Dick Ruddell, left, and President Flickema unveil a plaque during a ceremony honoring Jo Marie Ruddell and her contributions to the Black Hills State University and to the gallery in the Student Union at that bears her name.


Dick Ruddell and President Flickema unveiled the plaque, with a saying from Jo Marie, “Concentric are the circles unbroken is the line:  teachers—students learning until the end of time.”

Ruddell began her career at BHSU in 1954 as interim dean of women, then publicity director, and director of off-campus housing. She was appointed director of the Student Union in 1967, a position she held until retirement in 1980. She was responsible for establishing the art gallery in the Student Union that bears her name. She died July 25, 2000, at the age of 83.

Green and Gold Booster Club announces luncheon schedule - Top

In anticipation of the 2001-2001 season the Green and Gold Booster Club at Black Hills State University has announced their luncheon schedule.

The first luncheon is Aug. 30 at the Cedar House in Spearfish. Luncheons are held Thursdays at noon. The public is welcome to attend.

University coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming season. The BHSU football  

team kicks off their season Sept. 1 at home against Dakota Wesleyan. The volleyball team begins competition begins competition Aug. 24-25 at a Dickinson State Tournament. The cross-country season begins Sept. 8 at the S.D. Tech Invitational.

The public is welcome to attend the luncheons. For more information call 642-6385.

See schedule of Green and Gold luncheons for the year.

BHSU Golden Age Activity tickets available - Top  

Golden Age Activity tickets for senior citizens are once again available for Black Hills State 
University activities for $10.

The Golden Age Activity pass admits senior citizens to all regular athletic, theatre, music and other
eventsat the university. Community concert performances held at the university are not included 
nor are special athletic events such as tournaments or playoff games.

Tickets are available to anyone 65 years old or older from the president's office in Woodburn Hall 
room 200.

Grant opportunities announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received Aug. 16-22 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@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Department of Education.  Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program.  The Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program provides grants to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages.  Deadline is Nov. 5, 2001.