Volume XXV No. 38 • Sept. 28, 2001

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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.

Career festival gives students an opportunity to meet potential employers - Top

The Black Hills State University Career Center will host Bill & Jane’s Annual Buffalo Roundup & Fall Career Fair Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 2 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The career fair will offer students the opportunity to meet with potential employers early in the recruiting season.  Bob Stanelle, director of the Student Development and Career Center, urges students to be looking for jobs and internships early, “With fewer 

jobs than ever available, it is absolutely critical that you get started now.”

Representation from a variety of companies throughout business and industry will be present.  For more information about the fair, or to see a list of the companies registered, see www.bhsu.edu/careers, inquire at the career center in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union or call the career center at 642-6238.

Web class will be offered for faculty and staff - Top

Faculty and staff will be able to enhance their web skills by enrolling in an eight-week class: CIS 287-1 Special Topics: Web Page Design and Maintenance.

The class will be held Oct. 31 through Dec.19 and be offered at no cost as a training opportunity for current faculty and staff members. The course carries one semester hour of academic credit and will meet Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in Jonas 

209. Instructors are Dr. Dorothy Fuller and Chantana Taweesup. The class is limited to 35 students. Interested faculty and staff members will be accepted on a first-come basis. Applications are available in the College of Business and Technology office, Jonas 208.

Response for this class has been positive. There are still openings for faculty and staff who wish to learn web-page skills. 

Open forum will discuss social science perspectives of the Sept. 11 attack - Top

The Sociology and Human Services Club invites you to an open forum titled "Sept. 11, 2001 and its Aftermath: Some Social Science Perspectives." The forum is Wednesday, Oct. 3 from 3-4 p.m. in Jonas 107.

Three faculty members will do panel presentations followed by an open question and answer session. 

Members of the panel are Dr. Dan Peterson who will present The Sociological Perspective; Dr. Richard Carter, The

Peterson Carter Martinez

Anthropological Perspective and Dr. Tim Martinez, The Political Science Perspective. 

Business ethics presentation will be held - Top

Professor Marianne Jennings, Arizona State University College of Business legal studies, will present "Ethics: The Inexpensive Way to Control Risk" Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9:30 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Spearfish. 

The cost for this presentation is $10 for BHSU administrators, faculty staff and students with a BHSU identification card. 

Jennings teaches graduate courses in the MBA program in business ethics and the legal environment of business at ASU. She was formerly the director of the Joan and David Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics and now serves as a consultant to law firms and business and professional groups. She has had 130 articles published in academic, professional and trade journals, writes a weekly syndicated column and is the author of several books. 

Disc golfers donate to Relay for Life - Top

Fifty-one disc golfers participated in the Fifth Annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament and first Optimist’s Fall Fling Disc Golf Tournament.

On Sept. 21, 38 disc golfers participated in the Fifth Annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament.  The top players receiving prizes in the BHSU student division (26 players) are as follows: (Note that par for the 19 hole course is a score of 57) first place - Ryan Remmington, Spearfish, Sr., 48; second place - Jeff Williamson, Hill City, Sr., 50; third place - Travis Rubbelke, Watertown, So., 51; fourth place - Lee Terveen, Spearfish, Sr., 51; fifth place - Chris Swiden, Sioux Falls, Jr., 53; sixth place - Dave Urban, Watertown, So., 54; seventh place - Dan Miller, Parker, So., 55; eighth place - Matt Banton, Spearfish, Sr., 55; ninth place - Shane Hollingsworth, Pierre, Fr., 55; tenth place - Jared Willson, Rapid City, Jr., 55; Clint Miller, Gillette, Wyo., Sr., 55.

Community division winners were as follows: Lee Terveen, Spearfish, 47; Josh Krueger, Spearfish, 47; Don Altmyer, Spearfish, 48; David Suzuki, Spearfish, 49; Jack Hall, Spearfish, 50. There were 12 competitors in this division.

On Sept. 22, 13 disc golfers participated in the first Spearfish Optimist Club Fall Fling.  Over $700 was raised and donated to the Spearfish Relay for Life.   The top players in each of the two divisions are as follows: (Note: Par for the 2  rounds played was a score of 114.  Round 1 was played to the short A baskets and round 2 was played to the more difficult B basket positions):  

Relay for Life picked up more than $720 recently from the Spearfish Optimist Club and the Black Hills State Disc Golf organization. Don Altmyer presented the check to Cheryl Leahy, entertainment chairperson for the Spearfish Relay for Life charity. The Optimist Club matched proceeds from the club’s Fall Fling Disc Golf Tournament and the fifth annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament.

Advanced Division: Scott Ceasar, Rapid City, 104; Don Altmyer, Spearfish, 108; Brad Bentson, Rapid City, 118; Lane Prang, Rapid City, 118.

Novice Division: David Suzuki, Spearfish, 116; Lyn Waldie, Rapid City, 122; Coda Hatfield, Rapid City, 125.

Mike Birch won the “long drive” prize by driving all the way from Alliance, Neb., to play in the tournament. 

Prizes for the tournaments were provided by the Swarm Days Committee, the BHSU Bookstore, Discraft Pro Golf Discs and the Disc Golf World News.

Encourage students to use Savoy email accounts - Top

BHSU administrators have designated Savoy the official email account for students.  

Faculty and staff are encouraged to use this account to distribute BHSU information, including announcements, cancellations, campus news, and any other updates.  Students should check Savoy accounts daily. 

Faculty should encourage students to begin using the Savoy accounts for classroom purposes as well.  If students have another email account that they would prefer to use, then they should have their Savoy mail forwarded to that account.  All BHSU Savoy account addresses consist of name@savoy.bhsu.edu.  Increasing the use of these accounts will enhance communications across campus.

Theatre schedule at Black Hills State announced  - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will open the season Oct. 25, 26 and 27 with “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”  The play will be presented at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Auditorium on the BHSU campus.  Tickets will be available the week of the play by calling the box office at 642-6171.

Other plays scheduled for the season include: “Sylvia,” Dec. 6, 7 and 8, “Camelot,” Feb. 28, March 1, 2 and 3, and “The Taming of the Shrew,” April 25, 26 and 27.

The first play, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” takes place in Atlanta, Ga., in December of 1939.  Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.  In this play, the Freitag family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations to go along the way.  Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.

“Sylvia,” is about a couple that adopts a dog that Greg, the husband, found in the park.  Sylvia soon becomes a bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate.  The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

“Camelot,” is the musical adaptation of King Arthur and the round table; his Queen, Guinevere and Lancelot, the knight who stole the Queen’s heart.  Lancelot and Guinevere escape to France to avoid the wrath of the King, but are ultimately forgiven by the King.  Arthur’s dreams of love and the new principles of the round table have been shattered, leaving the King sad and disillusioned.

“The Taming of the Shrew,” is one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies.  This play describes the volatile courtship between the shrewish Katharina and the canny Petruchio, who is determined to subdue Katharina’s legendary temper and win her dowry.     

Student teachers should attend registration meeting - Top

Black Hills State University students who are planning to student teach during the spring 2002 semester must attend a registration and orientation meeting next week.

The meetings will be held Monday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 202, Tuesday Oct. 2 at 

3:30 p.m. Jonas 304 and Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 a.m. in the Student Union room 221.

Potential student teachers should check the BHSU catalog to be sure they meet all requirements. For more information call 642-6642.

Storsve to show color photograph at Ruddell Gallery - Top  

A show of 20 large color photographs depicting coastal rock formations opens Oct. 3 at Black Hills State University’s Ruddell gallery.

The show is titled ”The Souls of Sea Wrought Stones,” and represents the distillation of five years of work by photographer Harold Storsve.

“We are extremely pleased at the return of Mr. Storsve to the Ruddell Gallery,” said BHSU Professor James Knutson, gallery coordinator.  “He was last shown here in the 1976 BHSU Photography Invitational.”

Storsve, who is an alumnus of BHSU and a native of Lead, will be present for an opening reception at the gallery Friday, Oct. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  He currently resides in Oakland, Calif.

According to Storsve, the subjects of his photography are rocks that show mineralogical effects called “tafoni.”  Tafoni, which means “cave-like” in Italian, is the result of a process in which sea-spray

penetrates coastal sandstone and leaches heavy metals to the surface where they harden.  Subsequent erosion of the softer sandstone leaves these hard metallic ridges from the surface, sometimes in intricate filigreed patterns with unusual colorations.

“In the photographs I isolate the patterns formed by the eroded rock and the residual heavy metal so they become almost completely self-referent, much like abstract paintings,” says Storsve.  “They emphasize the stunning carving and coloring action of the sea that seems to reveal a soulful interior life unexpected in naked stone. Thus, the show’s title.”

Storsve is both a painter and a photographer and has been represented in ten shows in various parts of the western United States, most recently in Santa Fe, N.M., and Oakland, Calif.

Following the show at the Ruddell Gallery, the Salt Point photographs will travel to San Francisco where, in early December, they can be viewed at the Freedom Archives. 

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 2002. Apply now. The next deadline for proposals is Oct. 12. 

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, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

Check now for skin cancer - Top

The Melanoma Education Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of saving lives from this common and tragic disease, is emphasizing the importance of monthly self-examination of the skin to detect melanoma while it is thin and curable. This is especially import for teens and young adults, who are often unaware of melanoma and their vulnerability to it.

The Foundation is attempting educate parents who, by acting now, can prevent the tragedy of melanoma from affecting their children as adults. The Foundation was established by the family of Daniel N. Fine of Peabody, Mass., who lost his life to melanoma in October, 1998 at the age of 26.

A web site - http://www.skincheck.org - focuses on early detection of melanoma by self-examination of the skin to detect the disease while it is thin and curable.

There is a fatal gap in melanoma education. In a 1996 survey, the Centers for Disease Control found that 74 percent of individuals in the 18-24 year age group had little or no knowledge of melanoma.

Among the 25-29 year age group, melanoma is the most prevalent cancer. The incidence is increasing by nearly 4% every year, faster than any other cancer. Over 51,000 new cases are expected in the U.S. this year. An average of one of every 71 Americans will develop melanoma during their lives and it will strike a serious number while they are young. It occurs regardless of physical condition, health, complexion, and family history.

Melanoma is the easiest of all cancers to spot at the earliest stages by simple self-examination, when it is almost guaranteed curable by painless removal in a dermatologist's office. Waiting allows it to invade internally, transforming it to one of the most malignant and incurable of all cancers.

“Our son would likely be alive today if he had received this kind of information about a disease which is much more common and serious than most people realize,” said Stephen and Gail Fine.


Minutes of the University Assessment Committee - Top

Minutes of University Assessment Committee meeting Wednesday Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.

Present:  Earley, Myers, Altmyer. Absent:  Cook, Haislett, J. Miller, K. Meyers, Calhoon, Schamber, Sharon Hemmingson. Visitor: Pearce.

Discussed and amended the operational guidelines for the year. Added the position of faculty development coordinator to the committee.

Chair said he would send a list of annual reports to the committee with the following deadlines:

  • Oct. 15 - 1/2 of arts and sciences

  • Nov. 15 - 1/2 of arts and sciences

  • Dec. 15 - business and technology

  • Jan. 15 - education

Pearce reported that this was the last year of the Bush grant.  This year would be dedicated to learning how to evaluate teaching and learning.  The Faculty Development group would be using Huba's book and Scholarship Revisited as the backbone of their efforts.  Faculty Development had $180,000 available for faculty and administration to attend mini-grants and workshops related to the teaching and learning theme.  The Collaboration Conference brochure had been handed out to faculty and administrators.  The conference is to be held on Nov 16th and 17th.  If possible, faculty can fly on the 15th and return on the 17th.  Anyone interested should contact Pearce by Oct 1.

Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 10 at 3pm in Woodburn Conference room 1.

Grant opportunities announced - Top  

Below are the program materials received Sept.13-26 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.

  • National Science Foundation.  Collaborative Research in Chemistry.  Letters of intent due November 16; proposals due Dec.17.
  • U. S. Department of Education.  Business and International Education Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to enhance international business education programs and to expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities.  Nov. 5, 2001.
  • U. S. Department of Education.  International Research and Studies Program provides grants to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields.  Nov. 5, 2001.

This week at Black Hills State University

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MBTI: personality & learning styles session, Cook 119, 12-1:30 p.m.

Oct. 1

Student teacher meeting, Jonas 202, 7 p.m .

MBTI: personality & learning styles session, Cook 119, 2-3:30 p.m.

Career Festival, Student Union Jacket Legacy Room, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Volleyball vs. S.D. Tech, Young Center, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2

Student teacher meeting, Jonas 304, 3:30 p.m.

MBTI: personality & careers session, Student Union, 5-6:30 p.m.  

Volleyball vs. S.D. Tech, Young Center, 7 p.m.

Oct. 3

Student teacher meeting, Student Union room 221, 7 a.m .


"Ethics: The Inexpensive Way to Control Risk"  Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Spearfish, 9:30 a.m.

Green and Gold luncheon, Cedar House Restaurant, noon


Opening reception Steve Storsve art show, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Ruddell Gallery 

Volleyball vs. Mayville State, Young Center, 7 p.m.


Law School Admissions Testing, Jonas, 3rd floor, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Valley City State, 11 a.m., Young Center

Football game vs. Dickinson State, Parents Day, 1:30 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium