Volume XXV No. 4 • Jan. 26, 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.

$58,000 NSF grant funds chemistry technology - Top  

A $58,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant with supplemental university funding will support more than $116,000 in new science equipment and instruction for the Black Hills State chemistry department.

Two pieces of equipment will be purchased with the grant money, according to Dr. Mike Zehfus, assistant professor of chemistry. The money will be used to upgrade existing equipment to a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer (NMR) using an Anasazi EFT-NMR conversion package. They will also purchase a new Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR).

  “These two machines are key instruments for the chemistry department that we didn’t have,” said Zehfus. “They complete our suite of instruments and now we’re competitive with any up-to-date chemistry department.”

The BH chemistry professor plans to utilize the equipment in his survey and general chemistry classes as well as in his upper-level biochemistry course. His objective is to introduce cutting-edge technology where it will touch as many students as possible.

“There are several reasons for doing this,” said Zehfus, “first, using instruments in an introductory lab gives students a better appreciation for the way modern chemical analysis is performed in the real world. Second, using instruments emphasizes to students that chemistry can also be a ‘high tech’ discipline. Finally, using instruments allows the students to do powerful, modern experiments with relative ease. …”

What excites the chemistry professor about chemistry technology is that it will be available to the general non-chemistry major as well as to the advanced chemistry student. He is currently developing a series of experiments for his classes that will utilize the new technology.

Meeting for prospective student teachers - Top  

Students planning to student teach during the summer/fall of 2001 must attend one of the following registration/orientation meetings:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in Jonas 102
  • Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 107
  • Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 a.m. in Jonas 102

Potential student teachers should check their BHSU catalog to make sure they meet all requirements.

Human services non-profit job fair a success - Top  

Bob Stanelle, student development director, felt the university’s first non-profit job fair held last Thursday was a success.

Some 25 organizations were represented at the fair with 48 organizational representatives. Attendance including BH students and staff totaled 161 participants.

Students had an opportunity to visit numerous displays such as those pictured talking to representatives from the Children’s Home Society and St. Joseph’s Children’s Home.

The student development director believes this type of fair is unique in that it focuses on people who essentially work in the social science areas. 

Employers from this genre are looking for people interested in full-time work, part-time work, internships and volunteering.

 This represents a wide variety of opportunities for job seekers and at the same time lets employers gage interest in their particular organization.

Information about future job fairs or about career services at BHSU is available by phone at (605) 642-6277 or visit their web site at: < www.bhsu.edu/careers>.

Instructional Improvement Committee funds - Top  

The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU. Any full time faculty member, full time adjunct faculty or other full time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. 

Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or

workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the third Tuesday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.  The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, W218, or to the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available at the grants and special projects web page.

Teaching with technology showcased in Pierre - Top  

Ten Black Hills State teaching with technology award winners were in Pierre this week to present their tech programs to the governor and state legislators.

Governor William Janklow visited with Ronnie Theisz, right, Riley Chrisman and Cheryl Anagnopolous last Tuesday regarding their teaching with technology programs at a presentation at the state Capitol

The BH contingency joined with others from the state’s six regental universities to set up displays in the Capitol hallways and around the rotunda for preview by state government officials during a legislative session. Governor Janklow took time from his schedule to visit with faculty about their presentations.

The governor announced the teaching with technology program in 1998. The program was designed to support faculty members with grants that provide summer compensation and funds for equipment, software, and training. The recipients were to redesign course work and teach students to use the new technology.

Presenting from BHSU and their award winning programs were Dr. Cheryl Anagnopolous, Psychology of Adolescence; Dr. Steve Anderson, Hydrologoy/Enviromental Geology; Dr. Peggy Buckwalter, Intermediate Spanish 1 and 2; Dr. Riley Chrisman, Historiography; Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, Public Relations; Dr. Richard Gayle, Introduction to Probability and Statistics; Dr. Vincent King, Survey of American Literature; Colleen Kirby, Library and Society; Dr. Lidan Lin, Teaching English as a Second Language; Dr. David Salomon, Seminar: Writing and Technology/Hamlet in Hyperspace; and Dr. Ronnie Theisz, World Literature 1 and 2.Since the teaching with technology program was initiated more than 120 faculty have received awards.

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  web page.

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,  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.

Alumni Mile Scholarship given to Rob Marney - Top  

Rob Marney, an All-American cross-country runner at Black Hills State, was selected as the first recipient of the Alumni Mile Scholarship. The scholarship award was presented at the BHSU winter invitational indoor track meet by Myles Kennedy, left, president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation and the Green and Gold Club, Jim Glazer, president of the Alumni Mile organization and member of the Class of ’82, and Dave Little, BHSU athletic director. 

Marney led the BH cross-country team to a second-place finish at the national meet in Kenosha, Wisc., this fall by finishing ninth to lead the Yellow Jacket runners. This was the highest finish ever for a Jacket cross- country team. 

The alumni mile scholarship endowment was started in 1998 in support of both the men’s and women’s teams. Each year participants of the alumni mile race contribute to the fund. The scholarship endowment totaled $8,275 following this year’s race. Stadium Sports Grill also contributes to the fund and hosts a social gathering for the athletes following the race.

NAIA banners presented to cross country team - Top  

The Yellow Jacket men’s and women’s cross country teams were recognized and honored last weekend during half-time ceremonies at Saturday’s men’s basketball game and presented two large NAIA wall banners. The banners display the men’s runners-up award and both teams’ combined point national title at the 2000 NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Kenosha, Wisc., last November.

Three Yellow Jacket runners earned All-American honors:  Rob Marney, a junior from Torrington, Wyo., finished ninth and sophomore Mike McDaniel, Faith, placed 13th in the men’s race. Senior Monica Headlee, a native of Kadoka, crossed in 30th place in the women’s run. 

The men’s team finished second to Life University of Georgia and the BH women finished 16th, the highest finish ever at a national meet for both teams.

Coach Scott Walkinshaw was the write-in winner as Men’s National Coach of the Year following the meet.


Study abroad options open to BH students - Top  

Black Hills State University now offers a program of study in which students travel to Granada, Spain, where they will take a proficiency exam and then be placed into a six-week Spanish language course at Centro Granadi’ de Espanol.

There are ten courses in which students may be placed after taking the proficiency test, ranging from beginning Spanish language courses to the more advanced classes such as ‘Spanish for Business and Industry’. For additional cost, students may take dance (Salsa, Flamenco) and classical Spanish guitar.

Dr. Peggy Buckwalter, Spanish assistant professor at BHSU, established the program, after she received grant money from the BHSU Instructional Improvement Committee last summer to observe classes and visit with the instructor at the institute in Granada. Buckwalter said, “we discussed and agreed upon the components of the program and the costs, and upon return an agreement was drafted.”

The institute had been recommended to her by the director of study abroad at the University of Illinois, students of which will also be attending the same courses with Black Hills State and European students.

“At this point,” said Buckwalter, “approximately five students have expressed serious interest in attending. They will attend intensive language classes for six weeks and will also have available courses on the culture of Islam, culture of Spain, and art history. They will live either with Spanish families or in apartments with Spanish-speaking students.”

The cost of the course is $1,500 if the student chooses to stay with a host family, which includes two meals per day, or $1,300 if the student chooses the apartment share option with five or six other students (student does not choose his/her own roommates).

Included in the cost for the course are two excursions. One is a guided tour of the Alhambra and the other is a weekend trip to the Alpujarra region and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The price also includes six BHSU credits, course fees, books, and living accommodations. It does not include travel from South Dakota to Granada, Spain. The non-refundable application fee of $50, and the application, are due at the BHSU Business Office no later than March 15, 2001.

For more information contact Peggy Buckwalter at 642-6195, or check the Black Hills State University web site at studyabroad.htm

University NCA Self Study Committee minutes - Top  

Minutes of University NCA Self Study Committee Tuesday January 23 at 3PM in Woodburn Conference Room 1

Present: Earley, Downing, Wessel, Haislett, Silva, Card, J. Johnson

Absent: Cook, Heidrich, Godsell, Keller, K. Johnson, Lin, Schamber, Lefler

The chair reported that the Basic Institutional Data Forms were done except for athletics.  There was some discussion and all agreed that the chair should make a copy for each member ASAP.

The committee discussed the Criterion I report.  Changes were made and there was a discussion of various parts of the chapter.  Committee agreed that further editorial changes may be needed as the additional chapters are added.

Wessel reported that his taskforce was working on Criterion 2.  While there was difficulty in finding a meeting time, the taskforce should have its report ready in February.

Silva and Card reported that each member of the Criterion 3 taskforce was working on his/her section and they would meet to put the report together soon.

The report on Criterion 4 would come after the Strategic Planning Committee had finished its budget presentation and also the first criteria taskforces were done.

Haislett reported the report on Criterion 5 was being written. 

Earley reported that he was writing the response to the concerns of the 1992 visit and hoped to have the report ready for the next meeting.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday Jan. 30th at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.


University Assessment Committee minutes - Top

Minutes of University Assessment Committee- Wednesday Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1

Present; Earley, Termes, Altmyer, Sharon Hemmingson, Calhoon

Absent: Cook, J. Miler, K. Meyers, D. Myer, Angelia Johnston

The chair reported that he had received 18 reports and about six were being completed.  Since this is a total of 24, the committee agreed to review eight at a time and cover the totality in three meetings.  

Each person was then assigned to read the reports and make comments to the committee.

The committee agreed to hear a report from Mr. Dar on technological literacy during the semester, a report from VP Haislett on the overall environment, and the annual overall assessment report.

The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. in Woodburn conference Room 1.


Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received January 18-January 24, 2001 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.

  •   U. S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.  Technology Opportunities Program (TOP).  Each TOP project should yield new insights into how best to use network technology and offer opportunities to learn what works well and what doesn’t.  Awards range from $200,000-$900,000.  Deadline March 22.

  • National Science Foundation.  Developmental and Learning Sciences: A Multidisciplinary Competition will support studies that increase our understanding of cognitive, linguistic, social, cultural, and biological processes related to children’s and adolescents’ learning in formal and informal settings.  Approximately $5 million in funding is available.  Deadline July 15.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Announcing the availability of a guidebook that describes the policies and procedures of the Broad Agency Announcement used by NASA known as the NASA Research Announcement.
  •  Education.  The Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs purpose is to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in college.  Approximately $35,000,000 for Partnership grants and $23,000,000 for state grants.  Deadline March 30.
  • U. S. Department of Education.  Improvement of Postsecondary Education: Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships Program will provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to enhance the delivery, quality, and accountability of postsecondary education and career-oriented lifelong learning through asynchronous distance education.  Award range is $100,000-$500,000.  Preapplications due March 15; invited applications due June 15.

This week at BHSU- Top  

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Preview Day: high school students visit campus today

CSA Winter Social, Young Center Hall of Fame room, 4:30 p.m.

Women’s basketball
vs. Mayville State University, 6 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Mayville State University, 8 p.m.

Preview Day: high school students on campus today

Reading Enhancement, Cook 119



Green & Gold pre-game tip-off, Stadium Sports Grill, 4-5:15 p.m.   

Women’s basketball vs. Valley City State University, 6 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Valley City State University, 8 p.m.



Organizing the “Systematic” Job Search, Career Center, 3-4 p.m.




SSS Scholarship Essay Contest Deadline

Writing Your Winning Resume

Green & Gold Luncheon, Millstone, noon


at S.D.
Tech, 8 p.m.


at S.D.
Tech, 8 p.m.



Feb. 2

Ground-Hog Day


Feb. 3