Volume XXV No. 44 • Nov. 9, 2001

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. To submit an item send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

BHSU students to participate in area labor study - Top

Black Hills State University business students will begin making phone calls Friday, Nov. 9, conducting a regional labor survey.

The university is examining the area’s workforce in partnership with Black Hills Community Economic Development, Inc., which represents business expansion interests in 14 area communities. The study will survey approximately 1,500 residents in eight South Dakota and Wyoming counties.

The survey calls will probably extend into January according to BHSU College of Business and Technology faculty members Dr. Ron DeBeaumont and Dr. Priscilla Romkema. Two graduate students and 15 undergraduates will conduct the study as part of their education and take an active role in gaining valuable local insights into labor economics.

“We’ll be ready to share survey results with the public by spring,” said Romkema. The study is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program, through a Rural Business Opportunity Grant.  

“We anticipate each phone call taking 15 minutes or so,” said the economic director Jim Doolittle. “Survey results will

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help us not only in bringing new employers to the Black Hills, but will help current businesses expand and create jobs. We greatly appreciate people taking time to answer questions.”

The confidential calls will address current work status, availability for new employment, wage history, education and skills training, willingness to commute and other issues.

In addition to numbers the survey will document the competencies of Black Hills workers according to Spearfish Economic Development Corporation president Bryan Walker.

BHSU scholarship recipients thank donors for their generosity - Top

Scholarship recipients at Black Hills State University had the opportunity to meet their scholarship donors at an appreciation dinner hosted by the university institutional advancement office this week.

Jodi Massie, a senior biology major from Belle Fourche, thanked the donors for their generosity which allows students, who may not have otherwise been able to attend college, an opportunity to earn a degree. Massie reminded the contributors that scholarships provide for more than classes and books; scholarships provide for a lifetime of experiences.

Massie highlighted her experiences as a part of an international conservation research project with BHSU professor Dr. Brian Smith to help save the world’s rarest snake. Through the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project, Massie worked with international researchers, co-authored a scientific report and presented at a research symposium. She has also learned to write grants and has received grants to further this research.

“None of this would have happened without the donors. It’s because of the generosity of these individuals that students can live life to the fullest and enjoy all the benefits that Black Hills State has to offer,” Massie said.

According to Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement at BHSU, this event was a way to honor BHSU’s most generous supporters and to celebrate a great year in fundraising. “The generosity of our supporters symbolizes the depth of their commitment to BHSU and we just wanted to thank them for all they do,” Meeker said.

BHSU Foundation president Roger Tellinghuisen welcomed the donors and recipients. BHSU president Dr. Thomas Flickema commended the guests for their part in the success of the university’s mission. BHSU students Andrea Fischer, soprano and Adam Lawson, pianist, provided entertainment.
Tom Vucurevich congratulates Black Hills State University student and scholarship recipient Jocelyn Schwengler at an appreciation dinner hosted by the university institutional advancement office. Schwengler, a senior education major from Rapid City, is one of 29 students attending BHSU with a John T. Vucurevich Scholarship. The scholarship endowment has grown to more than $653,000 since its inception in 1993 due to the generosity of the Vucurevich family. Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director at BHSU, said, “This generosity perpetuates his belief in helping others and at the same time helping the community by providing a educated citizenry.”

Spirit of Excellence at Work Award

The Spirit of Excellence at Work award is being presented to Connie Pollard for having that special touch that students appreciate so much and for giving extra time for our students.  

This award recipient is chosen by a group which meets regularly to discuss ways to improve the campus working environment. This group feels that when they “catch” someone doing their job well, that performance should be recognized and encourages everyone to keep up the good work so they can “catch” you at it.

Malcolm Chapman to present seminar at Black Hills State University - Top

Malcolm Chapman, of the Chapman group, will be presenting “Off the Hook Customer Service,” Nov. 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Black Hills State University.  The seminar is sponsored by the center for business and entrepreneurship and students in free enterprise at BHSU.

Chapman has worked with banking, accounting, casino, restaurant, hotel and insurance organizations in training personnel.  In 1996, he started the Chapman group, which specializes in tailored training programs and individual coaching in sales, customer service and leadership in the workplace.  He offers consulting and coursework based on a model he designed, known as “Harvesting the Company Mind.”

The seminar will include five points: what does service mean to your people, three laws of excellent service delivery, the role of leadership: create a culture of customer service, the role of the front line: create and serve customers, and the sales-service link.

To register, call Priscilla Romkema at 642-6091 or e-mail priscillaromkema@bhsu.edu.  Mail the $5 registration fee by Nov. 12 to: Center for Business and Entrepreneurship, BHSU, 1200 University, Unit 9006, Spearfish, S.D., 57799.  Make checks payable to the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.

Registration for Black Hills State University begins Nov. 14 - Top

Registration for the 2002 spring semester begins Nov. 14 at Black Hills State University. 

Seniors and graduate students with at least 96 credit hours may begin registering Nov. 14.  Juniors with 64 to 95 credit hours can register on Nov. 15.  Sophomores with 32 to 63 credit hours can register on Nov. 19 and freshmen with less than 31 hours can register beginning Nov. 20.

BHSU has three ways to register.  A student can use telephone registration, computer registration through a WebAdvisor at the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room, or WebAdvisor through a personal computer.

To register by telephone call 642-6319.  Enter college I.D. number, pin number and follow the directions given over the phone.

For WebAdvisor registration at the Student Union, enrollment center personnel will be available to assist students with WebAdvisor registration. Student Union registration hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WebAdvisor registration from a personal computer can be completed by going to the BHSU website (www.bhsu.edu) and clicking on WebAdvisor.  Students will need their WebAdvisor I.D. and pin number.  For directions on WebAdvisor registration go to this website

Web and telephone registration will be closed Monday through Saturday from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. and Thursdays 4:30-9:30 p.m., for maintenance. 

For additional information contact the enrollment center office at 642-6343.

Buzz the Blimp makes his debut at home opener BB games this weekend at the Young Center - Top

The Black Hills State men’s and women’s basketball teams won’t be the only ones flying high this season as Buzz the Blimp, a remote controlled yellow and black helium filled balloon, will be circling high overhead at Yellow Jacket home basketball games.

Buzz, a 12-foot urethane coated nylon blimp, will circle the gym sporting advertising and dropping coupons for free gifts from sponsors. He is battery powered by twin-drive motors and has a multi-directional tail motor. Buzz has the ability to hover over one location while turning 360 degrees.

Flight plans will be in the capable hands of captain Don Altmyer and his trusted backup lieutenant Mike Jastorff. The two have been seen in the gym recently practicing complex aerial maneuvers with remote control in hand.

Information regarding Buzz and advertising opportunities are available by contacting Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director, at 642-6228.

Chiesman grant supports democracy in the 60s and 70s art program at BHSU - Top

The Chiesman Foundation funded a $7,700 grant for a five-week program at Black Hills State titled “Rights & Riots—Wars and Watergate—American Democracy in the 1960s and 1970s.”

James Knutson, professor of art at BHSU, authored the grant request for the program that will run Feb. 4 through March 8, 2002. The program will include art displays, speakers, and films.

“In view of the tremendous interest in World War II and the recent events of Sept. 11, 2001, a number of faculty at Black Hills State became interested in looking at another period of time when America also experienced an era of instability, the 60s and 70s,” said the BH art professor. “These events included racial relations, … race riots, … occupation of Wounded Knee, … the Nixon presidency and Watergate, … the revolt of generations, … role of the Vietnam 

War, …  and the free world against Communism. … These splits continue to resurface at times in the present and provide a point of reference when looking at what stabilizes or destabilizes American democracy.”

The intent of the art program is to show a multi-sided, multi-media, multi-person collage of the events of that time in U.S. history. Events planned during the program include, informal discussions, visiting lectures, panel discussions, films pertinent to the 60s and 70s, photo reproductions of work by Vietnam combat artists, and two computers with links to historical events during this period.

Information on the program or the Ruddell Gallery display is available by contacting James Knutson at (605) 642-6104 or by email at jamesknuston@bhsu.edu.

Local business owners go “back to school” - Top

By Cory Pethick, media relations student intern

Five area business owners are “going back to school,” with a class offered at Black Hills State University this semester.  “Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Experience,” is a cooperative program between BHSU and small business owners in which business students work with the owners to improve their businesses. 

The class is taught by Verona Beguin, assistant professor of business education, and is in its second year at BHSU.  Originally developed in Pendleton, Ore., the course was brought here by Beguin after she wrote a grant to get the program started.

This semester there are 24 students in the class and they work in groups of four or five per business.  The students work with business owners doing various tasks.  Alternatives and recommendations to business problems are discussed, confidential written and oral reports are prepared for each business owner, and an in-depth analysis of the current business situation of each business is performed.

“We are highly involved in what we are studying, but it is more practical and hands-on,” commented class member Nicole Isaac.

Dave McDowall, of Remax in the Hills, one of the businesses represented, explains what he considers most beneficial about the class. “It is a shot at having new eyes and energy look at our businesses and a shot for students to apply their knowledge to the real world.”   

Besides Remax in the Hills, the other businesses involved in the course are: Office Emporium, Belle Fourche; Queens Wash and Dry, Spearfish; Maddisons Styling and Maddisons II, Spearfish; and

“Enhancing the Entrepreneurial Experience” is a class offered at BHSU this semester in which five area business owners are involved. The five owners are left to right, Cory Hanson, Downtown Gym;  Sylvia Follum,  Queens Wash and Dry; Jana Selk, Maddison’s Styling and Maddisons II; Dave McDowall, Remax in the Hills; and Mary Riley, Office Emporium.

the Downtown Gym, Spearfish.  These businesses with their respective owners all agree that the student’s enthusiasm to assist them with their businesses is a helpful tool and they learn as much as the students do in the class.

McDowall also thinks the class is an excellent opportunity for students to meet up with business people in their prospective fields, ”It is an opportunity for students to visit with someone who can be a mentor.”

For more information about the class or information on how to become involved with this course, contact Verona Beguin at 642-6398. 

$1000 grant from Wal-mart supports literacy in schools - Top

Janet Lillehaug, center, with the Center for the Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University, accepts a $1,000 check from Tom Jones, Wal-Mart store manager, and Doug Sanders, left, manager trainee, to support literacy in the schools. Spearfish third-grade teachers Sue Hall-Martin and Sandy Nichols, right, are actively involved in the literacy program. The money will be used to locate and purchase books to supplement the inquiry-based science materials available for teachers to check out at CAMSE. Teachers from the Spearfish, Meade County, Lead-Deadwood and Belle Fourche school districts will be involved in the selection of the science books.

Lynette Daum senior recital is Monday - Top

Lynette Daum, a senior vocal music major at Black Hills State University, will present a senior piano recital Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. 

The concert is open to the public at no charge. Lynette will perform several works that include compositions by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, and Gershwin. Daum, a student of Dr. Janeen Larsen, recently was named second-place winner at the South Dakota Music teachers Association collegiate piano auditions. 

She has received several music scholarship awards, including one from the Black Hills Area Music Teachers Association. She is a singer and clarinetist as well as a pianist, and is member of the concert band, concert choir, jazz ensemble, and the BHSU Singers. 

The BH senior is active as an accompanist as well. After graduation, Daum will be certified to teach music in K-12 public schools. She is the daughter of John and Kathy Daum of Newcastle, Wyo.

Spearfish Optimist Club awards two $500 scholarship to BHSU students - Top

The Spearfish Optimist Club recently awarded two $500 scholarships to Black Hills State University students Amanda Schlepp and Levi Humbracht.

Schlepp is an elementary education major and was active in junior league basketball games as a referee, and worked several basketball camps. She also served as a mentor in the school system. She is a member of the BH women’s basketball team.

Humbracht was a high school soccer player, member of the outdoor club, member of a church youth program and was recognized as student of the month.

Outgoing Optimist Club president Don Altmyer proposed the new scholarship program to the club this fall in order to strengthen the organization’s commitment to the university. Presently, the organization awards a $500 grant to the university’s Green and Gold Club.

According to Altmyer the new scholarships are awarded to a male and female graduate of Spearfish High School who attend BHSU. The scholarship awards are based upon need and participation in youth activities in Spearfish.

The Optimist Club plans to make the scholarship award available again next year.

BHSU music students participate in state collegiate piano competition - Top

Black Hills State University music students Jennifer Bailey, seated, Lead, and Lynette Daum, Newcastle, Wyo., recently participated in the South Dakota Music Teachers Association collegiate piano auditions at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. The students were required to perform a minimum of 20 minutes of memorized piano literature for a judge. Piano students from each of the state’s six universities were eligible to compete. Daum was named a second-place winner. Both pianists are students of Dr. Janeen Larsen, chairperson of fine and applied arts at BHSU.

Science Club introduces Spearfish fourth graders to science principles - Top

Spearfish fourth graders were focused on science this past week as members of the Black Hills State University Scientia Club visited East Elementary to conduct a workshop introducing the sciences to the eager youngsters. Four stations featuring physics, anatomy, chemistry and geology experiments were available to student inquiry. BH student Ken Michael had the fourth graders attention as he explained physics phenomena such as frictional force, angular momentum, conductance, magnetic fields, and light diffraction to the group. Dr. Dan Durben, assistant professor of chemistry at BHSU, and student Lennard Hopper, Scientia Club president, coordinated the event.

VFW auxiliary donates to BHSU food pantry - Top

As part of National VFW Make a Difference Day, the Spearfish VFW Auxiliary donated food items to the BHSU food pantry this fall. Presenting items to Jean Helmer, center, United Ministries director, and student staff members Heather Lien, left, and Sara Olson, right, were Dorothy Pawlowski, far left, VFW junior vice president and Colleen Abernathy, VFW president, far right. The local auxiliary strives to make a difference in another person’s life and they chose to make a difference on the BHSU campus. The group also hopes to promote positive relationships between the student population and the local community.

Instructional improvement grants available - 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. 

Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three years.  In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year.  

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.  Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, 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

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 application deadline is Nov. 16. 

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. 

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Nov. 1-7 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.  The National Science Foundation is seeking proposals under the cross-directorate Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) program, which support faculty members at predominantly non-research institutions.  Awards will support three major activities:  faculty research projects, the purchase of shared research instrumentation; and research as visiting scientists with NSF investigators at other institutions.  Deadlines vary by NSF directorate.  For information, consult the RUI web site, www.ehr.nsf.gov/crssprgm/rui/start.shtm.

This week at Black Hills State University

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Advising week ends

Last day to drop a class with an automatic "W"

Women’s basketball vs. Mount Marty, Young Center, 6 p.m.

Men’s basketball vs. Mount Marty, Young Center, 8 p.m.


Graduate Record Examination, Jonas 3rd floor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Green & Gold Tip Off Party, Stadium Sports Grill, 4-5:15 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Young Center, 6 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Young Center, 8 p.m.


Nov. 12

Veterans Day, no classes

Senior piano recital, Woodburn, 7 p.m.


Guest Lecturer, “Music Entrepreneurship, Cook Hall 303, 3:30 p.m.

Regent Rising Junior make-up examination, Jonas Hall 305, 6 p.m.


Senior pre-registration begins

Free flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.




Junior pre-registration begins

Free flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Green and Gold luncheon, Cedar House Restaurant, noon

Presentation "Off the Hook," 1-4 p.m.

Comedian, Woodburn  Auditorium, 7 p.m


Free flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Swim Meet, Young Center

Pre-Professional Skills Testing, Jonas 3rd floor, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Preview Day for prospective students, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.