Volume XXVI  No. 12 • March 22, 2002

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.

Siewert presents paper at international conference - Top

Dr. Daluss Siewert, assistant professor of mathematics, presented a paper recently at the 33rd Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Siewert’s paper titled “Upset Tournaments with Equal Biclique Cover and Partition Numbers” is an extension of work done on upset tournaments by Bryan Shader of the University of Wyoming.  Upset tournaments are a special type of graph introduced by Richard Brualdi of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Li Qiao of China University of Science and Technology.  In this paper, Siewert gives a characterization of upset tournaments with equal biclique cover and partition numbers.  In addition, the paper shows

that the number of nonisomorphic upset tournaments with equal biclique cover and partition numbers can be given in terms of convolutions of the Fibonacci sequence.

The covering of graphs with bicliques or partitioning them into bicliques has applications in many areas of science and mathematics, including biology, automata and language theories, and artificial intelligence.

Papers presented at this conference will be considered for publication in volumes 154-159 of the refereed journal, Congressus Numerantium.  This paper was co-authored by J. Richard Lundgren of the University of Colorado at Denver.

Siewert joined the faculty at BHSU in 2000.  He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Colorado at Denver and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Farrokhi presents at college media convention - Top

Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, communications professor, presented a research paper at the recent National College Media Convention in New York.

Farrokhi’s presentation entitled “ Who Was the Optimist: Al Gore or George W. Bush?” was based on a content analysis research study of the presidential campaign issues of

the 2000 election. Farrokhi accepted the nomination to continue chairing the College Media Advisers (CMA) Research Committee for two more years.  He also met with the board of directors to discuss planning for the fall national convention to be held in Orlando, Fla., in October. As part of the planning, Farrokhi will review research papers submitted to the convention and will invite the successful ones for presentation at the next convention.

Hove-Pabst to present recital Sunday - Top

Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst will present a program, “Womansong: Torch Singers,” Sunday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m.

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March) the recital will highlight women singers known as torch singers, chanteuses, canaries, songbirds, or crushes who sang in piano bars, cabarets in speakeasies and in nightclubs. The concert will feature famous songs from the 1920’s and 1930’s such as “Blues in the

 Night” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” 

The concert will be in Jake’s in the Midnight Star in Deadwood to have an atmosphere appropriate to the program theme. There is no admission charge. Susan Hove-Pabst will be assisted by faculty members Janeen Larsen, Christopher Hahn, and Randall Royer.

Hove-Pabst joined the BHSU faculty in 1988 and teaches music education methods classes, sight singing and ear training, voice, and music appreciation.

Hollingsworth reads from his recently published book - Top

Dr. Cristopher Hollingsworth, assistant professor of arts and sciences, read from his recently published book “Poetics of the Hive: The Insect Metaphor in Literature” this week in the Ruddell Gallery on the BHSU campus. This reception was sponsored by the faculty of the Department of English. Copies of the book are available for purchase.

Faculty will present research - Top

The Black Hills Research Symposium will be Wednesday, March 27 at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.  Faculty and students will be presenting their research.  The keynote address will be at 9:30 a.m., with oral presentations to begin at 10:30 a.m. Poster presentations are scheduled from 2-4 p.m.  For details call 6420.

Students prepare for spring concert - Top 

Black Hills State choral director Stephen Parker, right, leads his swing choir in a practice session as they prepare for the Black Hill Gold Jazz Singers and Black Hills Jazz/Rock Ensemble spring concert. The annual music event will be held Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The concert is open to the public at no charge. Singers pictured are, left, Matt Dewey, Andrea Fischer, Kristine Schaffer, Chad Johnson, Ben Hermann, and Ashley Lamphere. Accompanist is Morgan Moore. Other choir members are Nancy Nielsen, Adam Lawson, Lynette Daum and Andrea Farr. Dr. Randall Royer will direct the jazz ensemble during the instrumental portion of the spring program.

Web page help available - Top

Staff members who have responsibility for their department or organization web page should contact web master Paul Kopco for assistance updating or maintaining pages. Contact Kopco by phone at 6503 or by email at paulkopco@bhsu.edu for an appointment. He will set a time to meet individually to work through any web-page difficulties.

Senior music major to present piano recital - Top

David Sejvar, a senior music major at Black Hills State University, will perform a piano recital Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Cook 303 on the BHSU campus.

Sejvar, originally from Rapid City, is a student of Dr. Janeen Larsen and a former student of Nancy Thielen.

The recital program will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann, and Dvorak. The concert is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact Larsen at 642-6241.

Career center to host teacher job fair - Top

The Black Hills State University Career Center is hosting a teacher job fair Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The Black Hills Teacher Job Fair offers beginning and experienced teacher candidates the opportunity to meet with representatives from 56 school districts throughout the nation. More than 1,000 teaching positions will be

available.  The job fair gives students the opportunity to explore career options in the field of education and interview for employment. 

There is no pre-registration required for this job fair. For a list of school districts registered or for more information see the website at www.bhsu.edu/careers or call the Career Center at 642-6277.

Spirit of Excellence at Work Award - Top

The Spirit of Excellence at Work Award is presented to Jean Helmer, director of Campus Ministry, for her creative responses to student needs, her cheerful presence and her unwavering support of friends and colleagues.

This award 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.

Early mail deadline next week - Top

There is an early mail deadline next week Friday, March 29 for all outgoing mail. All out going mail needs to be in the outgoing mail boxes by 9 a.m. Campus mail will be delivered at regular time. Contact Hanna Swarts, University Mail Service, for further information.

BHSU students participate in outreach program - Top

BHSU students Aaron Chittum, Pierre, and Heather Lein, Belle Fourche, present valentines to former BHSU faculty members Evelyn Elliot and Cecil Haight. The students were working with Jean Helmer, United Ministries director, to deliver valentines to area residents at four assisted-living facilities in Spearfish and Belle Fourche. The good-will gesture was part of the organization’s community outreach project. Other students participating in the project were Morgan Miles, Rapid City, Sarah Olson, Sturgis, Michael Brandt, and John Fitzgerald, Belle Fourche.  

Ruddell Gallery features photos of Alaskan volcanic eruption and landscape changes - Top

The eruption of Alaska’s Mt. Katmai in 1912 and subsequent landscape change, is the focus of a photo display by artist Gary Freeburg featured at Black Hills State’s Ruddell Gallery through April 7.

Considered one of the world’s largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century, the Mt. Katmai explosion transformed the geologic landscape to a moon-like appearance and led to the formation of what would become known as the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.

Three years after the eruption and several years thereafter, Robert Griggs, a botanist, led scientific expeditions to the eruption site of Mt. Katmai, photographing and documenting the area. His work resulted in several National Geographic Society publications featuring the site and the aftermath of the devastation.

“My interest in returning to the valley is in a minor way to make a comparative study of changes experienced in the valley between the photographic works of Griggs’s time and view taken in the same area and of the same subject matter today,” said Freeburg. “Of greater

consequence to me however, is a more formalistic and expressive approach to the valley. … The finished collection of images may be likened to a geological garden of contemplation, as that is truly what this valley presents to me.”

The gallery exhibition is a brief photographic survey of the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, Katmai National Park, Alaska, take during June of 2000. Freeburg plans to return this summer to complete an in-depth photographic study and documentation of the valley. He plans to use photos from this exhibit and those to be taken this summer to be part of a book produced through the Center for American Places, Harrisonburg, Va., and published by John Hopkins University Press.

The Ruddell Gallery in the Miller Student Union is open to the public at no charge weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from noon to 5 p.m.

Information on the Freeburg exhibit or about the Ruddell Gallery is available by contacting James Knutson at (605) 642-6104 or by email at jamesknutson@bhsu.edu.

Minutes of the faculty senate meeting - Top

Minutes of the faculty senate meeting Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2002.

Present: Dan Durben, president, Steve Babbitt, vice president, Monty Robinson, secretary), Fred Heidrich, Tim Hightower, Vincent King, Colleen Kirby, David Wolff, and Rob Schurrer who is filling in for Jim Hesson who is in Arizona on sabbatical this semester.

Dan Durben called the meeting to order. The proposed agenda was reviewed and approved. An approval of the minutes was entertained and passed.

Old issues:

The faculty senate held a round-table discussion with invited guests from various committees on campus regarding the effectiveness of Faculty Senate committees. Comments ranged from poor communications with the administration to the absence of a feedback loop to the committees once a decision had been made. Administrative decisions other than those from the committees were perceived as frustrating to the committees that put in long hours only to have their decisions overlooked. The faculty senate will continue to look into this issue.

University faculty will vote on plus/minus grading. Senate members will conduct the voting of their respective colleges and departments. The results will be determined at the next meeting.

The senate recommended that only BHSU honor cords be worn during graduation ceremonies.

New issues:

Curriculum proposals presented to the senate were approved and passed.

A list of programs and initiatives was presented to the senate to be prioritized. Senate members were to share this with others in their respective areas and report back to the senate at our next meeting.

Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, a motion to adjourn was made and passed. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 6th at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Recorded by faculty senate secretary Monty Robinson


Changes announced for benefit enrollment for the next fiscal year - Top

Employees may re-enroll for the South Dakota employees benefit plan April 29 through May 6.  The benefit plans includes health insurance, dental, vision, major injury, hospital indemnity, short-term disability, life insurance, child-care reimbursement, medical reimbursement, etc.  Changes made during this enrollment period will become effective July 1, 2002.

Employees should take note of the following changes of the enrollment process.

1.  Enrollment packets will not be mailed

Enrollment packets will not be automatically mailed to employees this year as all information is available online.  Employees who would like to receive a printed FY 2003 annual enrollment packet need to make the request at 1-800-343-1319 by April 10. Callers will need to use the following access code - SDBOP (73267) and social security number when they call. All re-enrollments will be conducted on-line or via telephone.

2.  Enrollment meetings

There will be 11 benefit enrollment meetings via the DDN Network.  BHSU employees may view the sessions at the BHSU Library, room L 020.  Rapid City based employees may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the new Classroom Building - Room 109. The meetings are scheduled for only one-half hour this year.  This is your chance to have your benefit questions answered by the plan staff.


Time (Mountain Time)

Monday, April 15         

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 18

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 25

1 p.m.

Friday, April 26

10 am and 10:30 am

3.  Plan changes for FY 2003 include:

            1.  Premium increases

  • Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Health up 10 percent

  • Dental and Vision Care up 5 percent

            2.  Wellness Incentive - An increased incentive of $50 into a medical spending account when an employee attends a health screening and completes a health risk assessment. This is your reward for monitoring your health.  For FY 2002, the incentive was $25.

3.      Co-payment Increases


Prior to 7/1/2002

7/1/2002 on


PCP Office Visit

$ 20

$ 20


Inpatient Hospitalization




Outpatient Hospitalization




Global Maternity/PCP




Global Maternity/OB-GYN




Participating Chiropractic Office



$ 15

$ 20


Non-Participating Chiropractic


Office Visit

$ 20    

$ 25


Physical Therapy

$ 0

$ 15


Prescription Drug   Co-payments          


Second Tier Name Brand    

Third Tier Name Brand (newer more expensive)

30 day supply or less




31 - 90 day supply




4.  Pharmacy Plan

Change from PAID Prescriptions to Advance PCS (Prescription Card Service)

      • More pharmacies from which to choose
      • Mail order will still be available - employees will need to re-apply
      • Better service to state employees
      • Everyone will received a new ID card on or about July 1st

Diabetic Supplies will be processed through Advance PCS - not through the health plan. Co-payments are still to be determined.

5.  Administrative Changes         

Enrollment process, PCP changes, family status changes, life beneficiary changes, life amount changes can be made on-line at the BOP web page.

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. The next application deadline is Friday, April 5 at 2 p.m. Twelve copies of the application should be submitted to the Grants & Special Projects Office, Woodburn 218, or to Dr. Farrokhi, Chair, Woodburn 314.

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. 

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received March 7-20 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.  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP).  The Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) seeks to increase the number of students (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) pursuing and receiving associates or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  For FY 02, given the limited funding available to STEP, proposals are solicited which provide for planning and pilot efforts at academic institutions.  http://www.nsf.gov

  • 2002 Japanese Government Mombukagakusho Scholarship (MEXT) Japanese Language and Japanese Culture.  Scholarships are available for U.S. citizens 18-29 years of age (as of Sept. 1, 2002) who are: College students majoring or studying in the field of Japanese Language or Japanese Studies and who possess a good knowledge of the Japanese language who wish to advance their understanding of Japanese language, culture and studies at a Japanese university for about one academic year beginning September or October, 2002.  Applications must be received at the Consulate General of Japan no later than Friday, April 12, 2002.  A Japanese-language proficiency exam, which is an integral part of the application, will be administered to all applicants at this office on Tuesday, April 23, 2002.

  • 2003 Japanese Government Mombukagakusho Scholarships (MEXT) for Research Students.  Scholarships are now available through this office for: (1) Citizens of the United States of America who are (2) college graduates as of March or September 2003 and (3) under 35 years of age as of April 1, 2003, who wish to engage in research, conducted in the Japanese language, at a Japanese university in the scholar’s major or related field in humanities and social sciences, or natural sciences.  Application forms and complete details are available from Consulate General of Japan, 1800 Commerce Tower, 911 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri  64105-2076, phone number 816-471-0111.  Completed applications must be received by Consulate General of Japan office no later than Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002.  A Japanese-language proficiency exam, which is an integral part of the application, will be administered to all applicants, and interviews will be held for all applicants at this office on Friday, Aug. 30, 2002.

  • Spencer Foundation.  The Spencer Foundation Small Research Grants.  The Foundation’s small research grants program supports short-term research projects (one year or less) that require no more than $35,000 to complete.  It offers scholars and teachers in a broad range of institutions who are interested in educational research a unique opportunity to obtain support for their work.  No deadline.  http://www.spencer.org/

  • Spencer Foundation.  The Spencer Foundation Major Research Grants.  The foundation’s major research grants program supports research projects requiring more than $35,000.  Research projects vary widely, ranging from medium-sized studies that can be completed within a year by an individual researcher to more extensive collaborative studies that can last several years.  No deadline.  http://www.spencer.org/

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