Volume XXVI No. 13 March
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.
will be recognized for dedication and commitment - Top
Eight Black Hills State University employees
will be recognized for their dedication and commitment at the
president’s recognition tea, April 30 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the
Miller Student Union Yellow Jacket Legacy Room.
Receiving recognition, based upon nominations
from colleagues, are Don Altmyer, associate professor of business,
outstanding community service award; Micheline Hickenbotham,
education instructor, outstanding student service award; Arnie
Hemmingson, chief information officer, Jim Knutson, art professor,
and Diane Mabey, child care center coordinator, outstanding
university service awards; Myron Sullivan, environmental, health
safety and parking officer and Keith Smith, university/Spearfish
police officer, outstanding area awards; and Dr. David Salomon,
assistant professor of English, special committee award.
Altmyer’s support and dedication to
establishing a 19-hole disk golf course on campus, his commitment to
the Optimist Club grant program for area youth, and his work in
promoting the stock market simulation game across the state were
cited in his nomination.
Hemmingson is to be honored for his expertise
in technical areas, his recent efforts in remodeling the library,
his upgrades in the computer and network infrastructure, and his
work with fellow employees. He is a problem solver who sees the big
picture and gets the job done.
Knutson will be acknowledged for his
long-standing work with the Ruddell Art Gallery, his grant writing
efforts and his creative talents in expanding an appreciation of
arts at the university and throughout the community.
Mabey will be cited for her abilities to
successfully manage 30 employees and direct a child-care center
serving 70 children. She spends countless hours working with her
employees, doing administrative work and caring for children while
taking self-improvement classes to keep current with new and
Sullivan and Smith are appreciated for their
around-the-clock efforts in providing a safe environment for
faculty, staff and students and spending extra time solving a myriad
of problems. They bring full-service professional police and safety
practices to the campus.
Salomon will be recognized for his efforts to
make a difference on campus through his involvement with the
foreign-film series and additional university programs and
activities. His efforts to serve students and be active in faculty
and campus issues are commendable.
delivers paper at national writing conference
Nicholas Wallerstein, assistant professor of English, traveled to
Chicago last week to deliver a paper at the 52nd annual Conference
on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), sponsored by the
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
paper was titled "Form As Content: Using Aristotle's
for Literary Interpretation." The paper traced methods by which
students can be introduced to Aristotle's species of rhetoric--deliberative,
judicial, and epideictic--through literature and film.
Wallerstein has been at BHSU since 1997. He holds
a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon, and a
master's degree in theology from Harvard.
will present paper
Rena Faye Norby, assistant professor of education, is presenting a
paper entitled "A
Study of Changes in Attitude Towards Science in a Technology Based
College Science Classroom."
annual meeting of the National Association
for Research in Science Teaching, will be April 9 in New Orleans, La.
Norby joined the education faculty at Black Hills State
in the fall of 1987. She has a Ph.D. in science education as well as
master’s degrees in physics and secondary education from Georgia
State University. She earned her undergraduate degree in physics
from Emory University, Ga.
adds new features - Top
Two new features—a bulletin board and a
multimedia section—have been developed for the BHSU website.
bulletin board, called My BHSU bulletin board, provides three message
areas. The “off-campus housing” area will include listings of
rental vacancies and allows students to search for either housing or
additional roommates. The “need a ride” area allows commuters to
arrange ride sharing
and offers students an opportunity to post requests for rides. The
third area, “buy
sell” gives both students and faculty the opportunity to post for
sale or items wanted messages to establish
an exchange within the
BHSU campus community.
second new element of the website is a section offering BHSU
promotional screensavers for as a free download. This multimedia
page can be accessed from the “quick links” button on the BHSU
home page. Two screensavers, which work on Windows computers, are
available now, with more to be developed.
link is available at: <http://webview.bhsu.edu/bulletin>
and can also be
reached through quick links.
to host presentations by language and psychology scholars - Top
Dr. Anne C. Klein, a well-known author and
translator of Asian languages, and Dr. Harvey Aronson, a
psychotherapist and teacher of Buddhist psychology, will speak on
the Black Hills State University campus. Both speakers will give two
different presentations, April 12 and April 15 in Jonas Hall room
The first presentation is Friday, April 12 when
Klein will present “Language, Logic and Enlightenment: A
Pan-Buddhist Dialogue” at 11 a.m. and Aronson will present
“Reflections on Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective” at noon.
Monday, April 15 Aronson will present “Anger
in Cross Cultural Perspective” at 9 a.m. in Jonas Hall room 302
and Klein will present “Buddhism and the Body: It’s Not All in
the Mind After All” at 10 a.m.
Klein is the author, editor or translator of a number
of books and articles on Buddhism, She is currently a professor
and chairperson of the religious studies department at Rice University in
Houston, Texas. An eminent scholar in the field of religious
studies, Klein is currently interested in incorporating
cross-cultural studies and contemporary
feminist thought into her work.
Aronson is a psychotherapist and teacher of
Buddhist psychology. Since receiving his doctorate in Buddhist
studies from the University of Wisconsin, he has taught at the
University of Virginia and at Stanford University. He knows the
languages of Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan. He also has a master’s
degree in social work and is interested in the relationship of
Buddhist meditation to physical and mental health. Aronson is the
founding co director of Dawn Mountain: Tibetan Temple, Research
Institute, and Community Center in Houston, Texas. The center's
mission is to preserve and present authentic traditional Buddhist
practices while investigating ways of making it accessible to modern
The Bush Grant Committee at BHSU is sponsoring these
speakers whose interests encompass language, culture, religion,
literature, and psychology. There
is no charge and the public is encouraged to consider this
opportunity to learn about another culture and worldview.
Music department to present spring
concert - Top
The Black Hill Gold
Jazz Singers and Black Hills Jazz/Rock Ensemble will present a spring
concert Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m.
the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The concert is open to the
public at no charge.
Reading Council receives state literacy award - Top
Read,” a literary project initiated by the Black Hills State
University Reading Council, was recently selected as recipient of
the South Dakota Literary Award by the state reading council.
The BHSU reading
organization, under the direction of Micheline Hickenbotham, created
a group project that involved a book quilt and incorporated the
themes of diversity and tolerance as part of its message.
Events of Sept.
11, 2001, caused council members to re-evaluate their focus from
multicultural events to unity. They elected to include student
members of the LaMasa Club, a campus multicultural organization, in
their activities, too.
“By using this event to educate parents, teachers,
and prospective teachers about diversity and tolerance, the BHSU
Reading Council hopes to influence children to understand and
develop the ability to cope with hate and prejudice,” Hickenbotham
said. “As children and adults share books and design quilt pieces,
books are perceived as a medium to enjoy and learn together.”
|Members of the BHSU Reading Council were
honored recently as recipients of the South Dakota Literary
Award for their book-quilt project titled “United We
Read.” Standing in front of the book quilt are Micheline
Hickenbotham, advisor, Ruth Reichert, treasurer, Missy
Urbaniak, vice president, Lori Petersen, president, and Wendy
community outreach supports RSVP organization with help from a
federal grant - Top
outreach efforts at Black Hill State University resulted in a
$50,400 grant to support the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
in a three-country area.
recently received notification of a $50,400 federal grant from the
Corporation For National Community Service to sponsor the RSVP
program in Lawrence, Meade and Butte counties. Banner Health in
Spearfish had sponsored program, but gave up sponsorship when it
recently sold its health services property.
career services director at BHSU, will serve as sponsor
representative for the university. He will be working with Kathy
Schneider, Spearfish RSVP director, and Ruth Lettau, Sturgis, RSVP
Stanelle the local RSVP
organization includes approximately 450
volunteers working 98,500 hours a year at 76 different locations or
stations in Butte, Lawrence and Meade counties. Volunteers can also
serve in a program such as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions,
and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). They all fall under
the National Corporation for National and Community Service funding
umbrella and the National Senior Service Corps.
Schneider who has been with RSVP for the past 15 years
said, “We have nonprofit organizations in the community that would
have a difficult time existing if they didn’t have volunteers.
Those stations can call for volunteers to do mailings and provide
office assistance. We try to match the interests of volunteers to
the needs of the requesting station.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Faculty research funds available -
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
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
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.
Below are the program materials received March
21-27 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
National Science Foundation. Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement (NSF).
The National Science Foundation is inviting applications
to adapt and implement in higher education institutions
previously developed exemplary materials and practices to
improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics
December 4, 2002.
National Endowment for the Humanities.
Challenge Grants (NEH).
The National Endowment for the Humanities is inviting
applications for matching grants aimed at supporting and
improving institutions’ humanities programs and resources. Awards are meant to provide long-term support, improve
humanities organizations’ financial stability and the quality
of their activities. Deadline:
May 1, 2002.
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