Volume XXVI No. 4 Jan.
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.
Simpson poetry accepted for publication - Top
Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of English, has received notice
that his poems "Design" and "Uncle Cecil" have been
accepted for publication in the June issue of BigCityLit, a
literary magazine based in NYC.
The June issue features the subject of "Fathers."
BigCityLit is a literary magazine for poets, fiction writers and essayists. The
senior poetry editor is Nicholas Johnson, senior essayist and articles
editor is Maureen Holm and associate editor is George Dickerson.
Simpson earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1997. He joined the faculty at BHSU in
August of 1996.
positions open - Top
The following Career Service positions are open:
secretary, Extended Services
For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or
contact the personnel office.
Transfer - Top
Haak from Secretary in the Records Office to senior secretary in
will display exhibits for governor’s faculty awards for teaching with
technology - Top
of the 2001 Governor's Faculty and Advanced Faculty Awards for Teaching
with Technology Summer 2001 awards will be hosting a viewing of their
achievements Jan. 29 in the
Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
will be available from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and everyone is welcome to
attend at your leisure.
of the exhibits will be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda in Pierre Feb.
6 for members of state government to view.
Others will be shown at the mall in Rapid City later this spring.
award winners at BHSU are Donald Altmyer, Dr. Steve Anderson, Dr. Len
Austin, Dr. Christine Cremean, Dr. Susan (Wessel) Dana, Dr. Abdollah
Farrokhi, Dr. Richard Gayle, Fred Heidrich, Dr. Carol Hess, Colleen
Kirby, Dr. Roger Miller, Dr. Kristi Pearce, Dr. Dan Peterson, Dr. Connie
Pollard, Dr. Sandee Schamber, Dr. Rob Schurrer, Dr. Sharon Strand, Dr. Ron
Theisz, and Dr. Doug Wessel.
brief description of their projects can be found on the BHSU web site.
Faculty art show at Ruddell - Top
Six Black Hills State
University faculty members have their works of art on display at the
Ruddell Galley in the university’s Miller Student Union through
Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2002.
include Richard DuBois, Richard Hicks, James Knutson, Steve Babbitt,
Linn Nelson, and Dan Binder. A closing reception, open to the public,
will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.
Following the reception,
Christopher Hahn will perform a concert of "Mostly Jazz"
trumpet music in Woodburn Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. assisted by Janeen
Larsen, Randall Royer, and other musicians
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.
Union has new look
Students returning to
campus for the spring semester found the scenery had changed as the
north entrance to the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union
sported a new look.
Prior to departing
for the holidays the north entrance had been wrapped in plastic sheeting
so construction workers could complete the brick and cement exterior
work. With the wrapping discarded this past week, a present awaited, as
a new fašade appeared on the campus scene.
Art Jones, facilities services
director, said work on the north entrance would be complete by March 4.
The $240,500 facelift makes the building more functional and up to date.
It also aesthetically ties the recently remodeled south end of the
building in with the older north portion. Jones says it’s part of the
first phase of the campus master plan that will ultimately change the
look and functionality of the campus.
Construction of Rapid City is the general contractor for the remodeling
effort on the Student Union. Architects Williams and Associates of
Spearfish created the design.
facilities services director said landscaping and some of the interior
work will be done by university facilities services staff yet this
Faculty consider a first-year experience
program grant - Top
The Bush Grant hosted the spring 2002 in-service
for 47 BHSU faculty and staff. Joni
Webb Petschauer, first-year experience director at Appalacian State,
presented their program that was featured in the September issue of TIME
magazine which "honored four colleges that know how to help
newcomers survive and thrive."
Petschauer facilitated activities and discussion for
participants to introduce the concept of first-year experience in the
morning and then led a workshop in the afternoon for more specific
planning of how BHSU could create such a program to address the issue of
Given that this is the final semester of the
current Bush grant "Creating a Collaboratory for Life Long
Learning," the campus is exploring the idea of developing a new
Bush grant proposal to establish a first-year experience program.
The current grant has invested over $240,000 into faculty
development during the past two years to support infusion of technology
into teaching and learning and use of action research to investigate the
impact of collaborative work to improve student learning.
Faculty have received stipends during the past three summers to
learn ways of incorporating WebCT into teaching and learning. And, prior
in-service presentations focused on team building with Earl Hipp,
integrating technology with Gil Dyrli, shifting the campus culture from
teaching to learning with Bob Barr, and learner-centered assessment with
Huba. These faculty development activities have
built a foundation for creating a first year experience for BHSU.
Dr. Sharon Strand, College of Arts and Sciences,
will lead the efforts in preparing the next Bush grant proposal to
establish a first-year experience for our incoming freshman to be
submitted in July. The
following faculty, administrators and staff have spent time
brainstorming the idea for BHSU: Joe Valadez, Rob Schurrer, Len Austin,
Dave Bergemann, Curtis Card, Mike Isaacson, Jace DeCory, Tim Hightower,
Sharon Hemmingsen, Jan Golliher, Cris Hollingsworth, Pam Wegner, Dan
Durben, Doug Wessel, and Holly Downing.
If others are interested, please contact Strand.
Faculty are encouraged to apply for the remaining
$120,000 to support collaborative team projects to improve student
learning. Such projects
could involve other faculty and staff in higher education, K-12
teachers, and/or business/community members.
The overall goal of the collaborative project must demonstrate
ways to improve student learning. In addition, Bush travel grants to
present and participate in teaching and learning conferences are also
available. For information and assistance in applying for Bush travel
and minigrants, please contact Pearce at 642-6405, by email, or stop by
her office in SW201.
Meier to perform at fundraiser for Summer Institute of the Arts - Top
Famed soprana Johanna Meier will perform for a
Valentine scholarship fundraiser for the Black Hills Summer Institute of
the Arts Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in
“From the Heart of Spain” will feature Meier
singing Spanish folk songs about dance, love and lullaby by Manuel de
Falla (canciones populares espanolas). This concert is Meier’s only
public performance this year.
International star of the opera and concert stage,
Meier has been a leading soprano with the Metropolitan Opera and
countless major opera houses and orchestras throughout the world. She is
well-known as the first American to sing the role of Isolde in the
Bayreuth Festival, which was filmed for Unitel/Philips and has appeared
twice on PBS Great Performances. She is a graduate of the Manhattan
School of Music and made her sensational debut with the New York City
Opera in 1965.
“From the Heart of Spain” will also feature
performances by guitarists Christopher Robin Johnson, the Rushmore
Orchestra, Spanish dancers and special mystery guests. Tapas (hors
d’oeuvres) and dessert bar will be served. Reservations are required
and can be made by calling 642-6420. Cost is $25 per person donation.
Gala dress is recommended.
Proceeds of this fundraising event underwrite the
student scholarship program of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the
Arts-Vocal Arts/Opera Theater workshop which will be held June 17-30.
Now in its fifth year, this program, under the artistic direction of
Johanna Meier, offers students exposure to the highest level of voice
training and performance experience in a workshop format. Hosted by Black
Hills State University, this vocal arts program encourages students to
stretch their creative potential with emphasis on individual expression.
For more information contact Laura Hovey Neubert at
341-5714 or 642-6420.
Speaker and author promises students good grades
National award winning speaker and author, Joe
Smith, communications professor at the University of West Florida, will
speak to BHSU students about “acing college” Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the
Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
Smith makes an unusual claim for students who
attend his presentation “Tricks of the Grade: Street-smart Strategies
for Acing College.” He promises to pay students $100 for any course in
which they receive a “C” grade or lower after hearing his message.
A product of his own message, Martin grew up in one
of the toughest inner city ghettos in Miami, Fla. At the age of 24,
Martin became the youngest professor ever hired to a tenured-earning
position in the state of Florida.
“After I graduated from high school, going to
college wasn’t even an option,” Martin recalls. “My standardized
test scores were so low that I was told that I wouldn’t even be
‘drive’ to college, let alone get accepted into
one. I laugh now, but hearing those comments at age 17 made me very
angry,” Martin says.
Martin persisted in pursuing his college degree,
ultimately being voted “Student of the Year” at his university and
graduating at the top of his class by the age of 20. Martin credits his
academic success to ten strategies he calls “Tricks of the Grade.”
His book “Tricks of the Grade: Street-smart
Strategies for Acing College,” is popular among college students
across the country. The
success of the book and lectures have garnered professor Martin national
recognition. In 1999 APCA honored Martin as their national “Campus
Speaker of the Year,” as voted by college students across the country.
The program is free to the public. For information
contact Megan Wyett UP-team lecture chair at BHSU at 642-6418.
notice for state retirement system - Top
The South Dakota Retirement System announces an
election notice for all members of the retirement system.
Nominations for a classified employee
representative on the South Dakota Retirement System Board of
Trustees, for the four-year term beginning July 1, 2002, will be
received by the administrator, pursuant to the provisions of SDCL
Nominations of a candidate must be made by
petition subject to the following conditions:
Signed by at least 20 members from the same
group as the candidate (classified employees):
Petitions may be signed only by currently
contributing and terminated vested members.
Petitions shall be on file in the
administrator’s office no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 25, 2002.
Petitions forms may be secured from the South
Dakota Retirement System, P.O. Box 1098, 216 East Capitol, Pierre,
To inform the voters about the candidates, a
special Election Issue of Outlook is prepared and mailed with
the ballots. Candidates
who would like information about themselves included in Outlook should
submit the following with their petitions:
Recent photo (black & white preferred) and
a typewritten biographical sketch and/or statement of candidacy. The
biographical sketch and/or statement of candidacy will be printed
without editing provided the total word count, excluding articles,
does not exceed 200 words.
For more information contact Al A. Asher,
council will sell Daffodils for American Cancer Society - Top
The BHSU Career Service Act Advisory Council will once again
participate in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days as a
community service project.
Daffodils can be purchased from any CSA council representative
for $6 for 10 daffodils, or $1/each individually or in bunches of
less than 10. Council
members will also be taking orders for Gift of Hope bouquets for
$15. Payment is
requested in the form of cash or checks made payable to BHSU CSA
Council. All monies collected from the sale of daffodils will be
donated to the American Cancer Society.
Orders and payment are due by Feb. 14. The daffodils placed in
water will open for a beautiful display of spring color. Customers
are requested to have their own vases ready to receive the daffodils
on March 11.
Last year the CSA Council was second only to
Banner Health Care Services in the number of daffodils sold in the
community. (Watch for
more details on Daffodil Days to be published in local media soon.)
This year the council would like to place first so please
help them support the American Cancer Society and their vital work
by purchasing a bouquet of daffodils for Daffodil Days.
A list of CSAC representatives is available on the web.
Questions can also be directed to any CSA representative, to CSA
President Nancy Shuck, or to Cheryl Leahy as CSA’s liaison with
the American Cancer Society.
The CSA Council thanks you for your support on behalf
of the American Cancer Society!
The CSA Council also thanks representative Cheryl Leahy for
her hard work in coordinating this community service project.
is taking applications for scholarships - Top
The Northern Black Hills Chapter of American Business Women’s
Association (ABWA) is
taking applications for scholarships. The scholarships are for
female students at BHSU and Spearfish High School seniors who plan
to attend BHSU during the fall 2002/spring 2003 semesters. A total
of four $600 scholarships are available with distribution of $300
for each semester.
Applications may be obtained at the BHSU
enrollment center and the Spearfish High School Guidance Office.
Application deadline is Feb. 28.
ABWA scholarships are made available each year through the ABWA annual
STRUT fundraiser. This relay race is sponsored each fall by area
businesses that contribute money, teams and prizes to raise dollars
For more information, contact Sharon Allen at 642-1229 or
of the Graduate Council meeting - Top
Minutes of Graduate Council
meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 309.
Earley, Thares, Sujithamrack, Alsup, Steckline, and Austin.
Cook, C. Johnston, Erickson, B. Silva, R. Chrisman, and
Chair reported that the
BOR had decided that common course numbering would be applied to all
seminar, special topics, individual topics, etc.
This numbering was already decided and BH was changing its
courses to fit the new numbers and descriptions.
The courses and numbers would be reflected in the fall 2002
schedule. The changes can be
seen on the website at www.bhsu.edu/instres/Admin/CatalogCourseDesc.asp.
Chair also reported that
the proposed summer schedule and all schedules will also be on the internet
Chair was asked about
enrollment numbers for fall. Those figures are a headcount of 128
for the fall and 112 for the spring, the majority of which were
part-time. Chair said he would ask for the spring data and forward
it as soon as possible.
Chair also reported the
students in the MSCI program could now apply for admission to the
degree online. The
Higher Learning Commission had also approved BH to offer the MSCI
degree totally online.
Austin and Alsup reported
that the College of Education was working on the culminating
experience for graduate students.
They had agreed to allow written exams and were working on
the rubric and questions to be used.
Another alternative was the collaborative research project
and faculty were being assigned students for collaboration.
The estimate was that about 20 students would graduate this
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
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 Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Applications are to be submitted to
the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218 or to Dr. Farrokhi in
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.
This week at Black Hills State
University - Top
This calendar is also available on the BHSU homepage quick links.