Volume XXIII No.
44 Nov. 12, 1999
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.
Friday after Thanksgiving
is a holiday for employees - Top
The day after Thanksgiving - Friday, Nov. 26 - has
been designated as administrative leave for employees of
Black Hills State University.
Farrokhi chairs national
research committee - Top
Abdollah Farrokhi, professor of mass communication at
Black Hills State University, will chair the College
Media Advisers research committee for a two-year term
Dr. Farrokhi attended the National College Media
Advisers convention in Atlanta, Ga., in October. He
offered a presentation entitled Conducting
Newspaper Research Surveys.
In total, over 2,800 students and faculty members
attended the convention in Atlanta. The convention
sponsored and overlooked 350 different educational
sessions for the participants.
In addition to his own presentation, Farrokhi is
responsible for reviewing faculty manuscripts submitted
to the CMA and then recommends the successful proposals
for publication in the College Media Review (CMR)
quarterly journal. The successful applicants chosen will
be offered sessions to present their research proposals
at the next CMA convention. As a committee chair,
Farrokhi also becomes a member of the CMA advisory
council. The council will plan and offer educational
sessions for next year's convention in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Farrokhi chaired the CMA diversity committee
for a four-year term.
Stock market game receives
grant money - Top
donation from Securities Industry Association (SIA)
Central States District to Black Hills State University
will continue to help offset the subscription costs for
teachers and advisors participating in the South Dakota
Stock Market Simulation Game (SD SMSG).
Don Altmyer, SD SMSG coordinator and assistant
professor of business at BHSU said, The grant will
furnish teachers advising the teams with a free 15-week
subscription to the Wall Street Journal. This
subscription is received and displayed in the classroom
for the students to use to track their stocks and to
locate current business news which may impact a certain
stock or industry.
William C. Perlitz, a member of the executive
committee of SIA, said, "The Stock Market Game is
moving into the next millennium with new technology and
enthusiasm and the Central States District of the SIA is
proud to assist in expanding the program within your
According to Altmyer there are currently 187 teams
consisting of 969 students from 28 schools in South
Dakota from fifth grade through college participating in
the stock market simulation game.
SIA Central States District provided a $1,000 grant
last fall as well as $2,300 last summer to expand the
stock market game by helping fund teacher training
workshops at sites in Spearfish, Vermilion, and Pierre.
Summer science workshop for
teachers carries over to classroom learning - Top
An intensive four-day summer workshop for local
elementary teachers was a `blast' and now students in the
classroom are reaping the benefits of `BLAHST,' an
acronym for the `Black Hills Science Teaching Project' to
Prepare K-8 Teachers for the New Millennium.
The summer workshop taught by Dr. Charles Lamb, lead
scientist for BLAHST and associate professor of biology
at BHSU, took the teachers through a review of scientific
inquiry with a focus on central themes in biology,
current trends, environmental education, research and
Military vets present POW/MIA
flag to university - Top
Military veterans at
Black Hills State University presented a POW/MIA flag to
the university Nov. 6 during halftime of the men's
Dr. Larry Tentinger, assistant professor of physical
education, and several other veterans were responsible
for the flag presentation to President Tom Flickema and
athletic director Dave Little.
The 5- by 8-foot flag is given in recognition of
Veteran's Day. The flag was purchased by John Hazucha, a
Vietnam veteran, and donated to BHSU.
State health and physical
education convention held at BHSU - Top
The South Dakota Association for Health, Physical
Education, Recreation and Dance, (SDAHPERD) holds its
fall convention Thursday through Saturday at the Black
Hills State University Young Center.
Students to perform The
Diviners - Top
The Black Hills State University theater department
will present James Leonard Jr's The Diviners,
which will be performed Dec. 2, 3, and 4 at 8 p.m. in
Leonard's startling and imaginative work was an
American College Theatre Festival Award winner in its
original production. The play takes place in a simpler
time and place rural Zion, Ind., during the
depression of the 1930s. It brings together a disturbed
young man and an itinerant preacher disenchanted with the
hollowness of pious religiosity. Both men struggle with
events from their past, until the inner turmoil of one
life is fused with the childhood trauma of the other in
the play's climax.
Weather information and
school closing now available by phone - Top
With the advent of winter storms and the possibility
of changes in the school class schedule, Black Hills
State University students can now phone (605) 642-6059
for updated information.
Watch for snow and ice
hazards - Top
Recent winter weather has brought
the typical snow and cold problems. Facilities Services
will continue to remove snow, sand sidewalks and roads,
and use chemical melters to reduce slip and fall hazards
as much as possible. It is important for individuals to
recognize the hazards of slippery walks and roadways.
There are several things that can be done to reduce the
risk of falling when slippery conditions exist.
Here are some helpful
Minutes of the October
faculty senate meeting - Top
Minutes of the Oct. 20, 1999, faculty senate meeting,
Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Tim Steckline, Charles Lamb, Barb
Chrisman, Steve Babbitt, Don Chastain, Tom Hills, Rena
Faye Norby, Rob Schurrer, Dan Peterson (proxy vote for
Tim Martinez). Student: Scott Biggin
Minutes of the October
CSA council meeting - Top
The CSA Council met Oct. 12 at the Pangburn dining
room. Members present were Colleen Gustafson, Marilyn
Luscombe, Corinne Hansen, Becky Dovre, Deatta Chapel,
Gloria Spitler, Paulette Palladino and state CSA
representative Fred Nelson. Not present were Candy
Huddleston, Ellen Boyd, Susan Hemmingson, Margaret
Kleinsasser and Jim Holter. Myron Sullivan attended as a
announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Oct. 28-Nov.
10 in the grants office in Woodburn 220. For copies of
the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail
requests to us at <firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
- Department of Education. Office of
educational research and improvement. Visiting
scholars fellowship program. 9-12 month residency
program in D.C. Applicants must be U.S. citizens
or nationals. Eligible fields are education,
educational psychology, sociology of education,
cognitive neuroscience, and interdisciplinary
study that addresses the latest scholarship on
the learning process. Scholars, researchers,
policymakers, education practitioners,
librarians, and statisticians may all apply. Due
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Research
grants in health and health care.
- IREX. Short-term travel grants for
scholarly projects focusing on central and
eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Mongolia. Due Feb.
- Compton Foundation. Grants program. Grants
are made for the following kinds of activities:
education of the public; education of policy
makers; education of the media; advocacy and
public activism; demonstration projects; and
fellowship support to selected institutions for
promising young scholars.
- Institute of Museum and Library Services. 2000
general operating support. Due Jan. 15.
- Department of Education. IDEA. Student
initiated research projects (84.324B); Field
initiated research projects (84.324C).
- George Gund Foundation. Grants in the
areas of education, economic development and
community revitalization, human services, arts,
environment and civic affairs. Deadline: Dec. 30,
March 30, June 30, and Sept. 30. Preference is
given to pilot projects and innovative programs
that present prospects for broad replicability.
- Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). To
support small grants to field research projects
leading directly to the conservation of
threatened wildlife and wildlife habitat.
Deadline: Jan. 1; July 1. Summary: WCS's strategy
is to conduct comprehensive field studies of
wildlife needs, train local conservation
professionals, and work with in-country staff to
protect and manage wildlife and wild areas for
- American College Personnel Association. Research
grant in the areas of career development, career
counseling, career information, career decision
making and career planning - specifically as they
relate to college student populations and
professionals who serve those populations. Due
- United Methodist Communications. Racial
Ethnic Minority Fellowship. For a graduating
United Methodist of racial ethnic minority
background who is interested in pursuing
communications as a career. Due March 13.
- Swedish Information Service. Bicentennial
Swedish-American Exchange Fund. Travel grants for
two-four weeks in Sweden to work on a
- American Federation for Aging Research. Research
grants. Due Dec. 15.
available through instructional improvement committee
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 on
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
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 practical on each proposal. Ten copies of the
proposals should be submitted to the Grants and Special
Projects Office, W220, or to the chair of the committee,
Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of proposal and
budget outlines following the specified format available
at the grants and special projects web page.
Faculty-research committee has
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 academic
affairs office. Proposals are due Nov. 26.
It is anticipated that successful applicants will
request support for faculty release time, research
equipment, travel to research sites, 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. Two three-hour
release times are available for fall 2000 and spring of
Funds for two three-hour release times are available
for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply
now. The research committee will not provide salary. The
committee may approve payment to student or non-student
research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to
New Faculty Profile
by Dawn Taggart, media
relations student intern
Dr. Larry Cozort
"The most important
computer in the room is my brain, and that's what
I hope adds value (to the classroom)," said
Dr. Larry Cozort, assistant professor of
accounting at Black Hills State.
Cozort believes that technology
in moderation is okay, but he doesn't let it
dominate his classroom. He uses computer
components in his teaching methodology but
doesn't overly rely on it. In fact, he is
concerned higher education might be introducing
too much technology without the prerequisite
testing mechanisms in place to determine its
effectiveness. He cited distance learning as an
area that needs to be tested before we jump on
the technology band wagon.
"If we're not careful,
technology might be injected to the point where
we don't recognize what we had before, he
said. We've had a higher education model
that has been successful and is unique to the
United States. I do have some concerns ... for
example, distance learning, internet delivery,
even multimedia devices in the classroom;
excessive computer assignments will change the
model to its detriment."
Cozort, a 23-year teaching
veteran, is Black Hills State University's newest
professor of accounting. It was the location, the
climate with its seasonal changes and the less
populated wide open spaces that caught his
The Lebanon, Mo., native has six
academic degrees in his professional background.
In 1969 he earned a bachelor of arts degree in
political science from Baylor University in Waco,
Texas, before joining the United States Navy. In
1975 he earned a doctor of jurisprudence degree
from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He
then continued his studies in business earning a
bachelor's degree from the University of
Tennessee at Nashville and a master's of business
administration from Tennessee State University in
Nashville, Tenn. Cozort completed a doctor of
philosophy in business administration degree from
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State
University, Blacksburg, Va., in 1985. His most
recent academic accomplishment is a master's of
law degree in taxation from the University of
Missouri at Kansas City, completed in 1992.
Before joining the BHSU faculty,
Cozort was employed as an assistant professor of
accounting at Georgia College and State
University, Milledgeville, Ga., from 1995 to
1999. From 1989 to 1995 he was assistant
professor of accounting for Central Missouri
in Warrensburg, Mo., and from
1984 to 1989 he was an assistant professor of
accounting for Middle Tennessee State University
in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Cozort says he chose the
accounting field after first heading toward law.
With more experience and additional maturity, he
was able to finally narrow his career choice to
teaching and accounting.
I saw accounting as a good
profession with a lot of good opportunities, a
variety of jobs and the mobility that goes with
those opportunities. It was a pragmatic
choice, he said.
Explaining his teaching style he
said, I'm fairly animated. I bring as much
energy to it as I can. It's important to show
some energy and I think I do that. You also have
to be pretty well organized ... and tell them
(students) what you expect.
The 52-year old professor says he
plans to continuing teaching.
At my age I enjoy what I do
and I've had an acceptable level of
The accounting professor enjoys
playing golf in his leisure time, and he also
plays several musical instruments, including:
piano, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and harmonica. He
and his wife also home school their two children
and they are what comes to mind when he considers
This week at
BHSU - Top
Saturday, Nov. 13
- Men's Basketball vs. Rocky Mountain College, 7:30
Tuesday, Nov. 16
- Graduate council meeting, Jonas 306, 3:15 p.m.
- Men's basketball vs. Dickinson State, Donald E.
Young Sports and Fitness Center, 7:30 p.m.
- Northern Hills High School & Jr. High Honor
Band Festival, Cook Gym, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 17
- Faculty senate meeting, Jonas 110, 3:15 p.m.
- United Ministries Noon Forum Series,
Teaching, Pangburn Hall (little
dining room),$1 for non-meal plan guests
- Turkey Bingo, Market Place, Student Union
Thursday, Nov. 18
- Fall Jazz Concert, Woodburn Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 19
- Last day to drop a class without receiving an
- Travelogue, Steve Anderson, Hot Lava in
Cool Places, noon
Saturday, Nov. 20
- Preview Day: high school students on campus
- Kent Meyers, short story reading at Common
Grounds (book signing to follow), 6 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 21
- Women's basketball vs. Northern State, Donald E.
Young Sports and Fitness Center, 7 p.m.