Volume XXIII No.
46 Dec. 3, 1999
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it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents.
Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.
Welcome to Black Hills State
University - Top
- Joanne Wilkening, senior claims clerk, business
- Celese Smith, child care worker, child care
Resignations - Top
- Rick Rochelle, senior building maintenance
worker, facilities services
- Beverly Lewis, custodial worker, facilities
Salomon's work published on
CD ROM - Top
The Works of Gregory of Nyssa, edited by Dr.
David Salomon, has just been published on CD ROM.
Meyers' newest work receives honor
Kent Meyers' book, Light In the Crossing, has
been named a Notable Book for 1999 by The New York Times.
Earlier in the year Light In the Crossing received
a highly favorable review by The New York Times, and has
also received excellent reviews elsewhere.
The paperback edition of Meyers' novel The River
Warren was named to the New York Times list of
Notable Paperbacks several months ago.
College of Education
faculty and students present at collaboration conference
College of Education faculty Dr. Jim Hesson, Dr. Rob
Schurrer, Dr. Betsy Silva, Dr. Larry Tentinger, Dr. Carol
Hess and Dr. Kristi Pearce presented at the fall
Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and
Learning conference in Bloomington, Minn.
The conference theme focusing on "How Learning
Happens: Making Connections, Constructing Knowledge, and
Building Community" was held Nov. 19-20, 1999.
Dr. Kristi Pearce co-chairs
collaboration conference - Top
Pearce, Bush Grant director and faculty development
coordinator, co-chaired the fall '99 conference,
"How Learning Happens: Making Connections,
Constructing Knowledge, and Building Community"
sponsored by the Collaboration for the Advancement of
College Teaching and Learning in Bloomington, Minn.
The conference keynote addresses were presented by Dr.
Bernice McCarthy, president and founder of About Learning
Inc. a national consulting firm that works with
education, business, government, and the military and Dr.
David Merrill, professor of instructional technology at
Utah State. The conference was held Nov. 19-20, 1999, and
was attended by over 350 faculty from Minnesota, South
Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, tribal colleges,
and historically black colleges.
Christmas Concert is Sunday -
The annual Black Hills State University Christmas
Concert will be Sunday, Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Spearfish. The concert is open to the
public at no charge.
The Christmas Concert will feature the Black Hills
State University/community band, Black Hills Singers and
the concert choir.
Jazz concert rescheduled for Dec.
8 - Top
The Black Hills State University music
department presents the Jazz Ensemble and Black Hills
Gold Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union
multipurpose room. The concert was originally scheduled
for Nov. 18 but was canceled due to bad weather. The
concert is open to the public at no charge.
USD law school dean visits -
Chiesman foundation to
sponsor issue forum on juvenile violence - Top
Black Hills State University Students For Informed
Voters in conjunction with South Dakota Issues Forums and
the Chiesman Foundation For Democracy announce that an
issue forum on juvenile violence will be held Monday,
Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 308.
The forum is free and open to everyone. Pre-forum
materials and information may be obtained by contacting
Dr. Tim Martinez at 642-6246 or stopping by his office in
Jonas 106C. The juvenile violence issues forum is
developed by National Issues Forums, which offers several
suggestions to the problem of juvenile violence in
PowerPoint art - Top
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.
The Vermillion Literary
Project seeks submissions for its annual literary
magazine - Top
Writers and artists, are invited to submit original,
previously unpublished works for possible publication in
the Vermillion Literary Project's annual literary
magazine. Short stories, poetry, creative non-fiction
(essays), and black-and-white artwork (drawings or
photographs) are accepted with special preference given
to works/contributors with a South Dakota connection.
Minutes of the faculty
senate meeting - Top
Minutes of the faculty senate meeting Nov.3, 1999, in
Jonas 110 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Tim Steckline, Charles Lamb, Barb
Chrisman, Steve Babbitt, Don Chastain, Randalei Ellis,
Tom Hills, Rena Faye Norby, Rob Schurrer, Cheryl
Anagnopoulos (for John Glover). Student: Scott Biggin.
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, Woodburn 220, 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
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 Dec. 17.
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
Grant opportunities announced
Below are the program materials received Nov. 25-Dec.
1, 1999 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. 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.
- American Honda Foundation. Grants program.
Next deadline Feb. 1, 2000.
- Department of Education. Bilingual
Education: Comprehensive School Grants. This
program provides grants to implement schoolwide
bilingual education programs or schoolwide
special alternative instruction programs for
reforming, restructuring, and upgrading all
relevant programs and operations within an
individual school that serve all, or virtually
all, limited English proficient (LEP) children
and youth. Due Jan. 14, 2000.
- National Science Foundation-Centers for
Teaching and Learning (CTL). This
solicitation is the pilot for a wide-ranging,
research-based program that will address critical
issues in the K-12 instructional workforce
through the creation of Centers for Teaching and
- Department of Education-English Literacy and
Civics Education Demonstration Grants. The
purpose of the English Literacy (EL) and Civics
Education (EL/Civics education) program is to
support projects that demonstrate effective
practices in providing and increasing access to
English literacy programs linked to civics
education. Deadline for transmittal of
applications: Jan. 18, 2000.
- Field-Initiated Studies (ED). The
Education Department's Office of Educational
Research and Improvement is inviting applications
under its field-initiated studies research
program, which gives investigators the leeway to
pursue their own research ideas to improve
instruction and learning. Deadline: Feb. 16,
- The Coleman Foundation, Inc. Awards
support efforts to establish or significantly
expand an entrepreneurship program, course or
community outreach program of a university,
college that focuses on self-employment and
by Dawn Taggart, media
relations student intern
Dr. E. Samuel Berney
to E. Samuel Berney III, teachers have to modify
the way they teach in order to make the lesson
understandable for all of the students.
He said, There are more people at the
universities now than there used to be back in
1970, and it's not the top third of the class or
the top half; it's really quite broad in
spectrum. If you're going to teach them anything,
and the school demands that you actually teach
them something you can't just fail
everybody because they're not all rocket
scientists. It changes how you approach
In regard to courses taught, Berney said he
has taught at all levels, from remedial courses
to directing doctoral dissertations. He feels
they were all kind of fun to teach,
and he likes them all.
In terms of teaching style, Berney said he
basically lectures, but the classes he teaches
here are technologically more advanced, so he is
now using more of a media presentation. He feels
that Black Hills State's setup is much nicer than
Berney's course of study in college was in
mathematics, but he teaches computer science
courses at Black Hills State and will be teaching
more classes at Ellsworth campus next semester.
Berney was born in January 1942 in Fallon,
Nev. He earned three degrees in mathematics: a
bachelor of science in 1964 from the University
of Nevada in Reno, a master of arts in 1966 from
Arizona State University, and a doctor of
philosophy in 1970, also from A.S.U.
His teaching experience includes being
associate professor at Idaho State University
from 1970 to 1989, associate professor at S.D.
School of Mines and Technology from 1989 to 1996,
and adjunct faculty at Ellsworth since 1998.
Berney has written several papers which have
been published including two on the Proceedings
of the American Mathematical Society, one on
Acta Mathematica, General Topology
and its Applications, and Topology
The committees he has served on include
computer science and curriculum revision for
departmental service, and for university service,
the executive committee in the faculty senate.
Berney's favorite leisure activity is hiking;
however, he said his wife convinces him to canoe
once in awhile. They have one child in second
This week at BHSU - Top
Friday, Dec. 3
- Preview Day: high school students on campus
- Theatre production, The Diviners,
Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4
- Green & Gold Club, pre-game social, Stadium
Sports Grill, 5:30-7 p.m.
- Men's basketball vs. Minot State, 7:30
- Theatre production, The Diviners,
Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 5
- Christmas Concert, St. Joseph's Catholic Church,
Monday, Dec. 6
- Sledding party, 7 p.m.
- Moonlight frisbee golf, 11 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 7
- Multi-organization Christmas tree set-up, 8 a.m.
- International student potluck and forum, Young
Center Hall of Fame Room, 6 p.m.
- Kids day out BHAEYC, multipurpose rooms
north and south 5-7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 8
- United Ministries Noon Forum Series,
Witnessing, Pangburn Hall (little
- Alcohol Awareness Day, Student Union lower lobby,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Shoebox Service Project delivery day, United
Ministries, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Jazz Concert, (which was postponed Nov. 18 due to
weather conditions), Student Union multipurpose
room, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 9
- Green & Gold luncheon, Pizza Ranch, noon
- Adventure Center barbecue cook-out, 10 a.m. to 2
- Student Organization Christmas wrapping
fundraiser, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Night of one act plays, theatre society, Woodburn
Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10
- Women's Basketball vs. Univ. of Mary, 7 p.m.
- Hawaiian Suitcase Dance, Student Union Market
Place, 8 p.m. to midnight