Volume XXIII No.
48 Dec. 17, 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.
Winter commencement set -
The 138th Commencement will be held at
Black Hills State University Saturday, Dec. 18 at 10 a.m.
in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.
Degrees will be awarded to 189 students. Degrees
awarded include 13 associate degrees, 169 bachelor's
degrees and 7 master's degrees.
Greetings from the South Dakota Board of Regents will
be given by Pat Lebrun. Diplomas will be presented by Dr.
Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and the college deans.
Faculty marshals for the ceremony are Dr. Howard Perry,
professor of business and technology, and Dr. Darlene
Swartz, professor of education.
Following the commencement ceremony a reception hosted
by the president will be held in the Young Center field
An honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement
at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the David B. Miller
Yellow Jacket Student Union. The magna, summa and cum
laude graduates will be recognized.
Make plans now for spring
2000 registration - Top
Classes begin Jan. 13 for the spring 2000 semester at
Black Hills State University.
Anyone not already registered will be able to sign up
for classes the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 11, from 8 a.m.
until noon in the Student Union Market Place. Late
registration will be Jan. 12-14 in the Student Market
Place during posted hours. Students who have registered
for classes will not need to re-register.
All students must check in according to the financial
aid disbursement and fee payment schedule, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room. To keep
payment lines as short as possible, students are asked to
pay their tuition and fees during scheduled times.
Disbursement will continue through Jan. 13 at 4 p.m.
according to the schedule which can be
obtained by calling the enrollment center at 642-6343.
Students who are unable to meet their scheduled time may
check in Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 8
to 9 a.m., or Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dropping and adding of classes will begin Jan. 11 in
the Student Union Market Place. Students must drop a
non-block class by Jan. 27 to receive a refund. Block
classes must be dropped within the first 13 percent
(first or second day) of the class to receive a refund.
Refunds will be mailed to the student's current address
on Feb. 25.
Students may register for evening classes in the
Student Union Market Place Jan. 11-14 anytime during
Market Place hours. After Jan. 14, registration will move
to Woodburn Hall Room 106 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The ACT test will be given Jan. 10 at 9 a.m. in Jonas
301. This is the final opportunity to complete the ACT
prior to the spring semester.
Students may move into the residence halls Jan. 10
from noon until 10 p.m.
First-time borrowers and transfer students must attend
a loan/debt information session before picking up a
student loan check. The sessions will be held in the
first floor conference room of Woodburn Hall as follows:
Jan. 11 at 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. and 3
p.m., Jan. 13 at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and Jan. 14 at
For more information, call the enrollment center at
Nowotny athletic scholarship
funded at BH - Top
The Craig and Bette
Nowotny Athletic Scholarship was fully funded this fall
with monies raised from the annual Black Hills State
Yellow Jacket Old Baldy Golf tournament.
The Nowotny scholarship was established in 1995 in
memory of Bette who served as volleyball coach,
registration officer and residence hall director at the
university. She died of neurofibro sarcoma Aug. 29, 1995.
She is survived by her husband, Craig, and two young
She was an active coach, fan and participant in
athletics and was training for the Black Hills Marathon
when she was diagnosed with cancer. She was able to
complete a second master's degree prior to her death.
With support from her husband, a former BHSU football
coach who is now activities director at St. Thomas More
High School, and friends and family, the scholarship fund
has grown. It reached fully funded status at $5,000 in
principle with assistance from the Yellow Jacket
Foundation sponsored golf tournament.
The Craig and Bette Nowotny Scholarship will be
awarded to a returning BHSU women volleyball player who
has a 2.0 grade-point average and who has shown
determination and improvement on the volleyball court.
Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made by
contacting Steve Meeker, office of institutional
advancement, unit 9506, Spearfish, S.D. 57799 or phone
John A. `Jack' Riordan
Memorial Scholarship established at BH - Top
A $5,000 tourism scholarship honoring Mount Rushmore
concessionaire Jack Riordan was established at Black
Hills State University this fall.
Riordan began working as a young man at Mount Rushmore
for his aunt Kay Riordan Steuerwald, operator of the
Mountain Co. The company operated a restaurant, gift shop
and other concessions at the national memorial for many
Riordan was generally associated with the food service
aspect of the concession; although, he was manager of the
overall operation. He was also very active in the
business community where he served as president of the
South Dakota Hospitality Association, South Dakota
Restaurant Association, the Old West Trail Foundation,
the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rapid
City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He was active in
many local civic groups and organizations. At Black Hills
State he was a member of the Travel Industry Advisory
After 41 years with the Mountain Co., he and his wife,
Mary Ann, bought the Parade of Presidents Wax Museum in
Keystone in 1992.
Riordan, 71, died Sept. 26, 1999.
The John A. `Jack' Riordan Memorial Scholarship is
available to a full-time junior or senior student at BHSU
majoring in tourism. The recipient must maintain a 3.0
grade-point average. Half of the scholarship award will
be made available in the fall semester and the other half
in spring semester. The scholarship recipient will be
selected by the College of Business and Technology and
the monetary award applied to the individual's tuition
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. 21.
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 Dec. 9-15 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.
- Biocomplexity (NSF). The National Science
Foundation is inviting applications under the
second year of a special environment-related
initiative to support integrated research to
understand and model complexity that arises from
the interaction of biological, physical and
social systems. Deadline: Jan. 31 for notice of
intent; March 1 for research and
"incubation" proposals. Refer to
This week at BHSU - Top
Friday, Dec. 17
- Final examinations
- Book buy-back at the bookstore
Saturday, Dec. 18
- Book buy-back at the bookstore
- Commencement, Young Center (honors breakfast,
Student Union multipurpose room, 8 a.m.), 10 a.m.
Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 20-22
- Final examinations
- Book buy-back at the bookstore
Tuesday, Dec. 21
- Graduate council meeting, Jonas 306, 3:15 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 23
Tuesday, Dec. 28
- Final grades due in records office by 4 p.m.