Volume XXIV No. 3 • Jan. 21, 2000

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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.

Professors will take part in a panel discussion - Top

The global awareness committee at Black Hills State University will present a panel discussion Monday, Jan. 31 titled "The Changing Face of America."

The panel discussion will be presented at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union multipurpose room. Each session will include a question-and-answer session.

Professors participating in the panel discussion are Dr. Larry Landis, Dr. Dan Peterson, Ms. Jace DeCory, Dr. John Glover, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, Dr. Joe Valades, and Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein.

Topics to be discussed at each session include:

  • The 2000 census - possible findings and implications
  • Prejudice and racism in South Dakota
  • Religious diversity in the United States
  • The impact of the Latino culture on the cultural/ethnic landscape of America
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. and the rhetoric of race in America.
Landis Peterson DeCory Glover
Ahmad Valades Wallerstein  


In preparing for the panel discussion the global awareness committee points out this quote from Farai Chideya, from Time, Feb. 1, 1999, "One thing bears remembering: every day America's heartland looks more and more like New York and Los Angeles, not the other way around."

The public is invited to attend either session at no charge. Refreshments will be served at the evening session.For more information contact Legia Spicer, BHSU global awareness committee chair, at 642-6556.

Submit names of all volunteers - Top

Please submit to the president's office the names and addresses of any volunteers who will be working in your area.

The names will be forwarded to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

In case a volunteer would be injured in the performance of volunteer work, they will be covered by Workmen's Compensation similar to any employee of the university. In addition, the university can justify expenditures which are made in connection with their contributions if they are identified with volunteer status.

CSA council to host chili feed for employees - Top

The BHSU CSA council will host a CSA winter social Jan. 21 at the Donald E. Young Center Hall of Fame room from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The CSA council will serve chili in a bread bowl with all the fixings. Following the social, CSA employees are invited to support the BHSU Yellow Jackets men's and women's basketball teams as they play against Dakota Wesleyan University. Admission is free for you and your guest with your Ace card.

Chamber of commerce will sponsor crackerbarrel - Top

The Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce's government affairs committee will host a Legislative Crackerbarrel Saturday, Jan. 22 at the Spearfish Chamber (106 W. Kansas) starting at 10 a.m.

District 31 legislators Sen. James Dunn, Rep. Mark Young, and Rep. Jerry Apa, have been invited to participate in the crackerbarrel. Crackerbarrels are held to afford the public the opportunity to visit with local legislators and become more informed on political issues

facing the state.

Following the opening remarks by featured legislators, the public will have the opportunity to ask questions and make comments on legislative issues.

The crackerbarrel is free of charge and open to the public. For information, call the Spearfish Chamber office at 642-2626.

Adams Museum announces 2000 schedule - Top

The Adams Museum & House have announced the exhibitions, events and special programs planned for 2000. Nearly each month a special event, program or a new exhibition opening will be featured. The schedule includes presentations and exhibits by BHSU professors.
  • Jan. 27 – “I Remember When...” – Deadwood Businesses. Local residents gather in a public forum to discuss past and present commerce in Deadwood at Deadwood City Hall at 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 24 – “I Remember When...” – The Days of '76 Parade and Rodeo. Deadwood City Hall at 7 p.m. in memory of Marion Keehn and Fred Heinrich.
  • May 1 – “A Snapshot in Time: Photography as Historic Preservation.” The year-long exhibit explores how the relatively “new” technology of photography of the 1800s has helped preserve the history of Deadwood.
  • May 15 - Photography Art Show – Spearfish photographer Steve Babbitt and Rapid City photographer Bob H. Miller's work will be featured.
  • June 1 – Photography: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: A lecture by Steve Babbitt. Professor Babbitt discusses the beginning of photography and where the technology is headed.
  • July 1 – Photography Art Show – Custer photographer Paul Horsted's photographs will be displayed.
  • July 1 – A Victorian 4th of July at the Adams House Museum. The grand opening of a Deadwood treasure as a house museum. An old-fashioned Independence Day celebration is planned.
  • Aug. 15 – Photography Art Show – Wildlife photographer Ray Tysdal's work will be exhibited.
  • Aug. 1-31 – Wild Bill and Calamity Jane Days. A month-long celebration of Deadwood's most notorious characters.
  • Sept. 23 – Caring for your family photographs by Helen Alten and Paul Kopco – Conservator Helen Alten will teach techniques of how to care for family photographs while BHSU instructor Paul Kopco will show participants how to restore photographs using digital technology.
  • Nov. 4 – Victorian photography studio fund-raiser. Participants will dress in replicated Victorian clothing and have their photographs taken in at the Adams House.
  • Nov. 15 – The Haas Plesiosaur Returns. A permanent exhibition on the new genus and species of a plesiosaur excavated in western South Dakota will be displayed in a 15-foot life-sized case.
  • Dec. 2 – A Victorian Christmas at the Adams Museum and House. Victorian Christmas traditions, decorations, and music will be highlighted at both the Adams Museum and the Adams House Museum.

Funds available through instructional improvement committee - 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.

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 three years.

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 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. Deadline is Jan. 31.

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 2001.

Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 2000 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 unit 9550.

Campus Calendar - Top

Friday, Jan. 21

  • CSA Winter Social chili feed, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Hall of Fame Room, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Men's and women's basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

Saturday, Jan. 22

  • Track and field winter invitational, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
  • Pre-game tip-off party, Stadium Sports Grill, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • 1965 men's basketball reunion, 4 p.m.
  • Men's and women's basketball vs. Mount Marty College, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Green and Gold luncheon, Margie's Dinner club, noon
  • Last day to drop/add a class and receive a refund
  • Men's and women's basketball vs. S.D. School of Mines, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 28

  • Preview day: high school students on campus