Volume XXIV No. 42 Oct.
items to Campus Currents -
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.
- Marlene Hofer, staff assistant, food service
- Patty Maki, food service worker, food service
Music department fundraiser at
Knight's Cellar -
The BHSU music department is sponsoring a music
scholarship fundraiser at Knights Cellar in Spearfish from 5-10
p.m., Friday, Oct. 20.
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to listen to some
music, visit with your friends, and donate some money for music
Carol Armbrust will perform from 5-6 p.m. followed by a Randall
Royer/Janeen Larsen duo from 6-7 p.m. A trio consisting of Chris
Hahn, Royer and Larsen will take the stage from 7-8 p.m. and Tony
Speiser and friends will entertain from 8-9 p.m. followed by
Brock Finn from 9-10 p.m.
Health screening offered for
The bureau of personnel will sponsor a state employee health
check Nov. 1 from 1-4:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University.
Screenings include: cholesterol check, blood-sugar level
(three-hour fast recommended), blood pressure, body mass index (bmi),
and carbon monoxide. The health screening is available at no
charge to benefited state employees and their spouses who are on
the state’s health plan.
The health check will also be held at the Surbeck Center at the
South Dakota School of Mines Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Special arrangements have been made with Avera McKennan to
offer these health check tests at no cost to health plan
participants. The primary care physician (PCP) does not offer
these tests as routine procedures. Employees should not expect
local clinics to provide these tests.
Swarm Day parade winners announced -
Winners have been
announced for the Swarm Day parade competition. The parade theme
was "Swarmin’ in the 70s."
Bonzai Katfish, appearing as KISS on the BHSU Alumni
Association float took first place in the community division.
Second place went to the Northern Hills Training Center.
In the student organizations division, best creativity award
went to the Student Ambassadors, most spirit was awarded to
Thomas Hall and the best use of theme winner was Props and
In the BHSU offices division, first place went to the
computer center and second place was the Student Union float.
Several area bands performed and competed in the parade also.
Winner High School was named the best of the bands. Other band
winners were: AA – first place – Spearfish High School; A,
first place – Winner High School; B, first place - Sundance;
B, second place – New Underwood; middle school, first place
Black Hills State University
theatre opens season -
The first theatre production of the season for the Black Hills
State University theatre department is "The Effect of Gamma
Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds" which will be presented
Oct. 19, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
This Pulitzer prize winning drama by Paul Zindel is a story
of a frowzy, acid-tongued mother supporting herself and her two
daughters by taking in a decrepit old boarder. One daughter,
Ruth, is a pretty but high-strung girl subject to convulsions,
while the younger daughter, Matilda, plain and almost
pathologically shy, has an intuitive gift for science.
Encouraged by her teacher, Tillie
undertakes a gamma-ray experiment with marigolds which wins a
prize at her high school – and also brings on the shattering
climax of the play. Proud and yet jealous, Beatrice can only
maim when she needs to love, and deride when she wants to
praise. Tortured, acerbic, slatternly, she is as much a victim
of her own nature as of the cruel lot which has been hers. And
yet, Tillie’s experience proves something beautiful and full
of promise can emerge from even the most barren afflicted soil.
Tickets are available by calling the theatre box office at
Socialist party presidential
candidate will speak -
Dave McReynolds, presidential candidate from the Socialist
Party, will deliver a political lecture Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. and
again at 5:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student
Union Jacket Legacy room.
The topic of this political lecture is "The Socialist
Alternative for the 21st Century." The
presentation, sponsored by the University
Programming Team, the Philosophy Society and the History
Association of BHSU, is open to the public at no charge.
For more information contact Allen Godsell at 642-6418 or
William Stodden at 642-6345. Persons with disabilities needing
special accommodations should call 642-6418 at least 48 hours
before the event.
Leading motivational speaker Joe
Martin will present at BHSU -
Joe Martin, recognized nationally as one of America’s top
motivational speakers, will be on the Black Hills State
University campus Oct. 27 and 28.
Martin, a professor at West Florida University, will make two
presentations and also conduct interactive leadership sessions
"Get a Pulse: Finding your Purpose" is the title of
his presentation Friday, Oct. 27 from 3-5 p.m. in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room. This
presentation is designed to help people find, accept and live
their life’s purpose. Martin will show students how to
identify, accept and maximize their unique talents, skills, and
abilities, how to get and stay self-motivated, how to stop
themselves and others from sabotaging their success; how to
become 100 percent committed to their problems and how to turn
their passion into profits.
The presentation is free to BHSU students with an ID, $5 for
other students and $7 for the public.
Martin will speak to student leaders, faculty and staff
Saturday, Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This leadership
retreat "Give and Grow Rich: Effective Service
Leadership," will challenge participants to serve others
better, unlock the secret of staying self-motivated, lead others
by being an example, not an excuse, accept responsibility for
personal and professional development and overcome obstacles.
According to Jane Klug, director of student services, this
speaker is a once in a lifetime opportunity. "I have
personally heard Professor Martin speak and I guarantee you will
not be disappointed."
For more information contact the student union information
center at 642-6062.
Williams and Ree scholarship awarded -
Amy Cummins, a freshman vocal performance music major from
Hardin, Mont., is the first recipient of the $1,000 Williams and
Ree Scholarship at Black Hills State University.
A member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the BH freshman
comes from a family who lives on a 10,000-acre cattle and horse
ranch next to Montana’s Big Horn River. Besides spending time
in Big Sky country, Cummins’ passion is to become a blues
singer. She has been singing since she was a three-year-old and
plays the piano and alto saxophone. She says jazz singer Billie
Holiday is her idol.
She visited the BH campus a couple of times during her senior
year and met with choral director Stephen Parker. It was the
program, his influence and the scholarship award that ultimately
led to her decision to attend the university.
During her high school years she received several music
awards including the Bel Canto award voted on by her classmates,
Outstanding Musicianship award, International Association of
Jazz Educators award, and was voted 1998 Miss Outstanding Young
Person from Big Horn County.
She is currently taking private voice lessons and hopes to
become a member of BH Singers next semester.
Dr. Janeen Larsen, chairman of the BHSU department of fine
and applied arts, presents a $1,000 scholarship award to
freshman Amy Cummins of Hardin, Mont. A double major in vocal
music and sociology, Cummins is the first recipient of the
recently established Williams and Ree Scholarship.
Should music not become a successful career choice, Cummins
says she plans to carry a second major in sociology and would
like to eventually earn a doctorate and teach.
The Williams and Ree Scholarship was established at BHSU this
year and is designed to support full–time students pursuing
music and /or theatre degrees. Preference is given to Native
American students pursuing a music degree.
Alcohol awareness week recognized
at Black Hills State -
Students in Dr. Larry Tentinger’s substance use education
class, met with BHSU President Thomas Flickema to witness his
signature in support of a proclamation recognizing National
Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (Oct. 16-20). The students are
promoting a series of events designed to promote responsible
behavior and help prevent alcohol-related deaths and tragedies
in the campus community. The class has developed public service
announcements promoting alcohol awareness, built a float for the
Swarm Day Parade, created a display at the homecoming football
game, sponsored events at a volleyball game and conducted a
fatal vision demonstration. The group’s parade float featured
a "Stop the Tears" quilt that lists the names of 65
people who died in alcohol-related crashes in 1998. Students
with President Flickema are, l to r, Joyanna Pearson, Rob Sales,
Rob Marney, Leigh Roose, Misty Maki, Darrin Stephenson, and Dr.
BHSU to host companies interested
in hiring December and May graduates -
The Black Hills State University
career center will host several companies who are interested in
interviewing for potential job openings.
The Air Force audit agency will
be on campus Nov. 1 to interview business or accounting students
with at least two accounting courses completed for positions as
co-op or summer interns at Ellsworth AFB in Rapid City. Chris
Tusko, company representative, indicates that this is an
outstanding opportunity to gain experience while still in
school. Resume and unofficial transcripts are required.
Shuck, Marso & Bennett of
Gillette, Wyo., will be interviewing on Thursday, Nov. 2. They
are seeking December and May graduates with accounting degrees
for positions in Gillette. Raulie Weber is the
Wells Fargo Financial of Rapid
City will be interviewing Thursday, Nov. 9 for potential
management trainees in locations throughout the region. Mark
Brockman will be interviewing interested December or May
graduates with degrees in business or liberal arts. Further
information about the company can be found at www.wellsfargofinancial.com
All interviews are held in the
career center in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union. Times are available on a first come basis.
To sign up, bring a copy of your resume to the career center and
select an interview time. For more information contact Eileen,
Sarah or Bob at the BHSU career center at 642-6238.
Australian teacher donates books,
videos to BHSU -
Australian high school teacher Kerry Essex made a sizeable
donation of Australian literature and video to Black Hills State
University recently after spending five weeks on Black Hills
Essex spent his time auditing courses and visiting the Pine
Ridge Reservation in an effort to gain more understanding of the
impact of white colonization on the Native American population.
He plans to compare these effects with those on the Aboriginal
people of Australia from European colonization.
The high school teacher has been teaching in New South Wales
since 1978 at the junior and senior levels. His North American
Plains Indians course is one of Kyogle High School’s most
popular courses, and many of the students of this course have
asked to continue the same study of United States history.
Essex made the donation to Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU
president, before he returned to Australia.
Kerry Essex of Australia presents to Dr. Thomas Flickema a
book titled "Minjungbal. Aborigines and Islanders of the
Tweed Valley," and a teaching kit titled "Valuing
Cultures." These are two of a number of books, audio tapes,
and videos donated to BHSU by Essex.
the Sept. 20 faculty senate meeting -
The faculty senate met Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Jonas 110
at 3:15 p.m.
Members present: Curtis Card, John Glover, Rob Schurrer,
Margaret Lewis, Steve Babbitt, Colleen Kirby, Rena Faye Norby,
Vincent King, Don Chastain. (Absent: Fred Heidrich and Dan
Durben, Tim Hightower replaced Dan Durben)
President Card opened the meeting and welcomed everyone. The
agenda was approved. Corrections were made to the minutes.
Minutes were then approved.
Student PINs – an email containing the process for the
assignment of PINs to students only from their advisor was
issued to the committee.
Sandee Schamber will serve the general assessment committee
as the faculty senate representative.
John Glover presented the recommendations for the
appointments to the various faculty senate committees. After
some discussion it was moved to approve Ron DeBeaumont, Dick
Hicks, Carol Hess, Penny DeJong, and Tom Termes to the
university curriculum committee. DeBeaumont and DeJong will
serve until 2002 and Hicks, Hess, and Termes will serve to 2003.
The motion included the appointments of Tom Cox, Al Sandau, and
David Salomon to the general education committee. Cox will serve
until 2001 while Sandau and Salomon will serve to 2003.
Chrisman was appointed to the campus safety and facilities
committee (this committee is a vice presidential committee with
faculty representation). Riley’s term will expire in 2002.
Information containing the number of honors graduates since
1989 was distributed to the committee. This information was
obtained from the "Black Hills State University Factbook".
George Earley will present information on the CAAP exam, the
NCA Self-Study, and assessment in general at the next meeting.
A representative from the faculty senate is requested to
participate on the student senate. A representative will be
determined at a later date.
Honors program - Dr. Tim Martinez and Dr. Lyle Cook presented
and fielded questions regarding the establishment of an honors
program. Cook indicated that $10,000 would be available for the
start of this program. Two keys for the long-term success of
this program were seen as the ability of the faculty to drive
this program and maintain high standards. A copy of the proposal
will be distributed to the committee members for the purpose of
obtaining other faculty members input. The information from
these discussions will be presented at the next meeting.
Meeting closed: The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m.
Minutes of the CSA meeting -
The CSA council met Oct. 10 at 9 a.m. in the Pangburn Dining
Present were Gloria Spitler, Marilyn Luscombe, Deatta Chapel,
Corinne Hansen, Rebecca Dovre, Ellen Melaragno, Eileen Thomas,
Ginny Sunding and Jeanne Hanson.
Not present were Margaret Kleinsasser, Gerri Pabst, and Myron
President Corinne Hansen called the meeting to order. Minutes
of the Sept. 19 meeting were read and amended to list Ellen
Melaragno as not present. Motion by Marilyn Luscombe, seconded
by Eileen Thomas to accept as amended.
Treasurer’s report was presented by Marilyn Luscombe.
Motion by Jeanne Hanson seconded by Ellen Melaragno to accept.
There were no committee reports.
A raffle package of items from the bookstore, stadium
blanket, seat, hat, umbrella and insulated mug valued at
approximately $84 was purchased at a cost of $50. Tickets have
been sold at the Sept. 30 football game and by CSA employees. A
table will be set up in the Student Union during Swarm Week from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., manned by council members. (Schedule
attached.) Tickets will also be sold at the gates prior to the
homecoming game. Items will be given away at halftime of the
game, winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets and
money should be turned in to Marilyn Luscombe by Friday, Oct.
The Regents CSAC meeting is Oct. 13, in Pierre. Agenda items
presented by Black Hills State will include the no-fault
dismissal policy, payroll deductions for investments, and a
salary resolution as follows:
Whereas, Career Service employees are valued and essential
assets to the State of South Dakota and the Board of Regents
Whereas, Career Service employees comprise the majority of
lower level salary positions within the South Dakota University
WHEREAS, Career Service employees are concerned with the
implications of possible budget shortfalls and potential
personnel reductions if amendments to ban video lottery and
repeal the state inheritance tax pass in the November election,
THEREFORE be it resolved, that the Black Hills State
University Career Service Advisory Council recommends the South
Dakota Board of Regents promote and support a 4 percent salary
increase for regental employees in the upcoming legislative
session beginning January 2001.
The resolution will be presented at the Regents meeting
listing names of BHSU CSA council members present at this
meeting, and those not present who are in agreement with the
The election of new council members will be held prior to the
November meeting. Outgoing council members are Ellen Melaragno,
Rebecca Dovre, Corinne Hansen, Margaret Kleinsasser, Marilyn
Luscombe, Gloria Spitler, Gerry Pabst, and Eileen Thomas.
Notification of election will be sent to CSA employees on Oct.
30, requesting a response by Nov. 3. Ballots will be sent on
Nov. 6 with a response deadline of Nov. 13. Results will be
available at the Nov. 14 meeting.
The next CSA meeting is set for Nov., 2000, at 9 a.m. in the
Pangburn Dining Room.
Recorded by Jeanne Hanson, CSA secretary.
Minutes of the graduate council
The graduate council met Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas
Present: R. Chrisman, Earley, Steckline, Erickson, Alsup,
Austin, Meek, Silva. Absent: Cook, Molseed. Visitor: Farrokhi.
Online degree requests- Meek moved and Austin seconded. The
graduate council's policy on curriculum requests is that
graduate degrees approved by the normal process also are
approved for whatever delivery mechanism (on campus, off campus,
ddn, satellite, internet) the university finds appropriate. This
motion was approved unanimously.
Chrisman announced that there had been one nominee for the at
large faculty position, Dr. Betsy Silva, and recommended in this
case the council confirm as elected. The council agreed.
Austin reported on his committee's draft of graduate
committee responsibilities. The council discussed the draft,
made suggestions, and asked the committee to return with a final
draft to the November meeting.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. in
Faculty research funds
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 their webpage.
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 education, business, social
sciences and humanities. A three-hour release time is available
for fall of 2001. You can apply now.
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, Daniel
Farrington, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair; Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow,
Shane Sarver and Rob Schurrer.
The research committee will not provide salary. The committee
may approve payment to student or non-student research
assistants. Deliver the original plus ten copies of your
proposal to the grants office in Woodburn 218 or Dr. Farrokhi’s
office in Woodburn 314 by Oct. 20.
Instructional improvement funds
Grants of up to $1000 are available to full-time faculty,
adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff members for projects
which will improve the quality of instruction at BHSU. Grants
are available for bringing in consultants, for training support,
for equipment that will improve instruction, and for travel to
Proposals are reviewed monthly. Ten copies of the grant proposal
should be submitted to the grants and special projects office or
the committee chair, Sharon Strand, by the last Friday of the
month. For more detailed information, go to the grants and
special projects page or contact Sharon Strand.
opportunities announced -
Below are the program materials received October 5-October 11,
2000 in the Grants Office, 218 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.
This week at BHSU
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|Theatre performance "The
Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-
Moon Marigolds," Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m
Volleyball DAC-10 Eastern Division
department scholarship fundraiser, Knights Cellar,
Spearfish, 5-10 p.m
|Theatre performance "The
Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-
Moon Marigolds," Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m
Volleyball DAC-10 Eastern Division Play
Stress reliever day hike to Crow Peak
Eastern Division Play
Laramie Community College art show begins (ends Nov. 15)
Midterm week begins
Gold luncheon, Cedar House, noon
|Preview Day, high school
students visit campus
|Halloween Ghost Hunting
Tour, Adventure Center, 10 a.m.
Tailgate Party, Salem
Football game vs. Jamestown College, Lyle Hare
Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
scrimmage with Casper College, 5 p.m.
varsity-alumni game, Young Center, 7 p.m.