Volume XXIV No. 6 • Feb. 11, 2000

Submit 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.

CSA position open

The following career service position is open:

secretary, College of Education (PAL Grant).

For additional information, check the announcement bulletin or contact the personnel office.


Evonne Welsh, secretary, Young Center

Resignation - Top

After 17 years, Shirley Brost is leaving BHSU.  Come join us for cake and coffee in the Pangburn little dining room, Friday, Feb. 18 from 2-3:30 p.m.. Please stop by and wish her good luck and appreciation for her many dedicated years.

Anderson co-authors paper at conference in England - Top

Dr. Steve Anderson, associate professor of geology at Black Hills State University, co-authored a paper that was recently presented at a conference in England.


 Fuqua will speak - Top

The English department brownbag series continues with Amy Fuqua Tuesday, Feb. 15 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Jonas 307.

Dr. Fuqua will speak on "Art and Muckracking: Willa Cather's Early Novels." All are invited to attend; bring your lunch.


Ruddell Gallery features watercolors by Shoemaker - Top

The Ruddell Gallery in the BHSU Student Union currently is showing an exhibit by Lisa Shoemaker.

Shoemaker, from Sioux Falls, is showing her abstract watercolor landscapes through March 3.

Shoemaker has a degree in medical illustration from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. She chose the medical illustration field because of her equal interest at the time in art and science.

"Conceptually, my paintings are inspired by forms and colors I encounter in the central plains region," said Shoemaker. "My current work explores visually-obvious linear elements and subtle, unseen elements — undulations of land, grass, clouds, wind — and silence. I combine these elements to depict the tensions and the counterbalance of nature."

Local historian gives material to BHSU Case Library - Top

The history of the Black Hills is unique because it is so recent says local history buff Bob Lee as he talks about his love of the past and some of the historical documents he is donating to the Case Library at Black Hills State University.


BHSU choir will tour Italy this spring - Top

Black Hills State University choir and band students will enjoy touring and performing in Italian cathedrals this spring.


Spring film festival announced - Top

The schedule for the spring film festival at Black Hills State University has been announced. The films will be shown at 7 p.m. in Jonas 305 on five Thursdays - Feb. 17, Feb. 24, March 16, March 23 and March 30.


Tellinghuisen presents at class - Top

Local attorney and former South Dakota attorney general Roger Tellinghuisen was a guest lecturer in Dr. Tom Hills constitutional law class this week.

Wellness fair scheduled at BHSU - Top

Along with spring cleaning it's time to get a clean bill of health for summertime activities. A good place to start, if you haven't had a recent physical by your family physician, is at the second annual Northern Hills Wellness Fair on the Black Hills State University campus Wednesday, April 5.

The wellness fair will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center and is open to the public. The fair, composed mainly of health-care providers, will provide free or at-cost wellness screenings which include, but are not limited to: glucose, blood pressure, body fat, cholesterol, flexibility and balance, vision, and hematocrit tests. It's important to know the numbers from these kinds of tests for good health and wellness.

Local health-care providers will be available to discuss and answer questions, discuss job opportunities in health care, and answer question on a variety of health-related topics.

Other booths will offer educational information and demonstrations. Many will offer freebies and door prizes. Entertainment will also be provided.

For health-fair information contact BHSU Student Health Services at (605) 642-6520.

Seniors computing - Top

Twenty-eight Spearfish senior citizens were in class recently learning fundamental computer applications. The class, sponsored by Black Hills State's Center of Business and Entrepreneurship, is designed to acquaint seniors with computer concepts such as the desktop, files, folders, basic word processing, printing and saving documents. Another session is scheduled to introduce them to the internet. Dr. T. H. Proctor receives assistance from Sarena Nuttall, a freshman from Onida. She was one of five B. H. students helping the older students learn the basics. The workshop is being taught by Laura Turner, computer instructor.

Obtain approval before doing research - Top

Any faculty member or student utilizing human subjects in research projects or animals in research or teaching activities must obtain approval from the animal-care and human-subjects committee before beginning the project or activity.

This includes survey research, analysis of data previously collected from human subjects, and student research projects involving animal or human subjects. Although

many of the projects involving human subjects may be determined to be exempt from full committee review, the application process must be completed to extend University legal protection for the project..

For information and application forms, please contact the committee chair, Doug Wessel, at unit 9032, phone 6514, by e-mail, or in SW 210.

Student teacher meetings scheduled - Top

Students planning to student teach in the summer or fall 2000 should attend one of three student teacher meetings. The meetings are Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. in the David B. Miller Student Union Multipurpose room. For more information contact Colleen Gustafson, Office of Field Experience, 1200 University Street, Unit 9038, Spearfish, S.D. 57799-9038 (605) 642-6642.

BHSU Green and Gold Club to host chamber appreciation night - Top

The Green and Gold Booster Club and Spearfish chamber relations committee at Black Hills State University will host an appreciation night Saturday, Feb. 12 for members of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce during the BHSU basketball games against Dakota State University.


Theatre will present a musical fairytale - Top

The Black Hills State University theater department will present “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine in Woodburn Auditorium Feb. 24-26 at 8 p.m., and a Feb. 27 matinee at 2:30 p.m.


Chamber of commerce hosts hot chocolate days art walk - Top

This year marks the fourth annual hot chocolate days art walk sponsored by the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce city wide retail trade committee.

Beginning Feb. 17 and running through Feb. 20 participants can view local art on display in participating businesses throughout the city of Spearfish. A brochure listing these "temporary galleries" and featured artists will be available at the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce and at all participating businesses. Participants who visit the businesses and receive a special stamp at each will be entered in a drawing for Spearfish bucks donated by First

Western Bank, Norwest Bank, Pioneer Bank and Trust and Rushmore Bank and Trust.

Gold winners (who visit 30 or more) will be put in a drawing for $100, silver winners who visit 20 or more will be put in a drawing for $50, and bronze winners who visit 10 more will be put in a drawing for $25.

For additional information contact the chamber of commerce at 642-2626.

Minutes of the January CSA meeting - Top

The CSA council met Jan. 18, 2000, at the Pangburn Dining Room.


Instructional improvement committee taking applications for course releases - Top

The instructional improvement committee is ready to receive applications for course releases for the 2000-2001 school year.

Course releases are available to any full-time faculty member with the approval of his/her dean and department chair. Course releases will be for one semester during the regular academic year. Consideration will be given for summer stipends for faculty unable to apply for a course release for the regular academic year because of documented departmental staffing problems.

Course releases may be granted to:

  • design a new course which will be infused with technology or offered through the internet;
  • redesign an existing course so that it is infused with technology or offered for internet delivery;
  • design a new course or redesign an existing course to be presented collaboratively with other BHSU faculty;
  • significantly redesign an existing course; or
  • design a new course.

Proposals for course releases will be reviewed by the instructional improvement committee in March so that the recommendations may be made and approved by April. Proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, Woodburn 220, by the last Friday in February, and will consist of a proposal following the specified format. A copy of the guidelines and proposal format are available from the grants office web page or by contacting your dean or department chair for a hard copy. Ten copies of the proposal are needed so that each member of the IIC can review it. Proposal writers may be requested to make an oral presentation to the committee in support of a proposal.

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 of 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 practicable 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. Deadline is Feb. 25.

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.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Feb. 3-Feb. 9 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at <grants@mystic.bhsu.edu>. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.


Weekly Campus Calendar

BHSU events are shown in gold, Spearfish Chamber events are in gray. Submit items or send to media relations, Unit 9512, BHSU.

Monthly Campus Calendar


Friday, Feb.11

Saturday, Feb.12

Spring science seminar series "Source and sink dynamics of redwing black birds" by Dr. Kerri Vierling, Jonas 164, 4 p.m.

Basketball vs. Dakota State, Young Center, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Pre-game tailgate party, Stadium Sports Grill, 5:30-7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb.13

Monday, Feb.14

Tuesday, Feb.15

Brownbag series
with Amy Fuqua, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Jonas 307

Student teacher meeting, Student Union multipurpose room, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb.16

Student teacher meeting, Student Union multipurpose room, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb.17

Student teacher meeting, Student Union multipurpose room, 7 a.m.

Green and Gold luncheon, Perkins, noon

Spring Film Festival "Run Lola Run", Jonas 305, 7 p.m.

Track and field, BHSU invitational

Friday, Feb.18

Preview day: high school students on campus

Track & field reunion,
1975 men's cross country and track

Saturday, Feb.19

Alumni Mile reunion, Young Center, noon
Art Walk Winter Art Show, Matthews Opera House