Volume XXV No. 20 May 18, 2001
items to Campus Currents - Top
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recognized for outstanding service - Top
Hills State University employees recognized for outstanding service
this year are front, Margaret Lewis, committee award; second row,
Leone Geppert accepting the outstanding service award for Tim
Johnston and his food service staff; Sheryl Styles and Lil Odell
(standing back), university area service award; Cheryl Leahy,
outstanding university service award; Chris Schultes, student
service award; and Jade Harney, student service award.
Several staff members and one faculty member were recognized
recently at the annual Black Hills State University Special
Margaret Lewis, assistant professor in the College of Arts and
Sciences, was nominated for, and won, the “Committee Award.”
This award is for faculty and staff who have been actively involved
in campus committees.
Lewis was nominated by Riley Chrisman who wrote in his
nomination, “Margaret has always served the institution through
her work on committees—faculty senate, general education council
and the curriculum committee, just to name a few. She is very
intense and quite concerned about students and spends considerable
extra time with her advisees.”
The Student Service Award, which was presented to Jade Harney and
Chris Schultes, is conferred upon an individual who best fulfills or
promotes BHSU’s mission as a liberal arts university through his
or her services that assist students through mentoring, service to
student organizations, clarification of BHSU information/policies
Harney, director of the university apartments, was nominated by
Mike Isaacson who wrote, “Jade’s life is devoted to the service
of students. This is evident in his job duties as well as his
extra-curricular activities. Jade’s job (and passion) is based in
personnel-staff training and professional development. He is
extremely well-read in the area of leadership development and our
department is fortunate to reap this great benefit.”
Schultes, director of Humbert Hall, was nominated by Harney, who
wrote, “Every Thursday night, Chris has set aside this night to
enter into her girls’ lives. She generally cooks up a batch of
cookies, and then sets out to fulfill her girls’ needs of home
cooked cookies and a listening ear of someone who genuinely
The Outstanding University Service Award is conferred on an
employee of BHSU who displays outstanding dedication and commitment
to the responsibilities of their
position through service to the
support of fellow employees. A nominee must
have demonstrated performance qualities which serve as an example to
others. Two BHSU staff won this award.
Tim Johnston and his staff in the food service
department of BHSU were nominated by Darlene Swartz who wrote in her
nomination, “Whenever there are conferences or workshops, Tim and
his staff provide an excellent environment which enhances the
effectiveness of the training sessions.”
Cheryl Leahy, enrollment center senior
secretary, also received the Outstanding University Service Award.
She was nominated by Jennifer Butler who wrote in her nomination,
“Cheryl is simply amazing. She has a way with students that others
should learn from. Financial aid plays a big role in a college
students’ life. Cheryl works diligently with students to
explain/create a financial aid package for each student. She does
not “sugar-coat,” and this helps the students with reality. She
is one of the most honest people I know.”
The University Area Award is earned by an area
of the university that has displayed outstanding dedication and
commitment to the responsibilities of that area. Creativity in the
effective use of resources, management of a significant project or
projects or assignment within rigid constraints may be considered
for this award. Continued performance at a consistent high level may
also be considered.
This year, the
university printing center earned this award. The nominators for
this award were Daniel Farrington and Donna Bucher who wrote in
their nomination, “Under the leadership of Lil Odell, the
university printing center consistently provides timely and high
quality services to this university. This is done with a ‘can
do’ attitude and no matter how tight the timeline or the size of
the job, they get it done without complaint. …There is not a
service area in the university that consistently provides such a
superior effort with as little fanfare as the university printing
center. This office is a fine example of what a service area should
provide to its customers and a positive influence on us all.”
visits Chinese Foreign Affairs College - Top
Chinese and U.S. relations the subject of recent news stories
regarding the emergency landing of a U.S. Navy surveillance aircraft
on Hainan Island, a five-day visit to the Chinese Foreign Affairs
College to study national security issues is timely topic for Dr.
Tom Hills, professor of political science at Black Hills State.
Hills will be leaving for China at the end of
the month to attend a National Science Foundation (NSF) short course
for college teachers titled “China’s Perspective on National
Security Issues.” The May 28 to June 1 presentation will be held
at Beijing’s Foreign Affairs College. Founded in 1955 by the late
Premier and Foreign Minister Zhou En-lai, the college is the sole
institution of higher learning affiliated with the Chinese Foreign
“The short course is taught by people from
the Foreign Ministry,” said Hills. “They are well connected and
informed. It should be a gold mine of information.”
Topics to be covered at the foreign affairs
college include: the impact of globalization on Chinese security,
Chinese perceptions of old and emerging regional security concerns,
views on Taiwan reunification, China’s drive for military
modernization, Chinese defense policy, Chinese national security and
sovereignty and Chinese perspectives on arms control and disarmament.
“Given the situation with the surveillance
plane, I wonder what their reaction to 15 Americans there will
be,” said Hills. “I’m sure they will try to impress us as a
merging super power.”
The BH professor is excited at the prospect of
introducing up-to-date information about China to his college
classes. He plans to use this newfound information in his class on
governments of the world and in an advanced international relations
“It makes such a difference in teaching when
you’ve been there,” said Hills. “It gives you a better feel
for the culture and the people.”
His excitement about the visit is tempered with some apprehension regarding the language
differences. He doesn’t expect to come in contact with significant
numbers of English speaking Chinese people. He also doesn’t expect
to see many signs written in English naming locations and giving
To assist him, Dr. Lidan Lin, an assistant
professor of literature at BHSU and former resident of China, has
prepared some cards with important addresses and phonetically
written phrases. Hills has also made arrangements with the assistant
director of foreign affairs college to meet him at the airport.
Not a newcomer to international travel, the BH
professor has been to Germany twice, once in 1992 as a Fulbright
scholar and again in 1998 to attend a seminar. He was able to visit
several European countries, their governments and historical sites
during those trips. He was in the first Fulbright group allowed into
The BHSU political science professor plans to
bring back academic materials and souvenirs from China to share with
his students. He will be arriving in China a day early and plans to
stay three days after the course is completed. He wants to visit
some of the cultural sites such as the Beijing Opera, the Chinese
Acrobats, the Forbidden City, Tiennamen Square, and the Great Wall.
“I want to get a feel for the culture,” he
said. “You need to get out and see the people not just spend five
days in a classroom. I also want to be able to say I saw Mao (Tse-tung)
in his glass coffin, if I can.”
NSF and BHSU are providing funds for the China
trip. The university supports Hills’ travel, room and board.
Hills has been a member of the university
faculty since 1969. He served as chairman of the junior college
division, chairman of social science division and dean of the
college of business and public affairs in addition to teaching. He
is a 1962 graduate of BHSU and earned a master’s degree (1968) and
doctorate (1969) from the University of Oregon.
Student Senate names Dr. Charles Lamb as
outstanding faculty member - Top
The Black Hills State University Student
Senate honored Dr. Charles Lamb, associate professor of biology, as
the outstanding faculty member at the annual awards breakfast prior
to commencement this spring.
student-generated award to Lamb, left, was William Stodden,
president of the university student senate.
receives grant to continue Black Hills macrofungi study - Top
Audrey Gabel, professor of biology at Black Hills State University,
was recently awarded a grant from the South Dakota Department of
Game, Fish and Parks (Wildlife Division) for $3,908 to continue a
study that began in 1998 to collect identify and document macrofungi
in the Black Hills.
Gabel reports that the research on macrofungi is significant
because it can, among other things, supplement existing plant and
animal information now used for ecosystem management, provide a
significant contribution to identifying the commonly occurring fungi
and or unusual fungi, all of which can be used to determine unique
areas for management,
help to establish indicator species which can
be used to document environmental change and identify species of
mycorrhizal fungi, which are critical to the quality of a coniferous
forest and which can be used as indicators of decline in quality.
According to the professor, the ectomycorrhizal fungi can also be
used as indicators of air pollution.
Information from this assessment will supplement current data for
preparation of at least one manuscript, which will be submitted to a
refereed journal for publication and for a field guide, which is
currently in preparation.
Gabel has been a faculty member in the College of Arts and
Sciences at BHSU since 1985. She has a Ph.D. in botany/mycology from
Iowa State University.
BHSU faculty receive Advanced Projects
in Teaching with Technology grants - Top
Ten BHSU faculty members are recipients
of Governor Bill Janklow's Advanced Projects in Teaching with
Janklow recently announced the
awarding of $1.2 million to more than 60 faculty members at the
state's six public universities. The grants are going to faculty who
have previously received a Teaching with Technology grant and allows
the faculty to keep on the leading edge of using technology in the
higher education classroom.
BHSU winners and their project
- Steve Anderson - Hydrogeology,
Environmental Geology/Chemistry/Geology Seminar
- Abdollah Farrokhi - Writing for
- Richard Gayle - Probability and
- Carol Hess - Teaching K-8 Reading
- Colleen Kirby - Organization and
Administration of the Library Media Center
- Roger Miller - Geographical
- Kristi Pearce - Using Technology
for Inquiry and Collaboration
- Sandee Schamber - Middle Level
- Sharon Strand - English, Basic
Skills, Grammar and Comp for English Teachers
- Ronnie Theisz - American Indian
These Advanced Faculty Awards for
Teaching with Technology were open to any faculty members who had
won an earlier Teaching with Technology Award in 1998, 1999 or 2000.
The advanced award winners will receive compensation and funds for
equipment, software and training.
In addition to the award winners
from BHSU, other winners for 2001 include six faculty member from
Dakota State University at Madison; 18 from Northern State
University at Aberdeen; six from South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology at Rapid City; 14 from South Dakota State University at
Brookings and seven from the University of South Dakota in
Aman scholarship established at Black Hills
State - Top
A $10,000 music
scholarship was recently established at Black Hills State University
known as the Merlyn and Shirley Aman Scholarship Fund.
brother Tom and his wife, Danielle Aman, established the scholarship
honoring the two former BHSU employees.
Merlyn joined the BHSU music faculty in 1966 and retired in
1995. Though suffering with Guillain-Barre syndrome for many years,
he was active in local, state and regional music organizations as a
musician, clinician, judge, and composer. Shirley worked at the
university for 22 years including employment as bookstore secretary
and later as director of the printing center. She retired as
director in 1994. They both have been and continue to be active
supporters of all the events taking place at the university.
To be eligible
for the Aman scholarship students must be majoring in music at BHSU.
Preference will be given to students from Mobridge first, Standing
second, followed by any transfer student for Sitting Bull College.
The principal of
fund will be preserved with interest earnings used for the
scholarships and management and distribution of the fund. If the
scholarship criteria are not met for distribution, the earnings are
to accrue for future awards.
recipients are to be selected by the music faculty in the College of
Arts and Sciences at BHSU.
graduate presents at McNair research symposium - Top
Antonia Kucera, Media Relations Student Intern
Black Hills State University graduating senior
Favian Kennedy is solid proof that hard work pays off. Kennedy, who
is originally from Willingboro, New Jersey, was selected to present
at the Rocky Mountain McNair Research Symposium and Graduate School
Education Conference in Ft. Collins, Colo., this spring. He
presented the research that he and three other BHSU students
Kennedy, a double major in psychology and
sociology, heard about the opportunity through his work as a tutor
in the BHSU Student Assistance Center. Student Support Services
Director Sharon Hemmingson noticed that one of the featured speakers
at the Symposium would be Dr. Orlando Taylor, a dean from Howard
University in Washington, D.C., which also happens to be the
graduate school Kennedy hopes to attend.
Besides the fact that the dean would be
speaking, Kennedy was attracted to the event because it is a
"program that is designed to help minorities and women get into
graduate school." Being of African-American descent, Kennedy is
a minority member himself.
The subject of minority groups is relevant to
Kennedy's presentation titled "The Culture of Poverty in the
Black Hills Community." The research was co-authored by BHSU
students Natasha Chapmen, Amanda Blaseg, and Jessica Lyon, with Dr.
Larry Landis, professor of sociology, as research advisor.
Kennedy's presentation explained how minority
groups will internalize poverty, and how that poverty then becomes
part of their culture. His research focused on African- Americans in
the Black Hills area with an emphasis toward finding a solution to
"The autonomy of caste-like minorities is
crucial to their empowerment and them being able to come out of
poverty," Kennedy said.
Kennedy and his co-authors sent in an
application with an abstract of their research to the annual
symposium. Upon acceptance, he took on the responsibility of giving
Favian Kennedy accepts his diploma from
Black Hills State University President Thomas Flickema. Kennedy, who
graduated with a double major in psychology and sociology, plans to
further his studies in graduate school. He recently presented
research findings at the Rocky Mountain McNair Research Symposium
and Graduate School Education Conference.
presentation so as not to miss out on a great opportunity.
"The presentation was received fairly
well," he said, and the experience overall was rich because
"the program did an excellent job of being multicultural."
Besides having graduate-level research
presented and various prestigious speakers, the event also included
entertainment, such as dancers representing cultures from all over
An opportunity Kennedy took advantage of was to
meet Dr. Taylor, the main speaker at the symposium.
"I wanted to let him know I had in an
application at his university," he said.
The Rocky Mountain McNair Research Symposium is
a relatively new program to BH, and Kennedy hopes the school becomes
more attractive for future students. It is a very prestigious and
reputable event that requires educational excellence.
"Realize that this is a very professional
conference," Kennedy advises future students, "prepare
your research now. If you don't start now, you won't be prepared on
SDSEO will sponsor an open forum - Top
SDSEO will sponsor an open forum
for all state employees Friday, May 18 from noon to 4 p.m. at
Pangburn Dining room.
forum, which is open to all state employees both on and off campus,
will focus on understanding the benefits of being
a member of SDSEO.
representative from Piper Jaffrey will be present to discuss
investment opportunities. Mary Foster, SDSEO member, will also be
available to discuss the benefits of SDSEO membership. For more
information contact Foster at 642-6081 or 642-7281.