Volume XXV No. 43 Nov. 2, 2001
items to Campus Currents - Top
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to Black Hills State University - Top
Renee Oler, child care worker, child care
Judy Schaeffer, child care worker, child
Career Service positions open - Top
The following Career Service positions are open:
purchasing assistant, University Support
custodial worker, Dining Services
For additional information, please review the
position announcement or contact the personnel office.
Resignation - Top
- Kathrine Luze, secretary, Upward Bound
new science equipment available to undergraduate students - Top
equipment at Black Hills State University brings the latest
technology to the science classroom for undergraduate student use.
Dr. Micheal Zehfus, assistant professor of chemistry at BHSU, said, “we plan
to use them (new science equipment) in every class from introductory
classes to organic chemistry and biological chemistry classes.”
The new equipment
now available for classroom research includes a $62,000 Nuclear
Magnetic Resonance machine as well as a $16,000 Thermo Nicolet
Genesis II FTIR machine.
resonance instrument allows students to characterize nuclei within
organic compounds. This particular machine permits students to study
hydrogen, carbon, phosphorous and many other nuclei.
The FTIR machine
measures infrared absorbance of most of the organic chemicals.
Students have already used it this semester to measure
carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide emission from auto exhaust.
is appropriate for survey-level students to pique their interest in
chemistry and get them using current technology in chemistry,”
The BH chemistry
professor says the new equipment replaces 60s and 70s technology.
The original magnet found in the older magnetic resonance equipment
will still be put to use through computer enhancement that meets
current standards. The computer equipment is part of the new system.
underway to purchase a mass spectrometer within the next year to
further develop the equipment inventory at the university.
|Kelly Stock, a senior biology and chemistry
major at BHSU, works with one of two new pieces of science
equipment available to undergraduate students this fall. The
equipment she is using measures infrared absorbance of organic
chemicals. The computer enhanced sensor was obtained from a
grant written by Dr. Micheal Zehfus, assistant professor of
chemistry, and is designed to make the latest technology
available to university students.
gives us equality with most chemistry departments across the
country,” said Zehfus.
A single grant,
written by the BH chemistry professor was responsible for bringing
the two pieces of equipment to the university this fall.
A year ago Zehfus
received an NSF grant for $112,000 to encourage undergraduate
research related to the hydrogen
bond in protein structure. BH students are being introduced to pure
research by building protein models and analyzing their
Zehfus joined the
BHSU science faculty three years ago after serving as an assistant
professor in the College of Pharmacy at Ohio State University and as
a visiting assistant professor in the department of chemistry at
Ohio Northern University. He is a graduate of Ripon College, Ripon,
Wisc., and earned a master’s degree in biochemistry at the
University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry-biophysics at
Oregon State University.
Glover and his class will develop resource textbook on
structure of Sioux tribe
professor John Glover and his tribal law and politics class at Black
Hills State received a $5,000 grant from the Chiesman Foundation for
Democracy to write a resource textbook on the structure of the Sioux
imperative that South Dakotans have some understanding of the
democratic tribal governments located in the region,” said Glover.
“Unfortunately, discussions of such governments rarely occur in
classrooms outside of the reservations.”
The 200-page resource text will
describe the history and contemporary political structure of the
nine Sioux tribes in South Dakota along with the Santee of Nebraska.
The text will also cover the Great Sioux Nation, applicable
treaties, the Black Hills land dispute, and present-day tribal
government. It is intended for upper-level high school and
introductory college-level instruction.
Glover says the
book-writing project will consist of three phases: 1) research and
accumulation of information, 2) development of a draft narrative,
and 3) review and comments by tribal government representatives. The
project will be completed by late next summer.
In addition to
Chiesman and BHSU participation, the University of South Dakota Law
School Foundation has agreed to sponsor the endeavor.
Glover has been a
member of history and social science faculty at BHSU since 1992. He
earned a Juris Doctorate degree at Willamette University in 1990 and
a B.A. degree in political science from Concordia College in 1987.
digital Shakespeare work will be published
Dr. Roger Ochse, associate professor of English
at Black Hills State University, has written a chapter in a book to
be published in 2002 by Wakefield Press in conjunction with the
Australian Council of Teachers of English. The chapter, “Digital
Shakespeare: Integrating Text and Technology,” will appear as one
of the 18 chapters in For All Time? Critical Issues in
In his chapter, Ochse argues that
contemporary performance theory, accelerated by new technologies
like the Internet and digital audio/video, has challenged
traditional concepts of the Shakespearean text. As a result,
teachers of Shakespeare have difficulty accommodating these critical
their classroom instruction. Students can best learn
Shakespeare by approaching the text in three different, yet
interrelated ways: (1) text as language, (2) text as historical
performance, and (3) text as student experience. Teachers of
Shakespeare, by engaging this approach, can improve their
effectiveness in the classroom and enhance student understanding and
The chapter will also feature Ochse’s
experience with digital Shakespeare at Black Hills State University.
For the past two years, digital Shakespeare has produced innovative
scenes from Shakespeare plays for digital media, including the
internet. The Digital Shakespeare Society is currently filming a
feature-length production of All’s Well That Ends Well.
Scenes and discussions of the Society’s work may be found on the webpage.
of Excellence at Work award - Top
Spirit of Excellence at Work award is being presented to Becky Haak
in the records office for her cheerful and professional manner in
dealing with faculty, staff and students.
recipient is chosen by a group which meets regularly to discuss ways
to improve the campus working environment. This group feels that
when they “catch” someone doing their job well, that performance
should be recognized and encourages everyone to keep up the good
work so they can “catch” you at it.
education day is Saturday - Top
career center is hosting the Career Education Day this Saturday from
9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Job
search and resume writing workshops will be held, including two
panels featuring current BHSU students who have completed
internships, and recent
BHSU graduates from the
fields of education, business, and psychology. Students should be encouraged to attend.
For more information, contact the career center at 642-6277.
artist Phillip Peterson and Janeen Larsen will present vocal concert
Guest artist Phillip Peterson, tenor, and
Janeen Larsen, pianist, will present a vocal concert of American and
songs Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the United Church of Christ
in Spearfish. Songs by Bach, Vivaldi, Ravel, Respighi, and Finzi
will be featured on the program presented by the Black Hills State
University music department.
Peterson, a native of Maryland, earned a
bachelor of music degree in voice performance from Temple University
in Philadelphia. His professional musical life began at the early
age of 19, when he was chosen by the world-renowned composer,
Gian Carlo Menotti to sing the title of his children's opera
"The Boy Who Grew Too Fast.” As an adult, his soloist and
chorister credits include The Philadelphia Opera Company, The
Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Chamber Chorus, Opera
Delaware, and In clare voce.
Since 1995, Peterson has lived in Italy, where
he sang five consecutive seasons at the Spoleto Festival, making a
complete circle in his connection with Gian Carlo Menotti, who
founded the festival in 1959. In addition to soloist work, Peterson
currently sings with the Torino ocal Ensemble, a small vocal
ensemble based in his hometown of Turin, Italy.
Larsen, BHSU music professor, is known
throughout the midwest as a professional accompanist as well as a
classical and jazz solo performer. Vocalist Stephen Parker, director
of choral activities at BHSU, will also perform at the concert.
The concert is open to the public at no charge.
For more information contact Larsen at 642-6241.
and Human Services Club to sponsor open forum on religion and the
current crisis - Top
The BHSU Sociology and Human Services
Club will sponsor an open forum, “Religion and the Current Crisis
in America,” Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 308.
Dr. Larry Landis, professor of sociology and
advisor of the Sociology and Human Services Club, will serve as
The panelists will include: Dr. Ahrar Ahmad,
BHSU professor of political science and American citizen from
Bangladesh, who has research interest in the relationship between
Islam and the national and international political scene; Rev. Kerry
Prendiville, a pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, who has been
active in working with the poor in Spearfish; and Dr. David Salomon,
professor of philosophy and humanities, whose
research covers the
history of literature and religion.
Each speaker will make a brief statement, and then the
panel will be open for questions and comments from the audience.
Refreshments will be available following the forum and participants
are welcome to stay for further discussion.
return to BHSU for basketball game - Top
Former players who returned to BHSU for the alumni basketball
game last week were, front row, left to right, Mark Gould, Matt
Burgess, Barry Van Dyke, Eldon Marshall. Back row, Coach John Heck, Trent Traphagen, Eric
Thomson, Brian Sudrala, Brant Miller and Travis Traphagen.
Minutes of the North Central meeting - Top
Central committee met Monday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 110.
Earley, Fuqua, Keller, K. Johnson, J. Johnson, A. Hemmingson,
D. Wessel, Babbitt, Heidrich, Cook, Downing, Schamber.
committee reviewed the section of students and student success.
There was some concern that the data appeared to contradict
itself or else had different numbers.
Examples were given and the chair said he would check to see
if that could be resolved.
was some discussion about the issue of the age distribution of the
students, number of transfers, and also probations, suspensions.
chair reported that the section on education programs should be
ready in December and hopefully the rough draft would be ready by
next meeting will discuss physical facilities and healthy and safe
meeting will be Nov.
19 at 3 p.m. in Jonas 110.
Minutes of the University Assessment
Committee meeting - Top
of University Assessment Committee Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in
Woodburn Conference Room 1.
Earley. J. Miller, Siewert, Valades, Schamber, Myers, Pearce,
Cook, Haislett, Altmyer, L. Turner.
dates: The committee agreed that Tuesday is better than Wednesday.
There was a discussion of meeting dates - the chair will
check and see what is best and notify the committee.
reports: The committee discussed the annual reports and what should be
expected. The committee
agreed that the deans should take a more active role in the approval
process. The committee
agreed to send to the Deans the original documents on how to write
an assessment plan and also how to write an annual assessment
deadline for reports: Oct. 15 -
A&S, Nov. 15 - A&S, Dec. 15- B&T, Jan. 15- ED.
committee agreed to accept the annual reports for Spanish, Indian
Studies, and speech communication with the concern that the number
of students involved is very low.
chair informed the committee that he had returned various reports
from the College of A & S.
The committee agreed that the other reports should be sent
back to Dean Downing for reconsideration by her. The committee
further recommended that the chair and the Deans should discuss what
should be done to tighten up the process.
The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 27 at 3:30
p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.
grants available - 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.
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.
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. In the other
categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an
IIC grant in the last academic year.
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.
Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, or to the chair
of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the
proposal and budget outlines following the specified format
available at the grants and special projects web
Faculty research funds available -
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
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 2002. 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, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair;
Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer.
opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Oct.
18-Nov. 1 in the grants office Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Science Foundation. Major
National Science Foundation is inviting applications to develop
and acquire major research instrumentation for share use across
academic departments, among institutions and in concert with
private research partners.
Deadline: The fourth Thursday of January, annually.
Department of Agriculture.
National Research Initiative Grants Program.
Programs with a Feb. 15 deadline include animal growth
and nutrient utilization, animal genome and genetic mechanisms,
and plant biochemistry.
- American Educational Research Association.
programs for senior researchers to focus on policy-related
research while in residence at either National Center for
Education Statistics or National Science Foundation.
New Faculty Profile
by Cory Pethick, Media Relations Student Intern
One of the new faces on the Black Hills
State University campus this fall is that of Steven Andersen. He is an assistant professor in the college of Business
and Technology, specializing in the areas of health services
Originally from southeastern South
Dakota, Andersen has lived in Iowa, California, Texas and
worked for 30 years in the health industry, and has just
recently decided to become a teacher.
He explains that his background is not
one of teaching, but that he draws upon his experiences to
teach and reinforce the material he covers. “There is a fine
line between experience and war stories, though,” he said.
Andersen began his teaching career last
year while living in Kansas City, Mo. He taught a health service systems course to graduate
students at the Keller Graduate School of Management. He was brought on board at BHSU to teach a basic
business class and two more specialized classes - health
service systems and service industry operations management.
He is enjoying teaching thus far, and
comments that it makes him feel like he is, “a student as
well as the teacher. I
have to read the material just like the students to prepare
and teach the class.”
Andersen is currently working on his
doctoral dissertation at the Medical University of South
Carolina in Charleston, S.C. His degree work is in health administration. Andersen’s research is on the “effect of hospital
board involvement in the financial performance of
hospitals.” He finds himself being very busy with his dissertation and
keeping up with his classes, but enjoys it immensely.
Prior to teaching, he was involved with
the Sisters of Leavenworth Health Services Corporation. This corporation is a system of hospitals, clinics and
some nursing homes located across the United States that is
independently run by the nuns in the Sisters of Leavenworth
worked in the corporate office doing strategic planning for
Andersen is married and has two children,
both of whom are married and live in different states.
He likes living in the Black Hills, “Everything is
close and easy to get to, with no traffic,” he said.
This week at Black Hills State
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workshop: picking up esteem, Student Union, noon
Junior exam, Ellsworth AFB, 8 a.m. to noon
and Gold tailgate, Salem Park, noon to 1:15 p.m.
King tailgate, Lyle Hare Stadium, noon to 1:15
vs. Huron University, Lyle Hare Stadium, 1:30 p.m.
Concert, Mary Pochop and Korena Huckins,
Matthew’s Opera House, 4 p.m.
|Advising week begins
Rising Junior Examination, Jacket Legacy Room,
Student Union, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Rising Junior Examination, Jacket Legacy Room,
Student Union, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Diction Master class, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m.
and the Current Crisis in America: An Open Forum,
Jonas room 308, 7 p.m.
and Gold luncheon, Millstone Family Restaurant,
Peterson Tenor Guest Recital, United Church of
Christ, 7:30 p.m.
|Advising Week ends
Last day to drop a class with
an automatic "W"
and men's basketball vs. Mount Marty, Young Center, 6 p.m.
and 8 p.m.
Record Examination, Jonas 3rd floor, 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
& Gold Tip Off Party, Stadium Sports Grill, 4-
and men's basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Young Center, 6
p.m. and 8 p.m.