Volume XXV No. 47 • Dec. 7, 2001

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

The Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. To submit an item send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or by e-mail to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 8 a.m.

Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Tina Hunt, purchasing assistant, University Support Service

Retirement - Top

  • Beverly Evenson, custodial worker, facilities services

CSA position open - Top

The following career service position is open

  • security officer, facilities services

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

BHSU powerlifting student sets a new state record - Top  

Angie Engel, a Black Hills State University student from Beresford, set a new state bench-press record in her weight class at the Northwest/Dakota Powerlifting Championships in Rapid City recently. She earned first place in the open women’s event. 

Engel, a senior with the dual majors of wellness management and psychology, qualified for the USAPL Women’s National Powerlifting Championships in Chicago, Ill, in February.  Engel’s lift of 170 pounds set a new state bench-press record in the 123-pound weight class. Her total weight lifted in three lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift) was 654 pounds.

Last February, Engel competed at the South Dakota Powerlifting Championships where she also earned first in the open women’s event.  She lifted a total of 

687 pounds in her three lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift).  At that event, she also set a new state bench-press record in the 132-pound weight class of 170 pounds. Engel began training for competition only one year ago.  Before that, lifting had been simply a form of exercise. 

Engel was instrumental in the formation of the BHSU dance team and has served as the BHSU cheerleader supervisor.  Last year she was the cheerleader supervisor for the INFL Red Dog team in Rapid City.  She also competed in pole vaulting last year with the BHSU track and field team.

The Northwest/Dakota Powerlifting Championships are sponsored by USA Powerlifting, a drug-free powerlifting organization.

Applications for state summer internship available at BHSU Career Center - Top

Applications for student summer internships with the state of South Dakota are available at the Black Hills State Career Center.

The state of South Dakota's executive intern program was created to provide opportunities for students to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of governmental processes through pre-professional work experiences in various occupational fields. The executive intern program offers internships for students in many areas.

Summer 2002 internships are available with the Bureau of Personnel, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Bureau of Administration, Bureau of Information and Telecommunications, Department of Revenue, Department of Agriculture, Department of Tourism and Economic Development, Game Fish and Parks, Department of Social Services, Department of

Health and Human Services, Department of  Transportation, Department of Education and Cultural Affairs, Department Of Corrections, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Attorney General’s Office.

Any student who is currently enrolled at an institution of higher education is eligible to apply to the intern program. This includes vocational-technical programs as well as undergraduate and graduate programs. Students must be classified as a sophomore or above by the time the internship starts. The application deadline is Feb. 5, 2002.

For a complete listing of internships and application contact Sarah Chase at the BHSU Career Center at (605) 642-6219. Information is also available on the web at www.bhsu.edu/careers or at www.state.sd.us/jobs .

Theatre presents ‘Sylvia’ - Top

The BHSU theatre department presents “Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney Dec. 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

“Sylvia,” is about a couple that adopts a dog that Greg, the

husband, found in the park. Sylvia soon becomes a bone of contention between Greg and his wife, Kate. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.  

Christmas concerts scheduled - Top

The music department at Black Hills State University will perform its annual Christmas Concert Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3:30 p.m. at the Belle Fourche Community Center and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Spearfish.

“A Christmas Concert” will feature the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, directed by Dr. Randall Royer; 

the BHSU Community Band, directed by Christopher Hahn; and the BHSU Concert Choir, directed by Stephen Parker.

The two concerts are open to the public free of charge.


United Ministries is collecting gifts for annual Christmas shoebox project - Top

The fourth annual United Ministries and Black Hills State University Shoebox Project has begun. Each year Black Hills State University makes Christmas a reality for residents of the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center. Gifts may be left at the table in the Student Center or may be placed in the box in Pangburn Hall.

Items needed are white socks, small mirrors, stationery, postage stamps, books of puzzles,

chapstick, small stuffed animals, sugarless and regular candy, greeting cards, and shoeboxes.

Help Black Hills State University help the residents at the Belle Fourche Long Term Care Center have a great Christmas by contributing to the Shoebox Project in the Student Union.

Gifts will be wrapped on Dec. 10 beginning at 3:30 p.m. in room 221 of the Student Union.

Instructional improvement 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.

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.  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 page

Faculty research 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 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.  The next application deadline is Dec. 14. 

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. 

Grant opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Nov. 29-Dec. 5 in the grants office in Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, call the grants office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • The Northeast Asia Council.  The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies, in conjunction with the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, supports a variety of grant programs in Japanese studies designed to facilitate the research of individual scholars, to improve the quality of teaching about Japan on both the college and precollege levels, and to integrate the study of Japan into the major academic disciplines.  Applications for all programs must arrive (not be postmarked) by Feb. 1, 2002, for the spring awards.
    • Short-term Travel to Japan for professional purposes.  Grants of a maximum of 200,000 yen (approximately $1,735.00) are available to cover expenses in Japan while conducting a specific project explicitly related to Japan, which can be accomplished in the period of time requested. 
    • Seminars on Teaching about Japan.  Grants normally will not exceed $5,000.  Projects should be designed to promote public and scholarly knowledge about Japan, including seminars and workshops designed to improve Japanese language teaching and pedagogy.

This week at Black Hills State University

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Christmas on Campus continues

Theatre - Sylvia, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m.




American College Testing, Jonas 3rd floor, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Graduate Record Exam, Jonas 3rd floor, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Band/Choir Concert, Belle Fourche Community Center, 3:30 p.m. 

Theatre - Sylvia, Woodburn Auditorium, 8 p.m

Dec. 9

Band/Choir Concert, St. Josephs Catholic Church, 2:30 p.m. 

Dec. 10

New student registration, Student Union Legacy Room 

Dec. 11

Student recital, Cook 303, 3:30 p.m. 

Dec. 12


Dec. 13

CSA meeting, 9:30 a.m.

Green & Gold luncheon, Millstone Family Restaurant, noon 


Business Sense Workshop/ seminar series, “Improving your Image at Work,” Spearfish Area Chamber Office, 8 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

Commencement practice, Young Center, 2:45 p.m. 

Basketball games vs. Valley City, women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m., Young Center

Dec. 15

Commencement ceremonies, Young Center, 10 a.m. 

Basketball games vs. Mayville State, women at 6 p.m., men at 8 p.m., Young Center