Volume XXV No. 7 • Feb. 16, 2001

Submit items to Campus Currents - Top

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 - Top

The following Career Service position is open

  • storekeeper, Central Receiving         

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

Resignation - Top

  • Lois Evers, salad maker, Dining Services

Simpson nominated for poetry prize - Top

Dr. Scott Simpson, was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry by Jana Harris, editor of Switched-on Gutenberg (published by the University of Washington).

Each year, the Pushcart anthology includes the best fiction and poetry of the small presses. Simpson was nominated for the 26th edition, specifically for his poem Americo, which appears in Switched-on Gutenberg, Volume 5 Number 1: Cartography-- How Far Have We Come? Where Are We Going? 

The Pushcart Anthology has been described as "the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today" by the New York Times Book Review.  "Those who despair of finding good writing in mass media need look no further than the Pushcart Prize," according to Booklist. "This book is essential," says Library Journal.


News media picks up BHSU tuition in basketball shootout - Top

The tuition shoot out at half time of the Black Hills State men’s home basketball games continues to make the news as FOX Radio Sports Network, Feb. 8, USA Today, Feb. 7, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2, featured stories about the event.

The local media first picked up the story but it quickly spread across the country to sports news networks and national newspapers who began contacting the university for film footage and interviews with the hot-shooting students.

The story developed when two BHSU students demonstrated their composure and skill in late December by scoring baskets to win a semester’s tuition during the half-time Ballroom Blitz Shootout sponsored by Rushmore State Bank and Trust. What was unusual about the contest was that the one-in-a-hundred odds of successfully completing the task happened on back-to-back nights.

The shootout, sponsored by the Spearfish bank, challenges BH students to shoot for a semester’s worth of in-state tuition (12 semester hours at $60.40 an hour or $725) by making four shots:  a lay-up, a free throw, a three-point goal and a half-court shot all within 25 seconds. Students are given tickets as they enter the game and ticket numbers are randomly drawn to select the participant.

 The pressure of the crowd, a time limit, and making all the shots didn’t faze Levi Ellsbury, a 19-year-old sophomore from Sundance, Wyo., as he went four-for-four Friday night during the Perkins Classic basketball tournament.

 He told the Chronicle of Higher Education, “It all happened so fast; it was pretty crazy. When I hit the thee-pointer, the whole gym stood up. When I hit the half-court [shot], the place pretty much exploded.”

“Anything you can do, I can do better” or so it seems as Levi Ellsbury, left, and Blakelee Binning faced off in a shoot-out contest during half time at a Black Hills State basketball game to win a semester’s tuition. Ellsbury had a hot hand on a cold Friday evening in December as he made four consecutive baskets to win the tuition prize. The following evening, nearly duplicating Ellsbury’s sensational shooting exhibition, Binning sank three out four shots before she banked in a three pointer as time expired to finish in the money.

Not to be outdone Saturday night, Blakelee Binning, a 21-year-old junior from Torrington, Wyo., and Yellow Jacket volleyball star, hit four out of five attempts in the allotted time limit to cash in. Not only is she paying her way through college on a partial volleyball scholarship, but she’s now helping pay her way by utilizing her basketball talents, too.

Binning told USA Today that her parents were surprised she beat the odds, but friends accepted the accomplishment and then would ask her when was she going to take them out?

With the season winding down, hot shooting BH students continue to have an opportunity to lighten their college expenses by shooting buckets for bucks. Several have tried to duplicate the feat and some have come close, but none have succeeded. Time is running out for the rest of the student body as only two home games remain in the regular season.

BHSU theatre to present musical - Top

The BHSU theatre department will present “Tintypes” by Mary Kyte with Mel Marvin and Gary Pearle Feb. 22, 23, 24 at 8 p.m., and at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 in Woodburn Auditorium.

The setting for this play is pre-World War I America. Like Ragtime, this nostalgic but thrillingly subversive revue takes us back to turn of the century America, when the innocent, slower-paced days of ice cream socials and hoop skirts are giving way to a bustling world of automobiles, electricity and 

the telephone; where American optimism and ingenuity run high in leaders like J. P. Morgan, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. It is also a time of growing social turmoil, as increased immigration begins to change the cultural and ethnic makeup of the nation.

Anyone desiring to purchase tickets for this play may do so by calling 642-6171 beginning Monday the week of the play.


Minutes of the Feb. 21 CSA meeting - Top

CSA Council Agenda: Feb. 13, 2001

Present: Nancy Shuck, Jeanne Hanson, Carolyn Skallerud, Lynette Long, Cheri Leahy, Deatta Chapel, Krista Schroeder, Myron Sullivan, Linda Allbee, Ginny Sunding and Becky Haak.

Call Meeting to Order: Jeanne Hanson

Minutes of last meeting:  Changes or corrections: Minutes from last months meeting were not available.

Treasurer’s Report: Report was given by Treasurer Lynette Long.

Committee Reports

Strategic Planning:  Ginny Sunding reported on two Strategic Planning meetings (hard copy of minutes is available).

Safety & Facilities:  Cheri Leahy reported that a meeting was not held.

Winter Social:  Cheri Leahy and Jeanne Hanson reported that we served 30 to 35 and the winter social was a success.  Jeanne will send thank you notes to Tim Johnston, Dr. Flickema and athletics.

Welcome Bags :  Ginny Sunding /Deatta Chapel reported they were running low on supplies and they had one welcome bag to deliver.

Old Business

CSA Food Drive: Ginny Sunding reported cash gifts had been delivered to Campus Ministries but the food drive itself had not been successful. We decided to leave the boxes out year-round and up date the wrapping paper and the posted signs.


Date for CSA Recognition Luncheon: Ginny Sunding reported the multi purpose was not available or Dr. Flickema was not available on the dates we prefer. We asked her to check on some Wednesdays and report back next month.

Scholarship application information: Cheri Leahy reported that we can get our scholarship criteria to the colleges on campus and the scholarship committees will make recommendations.  Ginny Sunding made a motion that we do so and Nancy Shuck seconded it.

New Business

American Cancer Society Daffodil Days - Carol Armbrust/Faraz Farrokhi: Carol Armbrust representing the American Cancer Society gave a presentation on “Daffodil Days.” Cheri Leahy made a motion that we pre-sell a bundle of Daffodils at 10 for $10 or  $1 each. Orders are to be reported to Cheri at 6145 by Feb. 21 at 4 p.m.  Lynnette seconded the motion.

Regents CSA Council in April: Jean reported she does believe in taking an active role and will have more next month.  Myron reported on SDSEO and how pleased he was with the pro-CSA legislators and he encouraged us to join SDSEO and added that they meet the last Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Student Union.

CSA Logo Design: Jeanne asked that we consider a CSA logo design for our stationary.  If we know of anyone creative who might want to help we are open to suggestions.

Becky Haak made a motion to adjourn and Deatta Chapel seconded it. Our next meeting is March 13, 2001.

Minutes of the NCA Self-Study Committee meeting  - Top

Minutes of NCA Self-Study Committee meeting Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1.

Present:  Earley, D. Wessel, Lin, Keller, Schamber, Cook, A. Hemmingson, Card, Downing, J. Johnson, Heidrich, Kloppel, B.Silva. Absent: Haislett, K. Johnson, Godsell, Lefler.

Chair reported that he had rewritten part of the Criterion 1 chapter and would send it to committee after all of the chapters were in.

Chair asked if all had received Criterion 2 and the Strand memo- some reported that they had not received it due to the system shut down.  Chair advised he would resend the document after revisions.

Wessel presented Criterion 2- chair asked for committee members to send in editorial corrections to him- The committee proceeded to discuss the report -  issues

1.  Whether Graduate Council should be included as a part of the governance- it was pointed out that the graduate council is listed under the VPAA - unlike the faculty senate.  Chair said he would talk to the President about this issue 

2.  Number of faculty- chair pointed out that criterion 1 mentions 136 fte faculty- criterion 2 lists 105-  Chair hopes to visit with the President and unravel this.

3.  Student to faculty ratio-  data confirms that we have a heavier load systemwide- discussion followed- suggestion was made that the other schools having teaching assistants be included.

4.  Teaching learning resources- Downing agreed to rewrite paragraph 2 - page 16 to talk about the science lab and facilities

5.  Library- waiting on report from Dr. Erickson

6.  Funding and salaries- data demonstrates that our funding is considerably lower than that of other institutions in the system

7.  Ellsworth Campus- discussion of how to incorporate concerns of Ellsworth into criterion 2

8. Strengths, concerns, recommendations

  • issue was raised that there are more concerns than strengths

  • issue was raised about concerns dealing with system wide issues as opposed to local issues

  • we can demonstrate we are doing something with the latter, but not necessarily the former

9.  Grants - does a section on grants belong in this chapter?

10.  Wessel commented that he felt that GIR 17 - enrollment management might need more adequate coverage in this or another chapter.

A. Hemmingson agreed to send a statement in regard to the computer center.

Chair wishes to thank taskforces on Criteria 1 and 2 for their hard and excellent work.

Dr. Cook reported that Criterion 3 was being written and the taskforce would be ready to report on March 13.  Committee agreed that the next meeting would be March 13 in Woodburn Conference Room 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Instructional Improvement Committee funds 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.

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for submission will be the third Tuesday of each month; a decision will be made as soon as practicable on each proposal.  The original plus 10 copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office, 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. A three-hour release time is available for spring of 2002. Apply now. The deadline is March 2, 2001.

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.

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.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received Feb. 1-14 in the grants office in Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • NSF Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholarships (CSEMS).  This program supports scholarships for academically talented, financially needy students, enabling them to enter the high technology workforce following completion of an associate, baccalaureate, or graduate- level degree in computer science, computer technology, engineering, engineering technology, or mathematics.  Academic institutions apply for awards to support scholarship activities, and are responsible for selecting scholarship recipients.  Letter of intent due date(s) (optional):  March 15, 2001; full proposal deadline(s):  May 1, 2001.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Higher Education Challenge Grants Program is designed to stimulate and enable colleges and universities to provide the quality of education necessary to produce baccalaureate or higher degree- level graduates capable of strengthening the Nation’s food and agricultural scientific and professional work force.  Approximately $4,070,000 in funding is available.  Deadline March 5, 2001.

  • National Endowment for the Arts.  Offering Literature Fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers of exceptional talent.  Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  Fellowships are $20,000.  Creative writing fellowships: nonfiction due March 12, poetry due March 11; translation projects: prose due March 12, poetry due March 11.

  • Rural Systemic Initiatives in Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education (RSI).  Leadership Development for Master Teachers.  Proposals may be submitted only by institutions of higher education, or non-profit or governmental organizations, including school districts, on behalf of consortia of school districts and communities representing the educational interests of their students in eligible regions.  Full proposal deadline(s): May 1, 2001.

  • National Center for Environmental Research.  Exploratory Research to Anticipate Future Environmental Issues.  Scope of research includes three parts: 1) exploratory research on nonotechnology; 2) futures research in natural sciences; 3) futures research in socio-economics.  The award range for part 1 is $100,000 to $150,000/year for up to three years; for parts 2 and 3 is $75,000 to $125,000/year for up to two years.  Part 1 due June 18; parts 2 and 3 due July 11.

  • National Science Foundation.  Advance Program:  Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers.  Awards vary.  Letters of intent due April 2 for Institutional Transformation Proposals, Leadership Proposals; May 16 for Fellows Proposals.  Full proposals due May 8 for Institutional Transformation Proposals and Leadership Proposals; Fellows Proposals due by directorate Aug. 21-24.


This week at BHSU

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Men's and women's basketball games vs. Jamestown College, 6 and 8 p.m., Young Center


Legislative Crackerbarrel, 10:30 a.m., Chamber of Commerce office 

Pre-game tip off social, 4-5:15 p.m., Stadium Sports Grill

Men's and women's basketball games vs. University of Mary, 6 and 8 p.m., Young Center




President's Day holiday 


Graduate Council meeting, 3:30 p.m., Jonas 309

Feb. 21

Faculty Senate meeting, 3:15 p.m., Jonas 110

"Writing Your Winning Resume" workshop, 5-6 p.m., BHSU Career Center


Green and Gold luncheon, Millstone, noon

Theatre - "Tintypes," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium





Track and field DAC-10 indoor championships, Young Center

Theatre - "Tintypes," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium



Track and field DAC-10 indoor championships, Young Center

Theatre - "Tintypes," 8 p.m., Woodburn Auditorium