Volume XXVI  No. 11 • March 15, 2002

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

  • Joyce Holzer, senior secretary, extended services

Termes and Miller recognized by the board of regents - Top

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently recognized Black Hills State University’s technology department for its delivery of an electronics program to rural high schools in the region. 

Known as the Consortium for Advanced Technological Education (CATE) and funded by a three-year $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the program delivers a basic electronics curriculum to six school districts in western South Dakota. BHSU teamed with Western Dakota Technical Institute (WDTI) and seven corporations to establish the consortium.

The program had been several years in the planning stage and was initiated last fall. Dr. Jerry Miller, chairman of the technology department at BHSU, serves as principal investigator for the NSF grant and Tom Termes, assistant professor of technology at BHSU, is project coordinator.

The CATE program was recognized by the regents in the Internet—courses only category as part of their Faculty Recognition award for Excellence in E-Learning. Those recognized were Miller and Termes at BHSU and Cindy Howell and Robert Olson of Western Dakota Technical Institute.

University vice presidents for academic affairs nominated faculty members for the awards. 

Dr. Lee Alley, center, board of regents chief information officer, congratulates Tom Termes, left, and Dr. Jerry Miller of the Black Hills State University technology department as winners of the regents’ new Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in E-Learning in the Internet--courses category. The BHSU winning program provides delivery of a basic electronics program to six rural South Dakota high schools.


Faculty peers and colleagues evaluated the nominations. The selections were made based upon the degree to which the project met category-specific criteria and general criteria. The general criteria included organization, online interactions among students and faculty, and assessment and guidance provided to students in the course.

Web page help available - Top

Staff members who have responsibility for their department or organization web page should contact web master Paul Kopco for assistance updating or maintaining pages. Contact Kopco by phone at 6503 or by email at paulkopco@bhsu.edu for an appointment. He will set a time to meet individually to work through any web-page difficulties.

Senior music major to present piano recital - Top

David Sejvar, a senior music major at Black Hills State University, will perform a piano recital Saturday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m. in Cook 303 on the BHSU campus.

Sejvar, originally from Rapid City, is a student of Dr. Janeen Larsen and a former student of Nancy Thielen.

The recital program will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Schumann, and Dvorak. The concert is open to the public at no charge. For more information contact Larsen at 642-6241.

Career center to host teacher job fair - Top

The Black Hills State University Career Center is hosting a teacher job fair Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The Black Hills Teacher Job Fair offers beginning and experienced teacher candidates the opportunity to meet with representatives from 56 school districts throughout the nation. More than 1,000 teaching positions will be

available.  The job fair gives students the opportunity to explore career options in the field of education and interview for employment. 

There is no pre-registration required for this job fair. For a list of school districts registered or for more information see the website at www.bhsu.edu/careers or call the Career Center at 642-6277.

Dick Mann Memorial Scholarship fund established - Top

Dick Mann, a 1957 Black Hills State University graduate and speech major from Hamilton, Mont., left $25,400 to his alma mater’s scholarship program.

The Dick Mann Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at his request to assist deserving BHSU students in their quest to reach their educational goals.

He served in the U. S. Air Force and after

graduating from BHSU taught school at Lone Rock, Mont. He later moved to Cape Canaveral, Fla., where he worked in the space program. He also worked in Vietnam. Mann ultimately returned to Montana and worked for the city of Hamilton. 

Mann was co-founder of the Hamilton Players, a member of the American Legion and the Hamilton Eagles. He died in 1998 at the age of 68.

Faculty Senate meeting minutes - Top

Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002.  Present: Dan Durben, president, Steve Babbitt, vice president, Monty Robinson, secretary, Tim Hightower, Vincent King, Colleen Kirby, Margaret Lewis, Rena Faye Norby, David Wolff, Betsy Mergenthal (student senate representative). Jim Hesson is in Arizona on sabbatical this semester.

Dan Durben called the meeting to order. The proposed agenda was reviewed and approved. An approval of the minutes was entertained and passed.

Old issues:

Plus/minus grading proposal. David Salomon and Richard Gayle visited with the senate regarding their position on including plus and minus grades. The Faculty Senate as a group discussed the pros and cons of plus/minus indicators. It was determined that David Salomon would design a ballot to bring to the next Senate meeting for members to distribute to individual colleges.

Incomplete form. Steve Babbitt shared with the Senate the new form that is being considered for use when submitting an incomplete grade as a final grade.  The senate reviewed the proposal and voted to approve its use. Passed.

New faculty mentoring program. David Wolff volunteered to be the Faculty Senate liaison for this mentoring program. He will be in charge of obtaining a list of new faculty hired and see that they are lined up with senior faculty members for orientation to the university and their individual colleges and departments.

Effectiveness of Faculty Senate committees. Comments were aired about Faculty Senate members serving on committees that act in an advisory or other capacity. Frustrations by committee members were shared. It was noted that better communications “after the fact” on the outcomes of the administrations decisions would help those committee members understand the decision-making process. Senate committee chairs will be asked to share issues along this line with the Faculty Senate at the next meeting. 

In other old business: Still being discussed were letters of recognition to graduates. As it is now these are generated from the dean’s offices and not the vice president or presidents office. A dean’s list and presidential list is something being considered. 

Dan Durben noted that no faculty pictures will be included in the university catalog and that the records for academic dishonesty will be held in the Vice President for Academic Affairs office.

New issues:

There were no new issues for the senate to discuss.

Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, a motion to adjourn was made and passed. Next meeting Wednesday Feb. 20th   at 3: p.m. in Jonas 103.

Recorded by Faculty Senate Secretary Monty Robinson.

Changes announced for benefit enrollment for the next fiscal year - Top

Employees may re-enroll for the South Dakota employees benefit plan April 29 through May 6.  The benefit plans includes health insurance, dental, vision, major injury, hospital indemnity, short-term disability, life insurance, child- care reimbursement, medical reimbursement, etc.  Changes made during this enrollment period will become effective July 1, 2002.

Employees should take note of the following changes of the enrollment process.

1.  Enrollment packets will not be mailed

Enrollment packets will not be automatically mailed to employees this year as all information is available online.  Employees who would like to receive a printed FY 2003 annual enrollment packet need to make the request at 1-800-343-1319 by April 10. Callers will need to use the following access code - SDBOP (73267) and social security number when they call. All re-enrollments will be conducted on-line or via telephone.

2.  Enrollment meetings

There will be 11 benefit enrollment meetings via the DDN Network.  BHSU employees may view the sessions at the BHSU Library, room L 020.  Rapid City based employees may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in the new Classroom Building - Room 109. The meetings are scheduled for only one-half hour this year.  This is your chance to have your benefit questions answered by the plan staff.


Time (Mountain Time)

Monday, April 15         

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 18

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24

10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, April 25

1 p.m.

Friday, April 26

10 am and 10:30 am

3.  Plan changes for FY 2003 include:

            1.  Premium increases

  • Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Dependent Health up 5 percent

  • COBRA and Retiree Health up 10 percent

  • Dental and Vision Care up 5 percent

            2.  Wellness Incentive - An increased incentive of $50 into a medical spending account when an employee attends a health screening and completes a health risk assessment. This is your reward for monitoring your health.  For FY 2002, the incentive was $25.

3.      Co-payment Increases


Prior to 7/1/2002

7/1/2002 on


PCP Office Visit

$ 20

$ 20


Inpatient Hospitalization




Outpatient Hospitalization




Global Maternity/PCP




Global Maternity/OB-GYN




Participating Chiropractic Office



$ 15

$ 20


Non-Participating Chiropractic


Office Visit

$ 20    

$ 25


Physical Therapy

$ 0

$ 15


Prescription Drug   Co-payments          


Second Tier Name Brand    

Third Tier Name Brand (newer more expensive)

30 day supply or less




31 - 90 day supply




4.  Pharmacy Plan

Change from PAID Prescriptions to Advance PCS (Prescription Card Service)

      • More pharmacies from which to choose
      • Mail order will still be available - employees will need to re-apply
      • Better service to state employees
      • Everyone will received a new ID card on or about July 1st

Diabetic Supplies will be processed through Advance PCS - not through the health plan. Co-payments are still to be determined.

5.  Administrative Changes         

Enrollment process, PCP changes, family status changes, life beneficiary changes, life amount changes can be made on-line at the BOP web page.

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 Friday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Twelve copies of the application should be submitted to the Grants & Special Projects Office, Woodburn 218, or to Dr. Farrokhi, Chair, Woodburn 314.

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. 

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