Volume XXVI No. 14 • April 5, 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

  • Maia Surdez, senior secretary, enrollment center

Resignation - Top

  • Judy Schaeffer, child- care worker, child care center

Reception will honor retiring faculty and staff and employee awards recipients - Top

A BHSU employee reception is set for Tuesday, April 30 from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. This reception is designed to recognize the distinguished faculty member, retiring faculty, longevity pin recipients, and those employees receiving awards. The award presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m.

One hundred and twenty-five years of teaching experience at Black Hills State University will be lost this spring as five university professors will retire.

Two professors from the College of Education and three professors from the College of Arts and Sciences will leave their academic posts this year. Stepping down are Max Durgin, mathematics professor, 37 years; Patricia Fallbeck, professor of education, 30 years; Audrey Gabel, professor of biology, 17 years; Larry Landis, professor of sociology, 16 years; and Darlene Swartz, professor of education, 25 years.

Max Durgin

Durgin began his association with BHSU as an undergraduate student in the late 50s and early 60s. He was a student athlete and even ran for student body president against another to-be faculty member, Tom Hills, in 1961. 


Pat Fallbeck

Fallbeck has spent 30 years teaching and working in the special education area. She has held positions in physical therapy, hospital schools, and classrooms for children with mental retardation, special needs & emotional disorders. 

Audrey Gabel

Gabel is completing her 17th and final year teaching and serving as chairperson of the science department. When not in the classroom or handling administrative duties, she is involved with students doing research.

Larry Landis

Landis has held numerous teaching and administrative positions during his distinguished 43-year professional career. He has been a teacher, department chairman, and curriculum coordinator at the high school level.

Darlene Swartz

Swartz has been an advocate for children and teaching college students about the importance of a quality early childhood education. She has pursued her teaching goals with zeal since she her arrival at BHSU in 1977.  


Student development personnel present at conference - Top

Career service personnel from BHSU recently presented at the South Dakota College Personnel Association 2002 Annual Conference in Mitchell. The conference brings together student life and student services professionals from throughout the state.

Bob Stanelle, director of student development, presented a program, “Building a Career for the 21st Century.” The program highlights the differences in the workplace today compared to a decade or two ago and the skills and knowledge each of us needs to develop to provide effective leadership for students in the coming years. 

Johnson Chase

Heather Johnson and Sarah Chase, both career counselors in the career center, jointly presented a workshop program, “Creativity and You.” The program utilizes key words, concepts and a variety of material props that small groups of participants worked with to develop their own creative abilities. The program emphasized how one can use almost anything available to come up with ideas in developing and marketing programs for students.

Strand publishes entry in writing text  - Top

Dr. Sharon Strand, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, has received word that The Bedford Bibliography for Teachers of Basic Writing, published by St. Martin's Press, for which she provided an entry, is now available both in hard copy and online.

Strand joined the BHSU faculty in 1996. She has a Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, a master’s degree in English from Washington College, Chesterown, Md., and earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn.

Pearce will present paper concerning online learning - Top

Dr. Kristi L. Pearce, college of education associate professor, will present a paper titled “Special CAT’s for the Cyberclassroom!” at the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning April 13th in Jacksonville, Fla.

Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT's) offer answers to questions concerning how well online students are learning and effectiveness of online instruction. Pearce’s paper presents how CAT's help online teachers develop a better understanding of how to motivate student learning. Likewise, it provides specific examples of MERLOT

(Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching) reviewed CAT's for session participants to adapt for use in the online classes they teach.

This is the 13th year of the international conference which recognizes creativity in higher education learning for more than 1,000 attendees in all academic fields throughout the world. Emphasis is on research and practice in teaching and learning--with focus on uses of innovative learning strategies and advanced technologies in online learning.

Pearce joined the BHSU College of Education faculty in 1991. She has an Ed.D., from the University of South Dakota in educational psychology and counseling.

Hansen appointed director of communications at BHSU - Top

Corinne Hansen will become director of communications at Black Hills State University July 1, 2002, according to President Thomas Flickema.

Hansen has served as information specialist in the university’s media relations office since 1990. She will receive a new title and take over a position held by John Buxton, who is retiring this summer as media relations director.

As director of communications, Hansen will administer the university’s public relations program. She will direct a staff of three full-time employees and several work-study students and will be responsible for university publicity, campus photography, advertising, special publications and the university’s web presence.

The new communications director brings a wealth of experience to the position. Before joining the university staff in 1990 she held several writing, reporting and graphic-design positions. Hansen has a bachelor’s degree from BHSU in mass communications and is working on a master’s degree in language and communication at Regis University, Denver,

Colo. She expects to complete degree requirements a year from this summer.

Her interest in writing and photography began as a student when she worked summers as a reporter for her hometown paper the Timber Lake Topic. After graduating from BHSU in 1985, she worked as a reporter for the Clark County Courier, and later served as editor for the Newell Irrigator.

Moving with her family to Alaska in 1986 she worked as a graphic design artist for a printer in Anchorage and later for the Anchorage Daily News from 1987 to 1989.

Returning with her family to South Dakota in 1989, she worked for Miles Photography in Newcastle, Wyo., and later for the Custer County Chronicle.       

In addition to her employment at the university, Hansen worked as a freelance and contract photographer as owner of Developing Memories Photography. She has completed the Spearfish leadership course, served as president and secretary for the university’s Career Service Act (CSA) organization and is an officer and member of Shooting Stars Toastmasters.

BHSU faculty and students present at fisheries meeting - Top

In a rare opportunity for undergraduate students to work with faculty and field professionals in presenting research, Black Hills State University students were among the presenters at the annual meeting at the Dakota and Nebraska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society.

The annual meeting, which includes approximately 120 attendees from a three-state area, was held in Chamberlain recently. BHSU was the only university to have undergraduates involved in research and presenting. 

“We really appreciate all the involvement with the cooperative projects we (BHSU and McNenny State Fish Hatchery) develop,” Mike Barnes, hatchery biologist, said. “It is a really good partnership between the hatchery and the university.”

Kelly Stock, a senior biology major from Rapid City, worked with Micheal Zehfus, BHSU assistant professor, Michael E. Barnes, McNenny State Fish Hatchery, and Clark Moen, Blue Dog Lake State Fish Hatchery, on a research paper titled “Maternal Liver and Egg Thiamine Concentrations in Walleye from Lake Oahe, South Dakota.” Barnes presented this paper.

Tate Glader, a junior biology major from Rapid City, presented a paper titled “Genetic Analysis of a Monsex Population of Walleye.” Glader is doing research with Shane Sarver, BHSU biology associate professor.

Sarver presented a paper “Fisheries Genetics Research at Black Hills State University” documenting the ongoing fisheries genetics research program at BHSU. The present projects focus on freshwater fish found in South Dakota and surrounding states. Research is currently being conducted on walleye, Topeka shiner and finescale dace.

Students and faculty also participated in poster presentations. Stock presented a poster titled “Thiamin Influences on Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Reproductive Characteristics.” This research project included work by former BH students: Faraz Farrokhi, who graduated with a degree in biology and chemistry in 2001; Jonathan Schumacher, a 2000 BHSU graduate with a degree in chemistry; and Rebecca Nutter as well as faculty member Zehfus and fish-hatchery employee Barnes.

Kristie Martin, a recent BHSU graduate with a degree in biology, presented a poster titled “Conservation Genetics of Topeka Shiner,” highlighting a research project with Cynthia Anderson, BHSU research associate, and Sarver.

Hans Stephenson, a junior biology major from Rapid City, presented a poster “An evaluation of the Effectiveness of Formalin and Hydrogen Peroxide Treatments on Microbe Levels of Chinook Salmon (Onchorhyncus Tshawytscha) eggs.” Stephenson conducted research with Barnes and Mark Gabel, BHSU professor.

Contact Paul Kopco for help with web pages - 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. He has also placed a link to a FrontPage tutorial online for training.

Jazz festival will be held on campus Monday and Tuesday - Top

Black Hills State University will host the 21st annual Jazz Festival for regional middle school and high school bands and choirs April 8 and 9 on the BHSU campus.

The annual music contest will draw competitors from a four-state region with schools from Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota participating in the two-day event. Band and choir groups are divided into four categories – class AA, class A, class B and junior high for the competition.

Performances are scheduled to begin Monday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. in Woodburn Hall with swing choir and vocal jazz class A and class AA schools competing. Performances by different high school and junior high choirs are scheduled every half hour through 11:30 a.m. Following a lunch break performances will resume at 1:30 p.m. and continue through the afternoon. An awards ceremony and concert at approximately 4 p.m. in Woodburn Hall will conclude the day’s activities.

On the following day, Tuesday, April 9 groups from class B schools and junior high schools will compete. Jazz bands will perform in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room beginning at 7:30 a.m. and continue with a different group every half hour until noon. Performances resume at 1:30 p.m. and continue through 5 p.m. The show choirs and vocal jazz groups from class B and junior high schools will compete at Woodburn Auditorium beginning at 11 a.m. After a lunchtime break performances will continue at 2 p.m. The awards ceremony and concert is scheduled for approximately 5 p.m. in Woodburn Hall.

The public is invited to attend any of these performances at no charge.

Clinicians for the festival are Roger MacNeill, music professor at Chadron State College, 

Chadron, Neb., Gene Holter, school music manager for Haggerty’s in Rapid City, Dick Dittman, band instrument technician at Haggerty’s Musicworks, and Randall Royer, director of jazz bands and chamber orchestra at Black Hills State University.

MacNeill, who conducts several choir groups at CSC, will serve as choir adjudicator. A native of Alliance, Neb., MacNeill received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Hasting College, master’s degrees in choral conducting and music education from Southern Methodist University and a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Northern Colorado.

Holter, who taught in public schools for 12 years and has 22 years experience as a private music teacher, will serve as band adjudicator. Holter received his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota at Springfield and his master’s degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Dittman, a 1979 BHSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in music, now runs the Dick Dittman Big Band and also plays with other area music groups. He previously was a trumpet player with the U.S. Army.

Royer, who has been a member of the music faculty at BHSU since 1997, will serve as a band adjudicator. Royer teachers various music classes at BHSU and directs the BHSU Chamber Orchestra. He is also active as a band clinician and adjudicator throughout the west and northern plains. Royer received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University, his master of arts degree from the University of Wyoming and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Utah.

BHSU to present musical outreach by James Hersch - Top  

James Hersch, a musician dedicated to a musical outreach program, will perform at Black Hills State University on Friday, April 12 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Student Union Market Place. BHSU welcomes everyone especially families to attend this free musical event.

Through music, Hersch hopes to motivate others to reach out in friendship to those around them and realize that everybody can make a difference. He is dedicated to his role in community service. With eight album credits to his name, a recording and songbook of children's music, Hersch has developed a style of his own that crosses into many musical genres.

For more than 19 years Hersch has been writing and singing songs for audiences nationwide. In 1994 Hersch formed a musical outreach program known as Reach. Since then, Reach has become a favorite among universities throughout the United States.

In 1997, Hersch's Reach program received the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity. 

Hersch has shared his talent and message to many different venues throughout his career. Whether he is touching the lives of children in grade schools or singing to adults in retirement facilities, Hersch enjoys spreading his message to all. Hersch has a rare mixture of raw musical talent, sensitivity, and humor that allows him to create songs that will touch the heart and speak to what is common in all of society.

For more information on the event contact Cory Kochiyama at 642-6418. Persons with disabilities, requesting accommodations for this event should contact him at least 48 hours prior to the start of the event.

Second annual BHSU teacher job fair is April 19 - Top  

Beginning and experienced teachers will be able to test the job market at Black Hills State University on Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The university career services office will be hosting its second annual Black Hills Teacher Job Fair.

Designed as the premier teacher-recruiting event for the tri-state area, the fair will host 56 school districts representing 12 states and over 1,000 positions. Students as well as veteran teachers will have an opportunity to explore career options in the field of education, and

interview for employment with school district representatives.

If you have questions or need information stop by the career services office located in Student Union. Information is available regarding interviewing techniques, common interview questions, resume building, researching the employer, dressing for success and career-fair tips.

For information contact the BHSU Career Services office at (605) 642-6277 or email wildbill@bhsu.edu/careers.

Spirit of Excellence at Work award - Top  

Darlene Swartz, College of Education professor, is recognized with the Spirit of Excellence at Work Award for her compassionate concern for students, her clear-headed and intelligent response to all situations, and her quiet strength.   This award 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. 

BHSU to host presentations by language and psychology scholars - Top

Dr. Anne C. Klein, a well-known author and translator of Asian languages, and Dr. Harvey Aronson, a psychotherapist and teacher of Buddhist psychology, will speak on the Black Hills State University campus. Both speakers will give two different presentations, April 12 and April 15 in Jonas Hall room 305.

The first presentation is Friday, April 12 when Klein will present “Language, Logic and Enlightenment: A Pan-Buddhist Dialogue” at 11 a.m. and Aronson will present “Reflections on Healing in Cross Cultural Perspective” at noon.

Monday, April 15 Aronson will present “Anger in Cross- Cultural Perspective” at 9 a.m. in Jonas Hall room 302 and Klein will present “Buddhism and the Body: It’s Not All in the Mind After All” at 10 a.m.

Klein is the author, editor or translator of a number of books and articles on Buddhism, She is currently a professor and chairperson of the religious studies department at Rice University in Houston, Texas. An eminent scholar in the field of religious studies, Klein is currently interested in incorporating

cross-cultural studies and contemporary feminist thought into her work.

Aronson is a psychotherapist and teacher of Buddhist psychology. Since receiving his doctorate in Buddhist studies from the University of Wisconsin, he has taught at the University of Virginia and at Stanford University. He knows the languages of Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan. He also has a master’s degree in social work and is interested in the relationship of Buddhist meditation to physical and mental health. Aronson is the founding co director of Dawn Mountain: Tibetan Temple, Research Institute, and Community Center in Houston, Texas. The center's mission is to preserve and present authentic traditional Buddhist practices while investigating ways of making it accessible to modern Westerners.

The Bush Grant Committee at BHSU is sponsoring these speakers whose interests encompass language, culture, religion, literature, and psychology. There is no charge and the public is encouraged to consider this opportunity to learn about another culture and worldview.

BHSU Summer Institute of the Arts receives Adelstein grant - Top

The Black Hills State University Summer Institute of the Arts received a $1,000 award from the Stanford Adelstein Foundation.

Laura Hovey Neubert, publicity coordinator for the BHSU summer arts program, submitted the grant application. The award will help defray costs related to the summer institute.

The summer arts institute is in its fifth year and will be held June 5 - 30. Its mission is to bring the arts and arts education to the public in the Black Hills area. Originally founded by Johanna Meier, Guido Dell Vecchia and BHSU, the institute offers unique educational opportunities and public performances.

Participation and enrollment has increased steadily over the past five years. Today, nearly 300 students from the state and across the country will enroll in the Vocal Arts Opera Theater workshop, the art institute workshop (for teachers) and the dance workshop.

Over ten public performances, from fine arts lectures to dance to an opera festival, are presented each summer.

The Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts is a non-profit organization administered through BHSU. Information regarding the summer institute of the arts is available by phoning (605) 642-6420 or by checking the university website at www.bhsu.edu/arts/.

Changes announced for health benefits - 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.

Minutes of university assessment committee meeting - Top

The university assessment committee met Tuesday, April 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1. Present were Pearce, Earley, Olson, Siewert, Altmyer, Turner, Schamber, Valades, Calhoon. Absent were Haislett, Cook and Myers.

The committee reviewed and acted upon the following annual reports:

  • music - approved with suggestions for next year

  • art - approved with suggestions for next year

  • psychology – approved.

The committee agreed that the members would read the reports on physical education and professional accountancy and send comments and recommendations to the chair by April 8th.

The committee agreed that the schedule of meetings for the rest of the semester would be as follows:

April 9 and 16 members will attend the assessment conference at the School of Mines;

April 23 - the committee will meet and review the msci, College of Education report, msbsm, outdoor education and wellness;

April 30 - Haislett will present on the state of the university and Schamber will present on general education. Also will discuss plans for next year.


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 final application deadline is April 26 - Top 

The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. The final deadline for ths semester is April 26. 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 final application deadline for this semester is Friday, April 26 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.

Grants opportunities announced  - Top

Below are the program materials received March 21-27 in the grants office, 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. 

This week at Black Hills State University - Top

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