Volume XXVI No. 17 April
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.
grant to attend Shakespeare workshop - Top
Roger Ochse, associate professor of English at Black Hills State,
received a $3,250 grant to attend a summer Shakespeare institute
sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the
Shenandoah Shakespeare organization.
The institute is titled “Shakespeare’s
Theatres: Inside and
Out.” Ochse will spend three weeks in Staunton, Va., at the
Blackfriars Playhouse studying how to convert abstractions about
plays to the stage, Elizabethan staging conditions, applying lessons
of Elizabethan staging to the classroom, and exploring the literary
and theatrical implications of Shakespeare’s indoor and outdoor
The participants will study at Sam
Wanamaker’s Globe outdoor theatre and at
the Blackfriars indoor
playhouse. The daily schedule will include a mix of theory, practice
and product. Participants will attend morning sessions where a
senior scholar presents ideas and background information and an
afternoon session where participants will work with actors and
directors in preparation of several Shakespeare productions.
The final two weeks of the institute the participants
will travel to London to visit and study at Shakespeare’s Globe
Ochse joined the College of Arts and Sciences
faculty in 1993. He earned his doctorate in educational
administration from the University of South Dakota in 1993. He has a
master’s degree in English from the University of Rochester and a
bachelor’s degree in English from Dickinson College.
receives grant to study censorship in South Dakota
Dr. Carol Hess, associate professor of
education at Black Hills State University, received a $4,000 grant
from the Chiesman Foundation to study censorship of texts in South
Large-scale national efforts to censor
elementary and high school texts have risen in the past decade,
however, many of these censorship attempts are prohibited by the
freedoms presented in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Hess plans to survey every public school in South Dakota for
her research. Her study
will examine how various schools approach the issues associated with
intellectual freedom, consider what procedures are in place for
deal with issues of challenge or censorship and
determine the number of incidences of censorship in the state.
Hess believes that studying the incidences of
censorship in South Dakota schools will clarify the values and
beliefs of the state and how the Constitution is applied to public
education. She plans to submit the findings for publication in the School
Library Journal and the South Dakota Reading Association.
Hess joined the BHSU faculty in 1993. She earned her
master’s degree at Northern State University in 1980 and her
education doctorate at the University of South Dakota in curriculum
and instruction in 1992.
will read stories at poetry and fiction conference - Top
David Diamond, College of Arts and Science,
assistant professor, has been invited to read two short stories at
the Midwest Poetry and Fiction Conference at Michigan State
Diamond will read his new stories “The Elvis
Jesus” and “Cry Wolf” at the conference in early May.
has been a faculty member at BHSU since 1995. He teaches classes in
writing, broadcast journalism, and production in radio and
television. Diamond holds a master’s degree in professional
writing from the University of Southern California.
to Penn State leadership program
John Mills, student
support services Native American student advisor and interim director of
the Center for American Indian Studies at BHSU, has been accepted to
Penn State’s American Indian Leadership program.
Mills recently earned his
master’s degree from South Dakota State University, and will move to
University Park, Pennsylvania in June to begin working toward a Ph.D.
an emphasis on special education. In addition to meeting all Penn State
graduate school and major entrance requirements, those selected for the
American Indian Leadership program must demonstrate a commitment and
desire to contribute to American Indian education.
Mills is a 1992 graduate of Black Hills State
University. He taught
special education in Rapid City and served as a consultant for
Dakotalink before joining the BHSU Student Support Services team in
department makes plans to relocate due to construction
The music department has been making plans to
temporarily relocate classrooms, offices and equipment storage
throughout campus as construction begins for the new music/business
The process of moving presented unique challenges
for the music department due to the amount of equipment and the
“noise-ful” nature of music classes, activities and practices. With
more than 20 acoustic and 12 electric pianos, more than 100 brass,
woodwind and string instruments as well as a large library of
instrumental and vocal music, finding physical space to relocate has
been difficult. Additionally, locations were needed for rehearsals that
create a great deal of sound thus limiting locations where there are no
other classes adjacent to a rehearsal room for at least 12-15 hours
during each week. Other “noise-ful” academic music activities
include private lessons and student practice sessions, all of which
require quiet spaces for individuals to develop vocal and instrumental
Fortunately, solutions have been found to the relocation problems
with the assistance and cooperation of every department and
on campus. The music faculty offices will be housed
across from the Student Union in a small house that was formerly a
private residence. Storage sheds will house the libraries. The Jacket
Legacy Room will host the band rehearsals, and the music keyboard and
computer labs will reside in a Student Union conference room. Woodburn
Auditorium will be the temporary home for the BHSU choir. Additional
music classes will be taught in the Donald E. Young Center as well as
the Jonas physics lab. Practice rooms will be located in Jonas Hall and
the Young Center. Students may also use space in local churches for
The faculty members and students of the BHSU music
department are grateful to everyone on campus, especially the facilities
services personnel for their hard work and positive attitude toward
assisting in this transition. “The plans for the new building have
involved many hours of painstaking attention to detail and the building
will be a great asset and a source of pride to BHSU faculty, staff and
students in the future,” said Dr. Janeen Larsen, chair of the
department of fine and applied arts.
$39,000 Eisenhower grant supports science teacher training in
areas of light and color - Top
Elementary and middle
school teachers will increase their knowledge and understanding of
optics related to light and color by attending a science workshop hosted
by Black Hills State University this summer.
effort between the university, local school districts and the Black
Hills Science Teaching Project (BLAHST) is designed to meet state
science teaching standards. Teachers will increase their knowledge of
optics, develop methods of scientific inquiry and be introduced to
state-of-the-art instructional material.
The workshop and
grant author is Dr. Andy Johnson, associate director of the Center for
the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at BHSU.
The week-and-a-half course is titled “A Close Look at Light and Color:
Professional Development in Physical Science and Scientific
Inquiry for Elementary and Middle School Teachers.” The workshop is
funded by a $39,700 Eisenhower Professional Development Program grant
and will be offered June 5-7 and June 10-14.
The workshop will
have a secondary component as two high school physics teachers will
receive pre-workshop training and then assist Johnson in the teaching of
the workshop material.
initially focus on light before proceeding to optical devices and image
formation,” Johnson said. “ After the participants have begun to
develop their thinking about optics, some sessions on teaching light in
the classroom will be introduced.”
Johnson will be
introducing computer simulation to the participants to foster critical
thinking about light. He has been researching ways that students use
computers to develop ideas in physics. The workshop will use special
course materials developed by a National Science Foundation funded
program known as Constructing Physics Understanding Project (CPU). These
computer-based guided inquiry materials engage learners in a carefully
designed series of thought-provoking experiments, predictions, and
of the workshop, project personnel will visit the participants to
discuss their science teaching and to assess the impact of the workshop
on their understanding of optics and on their school teaching. An
additional follow-up day will be held in June of 2003 or during an
in-service day to share participants’ experiences in teaching light
and in adapting materials for use in the classroom.
is available by contacting Dr. Johnson at CAMSE, Black Hills State
University, 1200 University Street, Unit 9005, Spearfish, S.D.
57799-9005 or by phone at (605)
642-6873 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media relations is now university
communications - Top
The media relations office which includes web
services is now known as university communications. University
communications is the primary
liaison between the university and the news media, both print and
The mission of the university communications office
is promotion and public relations for the university. The university communications office is responsible for communicating
key messages—such as faculty and student achievements and the value
of higher education—to the news media in a clear and consistent
manner. The internet is
increasingly becoming a way of promoting the university so university communications will rely on the university webpage to
further present a unified positive image of the university.
Hometown and general news releases, news
photography, website development and maintenance, development of
promotional materials, and marketing are all functions of the university
communications office. By placing stories about BHSU in the news and on
our website, we accomplish our central goal: to increase the visibility
of BHSU and enhance appreciation of the university among alumni,
parents, current and prospective students, current and potential
contributors, professional colleagues, and the local community.
University communications encourages students, faculty
and staff to contact the office when they have a news story or special
event, accomplishment or honor to publicize. For additional information
contact university communications at 6215 or 6445 or by mail at Unit
Hughes named student employee of the year - Top
Mike Hughes, an outdoor-education major with a
minor in physical science, was named the Student Employee of the
Year at Black Hills State University. Hughes, from Wisner, Neb., is
a storeroom assistant for the BHSU dining services office.
The outstanding employee has worked for dining services for
two years. He will graduate from BH in May. Cody McMichael, (right)
student employment coordinator, presented Hughes with his award.
Hughes was nominated for this prestigious award
by his supervisor Leone Geppert. She indicated that his quality of
work is second to none. “Mike
is a very hard worker, and looks for things to do when daily tasks
are completed,” Geppert said. “Mike is an exemplary employee; he
has become an integral part of what dining services does. He is part
of our team and a very important part of our dining services
of Excellence at Work Award - Top
Spirit of Excellence at Work Award is presented to Margaret Lewis for her generosity of spirit, attention to
detail, and unflagging commitment to her students and the
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.
graduates are on their way - Top
The career center is pleased to announce that
several graduating seniors have recently been offered and have
accepted employment positions.
Justin Varland, a senior mass communications
major from Gregory, has accepted a position in public relations with the
Green Bay Packers. This
is Justin's dream job!
Jon Smith, a senior education major, has accepted a position
teaching in Saipan, an island in the South Pacific. Not only will
gain teaching experience, he will also gain
valuable overseas experience as well.
If you know of other graduating seniors who
have accepted positions, please contact the Career Center at
642-6277 or email the information to email@example.com.
We would like to get these students the recognition they
deserve and will be able to utilize the information for our
placement records. Black Hills State University, a great place to start your
100 people compete in annual Whirlwind Horse Run - Top
Despite chilly winds, nearly 100 runners and
walkers participated in the 18th annual Kevin Whirlwind
Horse Memorial Run/Walk at Black Hills State University Saturday
The annual event is both a memorial event and a
scholarship fundraiser. Mae
Whirlwind Horse, Kevin’s mother, and Kevin Whirlwind Horse Jr.
presented this year’s $500 scholarship certificate to Sophia
Messer, a BHSU sophomore elementary-education major from Lame Deer,
Trophies were awarded to the overall winners of
the 5-K and 10-K events. Dylan
Laskowski from Lead and Elise Pfefferle, Cheyenne, Wyo., were the
5-K winners. Burke Binning, Spearfish, and Karen Glazier, Rapid
City, finished first in the 10-K event.
Medals were awarded for 1st-3rd place
finishes in each division.
The 9-12 year old ½-mile run was won by Kyle
Ralston, Spearfish and Cheyenne Ten
Whirlwind Horse (right) presents this year’s $500 scholarship
certificate to Sophia Messer, a BHSU sophomore from Lame Deer, Mont.
Fingers, Pine Ridge. In the
eight and under ¼ mile run Clancy King, Philip and Monica Bailey,
Spearfish won top honors.
The event was sponsored by the BHSU Kevin
Whirlwind Horse Committee. For more information about the event, see
Pierre attorney is BHSU young alumni
achievement award winner - Top
Christopher Houlette was recognized recently as the Young Alumni
Achievement Award winner at the 10th annual Student
Volunteer Awards Banquet at Black Hills State.
Houlette, a 1992 magna
cum laude graduate with a major in political science, went on to the
University of South Dakota School of Law and was admitted to the
South Dakota Bar Association in September 1996. Currently, he is a
staff attorney at South Dakota Advocacy Services where he advocates
clients’ disability-related legal interests in administrative
hearings and negotiations and provides legal advice to staff and
clients. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective order
of Elks, and he co-hosts “Spud Sports” radio show on KCLR in
His wife, Denice, and
their newborn son, Justin Christopher, accompanied Houlette to the
Christopher Houlette, center, this year’s recipient of
BHSU’s Young Alumni Achievement award, shared his recognition and
award with his wife, Denice, and son, Justin. Steve Meeker, left,
and President Thomas Flickema presented a plaque to dad and a BHSU
sweatshirt to Justin.
from mail services - Top
mail services suggests these tips for mailing documents off
charge slips must accompany all out going mail
charge slips must have proper signature and account number
Blue slip is sufficient. You do not need one blue slip for each
outgoing envelope or on each campus mail
us know is you need delivery conformation or insurance
and Gold club athletic fund drive begins - Top
43rd annual BHSU athletic fund drive sponsored by the
Green and Gold Club began Wednesday, April 24 and will continue
through Thursday, May 9.
Green and Gold Club spring fundraiser is the driving force for
athletic scholarship funds at Black Hills State University. Last
year the group raised approximately $238,000.
The club's goal this year is to up the campaign goal to $259,000.
from the drive will be awarded to athletes participating in the
2002-03 athletic season. Steve Meeker, vice president for
institutional advancement at BHSU, and his staff are organizing the
drive with support help from the Green and Gold Club.
said Green and Gold Club members drafted businesses and individuals
to call on again this year. Team members met recently to select
success of the fund drive is the result of the dedication and hard
work of many volunteers, says Meeker. The club is expecting another
successful campaign and appreciates any contribution regardless of
and Gold volunteers will be contacting businesses and individuals
for scholarship contributions. Volunteers will also be competing for
cash and prizes totaling $2,250.
will be categorized by gift amount received. The gift categories are
Club, $3,500 plus; Yellow Jacket Club, $3,000 to $3,499; President's
to $2,999; Executive's Club, $750 to $999; Captain's Club, $500 to
$749; Green Beret's Club, $300 to $499; Gold Beret's Club $150 to
$299; Jacket Backer's Club, $100 to $149 and Stinger's Club, $99 or
less.Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made by check,
cash or by credit card. Contributions can be paid in full or by
monthly or quarterly installments. University faculty and staff may
contribute through the payroll-deduction plan.
university athletic program depends upon annual contributions to
fund its athletic scholarship program. NAIA rules permit BHSU to
offer a maximum of 78 grants-in-aid
scholarships for men's and women's sports. Based on current
fund-raising efforts, BHSU will provide nearly 37 full scholarships.
These scholarship dollars are distributed among all varsity sports
at the university.
interested in game or corporate sponsorships should contact Meeker
sponsorship program is not only an opportunity for businesses or
corporations to support the university's athletic program, but also
offers advertising to the businesses involved,” Meeker said.
on the Green and Gold fund drive is available by contacting Steve
Meeker at 642-6385.
Senate minutes - Top
Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting on Wednesday,
April 3rd, 2002.
Present: Dan Durben (president), Steve Babbitt
(vice president), Monty Robinson (secretary), Tim Hightower, Vincent
King, David Wolff, Margaret Lewis, Betsy Mergenthal and Rob Schurrer.
Dan Durben called the meeting to order. The
proposed agenda was reviewed and approved. An approval of the minutes
was entertained and passed with changes.
A brief discussion among Senate members was held to wrap up any
questions regarding the “prioritized list” from Dr. Cook. More
information will come from Dr. Cook when he has feedback from faculty.
Faculty Senate Committees. The merger of the
University Curriculum and General Education committees was discussed. It
was agreed upon that it was best to leave them as separate committees.
Along the same line, it was determined that all Faculty Senate committee
chairs would meet with the Faculty Senate President during the fall
in-service period to bring everyone up to speed on what was going on.
This, it was felt, would enhance the communications between the Faculty
Senate and committees.
Faculty Evaluations. There was some follow-up
discussion from the previous meeting regarding the Promotion and Tenure
Committee not having a consistent methodology for addressing promotion
and tenure. This
inconsistency was mainly for standards regarding promotion.
Curriculum changes. After reviewing the proposed
curriculum changes it was moved and approved to accept these changes.
New Faculty Senate Members. The next
representatives for Faculty Senate members and officers will be selected
soon. Faculty wishing to serve as a Faculty Senate member are advised to
submit a request to their Dean or their Faculty Senate representative.
Several faculty members expressed their concern over the recent
electronic schedules. Printed schedules are desired over the electronic
copies when working with advisees.
Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, a
motion to adjourn was made and passed. Next meeting Wednesday April 17th
at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103.
Faculty Senate Secretary Monty Robinson
of the University Assessment Committee meeting - Top
University Assessment Committee Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in
Woodburn Conference Room 1. Present:
Earley, Siewert, Altmyer, Schamber, Pearce, Turner, Olson.
Absent: J. Miller, Myers, Valades, Cook, Haislett, Calhoon.
Pearce thanked everyone who attended the SDSMT conference on assessment.
Pearce said she would send list of participants. Twenty BHSU
faculty attended the assessment workshops on the SDSMT campus on April
9th and April 16th. Faculty
included: Jean Johnson, Susie Dana, Siriporn Sujitham, Kathy Finkle,
Chantana Tweesup, Betsy Silva, Pat Fallbeck, Fred Heidrich, Sharon
Strand, Verona Beguin, Dorothy Fuller, Don Altmeyer, Sandee Schamber,
George Earley, Randi Ellis, Ron DeBeaumont, Dan Durben, Abdollah
Farrokhi, Mike Turner, and Kristi Pearce.
for discussion of general education and rising junior exam.
Olson reported the Student Senate had passed a resolution
declaring the rising junior exam illegal.
Discussion followed about pros and cons of the test.
introduced the General Education Committee plan for assessing general
education. Moved and
seconded to approve. Motion passed.
reported that the Gen. Ed. survey had been given to students prior to
the rising junior and she or the chair had the results.
second to approve annual report from physical education, outdoor
education and wellness management.
second to approve assessment plan for MSBSM.
Discussion and motion passed.
Committee agreed to final meeting next week April
30 at 3:30 in Woodburn conference room 1 to discuss assessment plan for
College of Education and MSCI. Haislett
will present her overview of the academic environment in the fall.
Changes announced for health
benefits - Top
Benefit enrollment dates for FY 2003 are April
29 through May 6. Should
you wish to make changes to your benefits for next fiscal year, you
must re-enroll during those dates.
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.
There are only two benefit enrollment meetings
remaining via the DDN Network. BHSU employees may view the sessions at the
BHSU Library, room L020. BHSU employees located in Rapid City or at
EAFB may view the sessions at the South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology in the new classroom building, room 109.
The FY 2003 benefit enrollment meetings are
scheduled for only one-half (1/2) hour this year. This is your
change to have your benefit question answered by the SD Employee
Benefit Plan staff. Dates
and times are shown below.
take note of the following changes of the enrollment process.
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.
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.
10 am and
Plan changes for FY 2003 include:
Health up 5 percent
Retiree Dependent Health up 5 percent
Retiree Health up 10 percent
Vision Care up 5 percent
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.
Name Brand (newer more expensive)
supply or less
31 - 90 day
Change from PAID Prescriptions to Advance PCS
(Prescription Card Service)
pharmacies from which to choose
order will still be available - employees will need to
service to state employees
will received a new ID card on or about July 1st
will be processed through Advance PCS - not through the health plan.
Co-payments are still to be determined.
process, PCP changes, family status changes, life beneficiary
changes, life amount changes can be made on-line at the BOP web
Monies still available from
Instructional Improvement Committee - Top
Monies are still available from the Instructional Improvement Committee which provides grants to improve
the quality of instruction at BHSU.
Any full time faculty member or full time adjunct faculty or
other full time staff member engaged in student instruction may
apply for grant funds. Funding
is available up to a maximum of $1,000 per project for the
purchase of equipment or materials to improve instruction;
salary for consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support
travel funds to
attend relevant conferences or conventions.
Proposal forms are available from the grants and special projects
office, on the university website
or from the chair of the committee, Sharon Strand.
The committee will meet for the last time this school year on
May 2 to consider
proposals. Eleven (11)
copies of a proposal should be submitted to the grants and special
projects office or to Sharon Strand by April
are still available for travel, equipment, and consultants that have
the potential to improve instruction at BHSU.
Grant opportunity announced - Top
Below are the program materials received March
28-April 17 in the Grants Office, 218 Woodburn. For copies of
the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests
to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
National Science Foundation.
The Biological Research Collections Program provides
support for biological collection enhancement, computerization
of specimen-related data, research to develop better methods for
specimen curation and collection management, and activities such
as symposia and workshops to investigate support and management
of biological collections.
Deadline July 19, 2002.
This week at Black Hills State
University - Top
This calendar is also available on the BHSU homepage quick links.