Volume XXVI  No. 18 • May 3, 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.

Resignation - Top

Linda Gilmore, custodial worker, facilities services

Beguin presents paper at conference - Top

Verona Beguin, assistant professor of business at Black Hills State University, recently authored a paper presented at the international meeting of The Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference in Cancun, Mexico.

The paper "Bringing Life to the Classroom and Community Outreach" reports on an innovative approach to teaching small-business management.  This class was traditionally a lecture class and was changed 

to incorporate a hands-on approach. Students were assigned a local business so that all topics covered in the course could be applied to the assigned business.  The students wrote a business plan and completed a project for each business. 

Beguin was a business owner and edited a manual for the Small Business Administration before becoming a member of the business faculty.  She has been a faculty member at BHSU since 1995.

Retirees and employees honored  - Top

BHSU faculty and staff who are retiring this year were honored at a reception this week. Faculty and staff were also recognized for their longevity at the university. President Thomas Flickema also presented special  employee awards.

Thirty-year plaques and pins were presented to Ann Chastain, Ramona Collins, Dr. Patricia Fallbeck, Carol Gritts and Margaret Lewis. 

Twenty-five year pins were awarded to Dan Adams, Ben Dar, Jan Golliher, Fred Heidrich, Jim Knutson, Dr. Dan Peterson, Dr. Darlene Swartz, and Dr. Ron Theisz. 

Twenty year pins were presented to Dennis Carlson, Dr. Mark Gabel, Jean Johnson, Dorothy Keller, Colleen Kirby, and Robert Nuttbrock. 

Honored for 15 years of service were Barbara Hale, Sharon Hemmingson, Dr. Larry Landis, Dr. Dean Myers, Steve Ochsner, and Gerry Pabst. 

Ten-year longevity awards were presented to Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, Linda Allbee, Dr. Steve Anderson, Karen Cook, Randy Culver, Arlene Denker, Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, Dr. John Glover, Michelle Hoffman, Jane Klug, Dr. Tim Martinez, Cody McMichael, Dr. Roger Miller, Dr. Kathleen Parrow, Dr. Kristi Pearce, Tony Silva, Dr. Betsy Silva, Dr. Stan Smith, Dr. Tim Steckline, Eileen Thomas and Penney Williams. 

Ann Chastain, Patricia Fallbeck and Ramona Collins were honored for 30 years of service. Also recognized but not pictured are Carol Gritts and  Margaret Lewis. 

The following special employee awards were also presented:

  • Dr. David Salomon received the Committee Award. 
  • Don Altmyer received the community service award. 
  • Dr. Patricia Fallbeck was presented with the Distinguished Faculty member award. 
  • Outstanding University Service Awards were presented to Arnie Hemmingson, Jim Knutson and Diane Mabey.
  • The Student Service Awards was presented to Micheline Hickenbotham. 
  • The University Area Award went to University Security - Myron Sullivan and Keith Smith. 

Retirees honored at the reception included, front row, Patricia Fallbeck, Darlene Swartz, Judy Berry, Audrey Gabel, and Jerri Geist. Back row, John Buxton, Bev Evenson, Al Panerio, Max Durgin, Larry Landis and Dave Little.

CSA luncheon recognizes employees for years of service - Top

The CSA council held their annual spring banquet to formally recognize CSA employees for their years of service. President Thomas Flickema welcomed the luncheon guests and honorees and thanked them for doing their jobs well.

The recognition luncheon featured entertainment by members of the university music faculty—Chris Hahn, Susan Hove-Pabst, Janeen Larsen, and Randall Royer.

Staff members recognized included five-year employees: Jennifer Adams, Becky Haak, and Ellen Melaragno. Ten-year employees honored were Linda Allbee, Karen Cook, Arlene Denker, Rosemary Robertson, Patricia 

Maki, Carolyn Skallerud, Sheryl Styles, and Eileen Thomas. Fifteen-year employees acknowledged were Gerry Pabst and Robert Nuttbrock. Twenty-year employees recognized were Dorothy Keller and Norma Wisdom. Ann Chastain was honored as the organization’s 30-year staff member.  

CSA president Shuck told those gathered, “It is the workers who make the university succeed. They make it possible for the faculty to teach, the students to register and attend classes, and the administrators to lead by taking the university where the administrators guide us. Among our guests of honor alone, we have over 215 years of experience and valuable knowledge." 


CSA employees at BHSU were honored for the years of service at a recognition luncheon this spring.  Honorees include, front left, Gerry Pabst, Dorothy Keller, Ann Chastain, Norma Wisdom and Dennis Carlson. Back row, left Patricia Maki, Eileen Thomas, Karen Cook, Ellen Melaragno, Linda Allbee, Robert Nuttbrock, Carolyn Skallerud, Jennifer Adams, Arlene Denker and Becky Haak.

Adam Lawson is recipient of CSA scholarship - Top

Adam Lawson, a junior music major from Rapid City, was selected by the Career Service Act (CSA) employees’ organization at Black Hills State University as recipient of the CSA Scholarship for 2002.

Lawson was recognized recently at the 17th annual CSA Recognition Luncheon held to honor staff employees at the university. CSA president Nancy Shuck presented the scholarship award to Lawson.

Results of the South Dakota Spring Stock Market Simulation - Top

The South Dakota Stock Market Simulation (SDSMS), a real-world online educational tool that increases student motivation and learning in a variety of subjects and grade levels, concluded the ten-week trading period recently.  Winners have been announced from among the total of 171 teams in South Dakota who competed.

In the college teams division BHSU finished in the first three places out of 53 teams taking part. The first- place student was Tamie Brodkorb, who finished with a portfolio value of $117,439. Lawrence Cole finished second with $116,845 and Mesook Chae was third with $111,913.

In the high school division 110 teams competed. A Watertown team, under the direction of Kathleen Johnson, took first place.  Teams from Custer, under the direction of teacher Charles Arseneault, took second, third and fourth place. A team from Britton finished fifth. Jeanette Rimily was the instructor for the Britton team.

The junior high elementary competition, which included eight teams, was won by Canyon Lake Elementary, with teacher Dr. Gus Scully. 

In South Dakota, hundreds of student teams compete each semester in a statewide competition in which they research 

companies to invest in a $100,000 stock portfolio.  Student divisions include elementary/junior high school (grades 4-8), high school and college.  All trading and research is performed online.  The top teams in each division receive cash awards and prizes.

The registration fee is $ 15 per team and includes all teacher materials, a bi-weekly coordinator newsletter with information on the stock market and a variety of business and economic events to stimulate student discussion in the classroom. Teachers sponsoring five or more teams receive a 10-week in-class subscription to the Wall Street Journal.

The fall 2002 simulation session will begin on Monday, Oct. 7. To register online, go to www.sdakotasms.com and click on the Registration button.  Team identification numbers and passwords will be issued and supporting materials will be mailed to the teachers automatically.  Information requests can be emailed to Don Altmyer, associate professor and SDSMS State Coordinator at: donaldaltmyer@bhsu.edu

The South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Centers for Economic Education at the University of South Dakota and Black Hills State University sponsor the SDSMS.

College of Education presents scholarship awards - Top

The College of Education at Black Hills State University recently held a scholarship awards reception for students, faculty and friends of the university.

Thirty-two scholarship awards were presented to 47 students. The reception was opened with a welcome from Dean Myers, college dean. Assistant Professor Leonard Austin served as master of ceremonies.

Scholarship name, award amount, recipients and hometowns are as follows: Myriam Ackley Scholarships, $750 to Scottie Burch, Whitewood, Theresa Hodorff, Hot Springs, Stuart Larson, Rapid City, and Lindsay Schaeffer, Winner; Alpha Delta Kappa Fidelis Beta Chapter Scholarship, $215 to Nicki Oxford, Belgrade, Mont., and Missy Urbaniak, Sturgis; Dorothy Beck Memorial Scholarship, $1,000 to Wendy Patoka, Rapid City; Ruby Breck and Irene Rickard Book Scholarship, $200 to Michelle Luken, Watertown; Richard L., Bernice and Gail E. Cundy/Lavon M. Colwell/Cundy Bar TL Ranches Scholarship, $500 to Crystal Hocking, Black Hawk and Cecilia Milos, Lead; College of Education Alumni Scholarships, $500 to Jessica Andersen, Harrison, Kachena Fowler, Gillette, Wyo, Danielle Mahlen, Rapid City and Michelle Mahlen, Rapid City; College of Education Department Scholarships, $500 to Teri Dibble, Edgemont, Resa Fincher, Chancellor, Pamela Koller, Edgemont, and Scott Pies, Vale; Dorcile Fowler Memorial Scholarships, $1,500 to Jessica Hartwig, Watertown; Walter Higbee Scholarship, $1,500 to Teri Dibble, Edgemont; Students of Higbee Scholarship, $500 to Stacey Yost, Ree Heights; Clara Morden Johnson Memorial Scholarship, $250 to Abby Helling, Spearfish; Martha V. Johnson Memorial Book Scholarship, $350 to Michael Houdyshell, Rapid City and Shane 

Phillips, Lead; Bud and Josephine Jones Memorial Scholarship, $500 to Kari Bortnem, Spearfish; Spearfish Lions Club Scholarships, $600 to Brianne Hauschild, Gillette, Wyo. and Crystal Muglia, Belle Fourche; Marie Giese Loveland Memorial Scholarships, full-ride scholarship to Sarah Bonnichsen, Highmore, Kerry Burns, Spearfish, and Ashley Coon, Rapid City; Shirley Leone Martin Scholarship, $500 to Lianne Geidel,  Piedmont; Gladys Holst McFarland Memorial Scholarship, $750 to Casey McCoy, Sisseton; Olga Meyers Memorial Scholarship, $500 to Brandy Millard, Presho; E. C. Mikkelsen Scholarship, $250 to Christin Sjomeling, Deadwood; Charlotte Mayree Roebuck O’Neill Scholarship, $300 to Noelle Sharp, Casper, Wyo.; Pailing/Seabolt Education Scholarship, $300 to Jason Eggerman, Casper, Wyo; Physical Education Major Scholarships, $700 to Tim Bishop, Lindsborg, Kan., and Melissa Braegger, Willard, Utah; Betty Richey Scholarships, $1,000 to LaNaya Durland, Spearfish and Mikayla Tetrault, Spearfish; Mary Saunders Scholarship, $250 to Wayne Holzer, Rapid City; Hattie Mae Rose Saubers Memorial Scholarship, $250 to Amanda Olson, Hettinger, N.D.; Freeda Summers Schroeder Scholarship, $300 to Brandy Miller, Spearfish; Louise Smock Scholarship, $250 to Janelle Skaggs, Powell, Wyo.; Mabel M. Spencer Memorial Scholarship, $300 to Katrina Jensen, Whitewood; Mary Stewart Memorial Scholarship, $500 to Melissa Braegger, Willard, Utah; Wes and Gladys Storm Scholarship, $250 to Brittany Leach, Rapid City; Marguerite Vigna Memorial Scholarship, $500 to Wendy Emerson, Box Elder; and the Wellness Management Scholarship, $250 to Ryan Unverzagt, Lingle, Wyo.

Winners announced for disc golf tournament - Top

Fourteen student disc golfers braved the wind and rain to participate in the third annual Spring Fling Disc Golf tournament recently on the Black Hills State University campus disc course. The tournament was hosted by the outing center.

Ryan Remmington, a senior from Spearfish, took first place with a score of 56. Par for the course of 57.  Second place went to Nate Stephens a junior from Kansas City, Mo., with a score of 58. The next five place winners were: Matt Mueller, a senior from Sioux Falls; Dan Miller, a sophomore from Parker; Jeff Williamson, a senior from Hill City; Chris Swiden, a senior from Wentworth; and Dustin Hansen, a sophomore from Sioux Falls.

Haylee Pearson, a senior from Philip, won the women’s division.

The BHSU disc golf course will be relocating Holes #1 and #19 on the west side of Jonas Science Building due to the new parking lot construction in May.

The next campus disc golf tournament is scheduled for Sept. 21. This will be the South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Tournament sponsored by the Optimist Club as a fund raiser for Relay for Life. The annual Swarm Days disc golf tournament will be held Sept. 27.


Minutes of the University Assessment Committee - Top

The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday April 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn conference room one. Present: Earley, Miller, Siewert, Calhoon, Schamber, L. Turner, Valades. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Pearce, Myers, Altmyer, Olson.

Schamber introduced the assessment plan for the college of education.  Moved and seconded to approve.

Schamber reported that the goals would be based on NCATE and DOE standards in view of the accreditation visit next spring. Discussion followed. Plan accepted.

Calhoon introduced the assessment plan for the MSCI - moved and seconded to approve. Recommendation made for changes before plan is implemented.  Approved with changes recommended.

Altmyer-Pearce form for annual reports on assessment of student learning was discussed.  Recommendation was made to wait until next fall to formalize.

Committee agreed that at the beginning of the fall semester to meet and discuss reporting form and also evaluation of director.

Tips from mail services - Top

University mail services suggests these tips for mailing documents off campus. 

These reminders come from the USPS Spearfish office

  • When sending mail include your return address

  • Double check the spelling of names and correct titles

  • Double check current address

  • Avoid using excessive amounts of tape on your packages

  • Avoid using odd shaped packages

The postage costs will be increasing June 30. If you would  like to cut some of your mailing cost … give us a call.

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.  

Plan changes for FY 2003 include the following:

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

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.

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




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.

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.

Faculty research funds available - Top  

The Faculty Research Committee has limited additional funding for this year. A final submission date has been set for Friday, May 10 at noon.

For more information contact the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218 or to Dr. Farrokhi, Chair, Woodburn 314.

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
1)  purchase of equipment or materials to improve instruction; 
2)  salary for consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff;
3)  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 26.  Monies 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, 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.  

  • 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.  http://www.nsf.gov

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