Volume XXVI  No. 21 • May 24, 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.

Resignations - Top

  • Tina Hunt, purchasing assistant, University Support Service

  • Wavey Wells, purchasing assistant, University Support Service

  • Stan Stahlecker, purchasing assistant, University Support Service

  • Roger Two Crow, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Positions open - Top

The following Career Service positions are open

  • two custodial workers, Facilities Services

  • cashier, Business Office

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

BH student in a class of her own appears on Letterman show - Top

April Kleinschmidt, who will be attending Black Hills State University this fall, appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS this week.

Kleinschmidt had the distinction of being the one and only student to graduate from Harrold High School this spring putting her “in a class of her own.” She certainly displayed that class and poise when she traveled to New York City to appear on the nationally broadcast talk show with David Letterman. Kleinschmidt also made an appearance on the CBS Early Show May 23.

Kleinschmidt, who received several scholarships, will be an elementary/special education major at BHSU where she will have an opportunity to actually have classmates as she begins her college career.

She is one of five children of Lee and Dawn Kleinschmidt.

A video clip of her appearance can be seen under "video clips" on the BHSU multimedia page.

BHSU is featured on Coke cans - Top

Black Hills State University, through the generosity of Coca-Cola Bottling Company, is currently being featured on Coke cans.

The special-issue cans feature a silver rim on the top with the words “Black Hills State University. An investment that works. 1-800-255-BHSU.” The message is also printed on the side of the can along with the university’s Web address.

“We certainly know that a college education is an investment that pays huge dividends in a number of ways,” said Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement. “We thought this would be a unique way to get that message out.”

Studies in South Dakota have shown that college graduates earn considerably more in their lifetime. Four years of tuition and fees at a South Dakota University averages about $15,500. A college graduate will earn an average of $700,000 to one million dollars over a lifetime. Compared to earnings of someone without a college degree, this produces a return of more than $50 for every dollar invested.

These cans, which had a three-week production span, are currently being distributed in western South Dakota and central and western Wyoming in singles, six packs, 12-packs and 18-packs. A total of 255,000 specially packaged BHSU cans will be distributed in the northern hills area and several Wyoming communities including Casper, Rawlins, Rock Springs, Jackson Hole and the surrounding areas.

Grant will provide workshops for technology teachers - Top

Dr. Jerry Miller, chairman of the department of technology at Black Hills State University, has received a $8,551 grant from the state  department of education and cultural affairs to conduct workshops to train technology teachers.

Currently there is a shortage of technology teachers in South Dakota and across the nation. Miller will use the grant to deliver workshops to increase the number of teachers who are technology certified.

Coursework is now required in four cluster areas – construction, manufacturing, communications and energy power and transportation. Two additional cluster areas – methods of teaching technology and laboratory safety will also be offered.  During the summer workshops, participants will be able to

complete at least six of the 18 credits required for the technology endorsement.   

The workshop course will be delivered in a variety of ways including lecture, reading assignments, video, Internet assignments and curriculum development. The participants will be encouraged to develop materials to meet their individual needs and will also have the opportunity to develop and test activities they will take to their classrooms. Students will be given a take-home project to be completed through the Internet during the summer.

Miller joined the faculty at Black Hills State University in 1975. He has a Ph.D. from Colorado State University in technology education and a master’s degree from BHSU. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of South Dakota at Springfield.

SDSEO will meet - Top

There will be a South Dakota State Employee (SDSEO) meeting May 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hall of Fame room in the Donald E. Young Center.  Discussion will include information from the House of delegates meeting. Anyone interested is encouraged to attend. 

Walkinshaw will host running camp - Top

Black Hills State University will be the site of the second annual Yellow Jacket Distance Running Camp directed by Coach Scott Walkinshaw July 14-18.

The running camp is open to high school boys and girls, of all abilities, from beginning eighth graders to those entering their senior year in high school. The camp offers runners the opportunity to get a fast start on the upcoming cross-country season with training at altitude. The camp features technical analysis of running form, strength training, proper nutrition, goal setting, review of current training theories, fitness assessment, practice and training guidelines and hydro training.

The university is located in Spearfish, at an elevation of 3,600 feet. The Northern Black Hills and its mild climate offers miles of running trails and mountain roads, a terrific location for distance runners.

Camp staff members include current and former members of the BHSU cross-country teams as well as coaches and guest speakers from the university and Black Hills area. This summer’s special guest coach is Scott Underwood who coached at South Dakota State University from 1977 to 1995. He was named national cross-country coach of the year four times and coached four NCAA Division II National Championship teams.

Camp costs are $185 for day campers, $245 for full-time campers, and $160 for coaches. There is a discount of $25 per camper for five or more athletes from the same school. Meals will be provided at the university-dining hall. A nonrefundable deposit of $50 must accompany the registration form. Full payment is due Friday, June 21. Check-in is Sunday, July 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. at the university residence halls. Checkout is Thursday, July 18.

In his four years at BHSU, Coach Walkinshaw has earned recognition as 2001 DAC-10 Men and Women’s and NAIA Region III Cross Country Coach of the year. He was also named 2000 NAIA men’s national coach of the year and was selected as the college coach of the year by the South Dakota Sportswriters Association in 2001. Coach Walkinshaw has been named conference coach of the year five times in cross-country—three women’s team coaching honors and two men’s team coaching honors. He was also named South Dakota Cross Country/Track and Field Coaches Association Cross Country Coach of the Year for 1999 and 2000. 

Distance running camp information is available by contacting Coach Scott Walkinshaw at (605) 642-6486 or by visiting the website.
Last updated on September 17, 2004