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.
positions open - Top
The following Career Service positions are
For more information, review the announcement bulletin
or contact the personnel office.
service worker, dining services
with keyboarding, business office
study light and color at CAMSE workshop - Top
Teachers from six school districts put on
special spectrum glasses and discovered that mixing different colors
of light is not the same as mixing different colors of paint at a
one-day color-mixing workshop hosted by the Black Hills State
University Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science
The workshop, led by Dr. Andy Johnson,
associate director of CAMSE, provided an opportunity for the
teachers to systematically observe what happens when light passes
through colored filters and when lights of different colors combine.
The teachers improved their understanding of color addition and
subtraction and found out how the structure of the human eye
determines color perception.
At first glance the topic of color seems quite
basic, but in fact it is surprising how little most people really
know about light. Thus, these activities give almost everyone an
opportunity to think scientifically about a topic that is at the
same time very familiar and very new to them," Johnson said.
He has plans to offer a more extensive teacher
workshop on more aspects of light in early June.
This workshop was offered as part of the
university’s Black Hills Science Teaching (BLAHST) project which
was established with the goal of improving science education in
kindergarten through eighth grade in eight regional school
information on the BLAHST project is available on the web
or by calling Janet Briggs
students to provide tax preparation assistance - Top
Accounting students at Black Hills State
University will be available beginning Monday, Feb. 4 to help area
residents with income tax return preparation through the Volunteer
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
The Internal Revenue Service and the BHSU
College of Business and Technology sponsor the VITA program. Student
preparers have received IRS training and passed an IRS prepared
VITA coordinator Dr. Larry Cozort says this year’s
tax program will once again operate on an appointment basis.
Taxpayers who would like assistance in preparing their tax
returns should call Cozort at 605-642-6869 to make an appointment.
The best times to call to make an appointment are Monday between 4 p.m. and 5:50 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday between 8
a.m. and 9 a.m. or between 11 a.m. and 12
a.m. Messages can be left
at other times on voice mail. Taxpayers
should come to Jonas 230
on the BHSU campus for their appointment.
VITA offers free assistance to those who file
Form 1040EZ, Form 1040A, or a basic Form 1040 federal tax return. Electronic filing is also available at no charge.
There is no restriction regarding income levels.
VITA volunteers do not do business returns or state returns.
Taxpayers who have complicated returns should contact
professional tax preparers.
Taxpayers should bring this year’s tax
package, wage and earnings statement (Form W-2) from all employers,
interest statements from banks (Form 1099), a copy of last year’s
tax return, if available, and other relevant information about
income, and expenses.
interviews at BHSU for sales and marketing positions - Top
A job placement
representative from AFLAC will be interviewing on the BHSU campus
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, for full-time sales and marketing positions
in western South Dakota and eastern Wyoming.
representative will interview any degree area, but sales, marketing,
and communication skills are key requirements of the position.
Individuals with some business
entrepreneurial interests and skills will also be considered.
individuals should sign up at the BHSU Career Center at the Miller
Student Union and have updated resumes. Interview times are
available on a first-come basis.
contact the BHSU Career Center
at (605) 642-6277.
encouraged to participate in SHED days - Top
Black Hills State University students will join
university students from across the state in the annual Student for
Higher Education (SHED) Days in Pierre.
BHSU students travel to the state capital Feb.
10-12 to lobby the state Legislature in support of higher education
issues. All BHSU students
are encouraged to attend. Applications are
available at the student senate office in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union. Deadline for applications is Feb. 1.
For more information contact Heather Murschel
Trust supports university student opinion survey
Students at Black Hills State University as
well as students at other state universities will be receiving a
survey questionnaire from the National Survey of Student Engagement
(NSSE). Supported by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the survey
will seek student opinions regarding their higher education
experience. Survey information will be sent to students by letter or
by email or both.
Just what makes for a really good undergraduate
experience? Rankings in magazines are based mostly on what students
were like when they started college-their entrance exam scores or
high school class rank. The rankings also emphasize what
institutions have numbers of faculty members, library books,
computer terminals, and so forth. Oddly enough, what matters most to student learning—what
they do with the
resources their school provides—gets little attention.
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) focuses on
the things that are really important to a high quality undergraduate
education: what students do and what they say about their
Over the next few months randomly selected
first-year and senior students at Black Hills State University and
about 365 other colleges and universities across the nation will
share their views by completing a short survey called The College Student Report 2002. The report takes students less than 15
complete via either the paper or web version. The
questions are about how and where students spend their time, the
nature and quality of their interactions with faculty members and
peers, and what they have gained from their classes and other
aspects of their college experience. All these activities are
directly related to desired outcomes of college. For this reason, the survey is like an anonymous suggestion
box. The results get the attention of people who can make changes
for the better. Among the other groups that are interested in what
students say about their experience are governing boards, state
agencies, and prospective students
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
is supported by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts and is
cosponsored by the Pew Forum on Undergraduate Learning and the
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The results
from the NSSE survey are being used to help colleges and
universities improve undergraduate education by providing valuable
information about student engagement in learning and learning
outcomes. The Pew Charitable Trusts is a philanthropic organization
that is supporting the project as a public service to your school
and others colleges and universities.
Additional information about the National Survey of
Student Engagement (NSSE) is available on the web.
Meier to perform at fundraiser for Summer Institute of the Arts - Top
Famed soprana Johanna Meier will perform for a
Valentine scholarship fundraiser for the Black Hills Summer Institute of
the Arts Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House in
“From the Heart of Spain” will feature Meier
singing Spanish folk songs about dance, love and lullaby by Manuel de
Falla (canciones populares espanolas). This concert is Meier’s only
public performance this year.
International star of the opera and concert stage,
Meier has been a leading soprano with the Metropolitan Opera and
countless major opera houses and orchestras throughout the world. “From the Heart of Spain” will also feature
performances by guitarists Christopher Robin Johnson, the Rushmore
Orchestra, Spanish dancers and special mystery guests. Tapas (hors
d’oeuvres) and dessert bar will be served.
Reservations are required
and can be made by calling 642-6420. Cost is $25 per person donation.
Gala dress is recommended.
Proceeds of this fundraising event underwrite the
student scholarship program of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the
Arts-Vocal Arts/Opera Theater workshop which will be held June 17-30.
Now in its fifth year, this program, under the artistic direction of
Johanna Meier, offers students exposure to the highest level of voice
training and performance experience in a workshop format. Hosted by Black
Hills State University, this vocal arts program encourages students to
stretch their creative potential with emphasis on individual expression.
For more information contact Laura Hovey Neubert at
341-5714 or 642-6420.
Speaker and author promises students good grades
National award winning speaker and author, Joe
Smith, communications professor at the University of West Florida, will
speak to BHSU students about “acing college” Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. in the
Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
Smith makes an unusual claim for students who
attend his presentation “Tricks of the Grade: Street-smart Strategies
for Acing College.” He promises to pay students $100 for any course in
which they receive a “C” grade or lower after hearing his message.
Martin persisted in pursuing his college degree,
ultimately being voted “Student of the Year” at his university and
graduating at the top of his
class by the age of 20. Martin credits his
academic success to ten strategies he calls “Tricks of the Grade.”
His book “Tricks of the Grade: Street-smart
Strategies for Acing College,” is popular among college students
across the country. The
success of the book and lectures have garnered professor Martin national
recognition. In 1999 APCA honored Martin as their national “Campus
Speaker of the Year,” as voted by college students across the country.
The program is free to the public. For information
contact Megan Wyett, UP-team lecture chair, at BHSU at 642-6418.
notice for state retirement system - Top
The South Dakota Retirement System announces an
election notice for all members of the retirement system.
Nominations for a classified employee
representative on the South Dakota Retirement System Board of
Trustees, for the four-year term beginning July 1, 2002, will be
received by the administrator, pursuant to the provisions of SDCL
Nominations of a candidate must be made by
petition subject to the following conditions:
Signed by at least 20 members from the same
group as the candidate (classified employees):
Petitions may be signed only by currently
contributing and terminated vested members.
Petitions shall be on file in the
administrator’s office no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 25, 2002.
Petitions forms may be secured from the South
Dakota Retirement System, P.O. Box 1098, 216 East Capitol, Pierre,
To inform the voters about the candidates, a
special Election Issue of Outlook is prepared and mailed with
the ballots. Candidates
who would like information about themselves included in Outlook should
submit the following with their petitions:
Recent photo (black & white preferred) and
a typewritten biographical sketch and/or statement of candidacy. The
biographical sketch and/or statement of candidacy will be printed
without editing provided the total word count, excluding articles,
does not exceed 200 words.
For more information contact Al A. Asher,
council is selling daffodils for cancer
society - Top
The BHSU Career Service Act Advisory Council is now selling flowers
as a community service project for the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days.
Daffodils can be purchased from any CSA council representative
for $6 for 10 daffodils, or $1/each individually or in bunches of
less than 10. Council
members will also be taking orders for Gift of Hope bouquets for
$15. Payment is
requested in the form of cash or checks made payable to BHSU CSA
Council. All monies collected from the sale of daffodils will be
donated to the American Cancer Society.
Orders and payment are due by Feb. 14. The daffodils placed in
water will open for a beautiful
display of spring color. Customers
are requested to have their own vases ready to receive the daffodils
on March 11.
A list of CSAC representatives is available on the
Questions can also be directed to any CSA representative, to CSA
President Nancy Shuck, or to Cheryl Leahy as CSA’s liaison with
the American Cancer Society.
The CSA Council thanks you for your support on behalf
of the American Cancer Society.
The CSA Council also thanks representative Cheryl Leahy for
her hard work in coordinating this community service project.
High school and college track meets
scheduled at the Young Center Friday and Saturday - Top
Two indoor track
and field meets are scheduled at the Black Hills State University
Young Center Feb 1 & 2.
Impressions/BHSU High School Indoor Invitational will begin Friday
at 3:30 p.m. with the field events to be followed by the running
events starting at 4:30 p.m.
The entry fee is
$5 per athlete. Events winners will be given t-shirts. High school
coaches should notify BHSU officials as to the number of athletes
they expect to bring to the meet.
Black Hills State
will host the Yellow Jacket Collegiate Invitational the following
day, Saturday, Feb. 2. Field events will get underway at 10 a.m. and
the running events will begin at 11 a.m. Teams entered include
State, Dickinson State,
University of Mary and S.D. Tech.
attraction at the colligate meet will be the 10th annual
Alumni Mile set to be run at 1:30 p.m. The event features a number
of former Yellow Jacket greats who will return to their alma mater
to display their mature running style. The event was created for BH
track alumni to show their support for university’s running
programs and to award an Alumni Mile scholarship to a deserving
Yellow Jacket athlete. Information regarding the Alumni Mile is
available by contacting Jim
Glazer, Class of ’82, at (952) 894-9343.
Indoor meet information is available by contacting Coach
Scott Walkinshaw at 642-6486 or Coach
Aaron Nida at 642-6083 or Coach
Jhett Albers, 642-6885.
Minutes of the University Assessment
Committee meeting - Top
of the University Assessment Committee for Tuesday, Sept. 29 in
Woodburn Conference Room 1 at 3:30 p.m.
Siewert, L. Turner, Schamber, Earley, Pearce, J. Miller,
Altmyer, Isaac Olson, Valades. Absent: Cook, Haislett, Myers,
about the proposed draft of how to write annual report - chair
agreed to resend the draft to all members.
announced that SDSMT was having an assessment conference on April 9
and April 16th. The BHSU Bush Grant would pay for
Interested faculty should contact her about attending.
the Pearce-Schamber scoring rubric. Modifications
were made and the rubric was approved.
This will be used with reviewing the annual reports.
and approved the annual report on math.
to meet Feb. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Woodburn Conference Room 1 to review
political science, sociology, mass communications, and communication
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.
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
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support
staff at BHSU.
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
Faculty research funds available -
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
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
business, social sciences and humanities. The next
application deadline is Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. Applications are to be submitted to
the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218 or to Dr. Farrokhi in
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 Jan.
17-30 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Precollege Achievement of Excellence in Mathematics,
National Aeronautics and Space Administration is seeking
applications to develop broad collaborative precollege
achievement of excellence (PACE) programs in mathematics,
science and technology education that reach out to K-12
students. Deadline(s): Feb.
28 for optional letters of intent; April 12 for proposals.
This week at Black Hills State
University - Top
This calendar is also available on the BHSU homepage quick links.