Volume XXVII  No. 2 • Jan. 10, 2003

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Campus Currents is distributed every Friday. To submit an item send it to Campus Currents, Unit 9512 or e-mail it to Campus Currents. Deadline is Thursday at 
8 a.m. 


Babbitt photographs are featured at Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls - top

The artwork of Steve Babbitt, associate mass communication professor at BHSU, is currently on display through March 7 at the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 10 from 
5:30-7 p.m.

The exhibit titled “South Dakota: Two Views” features photographs by Babbitt and Rapid City photographer Chris Benson. According to Babbitt, the photographs deal with the disappearing rural communities found throughout the state of South Dakota. Babbitt’s landscapes attempt to capture the essential nature of people and places that form the heart of America. Babbitt invited Chris Benson, a portrait photographer from Rapid City, to join the exhibition with photographs of people in these communities which lend a nice balance to the show.

“The photos in this show speak to the all too familiar tragedy of vanishing small-town life west of the river in South Dakota,” Howard Spencer, Visual Arts Center curator, said.  The photographs note the hardships, both natural and man-made, of the land and its people as they continue to endure adversity and fight what is often a losing struggle to maintain a traditional way of life.

Babbitt worked on this project for eight years. In 1998 he received a South Dakota Artist Grant to continue the project and explore different methods of printing using emerging digital and ink-jet technologies.

This exhibition opened in August at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City and will travel to Aberdeen this summer. The photographs will probably be on display in other states during the next two years.

Babbitt has been teaching classes in journalism and photography at BHSU since 1994. He holds a master’s of fine arts degree in photography from San Francisco Art Institute.


Submit names of all volunteers to the president’s office - top

Please submit to the president's office the names and addresses of any volunteers who will be working in your area.

The names will be forwarded to the South Dakota Board of Regents.

In case a volunteer would be injured in the performance of volunteer work, they will be covered by Workmen's Compensation similar to any employee of the university. In addition, the university can justify expenditures which are made in connection with their contributions if they are identified with volunteer status.


Black Hills State places 16th in Director's Cup standings - top

Black Hills State University placed 16th in the nation for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Director’s Cup for the athletic teams’ performances during the fall season in the NAIA with a total of 160 points.

“We are proud of our student-athletes for their hard work during the fall season,” said Bud Synhorst, BHSU athletic director. “I am pleased to see us continue to improve on our national ranking, which includes the efforts of all of our athletic teams.”

Last year, BHSU was 23rd in the standings. These standings are based upon the completion of women and men’s cross country, women and men’s soccer and women’s volleyball. The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports – six women’s and six men’s.  Each national champion receives 100 points.

The only regional team that earned a higher ranking was the University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D., which was ranked third.


Participating students are raising money for Habitat for Humanity trip - top

Ten BHSU students, who plan to spend their Spring Break building houses for families in need in Norman, Okla., are holding a raffle for a romantic weekend getaway to raise money for their trip.

The raffle, which is being held exclusively for Black Hills State faculty and staff members, offers three prizes. First prize is a one-night stay at Aunt Apple's Inn in Spearfish. The room includes a private bath and hot tub. The package also includes a full breakfast the morning after at Aunt Apple's and a $20 gift certificate to the Millstone Restaurant. 

Second prize is a one-night stay in a luxury suite at Cadillac Jack's resort in Deadwood. The package includes dinner for two at Tin Lizzie and a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner buffet at Four Aces.

Third prize is a one-night stay at First Gold Hotel in Deadwood. The package includes meal and gaming coupons and dinner for two at Tin Lizzie. 

Raffle tickets are $5 each or three tickets for $10. Students Erica Littlewolf, Andrea Farr, Maureen Blake, Amanda Blake, Erin Power, Rebecca Angove, Mary Laudenschlager, Hope Hauber, Erika Cornella, and Frank Night Pipe will be visiting offices around campus selling tickets. You may also purchase tickets at the Career Center. The last day to buy tickets will be Jan. 31. All proceeds will be used to defer travel expenses for the Habitat for Humanity group.

Winners will be announced Feb. 1. For more information, contact Heather Johnson, career counselor at the Career Center, at 642-6278.


Stock market simulation begins spring semester Feb. 17 - top

Black Hills State University will once again conduct the South Dakota Stock Market Simulation (SDSMS). The spring 2003 simulation begins Monday, Feb. 17.

The SDSMS is a real-world, on-line educational tool that increases student motivation and learning in a variety of subjects and grade levels. Hundreds of student teams in South Dakota compete each semester in this statewide competition in which they research companies and invest $100,000 in a stock portfolio.

Student divisions include elementary/junior high school (grades 4-8), high school, and college. All trading and research is performed on-line. 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.

To register on-line, click on the registration button at www.sdakotasms.com. Team identification numbers and passwords will be issued and supporting materials will be mailed to the teachers automatically.

Contact Don Altmyer, associate professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, for more information by emailing donaltmyer@bhsu.edu or calling 605-642-6266.

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


United Ministries holds panel discussion on prejudice Jan. 16 - top

Part 1 of the FOCUS on Issues series, a series of events United Ministries' students have put together in honor of Prejudice Awareness Month, will be held Jan. 16 at 
7 p.m. in the Student Union Market Place and will consist of a panel discussion by 
Dr. Landis, Dr. Peterson, Dr. Salomon, and Dr. Ahmad. 

The series is designed to open discussion about prejudice and raise awareness about the impact of prejudice on everyone's lives.

This discussion is sponsored by United Ministries, the Center for Indian Studies, and the Global Awareness Committee. Student chair for this series is Becky Meyers. Contact Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries, at 642-6556 for more information.


Film series starts off new semester Jan. 23 - top

Black Hills State University will host a series of films during the spring 2003 semester. The series, which includes five films, begins Thursday, Jan. 23. All films are shown at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.

The first film of the series, “Tortilla Soup,” a 2000 movie directed by Maria Ripoll, shows the life of a retired Mexican American chef Martin Naranjo (Hector Elizondo) and his three gorgeous, but single, adult daughters. Things take a turn for the romantic when Dad, a widower, meets a vivacious divorcee (Raquel Welch) on the lookout for a mate, and each of his daughters, in turn, finds someone.

“Italian for Beginners,” the next film in the series, directed by Lone Sherfig in 2000, will be shown Thursday, Feb. 20. This heartwarming comedy warms the usually chilly Dogme 95 world of prickly eccentrics and damaged souls with a glowing sense of hope and passion. A belligerent restaurant manager, a repressed hotelier, a lonely hairdresser, and a clumsy, childlike bakery clerk are among the lonely thirty-somethings who escape the social disasters and comic chaos of their unfulfilled lives in an Italian-language evening course.

A bonus film screening of “A Hard Day’s Night” will be shown during “Stay on Campus Weekend” Saturday, Feb. 22. The Fab Four’s first movie, directed by Richard Lester in 1964, is an exaggerated “day in the life” by screenwriter Alun Owen, who based his script on the Beatles’ actual celebrity at the time, catching them in the delirious early rush of Beatlemania: eluding rampaging fans, killing time on trains and in hotels, appearing on a TV broadcast.

The fourth film in the series, “Saving Grace,” directed in 2000 by Nigel Cole, will be shown Thursday, March 27. After her husband’s suicide, a widow (Brenda Blethyn) discovers that her husband had mortgaged everything they own, and the banks are ready to foreclose. Faced with impending doom and little working knowledge except her ability to grow plants, she struggles to save her home. Her gardener comes to the rescue: Grace will grow marijuana and sell it to a London drug dealer!

“What Time Is It There?” will conclude the 2003 Spring Film Series Thursday, April 10. The film, directed by Ming-liang Tsai in 2000, portrays the life of Hsiao Kang (Lee Kang-sheng) who sells watches in the streets of Taipei for a living. A few days after his father’s death, he meets a young woman, Shiang-Chyi, who leaves for Paris the next day. In an effort to bridge the miles between them, he runs around setting all the watches and clocks in Taipei to Paris time. Meanwhile, in Paris, Shiang-Chyi is confronted with events that mysteriously seem to be connected with Hsiao Kang. The surprising ending finally connects the two main characters in a poetic, unexpected way.

All films will be shown on DVD and are open to the public at no charge. Free popcorn will also be available courtesy of the BHSU Residence Hall Association. Details are available at the Spring 2003 Film Series website. For more information contact David Salomon, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, at davidsalomon@bhsu.edu or call 642-6240.


BHSU golden age activity tickets available - top  

Golden age activity tickets for senior citizens who wish to attend Black Hills State University activities are once again available for $10.

The golden age activity pass admits senior citizens to all regular athletic, theatre, and music events at the university. Special athletic events such as tournaments or playoff games are not included.

Tickets are available to anyone 65 years old or older from the president's office in 
Woodburn Hall Room 201.  


Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received Jan. 1 through Jan. 8 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Chiesman Foundation. Black Hills State University’s Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy, 2003 Faculty Research Grants, is seeking applications from BHSU faculty members interested in pursuing research in the areas of democracy, civic education, law-related education, or the promotion of democratic principles and ideals. The endowment will award up to two (2) stipends of $6,000 each. Deadline is Jan. 13. For more information, contact 
    Dr. George Earley at extension 6270 or by e-mail at georgeearley@bhsu.edu.
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. The Upjohn Institute invites submission of proposals to conduct policy-relevant research on employment issues. The institute offers two funding opportunities: research grants that lead to book-length manuscripts; and a mini-grant program that provides funds for innovative research papers that have special funding needs. More information can be found at http://www.upjohninstitute.org. Submission deadlines and notification dates follow:
  • Feb. 1, 2003 – Deadline for three-page summaries and Mini-Grant proposals;

  • March 1, 2003 – Research grant finalists invited to prepare full 15-page proposals;

  • April 10, 2003 – Full proposals due;

  • May 10, 2003 – Announcement of awards.

  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research. The National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Biological Sciences is inviting applications to support multidisciplinary research efforts involving faculty and undergraduate students at predominantly undergraduate institutions. Projects must be collaborative efforts that focus on a research problem in the biological sciences that is best approached from multiple discipline perspectives. Deadlines: March 12, 2003; Jan. 10, 2004; and Jan. 10, 2005. http://www.nsf.gov
  • US Department of Education. FIPSE: Special Focus on U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia. The Education Department’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education is inviting applications for cooperative agreements to form educational consortia of American and Brazilian institutions to encourage cooperation in the coordination, student exchange and broadening of educational opportunities. Deadline: March 28, 2003. http://www.ed.gov/FIPSE
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. Humanities Focus Grants. The National Endowment for the Humanities seeks applications for grants to enable educators to study humanities topics and materials together or map institutional directions for teaching the humanities. Deadline: April 15, 2003.  http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/hfg.html
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