Volume XXVII  No. 45 • Nov. 14, 2003

Submit items to Campus Currents

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. 

Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Patricia Chastain, Human Resources

CSA positions open - top

The following Career Service positions are open:

  • Four custodial workers, Facilities Services

For additional information, review the announcement bulletin or view the ad on-line at www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.

Faculty and students collaborate with McNenny Fish Hatchery to publish research - top


Ongoing research at BHSU that involves faculty members, students and staff members of the McNenny State Fish Hatchery, has resulted in a number of published research articles in fisheries journals.

Dr. Dan Durben, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, and Michael Barnes, biologist with the South Dakota Department Game, Fish and Parks, collaborated on research that resulted in the publication of an article titled “Effects of Partial Tank Covers on the Growth of Juvenile Feral Rainbow Trout during Hatchery Rearing.” This article was published in the October issue of the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

Barnes worked with Hans Stephenson, a recent BHSU graduate, and Dr. Mark Gabel, BHSU professor emeritus, to publish an article titled “Microbial Inhibition in Response to Treatments of Hydrogen Peroxide and Formalin on Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Eyed Eggs as Determined by Scanning Electron Microscopy” which was also included in the October issue of the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

Previously, Barnes, Stephenson and Gabel worked together on research that resulted in the publication of an article titled “Use of Hydrogen Peroxide and Formalin Treatments during the Incubation of Landlocked Fall Chinook Salmon Eyed Eggs” in the April 2003 issue of the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

A group of students worked with Barnes and Dr. Micheal Zehfus, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, to publish “Maternal Liver and Egg Thiamine Concentrations in Chinook Salmon from Lake Oahe in South Dakota” in the June 2003 issue of Prairie Naturalist. BHSU students involved in this research project included former BHSU students Jonathon Schumacher, Kelly Stock, Fraz Farrokhi, Rebecca Nutter and Robert Hanten.

Barnes, Stephenson and Gabel also published “Use of Low Vacuum Electron Microscopy to Quickly Estimate Bacterial Populations on Incubating Salmonid Eggs” in the North American Journal of Aquaculature.

Barnes noted the unique collaboration between the university and the state fish hatchery in ongoing research projects. He praises the exemplary research work and contributions of the BHSU faculty and students.

“These students have the opportunity to be involved in the whole science process,” Barnes said. “They learn from the research and writing and have a greater understanding of what it takes to publish research.”

In recent years, BHSU has increased research opportunities for undergraduate students. Currently there are approximately 50 BHSU students involved in research in a variety of subjects. 

Professors present at Western Literature conference - top


David Cremean, Kent Meyers, and Christine Shearer-Cremean, all members of the Black Hills State University humanities department, recently attended and presented papers at the 2003 Western Literature Association meeting in Houston, Texas.

The conference title and theme was "The West of the 21st Century."

The three BHSU faculty members formed a panel, entitled "Charles Bowden: Probing the Borderlands," about American literary journalist Charles Bowden, who has published numerous books and writes for publications like Harper's, Mother Jones, and Mountain Gazette, among others.

Cremean, who also moderated the panel, read his paper, "Take It To the Limit, but Don't Take it Easy: Charles Bowden and the Artifice of Borders," arguing for Bowden as a major contemporary American literary figure. His essay attributed a great deal of Bowden's literary value to the author's willingness to act as a modern prophet who tackles hard, dark topics that most journalists refuse to cover and his being a "writer's writer."

Cremean received his master’s degree in English from the University of Dayton and his Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2002.

Meyers’ piece, "Charles Bowden, Marking the Border" discussed Bowden's two major books about the Drug Wars, Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future and Down by the River, contrasting them with discussions of South Dakota's own Crockett, the Yellow Lab who has sniffed out numerous drugs and received much media attention. Meyers also underscored the importance of Bowden's literary mission and achievements.

Meyers received his master’s degree in English from Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1986.

Shearer-Cremean's paper, "The Murdered Women of Mexico in Charles Bowden's Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future," dealt predominantly with Bowden's book by that title. Her argument centered on how Bowden's text teams up with Mexican street photographers to form a powerful document that rehumanizes the women of Juarez, Mexico, who have been murdered while working for the Mexican maquiladoras. Her essay also emphasized the insufficiency of mainline American feminism, due to its materialistic, consumerist center, in dealing with the plights of women in other countries.

Shearer-Cremean received her master’s in English from the University of Dayton and her Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 2000.

Wallerstein publishes article - top

Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English at Black Hills State University, has published an article in The Middle-Atlantic Writers Association Review.

The article, "The Eloquence of Anger in Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider," uses Aristotelian rhetorical theory to analyze Sister Outsider, one of Lorde's most important prose works.

Wallerstein argues that, on the one hand, a classical rhetorical analysis seems to prove Lorde's craft; on the other, it seems to collide with her labor to signify Black identity. Putting Lorde together with the Aristotelian rhetorical tradition suggests that she is ultimately concerned with an existentialist rather than essentialist portrait of her anger and as such, her writings can be situated within the Western cultural environment.

Wallerstein has taught at BHSU since 1997. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon and a master of theological studies degree from Harvard.

Mass communications students create a video greeting for 842nd soldiers - top

BHSU mass communications students Sami Stout from Winner, Nikki Underwood from Brookings, Cody Oliver from Lemmon and Gus Karinen from Spearfish review a personalized holiday video greeting that will be sent to members of the 842nd National Guard unit in Iraq.

A group of mass communications students at Black Hills State University used their broadcasting skills to create a video holiday greeting that will be sent, along with other items collected, in a care package for members of the local National Guard unit that is currently stationed in Baghdad.

The video features personal greetings from BHSU students and members of the community. The students used their break in classes on Veteran’s Day to create a video that will be sent to the newest group of veterans, the soldiers who are currently serving
with the 842nd unit in Iraq.

“Campus organizations were doing different things for the care package,” Cody Oliver, a BHSU student from Lemmon, said. “We have the technology and knowledge, so we decided to personalize our contribution and make a video.”

The students videotaped personal greetings from faculty, staff and students on campus as well as group greetings from several Spearfish area businesses.

“We just asked people around town and had a very good response,” Oliver said. “Many people were happy to take part in the project.”

The students plan to add graphics, holiday music and footage of recent BHSU events including the community group photo taken at Lyle Hare Stadium. The video is narrated by BHSU student Jess Hinker, who is from Forestburg. Gus Karinen, Spearfish, is editor of the project. Other students involved in the production are Roni Ackerman from Belle Fourche; Miranda Huber from Belle Fourche, Nikki Underwood from Brookings, and Sami Stout from Winner.

“I thought the video was an excellent idea. I’m proud of the BH students for being involved,” said Joy Carroll, who works at Ketel Thorstenson in Spearfish. “Our entire office was extremely proud to be a part of it.”

The Council of Student Organizations at BHSU has been spearheading a campus effort to collect items for the holiday care packages. They are planning to do one collection specifically for the 10 BHSU students and staff members who are deployed and a larger collection for the entire unit to share.

To request a copy of the holiday greeting video contact the BHSU campus television station at 642-6141.

Students host Holiday Letter Workshop - top

The Black Hills State University chapter of Students in Free Enterprise and the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at BHSU will host a Holiday Letter Workshop Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 206.

During the workshop instructor Jean Johnson, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, and student assistants will help participants create their own holiday letter. Participants will learn how to include pictures, borders, and clip art in Microsoft Word documents. They will also learn how to scan pictures.

Participants should bring a draft of their holiday letter, either on a floppy disk or handwritten; pictures that they wish to include in the letter; and, if desired, holiday paper. Every student will be allowed to print two copies of their completed holiday letter at the workshop.

The cost to attend the workshop is $10 per person. A limited number of seats are available. To register contact the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at 642-6091 or email priscillaromkema@bhsu.edu.

Black Hills Gold singers and BHSU Jazz Ensemble will present fall concert - top

The Black Hills State University Jazz Ensemble and the BHSU Black Hills Gold vocal jazz group will present their fall concert Thursday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Music from Dave Brubeck, Bobby Shew, George Gershwin, and Sonny Rollins will be featured. Pre-concert music will be provided by the Rausis & Royer guitar duo.

There is no admission charge for the concert although donations for music scholarships will be accepted. For more information contact Mr. Steve Parker, director for Black Hills Gold, at 642-6628 or Dr. Randall Royer, director of the BHSU Jazz Ensemble, at 642-6255.

Oxfam Hunger Banquet will demonstrate world's food distribution - top

Members of the community, along with students, faculty and staff of Black Hills State University, will have the opportunity to experience the way the rest of the world eats at the fourth annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet Thursday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.

The Oxfam Hunger Banquet is a dramatic and interactive dinner that illustrates the unequal distribution of food throughout the world. Each participant is given the name of an individual in another country and assigned a role in a high-, middle- or low-income class. By random drawing, 15 percent of the participants will enjoy a gourmet meal, 
25 percent a simple meal of rice and beans, and 60 percent will share rice and water.

The banquet, a combination fundraiser and consciousness-raiser, is one of the most popular events of Oxfam America's annual “Fast for the World Harvest” campaign. Speakers will include Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, and Gloria Borgman.

United Ministries, LaMASA (Spanish Club) and the Global Awareness Committee are sponsoring the event. Student leaders are: Kelly Dickey, a freshman political science major from Pierre; Katie Lembcke, a sophomore human services major from Madison; Ben Bryce, a senior education major from Worland, Wyo.; and Laci Schmalz, a freshman art major from Williston, N.D. Members of United Ministries FOCUS, LaMASA, and the Global Awareness Committee are also assisting with the banquet.

To reserve a place at the banquet sign up at the Oxfam table in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union lobby Nov. 17, 19, or 20 from 9 to 10 a.m. and 
2 to 3 p.m. or in Pangburn Cafeteria Nov. 20 during lunch and dinner times. Reservations will also be taken at 642-6556 or jeanhelmer@bhsu.edu. Include the number of people who wish to attend and a contact telephone number in the message. Participation is limited to 100. Admission is three cans of non-perishable food or a monetary donation.

BHSU student leads standings at halfway point of South Dakota Stock Market Game - top

A Black Hills State University student is leading the state standings with an impressive Return on Investment (ROI) of 16.22 percent at the halfway point of the fall 2003 session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG).

A total of 371 students on 136 teams representing 13 South Dakota schools are participating in this semester’s SDSMG. The teams started the 10-week trading period Oct. 6 with $100,000 in “play” funds. The student teams, ranging from three to five students per team, research companies on the Internet and decide in which stocks to invest. All trading is done on-line and team portfolios and divisional rankings are updated daily.

The top team portfolios in the high school, college and elementary/junior high divisions after week five follow. For comparison purposes, $100,000 invested in the major stock market indices at the start of the game would have yielded: Dow Jones Industrial Average, 2.49 percent or $102,490; Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, 2.23 percent or $102,230; and NASDAQ Composite Index, 4.78 percent or $104,780.

(# of teams)
School Teacher 
or Student
Portfolio Value 
at Week 5
High School (83) 1. Watertown Kathleen Johnson $114,311
2. Watertown Kathleen Johnson $103,661
3. O’Gorman Angie Soukup $103,101
4. Britton-Hecla Jeanette Remily $102,649
College (36) 1. BHSU Neil Chaney $116,222
2. BHSU Jobeth Stenerson $110,936
3. BHSU Chad Farley $109,043
Elem./Junior High 1. Beresford Jonda Jensen $105,713
2. Garfield Tressa Wede $104,772

The SDSMG is an educational program that motivates students to learn in subjects such as social studies, math, business, computers, economics and accounting. The game is sponsored by the Securities Industry Foundation for Economic Education, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Centers of Economic Education at Black Hills State University and the University of South Dakota.

The Spring 2004 SDSMG will begin Monday, Feb. 13 and conclude the 10-week trading period Friday, Apr. 23.

For more information on the program see www.smgww.org or contact BHSU Associate Professor Don Altmyer, SDSMG coordinator, at donaltmyer@bhsu.edu.

Black Hills State representative to visit area schools - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of the Enrollment Center at Black Hills State University, will visit 13 high schools next week to discuss college plans with area students.

Wheaton will be at the following schools Monday, Nov. 17: Harding County High School, Buffalo, from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Bowman High School, Bowman, N.D., 
from 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.; and Scranton High School, Scranton, N.D., from 1 p.m. 
to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, Wheaton will visit Hettinger High School, Hettinger, N.D., from 
8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.; Bison High School, Bison, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.; Lemmon High School, Lemmon, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 19, Wheaton will visit Dupree High School, Dupree, from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.; Cheyenne-Eagle Butte High School, Eagle Butte, from 9:45 a.m. to 
10:20 a.m.; and Timber Lake High School, Timber Lake, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 20, Wheaton will visit Mobridge High School, Mobridge, from 
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; McLaughlin High School, McLaughlin, from 9:30 a.m. to 
10:15 a.m.; McIntosh High School, McIntosh, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; and Faith 
High School, Faith, from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

All times are given in Mountain Standard Time with the exception of Mobridge High School, which is given in Central Standard Time.

High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should visit with the BHSU admissions representative. For additional information contact the BHSU Enrollment Center at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu

Grant opportunities available - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through Nov. 12. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Application of Biomarkers to Environmental Health (EPA)
    The Environmental Protection Agency invites proposals for research focusing on validation, interpretation and/or application of known biomarkers to environmental health and risk-assessment. Interest areas are: animal or epidemiology studies that explore the relationship between biomarkers of exposure to environmental toxins and measures of subclinical disease; mechanistic studies (e.g., using genomics or proteomics) of toxicant response linked to clinical disease; and studies that validate biomarkers for use in large population studies with regard to reliability, predictive value, sensitivity, specificity, affordability and/or applicability to the general population and susceptible subpopulations. Applicants must focus on one of these areas: the reproductive system, the brain/nervous system, the immune system or the respiratory system.
    Deadline: Feb. 11, 2004. For additional information on this grant opportunity go to http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2004/2004_biomarkers.html.
  • Minority Infrastructure Support Program (AHRQ)
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality seeks applications to strengthen the infrastructure and faculty capacity of minority-serving institutions to conduct health services research that can be translated into practice and policy. Grantees must conduct health services research focused in one or more of the following areas: translating research into practice and policy; patient safety; bioterrorism; disease prevention; priority populations and health disparities; and faith-based and community initiatives. Under the faith-based category, the agency encourages research that uses faith-based and/or community organizations as subject recruitment sites and/or implementation sites for research. AHRQ also is interested in projects that develop and coordinate outreach efforts to disseminate health-related information and research findings to the public through faith-based and community organizations.
    Deadline: Feb. 1 annually. For more information go to http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-016.html.

Faculty research funds available - top

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, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the committee website.

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 education, business, social sciences and humanities.

The next application deadline is Monday, Dec. 8 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup; Earl Chrysler; Tom Cox; Abdollah Farrokhi (chair); Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow; Shane Sarver; and Rob Schurrer.

Instructional improvement 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.

Any 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 campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. 

Faculty 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 next meeting of the committee will be held Monday, December 1, 2003. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 24, 2003. Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the grants and special projects office in Woodburn 309. Proposals will consist of the proposal and budget outlines following the specified format available on the grants and special projects web page

Faculty Research Grants available from the Chiesman Endowment - top

The Black Hills State University Chiesman Endowment for Promoting Democracy 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 two (2) stipends of up to $6,000 each to individuals who meet the following criteria:

  • The research or scholarly activity focuses on the intent of the Chiesman Endowment. The Chiesman Endowment is seeking research and publication on topics related to the promotion, study, and preservation of democracy and democratic ideals.
  • The findings will be submitted for publication in a national journal or magazine within one year of the award of the stipend unless other arrangements are made.
  • A proposal, which will serve as an application, must be submitted to the BHSU Office of Grants and Special Projects by Jan. 15, 2004. The Office of Grants and Special Projects will forward the proposal to the Chair of the Chiesman Endowment Committee for review and approval for funding. The announcement of awards will be made on March 14, 2004.
  • The proposal must contain the name or names (if it is a joint project) of the investigators, the research question or problem, a proposed methodology, a statement of relevancy to how the project will promote or preserve democratic ideals and principles, a proposed budget, and finally, a statement on where the results will be published or presented. The proposal should not exceed three pages (double spaced).

Proposals should be submitted to Sharon Hemmingson, interim director of the Grants and Special Projects Office, by mail at Black Hills State University, 1200 University Unit 9504, Spearfish, SD 57799-9504; email at sharonhemmingson@bhsu.edu; or fax at 642-6193. Proposals may also be submitted online.

Contact George Earley, chair of the BHSU Chiesman Endowment Committee, at georgeearley@bhsu.edu or 642-6270 with questions. 

Back to News Campus Currents archives