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Tenth annual Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing recipients announced

Winners of the tenth annual Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing were recently announced at Black Hills State University. Left to right are Tonya Morton, senior English major from Rapid City; Clint Augustson, senior speech communication major from Custer; Jill Broecher, junior mass communication from Avon; Aaron Bauerly, junior music major from Spearfish; Holley Weig, junior mass communication major from Rapid City; Emily Asher, senior speech communications major from Belle Fourche; Danielle Schell, senior from Belle Fourche; and Lindsay Stephens, sophomore biology major from Pierre. Not pictured are Eric Zimmer, junior English major from Rapid City; Emily Chiller, junior biology major from Belle Fourche; and Alicia McNeary, freshman English major from Rapid City.

The winners in the tenth annual Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing at Black Hills State University were recently announced.

The awards recognize finalists in three categories: composition, journalism, and humanities. Winners include: Tonya Morton, senior English major from Rapid City; Clint Augustson, senior speech communication major from Custer; Jill Broecher, junior mass communication from Avon; Aaron Bauerly, junior music major from Spearfish; Holley Weig, junior mass communication major from Rapid City; Emily Asher, senior speech communications major from Belle Fourche; Danielle Schell, senior from Belle Fourche; and Lindsay Stephens, sophomore biology major from Pierre; Eric Zimmer, junior English major from Rapid City; Emily Chiller, junior biology major from Belle Fourche; and Alicia McNeary, freshman English major from Rapid City.

The Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing are held to honor the memory of Dr. Stewart Bellman who had a 30-year career at BHSU.

Bellman was a fixture on the BHSU campus during his 30 years as a professor of English. From 1966 to 1996, Bellman was a champion of both students and faculty, and he worked tirelessly for the advancement of both. He served as president of the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, chaired the South Dakota Humanities Council, and founded the Dakota Writing Project. He served as faculty advisor to the Green Bowl Review, a juried publication put out each spring by the BHSU English department.

In 1995 the faculty senate awarded Bellman the BHSU Distinguished Faculty Award. In nominating Bellman for this award, his colleague Steve Dempsey remarked, “His intense effort sometimes makes me believe he gives freely of himself. He is a rare individual who contributes much more than he derives from his environment.”

After retirement in 1996, Bellman and his wife, Dr. Wanda Bellman maintained their devotion to BHSU. In 2001 they were honored as co-recipients of the BHSU Alumni Association Special Service Award.

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