|Black Hills State University student Ann Wilken, freshman business education major from Spearfish, recently earned an award in the composition I and II category for her entry of “Don't Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: A Story of Compassion,” during the 2011 Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing. The annual ceremony, which honors the best essays produced in BHSU writing courses, is named in honor of Dr. Stewart Bellman who taught 30 years as an English professor at BHSU.
A dozen Black Hills State University students were recognized during the annual 2011 Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing during a ceremony held recently on campus.
The Bellman Awards recognize the best writing produced in BHSU courses during the year. The 2011 winners in the composition I and II category include: Ann Wilken, freshman business education major from Spearfish, “Don't Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: A Story of Compassion;” Jaclyn Boring, sophomore elementary education major from Pierre, “Too Late For Vanity;” Grace Hoffman, junior elementary special education major from Gary, “The Definition of a Father;” and Cheyenne Pettit, freshman history major from Belle Fourche, “Death as a Turning Point.”
Winners in the literature category include: Christina Fifer, senior English major from Rapid City, “Power Play in Romeo and Juliet;” Lindsay Stephens, junior English major from Pierre, “Platonic Scars: An Examination of the Splintered Utopia of Literature and Literary Criticism;” Emily Chiller, senior English major from Belle Fourche, “Competitive Post-War Masculinities in Red River;” and Samantha Yenger Cremean, junior English major from Spearfish, “When the Obscene Becomes the Acceptable: Fictional Rape Victims Reclaiming Their Narratives.”
Earning awards in the general academic writing category were: Mallory Ageton, sophomore biology major from Rapid City, “A Phylogenetic Analysis of Caryophyllaceae: The Pink Family;” Janette Foreman senior English communication major from Spearfish, “Art, the Gaze, and the 'Other’;” Kelly Schieffer, senior political science major from Sturgis, “The Revolution That Started a War;” and Cynthia Wellard, junior professional accountancy major from Central City, “Effect of Student Engagement and Rigor on Undergraduate Education.”
Dr. Stewart Bellman was a fixture on the BHSU campus during his 30 years as an English professor. From 1966 to 1996, Bellman was a champion of both students and faculty, and 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 the faculty advisor to the “Green Bowl Review,” and in 1995 the faculty senate awarded Dr. Bellman with the BHSU Distinguished Faculty Award.
Bellman and his wife, Dr. Wanda Bellman, retired in the mid-90s and the couple maintained their devotion to BHSU. In 2001 they were honored as co‐recipients of the BHSU Alumni Association Special Service Award.