Volume XXIII No.10 • March 12, 1999

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

Velda Dews, custodial worker facilities services

Wolff co-authors article - Top

David Wolff, assistant professor of history at Black Hills State University, co-authored an article with Robert S. McPherson of Eastern Utah College, titled “Poverty, Politics, and Petroleum: the Utah Navajo and the Aneth Oil Field.”

The article appeared in the most recent issue of The American Indian Quarterly. According to Wolff the article appears in the Summer 1997 issue of the magazine which is behind in its publication schedule.

The article deals with oil production on the Navajo reservation, specifically in the Aneth Oil field in southern Utah.

“It covers the background of conflict between oil companies and the Navajo people, ranging from environmental issues to economic complaints, culminating in March 1978 when a group of Navajo forcibly took over the Texaco pumping station,” said Wolff. “This forced a closer working relationship between the Navajo and the oil companies.”

Wolff joined the history faculty at BHSU last year. He is earned his master's degree from the University of Wyoming and currently is completing work on his doctorate at Arizona State University.

Smith publishes article in physical education journal - Top

Dr. Carol Smith, associate professor of physical education at Black Hills State University, authored an article in the 1999 winter issue of the Journal of the South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Dance.

Smith's article is titled “Historical Philosophy of Outdoor Experiential Programs,” and focuses on the historical foundations for outdoor experiential education and corresponding philosophies.

According to Smith, critical components in outdoor experiential programs include modeling appropriate behaviors, and reflective discussions so individuals can further process what they have learned. She also discusses the importance of movement in education and how different learning styles are utilized in outdoor experiential programs.

This form of educational setting utilizes most of Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, and is a viable addition to any educator's teaching repertoire.

Smith joined the BHSU division of physical education and health in 1997. She earned her Ph.D. in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University.

Diamond receives award for his short story - Top

“Ghost Dogs,” written by David Diamond, assistant professor of communications at BHSU, has been selected as the best piece of fiction or creative non-fiction read at the 28th annual Cultural Heritage of the Midwest Symposium at Michigan State University.

This is the BH professor's second award from the Michigan State symposium. He won the award in 1996 for his story “Fire in the Badlands.”

His current story will be published in MidAmerica volume XXV, which will come out later this year. It will be featured as the Midwest fiction award prize story.

Diamond has been a faculty member of the College of Arts and Humanities since 1995. He teaches classes in writing, broadcast journalism, and production in radio and television. Diamond holds a master's degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California.

South Dakota teacher job fair planned - Top

If you are looking for your first teaching job or seeking to relocate, the South Dakota Teacher Job Fair is the place to be. Your future depends upon it!

Teachers and employers will gather Tuesday, April 6 for the 14th annual South Dakota Teacher Job Fair at the Sioux Falls Ramkota Inn from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. New and veteran teachers will meet with school district employers from South Dakota and eight other states to discuss employment opportunities.

A preregistration fee of $10 will be accepted through March 29 for South Dakota graduates and South Dakota Education Association members. Registration at the door is $15. Teacher fair information and updates are available by phoning the BHSU Career Services Office at 642-6277 or check out the fair web site at http://www.usd.edu/ed/edplace

The fair is sponsored by South Dakota's Career Planning and Placement Association, Education Association, Teacher Placement Center and Superintendents Association.

Yellow Jackets compete in national tourney - Top

The Yellow Jackets won their first game at the national tournament with an official score of 100-76 against Holy Family (PA). The Jackets will now take on Embry-Riddle (FL) tonight (Friday) at 6:15 p.m.

The Yellow Jacket national tournament basketball games are being broadcast live on KDSJ radio and are also available on the internet at http://naia.nnc.edu/live/audio/ or view the brackets.

Third annual Black Hills Folk Festival set for June 14-15 - Top

Running concurrently with Black Hills State University's Festival of the Arts, the third annual Black Hills Folk Festival will be held June 14-25 on the BH campus.

This year's folk festival includes everything from guitar classes to vocal health and from song writing to concert performances. Classes will be held for continuing education credit or for one-semester hour of credit. There is an additional charge for college credit.

Dr. Susan Hove-Past, director of the BH Folk Festival, said, “The goals of the folk festival include promotion of the arts, specifically music. We want people to interact with music, not just as passive listeners but as music makers and producers. ... We want people to view music as an important tool for learning about self, others, and the world and as an important tool for communicating thoughts, feelings, and ideas.”

Guitar classes will be offered the week of June 14-18. Instruction will be available for beginners—Guitar I, as well as for intermediates—Guitar II. Classes will be taught by Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, associate professor of music at BHSU, and Doug Ruhnow, music teacher and performer.

For the advanced music student, a master class in guitar will also be offered by expert players. The class, June 19 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, will feature demonstrations and explanations by guitarist clinicians. Teaching the master guitar class will be Don Conoscenti, Jalan Crossland, James Van Nuys, and Dr. Randall Royer.

A song writing workshop will be held June 21-25. The class will be taught by award-winning singer/songwriter Anne Hills. In addition to helping the participant find and develop a song, she will give insight into the business aspect of songwriting. Hills was the Kerrville Music Foundation's outstanding female vocalist award winner in 1997. Hills will also present a one-day class June 19 titled “Vocal Health, Use and Yoga.” She helps speakers and singers develop a natural and healthy way to use their voices. Her technique is pedagogically sound and contributes to a holistic well being. She is as talented a teacher as she is a performer and songwriter.

Several performance opportunities during the folk festival are available to the student practitioner as well as to the listening public. An “Open Mic” night, showcasing local and regional talent, will be held June 16 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Common Grounds and Knight's Cellar in downtown Spearfish.

A songwriters' showcase will be held Thursday, June 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Herrmann Park in Belle Fourche, featuring songwriters from the class and invited guests including Anne Hills.

Hot Guitar Night is scheduled for Friday, June 18 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Belle Fourche Community Center Theater. Virtuoso guitarists Don Conoscenti, Jalan Crossland, James Van Nuys, and Randall Royer will perform.

Conoscenti is winner of numerous awards including musician of the year in Atlanta and Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting competition winner. Crossland is ranked among the top two finger-style guitarists by the Walnut Valley Association. Van Nuys is a Rapid City performer, composer, and visual artist with wonderful technique and teaching methods. Royer, assistant professor of music at BHSU, is a versatile musician, at home on the oboe, flute, guitar and bass.

The big performance concert will get underway Saturday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the High Plains Heritage Museum Theater. Performers include Anne Hills, Don Conoscenti, Jalan Crossland, and Lyle Doug and Paul. Admission cost is $10.

Information on lodging, optional credit, and costs are available by phoning (605) 642-6420. Information about the Festival of the Arts and the BH Folk Festival is available on the BHSU web site at or by contacting Susan Hove-Past at .

Faculty-research committee has 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 academic affairs office. The faculty research committee will review applications March 25.

Proposals are due March 19. It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites, research support for the production of creative work. Education, social science and humanities proposals are encouraged. Funds for two three-hour release times are available for the spring and fall 1999 semesters. You can apply now. The research committee will not provide salary. The committee may approve payment to student or non-student research assistants. Mail ten copies of your proposal to USB 9550.

Grants opportunities announced - Top

Below are the program materials received March 6 - 12, 1999 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program - AMNH. The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) offers competitive grants and fellowships in areas broadly related to its scientific and educational objectives. These areas include the fields of vertebrate zoology, invertebrate zoology, paleozoology, anthropology, and earth and planetary sciences. Deadline: April 16. Summer internships to qualified undergraduate students. During a ten-week period students participate actively as researchers on projects with museum scientists in evolutionary biology.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Monday, March 15

Ruddell Gallery - "BHSU Art Faculty Show" (runs through April 2)

Spring Science Series: "Nest Construction Behavior and its Regulation in the Paper Wasps," by Holly Downing, Jonas 164, 4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16

Graduate council meeting, Woodburn Conference room 1, 3:15 p.m.

College of Business and Technology meeting, Jonas 301, 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday, March 17

Faculty senate meeting, Jonas 103, 3:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 18

Film series: Touch of Evil, Jonas Hall room 305, 7 p.m.

Summer job fair, David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Green and Gold booster club meeting, Perkins, noon