Volume XXIII No.18 • May 7, 1999

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Commencement is Saturday - Top

The 137th Black Hills State University commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

A total of 362 students are candidates for degree confirmation. Among the graduates are 12 master's of science, two bachelor's of arts, 223 bachelor's of science, 103 bachelor's of science in education and 22 associate-degree candidates.

Jan Golliher, College of Education assistant professor will be honored as the 1999 recipient of the distinguished faculty award. Last year's recipient, Dr. Janeen Larsen, will speak to the graduates and guests.

Retiring faculty member Dr. William Bogard, professor of English, will be recognized and awarded professor emeritus status during the commencement ceremony.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and their families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members immediately following the commencement ceremony. The reception will be held in the Young Center Field House.

An honors convocation breakfast will be held prior to graduation at 7:45 a.m. in the Student Union multi-purpose room. The cum laude, summa cum laude, and magna cum laude graduates will be honored. Also, the highest ranking male and female graduates will be recognized.

The BHSU student senate has selected the following award recipients who will also be honored at the breakfast Stacy Trezona, Spearfish, outstanding female student; Corey Christians, Sturgis, outstanding male student. Ramona Collins, senior claims clerk in the business office, was selected as outstanding staff member. Laura McNally, College of Business and Technology adjunct faculty, and Laura Turner, College of Business and Technology instructor, were both named outstanding faculty members by the student senate.

The Fayette L. Cook Scholarship will be awarded to William Gardner, Rock Springs, Wyo. The Wenona Cook Scholarship will be presented to Kim Baumberger.

BH employees honored - Top

Employees at Black Hills State University were honored at a reception recently for longevity, service and special awards. Honorees include left, Judy Zeiger, student union director, outstanding university service award; Lola Kletzmayer, custodial worker, retiree; Margaret Kleinsasser, 20-year pin; Jan Golliher, assistant professor of physical education, distinguished faculty award; Mid Lantz, senior secretary, retiree; Jane Dunbar, senior secretary, 10-year pin; Anita Haeder, human resource office, 30-year pin; Jeri Geist, senior secretary, 20-year pin; and Dennis Walkins, bookstore buyer, university area award. Second row left, Roxie Schmidt, senior programmer analyst; 20-year award; Eddie Harris, building maintenance worker II, 15-year pin; Tim Johnston, food service director, community service award; Becky Bruce, personnel assistant, 15-year award; Jennifer Adams, bookstore buyer, university area award; Valerie Hawkins, librarian, 30-year pin; and Ardean Wessel, assistant to the president, 20-year pin. Back row left, April Meeker records director, 10-year pin; Randy Culver, assistant physical plant director, outstanding university service award; Mike Jastorff, university bookstore director, 10-year pin and university area award; Marilyn Luscombe, bookstore accountant, 20-year pin and university area award; Judy Berry, enrollment center coordinator, student service award; Susan Hove-Pabst, associate professor of music, 10-year pin; and Kent Meyers, assistant professor of English, legislative commemorative award.

Not pictured were Betty Anderson, 20-year pin and retiree; Bill Bogard, retiree; Lynn Hawkins, retiree; Tony St. James, retiree; and Ben Stone, retiree; Pat Chastain, committee award; Tamara Lawson, economic savings, award; Tom Cox, 10-year pin; Monty Robinson, 10-year pin; Jeff Zeiger, 10-year pin; Moe Eisenbraun, 15-year pin; Tom Flickema, 15-year pin; Arnie Hemmingson, 15-year pin; Jim Hess, 15-year pin; Junior Bettelyoun, 20-year pin; Janeen Larsen, 20-year pin; Jane Mattson, 20-year pin; Lil Odell, 20-year pin; Carol Thomas, 25-year pin; Tom Lefler 30-year pin, and Dave Little, 30-year pin.

Meyers receives Legislative award - Top

Kent Meyers, assistant professor of English at Black Hills State University, received a South Dakota Legislative commemorative award for his success as a writer.

Meyers, the author of “The River Warren” and “The Witness of Combines” has received regional and national acclaim for his work.

The commemoration was read by Edward Hacker, a BH junior political science major, who served as a legislative intern last session and was a student in Meyers' class. The certification of commemoration was presented to Meyers by Jerry Apa, Dist. 31 Rep., from Lead.

Meyers was “honored and recognized for exhibiting great prowess in his skill as an author, his love for life in the Midwest, his great appreciation of belles letres, and his astounding dedication to the honorable profession of English education, in the state of South Dakota,” read House Commemoration No. 1010 of the 74th Session Legislative Assembly, 1999.

He was also cited for recent awards including 1998 honorable mention in the O. Henry Awards for his short story Light in the Crossing, 1998 South Dakota Author of the Year by the South Dakota Council of Teachers of English, a bronze award from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education in best article of the year category in 1998, and was feature in the 1999 spring issue of the South Dakota Review.

The presentation was made at an annual reception honoring BHSU employees.

Kent Meyers received a Legislative commemorative award from the South Dakota Legislature recognizing him for his success as an author and educator. Presenting the award were left, Jerry Apa, Dist. 31 Rep.; President Thomas Flickema, and Edward Hacker, a BHSU junior and recent legislative intern.

Olson steps down as men's basketball coach at BHSU

Black Hills State University announced Thursday that head men's basketball coach Mike Olson will step down after nine seasons at BHSU to become the head men's basketball coach at Moorhead State (Minn.) University.

"It's an exciting move, a great opportunity for me," said Olson. "I'm extremely grateful to Moorhead State for the opportunity.

"Moorhead State is a program that is in need of energy, enthusiasm and a new vision. The school is in a position where they want to provide the resources to build a quality NCAA Division II program, and a program that can compete year-in and year-out in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference."

The decade of the 1990s stands as the most successful period of basketball at Black Hills State University. Since becoming head coach in 1990, Olson's teams produced a 179-90 win-loss record and captured South Dakota-Iowa Conference titles four times and made four NAIA Division II national tournament appearances.

"If you look at Mike's record, it speaks for itself," stated BHSU Athletic Director Dave Little. "It is always disappointing to lose a coach who has left as big a mark on basketball at Black Hills State and the Spearfish community as Mike has made. At the same time, you have to wish him well. ...”

Olson departs as the winningest coach in BHSU history, including a 106-21 record at the Donald E. Young Center. His Yellow Jacket teams produced eight consecutive winning seasons and four-straight campaigns with over 20 wins.

"Certainly, I have mixed emotions about moving because this has been our home, and my family and I have felt a part of the community for nine years. We've had great support for our basketball program and we leave committed boosters and fans and we leave good friends."

Olson began his collegiate coaching career in 1985 at Mount Senario (Wisc.) College, and led the Fighting Saints to four straight winning seasons. Olson served as head coach at Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) College in 1989-90 and posted a 14-11 record before accepting the head coaching position at Black Hills State before the 1990-91 season. Olson began his coaching career at Northwestern Military Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisc., and later coached at Bay Port High School in Green Bay, Wisc.

Mike and his wife, Colleen, are the parents of two children, Katy, 16, and Erik, 13.

BHSU psychology honor society inducts 17 new members - Top

Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology, has inducted 17 members into the Black Hills State University chapter.

Members inducted are: Barbara Bader, Spearfish; Thomas Cox, BHSU psychology professor; Shelley Goodrich, Rapid City; Hilary Kindsfater, Belle Fourche; Jennifer Nevener, Rapid City; Melissa Podhradsky, Pierre; Angela Schuft, Newell; Eric Strawn, Hot Springs; Jessica White Plume, Spearfish; Christal Westbrook, Belle Fourche; James Hess, psychology professor; Heather Barrall, Cody, Wyo.; Holly Eddington, Sturgis; Cheryl Anagnopoulos, BHSU psychology associate professor; Douglas Wessel, BHSU psychology professor; Norma Walks, Spearfish and Alan Tegeler, Spearfish.

The society had a formal induction April 14. Dr. Doug Peterson, Psi Chi advisor at the University of South Dakota, performed the ceremony. New officers installed at that time were Jennifer Nevener, president; Angela Schuft, vice-president; Barbara Bader, secretary/treasurer and Cheryl Anagnopoulos, faculty advisor.

Vicki Bohlmann, the founder of the new chapter, was honored at the induction ceremony. She did all of the work necessary for bringing a chapter to BHSU. As a new chapter some of the new Psi Chi members attended a local psychology conference in Fort Collins, Colo., recently.

Psi Chi was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is awarded to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi has grown over the past 69 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 930 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S.

Black Hills State University students and faculty associated with the new national honorary society chapter in psychology, are, front left to right, Hilary Kindsfater, Christal Westbrook, Barbara Bader; middle left to right, Alan Tegeler, Norma Walks, Shelley Goodrich; left to right on the outside, Eric Strawn, Melissa Podhradsky, Jennifer Nevener, Vicky Bohlman, Holly Eddington, Angela Schuft, Thomas Cox, James Hess, Cheryl Anagnopoulos, and Douglas Wessel.

Ruddell Gallery to feature USD American Indian Art Collection - Top

The Ruddell Gallery at the Black Hills State University David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union will feature an American Indian Art Collection from the University of South Dakota May 6 through July 30.

The exhibition selected for showing surveys USD's two-dimensional holdings offering examples of established masters such as Robert Penn and Herman Red Elk; leading contemporary Northern Plains artists such as Roger Broer and Robert Freeman; emerging talents such as Travis Krupka, Joran Fox, and Lisa LaCompte.

Similar to many educational institutions, USD has been collecting art since its inception. It was not until the early 1960s that the institution began to collect and exhibit art on a systematic basis when the noted American Indian artist Oscar Howe joined the USD faculty. Today USD boasts the largest single collection of Oscar Howe works and operates a special gallery dedicated to his art.

USD's American Indian collection is anchored by its Oscar Howe holdings which include more than 50 of the artist's paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures. In addition, USD actively purchases work in all media by Northern Plains Indians with an emphasis on contemporary South Dakota artists and artists influenced by Oscar Howe's example and aesthetic.

The Ruddell Gallery is open to the public at no charge Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

This acrylic on canvas by Martin Red Bear is among the Indian Artwork that will be displayed at the Ruddell Gallery May 6 through July 30.

Stock market game winners announced - Top

The spring session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game, which began on February 22 ended its 10-week trading period on Friday, April 30, 1999, with five new winners.

A total of 869 students and 189 teams representing 43 schools from elementary school to college participated in the game.

Students of the stock market competed in five divisions: elementary school (12 teams), middle school (24 teams), high school (102 teams), college (47 teams) and adult (4 teams.) Over $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top teams in each division.

Starting the game with $100,000 in cash, the winning teams in each division are as follows:

  • High school: Dell Rapids High School: $193,536 or 93.54% return on Investment
  • College: Black Hills State University: $220,634 or 120.63%
  • Middle school: South Middle School, Rapid City: $116,843 or 11.68%
  • Elementary school: Jane Addams School, Sioux Falls: $119,854 or 11.99%
  • Adult: Don Altmyer: $ 287,754 or 187.75%

During this 10-week trading period, the major stock indices performed as follows:

1. Dow Jones Industrial Average: + 1,236 points or 12.9%
2. Standard & Poors 500 Index: + 63 points or 4.9%

The South Dakota Stock Market game is an excellent learning experience for students of all ages and is an wonderful teaching tool for the instructors. The game is played on the Internet which enables the students to research potential companies prior to investing. The teacher advisors are offered training workshops and a weekly newsletter to enable them to teach their students about the stock market and the economy.

Advisors sponsoring more than one team receive a free 15-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal which they use to update the students on current business events that may impact certain stocks or industries.

The fall 1999 session of the Stock Market Game will begin Oct. 18, 1999. If you are interested in playing or becoming a sponsor or advisor, please contact the Center for Business & Entrepreneurship at BHSU by phoning (605) 642-6091. The South Dakota Stock Market Game is sponsored by the Central States Securities Industry Association, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education, Black Hills State University and the Securities Industries Foundation on Economic Education.

$10,000 Anonymous gift to Mikkelsen scholarship - Top

A scholarship endowment recently established at Black Hills State by Fred Alleman honoring his former high school math teacher E. C. Mikkelsen received an anonymous boost with a $10,000 gift.

Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director at BHSU, said his office received the check with the request for anonymity for the Mikkelsen Scholarship. The endowment now totals $15,000.

Allman, now living in Boise, Idaho, started the endowment last March with a $5,000 gift honoring his former math teacher and Spearfish High School principal. He credited Mikkelsen with encouragement and ultimately giving him the confidence to succeed. He later enrolled at BHTC.

Although Allman didn't graduate from BHTC, it was a start and he went on to join the Air Force Aviation Cadet program and flew airplanes for 20 years and retired a Lt. Colonel.

He later completed two undergraduate degrees, one as an aeronautical engineer and earned a master's degree in business administration.

“It all started 50 years ago with E. C. Mikkelsen planting the seed of success and a tiny bit of self esteem,” said Alleman. “It has made a big difference in my life.”

The scholarship criteria Allman set for the E. C. Mikkelsen Scholarship is a BHSU student majoring in either math, business, education or computers, who maintains a minimum 2.0 grade-point average, and is a resident of western South Dakota.

E. C. Mikkelsen is presently retired and living in Pierre.

Grants opportunities listed - Top

Below are the program materials received April 29 - May 5 in the grants office, 220 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at grants@mystic.bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. Research Grants & Student Grants.
  • NSF. Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf99110. & Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?faq99110. Due 7/22.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation. Multi-Arts Production Fund. To fund the commissioning, development and/or production of new work in the performing arts. Due 6/1.
  • Spencer Foundation. Major, Small, Professional Development, Research Conference Grant Program.
  • Water Environment Research Foundation. Various RFP's due 6/15.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

Friday, May 7

  • Final exams end
  • Class of 1949 reunion, BHSU campus

Saturday, May 8

  • Honors breakfast, Student Union Multipurpose Room, 7:45 a.m.
  • Commencement, Young Center, 10 a.m.
  • Reception following the ceremony at Young Center

May 10-June 4

  • First summer session