Volume XXIII No.19• May 14, 1999

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Former Polish President Lech Walesa to speak at BHSU - Top

Lech Walesa, who lead the Solidarity strike movement against the Communist government in Poland during the 1980s, will speak at Black Hills State University Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium. The presentation is open to the public at no charge.

Walesa is the tenth speaker in the Madeline A. Young Speaker Series to address a northern hills audience since its inception in 1987.

Walesa burst into the world spotlight in 1980 during the infamous Lenin Shipyard strike in Gdansk, Poland. Workers, incensed by an increase in prices set by the Communist government, were demanding the right to organize free and independent trade unions.

On Aug. 14, 1980, Lech Walesa, an electrician who had long been active in the underground labor movement, arrived at the barricaded shipyard just as the dispirited workers were on the verge of abandoning their strike. Scaling the shipyard walls, he delivered a stirring speech from atop a bulldozer. Revitalized by his passion, the strike spread to factories across the nation. Christened "Solidarity," the strike became a social revolution. Walesa entered into negotiations with the government, convincing it to grant legal recognition to Solidarity and the right to form independent unions and to strike. This became the Gdansk Agreement, which Walesa signed on Aug. 31.

For his heroic efforts, Walesa was named Man of the year by Time magazine, The Financial Times, The London Observer, Die Welt, Die Zeit, L'Express, and LeSoir. Over the next 18 months, however, relations between Solidarity and the government became progressively worse until, on Dec. 31, when the Polish government declared martial law.

It suspended the activities of all unions and arrested thousands of Solidarity members, including Walesa. In the fall of 1982 the government officially outlawed Solidarity.

Walesa was released that same fall. Under his leadership, Solidarity continued to exist as an underground organization. Celebrated worldwide as a symbol of hope for freedom, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983. For the next five years, the country became marked more and more by chaos and labor unrest. Acknowledging that it could no longer control the country, the government re-legalized Solidarity and invited it to join the Communist Party in forming a coalition government. In the resulting election, Solidarity won almost every contest.

His leadership having ended Communist rule and planted the seeds of freedom and democracy in his beloved country, Walesa was ready to take on a new role to serve Poland. On Dec. 9, 1990, he became its first democratically elected president, winning more than 74 percent of the votes cast. His term in office set Poland firmly on the path to becoming a free-market democracy. Through his unwavering commitment, Walesa made Poland a model of economic and political reform for the rest of Eastern Europe to follow and earned the honor of receiving one of the first invitations to join an expanded NATO. Retired from politics, he now heads the Lech Walesa Institute whose aim is to advance the ideals of democracy and free-market reform throughout Eastern Europe and the rest of the world.

About the Madeline A. Young Speakers Series...

The Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series at Black Hills State University was established in 1986 by a $150,000 gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna. In 1990 her estate provided an additional $146,469 to fund the speaker series endowment.

Young, who acquired her teaching certificate at Spearfish Normal (later known as Black Hills State University), created an endowment for a prominent speakers program to benefit students, faculty, and citizens of the Black Hills area. The nature of selected speakers and topics are calculated to enhance and challenge the artistic, cultural, civic, educational or intellectual interests of the community.

Young was born in Gettysburg in 1903 and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1921 before embarking on a career as a teacher and a nurse. She completed her bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Chicago in 1931 and a master's degree in rehabilitation at Columbia University in 1951.

During World War II she served as an Army nurse, receiving three battle stars during the battles of Normandy, Northern France, and the Rhineland. After the war she worked for the Veterans Administration in rehabilitation.

After receiving her master's degree, Young pursued a nursing career at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York. Her specialty was cancer nursing which she pursued until retiring in 1967.

The distinguished speaker series was initiated at the university April 13, 1987, with an address by former United Nations Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Black Hills State University outstanding faculty honored - Top

Laura McNally Laura Turner

Laura McNally, College of Business and Technology adjunct faculty, and Laura Turner, College of Business and Technology instructor, were selected by the Black Hills State University student senate as the 1999 outstanding faculty members.

Members of the Class of '49 meet at BHSU commencement ceremony

Members of the Class of '49 were reunited recently and were honored at the Black Hills State University 137th commencement ceremony.

Those attending the reunion were, front left to right, Laura Heyden, Murdo; and Patricia Marton, Buffalo, Wyo. Back row, Neil Becket, Rapid City; Joseph Bingert, Denver, Colo.; Bill Crosswait, Spearfish; and Bob Fleming, Cheyenne, Wyo. Not pictured James Martin, Brookings.

BHSU Department of Business Advisory Board meets new dean - Top

The department of business advisory board met recently to advise and update itself with practices, policy, and procedures for the business program at Black Hills State University.

The annual meeting was chaired by Fred Heidrich, interim dean of the College of Business and Technology. BHSU President Thomas Flickema and Vice President Lyle Cook spoke to the board.

Dr. Gary Meek
College of Business
and Technology Dean

The introduction of Dr. Gary Meek as the new dean of the College of Business and Technology highlighted the agenda.

Meek comes to Spearfish from Akron, Ohio, where he is presently serving as chairman of the department of management at the University of Akron. He will begin his official duties directing the BHSU College of Business and Technology Aug. 9, 1999.

The new dean recently completed a Fulbright fellowship at the Universiti Utara, Malaysia, 1997-98. He is the co-author of the text Business Statistics and 30-plus publications in journals, books and refereed proceedings. He has co-authored 16 case studies and given numerous presentations and seminars. He is a consultant for Total Quality Management (TQM) and Statistical Process Control (SPC).

The new dean said he was attracted to the university because of the Black Hills area and the small university atmosphere. His first objective is getting to know the people with whom he will be working.

He cited his attributes as “the ability to work with people. I'm somewhat laid back; I try not to force things on people. I am opinionated, but I'm always willing to listen.”

Meek earned his Ph.D. in statistics from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. He has been a professor of management at the University of Akron since 1971 and chairman of the department of management since 1994.

Meek and his wife, Margaret, have four grown children.

Members of the advisory board who will assist Meek are Stan Adelstein, president of Northwestern Engineering; Jim Benning, president of Ainsworth Benning Construction; Pete Cappa, president, Norwest Bank, Rapid City; Jim Campbell, president of OEM Worldwide; Jim Doolittle, Executive Director of Northern Hills Community Development, Inc.; Casey Peterson, owner of Casey Peterson and Associates; Mike Rodman, general manager of Silverado; and Larry Thompson, regional manager of Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Business advisory board members gathered recently to give guidance and assistance to the Black Hills State business department in the areas of program development, seminar offerings, internship development, mission statement review, review profiles of graduates and research relationships with businesses. Advisory board members present were, left, Jim Benning, Jim Campbell, Mike Rodman, Jim Doolittle, and Pete Cappa. Back row, left, are BHSU officials Lyle Cook, Tom Flickema and Fred Heidrich.

BH professors present at national convention - Top

Tentinger Hesson Silva Smith

Enhancing professional development, four Black Hills State University professors—Larry Tentinger, James Hesson, Betsy Silva and Carol Smith—recently attended the National Convention of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Boston, Mass.

BHSU faculty members traveled to the East Coast to present sessions during the student symposia, Young Professionals are AAHPERD's Future.

Dr. Hesson's session was “Time for Tasks: Beavers Have No Wings - Time Management Strategies for Future Teachers.” He presented how individuals who are very task oriented can survive collaboratively in the field.

Dr. Smith's session, “Time for Relationships: Retrieve Fairness and Equality - Time Management Strategies for Future Teachers,” discussed how individuals need to learn how to say “no”, and not feel guilty.

Dr. Tentinger presented “Time for Goals: Make Way for the Lion - Time Management Strategies for Future Teachers.” This session examined the strengths and weaknesses of strong-willed individuals, and how they must learn to collaborate with others to accomplish their goals.

During Dr. Silva's presentation, “Time for Fun: You Otter Have Fun Everyday,” she discussed how fun-loving people can be highly productive.

While there, Hesson also attended many sessions related to the classes that he teaches, and organizational meetings at the national level. He collaborated with the other faculty members from the BHSU physical education and health division doing a presentation on personality styles. Hesson also worked with a publisher on another textbook. He visited Harvard and toured their athletic facilities.

Tentinger was appointed to the advocacy committee of the American Association for Health Education, and accumulated 23 hours towards re-certification as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). He visited the health center at Harvard University and met with Judy Healey from the Center for Wellness and Health Communication.

Silva visited Harvard University and received a personal facilities tour. At the conference she attended technologies sessions conducted by PE Central and sat in on numerous pedagogy sessions. Silva also went to the session concerning the historical development of physical education in the United States. She represented South Dakota AHPERD and Central District AHPERD by attending the appropriate caucus.

In addition to the group presentation, Smith attended sessions on outdoor education, health education, adapted physical education, and pedagogy. She also attended an all-day workshop for certification as a Physical Best Health Fitness Instructor.

As a result of their presentations, the group was invited to present at next year's national AHPERD convention.

Smith is leaving Black Hills State - Top

Dr. Carol Smith, division of physical education and health, is leaving BHSU to teach at Elon College in the fall. She will be moving east to join her husband, Mark, in North Carolina.

Smith received a master's of science degree in curriculum and instruction while at BH. She also was awarded a merit award for the second year from the South Dakota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Smith says goodbye to all the folks at BH and extends thanks to everyone who has made her stay her enjoyable.

Spirit of BH award winner lands Sears scholarship - Top

It pays to be organized, a maxim Tanya Tolman says helped her to graduate from Black Hills State with honors, carry a full academic load, serve as a volunteer athletic trainer, hold a part-time campus job, work as an intern at the hospital and earn the Spirit of BH award for involvement in many other school activities.

A May honors graduate with a major in wellness management, the ambitious senior recently learned she is a winner of a Sears Directors' Cup Post Graduate Scholarship for $5,000. She hopes to attend graduate school at either the University of Wyoming or Colorado State University where she will pursue a master's degree in athletic training.

To keep track of her busy schedule, Tolman says she carried a day planner, set priorities and filled in the rest in order of importance. Her involvement in school activities included serving as president of the student ambassadors, serving on the swarm day committee, acting as special events chairperson for the student activities committee, being a member of the wellness club, serving as coordinator for Christmas on campus and as Big 100 Week coordinator, and directing the Clint Lewis benefit dance to name a few.

Still busy with school out, she is planning her July wedding, studying for the national certifying exam for athletic training, completing a 200-hour volunteer internship at the hospital, and looking for a job. Her soon-to-be husband, Jack Seeds, will complete his student teaching this fall. Then it's off to graduate school in January to begin work on another degree.

As the winner of the outstanding freshman of the year award, she began at BH with the idea of becoming an elementary teacher, but changed her mind during her sophomore year after taking an athletic injury class from head trainer Tony Silva. Since then she has completed 1,500 volunteer hours as an athletic trainer and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“I really enjoyed the interaction with the athletes,” she said. “There is just so much to learn, particularly the rehabilitation aspect.”

Tolman credits her professors and the friends and contacts she has made with much of her success.

Now, her ultimate educational goal is to earn a Ph.D in sports science or a related area and teach at the college level.

In the meantime she will receive her scholarship award at the National Association of Collegiate Athletic Directors (NACAD) annual meeting in Reno, Nev., June 15. She is one of 16 scholarship winners from across the country selected from a pool of nominees from NCAA Division I to NAIA schools.

As a Newcastle (Wyo.) High School athlete, she found out what it takes to make a comeback after an injury or how to change direction. Her days of competition were shortened when a horse she was showing fell on her. She has learned from life's experiences and now wants to help others do the same. Undoubtedly she will stress the importance of hard work, volunteering and organization.

Black Hills Passion Play 60th anniversary season begins soon - Top

Tuesday, June 1 will mark the opening of the Black Hills Passion Play 60th Anniversary season in the Spearfish Amphitheater.

Special events will celebrate the anniversary season. Residents of Spearfish who are 18 years and older will be admitted to the performance free on opening night, upon presentation of a valid S.D. drivers license with a Spearfish address.

During the summer four special performances of "The Beginning," the Passion Play's production dramatizing the birth of Christ, will be presented July 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 8 p.m. This production was created for the Christmas season in Florida. It is a fully realized drama, with narration and spoken dialogue, utilizing the entire stage and a large cast of characters. As an added event, each Wednesday performance will be preceded by a Biblical Bazaar, held on the Passion Play grounds. Costumed merchants will be selling goods befitting the time period, such as pottery, brass, leather goods, ethnic foods, jewelry and clothing. Local crafts people and organization are encouraged to apply for a booth at no charge.

The Passion Play hopes that former Spearfish residents who have appeared as extras or "supers" in the past will revisit, either as participants or to see the play once again.

A public memorial service will be held Friday, June 11 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Spearfish for Josef Meier, founder of the Black Hills Passion Play, who died in January.

Faculty senate minutes - Top

The faculty senate met Wednesday, April 21, 1999. Present: Tim Steckline, Rob Schurrer, Kristi Pearce, Barb Chrisman, Don Chastain, Dan Peterson, Nicholas Wallerstein, Steve Babbitt, Charles Lamb, Tim Martinez, Ryan Maher

A motion was made to add to the agenda the following items: the information technology literacy plan for each of the BHSU majors, the withdrawal issue, and the extension pay. Rob Schurrer moved to amend the agenda. Barb Chrisman seconded and the motion passed.

Regarding the April 7, 1999, minutes, Barb Chrisman moved to approve with the noted corrections. Rob Schurrer seconded and the motion passed.

Vice president Rob Schurrer reported that Jan Golliher was nominated to receive the Distinguished Faculty Award. Dan Peterson moved to approve the nomination. Steve Babbitt seconded and the senate voted to approve.

Faculty elections for college representation to begin during the 1999-2000 academic year include the following:
Arts and Sciences

John Glover - 3 years
Tom Hills - 3 years

Scott Simpson - 3 years

Black Hills State University will forward the General Education plan for how each major integrates informational technology literacy into their curriculum to the board of regents. Dan Peterson moved to accept the report and forward it on to the BOR. Rob Schurrer seconded and the motion passed.

The newly created faculty handbook was reviewed. Don Chastain moved to approve the edition and Dan Peterson seconded the motion. The senate voted approval.

Regarding the proposed honors program, senate president Tim Steckline received 25+ responses to his on-line request to assess faculty internet. Six to eight faculty also indicated that they were willing to serve on a committee. The majority of the faculty responding to the interest survey favor an interdisciplinary approach; however, the science faculty prefer a department-related approach. The faculty who responded also indicated that they preferred to maintain a program operated by academics only. The next step will be that Tim Steckline will seek "dedicated" volunteers to organize a multi-disciplinary group to begin during the summer to investigate other honors programs.

Faculty senate election of officers for 1999-2000 were held. The following decisions were made:
Tim Steckline - President
Tom Hills - Vice President
Barb Chrisman - Secretary

Regarding the issue of extension pay, the faculty senate discussed preparing a ballot for faculty to vote on the four options for payment plan. Tim Steckline will ask Anita Haeder to include a hypothetical standard with examples for faculty to understand the pay difference for each option. Polling those faculty who teach at the Ellsworth campus will be completed this spring.

The proposed position statement presented at the April 7th meeting was refined and will be forwarded to BOR, to the media, and to other faculty senates across the state.

The meeting was adjourned at 5 p.m.

Grant opportunities announced - 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.

  • Pearle Vision Foundation - Funds raised by the Pearle Vision Foundation are donated to nonprofit organizations for vision-related causes including vision-related research and educational programs. Deadlines are June 15 and Dec. 15, 1999.

This week at Black Hills State - Top

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