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Retiring faculty honored

Three Black Hills State University faculty were honored recently at a university sponsored recognition reception.

Faculty retiring this spring are Howard Perry, professor of business, and Ella Stotz, assistant professor of education. Lorella Donlin, associate professor of business, who retired late in the spring a year ago, was also recognized.

Perry was also recognized as the recipient of the university's distinguished faculty award. His 43-year education career includes 35 years at BHSU.

A survivor of new curriculums and advances in technology, he believes “in teaching you have to be flexible and willing to change. It's been a fun 43 years. ...”

Of all the classes he has taught over the years, COBOL, beginning computer classes and business law were the courses he most enjoyed. He has taught everything from typing and shorthand to office practice and program languages. There aren't many business-education courses he hasn't taught at one time or another.

He envisions big changes in the future with development of the electronic classrooms, distance education, and the ability of students to get information and expertise from anywhere in the world.

His involvement and commitment to students as well as to the community were traits that colleagues unanimously cited as admirable in their letters nominating him for the distinguished faculty award.

Regarding meaningful teaching he said, “The satisfaction comes in the long run, seeing your students in positions of management and being productive citizens. In class, you hoped they were understanding the concepts being taught.”

Perry joined the BH business faculty in 1965 and completed his Ph.D. in business education from the University of Northern Colorado in 1977. He will retire from teaching June 30.

Ella Stotz joined the BHSU education faculty in 1992 as a supervisor of student teachers. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes and serves as the liaison person for Black Hills State courses taught at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology campus.

The most interesting aspects of her job are “seeing the new teachers going out and seeing how they've matured and how they use the new teaching techniques,” she said in an interview earlier in her career at BH. “I like what I'm doing as a change agent with student teachers”

A proponent of life-long learning, Stotz started college as a mature women in her thirties. She graduated from Huron College in 1970 with a degree in German. She began working as a language instructor and counselor. She held positions as a work coordinator for South Dakota V.I.E.W. (Vital Information for Education and Work) and later for the state as a supervisor for equality in vocational education.

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From 1980 to 1989 she worked as a consultant for the state department of education in several states and for the U.S. Army in Germany. She also served as a director of the nonprofit agency: Rural Alternatives Institute.

In 1989 she was appointed assistant superintendent of schools for the Douglas School District and served there until joining the BHSU faculty.

If given the opportunity to make a significant change in education, Stotz would restructure the schools so students at all levels could see the relevance of education to the world of work.

Stotz earned her master's degree in counseling from South Dakota State University in 1972 and her doctorate in adult and higher education from the University of South Dakota in 1985.

Although not present at the ceremony, Donlin was recognized for her serves to the university.

Lorella Donlin joined the business faculty as an instructor in 1984. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and taught classes in accounting.

She began her teaching career at Douglas High School at Ellsworth Air Force Base in 1963. She later taught high school classes at Valley, Neb., St. Joseph's School in Pierre and at Riggs High School in Pierre before joining the BH faculty.

Donlin retired in 1999 with the rank of associate professor.

She received her bachelor's degree at Dickinson State University and her master's degree from the University of South Dakota.