Volume XXVI No. 20 May
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Sorenson from cashier in the Business Office to office supervisor in
the Records Office.
student senate selects outstanding students, staff and faculty - Top
Black Hills State University student senate
recently selected two outstanding students, an outstanding staff member
and an outstanding faculty member for recognition during the 2001-2002
Honored as the outstanding female
student by the BH governing body was Lindsay Whitley, a senior biology
major from University Place, Wash.
Allen Godsell, a senior social-science major from Vale, was
recognized as the outstanding male student.
Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, associate professor of
political science, was picked by the student senate as the outstanding
Gerry Pabst, senior secretary with the
instructional media department, was chosen as the outstanding staff
Graduates with highest grade-point average are honored - Top
Among the honors graduates recognized at a
breakfast reception prior to commencement this spring, Anne Baker
was acknowledged as the highest-ranking female graduate at BHSU.
The summa cum laude graduate earned a double
major in Spanish and accounting with a minor in business
administration. She is the
recipient of six scholarships at BHSU and has been active on campus
as a volunteer for VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a member
of Phi Beta Lambda, and a tutor for accounting and business classes.
Originally from Towanda, Kan., Baker and her
husband plan to move back to Kansas where she hopes to start a
bookkeeping business out of her home so she can take care of her
first child which will be arriving this August. Someday, she would
like to work in corporate accounting.
Baker was presented with a framed certificate
for her academic accomplishments by Dr. Lyle Cook, vice president
for academic affairs, during the honors ceremony.
was recognized recently as the highest ranking male graduate at a
breakfast reception for BHSU honors graduates.
The summa cum
laude graduate earned his degree in biology with a minor in
chemistry. Originally from Pierre and a graduate of Riggs High
School, Hopper was a recipient of a Nelson Research Grant, biology
scholarship, Agnes Radcliffe Memorial Scholarship, and the Clarence
and Myrtle Kravig Memorial Scholarship at BHSU.
undergraduate, Hopper was active in the Scientia (science club) as
the organization’s president. He also participated in the Health
Sciences Student Organization.
Hopper will be
attending the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry this fall.
Dr. Lyle Cook,
vice president for academic affairs at BHSU, presented the talented
senior with a framed certificate for his academic accomplishments at
the awards breakfast prior to commencement.
student graduates to Green Bay Packers - Top
BHSU graduate Justin Varland is packing for a
job with the Green Bay Packers. The mass communications major landed
a public-relations position with the football team.
By Antonia Kucera
media relations intern
Many people never end up in their dream job,
but one Black Hills State University graduate recently landed his
– on his first try. Senior mass-communications major Justin
Varland ended his academic career at BHSU on Saturday, May 11, to
begin a new career as a public relations official with the Green Bay
“It is a dream job,” said Varland, a
Gregory High School graduate. “I have been a Green Bay Packer fan
since I started watching football. I always thought that this may
become an opportunity for me, but I never thought it would happen
straight out of college. This was a job that I looked forward to
getting at the age of 30; now that I have it at only 22, I'm really
trying to figure out what comes next. Hopefully, I'll be happy in
Green Bay for my entire life.”
Although Varland did not expect a position to
be available, with a little persistence, an impressive resume and a
successful interview, he will now go from BHSU green and gold to…
well, Packer’s green and gold.
He started by contacting the Packer’s PR
office and getting the name of the personnel director; after three
days, he made his move and called Jeff Blumb directly. Surprisingly,
he got through without any hassle and spoke with Blumb for 35
minutes – enough to catch his interest and get a foot in the door.
The BH senior quickly followed up with his
resume and references. Not so surprisingly, he got an interview.
Varland felt the interview was the ultimate determining factor in
their decision to hire him.
“When I left the interview, I didn’t know
whether or not they liked me or if I got the job,” Varland said,
“but I knew that I had done everything that I could do to get the
job, and that’s a great feeling. Especially when it works out.”
Of course, many other aspects contributed to
his employment. Varland’s resume has a long list of
extracurricular activities and accomplishments from his time at
BHSU. He has a double emphasis in his major of journalism and
computer publishing. A majority of his time was spent as editor for
the Today newspaper and president for the Sigma Tau Gamma
fraternity. He has also been involved with the University
Programming Team, student senate, general activities fee committee,
New Student Days, PREP days, and the Fellowship of Christian
name a few. He also excels academically and was
rewarded as Sigma Tau Gamma man of the year, outstanding student
leader, Vice President’s Rising Star, eight-time Roskins scholar,
three-time Who's Who, a Great Greek, and he expects to graduate with
a grade-point average of at least 3.4.
After being so highly involved in campus
organizations on top of a full class load, Varland will be no
stranger to the high demands of the public relations field. He will
be working 80-hour weeks, and he will also be on the job most
holidays since football does not take those days off. Varland is not
“It’s going to be stressful, but I feel as
though I’m ready for it,” he said. “I’ve been working about
70 hours a week throughout college, so what’s an extra 10 hours a
Varland’s activities for those hours will be
a drastic change. “I will spend the majority of my time setting up
interviews between media outlets such as ESPN, FOX, CBS… and
players or coaches on the team. During the games I will either be on
the sidelines with the media personnel updating them with news and
injuries, or in the press box with reporters from newspapers and
magazines. I think the toughest thing about the job will be not
watching the game and remembering to work.”
Varland has had his own fan club of family and
friends to help him reach his dream job. His wife, Chris, graduated
from BH with an elementary education degree in 2001 and teaches
seventh grade science at Dakota Middle School in Rapid City; she
will join her husband in Wisconsin after the school year is through.
“This has been an excellent experience for me and I’m really looking
forward to beginning my career in the NFL,” he said. “I
couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and
He also received support from one BH professor
in particular: Steve Babbitt, associate professor with the College
of Arts and Sciences.
“Steve played a huge role in everything that
I've accomplished,” he said. “Aside from my family, he is the
single most influential person in my life. I owe him
The student who is living a dream encourages other students to start
their path towards success by joining strong student organizations.
“Students need to work smarter, not harder,” he said.
Rebecca Baker receives scholarship award
Baker, a Black Hills State University junior with the highest
grade-point average in the College Business and Technology, was
presented a $500 cash scholarship award.
funds came from money donated by the former Spearfish Branch of AAUW
in combination with memorial money from the family of Steve Jones.
Jones, a former BH employee, and his family had a long association
with the university. He died in the fall of 2000. The Spearfish
Branch of AAUW ceased to exist as of November 2001. The AAUW Award
has been presented to a non-traditional female student for a number
is a technology major with a minor in computer-assisted drafting
(CAD). She is from Rapid City.
Steve’s widow Janelle Jones, a teacher at Spearfish
High School, presented the award to Baker.
Becky Baker, shown with her daughter Abbigail,
accepts a $500 scholarship from Janelle Jones. Funds for the
scholarship were gifted by the Spearfish AAUW and memorial funds
from Steve Jones’ family.
Spearfish teachers earn masters degrees
in cohort group
Sixteen Spearfish teachers earned master’s degrees at Black Hills
State University this spring. They were the first formally organized
cohort group at BHSU to complete the graduate program as a unit. Similar
cohort groups, located in area communities, are also completing
requirements for the master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at
BHSU. Pictured are teachers and faculty, front row, l to r, Sue
Hall-Martin, Penny Lensegrav, Nancy Martin, Marjo Peters, Jessica
Zwaschka, Nadene Harr, Sandy Nichols, and Dr. Kristi Pearce, associate
professor of education. Back row, l to r, Dr. Tim Molseed, coordinator
of graduate studies, Chele Damuth, Sharla Jewett, Darlene Telkamp, Melinda
Capp, Janice Koski, and Kathy Christensen. Master’s degree
candidates from Spearfish not pictured are LuAnn Schroeder, Kathy Gusso and
of '52 meets during commencement
of the Class of '52 were inducted into the Alumni Association 50-year
club during commencement weekend. This group was also recognized during
graduation ceremonies. Alumni returning to Spearfish for the event were:
front row, left to right, Al Yanzick, Portland, Ore.; Don Weiland,
Rapid City; Beverly Peterson, Longmont, Colo.; Georgiana King, Quail
Valley, Calif.; Dorothy Whisler, Rapid City; Maxine Singletary,
Seattle, Wash. Back row, left to right, Art Hill, Casper, Wyo.; James
Hansen, Pierre; Robert Justice, Woodburn, Ore.; Leonard Reiman, Altoona,
Wisc.; William McRann, Cody, Wyo.; and Jim Armstrong, Townsend,
University Bookstore gives away a
Sean Crooks, a Black Hills State University senior biology major
from Spearfish, was the winner of a Zap electric scooter from the
university bookstore. Crooks’ name was drawn in a book-buy-back
promotion sponsored by the bookstore. Students who sold their used
books had an opportunity to submit their names for the drawing. Mike
Jastorff, bookstore director, presented the scooter to Crooks at the
conclusion of the spring semester.
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