Volume XXVI  No. 22 • May 31, 2002

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Synhorst named athletic director - Top

Robert “Bud” Synhorst, development officer in the athletics department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been named athletic director at Black Hills State University.

Synhorst, 30, comes to BHSU with a wealth of experience in intercollegiate athletics management, planning, coaching and fund raising.

“Bud is bringing with him significant experience from a premiere division one institution,” BHSU President Thomas Flickema said. “He has the energy and the vision to be a successful athletic director at Black Hills State.”

At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Synhorst managed a $10 million annual-giving program for athletics. He most recently played an instrumental role in the strategic planning and solicitation for the new $32.1 million baseball/softball complex there. Synhorst points to his role in the formation of the Husker Athletics Fund as a prime example of his ability to effectively manage a group of individuals to achieve a common goal.  

Previously, Synhorst served as general manager of the Diamond Sports Center in Lincoln where he was responsible for the complete operation of an

indoor baseball/softball conditioning facility.

“This is a great opportunity for me professionally,” Synhorst said. He cites two things -- the enthusiasm of the coaches and the great support from the entire university as well as the Spearfish community -- as positive factors in his decision to come to BHSU.

The new athletic director, who will begin his duties in July, says he is looking forward to working with BHSU coaches to “put the best teams possible on the field and to have the best student athletes represent the university on the field, in the classroom and in the community.”

Synhorst earned a bachelor of arts degree in business education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 1995. While at Kearney he served as assistant baseball coach and academic supervisor for student athletes. Currently, Synhorst is a youth baseball volunteer coach and often volunteers to speak to community service organizations.

Synhorst replaces Dave Little who is retiring at the end of June after more than 30 years of teaching, coaching and serving as an administrator at BHSU.

Ruddell Gallery to host art exhibit by Evelyn Elliott - Top

The Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University will host a reception Friday, June 7 at 2 p.m. for the current art exhibit by former faculty member Evelyn F. Elliott. 

Elliott's art exhibition will be on display through June at the Ruddell Gallery which is located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket 

Student Union and is open the public at no charge. For information call 642-6852.

Elliott taught business classes at BH for 37 years. She was instrumental in starting the one and two-year secretarial programs that eventually grew into today's complete baccalaureate program. Elliott retired in 1982 and was honored by the university with the Special Service Award in 1998. 

BHSU will use grant to provide dance workshop during Summer Institute of the Arts - Top

A $400 grant from the South Dakota Arts Council will be used to present an artists-in-schools residency workshop by Melanie Lien Palm as part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts at Black Hills State University.

The workshop by Palm will include instruction and demonstration to vocal arts students on the importance of body movement, alignment and control. This is an important but sometimes overlooked facet of instruction for vocalists according to the instructor. Students will be given the opportunity to learn information on the care of their bodies and how to improve their performance ability.

The summer institute is hosted annually during June by the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU. In addition to the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School, several other events are planned including public performances, a noon lecture series, dance workshops, and art education classes. 

The Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School will be held June 15-30 with sessions in diction and vocal interpretation, opera repertoire, recital presence, body movement and individual voice lessons. Faculty for these workshops include Johanna Meier, John Stewart, Jolly Stewart, Mara Waldman, Janeen Larson, Tony Bellomy and Melanie Lein Palm.

Public performances during the month-long institute include a Young Performers Competition June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House that will highlight the talented young performers in our communities. This event is free to the public.  

The next scheduled public performance is the “Gala Celebration of the Arts,” June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Matthews Opera House. A reception with the performers will be held after the concert. Gala attire is suggested. A donation of $10 is requested.

A vocal recital will be held June 26 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium with the students of the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School will be presenting a selection of vocal pieces. This event is open to the general public with a $5 admission fee for adults, and $2 for children under 15 and senior citizens.

A performance of opera theatre, “An Evening of Songs and Dance,” will be presented June 28 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. This is the final performance by the students and teachers of the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School summer session 2002. This recital will present a selection of opera scenes and arias. A donation of $10 is requested.

The “Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts Opera Festival” will be presented June 29 in Woodburn Auditorium. This event will feature faculty and students of the opera theatre school in a celebration of grand opera and al fresco festivities. There will be a picnic dinner on the east lawn of the campus beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. and a après reception at 9 p.m.  Tickets are $10 for the show only or $20 for the show and dinner (reservations are required for the dinner).

Sunday, June 30, the vocal arts opera theatre will host a graduation at 10 a.m. The panel of expert opera faculty will hold a frank discussion on the state of the art and opera potpourri. A reception will follow at noon.

There will be a weekly lecture on Wednesdays at noon in the Matthews Opera House during the BH Summer Institute of the Arts. These lectures will include an informal discussion of music, art and theatre. There is no admission fee.

The first lecture, June 19, will be presented by John Stewart and Mara Waldman. They will discuss their experiences en route to the podium.

The second lecture, “The World of a Television Producer,” will be presented June 26 by Mary Jo Blue.  She has been the director or producer for many well known shows such as "The Carol Burnette Show Showstoppers," "World's Wildest Police Videos," "Zoobilee Zoo," and documentaries like "United Against Hunger" and "Jean Michel Cousteau's People of the Sea." She will speak about her varied professional experiences.

The Art Education Institute will offer classes with an opportunity for participants to earn two graduate credits by completing the five-day program June 24-28. Classes include Visual Art Standards and Curriculum, Visual Art Standards and Curriculum K-6,  Standards and Curriculum for Music Teachers,  and Developing Curriculum for Special Needs. Afternoon workshops will be offered in Advanced Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing, Raku Kiln Building and Firing, Paper Making, Painting for Beginners, Writing Projects for the Elementary Classroom, and Theater in the Classroom.

For additional information on any of these events contact the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU at 642-6420 or see the Web page www.bhsu.edu/arts/.

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