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Accepting a $5,000 grant for the Black Hills National Writing Project is Deaver Traywick, director of the Writing Center at Black Hills State University and Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant professor in the College of Education. Presenting the check was, Lester Neis, 2007 president of the Spearfish Area Community Foundation. The $5,000 award will help support the first summer institute of the Black Hills National Writing Project.

The Spearfish Area Community Foundation recently awarded the Black Hills National Writing Project at Black Hills State University a $5,000 grant.

The grant will help support the first summer institute for the Black Hills National Writing Project.

The Black Hills National Writing Project hopes to become an established writing center serving the Black Hills region through collaboration of BHSU, the National Writing Project and Spearfish community members.

The Black Hills National Writing project will focus on improving the teaching of writing and the use of writing across the disciplines throughout the community. The initial board members to establish this writing center are Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant professor in the College of Education; Dr. Christine Shearer-Cremean, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences; Deaver Traywick, director of the BHSU Writing Center; and Jean Helmer, former director of the BHSU Writing Center and co-founder of the Sinte Gleska Writing Project.

This project is partially a reactivation of local area individuals who were a part of Stewart Bellman’s Dakota Writing Project from 1988-1994. Approximately 40 individuals locally who were a part of the writing project under Bellman are still in this area and will be part of the new project.

The timeline for the activation of the project will occur during the 2007-2008 school year. The initial board members are completing the application for the center which is currently being housed in the BHSU library. National approval is anticipated between September and November 2007.

Throughout the spring 2008 semester, individuals will submit their applications in order to attend the 2008 summer writing institute. There will be 20 selected applicants that will form the first summer institute group. In order to have a good mix of individuals at the institute, members from business, news reporting, published writers, pastoral committees, and educators are expected to attend.

The Spearfish Area Community Foundation is not-for-profit organization that was formed in 1997 by a panel of local businessmen and women to support projects intended for the betterment of Spearfish.