Black Hills State University employees were recently recognized for their service to the students, the university, and the community.

Honored at the reception were this year’s retirees: Lorenzo Bettelyoun, College of Education; Ben Dar, Academic Affairs; David Diamond, Arts and Sciences; Charles Folette, Arts and Sciences; Tim Johnston, Dining Services; Donna Kloppel, Business Office; Robert Nuttbrock, Facilities Services; Roland Rosedahl, Facilities Services; Dr. Ronnie Theisz, College of Arts and Sciences.

Theisz was also presented with the 2008 Distinguished Faculty Award. He has been with the University since August 1977 and has been instrumental in leading the Department of Humanities with his innovative and thoughtful guidance.

Theisz is also an accomplished author. His works include refereed articles, book chapters, 19 poems, and seven monographs and books. He also served as a consultant for several films and performed with a traditional Lakota singing group. Recognized as a true scholar, Dr. Theisz is held in high esteem by his colleagues and his students.

The Economic Savings Award was presented to Art Jones for his creative and forward thinking ideas on energy savings and sustainability.

The BHSU Bookstore staff received the Community Service Award for their service to the Spearfish community, the Black Hills region, and the state of South Dakota.

Shanna Franzen, Academic Affairs, received the Outstanding University Service Award for her assistance in the development of two new offices-the Student Counseling Center and International Studies.

The Student Service Award was presented to Rhonda Wolff, for her exemplary services to students in the College of Education.

Instructional Media - University Area Award
BHSU Bookstore - Community Service Award
The University Area Award was presented to the Instructional Media staff members for their outstanding support of university departments, and for their work during the Supreme Court sessions on the BHSU campus. Staff members include: Terry Hupp, Cal Crooks, Christy Couch, and Anne Stevens. 

Thirty-eight BHSU employees were also recognized at the ceremony for their years of service to the state of South Dakota.

Thirty-year pins were awarded to: Janeen Larsen, College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts; and Lily Odell, University Printing Center.

Twenty-five year pins were awarded to: Dennis Carlson, Facilities Services; Jim Hess, College of Arts and Sciences; Tim Johnston, Dining Services; Robert Nuttbrock, Facilities Services; and Norma Perry, Dining Services.

Twenty year pins were awarded to: Janet Bettelyoun, Facilities Services; Dr. Thomas Cox, College of Arts and Sciences; Michael Jastorff, University Bookstore; Cheryl Leahy, Student Financial Services; and April Meeker, Registrar’s Office. 

Employees who received fifteen-year pins were: Dr. Cheryl Anagnopoulos, College of Arts and Sciences; Rebecca Cooper, E. Y. Berry Library; Dr. Daniel Durben, College of Arts and Sciences; Ronald Ehly, University Support Services; Dr. Carol Hess, College of Education; Jane Klug, Student Services; Kimberly Nida, Student Financial Services; and Tom Wheaton, University Advancement.

Ten-year pins were presented to: Jhett Albers, Athletics; William Baker, Computer Center; Rodney Bartholomew, Computer Center; Dr. Susan Dana, College of Business and Technology; Dr. Holly Downing, College of Arts and Sciences; Kathleen Finkle, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Amy Fuqua, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Richard Gayle, College of Arts and Sciences; Leone Geppert, Business Office; Jeanne Hanson, Facilities Services; Michael Isaacson, Residence Life; Dr. Vincent King, College of Arts and Sciences; Tamara Lawson, the College of Arts and Sciences; Richard Loose, E. Y. Berry Library and Educational Outreach; Ginny Sunding, Academic Affairs; Ven Thompson, Computer Center; Joe Valades, Center for Academic Affairs; Dr. David Wolff, College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Michael Zehfus, College of Arts and Sciences.

Krista Schroeder was also recognized for ten years of A’viands service to BHSU.