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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top
Rosemary Robertson, custodial worker, facilities services
Hesson chosen as reviewer - Top
Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education and health, has been invited to serve as a reviewer for the American Journal of Health Promotion.
As a reviewer for the journal, he would be responsible for reading and evaluating manuscripts submitted for publication in the journal. Hesson has been certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health/Fitness Instructor.
Employee awards named - Top
Congratulations to the following recipients of the 1999 Annual Employee Awards:
These employees will be recognized the afternoon of April 29 at a special reception in the Student Union Multi-Purpose Room
Bill Bogard to retire after 29 years at Black Hills State - Top
When Bill Bogard arrived on the Black Hills State campus in 1970 to begin his career as a professor of English, he expected to stay a couple of years and then move on. The decision to stay has taken some time, but now he will retire.
The affable 60-year-old professor is leaving the confines of the campus and classrooms in Jonas Hall but will keep in touch through his computer. He will teach a couple of humanities classes over the internet, something he has been doing in addition to his regular teaching assignment for the past several years.
Sometimes you end up in a place physically and spiritually where you didn't expect to be, he said. I've enjoyed my time here teaching courses.
He said the area gave him the opportunity to enjoy life and do things out of school that he might not have been able to do elsewhere. Looking back he was glad he hadn't hitched his wagon to an administrative job and gone elsewhere.
When his wife, Nikki, who worked in the business office at the university for more than 25 years, died a couple of years ago, he was uncertain what the future might hold.
It was the defining point in my life here in Spearfish, he said. I now enter retirement with conflicted feelings.
But time lessens the pain of loss and he is ready for change. He has met a woman he will marry this summer. He was introduced to Helene over the internet in a chat group that was dealing with grief. She had recently lost her husband.
The two of them plan to travel to Europe this fall and then return to the states. He has rented out his house to college students so he is uncertain where they will live. She is from New York but currently resides in Florida.
With his background in teaching and writing and hers as a stand-up comic, they plan to work in an area not usually identified with humor. They would like to develop a routine that can be presented at hospices, grief clinics and hospitals, a place where they believe healing and humor can coexist with positive results.
Reviewing his years in the classroom the BH English professor remains upbeat and positive about today's students.
I'm not the type of person who says kids are worse today. I'm not convinced that they are not bright and articulate. I still very much like the students, the give and take in the classroom and the competition of ideas. I'm going out feeling good about the students and where professors are taking them.
Teaching humanities has been his favorite subject because the content covers so many areas from history to religion to art to philosophy. At times he has taught as many as 500 students a semester in humanities classes. He hopes his students come out of that experience with the ability to make connections across the curriculum.
They should have a synoptic vision rather than an isolated analytical vision, he said. The educated person can see connections between literature, chemistry, history, the past and the present. That should be the focus of education now and in the future.
Increasing technology has brought about changes in education. He has been on the leading edge by teaching humanities over the internet and plans to continue that offering into his retirement years.
Technology has contributed to my movement from sage on the stage to guide on the side, he said explaining his current teaching style. With information much more readily available, how do you access, interpret, and use it?
He said technology has forced him to change his teaching style from the old lecture method to that of facilitating understanding through meaning, relationships and values.
Acquiring data only is a meaningless exercise, said Bogard. That's what now interests me about the internet, how to facilitate understanding and value into the next millennium.
Though he will not be in the classroom on campus, he may be traveling down the road in his RV with a lap top computer nearby ready to make connections via the internet and thus inspiring students to make connections in their lives intellectually, socially and spiritually. He won't be lecturing but involving them subtly in the learning process of how to acquire knowledge using technology and its vast resources.
CSA staff honored at Black Hills State - Top
Seventeen Career Service Act (CSA) employees were recently honored at luncheon for dedication and years of service at Black Hills State University.
Fred Nelson, senior support computer specialist and state CSA representative, served as master of ceremonies. Tommi Jo Casteel, 1999 Miss Rodeo South Dakota and 1998 BHSU graduate, provided the keynote address. President Thomas Flickema handed out certificates of recognition.
Students will display traditional Lakota art - Top
Traditional Lakota art will be on display in the lobby of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students from the spring semester Art 143 - Traditional Lakota Arts course invite the public to view their completed art projects. Instructor Jace DeCory invites everyone to "help celebrate Lakota ways through Lakota art."
For more information contact DeCory at 642-6295.
Retirement dinner planned for Lola Kletzmayer - Top
You are cordially invited to a retirement dinner for Ms. Lola Kletzmayer being held at Margies Dinner Club, 83 Hwy. 14, Spearfish, on April 30. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the meal at 6:30 p.m..
Choice of meals on the menu are chicken breasts, chicken fried steak or Black Hills trout for $9.50 with tax and tip included; or 8 oz. filet, prime rib, or jumbo shrimp for $15.50 with tax and tip included. Please RSVP by April 23 with number attending and choice of meal. You may send your reply to Facilities Services, 1200 University, USB 9513, Spearfish, SD 57799-9513, or call 605-642-6560. Hosted by Facilities Services.
Spring concert set at Black Hills State - Top
The Black Hills State University music department will present a Spring Concert Sunday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
The woodwind ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Randall Royer and the concert choir will be directed by Stephen Parker.
BHSU student mentors assist students with business plan - Top
Entrepreneurship is getting an early start in Spearfish as students in Claudia Little's fifth grade class are working on business plans with student volunteers from Black Hills State University.
University students from Priscilla Young's seminar in Entrepreneurship class and members from the campus organization Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) served as mentors to East Elementary students who are working on business projects.
Three fifth-grade teachers wrote a grant that gave students the opportunity to start their own business. BHSU business students went over the fifth graders business plan in order to help them develop and market their product. The final project will be shown at a fair next month at which time fifth-grade students' products will be sold.
Fifth graders help clean up the environment - Top
Fifth graders from Claudia Little's class at East Elementary in Spearfish teamed up with Black Hills State University students to help in a clean-up project at the Young Center.
College students in Dr. Larry Tentinger's methods of health education class and the fifth graders joined ranks to make a difference regarding environmental health.
BHSU physical education majors spent a week in fifth-grade classrooms teaching about environmental health issues. They concluded the academic portion of their project with an outdoor clean-up activity.
Kevin Whirlwind Horse race and memorial scholarship winners- Top
The 15th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run was held last weekend on the campus of Black Hills State University in conjunction with the Lakota Omniciye Powwow.
Leona White Hat, a sophomore from St. Francis, was selected to receive the 1999 Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship. White Hat is an English/secondary education major, and is an active member of AISES and Lakota Omniciye. She also writes for the Today paper.
The annual scholarship is funded through proceeds from the annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk.
Results of the Whirlwind race are as follows:
Vince Hafner, Sturgis, was the overall winner of the men's 5-K run, with a time of 19:53. Jola Wallowing Bull was the women's overall 5-K winner with a time of 21:01. Betsy Silva of Spearfish won the women's 10-K event with a time of 45:00, and Mike Ryan of Lower Brule was the men's winner with a time of 41:33.
Dominic Mills of Rapid City won the boys' 8 & under quarter-mile run, and Kaitlyn Hemmingson of Spearfish was the girls' quarter-mile winner. Leah Sperry of Spearfish won the girls' 9-12 half-mile run, and Nick Mayer of Spearfish was the top finisher in the boys' division.
Special guests included President Flickema and Mrs. Mae Whirlwind Horse and family, including the Whirlwind Horse, Benoist, One Skunk, and King families and Kevin Whirlwind Horse Jr.
Grants opportunities listed - Top
Below are the program materials received April 10 - 20 in the grants office, Woodburn 220. For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at . Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.
This week at Black Hills State - Top
Friday, April 23
Sunday, April 25
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Tuesday, April 27
Wednesday, April 28
Thursday, April 29
Friday, April 30