Volume XXV No. 44 Nov. 9, 2001
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BHSU students to participate in area labor study - Top
Black Hills State University business students
will begin making phone calls Friday, Nov. 9, conducting a regional
The university is examining the area’s
workforce in partnership with Black Hills Community Economic
Development, Inc., which represents business expansion interests in
14 area communities. The study will survey approximately 1,500
residents in eight South Dakota and Wyoming counties.
The survey calls will probably extend into
January according to BHSU College of Business and Technology faculty members Dr. Ron DeBeaumont
and Dr. Priscilla Romkema. Two graduate students and 15
undergraduates will conduct the study as part of their education and
take an active role in gaining valuable local insights into labor
“We’ll be ready to share survey results
with the public by spring,” said Romkema. The study is funded by
the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program,
through a Rural Business Opportunity Grant.
“We anticipate each phone call taking 15 minutes
or so,” said the economic director Jim Doolittle. “Survey
help us not only in bringing new employers to the Black
Hills, but will help current businesses expand and create jobs. We
greatly appreciate people taking time to answer questions.”
The confidential calls will address current
work status, availability for new employment, wage history,
education and skills training, willingness to commute and other
In addition to numbers the survey will document
the competencies of Black Hills workers according to Spearfish
Economic Development Corporation president Bryan Walker.
BHSU scholarship recipients thank donors for their generosity - Top
Scholarship recipients at Black Hills State
University had the opportunity to meet their scholarship donors at
an appreciation dinner hosted by the university institutional
advancement office this week.
Jodi Massie, a senior biology major from Belle
Fourche, thanked the donors for their generosity which allows
students, who may not have otherwise been able to attend college, an
opportunity to earn a degree. Massie reminded the contributors that
scholarships provide for more than classes and books; scholarships
provide for a lifetime of experiences.
Massie highlighted her experiences as a part of
an international conservation research project with BHSU professor
Dr. Brian Smith to help save the world’s rarest snake. Through the
Antiguan Racer Conservation Project, Massie worked with
international researchers, co-authored a scientific report and
presented at a research symposium. She has also learned to write
grants and has received grants to further this research.
“None of this would have happened without the
donors. It’s because of the generosity of these individuals that
students can live life to the fullest and enjoy all the benefits
that Black Hills State has to offer,” Massie said.
to Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement at BHSU, this
event was a way to honor BHSU’s most generous supporters
and to celebrate a great year in fundraising. “The generosity of
our supporters symbolizes the depth of their commitment to BHSU and
we just wanted to thank them for all they do,” Meeker said.
BHSU Foundation president Roger Tellinghuisen
welcomed the donors and recipients. BHSU president Dr. Thomas
Flickema commended the guests for their part in the success of the
university’s mission. BHSU students Andrea Fischer, soprano and
Adam Lawson, pianist, provided entertainment.
|Tom Vucurevich congratulates Black Hills
State University student and scholarship recipient Jocelyn
Schwengler at an appreciation dinner hosted by the university
institutional advancement office. Schwengler, a senior
education major from Rapid City, is one of 29 students
attending BHSU with a John T. Vucurevich Scholarship.
The scholarship endowment has grown to more than
$653,000 since its inception in 1993 due to the generosity of
the Vucurevich family. Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director at BHSU,
said, “This generosity perpetuates his belief in helping
others and at the same time helping the community by providing
a educated citizenry.”
Spirit of Excellence at Work
Spirit of Excellence at Work award is being presented to Connie
Pollard for having that special touch that students appreciate so
much and for giving extra time for our students.
award recipient is chosen by a group which meets regularly to
discuss ways to improve the campus working environment. This group
feels that when they “catch” someone doing their job well,
that performance should be recognized and encourages everyone to
keep up the good work so they can “catch” you at it.
Malcolm Chapman to present seminar at Black Hills State
Malcolm Chapman, of the Chapman group, will be
presenting “Off the Hook Customer Service,” Nov. 15 from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m., at Black Hills State University.
The seminar is sponsored by the center for business and
entrepreneurship and students in free enterprise at BHSU.
Chapman has worked with banking, accounting,
casino, restaurant, hotel and insurance organizations in training
personnel. In 1996, he
started the Chapman group, which specializes in tailored training
programs and individual coaching in sales, customer service and
leadership in the workplace. He offers consulting and coursework based on a model he designed, known as “Harvesting the
The seminar will include five points: what does
service mean to your people, three laws of excellent service
delivery, the role of leadership: create a culture of customer
service, the role of the front line: create and serve customers, and
the sales-service link.
To register, call Priscilla Romkema at 642-6091
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mail the $5 registration fee by Nov. 12 to: Center for
Business and Entrepreneurship, BHSU, 1200 University, Unit 9006,
Spearfish, S.D., 57799. Make
checks payable to the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.
Registration for Black Hills State University begins Nov. 14
Registration for the 2002 spring semester
begins Nov. 14 at Black Hills State University.
Seniors and graduate students with at least 96
credit hours may begin registering Nov. 14.
Juniors with 64 to 95 credit hours can register on Nov. 15. Sophomores with 32 to 63 credit hours can register on Nov. 19
and freshmen with less than 31 hours can register beginning Nov. 20.
BHSU has three ways to register. A student can use telephone registration, computer
registration through a WebAdvisor at the Student Union Jacket Legacy
Room, or WebAdvisor through a personal computer.
To register by telephone call 642-6319.
Enter college I.D. number, pin number and follow the
directions given over the phone.
For WebAdvisor registration at the Student
Union, enrollment center personnel will be available to assist
students with WebAdvisor registration. Student Union registration
hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WebAdvisor registration from a personal
computer can be completed by going to the BHSU website (www.bhsu.edu)
and clicking on WebAdvisor. Students
will need their WebAdvisor I.D. and pin number. For directions on WebAdvisor registration go to this website.
Web and telephone registration will be closed
Monday through Saturday from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. and Thursdays
4:30-9:30 p.m., for maintenance.
For additional information contact the
enrollment center office at 642-6343.
the Blimp makes his debut at home opener BB games this weekend at the
The Black Hills
State men’s and women’s basketball teams won’t be the only
ones flying high this season as Buzz the Blimp, a remote controlled
yellow and black helium filled balloon, will be circling high
overhead at Yellow Jacket home basketball games.
Buzz, a 12-foot
urethane coated nylon blimp, will circle the gym sporting
advertising and dropping coupons for free gifts from sponsors. He is
battery powered by twin-drive motors and has a multi-directional
tail motor. Buzz has the ability to hover over one location while
turning 360 degrees.
Flight plans will
be in the capable hands of captain Don Altmyer and his trusted
backup lieutenant Mike Jastorff. The two have been seen in the gym
recently practicing complex aerial maneuvers with remote control in
regarding Buzz and advertising opportunities are available by
contacting Steve Meeker, institutional advancement director, at
Chiesman grant supports democracy in the 60s and 70s art
program at BHSU - Top
Foundation funded a $7,700 grant for a five-week program at Black
Hills State titled “Rights & Riots—Wars and
Watergate—American Democracy in the 1960s and 1970s.”
professor of art at BHSU, authored the grant request for the program
that will run Feb. 4 through March 8, 2002. The program will include
art displays, speakers, and films.
“In view of the
tremendous interest in World War II and the recent events of Sept.
11, 2001, a number of faculty at Black Hills State became interested
in looking at another period of time when America also experienced
an era of instability, the 60s and 70s,” said the BH art
professor. “These events included racial relations, … race
riots, … occupation of Wounded Knee, … the Nixon presidency and
Watergate, … the revolt of generations, … role of the
War, … and the free
world against Communism. … These splits continue to resurface at
times in the present and provide a point of reference when looking
at what stabilizes or destabilizes American democracy.”
The intent of the
art program is to show a multi-sided, multi-media, multi-person
collage of the events of that time in U.S. history. Events planned
during the program include, informal discussions, visiting lectures,
panel discussions, films pertinent to the 60s and 70s, photo
reproductions of work by Vietnam combat artists, and two computers
with links to historical events during this period.
the program or the Ruddell Gallery display is available by
contacting James Knutson at (605) 642-6104 or by email at email@example.com.
Local business owners go “back to school” - Top
By Cory Pethick, media relations student
Five area business owners are “going back to
school,” with a class offered at Black Hills State University this
the Entrepreneurial Experience,” is a cooperative program between
BHSU and small business owners in which business students work with
the owners to improve their businesses.
The class is taught by Verona Beguin, assistant
professor of business education, and is in its second year at BHSU.
Originally developed in Pendleton, Ore., the course was
brought here by Beguin after she wrote a grant to get the program
This semester there are 24 students in the
class and they work in groups of four or five per business.
The students work with business owners doing various tasks.
Alternatives and recommendations to business problems are
discussed, confidential written and oral reports are prepared for
each business owner, and an in-depth analysis of the current
business situation of each business is performed.
“We are highly involved in what we are
studying, but it is more practical and hands-on,” commented class
member Nicole Isaac.
Dave McDowall, of Remax in the Hills, one of
the businesses represented, explains what he considers most
beneficial about the class. “It is a shot at having new eyes and
energy look at our businesses and a shot for students to apply their
knowledge to the real world.”
Besides Remax in the Hills, the other
businesses involved in the course are: Office Emporium, Belle
Fourche; Queens Wash and Dry, Spearfish; Maddisons Styling and
Maddisons II, Spearfish; and
|“Enhancing the Entrepreneurial
Experience” is a class offered at BHSU this semester in
which five area business owners are involved. The five owners
are left to right, Cory Hanson, Downtown Gym;
Sylvia Follum, Queens
Wash and Dry; Jana Selk, Maddison’s Styling and Maddisons
II; Dave McDowall, Remax in the Hills; and Mary Riley, Office
the Downtown Gym, Spearfish.
These businesses with their respective owners all agree that
the student’s enthusiasm to assist them with their businesses is a
helpful tool and they learn as much as the students do in the class.
McDowall also thinks the class is an excellent
opportunity for students to meet up with business people in their
prospective fields, ”It is an opportunity for students to visit
with someone who can be a mentor.”
For more information about the class or
information on how to become involved with this course, contact
Verona Beguin at 642-6398.
$1000 grant from Wal-mart supports literacy in schools
Lillehaug, center, with the Center for the Advancement of Math and
Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University, accepts a
$1,000 check from Tom Jones, Wal-Mart store manager, and Doug
Sanders, left, manager trainee, to support literacy in the schools.
Spearfish third-grade teachers Sue Hall-Martin and Sandy Nichols,
right, are actively involved in the literacy program. The money will
be used to locate and purchase books to supplement the inquiry-based
science materials available for teachers to check out at CAMSE.
Teachers from the Spearfish, Meade County, Lead-Deadwood and Belle
Fourche school districts will be involved in the selection of the
Lynette Daum senior recital is
Monday - Top
Lynette Daum, a senior vocal music major at
Black Hills State University, will present a senior piano recital
Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.
The concert is open to the public at no charge.
Lynette will perform several works that include compositions by
Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann, Debussy, and Gershwin. Daum, a
student of Dr. Janeen Larsen, recently was named second-place winner
at the South Dakota Music teachers Association collegiate piano
She has received several music scholarship
awards, including one from the Black Hills Area Music Teachers
Association. She is a singer and clarinetist as well as a pianist,
and is member of the concert band, concert choir, jazz ensemble, and
the BHSU Singers.
The BH senior is active as an accompanist as
well. After graduation, Daum will be certified to teach music in
K-12 public schools. She is the daughter of John and Kathy Daum of
Spearfish Optimist Club awards two $500 scholarship to BHSU
Optimist Club recently awarded two $500 scholarships to Black Hills
State University students Amanda Schlepp and Levi Humbracht.
Schlepp is an
elementary education major and was active in junior league
basketball games as a referee, and worked several basketball camps.
She also served as a mentor in the school system. She is a member of
the BH women’s basketball team.
Humbracht was a
high school soccer player, member of the outdoor club, member of a
church youth program and was recognized as student of the month.
Club president Don Altmyer proposed the new scholarship program to
the club this fall in order to strengthen the organization’s
commitment to the university. Presently, the organization awards a
$500 grant to the university’s Green and Gold Club.
Altmyer the new scholarships are awarded to a male and female
graduate of Spearfish High School who attend BHSU. The scholarship
awards are based upon need and participation in youth activities in
The Optimist Club
plans to make the scholarship award available again next year.
BHSU music students participate in state collegiate piano
Black Hills State University music students Jennifer Bailey,
seated, Lead, and Lynette Daum, Newcastle, Wyo., recently
participated in the South Dakota Music Teachers Association
collegiate piano auditions at the University of South Dakota in
Vermillion. The students were required to perform a minimum of 20
minutes of memorized piano literature for a judge. Piano students
from each of the state’s six universities were eligible to
compete. Daum was named a second-place winner. Both pianists are
students of Dr. Janeen Larsen, chairperson of fine and applied arts
Science Club introduces Spearfish fourth graders to
Spearfish fourth graders were focused on science this past
week as members of the Black Hills State University Scientia Club
visited East Elementary to conduct a workshop introducing the
sciences to the eager youngsters. Four stations featuring physics,
anatomy, chemistry and geology experiments were available to student
inquiry. BH student Ken Michael had the fourth graders attention as
he explained physics phenomena such as frictional force, angular
momentum, conductance, magnetic fields, and light diffraction to the
group. Dr. Dan Durben, assistant professor of chemistry at BHSU, and
student Lennard Hopper, Scientia Club president, coordinated the
VFW auxiliary donates to BHSU food pantry
part of National VFW Make a Difference Day, the Spearfish VFW
Auxiliary donated food items to the BHSU food pantry this fall.
Presenting items to Jean Helmer, center, United Ministries director,
and student staff members Heather Lien, left, and Sara Olson, right,
were Dorothy Pawlowski, far left, VFW junior vice president and
Colleen Abernathy, VFW president, far right. The local auxiliary
strives to make a difference in another person’s life and they
chose to make a difference on the BHSU campus. The group also hopes
to promote positive relationships between the student population and
the local community.
grants available - Top
The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC)
encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing
knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of
instruction at BHSU.
full-time faculty member, full- time adjunct faculty, or other full-
time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant
funds administered by the committee.
Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of
$1,000 per project. Priority will be given to projects that will
have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across
faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for
development of materials and methods to improve teaching and
learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to
conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and
bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to
offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support
staff at BHSU.
members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or
workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every three
years. In the other
categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an
IIC grant in the last academic year.
Proposals for grant funding
will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. The deadline for
submission will be the last Friday of each month; a decision will be
made as soon as practicable on each proposal.
Eleven copies of the proposals should be submitted to the
grants and special projects office in Woodburn 218, or to the chair
of the committee, Sharon Strand. Proposals will consist of the
proposal and budget outlines following the specified format
available at the grants and special projects web
Faculty research funds available -
The faculty-research committee has funds available for the current
fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal
forms are available at the grants office or can be printed out from
It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support
for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research
sites or research support for the production of creative work.
Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of
education, business, social
sciences and humanities. A three-hour release time is available for
fall 2002. Apply now. The next application deadline is Nov.
The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members
for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John
Alsup, Steve Anderson, Lyle Cook, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi, chair;
Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer.
opportunities announced - Top
Below are the program materials received Nov.
1-7 in the grants office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the
information, contact our office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to us
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student
Union bulletin board near the information desk.
Science Foundation. The
National Science Foundation is seeking proposals under the
cross-directorate Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
program, which support faculty members at predominantly
Awards will support three major activities:
faculty research projects, the purchase of shared
research instrumentation; and research as visiting scientists
with NSF investigators at other institutions.
Deadlines vary by NSF directorate.
For information, consult the RUI web site, www.ehr.nsf.gov/crssprgm/rui/start.shtm.
This week at Black Hills State
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Last day to drop a class with
an automatic "W"
basketball vs. Mount Marty, Young Center, 6 p.m.
basketball vs. Mount Marty, Young Center, 8 p.m.
Record Examination, Jonas 3rd floor, 8
a.m. to 5 p.m.
& Gold Tip Off Party, Stadium Sports Grill, 4-5:15
Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Young Center, 6
Basketball vs. Dakota Wesleyan, Young Center, 8
Day, no classes
piano recital, Woodburn, 7 p.m.
Lecturer, “Music Entrepreneurship, Cook Hall
303, 3:30 p.m.
Rising Junior make-up examination, Jonas Hall 305,
flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m.
flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m.
and Gold luncheon, Cedar House Restaurant,
"Off the Hook," 1-4 p.m.
Woodburn Auditorium, 7 p.m
flu shots for students, Young Center, 222, 8 a.m.
to 12 p.m.
Meet, Young Center
Skills Testing, Jonas 3rd floor, 7:30 a.m. to 5
Day for prospective students, David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.