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
“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
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.
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
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.
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.
next scheduled public performance is the “Gala
Celebration of the Arts,” June
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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