Volume XXVI No. 24 June
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to Black Hills State University - Top
- Roseanne Walter, custodial
worker, Facilities Services
Former BH business instructor displays
artwork and is honored - Top
Elliott, retired business instructor at Black Hills State, was
honored recently at a Ruddell Gallery reception recognizing her work
at the university and her talent as an artist.
associate professor of business and former student of Elliott’s,
served as master of ceremony for the occasion. He recalled his early
experiences as a student in the business program and working for
Elliott as a work-study student and later in the department as one
of her colleagues.
“I adore this woman and owe her so much,” said Heidrich.
“To this day no other person has had a
affect on my professional career.”
Flanked by her
sisters Jean Rahja of Aberdeen and Doris Sherburne of Spearfish,
tributes were related by a nephew from Aberdeen and by Darleen Young
of Spearfish who shared an office with Elliott for 19 years. Young
reviewed Elliott’s academic background and cited the significant
role the honoree played in developing the university’s business
program. During her professional career she taught practically every
business class offered at the college from 1945 to 1982.
In addition to
her teaching talents it was obvious that her artistic talents were
well developed, too, as the gallery featured numerous paintings she
had produced over the years. It was amazing to family members that
so many prints were on display as she often gave paintings away to
those family members and friends who took a liking to a particular
piece of work.
changes dramatically at BHSU as Cook Gymnasium is removed to make
way for new building - Top
The walls came tumbling down at Cook Gymnasium
this week on the campus of Black Hills State University. The
building is being removed to make way for a new music/academic
building on campus.
Changes on the BHSU campus are clearly visible
with the on-going removal of Cook Gymnasium. The low bidder for
demolition of the building, Steve Thomas and Sons of Chamberlain,
approached the task in a methodical and systematical process.
Yesterday, the demolition of the building accelerated as the walls
of the structure were pushed down. Work continues to remove the
In its quest to improve the educational quality
of the university and its physical presence, BHSU is in the process
of building a new music/academic facility. The master plan that
began in 1998 led the BHSU administration to the conclusion that the
existing music facility was woefully lacking. Further study
concluded that renovation of the existing Cook facility was possible
so a preliminary design and cost projection was prepared. After
considering renovation costs, replacement rather than renovation was
approved and design was begun on a new facility.
Ever since the Board of Regents granted final
approval of the new 45,215 square-foot academic facility in 2001,
BHSU has been making plans for the much needed space. The new $8.5
million structure will include a 300-seat recital hall, seven
classrooms, 16 practice rooms, faculty offices, storage rooms, sound
and office studios, band and choral rooms, as well as recording,
keyboard, listening and piano labs and conference rooms. The music
department and the College of Business offices will be relocated to
the new building. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held later this
Infrastructure work for the new building has
already begun according to Art Jones, director of facilities
services at BHSU. “The bids have been good and we are pleased with
the way things have been going,” Jones said. He expects the
building foundation work to begin soon and that the foundation will
be visible by mid-July. The expected completion date for the new
building is August 2003.
Consideration is also being given to remodeling
the existing theatre in Woodburn Hall or building an entirely new
theatre complex on campus. Planning for a theatre is in the
Cook Gymnasium was constructed in 1956. At that time it
included a gymnasium, swimming pool, offices and classrooms. The
building was named for BH’s first recognized president, Fayette L.
Cook, who presided over the college from 1885 to 1919.
Many intercollegiate athletic events, classes and even
commencement ceremonies were held in the building throughout the
To view of clip of the demolition or see the view from the Web
cam see the BHSU multimedia
Golf tournament and auction scheduled - Top
Would you pay $20 for a regular roast beef
week for a year (52 sandwiches total). If so, consider attending the
Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic Auction. Last year one bidder did
just that. There were many other great deals as well.
250 items will be sold at the auction which is open the
public. All proceeds benefit
the student/athlete scholarship program at BHSU.
The auction will be held Friday, June 21 at 7:45 p.m.
at the Spearfish Park Tretheway Pavilion.
If you are unable to attend, contact the office of
institutional advancement before the auction with your bid.
auction is part of an annual fundraiser event - The Gold Dust
Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Sports and
The golf tournament will be held at the Spearfish Canyon Golf
Course beginning with registration and a putting contest at 11 a.m.
The sports and leisure auction will include a social hour and dinner
at the Spearfish Tretheway Pavilion beginning at 6:30 p.m. Golfers
and non-golfers alike are invited to take part in the sports and
leisure auction that begins at 7:45 p.m. More than 200 items ranging
from autographed sports memorabilia to art items will be auctioned.
Proceeds from the auction benefit student athletic scholarship
programs at Black Hills State University.
The day’s golf tournament activities begin with a 1 p.m.
shotgun start featuring an 18-hole Texas best-shot tournament (rain
To register for the golf tournament call the BHSU
institutional advancement office at 642-6385. The entry fee is $100
and includes golf cart, two dinner tickets and a classic souvenir.
Golf fee for spouse is $80. Dinner tickets only are $13 each.
|Some of the auction items available at the
Tretheway Pavilion June 21
The sports and leisure scholarship auction includes a variety
of items. Some of the
sports items available at the auction include:
Tiger Woods PGA pin flag
Earnhardt gold pocket watch
baseball from Barry Bonds
Hot Odyssey putter
Thomas autographed Chicago Bears helmet
Complete list of
For golf or auction information contact Steve Meeker at
(605) 642-6385 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Students travel to South America - Top
A group of BHSU students and two staff members
recently visited South America to experience the culture and
consider worldwide career opportunities.
The 19-day trip, arranged by Bob Stanelle,
director of student development at BHSU, included travel to
Asuncion, Paraguay, and Puerto Iguazu, Argentina; Parana, Buenos
Aires, Mendoza and Santiago, Chile. The group included Rachael
Christiansen, education major from Spearfish, Christine Anderson, an
education major from Rapid City, Helen Fasken, a psychology major from Spearfish, Shar Fowler,
a psychology major from Rapid City, and Bill (Doq) Stodden, a
political science/history major from Spearfish. Joe Valades, BHSU academic advisor, and Stanelle accompanied
The students visited
the El Diario (newspaper) on May 27 in Parana, Argentina, to
comment on their travel experiences.
Following is an excerpt of a translated copy of
the news story that appeared in that paper.
“They (BHSU students) are traveling with the
intent to learn more about different societies, other cultures and
international career opportunities.
to Parana was coordinated by Stanelle and Estela Gambelin, director
of both the American English Institute and Sarah Eccleston College
here in Parana. They
have worked together on several visits beginning in 1995.
One local Parana resident, Maria Virgina Torres, is currently
attending university in the United States on a scholarship arranged
by Mr. Stanelle. Ms.
Torres is a former student of the American English Institute and a
graduate of Parana's Escuela Normal Superior.
Gambelin stated that, "the educational
leaders of Black Hills State University encourage their students to
learn about other nations and cultures and to experience living as
they live as much as possible.
In addition, they desire their students to learn about
democracy and that the American version of democracy they know is
not the only version. Democracy
can be quite different and does not work in the same way in all
added, "One intent is to develop future leaders in
A group from BHSU recently took an expedition to South
America which included a stop at Iguazu Falls, Argentina during a tropical
downpour. Members of the group, l to r, were Shar Fowler, Rachael Christensen, Joe Valades, Bill
Stodden, Helen Fasken, and Christine Anderson. Iguazu Falls is known
for being the world's widest waterfall.
business and government who, through increased contact
and personal knowledge, will promote better international
understanding and cooperation in all aspects."
Several students commented during their visit
that, "it's our intention to open our own horizons and to
better understand other ways of life.
We feel it is important for the peoples of our nations to
travel as possible and experience other ways of life, other cultures
and discover what other nations may think and feel about shared
issues and concerns."
With respect to Argentina, the students declared that,
"it's a very beautiful country with great natural resources,
very friendly and hospitable people, and with much history and
beautiful architecture. We
are very excited to be here."
About the current economic crisis throughout Argentina, they
said, "we have had an opportunity to visit with many people
here and have learned much about how everyone is suffering in some
way. We knew something
about the crisis before we came, but we did not realize the depth of
the crisis across society. It
is very sad to see such problems and so many people struggling daily
to survive and live while uncertain for their future."
Faculty and staff offered free
tickets to arts festival events - Top
“A Gala Celebration of the Arts” opening
concert will be presented Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the
Matthews Opera House in Spearfish. This event is part of the Summer
Institute of the Arts that is hosted annually by the College of Arts
and Sciences at BHSU.
Faculty and staff are invited to stop by the College of Arts
and Sciences in Jonas 108 for free tickets to these performances.
This performance is a celebration of five arts
disciplines – dance, music, literature, art and theatre – and
will feature BHSU professor Kent Meyers, dancer Michelle Ozmun, The
Three Sopranos-Wendy Mitchell, Roanne McGinley, and Gina Cupini, as
well as James Volone, Burke Holaday and Isaac Waring. The winners of
the young performers competition will also perform.
A reception with the performers will be held after the
concert. Gala dress is appreciated.
events planned include a vocal recital June 26 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium with the
students of the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School presenting a
selection of vocal pieces.
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 and will include a
selection of opera scenes and arias.
The “Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts
Festival” will be presented June 29 in Woodburn Auditorium. This performance 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
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 discussion on the state of the art and opera potpourri.
A reception will follow at noon.
In addition, the Summer Institute of the Arts
will host two noon-time lectures in the Matthews Opera House. 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.
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 www.bhsu.edu/arts/.