Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top
- Shannon Alcorn, senior secretary, Institutional Advancement
Faculty in-service begins - Top
Faculty in-service begins Monday, Aug. 26 for new faculty members.
Tuesday, Aug. 27 Dr. Flickema will present "The State of the
University" address at 8:30 a.m. That will be followed by presentations
from various faculty members (see more information below). The
university picnic will be held at Ranch A in Beulah, Wyo., at 5:30
In-service continues Wednesday through Friday.
Individual faculty photographs will be taken Thursday, Aug. 29 in
Jonas 307 from noon to 3 p.m. These photographs are maintained by the
university communications office for use throughout the year. All
faculty members are encouraged to update their file photo at this time.
for Black Hills State University is Sept. 3 - Top
for students who have not yet registered for fall classes at Black Hills
State University is Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. until noon in the Market Place
of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Classes begin Sept.
who have preregistered may make changes to their class schedule during
the drop and add time-span which begins Sept. 3 and continues through
Sept. 13 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Student Union. Students who have
already pre-registered for classes can make changes to their schedule
on-line through Sept. 9 using WebAdvisor. The last day to drop a
non-block course with a refund is Sept. 13.
who have confirmed enrollment (with the enrollment verification card)
and taken care of their bill in advance won’t need to check in. All
other students should go through the payment and financial aid
disbursement process. To keep payment lines as short as possible
students are advised to follow the schedule, which is divided by last
name. If the schedule conflicts with a class, students should go through
fee payment during an open time slot. All payments or financial
arrangements must be made before 4 p.m. Sept. 5 or a late fee will be
assessed. Classes will be released for students who have not checked in
or returned the enrollment verification card by Sept. 5 at 4 p.m.
students can move into the residence halls Monday, Sept. 2 at 8 a.m.
Returning students may then move in on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 10 a.m. All
students must check-in outside the Student Union before going to a
residence hall for move-in. At check-in, new students will receive their
student ID, room assignment card and other information. Residence hall
move-in continues until 2 p.m.
can make arrangements for meal plans, parking permits and email and
internet accounts Sept. 3-5 in the Student Union Market Place. Student
last semester will be activated when students enroll. Replacement IDs
are available in Woodburn Hall room 214 for a $10 charge.
more information about fee payment or registration contact the
enrollment office at 642-6044.
Financial Aid Disbursement Schedule
BHSU is one of two state universities to offer new
education paraprofessional degree - Top
Beginning this fall, BHSU will be one of two state universities to offer a new associate degree in paraprofessional education. The South Dakota Board of Regents recently
approved the new associate degree for BHSU and Northern State
University to help South Dakota’s teacher aides comply with federal
The 64-credit associate of science degree in paraprofessional
education can be completed in two years. The degree focuses on general
education and more specific courses needed by classroom
“This new degree offers a sound grounding in the liberal arts,
along with specialized coursework essential for those assisting in
K-12 classrooms,” said Regents' President Harvey C. Jewett.
Curriculum includes 21 credit hours in general education-required
courses in the areas of mathematics, science, composition, psychology,
speech, and computer technology. Other courses prepare the
paraprofessional in educational psychology, teaching strategies,
mathematics, children’s literature, classroom instructional
management, and special education. An additional 18-19 elective
credits complete the degree requirements.
When Congress reauthorized federal education law late last year, it
required paraprofessionals who assist teachers in classrooms supported
by federal Title I dollars to complete at least two years of
postsecondary study, obtain an associate’s degree, or demonstrate
knowledge of and the ability to assist with instruction in reading,
writing, and mathematics. These federal requirements apply to any new
aides hired for the 2002-03 school term, and will apply to all
eligible paraprofessionals by the end of the 2005-06 term. There are
an estimated 1,700 K-12 education paraprofessionals employed in South
There is still time to register for fall classes at BHSU. Classes
begin Sept. 4. Students who have not pre-registered for classes may do
so Sept. 3 from 8 a.m. to noon at the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Most of the courses are also available through distance delivery,
including the state’s Digital Dakota Network, Internet, or
correspondence. To view and register for current undergraduate
distance education courses offered through the Regents’ Electronic
University Consortium of South Dakota see <http://www.hpcnet.org/euc/paraprofessionals>.
Web Services issues web page guidelines - Top
Web Services, which is responsible for the design,
development, implementation, and day-to-day management and maintenance
of the BHSU web site has issued a style
guide and other information to assist faculty and staff in creating
The purpose of web page design standards is to
reinforce BHSU's identity, provide continuity in web site appearance,
protect and regulate the use of proprietary names, logos and graphic
elements and positively represent BHSU to the public.
The BHSU web site uses style sheets and shared
borders to provide consistency in type styles, header placement and
colors of links. Future plans include providing templates and providing
additional graphics. Workshops will also be scheduled periodically for
faculty and staff who are responsible for creating, maintaining or
updating web pages on the BHSU web site.
If you have specific questions concerning your web
pages contact Paul Kopco at 642-6503.
BHSU announces mail service changes - Top
As the university begins the new fall semester, BHSU Mail Services is
announcing several recent changes including the change in postal rates (shown in link below).
Staff who have switched locations and new faculty members are urged
to update their campus box numbers. A current list may be found in the
BHSU Web site phone book.
Changes can be made by emailing University
Due to security restrictions, mail that is placed in front of or on
top of the outgoing mail boxes in the Donald E. Young Center, Woodburn
Hall, or Student Union will not be processed for mailing. If packages
are larger than the outgoing mail slots, deliver them to the BHSU
Mail Service or call the Mail Service office at 642-6396 to schedule a
pick up time.
Mail will not be processed without the blue charge slip and the
correct account number. Replacement charge slips are available at BHSU Mail
Contact Hanna Swarts at 642-6396 or firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
BHSU Mail Service Changes
to help make a great second impression with students - Top
Black Hills State
University is working to make a good second impression,
which may be just as important as the first impression, for
incoming new students and their families.
During PREP days, the
New Student Days Committee had an opportunity to make a good first
impression. During New Student Days, students will form their second
impression of BHSU. The last few years, volunteers have helped move
students into residence halls which makes a great impression with the
students and an even greater impression with the parents.
This year the service
was expanded to include athletes who move into the residence halls
early. Football players
moved in August 19th with help of members of the Green and
Gold Club. Jim Rarick, Pope
& Talbot, Terry Sheahan, Pioneer Bank & Trust, Dave Little, Bill
Jordon, Myrle Hanson and Charley Conger along with Jack Hall and three
students from Campus Ventures volunteered to meet our athletes and make
them feel welcome. A couple of days later, Campus Ventures volunteers
also helped move volleyball players from Pangburn Hall to their
permanent residence halls. After the events, all volunteers concurred
that everything went great and the help was greatly
appreciated, especially by parents who were dropping off their
for new students will be Monday, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The football players will return the favor and help other
students move in from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Then, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Campus Ventures, ROTC, plus a few
students who appreciated the help moving last year when they were
freshman, have volunteered to help. Faculty and staff have volunteered
to greet students and help with traffic control.
Staff and faculty are still needed to help greet students. As a
thank you for your help, volunteers will be given a t-shirt, to wear
that day. If you would like be a part of this tradition, please call the
Career Center at 642-6277 or email email@example.com.
Please indicate the t-shirt size needed.
BHSU hosts open
house for RSVP - Top
By Mark Norby, University Communications
Hills State University, which recently became a sponsor for the Northern
Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), hosted an open house this
week at the relocated RSVP office in the former Central Elementary
Education School building in Spearfish.
the previous host organization left the region, the fate of the program
was in limbo because the federal and state grants that fund RSVP require
a supervising organization. BHSU became RSVP’S new executive sponsor
this spring to ensure that this valuable program did not disappear from
has been the bedrock of RSVP since its inception in 1973. Currently
there are over 400 enrolled volunteers assisting nearly 90 participating
Schneider, director of the northern Black Hills RSVP, works closely with
Ruth Lettau, the Sturgis RSVP coordinator, to provide senior (over 55
years old) volunteers to any non-profit organization that needs them.
amount and times volunteers work vary, but about 75 percent of the 400
volunteers are usually active,” said Schneider.
the hours worked change month to month, the total for all volunteers is
surprisingly large. This past July, participants in the program
volunteered 7,718 hours. “The only pay they get is an annual
recognition banquet and the satisfaction helping gives them,” said
Hinker, a RSVP volunteer for the last two years, spends most of her time
working with the Share program and the Northern Hills Crisis Line.
“For seniors, [RSVP] is a wonderful program. There is always something
to do,” said Hinker.
Haanstad has been with RSVP for the last five years and is fond of
saying that RSVP keeps the town running.
its sponsorship of RSVP can grow into a relationship that benefits both
organizations. Bob Stanelle, director of student development for BH, is
acting as the executive sponsor of RSVP for the university and will be
providing a work-study student to assist the staff once school starts.
Schneider and Lettau believe the relationship with BHSU will offer RSVP
new and exciting opportunities. “I like the idea of the merging of the
different age groups,” said Lettau.
first board meeting with [RSVP] is in September,” said Stanelle. “We
hope to offer some projects that will benefit both parties (BH and RSVP)
in the future, but this first year is going to be a lot of learning
about each other.”
Schneider, Northern Hills Retired Senior Volunteer Program director,
visits with volunteers present at a recent open house held in RSVP’s
new office in the old Central Elementary School in Spearfish. RSVP staff
and volunteers, BHSU staff and members of the community came together in
recognition of the university’s sponsorship of the RSVP program.
disc golfers give BHSU course a good review - Top
Antonia Kucera, University Communications intern
A shiny Airstream
camper from Michigan pulled on to the Black Hills State University
campus recently, intriguingly covered in stickers and other accessories
proclaiming the owners as fans of a particular sport. The campers are
Rock and Pat Searle and they came to Spearfish for one thing only: to
play disc golf.
Black Hills State
University is home to the longest 18-hole disc golf course in South
Dakota, and “frolfers” (a slang term for Frisbee golfers) come from
all around for tournaments held on the campus course. The Searles are
retired from the Air Force and have spent the last two years traveling
the country in a van towing a camper. They visited Devil’s Tower and
were staying in a campground in Sundance, Wyo., when one of the workers
noticed their traveling décor and mentioned the free course at BH.
“[The BH course] is
easy enough for beginners, but challenging enough to be worth the
stop,” said Rock, who has designed disc golf courses himself in the
past. He praised the designer of the course, BHSU associate professor
Don Altmyer, and was impressed to find only one piece of trash on the
“To come to a course
that is this litter-free is a plus,” Rock said.
Rock and his wife have
seen plenty of courses with which to compare BH. They have been frolfing
for 18 years and are both members of the Professional Disc Golf
Association. Pat is the 2000 PDGA world champion and Rock had two
consecutive aces at the same competition in Michigan. Both won the
German masters competition while stationed overseas, a title Rock took
three times consecutively. They have continued to avidly play the sport
in retirement and do not plan on quitting any time soon.
BHSU was just one stop
on the road for these pros, but rated as well worth it. The Searles may
have been the first tourists to play the course since its recent
redesign. Due to campus construction, two holes of the previous 19-hole
course were removed and replaced by one new hole, and the course’s
starting point was moved with the holes being renumbered accordingly.
Anyone interested in
playing the course can visit the Adventure Center in the Student Union
where maps and discs are available. Or just do what the Searles did:
make a flashy entrance to arouse people’s curiosity so they approach
Rock Searle, Mich., putts for par on the new disc golf hole at Black
Hills State University.
Rock, left, and Pat
Searle, Mich., take it easy next to their van after playing disc golf at
Black Hills State University. Stickers on the van declare Pat as the
“world champ on board” and Rock as the “Rock of Aces” for
back-to-back hole in ones at the PDGA Disc Golf World Championships
S.D.S.E.O. meeting to be held Aug. 27 - Top
The next S.D.S.E.O. meeting will be held in the Pangburn Small Dining
Room Aug. 27 at 4:30 p.m.
Members who attended the Aug. 17 meeting with the gubernatorial
candidates will speak about that experience. A drawing will also
be held for a parking permit.
Tickets for the drawing are available from S.D.S.E.O. members. For more
information, contact Gloria Spitler at 642-6244, Fred Nelson at
642-6848, or Myron Sullivan at 642-6297.
BHSU’S New Student Days mixes
business with pleasure - Top
By Antonia Kucera, University Communications intern
Black Hills State University’s New Student Days
2002 mixes business with pleasure to help students get a head start both
socially and academically. On
Sept. 2, the program kicks off its carnival theme by providing students
with a fun-filled day before getting down to business on Sept. 3 and
starting classes on the fourth.
New Student Days 2002 at BHSU is one of several
programs geared towards making the transition into college life an
enjoyable experience. Another program, PREP Days, has already brought
over 500 students to the BH campus this summer and is expected to bring
in 250 to 300 more by the end of August.
“We had an awesome turnout last year [at New
Student Days] and we’re looking forward to an even better time this
year,” said Sarah Chase, the program’s orientation coordinator.
Chase encourages new students to take advantage of this opportunity to
get acquainted with BHSU and make new friends. “This is a chance for
them to become part of the Black Hills State University community. They
get a jump start on both the social and academic life at Black Hills
Students enjoy the social part first. This Labor
Day at BHSU, the campus will be filled with fun and games. New students
start the day by checking in between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in front of the
Student Union, where they will receive their student identification, or
ACE, card, room assignment and the name of their advisor. Once they know
where to go, students can begin moving into their rooms; at this point
they can meet some of BH’s returning students and alumni who have
volunteered to assist with move-in.
Students will meet even more new people at the
11:30 a.m. lunch for everyone in the Student Union. This is a good time
for new students to bid their families “farewell” before the
afternoon’s activities begin. President Flickema’s welcome speech
will start the ball rolling in the Young Center field house, along with
the ice cream social hosted by United Ministries. After the social,
students learn the ins and outs of their “home away from home” in
residence hall meetings.
Students will have some free time before the
evening’s activities begin. A barbecue on the campus green will
provide fuel for the fun at the carnival. Outside Thomas Hall will be a
midway of entertainment with activities including an inflatable obstacle
course, a bungee race and sumo wrestling. Students can take their chance
at winning small prizes at the fishing stand, big prizes at the balloon
and darts stand, or just visit the fortuneteller to see what their
future might hold. There will also be popcorn and cotton candy. If that
is not enough to keep everyone busy, the “Sizzling Summer Nights”
dance will provide musical until prize giveaways at 10 p.m.
Students should be comfortably settled in and ready
to get down to business Tuesday when the academic part of the program
begins. The morning starts with a loan debt counseling session at 8 a.m.
and an address by the college deans at 9 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., students
begin the concurrent round robin sessions that discuss the vitals of
college life. Students will take care of fee payment, learn about
internships and classroom etiquette, and take the Learning and Study
Skills Inventory (LASSI) test that will help them assess their strengths
and weaknesses in self-education.
Students will get the chance to meet their advisor
casually at the picnic luncheon in the Young Center field house. Chase
hopes that this informal setting will help students become familiar and
comfortable with their advisors.
“It is both a social and academic orientation,”
Chase stresses. “It’s a chance to meet new friends, have fun, meet
advisors, and learn more about the many opportunities that Black Hills
New Student Days provides that and more not only to
the new students required to attend, but also to transferring and
returning students. They are also strongly encouraged to attend the
activities, some of which are tailored specifically to their needs.
New Student Days 2002 promises to give students the
jump-start they need for a successful year at BHSU.
Leader Program provides valuable skills for new students - Top
By Mark Norby, University
students have found that participation in the Black Hills State
University Emerging Leader Program has enhanced their leadership skills
through out their college years and even after they graduate.
Glodt, Class of ’97 alumni, who went on to earn a law degree after
graduating from BHSU, rates the Emerging Leader Program as an
exceptional experience. “It gave me the positive encouragement to get
involved and to take a leadership role,” said Glodt.
his time at BHSU, Glodt was involved in many organizations. He credits
that involvement for his nomination by Gov. Bill Janklow to be a student
regent for the South Dakota Board of Regents. Glodt, who participated in
the program as a freshman, now utilizes his leadership skills in his
career with the state’s attorney general’s office.
Emerging Leader Program is for new freshmen only and begins in late
September after new students have had time to acclimate themselves to
the campus and get past the hectic days surrounding homecoming. Enrolled
students meet once a week during an eight-week period.
aspects of the program involve participating in discussions about being
effective leaders, listening to guest speakers and conducting
team-building exercises. The freshmen also study effective communication
and conflict resolution. All of these are skills that not only enhance
one’s school years, but will also prove valuable throughout life.
Union Director Jane Klug emphasizes that many past participants of the
program have gone on to be leaders in numerous clubs and organizations
at the university and that many of these organizations are making
important contributions through volunteerism on campus, in the community
Helling, a junior at BHSU, credits the program with showing her just how
valuable teamwork is and how leadership applies to teamwork. “It’s
opened my eyes to what I could do for others through a leadership
role,” said Helling.
goal of the program is to make the students aware of the many
organizations and clubs available at BHSU and the various volunteer
opportunities there are both on campus and in the surrounding
communities. In fact,
all participants are required to join at least one of the nearly 70
campus organizations by the fourth week of the program. There are groups
for almost any interest, be it academic, hobby or social, and many of
them contribute to the surrounding communities with their activities
throughout the year.
United Ministries group has held their shoebox service project for a
number of years. They facilitate the collection and distribution of
needed personal items for residents of the long-term care facility in
Belle Fourche. Members of the organization also spend time with the
Sociology/Human Services Club collects donations and conducts events to
help support the Artemis House, a shelter for battered woman and
though a cause may be serious, the many ways BHSU student organizations
find to help raise funds isn’t always serious. For example the men’s
fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma, annually lets their members spend a week in
a waterbed outside on the campus (it inevitably snows during this event)
to raise money for charities and they also have shriveled like prunes in
a hot tub soak-a-thon and raffle.
Residence Hall Association holds a Halloween safe house so children in
the area can enjoy the holiday without their parents worrying about
their safety or inclement weather.
Psychology Club conducts an annual rat race, with real rats in a maze,
to raise money.
groups’ efforts extend past South Dakota’s borders. Several members
of La Masa, a multi-cultural association that encourages Spanish as a
second language, traveled to Mexico in 2001 to donate items and more
importantly their time to an orphanage in Baja California, Mexico.
after the tragedy of last Sept. 11, both the BHSU fraternity and its
sister sorority, Alpha Epsilon Xi, initiated projects to aid the relief
efforts in New York City, along with several other university groups.
who get involved make a difference on campus, in the community, across
this country and even in foreign nations. What may be most important is
that being involved makes a difference in their lives.
his graduation from law school in 2000, Glodt has worked in the state
attorney general’s office in Pierre. He also served as Attorney
General Mark Barnett’s assistant campaign manager during Barnett’s
2002 bid in the Republican primary for governor.
still involved in my community today, said Glodt. “If not for [the
emerging program] I’m not sure I would be as active as I am today.”
many, that first step to a life of involvement and leadership begins
with the BHSU Emerging Leaders Program.
to the Student Union Director Jane Klug, “Getting involved while I was
in college was the best thing I ever did. It led me to my career, and
getting up each morning wanting to go to work is a great way to live.”
of Sigma Tau Gamma and friend, left to right, Mike Odle, Beth Bingham
and Trevor Bryan, do their part during one of the fraternity’s unusual
and fun projects for raising money. Raffle tickets were sold with the
lucky winner receiving the hot tub. Sigma Tau Gamma then donated the
$1,350 raised to the Books For Kids foundation.
Gold Club announces luncheon dates - Top
Green and Gold Booster Club at Black Hills State University has
announced its luncheon schedule for the 2002-2003 season.
first luncheon will be Aug. 29 at the Cedar House Restaurant in
Spearfish. All luncheons are held Thursdays at noon. The public is
welcome to attend.
coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming season. The BHSU
football team kicks off their season Sept. 7 at Dakota Wesleyan
University. The volleyball team begins competition Aug. 23-24 at the
Dickinson State Tournament. The cross-country season begins Sept. 14 at
the S.D. Tech Invitational.
year’s Green and Gold luncheon schedule is shown below. For more
information call 642-6385.
Miller Blues Band to appear Sept. 8 at BHSU - Top
University Programming Team Fine Arts Committee is presenting the
Clayton Miller Blues Band Sunday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. in the Woodburn
Auditorium on the BHSU campus. Paul Dennis Kopco, Web master and
instructor at the university, will perform the opening act. His
performance will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Clayton Miller Blues Band, a family that sings the blues together, has
been performing throughout the Midwest. They have been on stage with
Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Mississippi Heat, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, James
Cotton, Walter Trout, The Nighthawks and Urge. Recently, the band was
selected for the Blues Deluxe Radio program, which is aired on 100 radio
stations around the world.
band consists of Dad Larry on bass, brothers Clayton, 19, on guitar and
vocals, Cole, 15, on drums and vocals, and L.D., just 7, on harmonica.
They have released two CDs, “Gotta Have Love” and “Live at Duncan
Hall.” Selections from these CDs can be
heard at www.claytonmillerbluesband.com.
allure of this young family band packs the house at colleges, clubs, and
festivals. The innate talent, hard work, and rocking crazy musicianship
bring audiences to their feet dancing and applauding.
becoming a professor at BH, Paul Dennis Kopco was a full-time musician
on the East Coast. The Web site, www.pauldennis.com,
contains selections from his two albums of original music, “Black
Hills Gold” and “Badlands.”
Most recently, Paul has focused on the blues, playing and digitally prerecording
the background music himself. He also performs live and brings his music
to venues throughout the Black Hills region.
concert is open to the public. Tickets
are $3 per person, $5 per couple, or $10 per family. The concert is free
to all BH students with a student ACE card.
more information, please call the Student Union office at 642-6852.
Dr. Robert P. Watson will speak at
Spearfish library - Top
There will be a discussion led by Dr. Robert P. Watson on Saturday,
Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish.
Watson is a member of the "Maintaining Democracy in an Unstable
World" tour, which engages the public in conversation from the
author's point of view. Watson, the author of The Presidents' Wives,
will focus on the wives of the four Mt. Rushmore presidents.
The tour is being presented in Spearfish by the
South Dakota Center for the Book and the Friends of Grace Balloch
Memorial Library. Refreshments will be served, and copies of Watson's
book will be available for sale. Call Sharon Henry at 642-1330 for more
Two students named 2002
Scholars at BHSU - Top
The Student Support Services program at Black Hills State University
recently awarded two additional TRiO Scholarships to students attending
BH this fall.
The recipients are Chelsea Kujawa and Carl Sharkey IV. Kujawa is the
daughter of Jim and Arlene Kujawa of Kadoka and has successfully
completed her freshman year at BH. She will return as a sophomore this
fall and receive a $1,000 award. Sharkey is the son of Maria Sharkey of
Rapid City and is among fifteen new freshmen to be selected as TRiO
Scholars at BHSU this fall. He will receive up to $2,500 in scholarship
assistance for his first two years of study at BH. Both scholars will
also participate in a comprehensive program focusing on leadership
development, cultural enrichment and college and career success.
Student Support Services is an educational opportunity program funded
through the U.S. Department of Education. For more information about
this program or the scholarships, see the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu/studentlife/studentsupport.
Black Hills State University is a regional comprehensive university
that now offers 90 majors and minors in education, business and arts and
sciences. With nearly 4,000 students, BHSU is the state’s third
opportunity announced - Top
Below are the
program materials received July 25-August 24, 2002 in the Grants Office,
218 Woodburn. For copies of the information, contact our office at
642-6627 or e-mail requests to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
Library Education Program. Grants of $50,000 to $500,000 a year will be
available for three years for a variety of activities conducted by a
range of eligible entities. Priorities are to: recruit
and educate the next generation of librarians; develop faculty to
educate them; enable pre-professional library staff to make the
transition to librarianship; and provide the library community with
information needed to support successful workforce recruitment and
education. For the draft
announcement, visit www.imls.gov/grants/library/lib_bdre.htm
(select “Draft Guidelines”).