Volume XXVI  No. 32 • Aug. 30, 2002

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - Top

  • Todd Schrader, building maintenance specialist (electrician), Facilities Services

New faculty arrive at Black Hills State University for 2002 academic year - Top

Black Hills State University welcomes new faculty and staff to the campus this fall. Faculty met for in-service this week and classes begin Sept. 4. 

New faculty and staff are, left to right, front row, Satoko Kurita, mathematics; Laura M. Prosser, accounting at Ellsworth Air Force Base campus; Terry Hupp, instructional designer; Dr. Beth H. Tracton, sociology and Lisa D. Bryan, business/Indian studies director. Middle row, Dr. David Cremean, English; Vicki Kapust, associate director, Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education; Dr. Joanna Jones, reading/language arts; Lizabeth Diers, accounting/finance and Dr. Patrick D. Mackin, business/tourism and hospitality management. Back row, Dr. Earl Chrysler, management information systems/business; Dr. Sonya K. Pagel, English/speech; Dr. David H. Siemens, biology; Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries and Kindra Gordon, mass communications.

BHSU English professors are editors of published essay compilation - Top





Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of English, and Dr. Roger Ochse, associate professor of English, are the editors of a recently published volume titled Proceedings of the Ninth Annual Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature.

The 130-page volume contains essays that were presented at the conference, which was held on the BHSU campus in April 2001.

Contributors include English professors from South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas, and Iowa. Dr. Pamela Wegner, BHSU associate professor of theatre and speech, contributed an essay on the Renaissance theatre figure George Jolly. Other topics include Shakespeare studies, Chaucer studies, and other areas of Medieval and Renaissance literature.

A copy of the volume will be placed in the permanent collection at BHSU’s E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center. Extra copies may be obtained by contacting Wallerstein at 642-6197 or Ochse at 642-6386.





Wallerstein joined the BHSU faculty in 1997 after earning his Ph.D. in English from the University of Oregon. Ochse became a BHSU faculty member in 1993, the same year he received his doctorate in education administration from the University of South Dakota.

Meyers named to Center for the Book Board - Top

Kent Meyers, professor of English at Black Hills State University, was granted a position on the Board of Advisors for the South Dakota Center for the Book.

For the next three years, Meyers will join with prominent authors, publishers, business leaders, and arts and humanities professionals on this 16-member board to develop new opportunities for the promotion of literary activities in South Dakota.

On May 6, 2002, South Dakota became the 47th state to establish a Center for the Book. The new center, which is affiliated with the Library of Congress, is housed in the South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC).

More information about the South Dakota Center for the Book may be obtained by contacting 605-688-6113 or visiting the SDHC Web site at http://web.sdstate.edu/humanities.

Meyers joined the faculty at BHSU in 1980. He has a master’s degree from Washington State University and has published several books.

New BHSU faculty member presents paper in Scotland - Top

A recent addition to the Black Hills State University faculty, Dr. Joanna Jones, presented a research paper at the International Reading Association’s 19th Annual World Congress on Reading in Edinburgh, Scotland, this summer.

The paper is entitled “Effects of a Technology-Infused Curriculum on Fluency and Reading Comprehension:  A Three-year Study.” All research was completed at Bellair Elementary School in Phoenix, Ariz. Jones’s research paper may be viewed on the Web site http://jockheck.northern.edu/Scotland.

Jones received her doctorate in reading education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., in 1994, and will be entering her first semester of teaching at BHSU this fall.

BHSU is creating a new graphic representation of the Yellow Jacket - Top

Black Hills State University is in the process of creating a new graphic to represent the Yellow Jacket athletic mascot.

The current graphic representation of the BHSU Yellow Jacket mascot, which is used in conjunction with the school’s athletics, will no longer be used. 
Staff members are being advised to no longer use this graphic with any item representing the university.

BHSU was notified last year by the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Ga., that the Yellow Jacket graphic used by BHSU resembles the copyrighted mascot used at Georgia Tech. Since that time BHSU has been working with Georgia Tech to try to resolve this issue and has decided to change the BHSU graphic representation of the Yellow Jacket.

BHSU officials are planning to create a new graphic that will be substantially different than the mascot used at Georgia Tech. BHSU will strive to create a Yellow Jacket that incorporates the traditions and symbolizes the qualities identified with BHSU athletics.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to no longer use the current Yellow Jacket mascot on any item representing BHSU including letterhead, brochures, clothing, web pages or publications. The name “Buzz,” in reference to the mascot should also no longer be used.

The use of the Yellow Jacket as a mascot has a long tradition at Black Hills State, dating back to the late 1920s. An article in the centennial edition of the BHSU Eochia gives one explanation of the adoption of this name for the BH athletic teams. According to the story the name was first used during an October 1927 football game one of the fans jumped to her feet and yelled, ‘Go you yellow jackets, go!’ in reference to the yellow-colored jackets the team wore. The crowd began to repeat the cheer throughout the game and the Yellow Jacket name continued to be used.

Another account in the centennial yearbook relates “the football team had been known as the Yellow Jackets, a name that appears to have derived from the horizontally striped socks worn by team members which gave them the appearance of wasplike yellow jackets.”

Since the 1920s the school has used a variety of graphic representations of the Yellow Jacket which over the years. Since 1990 BHSU has used this specific logo. The new design will build on that tradition and look forward to the next century by strengthening our visual identity with a logo that captures the essence of Yellow Jacket athletics.

Black Hills State University to host Sept. 11 memorial event - Top

The events of Sept. 11, 2001, are forever etched in the minds of all Americans as well as citizens all around the world. On the one-year anniversary of that day, the Student Ambassadors at Black Hills State University will host an event to provide students and community members an opportunity to come together to remember, to reflect and to consider personal actions to develop positive character traits. The service is open to the public and community members are encouraged to attend.

The memorial service will be 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Lyle Hare Stadium. BHSU professors are being encouraged to dismiss university classes, and area school districts have been invited to attend this half-hour program. The goal of the program is to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks as well as those who worked to save them and everyone who lost friends and loved ones.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema will preside over the program that includes a moment of silence, the national anthem, a performance of God Bless America, and a charge from BHSU to improve personal character traits. The local police department, the local fire department, the American Red Cross, the National Guard and other military personnel will be honored. All attendees will receive a mini American flag at the gate.

The BHSU Student Ambassadors is a student group that works with the alumni and faculty to assist with special events and recruit new students. The Student Ambassadors conduct campus tours, assist with preview days, help with new student registration, sponsor faculty appreciation day, and conduct the annual scholarship phon-a-thon.

For more information about this event call 642-6385. In case of inclement weather the event will be held in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Patriotism was an obvious theme at the homecoming parade last year and throughout the year following the terrorist attacks. BHSU will host a community service Sept. 11 to honor those who lost their lives as well as those who worked to save them and everyone who lost friends and loved ones.




BHSU UP Team announces September events - Top

The University Programming (UP) Team at Black Hills State University is announcing two events to start off the new semester.

The UP Team Kaleidoscope committee will be presenting illusionist Craig Karges Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Woodburn Auditorium. His act includes a combination of magic, illusion, psychology, and intuition. Karges has been performing for 20 years and was recently voted this year’s Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine.

Julie Stoffer from MTV’s Real World will be speaking in the Woodburn Auditorium Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. courtesy of the UP Team Lecture and Concert and Variety Entertainment committees. Stoffer will speak about her experience on the Real World and several other topics, including “The Truth Campaign,” an anti-tobacco group for which she is spokesperson.

Both events are free, and the public is welcome to attend. For additional information, contact Megan at 642-6418.

New location for faculty/staff picnic draws 189 attendees - Top

The new location for BHSU’s faculty/staff picnic, Ranch A near Beulah, Wyo., drew 189 people to attend the annual gathering on Aug. 27.

Those who attended could conduct a self-tour of the facilities, both indoor and outdoor. Many wandered in to look at the lodge as soon as they arrived. Others chose to view the grounds first.

The meal, catered by C-Bar-J Catering, consisted of grilled chicken, new potatoes, corn on the cob, baked beans, dessert, lemonade, and coffee. Picnic tables were set up inside the lodge, on the porch, and on the lawn.

Door prizes were given out at the end of the evening. The prizes included BHSU t-shirts, sweatshirts, and a jacket. Winners were Thomas Cox, Deb Balding, Lyle Haak, Dorothy Fuller, Forest Johnson, and Kevin Dobbs.

Many stayed to socialize and enjoy the beautiful surroundings after the official picnic had ended. Don Altmyer brought one hole from the disc golf course so those who wanted to could play. Others enjoyed playing Frisbee, taking walks, and talking to friends and co-workers.

BHSU Adventure Center rounds out college life - Top

By Antonia Kucera, University Communications intern

College: it’s all about higher learning. Time to hit the books and do nothing but study, study, study!

Yeah, right.

The college experience is not just about getting an excellent education and preparing for the future; it’s also about having fun and meeting people. At Black Hills State University, the Adventure Center rounds out the college experience by providing a source to students for socializing, entertainment and recreation. Located in the lower level of the Student Union, the center offers equipment rentals, recreational intramural sports, and various outdoor excursions and events.

“[The Adventure Center] is always looking for more people to take advantage of what we have,” said Ellen Melaragno, senior assistant for the Student Union and the center’s supervisor.

Taking advantage is the easy part for students. The center itself is a good place to play pool, ping-pong, air hockey or video games at highly affordable prices. The center is well prepared for next semester’s pool league with new cues and repaired tables. Students can now purchase an unlimited pool pass for $35 for the semester. Students also use the center to play board games, watch television, or study.

A wide selection of equipment can be rented at college-friendly prices: camping equipment such as tents, tarps, sleeping bags, cooking equipment and utensils, lanterns and other gear; water sports equipment such as canoes, life jackets and inner tubes; recreational equipment such as bicycles, volleyball, badminton, croquet or horseshoe sets, and gear for tennis, baseball or golf; balls and other flying objects for just about any sport; and for winter sports, cross country ski equipment, snow shoes, toboggans and ice augers.

The Adventure Center also sponsors several recreational sporting events throughout the semester, such as flag football, co-ed softball, basketball and volleyball. More information on schedule games for the fall can be found at www.bhsu.edu/studentlife/recsports/fall.html.

The center’s most ambitious efforts to make college life a blast are the outdoor excursions and events. The following events are already planned for the fall 2002 semester:

See Adventure Center Events

BHSU begins new sports season - Top

Athletics are underway at BHSU, and all the teams are optimistic for a successful 2002 season. For details...

Cross Country Preview

Football Preview

Volleyball Preview

Center of the Nation Concert Association reveals 2002-2003 concert series - Top

The Center of the Nation Concert Association will present a number of concerts in the Belle Fourche Area Community Center Auditorium over the 2002-2003 season.

The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band will appear Sept. 29, the Russian State Chorus Nov. 5, the Abaca String Band Nov. 24, Men of Worth March 3, and Michael Cooper’s Mask Theatre March 27.

Admission is by season ticket only. Prices are $25 per adults, $12 per students, or
$60 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce at 892-2676 or from Steve Parker at steveparker@bhsu.edu.