Ochse shares summer experiences - Top
Roger Ochse will be sharing his summer experiences during an informal
presentation at Jacket Java, the coffee area in the library, today at
spent the first part of the summer studying Shakespeare on the east
coast and concluded the summer with additional experiences in England.
the semester, faculty sessions will be held on a variety of interesting
topics. The library is seeking input concerning the dates and times
future sessions should be held. Contact Ed Erickson, director of the E.Y.
Berry Library-Learning Center, at 642-6355 or email@example.com
with questions or suggestions.
professor publishes textbook - Top
James Hesson, professor of physical education at Black Hills State
University, recently published the fourth edition of Walking for
Fitness with Dr. Lon Seiger of Texas A& M University.
Published by McGraw-Hill
Higher Education and copyrighted in 2002, Walking for Fitness has
recently undergone its national release and is a very popular textbook
for fitness courses nationwide. A valuable resource for both beginners
and seasoned walkers, Walking for Fitness, highlights the basics
of good walking technique. Intended for walkers of any age, gender,
background, and skill level, the book focuses on cardiovascular fitness
and body composition and was developed to assist in acquiring the
knowledge, attitude, and skills to participate in a lifelong fitness
Hesson’s book was designed
to educate and motivate its readers to adopt fitness walking and other
positive behaviors as part of an active, healthy lifestyle. The
challenge it poses to its readers is to choose fitness walking and
healthy behaviors as a way to achieve optimal fitness and wellness
throughout their lifetimes.
Hesson earned his doctor of
education degree at Brigham Young University in 1980. He has been a
professor of biokinetics in the division of physical education and
health at BHSU since 1990. Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the
U.S. Olympic Training Center with Olympic athletes and coaches. He
frequently serves as an author and textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill and
other educational publishers.
Ethiopian educator to speak at BHSU Student Union Sept. 26
Abaineh Workie, an Ethiopian citizen and educator, will be speaking in
the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m.
will present an Ethiopian perspective on education in third world
countries. His speech should last approximately one hour.
was educated in the United States through an exchange program. He
received his bachelor’s degree from Bethel College St. Paul, Minn.,
his master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and his
doctorate from Michigan State University.
receiving his doctorate, Workie returned to Ethiopia to serve his
country. His list of government service is comprised of many things,
including tutoring the children of King Haile Selassie and holding
several positions at the university in Addis Ababa.
communists took over Ethiopia, Workie was speaking at Michigan State.
After that, he was an exiled member of the former Ethiopian government.
The current government, however, is encouraging his full-time return.
is presently working to help his countrymen become self-supporting
entrepreneurs. He, and his children, attempt to identify potential
leaders among the young people in Ethiopia and provide scholarships for
tuition, room and board, and other education related expenses, to help
those future leaders receive their “high school” education. Although
Ethiopia is a poor country, Workie is hoping to help preserve its rich
“Abaineh is a brilliant man, who can speak
the common man’s language. He has always been great, in my interaction
with him,” said Ed Erickson, director of the BHSU library-learning
center. “His presentation is an opportunity to enhance BHSU students’
understanding of our world.”
This speaker is being sponsored as a joint effort of
Phi Delta Kappa, the library, and the College of Education. Contact Ed Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Concert pianist John Walker to appear at BHSU
Sept. 22 - Top
John Walker will be performing Sunday, Sept. 22, at Black Hills State
University. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium and
will include a mixture of classical and ragtime music, with pieces by
Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin as well as Scott Joplin and James Johnson.
is the director of Keyboard Studies at South Dakota State University in
Brookings. He received his doctorate in Musical Arts from the University
of Colorado at Boulder, his masters in piano accompanying from the San
Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his bachelors in music from the
University of California at Santa Barbara. He also completed a one-year
piano pedagogy internship at the New School of Music Study under Frances
Clark and Louise Goss.
the summer, Walker is the orchestral keyboardist for the Colorado
Festival and Chamber Orchestras. He performs, presents workshops, and
serves as an adjudicator during the school year. Currently, he is
involved in several projects, including publishing arrangements of
Brahms piano pieces for clarinet, cello, and piano and researching the
use of video in the teaching studio.
has appeared as soloist with the Diablo Symphony Orchestra in California
several times over the years and recently performed the Rachmaninoff
Concerto No. 2 with the SDSU Civic Symphony in Brookings.
concert is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 per adult
admission. For more information, contact Janeen Larsen at 642-6241.
at BHSU, Walker will also conduct a piano master class for advanced
Madeline Young speaker, Wade Davis, captivates
audience - Top
Davis, an anthropologist, botanist and world-explorer who was in Tibet
just five days earlier, spoke to full audience in the Legacy Room of the
Student Union this week. Davis, who is originally from British Columbia
and now lives in Washington, D.C., is an explorer in residence for
National Geographic who travels the world to find and illuminate the
mysteries of plants and the unique ways cultures have adapted to their
environments. Davis, who received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany from Harvard
University and has taught in the college setting, sees his work with the
National Geographic as another means to teach.
Davis entertained and enlightened the
audience with his firsthand accounts of living among native people while
studying the role of shaman, his investigation of drugs used with
Haitian zombies, the living dead of Vodoun, and his search for new
sources of medicines as he studied cocoa, the most sacred plant of the
Inca and the source of cocaine.
Davis brought a message of the importance
of developing a greater understanding of society and the world we live
in as well as the need to recognize the current state of destruction of
biological diversity. Davis calls for the need to examine our way of
life and consider the manner in
which we impact the natural world.
suggest humbly that our way of life, brilliant and inspired in so many
ways, is obviously not the paragon of humanity's potential. It is only
one possibility. These other cultures are not failed attempts to be us;
they are unique manifestations of the spirit—other options, other
visions of life itself.
He reminded the audience of community
members and students that in the year since the Sept. 11 attacks,
Americans have realized that power does not equal security and that true
security comes from different worlds coming together.
people wake up to the realization that they aren't going to be able to
live like we do, or when they follow the dictates and fail to achieve a
life better than they had known, often what happens is they feel
disappointed and humiliated. With humiliation, strange forces can
emerge, as we saw on 9/11,” Davis said.
Davis was sponsored at BHSU as a part of
the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series, established in 1986
by a $150,000 gift endowment from Madeline Young, a 1924 alumna.
Campus groups sponsor panel discussion on
terrorism and potential for war - Top
Two BHSU campus groups, the College Democrats and the Philosophy
Society, are sponsoring a panel discussion titled “The Meaning and
Implications of a New Kind of War: War on Terrorism and the Potential
for War against Iraq,” Thursday, Sept. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the
marketplace of the Black Hills State University David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union.
The eight-member panel will consist of university professors from a
wide range of academic areas. Members of the panel are: Dr. Tim
Martinez, political science associate professor; Dr. Ahrar Ahmad,
political science professor; Dr. Tim Steckline, communications associate
professor; Dr. David Salomon, English assistant professor; Dr. Charles
Follette, communications professor; Dr. David Creamean, English
assistant professor; Dr. Christine Shearer-Cremean, English assistant
professor and Dr. Tom Hills, political science professor.
The panel discussion is open to all students, faculty, staff and
“This will be a scholarly discussion to talk about some of the
questions that are on most people’s minds today about terrorism and
the potential for war,” said BHSU student Angelia Johnston who is
helping organize the event.
For more information contact the Student Union information desk at
BHSU holds summer workshop on classroom
deliberation for high school teachers - Top
The South Dakota Public Policy Institute conducted a workshop on the
Black Hills State University campus this summer. The course presented
theory, practical use, and examples of how the demonstrated processes
would help teachers fulfill the state social studies content standard.
Participants earned one-hour credit for taking part in the workshop.
A total of 18 high school teachers learned ways to help students
improve their critical thinking and communication skills while
empowering them to participate in the civic life of their communities.
Some teachers will use this process for the current affairs or critical
issues parts of their social studies curriculum.
The course was largely participatory with a minimum amount of
lecture. The teachers were encouraged to use the many resources
available to them and to share their knowledge of materials or related
Internet sites. They were also encouraged to see each other as
resources. Participants using this process in their classrooms can seek
technical and mentor support through the South Dakota Public Policy
A grant of $5,000 from the BHSU Chiesman Endowment covered
registration fees, materials, and associated expenses for the
The content of this course held consistent to the mission of the BHSU
Chiesman Endowment for promoting involvement of citizens in the
democratic process. The use of deliberative forums in South Dakota high
school classrooms makes students more aware of the responsibilities as
well as the rights of citizens in a democracy. Early training and
involvement will help to create a more informed and involved citizenry.
This supplementary social studies curriculum workshop gave teachers the
tools and materials to prepare for using this type of interaction.
BHSU alumnus working to create a new look
for Yellow Jacket mascot - Top
Black Hills State University is working with So Square Advertising in
Rapid City to create a new graphic to represent the Yellow Jacket
Bud Synhorst, BHSU athletic director, said he is excited to be
working with Brian Busch, a 1984 BHSU alumnus who is now president/CEO
of So Square Advertising, to
create a new look for the mascot.
“This company has a proven
track record in logo design. Brian is an alum and I know that his heart is into making
this the best Yellow Jacket logo for Black Hills State,” Synhorst
The current graphic representation of the BHSU Yellow Jacket mascot,
which is used in conjunction with the school’s athletic program, is no
longer being used. 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 resolve
this issue and has decided to change its graphic representation of the
BHSU is looking forward to unveiling the new mascot soon.
Swarm Day candidates chosen at BHSU - Top
Swarm Day king and queen candidates have been named at Black Hills
The homecoming week festivities begin Monday, Sept. 23 as the BHSU
royalty will be crowned during the coronation ceremony at 7 p.m. in the
David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room.
Events continue throughout the week culminating with the parade
and football game Saturday, Sept. 28. The BHSU homecoming theme is “Rock
Around the Clock.”
The homecoming king candidates are Cory Kochiyama, a senior physical
education major from Honolulu, Hawaii; Joey Lore, a senior English major
from Rapid City; Matt Mueller, a graduate business services management
major from Sioux Falls; Todd Nelson, a senior business administration
major from Newcastle, Wyo.; and Mike Odle, a hospitality and marketing
major from Edmonds, Wash.
The queen candidates are Angie Case, a senior mathematics and web
administration major from Rapid City; Mandi Jo Duthie, a senior
elementary education major from Pavillion, Wyo.; Erica Littlewolf, a
senior psychology and American Indian studies major from Busby, Mont.;
Morgan Miles, a senior travel and tourism major from Rapid City, and
Sommerlyn Mortensen, a senior accounting major from Wall.
For Swarm week details see the schedule of
events. For additional information call the Swarm Day office at
Alumni Association recognizes four of its own during 2002 Swarm Days - Top
Black Hills State University Alumni Association will recognize four
at the annual Swarm Days Alumni Breakfast in the David B. Miller Yellow
Jacket Student Union Legacy Room Saturday, Sept. 28, at 8 a.m.
activities at BHSU begin Sept. 23 with the annual burning of the H and
coronation of swarm week royalty. Activities are scheduled all week
long, concluding Saturday, Sept. 28 with a parade through downtown
Spearfish and the homecoming football game at Lyle Hare Stadium. Tickets
for the breakfast are available by calling 642-6446.
being recognized are: Michael R. Sullivan, Jacksonville Fla.,
Distinguished Alumnus Award; Richard W. Lemm, Story, Wyo., Special
Achievement Award; Robert H. Phillips, Lead, Excellence in Education
Award; and Lanny Swisher, Spearfish, Special Service Award.
R. Sullivan graduated from Black Hills State College in 1969 with a
bachelor of science degree in physical education. After teaching and
coaching at the high school level in Arizona and Florida for six years,
Sullivan returned to college and earned his master’s degree in
academic/athletic administration in 1979 from George Mason University,
Sullivan started coaching basketball at the college level, eventually
accepting the head coaching position at Eastern Wyoming College. In 1984
Sullivan returned to Florida to become the executive director of sports
and entertainment for the city of Jacksonville, where he currently
Sullivan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all sports and
entertainment facilities owned by the city. He administers contracts
with major league organizations including the National Football League
and the Professional Golf Association. His work involves coordinating
other events such as National Basketball Association pre-season games,
Major League Baseball exhibition games, important college football games
and Olympic trials. In 2000 Sullivan was a member of the host and bid
committees for Super Bowl XXXIX. According to Steve Meeker, director of
institutional advancement for BH, his journey from BHSU in the northern
Black Hills, to becoming a major-league operator has truly made him a
achievement award winner Richard W. Lemm graduated from BH in
1969 and went on to
flight school at Lewistown, Mont. Lemm’s love of flying began when he
worked for Clyde Ice, the “father” of aviation in South Dakota, at
the Spearfish airport. Since then, Lemm has worked outdoors for much of
his life, including time with the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.
1970 through 1977, Lemm was the flight instructor and program
administrator for the Sky Ranch for Boys as well as a charter pilot and
various other aviation positions. In 1977 he began a 25-year career with
Mini Mart Inc. During that time Mini Mart grew from 25 to 120 stores.
His position with Mini Mart did not keep him on the ground as Lemm would
often fly the company plane on business trips. He retired as regional
vice-president from Mini Mart in July 2002.
logged over 10,000 hours in the cockpit. Lemm and his wife, Cathy, have
eight children. He has been involved with the sport of rodeo for 40
years and his love of the outdoors has not diminished. To this day, he
is an avid hunter and fisherman residing on a ranch outside of Story,
the Alumni Association’s 2002 Excellence in Education Award is Robert
H. Phillips of Lead. Phillips earned his bachelor of science in
education from Black Hills State Teachers College in 1961. He returned
to BH and earned his master’s degree in education in 1972.
Phillips joined the Peace Corps and worked as a teacher for three years
in Liberia. After his tenure in the Peace Corps and a year teaching in
Minnesota, Phillips returned to the Black Hills where he served the
Lead-Deadwood School District for the next 27 years. During that time,
Phillips worked in a variety of positions including teaching, coaching,
administration and sports officiating. Besides his many years as a
football and basketball official at the high-school level, he was often
an official at the annual alumni/varsity football games at BHSU.
retired as curriculum director in 1996. Phillips has long been involved
with many community organizations, serving on the boards of the Black
Hills Mining Museum, the Northern Hills Regional Railroad Authority and
the Kiwanis Club. He was the president of the Lead Kiwanis Club for two
terms, Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis' Minnesota/Dakotas District, and in
1990 Phillips received the Claire E. Faust Award for his work with the
Circle K Club at BHSU.
Phillips is active with the Kiwanis Club and after working part-time in
the private sector for six years he is once again involved in education
as a substitute teacher. “I’ve found I really enjoy teaching at the
elementary level, and as long as they don’t call on Wednesday, my golf
day, I’m available,” said Phillips.
Special Service Award is given to an individual who has contributed
long-term service or exceptional effort in a single program or project
Lanny Swisher was born in Aberdeen and attended Groton High School.
Swisher was active in sports during his high school days and this
carried over to his time at Black Hills State. While attending BH,
Swisher played football and baseball and even wrestled his junior year.
never competed in the sport of wrestling before, but when coach Bill
Hughes asked him to compete because they needed someone in his weight
division, Swisher joined the team. He won only one meet, but he did what
was asked of him to help his school. Swisher was also a member of BH’s
Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity.
December 1972 he married Dnyee Schatz and graduated one year later with
a bachelor of arts in art with a history minor.
graduating, Swisher became a partner in the family ranch near Forbes, N.D.,
with his father and brothers. For the next 16 years Swisher lived in
North Dakota and managed the cow-calf and quarter horse operation there
while also working the family farm near Groton.
while working on horseback at the family ranch, a riding accident left
Swisher with a brain-stem injury. Swisher spent many months of
rehabilitation in Minnesota and later in Aberdeen before returning home.
Swisher, his wife and two children moved back to Spearfish, where they
currently reside. For the last 12 years Swisher has volunteered his time
at the BHSU equipment room in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness
is such a fixture at the Young Center that Tony Silva, athletic trainer
for BHSU, thought he was a paid staff person for years before finding
out that all of Swisher’s hard work was done on a volunteer basis.
who wrote to nominate Swisher said it was more than his help in the
equipment room that made him such a valued member of the Young Center
staff. They all mentioned the contribution he makes to the lives of
everyone who spends time around him through the various BHSU sports’
to Dave Little, former BHSU athletic director, people who come into
contact with him leave with a feeling that someone cares or notices
Walkinshaw, head cross country/track and field coach, mentioned that
Swisher always seems to know the right thing to say, whether things are
going well or not, and that Swisher sees the good that can come from
everyone and every situation.
Schelle, a former BHSU women’s basketball player, speaks of Swisher as
a dedicated fan and an inspiration to know.
football coach Bob Majeski may say it best when he says, “In the time
that I have been here, I have not come across anyone who loves BHSU more
Alumni Association recognizes Lanny Swisher with the Special Service
Award for 2002 for his tireless efforts, love of sports and dedication
to his alma mater.
BHSU inducts five into Hall of Fame - Top
Five alumni members will be inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of
Fame during a banquet Friday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy
Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Tickets for the
banquet are available by calling 642-6385.
Athletes to be inducted are:
Coleen (Herber) Letellier, Class of 1990; Marvin Mirich, Class of 1993;
and Doug Murphy. John Houska, Class of 1965, will be inducted as a coach
and Harvey Krautschun, Class of 1972, as a contributor.
Coleen (Herber) Letellier,
athlete, participated in basketball and volleyball at BHSU as a walk-on
her freshman year. That was the year three-point plays were initiated in
women’s basketball - a good thing for Letellier and BH. She went on to
score 123 three-pointers during her college career, placing her second
on BH’s all-time record books. She remains tied for first place, for
the most three-point field goals, six, scored in a single game.
Letellier’s playing was not one-dimensional. She also holds ninth
place on the all-time list for steals with 111. All told, Letellier
appears in the top ten in 20 categories on the Lady Jacket’s all-time
Letellier’s talent also showed in the classroom. She was a
basketball academic All-American in 1989-1990, and an all-conference and
most valuable player that same year. During her junior and senior years,
Letellier was an all-conference player in volleyball as well as
Letellier graduated in 1990 with a double major in elementary and
special education. Today she teaches special education in Hulett, Wyo.
She and her husband David Letellier, also a BHSU graduate, have four
Marvin Mirich, athlete, played wide receiver for the BHSU Yellow
Jacket football team from 1988 through 1991. His career total of 207
receptions was good enough to put him second on the BHSU career-record
books. Those 207 receptions translated into 2,763 yards, ranking Mirich
third in all-time reception yardage.
He was a four-year letterman and co-captain for two years. In 1990 he
was a first team NAIA All-American. He also played basketball for two
seasons and was named most valuable player for the 1989-1990 season.
Mirich graduated in 1993 with a bachelor of science in physical
education. He is currently a physical education teacher and coach at
Albin High School, Albin, Wyo.
Doug Murphy, athlete, was a
Yellow Jackets quarterback from 1973 to1976. In his first season Murphy
was ranked 16th nationally for passing yardage in the NAIA.
He was also an outstanding
golfer and a member of the 1974 BH team, which won both the District 12
and the SDIC championships. During his golfing career at BH, Murphy was
a four-time District 12 medallist.
John Houska, coach,
graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of science in physical education.
Houska has been coaching for 37 years, the last 26 years of which have
been spent at Rapid City Central High School. During his tenure at
Central, his teams have won the state cross country or track
championships 18 times and finished second 10 times. He was named the
boy’s cross country coach of the year in 1985 and again in 1990. He
was also recognized as the girl’s track coach of the year in 1991 and
the boy’s track coach of the year in 1997. In 1996 Houska was inducted
into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.
Harvey C. Krautschun,
contributor, graduated from BH in 1972 with a bachelor of science in
social science. Krautschun has been an earnest and enthusiastic
contributor to the athletic programs at BHSU for many years, both
personally and through his numerous business contacts.
He became a Chartered Life
Underwriter in 1984. Today he is an insurance and planning specialist
with Financial Benefits, Inc. Krautschun has been president for Black
Hills Life Underwriters and a lecturer for numerous insurance, estate
and tax workshops and seminars throughout the midwestern United States.
He is a member of the
Spearfish Lion’s Club, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the BHSU
Foundation and the West River Estate Planning Council. Krautschun is
also a trustee advisor Children’s Care Hospital and School Outreach.
Krautschun served in the
South Dakota legislature for 12 years as the representative from
District 31 and held the position of Speaker of the House his last term.
Krautschun and his wife Joy,
have two grown children.
Student named 2002 Trio scholar at BHSU - Top
The Student Support Services program at Black Hills
State University recently awarded a TRiO Scholarship to Nicole
Kleinheksel, a 2002 Lead High School graduate who will be attending BH
Kleinheksel is the daughter of Donald and Melody
Kleinheksel from Lead and is among 15 new freshmen to be selected as
TRiO Scholars at BHSU this fall. She will receive up to $2,500 in
scholarship assistance for her first two years of study at BH. She 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 largest university.
Fan bus may provide an opportunity to see
BHSU basketball games on the road - Top
Fans of the Black Hills State University basketball
teams are considering arranging bus to travel to away basketball games
this winter. The group is in the planning stages and is interested in
hearing from any fans, supporters, students or alumni who may be
interested in bus transportation to away games.
The fan bus trips would be planned primarily for
away games when both the men and women play on a Friday and Saturday
night. The first possibility for an organized bus trip is to Dakota
Wesleyan and Mt. Marty Nov. 8 and 9. Tentative plans call for the bus to
depart Friday, Nov. 8 in time to arrive in Mitchell for the women’s
game. After an overnight stay in Mitchell, the bus will depart for
Yankton for the games at Mt. Marty and then return to Spearfish.
The estimated cost for the bus transportation and
motel accommodations is $120-$150 per couple based on double occupancy.
The actual cost will be determined by the number of people making the
To assess interest in the possibility of a BHSU fan
bus, organizers ask all interested people to call Ron Schoenthal at
642-8105 and leave their names and phone numbers. People will then be
contacted prior to the basketball season with details about bus trips. Organizers note that this is an opportunity to leave the
driving to someone else and enjoy exciting Yellow Jacket basketball
Minutes of the NCA-HLC meeting - Top
Monday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in Jonas
Present: Flickema, Cook, Earley, J Johnson, K Johnson, Schamber, A.
Hemmingson, Keller, Dar
Flickema discussed the visiting team and what should be expected when
they come in October. He thanked the team for their work. Earley handed
out a list of the team members.
Earley reported that Dr. Breslin with HLC was reading the self-study
and as she approved it, we would send it to the printer and binder. Then
it would be sent to the team and the campus.
The chair recommended that there be no further meetings of the
committee. After some discussion, the committee agreed that the report
would be distributed to committee and taskforce members. The chairs of
the taskforces would then call a meeting prior to Oct. 7. At that
meeting the chairs would ask for any comments or corrections. The
corrections would then be reported at the Oct. 7 meeting.
Recorded by George Earley.