Volume XXVI  No. 35 • Sept. 20, 2002

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Ochse shares summer experiences - Top

Dr. Roger Ochse will be sharing his summer experiences during an informal presentation at Jacket Java, the coffee area in the library, today at 3:15 p.m.

Ochse spent the first part of the summer studying Shakespeare on the east coast and concluded the summer with additional experiences in England.

Throughout 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 ederickson@bhsu.edu with questions or suggestions.

BHSU professor publishes textbook - Top

Dr. 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 walking program.

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 - Top

Dr. Abaineh Workie, an Ethiopian citizen and educator, will be speaking in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room Thursday, Sept. 26, at 1 p.m.

Workie will present an Ethiopian perspective on education in third world countries. His speech should last approximately one hour.

Workie 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.

After 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.

When 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.

Workie 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 history.

“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 ederickson@bhsu.edu for more information.

Concert pianist John Walker to appear at BHSU Sept. 22 - Top

Pianist 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.

Walker 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.

During 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.

Walker 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.

The concert is open to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 per adult admission. For more information, contact Janeen Larsen at 642-6241.

While at BHSU, Walker will also conduct a piano master class for advanced piano students.

Madeline Young speaker, Wade Davis, captivates audience - Top

Wade 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.

“I 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.

“When 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 community members.

“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 642-6062.

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 Institute.

A grant of $5,000 from the BHSU Chiesman Endowment covered registration fees, materials, and associated expenses for the participants.

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 athletic mascot.

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 said.

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 Yellow Jacket.

BHSU is looking forward to unveiling the new mascot soon.

Kochiyama Case
Lore Duthie
Mueller Littlewolf
Nelson Miles
Odle Mortensen

Swarm Day candidates chosen at BHSU - Top

Swarm Day king and queen candidates have been named at Black Hills State University.

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 642-6418.  


BHSU Alumni Association recognizes four of its own during 2002 Swarm Days - Top

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association will recognize four outstanding individuals 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.

Homecoming 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.

Individuals 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.

Michael 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, Fairfax, Va.

In 1980 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 resides.

Today, 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 distinguished alumnus.

Special 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.

From 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.

Lemm has 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, Wyo.

Receiving 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.

In 1964 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.

Phillips 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.

Today 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.

The Special Service Award is given to an individual who has contributed long-term service or exceptional effort in a single program or project to BHSU.

Recipient 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.

He had 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.

In December 1972 he married Dnyee Schatz and graduated one year later with a bachelor of arts in art with a history minor.

After 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.

In 1983 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.

In 1989 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 Center.

Swisher 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.

Everyone 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’ programs.

According to Dave Little, former BHSU athletic director, people who come into contact with him leave with a feeling that someone cares or notices them.

Scott 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.

Amanda Schelle, a former BHSU women’s basketball player, speaks of Swisher as a dedicated fan and an inspiration to know.

Head 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 than Lanny.”

The BHSU 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 records’ list.

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 basketball.

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 children.

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 this fall.

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 trip.

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 action.          

Minutes of the NCA-HLC meeting - Top

Monday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. in Jonas 103.

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.

Meeting adjourned.

Recorded by George Earley.