Volume XXVI  No. 36 • Sept. 27, 2002

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Resignations - Top

  • Terri Ward, senior secretary, Field Experience
  • Vera Litschewski, senior secretary, Enrollment Service

Lisa Bryan named director of Indian Studies at BHSU - Top

Lisa Bryan, Class of 1993, who is also a published author, returned to her alma mater, Black Hills State University, as a faculty member last year. This year she assumes the responsibilities of director of the Indian Studies Center and will publish her second book soon.

While an undergraduate at BH, her major was human services with a minor in Indian studies. Bryan went on to earn an MBA with an emphasis in community economic development from the University of New Hampshire, Manchester, in 1998 and is currently preparing to defend her doctoral dissertation in December. Bryan’s Ph. D. is in business with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from the Union Institute and University of Cincinnati, Ohio.

For six years Bryan taught business at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Reservation. “The university is named in honor of Chief Spotted Tail who believed strongly in the importance of education,” said Bryan.

Bryan’s area of study involves a blending of her native heritage and business. The form her master’s thesis, American Indian Entrepreneurs, took was unusual. Rather than writing a paper to submit for approval, she published a book about successful Lakota entrepreneurs on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud reservations in South Dakota.

Her doctoral thesis is also taking the form of a book, but rather than discussing case histories of entrepreneurs, she relates the importance of the traditions of the Lakota to today’s businessperson. Bryan expects to publish The Lakota Path Toward Entrepreneurship in May. This book is based on four traditional values of the Lakota: generosity, fortitude, humility and wisdom. In the book Bryan cross-references these values to entrepreneurial traits. According to Bryan a lack of traditional values is one of the reasons for the scandals in the business world today. In her book Bryan also debunks the myth that Native Americans are not good business people and are new to the arena of business. “I have documented cases of the Lakota people owning businesses back to the 1620’s,” said Bryan.

Last year, Bryan taught two classes, new venture creation, a statewide Dakota-Digital Network course, and managerial communication. This year in addition to teaching three classes in the business department, she assumes the duties of director of the Indian Studies Center.

“I see my job as director for the next year as having three main components,” said Bryan. “The first is preparing for Indian awareness week and all that it entails, the second will be writing grants in an effort to bring more money into the department for community outreach programs and the third will be working on increasing recruitment of Native Americans.”

According to Bryan the project she expects to take most of her time as director will be the annual Indian awareness week program, the highlight of which is the Wacipi (pow wow). Bryan is the advisor to BH’s Lakota Omniciye club (a gathering of people) whose main project each year is the pow wow. The annual event at BHSU has grown into one of the larger pow wows in the state. This year will be the 19th annual pow wow held at BH and for the first time the event will include a Native American and Western art show along with a style show.

An important aspect of Bryan’s job as director will be an attempt to increase the enrollment numbers of Native Americans at BH. To aid in recruitment Bryan will be sending graduate student, Leona White Hat to schools in South Dakota and eastern Montana as a representative from BHSU to encourage Native American students to attend BH.

Bryan emphasizes that her style of leadership is an open-door policy and that anyone with ideas to improve the Indian studies program is welcome to stop by her office for a visit and a cup of coffee.

Bryan doesn’t just study and teach the relationship between Native Americans and business, she practices what she preaches.

In 1999 she was interviewed by Entrepreneur magazine about a business that she and her family started on their ranch near White River. The business, Lisa Little Chief Specialty Foods, produces Sioux Fry Bread Mix. According to Bryan the author of the article had a hard time accepting that she did not want to talk about the amount of money the company generates, but Bryan points out that one of the traditions of the Lakota is humility about successes.

With one son playing football for the University of South Dakota and another finishing high school as a senior at Belle Fourche High School, a working ranch near White River and a home and full-time position in Spearfish a lot of time is spent on the road, but according to Bryan it’s worth it. “ I’ve wanted to come back here to live ever since I first went to school here. I love Spearfish and I feel right at home on (BH’s) campus.”

Three BHSU students to present at history conference - Top

A history professor and three students from Black Hills State will present at the
10th Annual West River History Conference to be held Sept. 27 and 28 in Keystone.

Jesus Garcia, Rapid City, will present a paper on the meaning of the west. Phoebe Hearst will be the topic of the paper presented by Terri Brown, Lead. Max Masters, Parker, will discuss the Black Hills and the Fort Pierre railroad town of Carwye. All three students are history majors at BH. Seniors Brown and Garcia started forming their ideas for the conference in a South Dakota history class. Masters, a sophomore, became interested in Carwye while working for the Forest Service.

Dr. David Wolff, a history assistant professor at BHSU, will also present at the conference. Wolff received his masters from the University of Wyoming in 1991 and his doctorate from Arizona State University in 2000. He has been teaching at BHSU since 1998.

The public is welcome to attend the conference all day Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday morning, Sept. 28, in the Keystone Community Center. A banquet at the Rushmore Supper Club is scheduled for Friday night. Registration for students is only $2. The public may attend for $20. For more information, contact conference co-director David Wolff at 642-6221.

CAMSE project makes science books available to elementary teachers - Top

Sandy Nichols’ third grade class at East Elementary School in Spearfish is the first to use books purchased by the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) with a $1,000 grant from Wal Mart Inc. of Spearfish. Pictured with Nichols are, left to right, Warren Vandine, Jake Wendt and Brandon Visto.

CAMSE was formed in the late 1990s at Black Hills State University by the South Dakota Board of Regents as one of the South Dakota Centers of Excellence. Its mission is to promote the teaching and learning of mathematics and science at all levels.

The textbooks were purchased as part of the Black Hills Science Teaching (BLAHST) Project, a major endeavor of CAMSE. The project is designed to promote science to students in grades K- 8.

Thirty books where purchased for use by third and fourth grade classes and 15 books were purchased for use by first and second grade classes. All of the books have a science theme.

The books, along with other teaching resources, are kept at the CAMSE office located in the former Central Elementary School in Spearfish and are available for use by elementary teachers from the 10 districts participating in the program. For more information about CAMSE visit www.bhsu.edu/camse on the Web or call 605-642-6873.

McGovern will speak at BHSU - Top

Former senator and presidential candidate George McGovern will speak about world hunger Thursday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. in the Jacket Legacy room of the Student Union.

McGovern will use material from his latest book  “The Third Freedom: Ending World Hunger in Our Time” which will be published by Rowman and Littlefield this year. McGovern has had an interest in issues of hunger for a long time, first as the director of Food for Peace program under the Kennedy administration later in his role as an ambassador to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a U.N. agency in Rome.

This presentation is sponsored by the BHSU Chiesman Foundation for Democracy and the BHSU Global Awareness Committee. For more information contact Dr. George Earley at 642-6270 or Dr. Ahrar Ahmad at 642-6000.

Swarm Day royalty crowned in Monday night coronation - Top

Joey Lore and Erica Littlewolf were crowned Swarm Day king and queen in a ceremony held Sept. 23 in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Lore is a senior English major from Rapid City. Littlewolf is a senior psychology and American Indian studies major from Busby, Mont.

Other nominees for king were Cory Kochiyama, a senior physical education major from Honolulu, Hawaii; 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. Queen candidates included Angie Case, a senior mathematics and web administration major from Rapid City; Mandi Jo Duthie, a senior elementary education major from Pavillion, Wyo.; Morgan Miles, a senior travel and tourism major from Rapid City, and Sommerlyn Mortensen, a senior accounting major from Wall.

Klug Meyers

Also recognized during Monday night's ceremony were Jane Klug, director of Student Services, and Kent Meyers, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, receiving the honor of Swarm Day mom and dad. The BHSU students chose Klug and Meyers from a nominated group of faculty and staff. 

Swarm Day events continue throughout the week culminating with the parade and football game Saturday, Sept. 28. The BHSU homecoming theme is “Rock Around the Clock.”

Amans will be honored as BHSU Swarm Day parade marshals - Top

Merlyn and Shirley Aman, who will be honored as parade marshals at the 2002 Swarm Day parade Sept. 28, have connections at BHSU. They have connections as former employees, as past and current volunteers, as parents of alumni, and as spectators and avid supporters of all types of university events. The real connection for this couple, however, is their ongoing interaction with students and their heartfelt belief in the university’s ability to successfully educate students.

Merlyn and Shirley are both former BHSU employees who retired after a combined 50 years of service at the university. Merlyn taught music courses for many years and was director of the music department. Shirley started working at BH as a volunteer in the printing office, later worked in the bookstore, and eventually retired as supervisor of the university printing center.

Today the Amans continue to make an effort to stay involved in the Spearfish community and especially with the university. At nearly any university event, whether it’s a theatrical performance, a musical concert, a United Ministries activity or an athletic competition, the Amans are likely to be there. The couple also volunteers at the university during registration and for other special projects. They see the importance in making students aware of community events and encourage students to be involved in the community.

“These kids are involved with the world, and we do what we can to encourage that,” said Merlyn.

“We take students to community events and also attend university events with other community members,” Shirley said. It makes us all one community and keeps the university connected to Spearfish. There is a good interaction with businesses, the community and the university.”

Nearly every year the couple has “adopted” one or two BH students and spent time getting to know them better and encouraging them to make the most of their college experience. As the Amans began to list some of these students, it was apparent that the connections are appreciated by the students as well.

“We’ve been a mom and dad to many of these kids and don’t mind it a bit. We enjoy it. It’s always about the students,” said Shirley. “Many of the former students stop to see us when they are back and Merlyn can remember them all.

We look forward to seeing the students and finding out about their lives after graduation.”

“It’s a beautiful thing to get to know these students and meet their parents,” Merlyn said. “We often become lifelong friends and enjoy the connection and interaction with students and parents at events.”

The Amans look back fondly at the changes at Black Hills State since they first became associated with the university in 1959. Though the university has changed in many ways – a name change from a college to a university, a series of seven presidents, and several major campus building additions and facility improvements – the Amans maintain that the most important aspects of BHSU have persisted. While they recognize and appreciate the changes at BH, the couple cites the dedication of the faculty, the determination of the students and the success of alumni as the ongoing fundamental aspects that have remained constant through the years.

“The sky is the limit at Black Hills State. Students here get as good of an education as they can anywhere else,” Shirley said. “The school is small enough that students are known and cared about and large enough to provide an excellent educational experience. Students go from here to medicine, into their own businesses, into teaching leadership positions. The students can go anywhere from here.”

“Whenever I can, I counsel students to attend BH, “ Merlyn said. “What I have witnessed here on this campus is a very comprehensive experience for students, especially music students. They have the opportunity to be in band, jazz band or choir and learn from excellent professors who are also outstanding performers.”

He also praises the coaches for their positive influence on students.

“These coaches are excellent. They are the quality people that you want your students to become,” Merlyn said. “They are definitely interested in more than just the sport.”

The couple’s confidence in the value and importance of a BHSU educational experience is evidenced by the music scholarship established in their name at BHSU. The couple continues to contribute both time and money to the arts and the athletic programs at the university.

The Amans both agree that students need to realize that, “what you put in determines what you get out.” That is a philosophy that they have applied to their lives as well. The couple’s way of living was changed abruptly and dramatically in 1978 when Merlyn was afflicted with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease that left him confined to a wheelchair. After many years of determination, he has since regained limited use of his legs and now walks with forearm crutches and leg braces.

This experience, which could have left him bitter, motivated Merlyn to help others come to a greater understanding and acceptance of disabilities. He now drives a specially equipped car, sings and composes music, and has been called on as a national inspirational and motivational speaker, especially for developmental disability conferences.

Merlyn was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Northern State University last year for his passion for music and his lifelong commitment to ensuring opportunities for all people. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Northern Hills Training Center, served as a consultant to the State Department of Education and was appointed to serve on the Council for Developmental Disabilities.

BHSU has been an integral part of this couple’s life for many years. Two of the couple’s three children graduated from BH and were both active in music and theatre activities during their college years. Their son, Russell, is now a senior photographer in Texas and their daughter, Lorri, works in the Spearfish school district. Their daughter, Janet, is the international director of the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago.

The couple has supported the university in a host of ways including baking cookies for basketball road trips, listening to and critiquing student music classes, timing events at track meets, sewing costumes for theatre productions, and helping out at university activities. Now the Amans can add another item to their list of connections to BHSU – that of being honored as parade marshals for the annual Swarm Day parade.

Thank you to all BHSU participants in the Relay for Life - Top  

The fifth annual Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's signature fundraising event, held Sept. 20-21, was once again a resounding success. A sincere thank you goes to the Black Hills State University family for helping make such a huge event happen. We are grateful for your continual participation in the relay. There are so many to thank, I’m concerned that someone will be overlooked. Hopefully each of you who participated will know that you

made a difference in an important cause. 

First, thanks to President Flickema for allowing the use of Black Hills State University facilities which included many attendant operational staff.  Relay For Life could not occur without our strong committee structure, and many of those committee members 

Helene Duhamel, local television personality, listens as Cody McMichael, assistant director of financial aid at BHSU, tells of his experience as a cancer survivor at the annual Relay for Life. McMichael was one of many BH faculty, staff and students who participated or volunteered at the annual fundraising event held on the campus of BHSU. This year’s event, under the direction of Relay for Life chair LaVerne Cook, was once again a great success raising more than $93,500 for the American Cancer Society. 

are BHSU employees.  Cheri Leahy, chair of team recruitment, probably spent the most hours in amassing 35 relay teams (this is almost a year-long job). Judy Neighbours, an adjunct faculty, has chaired the Survivors' Activities the entire five-year span, and she always surprises us with a moving ceremony. Betsy Silva, fun and fitness activities chair, coordinates with many of her students the games and activities that keep the younger children entertained. Carolyn Skallerud, chair of the silent auction, and Anita Haeder, accountant, were new to Relay For Life Committee this year; but they soon proved to be experts. Carolyn spent much of her time getting beautiful items donated and Anita was efficient in counting all those dollars raised by teams. Kristi Pearce once again scheduled dozens and dozens of volunteers who helped in all areas to make the relay run smoothly. Kristi had to attend a conference in Washington, D.C. during part of relay, but she sought out her cohort, Sharon Strand, to step in to help with volunteers. To make sure we were well fed, Tim Johnston, of Food Service single handedly obtained donations of food and beverage so all team participants could enjoy a free spaghetti dinner and free breakfast the next morning. Of course, volunteers helped serve these meals.

The biggest committee job may have been that of Logistics Chairperson, and that duty was capably handled by Teri Royer, director of the Young Center. As one can imagine, logistics involves every phase of the event; thus, Teri was constantly called upon to make viable decisions. Teri was a true pleasure to work with--she is professional, competent and flexible.  BHSU is fortunate to have dedicated employees like Teri and the aforementioned Relay chairpersons.

So far I have only mentioned those that have served on relay committees. In addition, there are more who put in many volunteer hours. Al Sandau is a true wonder. For the past several years, he magically appears and builds the stage backdrop and then just as magically appears when Relay is over to dismantle the setting, all with the help of his students. It is magic to me because I never have to be concerned how or when this will occur.  

Don Altmyer has again generously donated the proceeds of disc golf tournaments to Relay For Life. He also arranged to have the Optimist Club match his donation with a $500 check to Relay. 

Facilities Services erected the stage, supplied a small truck/cart, golf cart, etc., etc., and Randy Culver and Jeanne Hanson oversaw all the details. All this with positive attitudes!  It was such a pleasure to work with everyone.

Black Hills Gold, directed by Steve Parker, sang the Star Spangled Banner with a rendition that brought tears. Steve says that was only after two practices; can't wait to hear them later in the year! Other entertainers from BHSU were Paul Kopco performing rhythm and blues; and Paul Young of Lyle, Doug & Paul. 

BHSU artists who donated their work to the silent auction were Richard Dubois, Jim Knutson, Becky Bruce, Anita Haeder, Steve Babbitt and Carolyn Skallerud.

I would also like to thank some who captained the teams Ramona Collins, Cody McMichael, and Nancy Shuck. There were many, many more of you who participated as team members and/or volunteered. To all of you, I say thank you so much.

It is a privilege to work with such a caring family. "It's about being a community that takes up the fight. . ."

LaVerne Cook, Chair, Relay For Life

Encore screening of film series play Oct. 3 - Top

An encore screening of "Train of Life," a comedy about the Holocaust (with a disturbing conclusion), will be held Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 305. A panel discussion on the Holocaust will follow.

Since people were unable to attend the first on-campus showing of "Train of Life," two VHS copies of the film have been placed on reserve with the PHIL 100 materials in the library. There is a three-day borrowing period for the film. Everyone is welcome to attend the showing or borrow it from the library.

South Dakota amateur disc golf tournament results announced - Top

Twenty-seven disc golfers braved chilly and windy conditions to compete in the South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Championship held at the BHSU disc golf course Saturday, Sept. 21.

In the advanced division, Don Altmyer, Spearfish, defended his championship title for the fifth straight year, defeating runner-up Scott Ceasar, Rapid City. Altmyer and Ceasar finished the two rounds of disc golf tied at seven under par, forcing the competition into sudden death. Altmyer won the sudden death playoff with a birdie on the first hole.

Chris Swendin, a BHSU student, won the amateur novice division with an impressive score of six under par. Todd Rigio, Rapid City, finished runner-up and Andy Altmyer, Spearfish, came in third.

Par for the two-round tournament was a combined score of 108. See the disc golf tournament scores for a list of the top players in each division.

The tournament was sponsored by the Spearfish Optimist Club, and $1,000 was donated to the Spearfish Relay for Life.

The last campus disc golf tournament of the year will be held during BHSU’s Swarm Days celebration Friday, Sept. 27. The Fifth Annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament will begin at 3:30 p.m. for BHSU students and 5:30 p.m. for community members. Walk up registration for this one-round tournament begins 30 minutes before the competition.

Minutes of University Assessment Committee meeting - Top

The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Present were Earley, Calhoon, Siewert, Altmyer, Pearce, Schamber. Absent included Cook, Haislett, Myers, J Miller, Valades, Olson.

The chair of the committee handed out copies of the BHSU HLC Self-study and reported that the visiting team would be on campus Oct. 21-23. The visiting team has tentatively scheduled a meeting Tuesday Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103 to meet with the assessment committee. Committee members should read the section of the report on assessment prior to that meeting.

Operational guidelines:

The composition of the committee was discussed. The committee is waiting for the Student Senate to send a representative. A replacement for Ms. Turner is also needed. Pearce is the current representative for the Faculty Senate. The chair will ask 
A. Hemmingson about adding a representative from the Academic Advisory Committee. The composition was changed. Ex officio members are vice presidents for Academic Affairs and Student Life and the director of assessment. The director will only vote in case of tie. Numbers necessary for quorum will also change.

A motion was made and passed to accept the changes.

The recorder for the next meeting will be Pearce, and Calhoon will record the minutes of the third meeting and distribute them.

Budget Committee:

The committee agreed that all its members should serve as a Budget Committee, and any expenditures or plans should wait until after the HLC review to see what the visiting team recommends in terms of assessment

Annual assessment reports:

Annual assessment reports will be written in the same framework and similar time frame as in previous years. The schedule is outlined below:

  • College of Arts and Sciences - Oct. 15, Nov. 15
  • College of Business and Technology - Dec. 15
  • College of Education - Jan. 15

The next meeting of the University Assessment Committee will be Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Faculty research funds available - Top

The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current fiscal year. Write a short (about three-page) proposal. Proposal forms are available at the Grants Office, Woodburn 218, or can be printed from their website.  

It is anticipated that successful applicants will request support for faculty release time, research equipment, travel to research sites or research support for the production of creative work. Preference is given to new applicants, particularly in the areas of education, business, social sciences and humanities. The next application deadline is Oct. 11 at 12:00 p.m.  

The applicants are encouraged to contact the committee members for advice prior to completing their proposals. The members are John Alsup, Steve Anderson, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer.

Grant opportunities announced - Top

The following grant opportunities were received Sept. 12-25 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 218. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk. 

  • U.S. Department of Education. Upward Bound Math/Science (ED). The Education Department is inviting applications under the Upward Bound program to prepare high school students for postsecondary education that leads to careers in math and science. Deadline Nov. 22, 2002.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH encourages scholars, teachers, filmmakers, curators and librarians to submit grant applications that explore significant historical and cultural events and themes. Proposals may take the form of:
    • New scholarship;
    • Projects to preserve and provide access to documents and artifacts;
    • Education projects for grades K-16; and
    • Public programs in libraries, museums and historical societies, such as exhibits, film, radio and Internet-based activities.

Selected program deadlines are:

        Library/Museum Projects – Feb. 3, 2003
        Summer Institutes – March 1, 2003
Humanities Focus Grants – April 15, 2003
Preservation Assistance – May 15, 2003

Visit the NEH Web site at http://www.neh.gov/ for more information.

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