Volume XXVI  No. 37 • Oct. 4, 2002

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Resignation - Top

  • Kari Meek, program assistant II, University Support Services

McGovern speaks at Black Hill State - Top

Former U.S. Senator George McGovern told a group of students, faculty and community members at Black Hills State University that he considers his work to reduce the number of people suffering from hunger as one of the greatest accomplishments of his life.

Known as an eloquent spokesperson during his political career, McGovern is now soft spoken but continues to deliver a strong message questioning the need for war in Iraq and expressing his support for programs to end world hunger. Throughout his lifetime, McGovern has been an avid supporter of school lunch programs as a way to reduce the number of hungry people both in America and internationally.

“Food is help, food is life, food is peace,” McGovern said. He urges the nation to put additional money into expanding an existing school lunch program and asked the audience members to compare the cost of feeding the hungry with the cost of waging a war against Iraq.

McGovern, who is 80 years old, explained that he first became interested in world hunger when he was serving in World War II in Italy. After seeing firsthand the number of people suffering from hunger especially children, he was moved to volunteer to fly a bomber to drop food and supplies to northern Europe immediately following the war.

He also recalled later as a Congressman meeting John F. Kennedy campaigning in South Dakota for the presidential race. McGovern said he encouraged Kennedy to speak directly to farmers and ranchers in the crowd about support for food surpluses and the need to use available crops to feed the hungry.  He also suggested that Kennedy declare that he would appoint a fulltime food for peace director if elected. Later when Kennedy was elected and McGovern was unsuccessful in his bid for office, the president offered McGovern the position as food for peace director.

“That is when I first began to realize that a defeat doesn’t have to be a failure,” McGovern said. “It often opens up opportunity for something better.”

Much later in his life, McGovern accepted an appointment from then President Clinton as global ambassador for hunger for the United Nations. McGovern said that appointment reaffirmed his commitment to reducing world hunger and though he was at first reluctant to accept the appointment he discovered it was exactly he job he should be doing at the time.

McGovern said he considers his involvement in the end of the Viet Nam War and the establishment of school lunch programs in an effort to eliminate hunger as his greatest accomplishments.  He expressed a need to encourage other countries to adopt similar programs to feed hungry children worldwide.

The former senator from South Dakota taught history at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell before beginning a political career that included 18 years in the Senate. DWU has plans to build the George and Eleanor McGovern Library. McGovern now lives with his family near Missoula, Mont.

McGovern’s appearance at BHSU was sponsored by the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy and the Global Awareness Committee.

BHSU facilities services staff host CAPPA conference - Top

Art Jones, director of facilities services at Black Hills State University, and his staff hosted the annual conference of the Central Association of Physical Plant Administrators (CAPPA) this week. The group of 250 gathered at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center for a four-day event that included Black Hills area tours and activities Sunday and educational sessions Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. CAPPA is a regional professional organization in association with international Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA).  Facility administrators came from Manitoba, Canada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Texas.

BHSU’s 2002-03 theatre season begins Oct. 10 - Top

The Black Hills State University theatre will present Proof as the first play of the 2002-2003 season. The opening performance will be Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. Additional performances will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12.

Proof, a serious drama by David Auburn, won both the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best new play. Proof is recommended for adult audiences.

The play portrays the life of Catherine, a troubled young woman who has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father. Following his death, she is forced to deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find something of value in the 103 notebooks her father left behind. Eventually, Catherine must face the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness, or genius, will she inherit?

Three additional plays will follow throughout the year. Children of a Lesser God will run Dec. 5-7; Two by Two, the musical production for the season, will be held Feb. 20-23; and performances of The Misanthrope will be May 1-3.

All plays are staged in Woodburn Auditorium at 8 p.m. except the Feb. 23 matinee of Two by Two that will be held at 2:30 p.m.

Contact the BHSU theatre box office at 605-642-6268 for more information or to reserve tickets.

Coffee house musician will perform in BHSU Market Place - Top

Coffee house musician, Norman Liota, will perform Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Market Place of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union at Black Hills State University.

Liota was originally trained as a classical guitarist and earned a degree in music from York University in Toronto. Over the years, he has gained an underground reputation as a daring acoustic guitarist and compelling singer/songwriter. Prior to his two independent recordings, “A Strange Voice” in 1999 and “Beneath These Skies” in 2001, he was the founding member of and writer for the band Still Life. Liota plays in a variety of venues, including festivals, colleges, clubs, bookstores, private homes, hotels, restaurants, cafes, and street corners. He has shared the stage with Sarah McLachlan, Chuck Berry, and Steppenwolf, among others.

There is an ease of expression in his work, which ranges from exquisite, subtle intricacy to bold, earthy groove. Deviations from standard tuning and the insertion of items between the strings allow him to elicit sounds not commonly associated with the acoustic guitar. Exotic percussion, fretless bass, cello, electric guitar, and background vocals aid Liota in his attempt to draw the listener in closer.

Liota’s focus, however, is songwriting, employing his own experiences and the works of Joseph Campbell, Nietzsche, Hermann Hesse, and the Persian poet, Rumi, to portray human existence. Listeners can look forward to a sonic voyage through a rich and varied landscape.

Liota’s performance is sponsored by the University Programming Team at BHSU. For more information, see www.normanliota.com or contact the Student Union office at 642-6852.

BHSU Fall Film Series continues Oct. 16 - Top

The second film of the Black Hills State University Fall Film Series, “The Saltmen of Tibet,” will be shown Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.

“The Saltmen of Tibet,” directed by Ulrike Koch, is a beautifully filmed movie that questions the future of all indigenous peoples, especially nomadic tribesmen. The movie follows a group of tribesmen on their annual two-month quest to get salt, carefully portraying the traditional lifestyle of the tribe. This remarkable 1997 film was filmed entirely on location in Tibet.

Two additional films remain in the series. These are “Iris,” which will be shown Nov. 6, and “Monster’s Ball,” which will conclude the series Dec. 4.

All films are shown on DVD. Popcorn is provided courtesy of the BHSU Residence Hall Association. Contact David Salomon at davidsalomon@bhsu.edu or 605-642-6240 for more information.

Winners named for Swarm Day parade - Top

Members of Black Hills State University and the Spearfish community got all decked out in ‘50s gear recently for the “Rock Around the Clock” 2002 Swarm Day parade.

The winners are as follows: Thomas Hall for overall outstanding organization; Pangburn Hall for outstanding residence hall; the Psychology Club for outstanding organization; the Church of the Nazarene for outstanding community organization; the Student Union for outstanding BHSU office; Rainbow Pre-School for outstanding community business; and the BHSU Alumni Association for outstanding overall community organization.

Several bands were recognized for their excellent performance. Sundance High School won outstanding overall Class B. Spearfish High School received first place in Class AA. Deadwood/Lead High School earned first place in Class A. Spearfish Middle School was awarded first place in the middle school division.

The BHSU Yellow Jackets went on to defeat the Dakota State Trojans at the annual homecoming football game following the parade. Next year Swarm Day is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Twenty-six participate in sixth annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament - Top

A total of 26 disc golfers participated in the sixth annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament held Friday, Sept. 27 on the BHSU disc golf course.

Sixteen entered the student division of the tournament. The top seven disc golfers received prizes donated by the BHSU Bookstore. See student results.

Ten players competed in the community division. The top six disc golfers received prizes donated by the BHSU Bookstore. See community results.

Par for the 18-hole course was 54. A total of $50 was donated to the Spearfish Relay for Life on behalf of the Swarm Days Committee. Previously $1,000 from the 2002 South Dakota Amateur Disc Golf Championship was given to the Spearfish Relay for Life.  






Black Hills State University senior Chris Swinden, Spearfish, uses a little body language to try and slide in a practice putt before the sixth annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament begins. Swinden took second place in both the student and community divisions.

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.

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