Resignation - Top
- Kari Meek, program assistant II, University Support Services
McGovern speaks at Black Hill State - Top
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
2002-03 theatre season begins Oct. 10
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
Proof, a serious drama by David Auburn, won
both the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best new
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
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
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or 605-642-6240 for more information.
Winners named for Swarm Day parade - Top
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
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
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
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