Volume XXVI  No. 38 • Oct. 11, 2002

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Grant provides for physical education trainers statewide - Top

Black Hills State University received a $19,000 grant from the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs to develop training modules for teachers to implement standards to improve the quality of physical education classes throughout the state.

The grant provided for the development of three separate training modules – a two-hour module, a six-hour module and a 15-hour module that teachers can take for credit. According to Betsy Silva, associate professor and chair of the division of physical education and health at BHSU, the first training session was held recently in Rapid City and similar sessions will be held throughout the state.

Silva, who was also instrumental in writing the state standards, said these training sessions teach how to use the standards, how to implement the standards in programs, and how the standards can be used as an assessment tool for students, teachers and the programs.

“We realize that teachers have many demands on their time,” Silva said,  “so the standards were created as a functional document written with practicality. These training sessions will make it easy for teachers to use the standards.”

School districts statewide can apply for the training modules. The grant also pays for the cost of the training session so the school districts do not have to cover those costs.

Silva joined the BHSU faculty in 1992. She has a master’s degree and an education doctorate degree in physical education from the University of Northern Colorado.

Diamond receives 2002 Laura Bower Van Nuys writing award - Top

David Diamond, assistant professor in the mass communications department at Black Hills State University, won the 2002 Laura Bower Van Nuys Writing Contest for his short story “Calamity.”

Diamond read his story and was awarded a certificate and prize money Oct.1 at the Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City. The national writing contest, sponsored by the Black Hills Writer’s Group, honored writers from all over the country.

“This is a coming-of-age story that might be a little gamey for some people but it is the truth and the story is based on an experience that happened to me the night the carnival came to town during a hot August in Howard, S.D.,” said Diamond.

Diamond has written several novels and books of short stories. One of his most recent short stories, “Ghost Dogs,” was published by the South Dakota Review. He also wrote a play called “The Deals are Goin Down,” which had a nine-month run in Hollywood.

Diamond’s other honors include being invited to read part of his novella, “The Elvis Jesus” at Michigan State University this past spring and twice being named the winner of the Midwestern Fiction Prize presented by The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature at Michigan State University.

Diamond received his master’s degree in writing from the University of Southern California in 1982. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1995.

Klarenbeek attends national training and conference - Top

Sandy Klarenbeek, health educator in the division of physical education and health with the College of Education at Black Hills State University, recently attended training sessions and conferences and was selected to represent BHSU at future meetings.

Klarenbeek attended the State Collaborative on Assessment and Student Standards (SCASS) Project meeting and training conducted by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in Charlotte, N.C., recently. She was selected to represented South Dakota in the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) based on her involvement as the state representative in the five-year American Cancer Society Coordinated School Health Leadership Institute.

HEAP was formed in 1993 to develop assessment measures to health education standards. HEAP has developed over 1,400 assessment items based on the national K-12 health standards. The assessments include selected response, short answer response, extended response and performance tasks. Training in scoring using rubrics, exemplars and anchors was conducted.

In January Klarenbeek will go to New Orleans to attend the Mega-SCASS meeting/training which will include another scoring session.

Following the SCASS training, Klarenbeek attended the American School Health Association’s (ASHA) 76th Annual School Health Conference with the theme Advocacy for Student Health and School Success. At this conference Klarenbeek was elected to ASHA’s National Delegate Assembly as the member-at-large for the school health coordinator section. She will attend the annual conference next fall in El Paso, Texas.

This conference brought together more than 600 school administrators, health educators, physical education teachers, school physicians, nurses, dentists and other professionals committed to safeguarding the health of school-aged children.

The keynote address was made by Dr. Alan Cross, professor of social medicine and pediatrics and director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In his presentation, “Health and Academic: The Price of High Stakes Testing,” Cross described pressures schools face in the 21st century. These pressures include the expectation to provide continuous, wide-range experiences to promote the physical, emotional and social development and academic success of today’s youth; the struggle and controversy associated with educational reform, standardized test accountability, and school choice; and the myriad health and behavioral issues facing students and school personnel in today’s public school system.

The American School Health Association (ASHA) conference is an opportunity to bring together advocates and professionals committed to high-quality school health instruction, health services and a healthful school environment on an annual basis.

“The mission of ASHA resonates throughout the advocacy theme of the conference…to protect and promote the health of children and youth by supporting coordinated school health programs as a foundation for school success”, said Dr. Susan Wooley, ASHA executive director.

Black Hills State undergraduate enrollment increases - Top

Black Hills State University has a total headcount enrollment of nearly 3,700 students registered for this semester. The fall enrollment figures released by the South Dakota Board of Regents today solidifies Black Hills State University’s position as the third largest state university with a total headcount enrollment of 3,694.

The core enrollment of traditional students at BHSU remains strong despite a slight decline in the total number of students enrolled for the fall semester as compared to last fall. The number of undergraduate students registered at BHSU is actually up 43 students.

“We are pleased with the strong number of traditional students on campus,” said Steve Ochsner, dean of the enrollment center. “Overall the number of undergraduate students has increased this fall and the number of students living on campus is also higher than last year.”

Occupancy rates for the residence halls and campus apartments this fall are at 93 percent.

Compared to last fall, BHSU shows an overall decline of 142 students which can be attributed to fluctuations in the number of graduate students who register for one-time programs on campus.

The number of graduate students participating in one-time programs such as Technology in Teaching and Learning (TTL), a summer program for South Dakota teachers, has been steadily declining as many of the teachers complete the course. Last year 200 students participated in TTL at BHSU; this year only 51 were enrolled, which is a decline of 149 students. BHSU also saw a record number of students, 45, complete their master’s degrees this year.

“Core enrollment remains sound at BHSU,” said BHSU President Thomas Flickema. “We are pleased to see the number of undergraduate students at BHSU increase.”

BHSU Ruddell Gallery to host variety of shows - Top

Black Hills State University’s Ruddell Gallery is all about variety in the shows scheduled for the 2002-2003 academic year. With the help of art professor Jim Knutson, the gallery has planned several shows that include not only art – such as paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture - but also thematic shows involving education and baseball.

The year kicked off with an installation show, “The Clearing”, by Connie Herring, and the sixth annual Visual Arts Alumni Show is currently on display through Oct. 18. The alumni show includes media such as watercolor, oil, acrylic, graphite, pottery and photography from 30 BHSU alumni.

Participants in this year’s alumni show and their graduating classes are: Gary Steinley, 1963; Richard Dubois and Dick Termes, 1964; Sandra Newman, 1970; Jim Knutson, 1972; Ray Tysdal, 1973; Dan Binder, 1976; Alice Burgess, Tony Chytka, Betty Jo Holwell, and Jill Tesnow, 1977; Deborah Brown, Madaline Custis, Paula Manley and Gary Ollina, 1979; Nancy Davies, 1982; Dineen Mueller, 1984; Betty Coon, 1985; Melissa DeVries, 1987; Lynn Goetsch, 1989; Daniel Dittmer, 1992; Kay Mateer-Dubois, Paul Peterson and Liz Richards, 1993; Sonya Harnish and Lynne Steinley, 1996; Grete Bodogaard, 1997; Angela Alanson, Steve Bridge and Kimberly Davis, 1998; Kevin Dorsman, 1999; and Bonnie Halsey-Dutton, 2001.

The next show scheduled, which opens Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 15, is “Natural Elements” by professional sculptor Dale Lamphere. Lamphere, who bases his work out of his home in Sturgis, is nationally recognized for his work with architecture, sculpture and design across the United States. His interpretations of the environment, including the human form, landscape and abstract, are molded in stone, cast bronze, stainless steel and other materials.

“The underlying truth of natural forms has always been my teacher,” said Lamphere in his artist’s statement. “Life is a cumulative experience. To speak clearly and authentically from one’s own reservoir of observations about their environment is to mature as an artist. It is an endeavor that requires a lifetime.”

From Nov. 19 through Dec. 13, the gallery will showcase winners from a massive show that will seem to have no continuity between works – but it does. All of the pieces are done by South Dakota residents over the age of 60 who are non-professional artists. The Ruddell display is part of the South Dakota Health Care Association’s sixth annual Dakota MasterWorks Art Show, which travels throughout the state.

“The Dakota MasterWorks Art Show was created to demonstrate what older adults already know… the second half of life can be full of creative growth and fulfillment,” wrote LuAnn Severson, the event’s coordinator.

The fall semester will end with a photography show by associate professor Steve Babbitt’s students. A variety of prints from his Contemporary Issues in Photography class will hang from Dec. 16 through Jan. 17, 2003.

Bruce Preheim, or the “King of South Dakota” as the Red Willow Band calls him, shows the visual side of his talent from Jan. 20 through Feb. 7. Somewhere in between performing and writing music, Preheim manages to find time for traditional drawing. Aside from purchasing the Red Willow Band album that has Preheim’s work on the cover, the Ruddell display will be the best place in the area to see his work.

Beginning Feb. 10 and ending March 7, BHSU works in conjunction with northern hills kindergarten through high school students for a special program show involving education. Knutson turned to BH alumni who are now teachers in the area to fill this show; each teacher chooses pieces from their students’ work and BHSU’s art department will matte and frame the artwork. There are also plans to have speakers visit the gallery and talk about issues in education.

A rather unusual show will be on display from March 17 through April 2. A collection of baseball memorabilia brings a unique aspect to the concept of art. South Dakota resident Jim Thompson is contributing the baseball-belia for the show, which will run in conjunction with a baseball play - “Casey Stiegle”, written by Paul Higbee - at the Matthews Opera House in downtown Spearfish. Also in the gallery, Higbee and Dick Ruddell will hold an informal discussion on the history of baseball in South Dakota.

The spring semester will end, as usual, with the anticipated student shows. Photography from all students will be displayed first, from April 7 through April 23; a different photographer from the area is invited to judge the show each year. BHSU’s art students get the limelight from April 24 through May 10 for the Student Award Show. These shows both display the best of the student work; pieces from last year’s shows were also purchased and are on display in the Student Union.

All shows in BHSU’s Ruddell Gallery are free of charge. The gallery, located on the second floor of the Student Union, is accessible by stairs or elevator. For more information, contact Jim Knutson at 642-6104 or the Student Union Information Center at 642-6062.  

The sixth annual Visual Arts Alumni Show is currently on display in the Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University. The show, including a variety of media from 30 former BHSU students, will continue until Oct. 18.



BHSU faculty to present “A Tribute to Richard Rodgers” - Top

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Rodgers, Black Hills State University music faculty members and friends will present a concert of Rodgers’ best known songs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

Singers Stephen Parker, Dean Peterson, Dewalea Alsup, and Susan Hove-Pabst will be joined by pianist Janeen Larsen, bassist Randall Royer, and trumpeter Christopher Hahn for an afternoon of musical delight. Selections from musicals by Rodgers and Hart as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein will be presented, along with informative commentary about Rodgers’ life and work.

Rodgers' extraordinary contributions, in a career that spanned six decades, were extraordinary and influenced the future of musical theatre. His hits ranged from Hollywood to Broadway and beyond. In his lifetime Rodgers wrote more than 900 songs and 40 musicals for Broadway and was honored with many awards including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.

Donations will be used for BHSU music scholarships. For more information 
call 642-6241.











Black Hills State University faculty members and friends gather outside their temporary office building at Ruthie’s Center for Music and Spanish to go over music for the concert to honor Richard Rodgers. These performers, back left to right, Dean Peterson, Steve Parker, Randy Royer, Chris Hahn, and seated, Janeen Larsen and Susan Hove-Pabst, will present a musical tribute of Rodger’s best known songs Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.  Music faculty offices are among those that have been temporarily relocated as Cook Hall was demolished to make way for a new music/academic building that is currently being constructed on campus. (Not pictured but also performing at the concert is Dewalea Alsup.)

Alumni Roundball Reunion begins Oct. 25 - Top

Black Hills State University will provide an opportunity to visit old friends and renew acquaintances as the Roundball Reunion for all former BHSU basketball athletes begins Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. The reunion continues through Saturday, Oct. 26, ending at 9 p.m. with a social in the Hall of Fame Room at the Donald E. Young Center.

Former BHSU basketball players who choose to participate in the alumni basketball games will scrimmage the Yellow Jackets men’s and women’s varsity teams. Even those alumni basketball players who do not play will be recognized during a special program at the games. 

Money from the games will be used for men’s and women’s basketball scholarships.

A $10,000 shoot-out will also be held during the weekend. All the Yellow Jackets basketball fans will be given a ticket for a chance to compete.

Registrations for the Roundball Reunion are being accepted at the alumni office. The registration form may be found on the BHSU website at www.bhsu.edu/alumni/alumniassociation/whatshappening/whats_happening.htm. Forms may be mailed to BHSU Alumni Association, 1200 University Unit 9506, Spearfish, SD  57799-9506. Faxes will also be accepted at 605-642-6845.

Questions may be directed to 605-642-6446 or terriwells@bhsu.edu. See the Roundball Reunion schedule for a list of activities.

BHSU to sponsor benefit concert featuring Abby SomeOne to raise money for firefighters - Top

When the fire in Grizzly Gulch was burning this summer, people came to the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black Hills State University as evacuees. Now students at the university are inviting firefighters, students and community members back to the Young Center to attend a benefit concert Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is also a CD release celebration for the one-time local band Abby SomeOne.

Students at BHSU are planning the benefit concert to bring the campus and community together in support of our local heroes – the fire fighters who helped end the Grizzly Gulch fire near Deadwood. Abby SomeOne will perform in celebration of the release of their latest CD “Back to Me.”

Money raised from the event, known as the Halloween Bash/Benefit Concert, will be given directly to the many local and regional fire departments that responded to the call for help this summer. The firefighters are also being invited to attend the concert as guests.

Abby SomeOne, a local band that now hails from Minneapolis, brings the music of Shawn Michael Bitz to life. Bitz, a former student at BHSU, is the son of Spearfish entertainer Gary Muledeer. The band is celebrating the release of their third album.  Other members of the band are Wendall Kelsey, Kevin Wright, and Dennis Hutto.

There will also be a student Halloween costume concert. Students with the best costumes will have the opportunity to win prizes.

The opening act will be a high school band from Rapid City. There will be an admission charge of $5 for community members to attend.

Two new scholarships established at BHSU - Top

Two new scholarships have recently been established at Black Hills State University in honor of former faculty members.

Howard and Elaine Perry established a scholarship fund with a $5,000 gift and plan to make additional contributions to maintain the fund at a minimum of $10,000. A $500 annual scholarship will be awarded to a sophomore business (preferably business education) major with a minimum 3.7 grade point average. The first scholarship will be awarded for the 2003-04 school year.

Howard Perry, former professor of business, retired in 2000 after 35 years at Black Hills State.  Howard was honored as the recipient of the university’s distinguished faculty award that year. Elaine also retired in 2000 after 25 years at the public library.

“As a faculty member Perry was cited for his involvement and commitment to students as well as the community. Now that commitment extends into the future as this scholarship will be awarded in perpetuity to business students at BHSU,” said Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement at BHSU.

The other recently established scholarship is the Tony and Alyce Schavone Music Scholarship that was set up with a $5,000 donation to the BHSU Foundation. This scholarship is available to students participating in instrumental and/or vocal music who maintain a 2.5 grade point average. The first scholarship will be awarded in the next academic year. Recipients may reapply for a subsequent year.

Tony Schavone served as instructor, wrestling coach and director of college placement at Black Hills State from 1957 to 1985. He was selected as outstanding instructor in 1961 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at BH in 1985. Tony died in 1996 and is survived by his wife Alyce, who continues to live in Spearfish. The couple previously established an athletic scholarship at BHSU.

“We are pleased to offer this new music scholarship in honor of the Schavones,” Meeker said. “Their generosity will provide educational opportunities for future students at BHSU.”

For more information on these or other scholarships contact the institutional advancement office at 642-6385.       

Minutes of the Faculty Senate meeting - Top

The Faculty Senate met on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Minutes from the meeting are as follows:

Present: Steve Babbitt (president), Tim Hightower (vice president), Monty Robinson (secretary), Vincent King, David Wolff, Susie Dana, Kristi Pearce, Randy Royer, Barb Chrisman and Gary Haggerty for Curtis Card.

Steve Babbitt called the meeting to order.

The proposed agenda was reviewed and approved.

Old issues: George Earley presented the plan for the HLC for the ten-year review Oct. 21-23. The self-study is at the printer and will soon be available for faculty. A six-member team that represents schools of similar size will verify the self-study and review campus performance. On Wednesday morning, Oct. 23,  the team will present their recommendations orally with a written report in a month or so. The only concern is with the “diversity” issue, the only real area at risk. He suggested reading the self-study as the best way to prepare for the visit. There is a proposed opportunity for faculty to visit with the evaluation team in an open forum on Monday afternoon.

New issues: Lee Alley is creating a computerized system for grades across all South Dakota public universities to be recorded. A concern as to how deficient grades will be recorded was expressed, D, F, or “def”.  It was moved and seconded to use D/F. Passed.

Tim Hightower presented the senate with the new appointments for the appointments committee. It was moved and seconded to approve. Passed.

Babbitt commented on the proposal to revisit the honors program. Dr. Cook had previously stated there was no funding for such a program. Babbitt will follow up on this.

Babbitt commented on the Faculty Senate committee for faculty evaluations. It met for the first time on Tuesday, Sept. 17 and was just getting started on the issues. There was a brief discussion regarding the committee from the College of Business and Technology and the concerns that prompted the development of the senate committee.

David Wolff commented on the new faculty mentoring program the Faculty Senate put into place last year. It has been favorable in general, but there are ongoing suggestions on how to improve the program. Wolff welcomes any and all suggestions.

Whereas there were no other items on the agenda, a motion to adjourn was made and passed. The next meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2 at 3:30 pm in Jonas 103.

Submitted by Monty Robinson, Faculty Senate secretary.

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