Volume XXVI  No. 41 • Nov. 1, 2002

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Retirement - Top

  • Rosemary Robertson, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Cremean presents at two conferences - Top

Dr. David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities at Black Hills State University, recently presented papers at two conferences in Tucson, Ariz.

Cremean read his nonfiction essay, Another Desert Father-Son, for the Western Literature Association Conference. The article used aspects from Cremean’s life to examine issues of the West relative to the lives of people in both Arizona and South Dakota, focusing on the “wetness/dryness” issue involving water and alcohol and the West’s “mystical nature.”

At the Cormac McCarthy Society Cremean presented his scholarly essay, Anarchist Crossing: Riding on with Billy Parham. Using Emma Goldman and other writers who worked on defining aspects of the concept of anarchy, the essay argued that Billy Parham, protagonist of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, The Crossing, proved to be a principled anarchist as a character.

Cremean, who received his doctorate in English from Bowling Green State University, joined the BHSU faculty in 2002.

Dakota Chamber Orchestra concert features “classic classics” - Top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Randall Royer, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State University, will perform a concert Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Matthews Opera House.

The program will feature “classic classics” including Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusic and the Pachelbel Canon.

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra is composed of string players from BHSU and the surrounding area.

New photography gallery opened at Black Hills State - Top

Black Hills State University announces the opening of the Photographers’ Gallery located on the basement level of the Jonas classroom building on the BHSU campus.

The opening exhibition, which will be on display through Nov. 15, features the work of BHSU students John Engelbrecht, a senior mass communication major from Rapid City; Andera Antrobus, a senior art major from Spearfish; Nicole Hollerman, a senior mass communication major from Mandan, N.D.; Mandi Mutchler, a junior art major from Sturgis; and Mike Palmer, a junior mass communication major from Spearfish.

According to Steve Babbitt, associate photography professor at BHSU, the gallery is dedicated to exhibiting all types of student and professional photography printed with conventional, digital or alternative processes.

The lower level of Jonas Hall was remodeled this summer to accommodate the photography classrooms, photography labs and the student newspaper offices.

BHSU to sponsor benefit concert tonight 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 tonight at 7:30 p.m. The concert is also a CD release celebration for the one-time local band Abby SomeOne.

The University Programming (UP) team at BHSU is hosting the benefit concert to bring the campus and community together in support of our local heroes – the firefighters who helped end the Grizzly Gulch fire near Deadwood.

“The UP team just wants to let the volunteer fire departments know that we appreciate all they do for us and that they are our ‘saints’ to be honored on Nov. 1 which is All Saints’ Day,” said Angie Case, one of the student organizers of this event.

Abby SomeOne will perform in celebration of the release of their latest CD “Back to Me.” Abby SomeOne, that now hails from Minneapolis, brings the music of Shawn Michael Bitz, the son of Spearfish entertainer Gary Muledeer, to life. Other members of the band are Wendall Kelsey, Kevin Wright, and Dennis Hutto.

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.

There will also be a student Halloween costume contest open to students and community members. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

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.

Black Hills State University groups will provide rides to the polls on election day - Top

Two Black Hills State University groups, the Community Relations Club and the Circle K, are working with the local Kiwanis organization to provide free transportation to the polls on election day.

Rides will be offered for voters Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. within Spearfish and the outlying communities.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to help with this effort should contact Chris Busby at 642-3390 for further information. Drivers must be 25 years of age or older. The groups extend a special thanks to Johnson Ford, Minitman, Inc., and the Chamber of Commerce for their help in making this event possible.

Ruddell Gallery features artwork of nationally known sculptor Dale Lamphere - Top

The Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University is currently showing “Natural Elements” featuring artwork of professional sculptor Dale Lamphere.

The artist will attend a reception at the gallery Nov. 8 from 2-4 p.m. to discuss his artwork. 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.”

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.

Herseth will make campaign stop at Black Hills State - Top

Stephanie Herseth, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress, will be at the Black Hills State University Student Union Marketplace Saturday, Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. to meet and greet students, faculty, staff and community members.

Herseth will be available for questions and will make a brief presentation. Her visit is sponsored by the BHSU College Democrats. For more information contact Angelia at 645-9859.

BHSU Child Care Center receives grant from local Optimist Club - Top

The Black Hills State University Child Care Center received a $500 grant from the Optimist’s Club recently John Hourigan, (left) Spearfish Optimist Club president, presents the check to child care center director Diane Mabey and director of student services Jane Klug. Don Altmyer, (right) BHSU faculty member and current member and past president of the Optimist Club, was also on hand for the grant designation. Every year the Optimists Club donates money to community organizations. Mabey said the money will be used to purchase toys and supplies for the center.  The child care center is an on-campus facility for the children of BHSU students, faculty, and staff that provides a fun, safe and stimulating environment for children while providing opportunities and activities that enhance social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.

VFW Auxiliary donates to BHSU food pantry - Top

As part of National VFW “Make a Difference Day”, the Spearfish VFW Ladies Auxiliary #5860 donated food items and supplies to the Black Hills State University United Ministries food pantry recently. Angelia Johnston, student president of BHSU United Ministries,  (left) accepts the donations from VFW members Joan Wilkening, accounting assistant in the BHSU Business Office; Dorothy Pawlowski; Susan Hemmingson, senior accountant in the BHSU Business Office; and Jan Walker. Not pictured is Cyndi Tschetter, president of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. The local auxiliary strives to make a difference in other’s lives and chose to make a difference on the BHSU campus again this year. The group also hopes to promote positive relationships between the student population and the local community.

Alumni return for Roundball Reunion at Black Hills State - Top

Black Hills State University varsity basketball teams defeated the alumni teams Saturday at the Round Ball Reunion.

The alumni women’s team lost 82-48 to the varsity Lady Yellow Jackets. Kim (Rochlitz) Niemann, who received an award for traveling the farthest to attend the reunion, made the trip worth her while as she was also named most valuable player. Niemann is from Omaha, Neb.

In the men’s contest the varsity won with a final score of 88-72. Jeremy Carter was named the most valuable player for the alumni men. John Karinen, from Juneau, Alaska, was presented with the men’s award for traveling the farthest.

There are plans to host the alumni basketball reunion annually. 

Members of the women’s BHSU alumni team were front row, left to right, Dawn (Batterman) Curl, Tracy (Winjum) Meyers, Cindy (Winjum) Riss, Sara (Wells) Klein and Phyllis Parkhurst. Middle row, left to right, Jody (Wherley) VerHey, Kim (Rochlitz) Niemann, Diede (Rossow) Baldwin, Annie Rossow and Coleen (Herber) Letellier. Back row, left to right, head coach Kelly Crotty, Tobiann (VanderPol) Andrews, Steph Anderson, Melissa Braegger, Beth (Nelson) Bentley and Kerry Bell. Not pictured Cori (Ringwood) Engelhardt.

Members of the men’s BHSU alumni team were front row, left to right, head coach John Heck, Nate Vogel, Kris LeDuc, Matt Burgess, Eldon Marshal, John Karinen and Mark Nore. Middle row, left to right, Dan Hodgs, Brant Miller, Tory Schwartz, Brian Sudrala, Frosty Horton, Jeremy Carter and Wade Wilkinson. Back row, left to right, John Wilkinson, Mark Gould, Roger Bell, Aaron Manning, Gene Wagner and Jeff Stevens. Not pictured Morris Zempel, Scott Graslie and Jerry Junek.

BHSU students sponsor Halloween Safehouse at East Elementary - Top

BHSU students Jayme Ashley (left) and Amanda Gustafson (right) paint faces for elementary students at the 5th Annual Halloween Safehouse sponsored by the BHSU Residence Hall Association. More than 40 BHSU residence hall government members and Alpha Epsilon Xi sorority members helped organize and conduct this annual event to provide a safe fun environment for children with games and prizes. Organizers estimate that 350 children attended the event yesterday afternoon in Spearfish. Ashley, a freshman math major from Rapid City, and Gustafson, an elementary education major from Rawlins, Wyo., both live in Humbert Hall on the BHSU campus.

University Curriculum Committee minutes - Top

The University Curriculum Committee met Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. Penny DeJong called the meeting to order. Members present were  Penny DeJong, Carol Hess, Joanna Jones, Susan Dana, Dick Hicks, Charles Follette, and David Calhoon.

The first order of business was the election of officers for the coming year.

Elected were:  

  • Penny DeJong – Chair

  • Susan Dana - Vice-Chair

  • David Calhoon - Secretary

Other actions taken.

Proposals from the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Experimental course notification for Plant Ecophysiology, BIOL 330, and Plant Ecophysiology Lab, BIOL 330L, was acknowledged.

  • Minor course modification request to change course title and number of ARTE 300, Creative Processes in the Classroom, to ARTE 414, K-12 Art Methods, to bring the course in line with Regental common course numbering was approved.

  • New course request for Survey of Physics, PHYS 101, and Survey of Physics Lab, PHYS 101L, was approved.

  • Certificate program request for a certificate in Graphic Design was approved.

  • Proposal for program modification to revise courses in the program for the major and the minor in Mass Communication was approved, following verification that the new courses had been previously approved.

  • Intent to plan for a composite major in Bioinformatics was acknowledged/approved.

Proposal from College of Education:

  • New course request for SPED 495, Practicum in Special Education: Elementary or Secondary, was approved contingent on wording change to be communicated to the College of Education by Penny DeJong.

The meeting dates for this year were set on the third Friday of each month.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:55 p.m., and the next meeting is scheduled for 
Nov. 15.

Minutes of the University Assessment Committee - Top

The University Assessment Committee met Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.

Present were Earley, Siewert, Pearce, Calhoon, J. Miller, Schamber, and Valades.

Cook and Haislett were absent.

Dr. Eleanor Turk, a member of the Higher Learning Commission visiting team, attended the meeting as a visitor.

The chair reported that annual reports were coming in from the College of Arts and Sciences and would be reviewed at the next meeting.

Turk's discussion was very complimentary on the assessment process at BH, the progress made and the work done by the committee. She recommended that the General Education Committee continue to develop its plan for assessing general education.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103. Annual reports will be reviewed.

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 Friday, Nov. 22 at 12 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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