Retirement - Top
- Rosemary Robertson, custodial worker, Facilities Services
Cremean presents at two conferences - Top
David Cremean, assistant professor of humanities at Black Hills State
University, recently presented papers at two conferences in Tucson,
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
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
State University announces the opening of the Photographers’ Gallery
located on the basement level of the Jonas classroom building on the
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
The lower level of Jonas Hall was remodeled this summer to
accommodate the photography classrooms, photography labs and the student
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
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
“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
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
Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University is currently showing
“Natural Elements” featuring artwork of professional sculptor Dale
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
“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.
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
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
The first order of business was the election of
officers for the coming year.
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
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:
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
Minutes of the University Assessment
Committee - Top
The University Assessment Committee met Oct. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas
Present were Earley, Siewert, Pearce, Calhoon, J. Miller, Schamber,
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.
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