Volume XXVII  No. 10 • March 7, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Cheryl Barrett, secretary, Upward Bound

Resignation - top

  • Todd Schrader, building maintenance specialist, Facilities Services

Silva receives Honor Award for outstanding service - top

Betsy Silva, associate professor and chair of the Division of Physical Education and Health at Black Hills State University, was recently named a 2003 Honor Award recipient by the Central District Association for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

The Honor Award, first presented in 1954, recognizes AAHPERD members for outstanding service contributions rendered through distinctive leadership through the association or outstanding service as a teacher or administrator. Recipients must have 10 years of experience as a teacher, supervisor, or administrator and possess high moral character and personal integrity. Honorees are selected by the District Recognition Committee, composed of one member from each of the nine states in the Central District and a non-voting chair.

Silva was lauded as “an exceptional professional who is involved in many aspects of our profession, assuming many and various responsibilities. In each role, Betsy models integrity and professionalism.” The citation added, “Betsy models leadership through participation!” She was cited for her dedication and devotion to her students and colleagues in her roles as teacher and department chair and for her service to AAHPERD.

She has served as an AAHPERD board member, a committee member, a presenter, college chair for the Sport/Physical Education Division in the Central District, and a delegate to the Central District and the AAHPERD Representative Assemblies. She has also been a delegate to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) RDA and has acted as folio reviewer for the NASPE Professional Teacher Preparation Program. She has worked closely with the South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs (DECA) on several projects to promote physical activity and raise the standard of physical education programs throughout the state of South Dakota.

At BHSU Silva organizes her students to provide activities for children at the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life and teaches, with senior students, physical education to the BHSU daycare children. She frequently volunteers to announce track and field competitions. She serves as faculty advisor for the Physical Education and Recreation Leadership (PEARL) Club. She is a member of several committees, including the Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Graduate Council, and the Professional Progress Committee. She has chaired numerous master’s committees and authored many articles covering aspects of physical education and pedagogy.  She has also promoted and assisted with Wellness Days at the Spearfish schools.

Silva has been employed by BHSU since 1992 and has served as chair of the Division of Physical Education and Health since 1997. She earned her bachelor of science from the University of Michigan and her master of arts and doctorate of education from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to being a member of AAHPERD and South Dakota AAHPERD, she is a member of the National Education Association, South Dakota Education Association, and the Council of Higher Education. Silva is currently the administrator of a South Dakota DECA grant to train physical education teachers in the state in the use of physical education standards. She and her husband Tony, athletic trainer for BHSU, are the parents of a 2-year-old daughter, Isabelle.

BHSU resident assistants recognized for academic achievement - top

Seven resident assistants at Black Hills State were recently treated to a home-cooked meal and recognized for academic excellence and for a job well done.

This is the third year the department of residence life has recognized student resident assistants. Each spring, hall directors recognize seven resident assistants (RAs) who excel 

academically. They are known as “The Academic Seven.” This year, all seven are within a grade-point average of 3.5 to 3.9.

Mike Isaacson, residence life director, said, “We do this to showcase the fact that students can  

Resident assistants were recently honored for their academic achievements at Black Hills State University. Pictured at the banquet are, left to right, Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life, Shawn Darling, Carrie Albright, Casey McCoy, Erin Overcast, and Isaac Olson. Not pictured are Shelly Dukat and Coy Sasse.
lead a busy and responsible life and maintain good grades, too. The RAs have very responsible campus jobs and are role models to our residential students. The residence life department realizes that we are an extension of the academic community and constantly reinforce this concept through various programs such as ‘The Academic Seven’ recognition.”

Resident assistants treated to a home-cooked meal by the hall directors were Shelley Dukat, a sophomore elementary education major from Bison; Carrie Albright, a junior elementary education major from Rapid City; Isaac Olson, a junior history major from Brookings; Erin Overcast, a sophomore elementary education major from Worland, Wyo.; Shawn Darling, a freshman business administration/entrepreneurship major from Black Hawk; Coy Sasse, a junior human services major from Batesland; and Casey McCoy, a junior elementary education major from Sisseton. 

Mardi Gras event will raise funds for summer institute scholarships - top

The Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts (BHSIA) will hold its annual scholarship fundraiser March 22 at the Matthews Opera House with dinner dancing and entertainment, all with a Mardi Gras theme. Masks, which are required, will be provided at the door. Prizes will be given for the most unusual men's masks and the most attractive women's masks. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The ticket price of $35 per person includes food and beverages. All proceeds will go toward scholarships for students in the Institute's Vocal Arts and Opera Theater program held this year from June 15-29. Individual tickets or tables for groups of four or ten people, may be reserved by contacting Kay Kerney at 642-6420 or Holly Downing at hollydowning@bhsu.edu. Tickets will also be sold at the door depending on availability. 

BHSIA is a three-week celebration of the arts sponsored by Black Hills State University. The institute includes an opening Gala concert June 14, a Young Performers Competition June 13, a summer art camp for high school students June 16-20, the Art Education Institute for teachers June 23-27, an evening of performances by vocal arts students June 27, and a Night at the Opera June 28.

Black Hills State to host recital in honor of Women's History Month - top

A trio of performers who first sang together in a high school choir in the 60s will reunite for a special performance in honor of the March celebration of Women’s History Month. The Black Hills State University music department will present the recital, “WomanSong: Sister Groups,” March 29 at 2 p.m. at Jake's in Deadwood.

Susan Hove-Pabst, BHSU associate professor of music, 
was a member of that original trio and is the music director for this recital. The trio, which will reunite for the WomanSong recital, consists of 1964 Tioga High  School graduates Carol Olson

Rye, Helene Haakenson Olson, and Susan Hove-Pabst. Rye is now a property manager in Peoria, Ariz. Olson, active in the music of the Lutheran church, lives in Camarillo, Calif. C. Ron Wiley, who was choral director at THS during the women’s high school years, will also take part in the recital. Hove-Pabst, along with This trio, joined by BHSU performers, will be reunited for the WomanSong recital March 29 in Deadwood. The group, then known as the Tioga Teen Toppers, sang together when they attended high school in Tioga, N.D. Members of the trio from this 1964 photo are Carol Olson Rye, Susan Hove-Pabst, and Helene Haakenson Olson. The trio also performed last year at the Tioga reunion.
Carol Olson Rye and Helene Haakenson Olson, first performed as the Tioga Teen Toppers and were also part of the Tioga, N.D., high school choral program.

Other vocalists performing include Dewalea Alsup, an area musician who has previously performed with BHSU groups, and Leslie Spiers, a BHSU graduate who is now a Spearfish elementary teacher.

Stephen Parker, BHSU assistant music professor, and C. Ron Wiley, adjunct faculty member, will join in selected numbers.  Lori Miller, BHSU adjunct faculty member, will be the pianist and will be joined by Randall Royer, BHSU associate music professor, on guitars and woodwinds and Christopher Hahn, BHSU music instructor, on trumpet.

This recital is the second of a series, following last year’s “WomanSong: Torchsingers.” The recital represents research conducted by Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, BHSU associate professor of music, on the popular American singing groups of the 1920s-60s which were comprised of singing sisters. The recital will include harmonized songs popularized by these groups.

“Siblings often sang together at home, gathering around a piano, radio, or phonograph. Usually they were active in the music of their church, school, and community. Some were trained musicians while others were self-taught or parent-taught. Although many sisters performed, a small percentage of them were ‘discovered’ for a radio program or a vaudeville show (or in later years television),” according to Hove-Pabst.

“For those who did become career musicians, radio, television, stage shows, films, and recordings all played an important role. In the 1920s and 30s the Boswell Sisters were described by the “Popular Songs” magazine as ‘the foremost harmony team of the world…Yowzah!’ They were followed by the Andrews Sisters, who were the musical embodiment of the war years of the 1940s. The King Sisters’ popularity overlapped the earlier groups and the McGuire Sisters, who were popular in the 1950s. In the 1950s and 60s the Lennon Sisters were a part of Americana, entering our homes by way of the Lawrence Welk Show every Saturday night,” Hove-Pabst said.

Jake’s at the Midnight Star in Deadwood is once again hosting the WomanSong recital. The recital is open to the public. There is no admission charge and reservations are not being taken. There will be refreshments available for purchase.

For more information contact Hove-Pabst at BHSU at 642-6230.

Former prime minister of Pakistan will speak in Rapid City - top

The John T. Vucurevich Foundation will host "An Evening with Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan" at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center theater Thursday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. 

Prime Minister Bhutto will share her story as former prime minister of Pakistan. She will also address the need for basic democratic freedoms for the people of Pakistan, including freedom of the press, economic stability, and gender equality as well as fighting terrorism worldwide.

Bhutto became active in politics after her father, the late Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, was ousted from office in a 1977 military coup and later executed. She overcame government persecution and a lack of political experience to lead the Pakistan Peoples Party to victory in the 1988 and become the first female prime minister in the Muslim world and one of the youngest chief executive officers ever at the age of 35. After 20 months in office, a rival political party unconstitutionally dismissed her government. Undeterred, she was reelected prime minister in the 1993 parliamentary election.  

All seating will be reserved. Admission is $7. The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Box Office is currently taking reservations at 1-800-GOT-MINE or 394-4111. Tickets may also be purchased at Albertson's in Rapid City or the Silverado in Deadwood. 

Alumni Association presents BHSU jacket to the governor - top









BHSU Alumni Association Board members, Myrle Hanson (left), Carol Backens, and Donna Page (right), present Governor Mike Rounds with a BHSU jacket. The BHSU alumni group recently traveled to the state Capitol along with the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors to attend business day at the Legislature.

Staff and students attend 2003 TRIO Day in Pierre - top

Staff and students from Black Hills State University’s Student Support Services and Upward Bound programs recently joined representatives from programs across the state at the 2003 TRIO Day in Pierre.

BHSU had the highest representation with eight students from Student Support Services attending. Students attending were James Brown, a freshman business administration/ entrepreneurial studies major from Lead; Mikayla Handley, a sophomore human services major from Spearfish; Winona Hare, a senior human services major from Spearfish; Rita Jimenez, a freshman network administration major from Belle Fourche; Ann McDonald, a senior human services major from Hermosa; Chanice Shanks, a freshman business administration/management major from Spearfish; Tim Toavs, a senior tourism and hospitality management major from Spearfish; and Kenny Williamson, a freshman network administration major from Belle Fourche. Staff members representing Student Support Services were Joan Wermers, Deatta Chapel and Juli Larson. Carol Gritts and Urla Marcus represented the Upward Bound staff. 

TRIO Day was created to recognize the work of the federal TRIO programs, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunity Center, Math/Science Initiative, and McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement, in advancing educational opportunities for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. These programs increase college admission, persistence, and graduation rates for students from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds.

The day began with an information fair in the Capitol Rotunda. Educational booths highlighted each TRIO program that serves students in South Dakota. A luncheon followed featuring guest speaker Steve Emery, vice president of community, business and policy development at Sinte Gleska University. Students and staff were also given the opportunity to meet with state legislators Rep. Tom Van Norman, Rep. Gerald Lange, Rep. Phyllis Heineman, and Sen. Mike Lapointe. The day concluded with a tour of the South Dakota Discovery Center and Aquarium, the World War II Memorial and Mickelson Memorial.

Students compete in student organization sports - top

Dusty Evenson, who plans to graduate from Black Hills State University this spring, will be putting on bowling shoes rather than donning a mortarboard during commencement weekend. Evenson recently won a regional student organization bowling competition and will represent BHSU at the national tournament while his classmates will be receiving their diplomas in the commencement ceremony.

Several Black Hills State University students recently traveled to Mankat, Minn., for the Association of College Unions International recreational sports competition. Laura Burcham, a senior math major from Vermillion; Evenson, a senior human performance major from Gillette, Wyo.; Kate McKillop, a senior education major from Gillette, Wyo.; Bobby Cope, a senior physical education major from Colstrip, Mont.; Chris Swiden, a senior biology/outdoor education major from Lennox; and Sam Bobby, a senior speech communication major from Bowdle participated.

Evenson took first place overall in the bowling competition and will compete in the national competition in Reno, Nev. Evenson bowled several exceptional games during the tournament and was just one frame short of a 300 in one game. He also placed first in the men’s recreational bowling division. Other BHSU students who placed in the bowling competition include Cope, who placed second in the recreational division, and McKillop and Burcham who placed first and second, respectively, in the women’s recreational division. The recreational division winners do not qualify to compete in the national tournament.

Swiden, who also works at the BHSU Adventure Center and arranged the local competition, placed seventh in the pool tournament.  The local competition, featuring bowling, pool and ping pong was held this fall. Winners at the local level then advanced to the regional competition. The students raised money through raffles and a special bowling night to attend the competition.

BHSU, the smallest school in the regional competition which includes universities from South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota, fared well in several categories. Swiden feels attending the tournament was beneficial to the students in several ways and encourages other students to consider taking part in future competitions.

Yellow Jacket sendoff scheduled - top 

The Black Hills State University men’s basketball team is making plans for their return trip to the national tournament under head coach Mike Kruszynski. BHSU qualified for the NAIA Division II tournament with a second place finish in the conference.

Fans and supporters of the Black Hills State University basketball team will meet at the Stadium Sports Grill in Spearfish Saturday, March 8 at 3 p.m. to send off the Yellow Jacket basketball team.

BHSU and Jamestown will represent the DAC-10 conference at the national tourney at the College of the Ozarks Keeter Gymnasium in Point Lookout, Mo., March 12-18. The Yellow Jackets (19-11) will be in action March 12 at 9:45 p.m. against Cascade, Ore. (24-8).

The tournament action continues with second round action Friday, March 14. The quarterfinals will be held Saturday, March 15 with the semifinals scheduled for Monday, March 17. The championship game is set for Tuesday, March 18 at 8:30 p.m. The Division II championship is a 32-team, single-elimination tournament featuring the champions of the Division II conferences, regional tournament and at-large berths.

For updated tournament brackets see the NAIA 2003 Division II men's basketball championship information web page.

Winners of band and choir raffle announced - top

Winners have been announced for the BHSU band and choir raffle which raised $1,500 to defray expenses for the students’ band and choir trip to Europe this spring. Raffle winners are Lessa Baron, Rapid City, who won the $500 drawing, and Melita Roberts, a student from Spearfish who won the $250 drawing.

Many BHSU band and choir students have traveled to Europe to perform and tour through the years, however, this year for the first time BHSU and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology are working together to plan and execute a joint musical and cultural experience. BHSU director of choral activities Stephen Parker and SDSM&T director of music activities Dr. James D. Feiszli are teaming up to prepare and lead a choral ensemble to Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received Feb. 13 through March 12 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • The Lindbergh Foundation. Through a wide variety of education and research projects and programs, the Lindbergh Foundation seeks to further the balance between nature and technology. The Lindbergh Foundation awards 9-10 grants of up to $10,580 each for projects addressing the philosophy of balance in various fields. Applications are due by June 12 and forms are available at the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 309. http://www.lindberghfoundation.org
  • U.S. Department of Education. Teacher quality research. The Education Department seeks applications for research to guide effective strategies for improving preparation of classroom teachers and the instructional approaches they employ. Deadline is April 18. http://ed.gov/offices/IES/funding.html. Refer 
    to RFA NCER-03-07.
  • National Science Foundation. Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The National Science Foundation is inviting proposals to provide support for college juniors and seniors who are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and professionals in those fields to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. Deadline is April 5 for letters of intent and May 16 for applications. http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03544/nsf03544.htm

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 in the Grants and Special Projects Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the 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. Applications are now being accepted for faculty release time for Fall 2003. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Monday, March 24 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, Earl Chrysler, Tom Cox, Abdollah Farrokhi (chair), Jim Hess, Kathleen Parrow, Shane Sarver, and Rob Schurrer. 

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