will lead U.S. Paralympic shooting team - top
Dr. Dan Durben, associate
physics professor at Black Hills State University, has been named head
coach of the U.S. Paralympics Disabled Shooting Team.
Durben, a member of the
1988 U.S. Olympic rifle team and head coach of the 2000 U.S. Olympic
rifle team, will lead the team of disabled shooters to the 2004 U.S.
Paralympics in Athens, Greece. The Paralympic games, the major
international competition for the world's best disabled athletes, are
held every four years immediately after the Olympics. Paralympic
athletes compete in the same events and in the same sites and stadiums
as Olympic athletes.
Durben, who became
interested in shooting as a youngster, sees this as an opportunity to
remain involved in Olympic level competitions. Durben will prepare
training strategies for each athlete, create and implement the overall
disabled shooting program, and lead the selection procedures for the
Paralympic Shooting team. Durben will also travel with the team to
weekend competitions, and provide coaching to athletes via phone,
internet, and through
one-on-one and group training sessions .
The team members are
currently training and attending competitions to qualify for the
Paralympics team. Previously the U.S. Paralympics were team in each
sport sponsored by several different groups but are now all run by the
U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) according to Durben. The Paralympics are
held immediately following the Olympics in the same stadiums.
“The USOC took over all
of the Paralympic teams with a goal to support excellence in athletic
performance in each sport,” Durben said. “They are now working to
get top-level coaches involved to help athletes learn how to compete at
very high levels.”
Durben said he expects
his new position to be a challenge since the team has not won a medal
since 1984. “I’m working to bring this group up to a higher level of
competition. I’m challenging them to train like Olympic athletes,”
In mid-April Durben will travel with the Paralympic
hopefuls to a meet in Edmonton, Canada. He will continue to work with
the team on weekends and during the summer to
prepare for the Paralympics which is scheduled for August 2004 in
Durben joined the
BHSU science faculty in 1993. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from
Arizona State University that same year. He later took a leave of
absence to serve as an Olympic coach.
||As head coach of the U.S. Paralympics Shooting
team, Dr. Dan Durben will be working with disabled athletes including
Dan Jordan (right), Colorado Springs, Colo., the top disabled shooter in
Hesson delivers online lecture
Dr. James Hesson, professor of physical education
at Black Hills State University, was invited to present the first
lecture in the Health Lecture Series for 2003 for Thomson Learning,
Inc., recently. Dr. Hesson’s lecture, “Exercise Adherence: Sticking
with It!” was presented nationwide via the online meeting center WebEx.
Hesson then presented his lecture using conference
call and digital technology. Participants registering for the lecture
received a toll-free telephone number and a web address to access the
presentation. Attendees listened to the lecture over the toll-free
telephone line and viewed Hesson’s PowerPoint presentation from their
own computers. The presentation was followed by a question-and-answer
and information-sharing session, allowing those attending the lecture to
offer input and ask questions about the topic.
The lecture covered issues related to exercise and
behavior modification. According
to Hesson approximately 15
percent of adults in the United States regularly exercise, while 85
percent of adults are relatively sedentary. He said that while many
people start an exercise program, few continue exercising for any length
of time. His lecture offered some practical tips and some theoretical
information addressing behavior modification and adhering to a regular
exercise program. He encouraged input from participants regarding
successes and routines in their professional and personal lives to
encourage regular exercise.
Hesson earned his doctor of education degree at
Brigham Young University in 1980. In
addition he earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the
University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
He has earned the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
(CSCS) certification from the National Strength and Conditioning
Association (NSCA) and the Health/Fitness Instructor (HFI) certification
from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
He has been a professor of biokinetics in the Division of
Physical Education and Health at BHSU since 1990.
Since 1993 he has worked each summer at the U.S. Olympic Training
Center with U.S. Olympic athletes and coaches.
He frequently serves as an author and textbook reviewer for
McGraw-Hill, Wadsworth Publishing, and other educational publishers.
He is also the author of the best-selling textbook, Weight
Training for Life, Sixth Edition.
accepted for publication
Shearer-Cremean, assistant English professor at Black Hills State
University, has had the book manuscript Survivor Rhetoric: Negotiations and Narrativity in Abused Women’s
Language accepted for
is serving as co-editor of the manuscript with Dr. Carol Winkelman, from
Xavier University in Ohio.
Shearer-Cremean’s essay, “The Epistemology of Police Science and the
Silencing of Battered Women” is also in the collection. The book will be printed with the University of Toronto Press.
joined the BHSU faculty in 2000. She earned
a Ph.D. in English from Bowling Green State University in 1997.
She also has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from the
University of Dayton in Ohio.
BHSU receives $1 million deferred gift for new theatre
An anonymous $1 million donation to Black Hills
State University has invigorated the longstanding vision of adding a
theatre building to the campus.
“This major gift by donors who are committed to
preserving and expanding the arts is greatly appreciated by the
university,” said Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president. “This gift is
an investment in the arts for the university and for the entire region.
The educational and cultural environment will be dramatically enhanced
with the addition of a theatre building.”
The gift comes at a time when the university is in
the final stages of construction of a new $8.25 million music academic
building set to open this fall. The new music/academic building and the
possibility of a new theatre signify the importance of the arts to BHSU
and the entire region. The arts have been an important part of the
school’s academic tradition since the early years of the 20th
century according to Flickema, and he sees the possibility of a new
theatre as a way for BHSU to have a positive effect on how the arts are
delivered in the future.
“BHSU, which is already well on its way to
becoming a regional cultural center, has a vision for an increased
presence in the arts,” Flickema said. “For thousands of years, the
stage has been a forum in which people have examined some of the most
profound issues of life. The arts have been instrumental in the history
of this area as well. Early performances at BHSU, then known as
Spearfish Normal School, the local opera houses, and the nationally
known Passion Play have played an integral part in defining the identity
and future of this community. BHSU is looking forward to taking an
active role in continuing that tradition.”
Flickema noted the university’s involvement in
numerous activities including the Black Hills Summer Institute of the
Arts, which is held annually on the campus. The summer event features an
art education institute, a vocal arts and opera theatre school, dance
workshop, lecture series and a numerous public performances.
BHSU officials were recently notified of the $1
million anonymous deferred gift that will be used as seed money to build
a new theatre on campus, according to Steve Meeker, vice president of
institutional advancement. Meeker described this gift as the impetus for
further fund raising to make the dream of a theatre building a reality.
“We have continually sought financial support for
this project and in this time of economic uncertainty, it is wonderful
to know that friends of the university are continuing to support the
goals of Black Hills State University,” said Meeker. “This generous
gift will initiate a campaign to fund a facility that will benefit the
campus as well as the entire community.”
is optimistic that this gift will encourage others to donate funds for a
new theatre building on campus that will enhance the educational
experience provided at BHSU. A new facility of this stature could range
from five to eight million dollars. To make a donation to this fund or
to find out more about deferred gifts, contact Meeker at (605) 642-6385.
CSA representative will
attend state meeting
Hanson, Regents Career Service Advisory Council member from BHSU, will
attend the spring committee meeting in Pierre, April 4 with
representatives from the other regents institutions and special schools.
CSA employees from BHSU are encouraged to contact
Hanson at 6244 or email@example.com
if they have issues or questions they would like addressed at
this meeting. Janice K. Price, SPHR, director of Human Resources with
the South Dakota Board of Regents will discuss important issues that
affect CSA employees statewide.
Spring Jazz concert is Tuesday
Black Hills State University’s Jazz Ensemble and
the Black Hills Gold singers will be presenting the annual Spring Jazz
Concert Tuesday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the BHSU Student Union Jacket
Despite not having their own music building to
practice in due to construction of a new music building, the jazz band
and the singers have made accommodations to prepare for the concert.
They will be performing songs by music legends such as James Taylor,
Billy Joel, Billie Holiday and Dizzy Gillespie. With all of the soprano,
alto, tenor and bass singers complemented by saxophones, trombones,
trumpets and drums, the Jazz Ensemble and the Gold Singers promise a
Dr. Randall Royer directs the Jazz Ensemble, and
Stephen Parker directs the Black Hills Gold. Admission to the concert is
free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Student
Union information desk at 642-6062.
|Bassist Andy Foxworthy concentrates on his part
during practice while the trumpet line happily takes a break. The Jazz
Ensemble holds its practices in a temporary location in BHSU’s
BHSU track meet rescheduled for Monday
Due to the potential for adverse weather
conditions, the Black Hills State University track meet scheduled for
Saturday, March 29 has been rescheduled for Monday, March 31.
The annual BHSU Frostbite Invitational, which is
the first meet of the outdoor season, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Running events start at noon. For more information contact the
BHSU athletics department at 642-6882.
Entrepreneurs address business students at Black Hills State
Entrepreneurs representing a diverse selection of
different businesses encouraged students to consider being self employed
and also discussed some of the challenges of being an entrepreneur at
the Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century Conference at Black
Hills State University this week.
The morning session included presentations by Dr.
Jim Hess, BHSU professor of psychology on the evolution of an
entrepreneur; Jim Thompson of Creative Broadcasting on giving
entrepreneurship a voice; and Lisa Bryan, BHSU director of Indian
Studies on marketing.
The afternoon session featured a panel discussion
of six regional entrepreneurs: Lisa
Bryan, BHSU instructor and owner of Lisa Little Chief, Inc.; Doug Mastel,
president of Mastel Precision; Dr. Bob Meyer, president of RAMVAC
Corporation; Dr. Duane Sander, co-founder of Daktronics; Perry Titze,
owner of Quality Shuttle and Tours and a recent BHSU entrepreneurial
studies graduate; and Sian Young, marketing consultant. The panel
discussion was moderated by Tom Wheaton, assistant director of the BHSU
owner of an ophthalmologist enterprise, described some of his business
ownership experiences and reminded students that “you have to be an
optimist to be an entrepreneur.” He added that it’s important to
surround yourself with knowledgeable and even some not-so-optimistic
people to reach a common ground.
balance between optimism and pessimism is reality. Don’t have all
‘yes’ people working with you. You need to have someone who will
tell you how it is. And you need to have a sense of humor,” Mastel
The conference was sponsored
by the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE). Members
of SIFE will discuss highlights of the conference during a student
competition among business students in Denver this spring. For
additional information on the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship
at BHSU, please call 642-6091 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
||Lisa Bryan, BHSU business instructor and
entrepreneur, discusses her business experiences at the Entrepreneurship
in the 21st Century conference held at BHSU this week. Doug
Mastel (center) president of Mastel precision, and Bob Meyer (right),
president of RAMVAC corporation were among six entrepreneurs to offer
advice during the panel discussion.
Wheaton (left) moderated the entrepreneurship panel discussion that
included business people Lisa Bryan, Doug Mastel, Bob Meyer, Duane
Sander, Perry Titze and Sian Young.
Parents and children build robots together in BHSU lifelong learning
In a new community education class at Black Hills
State University children and their parents are building robots but
their instructor says the students and their parents learn much more
than actual application.
Tom Termes, assistant professor at BHSU, sees this
lifelong learning class as an opportunity to create interest in
technology among young people. The class is offered to elementary
students (with basic computer knowledge and a fifth-grade level of
science) and a parent or adult. The pair spends the class time building
and programming a LEGO robot.
“Most of the emphasis is on attitude,” Termes
said. “This class is not about building LEGOS; it’s building
attitudes about what students want to do and ultimately realize they can
do with their lives. In the process the students establish a greater
interest in computer programming and gain experience programming as well
as mechanical and electrical systems.”
The class which offers parents the opportunity to
have fun building a robot with their children is designed to teach the
basics of robotics. Each parent and child pair uses a LEGO Mind-Storms
system and works on separate projects.
Robots may be able to move around obstacles and follow a bright
light or do acrobotic stunts.
The class quickly filled up with participants who
enjoyed the unique learning experience with their children. “Computers
and LEGOS are the ultimate combination for an eleven-year-old,” said
Cody McMichael. He and his son worked on an Inventor-bot during the
“This is an opportunity to do something together
and build something,” Paul Wells said. He and his son built a Rover-bot
which is programmed to sense obstructions and ledges with its front
bumper then back up and turn an opposite direction.
Termes said he is considering offering an
“all-girls” version of the course to encourage female participation.
He believes that early exposure will encourage girls to seek further
technological aspects later in life.
This class is one of several BHSU lifelong learning
courses offered this spring. Other classes include a diet and exercise
course, desktop design, outlook email, and small business basics. For
more information contact the BHSU extended services office at 642-6771.
|Paul Wells and his son Jason, 11, test drive their
version of a LEGO Mind-Storms robot, the Rover-bot, that they built
together in a community education class held on the BHSU campus
recently. Rover-bot is built and programmed to sense obstructions and
ledges with its front bumper then back up and turn an opposite
direction. The Wells’ robot successfully avoided falling over the
Lance McMichael, 11, and his father Cody put the
finishing touches on a Inventor-bot that they built together in a
community education class at BHSU.
Jackpot rodeo scheduled by the Black Hills State University Rodeo Club
has been cancelled due to lack of participants.
This event, which was scheduled for March 28 will not be held due
to the low number of registered participants. For details contact Nancy
Shuck at 642-6082.
BHSU’s digital Shakespeare society produces film
Black Hills State University’s Digital
Shakespeare Society has produced their own feature-length film from the
classic play “All’s Well That Ends Well.” The student organization
has brought the production all the way to DVD and will present their
work to campus and community members April 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Jonas 305.
The production of this feature film, which includes
scene selections and directors cuts on the DVD, has been in progress
since the summer of 2001. BHSU senior William Stodden, director for the
film, has been one of the main driving forces behind the production
along with the club’s advisor and film producer Roger Ochse, associate
English professor at BHSU.
The project began when the Digital Shakespeare club
decided they wanted to do something big to get their name out in the
community; digital camera at hand, they took off on the new adventure of
creating their first full-length film. The final duration of the film
comes to one hour and 54 minutes. The Digital Shakespeare Society
produced the entire DVD package in conjunction with 89.1 KBHU Radio. DVD
copies can be ordered at the showing of the film.
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s play focuses on
the comedy resulting from non-mutual love between a man and a woman.
Stodden said the students even added their own twists to the film –
but you will have to see the film to find out what they are.
“It’s about love, friendship, war – it’s
got everything,” said Stodden. He encourages people to come see the
film not only for the story, but also just to see what a group of
student actors and producers can do.
The film stars several BHSU students: Isaac Waring,
a sophomore music major from Spearfish; Sarah Cozort, a freshman speech
communications major from Spearfish; Mike Munro, a junior English major
from Spearfish; Derrick Buchholz, a former student; Matt Sowden, a
senior business administration major from Spearfish; Teresa Addington, a
senior speech communications major from Lead; Tim Bissette, a former
student; Jonas Lynch, a junior mass communications major from Lily; Joe
Francis, a former student; Elizabeth Verhey, a sophomore English major
from Rapid City; James Vinton, a junior environmental science major from
Deadwood; Lindsey Koppinger, a junior mass communications major from
Dickinson, N.D.; Carissa Wolf, a former student; Derek Stodden, a
freshman English major from Spearfish; Alesha Culver, a freshman in
pre-nursing from Spearfish; Isaac Olsen, a junior history major from
Brookings; and Moses Feeley, a junior art major from Diamondville, Wyo.
For more information on the film, e-mail Stodden at
any other accommodations, call the Student Union information desk at
Bauer to portray baseball legend
Kurt Bauer will portray baseball legend Casey
Stengel in a one-man comedy at the Matthew’s Opera House, April 4 and
5 at 7:30 p.m.
“A One-Sided Conversation with Casey Stengel”
is an hour-long show being staged as part of Black Hills State
University’s current baseball art exhibit at the Ruddell Gallery and
as a fundraiser for Spearfish’s American Legion baseball program.
Bauer, a Houston based actor who grew up in the
Black Hills, first portrayed Stengel at the Matthews Opera House in 2001
and then moved the show to Houston’s Country Playhouse. He credits the
play’s success to writer Paul Higbee’s research and eye for colorful
According to Bauer the script has some surprised
even for people who know their baseball because it is set before Stengel
was a legend. “The time was 1949, when he’d just been named Yankees
manager and had people scratching their heads, because he hadn’t
proved himself a winner, and he didn’t possess the business-like
manner people associated with the Yankees.”
The tickets are $10 per person, and traditional
ballpark food concessions will be available. Contact Kim Kerwin at
642-6890 or Penney Williams at 642-6520 for tickets or more information.
and speakers announced for Indian
Black Hills State University will
sponsor the annual wacipi (powwow), the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run, an
art and fashion show as well as several nationally known speakers in
honor of Indian Awareness Week April 7-12.
21st annual wacipi will be held April 11, 12 and 13 at the
Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. An art show and sale and
fashion show are a new addition to the weekend of activities. Forty
Native American and western artists will display their artwork
throughout the weekend. The fashion show is
Saturday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, April
12, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The annual buffalo feed will also be
Saturday, at 5 p.m. at the Marketplace in the Student Union.
including special presentations by nationally known speakers Billy Mills
and Joseph Marshall III, are scheduled throughout the week.
known for his gold medal Olympic win, will present “Global Unity
Through Global Diversity” at 5:30 p.m. at the Young Center Fieldhouse.
Mills remains active in Native American causes today and a 1984 movie Running
Brave was based on his victory. An
Oglala Sioux Indian, Mills surprised the world with his upset at the
1964 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan, when he won the gold medal.
grew up on an Oglala Sioux Indian reservation and was orphaned at the
age of 12. He started distance running while attending the Haskell
Institute, an Indian school in the city of Lawrence, Kan., as part of
his training to become a boxer. He later decided to pursue running over
boxing and his talent and hard work proved to be successful in several
University of Kansas in the late 50s, Mills continued to improve
his running skills. He was a 1958 and 1959 All-American in cross country
while at Kansas. In
went on to become a marine lieutenant and concentrated on serving in the
Marine Corps. However, he returned to racing, and posted times that were
good enough to qualify him for the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo.
Mills won the individual title in the Big Eight Conference's cross
was entered in the 10,000 meter run, which no American had ever won in
an Olympics nor has won since. Though his qualifying time was nearly a
minute slower than fellow competitor, Mills used a burst of energy in
the last 100 meters of the race and held the lead as they others fought
unsuccessfully to catch Mills. He broke the tape with a new Olympic
record time of 28 minutes and 24 seconds.
Olympics, Mills went on to set several other records in distance running
before retiring from competition. In 1965, he set an outdoor world
record in the six mile run, along with U.S. records in the 10,000 meter
and three mile races.
Marshall III will give a lunch presentation Friday, April 11 at 11:30
a.m., in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Marshall
has been a teacher at the high school and college levels, an educational
and health programs administrator for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a
craftsman of primitive Lakota bows and arrows, an historian, and a
writer. He has helped to form a non-profit advocacy group for Native
American students and parents, develop and implement Native American
studies curriculum, spearhead the planning and design phase for the
eventual construction of a hospital, as well as serve as a founder and
charter board member of Sinte Gleska University.
published five books in addition to contributing to four other
publications. His sixth work in progress, Thunder Dreamer: The
Journey of Crazy Horse, is scheduled for publication in 2003.
Writing led him to public speaking and he has addressed audiences across
this country and also in France, Sweden, and Siberia. In addition
he teaches management seminars and presents workshops and seminars based
on his books. Marshall has also written several screenplays and appeared
as an actor is several well-known shows including The Real West
and the television mini-series Return to Lonesome Dove.
Marshall is a
member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and he and his wife Connie have a
blended family of nine: six daughters and three sons, and three
complete schedule of events for Indian Awareness Week with the theme
“Celebrating American Indian Storytellers” follows. For more
information on any of these events contact the BHSU Center for Indian
Studies at 605-642-6578. These events are sponsored by the Center for
Indian Studies, South Dakota Humanities Council, BHSU Grants Office and
A complete schedule of
events for Indian Awareness Week with the theme “Celebrating American
Indian Storytellers” follows. For more information on any of these
events contact the BHSU Center for Indian Studies at 605-642-6578. These
events are sponsored by the Center for Indian Studies, South Dakota
Humanities Council, BHSU Grants Office and Lakota Omniciye.
Minutes of the University Assessment Committee
Minutes of University Assessment Committee for
Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103.
Present: Earley, DeJong, H. Johnson, D. Calhoon,
Siewert, Pearce, Schamber
Absent: Cook, J. Miller, D. Myers, Norby, Lembcke,
The committee congratulated the College of
Education for re-accreditation by NCATE, DECA, Wyoming DOE.
Committee reviewed the following annual assessment
physical education - returned for revision and
wellness management - approved with comments
political science - approved
There will be two more meetings this semester. The
next meeting is April 8 with the Council of Deans to talk about
assessment for next year and the second meeting will be on April 22 for
the overall institution (Haislett) and education, MSCI, and physical
Grant opportunities announced
Below are the program materials received March 13-19 in the Grants
Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office
at 642-6627 or email requests to email@example.com.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union
bulletin board near the information desk.
National Institute of Justice. Violence Against Women from Diverse Communities (DoJ/NIJ).
The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice is
seeking applications for research on violence against women ages 12
and older from diverse communities.
Deadline May 9, 2003. www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm.
Refer to solicitation 000609.
Professional Exchanges and Training (State). The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs is inviting applications for Central and Eastern European
professional exchanges and training programs in areas ranging from
library exchanges and judicial reform to media training.
Deadline May 9, 2003. http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfgps.
Refer to announcement ECA/PE/C/EUR-03-39.
- Education Department.
Early Reading First: Local Projects (ED). The Education Department is seeking applications to create
science-based age-appropriate early childhood curricula, instruction
and activities to help ready children for reading.
Deadline April 11, 2003 for preapplications; June 27, 2003
for invited full applications.
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 Friday, April 25 at 12
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