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to have novel published next spring - top
A novel by Kent Meyers, assistant professor of English at Black Hills
State University, The Work of Wolves, has been accepted for
publication by Harcourt Brace. It is expected to be available next
The novel is set in the middle of South Dakota and involves the
relationships between three young men, a rancher, a Lakota high school
student, and a German foreign exchange student, as they work to stop the
abuse of three horses they discover in a pasture.
Meyers has three previously published books: a novel, The
River Warren, a collection of essays, The Witness Of Combines
and a collection of short stories, Light In the Crossing. He has
also published fiction and non-fiction in national literary journals,
including The Georgia Review and The Southern Review, and
has won awards for several of his stories.
Meyers received his masters in English from Washington State
University in 1980 and has been teaching at BHSU since 1986.
Theisz poems accepted for
publication - top
Ronnie Theisz, professor of
English and chair of the humanities department at Black Hills State
University, recently had three poems accepted for publication by the
Vermillion Literary Project.
The poems, “Dream Catcher #52,” “The Summer of Her Leaving,”
and “Between the Black Mountains and Crow Creek,” are scheduled for
publication in the Vermillion Literary Project’s 2003 magazine.
Theisz has been invited to attend a reception and authors’ reading
Thursday, April 24 in Vermillion where he will receive a free
contributor’s copy of the magazine.
Theisz received his doctorate in literature from New York University
in 1972 and has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1977.
Department of History
and Social Science at BHSU will honor retiring faculty - top
The Department of History and
Social Science at Black Hills State University will honor
retiring faculty members Ms.
Margaret Lewis and Dr. Tom Hills Sunday, April 13 from 3-5 p.m.
at Hudson Hall, 222 West Hudson Street
in Spearfish. The public is invited to attend this reception.
professor of sociology,
joined the BHSU faculty in 1972.
She earned her undergraduate degree from Marymount College and a
master’s degree in sociology from Indiana University.
Hills has been a member of the university faculty since 1969. He
served as chairman of the junior college division, chairman of social
science division and dean of the college of business and public affairs
in addition to teaching. He is a 1962 graduate of BHSU and earned a
master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Oregon.
For further information
contact Dr. Riley Chrisman at 642-6365.
and speakers announced for Indian Awareness Week
Black Hills State University will
sponsor the annual wacipi (powwow), the Kevin Whirlwind Horse
art and fashion show as well as several nationally known speakers in
honor of Indian Awareness Week April 7-12.
The 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.
The 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.
Speakers, including special
presentations by nationally known speakers Billy Mills and Joseph
Marshall III, are scheduled throughout the week.
Mills, 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.
1960, Mills won the individual title in the Big Eight Conference's cross
Mills 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.
After the 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
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.
Marshall has 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 grandchildren.
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.
Film Series concludes April 10 - top
The final film of the Spring 2003 Film Series at Black Hills State
University will be shown Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. in Jonas 305.
“What Time Is It There?” was directed in 2000 by Ming-liang Tsai.
The film features Lee Kang-sheng as Hsiao Kang, a man who sells watches
in the streets of Taipei for a living. A few days after his father’s
death, Kang meets a young woman, Shiang-Chyi, who leaves for Paris the
very next day. In an effort to bridge the miles between them, Kang runs
around setting all the watches and clocks in Taipei to Paris time.
Meanwhile, in Paris, Shiang-Chyi is herself confronted with events that
mysteriously seem to be connected with Kang. The surprising ending
finally connects the two main characters in a poetic, unexpected way.
The film will be shown on DVD. There is no admission charge and the
public is welcome to attend. Free popcorn will be available courtesy of
the BHSU Residence Hall Association. For more information contact David
Salomon at firstname.lastname@example.org
BHSU will host Community Band
and Chamber Winds concert - top
The Black Hills State
University Community Band and Chamber Winds will present their “Rags,
Marches, Spirituals, and Swing” concert Monday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.
in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.
Chamber groups will perform
as well as a full band consisting of a clarinet ensemble, the Spearfish
Sax Quintet, a flute trio, and a brass choir.
During the concert a raffle
will be held to win a conductor’s baton and a chance to conduct the
band that night as they play Sousa’s Washington Post march. The
winner needs no musical ability. Proceeds will go toward scholarships in
the BHSU music department.
For more information contact
Christopher Hahn, instructor of music at BHSU, at
BHSU students honored for Addy wins - top
Black Hills State University mass communication students Mark Muniz
and Mike Palmer both won student advertising awards at the Third Annual
Student Advertising Awards (SDAF) competition.
Palmer, a senior communication art major
from Spearfish, won a student award for his self-portrait computer
illustration. Muniz, a junior art major from Newcastle, Wyo., received a
citation for his self-portrait entry. Both students had created the
entries as a part of a class project in an advanced computer production
According to Linn
Nelson, assistant professor of mass communication at BHSU, the
competition is open to full or part-time students in the study of
advertising, design, or related fields at a post-secondary institution
in South Dakota. The students were honored at the awards ceremony in
Sioux Falls recently.
The ADDY® Awards, which is the industry's largest and most
representative competition for creative excellence, includes both a
student and a professional category. A total of 11 student awards were
photography students recognized in international competition - top
Antonia Kucera, student intern
Hills State University students, Mandi Mutchler, Jessie Polenz and April
Mol, who are all seniors, and recent graduate John Engelbrecht were
recently chosen as finalists in the annual College Photographers
Competition by Photographer’s Forum magazine. The finalists and
winners’ photographs from this international competition will appear
in the 2003 Best of College Photography Annual in June.
their success in the competition, Steve Babbitt, associate professor of
photography at BHSU, says these diverse photographers have something
else in common - they work hard and always try to push themselves to
improve at what they do.
in this competition is a testimony to their hard work, their creativity,
and their technical prowess,” said Babbitt.
More than 3,000 college students submitted more than 20,000
photographs for consideration and only the top seven percent were chosen
as finalists or winners.
year only one BHSU student, Andrea Antrobus, entered the competition and
she was accepted for publication; this year, four students were accepted
and Engelbrecht even received an honorable mention. Babbitt hopes the
recent success is the start of a new trend at BH and would like to see
future students reach the same heights in this competition.
photography program at BHSU has grown in the eight years since associate
professor Steve Babbitt joined the staff.
Babbitt has helped develop and implement new courses to create a
program that is consistently growing in student interest. In recent
years, the program received approval for students to pursue both a major
and a minor in photography, under the mass communications area in the
College of Arts and Sciences.
to Babbitt, the extensive growth in photography at BHSU is due in part
to dedication by the students as well as the provision of facilities by
the university. After the 2002 demolition of Cook Hall which previously
housed the photography
darkroom and classroom, the photo department moved to the basement of
Jonas Hall. Along with the move came a larger darkroom, classroom,
studio and the establishment of a photographer’s gallery, where
students show their work.
is glad to be given the opportunity to build such a successful
photography program and work with students such as Engelbrecht, Mutchler,
Polenz, and Mol.
have much to be proud of,” he said. “I certainly am proud of
students will have to push the limits to live up to what this year’s
winning photographers have accomplished. Engelbrecht, Mutchler, Polenz
and Mol’s winning photographs all display some of their best work and
each has its own story.
Engelbrecht, 25, graduated from BHSU in December 2002 with an art major
and a minor in photography.
He always liked photography and has advanced from snapping shots
of his friends to capturing on film the drama of his life.
has developed a distinctive style in his work. He describes his
photography as humanistic, expressionistic, universal in theme, against
the mainstream, and much like a personal journal. He works mostly in
black and white, but experiments in alternative processes such as
montage, chemical staining, solarizing, and has even devised various
ways to include words in his photographs. He photographs the physical
world that affects him personally, such as his wife and two children,
and influences the message by commenting on the image with his thoughts.
He feels that taking away color and adding the abstract quality of black
and white emphasizes his ideas.
Engelbrecht traveled to New York for an interview at Yale, where he
hopes to pursue a graduate degree. Yale, he feels, has an intense
program and will give him good exposure to the art world. He would like
to teach upper-level classes, combining photography and philosophy,
which would meet in a casual environment and pull in students
“exploding with creativity and passion.”
strength is his high level of creativity and his willingness to try
anything. He is extremely tenacious,” according to Babbitt.
a senior art major with a minor in photography, entered a photograph of
a baby that holds personal, sentimental meaning because the child is her
cousin. She mostly photographs people she knows, and most recently she
has used her design capabilities working in fashion and commercial
Mutchler loves the look of color photography, she works mostly in black
and white partially because she has yet to take the color class;
however, she likes black and white because it is more abstract and it
shows an unusual aspect - we do not see in black and white. She usually
takes pictures of people, but she also likes to shoot interesting
objects she owns. She likes working in a semi-controlled environment so
she can focus on light, shapes, and the graphic quality in her
plans to graduate next May and hopes to go to graduate school.
Career-wise, she hopes to pursue the commercial aspect of photography
and eventually teach at the university level.
has an advantage of being very technically skilled as well as being
insightful and creative in her approach to photography,” Babbitt said.
“She also has a unique way of combining the artistic and commercial
aspects of her work.”
a senior art and English major with photography, writing and philosophy
minors, won with a photograph that is part of a continuing study
exploring the relationships of small-town teenagers. Polenz continues to
photographs what society would call “troubled teens,” studying her
sisters’ relationships with themselves and their boyfriends. This
difficult subject matter has produced a series of gritty, intimate
came to BH straight out of high school in Hill City to pursue an art
degree. She was interested in human expression from the start - the
first picture she ever printed captured a great expression on her
sister’s face and got Jessie interested in the subject matter, even
though she had a way to go compositionally and technically. Polenz
searches for subjective content in her work. She moves away from
completely abstract photography and usually takes pictures of people
because of the emotion they are capable of showing.
plans to graduate next May and hopes to work with art in some way, maybe
in a photography or art gallery, or with writing, maybe in a publishing
company. Ideally, she would like to work with all of these aspects.
has worked hard on a difficult subject matter - capturing the
intricacies of relationships - and it is paying off. She regularly
pushes the imagery to the edge and has a keen sense of where that edge
is; she makes images that are powerful but not heavy-handed,” said
winning photograph was a spur of the moment action that turned out just
how she hoped it would. The image of her younger sister is an ideal
portrayal of the unconventional portraits Mol likes to shoot. Mol is a
senior mass communications major and theatre major with a minor in art.
primarily works in black and white photographically because she likes
the abstract quality. “I don’t like to confine myself to one genre
or theme,” she said. “I like to be a versatile photographer.”
plans to graduate next May and begin graduate school at the Academy of
Art in San Francisco. Her ideal career would involve traveling, taking
photographs for the National Geographic or a similar publication.
her hard work in the past two years, April has come an incredible
distance in her photography,” Babbitt said. Her achievements are
evidenced by her inclusion in this publication.”
student receives scholarship for business plan - top
Shawn Darling, a Black Hills
State University business administration major from Black Hawk, recently
received a Genesis of Innovation scholarship.
The scholarship will pay for two, three-credit hour independent
studies so he can further his business idea under the direction of
faculty mentors Priscilla Romkema and Verona Beguin. Eventually, a
business person will also be brought on as a business mentor.
Darling’s plan is to
develop technical and innovative ways to bolster an off-road vehicle
dealership/fishing boat line with a full service department and parts
Paul Gnirk, president of the Genesis of Innovation for South Dakota, a
non-profit group focusing on the commercialization of private sector and
university-based innovation, announced the scholarship recipients. Gnirk
sponsors the BHSU Genesis scholarship.
places 15th nationally
Hills State University placed 15th in the nation for the
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Sears
Director’s Cup for the athletic teams’ performances during the
winter standings in the NAIA.
“I am proud
of our student-athletes and coaches and their commitment to success,”
said Bud Synhorst, BHSU athletic director. “It shows their dedication
to being the best possible representatives of BHSU.”
BHSU at 15th
nationally, trailed the University of Mary, ranked fourth, and Dickinson
State University, ranked eighth.
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA
Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up
to 12 sports – six women’s and six men’s.
Each national champion receives 100 points.
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 spring 2004. Release time is awarded to full-time faculty who teach
on the BHSU campus. The next application deadline is Friday, April 25 at
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