Volume XXVII  No. 16 • April 18, 2003

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BHSU professor attends state conference on education - top

Sharon Strand, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State University, attended the recent South Dakota Council of Teachers of English (SDCTE) spring conference in Chamberlain. Strand teaches composition courses at BHSU.

The theme of the conference, “Celebrating the Classroom Teacher,” focused on today’s topics in education. The conference consisted of talks given by featured speakers, focus group discussions, and workshop sessions.

Tim Duggan from the University of South Dakota shared Shakespearean poems set to music. Jean Patrick, Mitchell author of The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and other children’s literature titles, was the featured speaker at the dinner banquet.

Strand had the opportunity to take part in three discussion round tables that focused on current issues in education. Topics participants could choose from were Implications of No Child Left Behind, Advantages and Disadvantages of Teaching and Learning in the Black, Preparing Students for Standardized Testing, Preparing for College English, Getting Students Published, and the Newly Revised South Dakota Language Arts Standards.

Workshop sessions included the Top Ten Reasons for Reading Literature, Learning with the Lewis and Clark Journals, What’s New in Young Adult Literature? Titles, Resources, and Classroom Ideas, The Great Questions Strategy, Rhetorical Analogies: Teaching Language with Art, Technical Writing – An Integral Component, Breathing New Life into Old Texts: Shakespeare in the Classroom, Strategies for Success: Getting Ready for College English at SDSM&T, A Tale of Two Projects: Encouraging Student Research, Surviving and Thriving Your First Years of Teaching, Making Every Teacher a Reading and Writing Teacher, and Integrating the www into the English Classroom.


Royer publishes research article - top

An article written by Dr. Randall D. Royer, associate professor of music at Black Hills State University, was recently published in the Spring 2003 edition of the American Bandmasters Association Journal of Band Research.

Royer’s article, “Sound Pressure Levels and Frequencies in Secondary School Band Programs,” showed findings from a study in which he measured sound pressure levels in band rooms and compared those results to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for noise exposure. Royer previously presented the research results at the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Northwest meeting in Portland, Ore.

Royer also served as guest conductor for the Honors Band of the South Dakota Middle School All-State Band in Pierre recently. The students, who were selected by taped audition, represented the best middle school instrumentalists in the state. The grand concert was taped and will be shown statewide.

Royer holds a master’s degree in music education from the University of Wyoming. He received his doctorate in music education from the University of Utah in 1996 and joined the BHSU faculty in 1997.


BHSU professor publishes four articles - top

Four articles written by Kelly A. O’Connor-Salomon, an adjunct faculty member at Black Hills State University, were recently published.

O’Connor-Salomon’s essay on Katherine Kurtz was published in the two volume reference work edited by Richard Bleiler and published by Simon and Schuster in 2002, Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, which was named the “Outstanding Reference Source” by the American Library Association.

Her articles discussing the Battle of Bannockburn, the 1284 Statute of Wales, and the Welsh Wars were included in the Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England, 1272-1485, edited by Ronald H. Fritze and William B. Robison and published by the Greenwood Press in 2002.

O’Connor-Salomon holds two master’s degrees and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Medieval Welsh with the University of Wales. She joined the English Department at BHSU in 1999.


Theisz receives state humanities lifetime service award - top

Dr. Ronnie Theisz, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the humanities department at BHSU, was awarded the Lifetime Service in the Humanities Award, presented annually by the South Dakota Humanities Council. This is one of the most prestigious awards given annually to one individual in South Dakota in appreciation of his commitment, efforts and achievements in the humanities. Theisz is the first BHSU professor to receive this recognition.

The nomination letter cited Theisz for his leadership in the department of humanities at BHSU, his record of teaching courses grounded in literary and cultural studies, and the patience, tact and generosity with which he mentors his colleagues.

“It is his professional and personal sensitivity to the common values of all human beings that make him particularly deserving of the award. This is demonstrated both in his research and in his life. Some people study a “problem” or “issue” or “subject” as a form of detached theoretical exercise. Theisz has not only explored the richness and complexity of the Native American tradition with academic commitment and rigor, he has participated in it with individual enthusiasm and success. His long list of books, articles, presentations and intellectual engagements identifies him as one of the most productive and pre-eminent scholars in the field of Native American studies. He has also sought to experience that culture through acquiring relevant linguistic and musical skills, and has the unique honor of being included in a nationally recognized Native American singing and drum group. Consequently, it can be appropriately said that he functions as a bridge between cultures and inhabits a comfortable and symbolic presence in the troubled space where Anglo and the Native American traditions collide and mingle,” the letter of nomination said.

The letter of nomination further suggested that, “Few people lead, inspire and exemplify the enlightened tradition of the humanities as fully and compellingly as Theisz does. He has spent his entire academic life dedicated to the proposition that a study of the humanities is not only interesting but also indispensable to our education and our future. He richly deserves the honor this award bestows.”

He was also recognized for being “an eager and dependable friend of the Humanities in South Dakota.” The formal citation acknowledged that he has been involved with humanities programs in South Dakota since 1974. “Over the last 30 years, Theisz has served the humanities as an evaluator of regional humanities programs, a summer proposal consultant, a speaker’s bureau participant, and a member of the grants committee for the national Endowment for the Humanities. A 1987 research grant led to his 1994 publication, Standing in the Light: A Lakota Way of Seeing, with Severt Young Bear. He helped direct three SDHC scholars’ seminars in Spearfish, and assisted with two SDHC film projects. Lakota Quillwork: Art and Legend (1986) and Yes, I Am Not Iktomi (1997). Among the numerous awards he has received are Special Contribution to Education Award from the South Dakota Indian Education Association in 1981, and a citation in 1997 for “Commitment and Dedication to the Preservation of Lakota Music and Culture.”

Theisz received his Ph.D. in literature from New York University in 1972. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1977.


Ochse accepts award at South Dakota Distance Education Conference - top

Roger Ochse (left), associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, is shown with Robert Burke, academic coordinator of the Electronic University Consortium of South Dakota, after accepting an Excellence in E-learning award from the Board of Regents at the South Dakota Distance Education Conference held in Aberdeen recently. Ochse and Lisa Bryan, instructor in the College of Business and Technology and director of the Center for Indian Studies, received the award for working together to create the Joint Venture Creation/Technical Communication course. Reviewers singled out this course for utilizing various delivery methods, collaborating across disciplines, and using an interactive syllabus.


CSA luncheon recognizes employees for years of service - top

The CSA council held their annual spring banquet to formally recognize CSA employees for their years of service. President Thomas Flickema welcomed the luncheon guests and honorees.

Staff members recognized included five-year employees: Sherri Adams, Candy Huddleston, Gloria Spitler, Michael Tiffany, Bill Baker, Rodney Bartholomew, Jeanne

 Hanson, Krista Schroeder, Ginny Sunding, and Dennis Walkins. Ten-year employees honored were Ron Ehly, Diane Watson, and Penney Williams.

Fifteen-year employees 

Pictured are a few of the CSA employees at BHSU that were recently honored for their years of service at the CSA recognition luncheon.  Honorees include, left to right, Hanna Swarts, Dan Adams, Patty Clarkson, Deatta Chapel, Ramona Collins, and David Maki.

acknowledged were Nancy Lewis and David Maki. Patty Clarkson was recognized for 20 years of service. Dan Adams and Hanna Swarts were honored as the organization’s 25-year staff members. This year two employees, Ramona Collins and Deatta Chapel, attained 30 years of service to the university.

CSA president Shuck told those gathered, “Ladies and gentlemen, that is 240 years of experience dedicated to Black Hills State University. Thank you all for your hard work and devotion. I hope you know how much all of your co-workers appreciate you and all that you do.

CSA employees at BHSU were honored for the years of service at a recognition luncheon this spring.  Honorees include, left to right, Rodney Bartholomew, Bill Baker, Ginny Sunding, Dennis Walkins, Krista Schroeder, Penney Williams, and Gloria Spitler. 




Crystal Muglia receives CSA scholarship - top

Crystal Bleu Muglia, a senior from Belle Fourche who is working on triple majors in Elementary and Special Education and Theatre while minoring in Middle School Education, was selected by the Career Service Act (CSA) employees’ organization at Black Hills State University as recipient of the CSA Scholarship for 2003.

Muglia was recognized recently at the 18th annual CSA Recognition Luncheon held to honor staff employees at the university. CSA president Nancy Shuck presented the scholarship award to Muglia.


BHSU outstanding student volunteers honored - top

Outstanding Black Hills State University students were honored at the 11th annual student volunteer awards banquet recently. The theme for the awards banquet was “Grow and Become.” Jane Klug, director of student services, said the theme was chosen to recognize the amount of growth in student organization involvement on campus. She noted there are more programs, more co-sponsored activities and increased attendance and participation in the student organizations.
“We thought ‘Grow and Become’ was very 
appropriate for us at Black Hills State University this year. The seeds have been planted and handled with care. Your ideas were created, then germinated, and finally have flourished. I’m here to tell you, you have 
all made a difference on our campus this year. A 
garden is not just one flower, or stalk of corn, or 
BHSU Faculty member Jace Decory was recognized as Outstanding Student Organization Advisor for her work with Lakota Omniciye.

clump of grapes. Rather, it is a fertile,  well-cultivated area where all things can grow.  So tonight, we get to reap our harvest. This celebration is a time for us as a university to say thank you to all of you for your hard work and all your efforts to improve our campus. You have made BHSU a better place.  More so, you have helped us believe that we as a nation will survive the difficulties and will overcome all the evils in this world when we work together to serve others,” Klug said.

Professor Ahrar Ahmad served as the keynote speaker. The recipients and nominees were nominated by staff or faculty members, organization advisors, who identified their contributions to Black Hills State University. The nominees then completed an application detailing everything they had accomplished and been involved in throughout the past year.

The Excellence in Leadership awards, which are given to students who have best-demonstrated involvement on campus and in the community as well as maintained high academic standards, were presented to Judy Locati, a junior biology major from Spearfish, and Antonia Kucera, a senior mass communications major from Rapid City. The recipients of this award must have completed over 96 credit hours, have a minimum of 3.25 grade point average, exemplify a high standard of personal integrity, maturity and character, and have a commitment to help other students by encouraging, supporting, and nurturing their involvement and academic achievement.

Since 1999, Locati has been an active member of the BHSU community.  She has served as Pangburn Hall government president and an officer of the Health and Science Student Organization. She has been a member of the track team, Newman Club, and the Math Club.  She has taught CCD classes to fourth graders and has been a member of the Relay for Life and American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) Strut in downtown Spearfish. For the past two years she has been working on an independent research project on neurobiology with Dr. Charles Lamb.

Concerning her award, Locati wrote, “For me, balance has been the key to a happy, well-rounded, and successful life. In order to be successful in my college career and community, I have learned to balance involvement in various activities with academic achievement.  I have also found that being industrious, along with thorough, has been valuable to my success in both community involvement and academic achievement.”

During Kucera’s four years on campus, she has held leadership roles in two organizations, the Today Newspaper and the Shutterbuzz Photography Club. Kucera has been responsible for almost every aspect of the paper, from ensuring quality of content and appearance to upholding the honest reputation and completing the goal of the Today Newspaper to inform and serve as a voice for students. As a Shutterbuzz member, Kucera serves as founding president and is responsible for the organization and arrangement of club activities and events with the help of other club members.

When discussing her involvement and academics, Kucera wrote, “I think my involvement in the Today and Shutterbuzz has been essential to my success as a student.  What I have learned from working with these organizations has been invaluable.  A student leader is someone who takes the time to help others reach their goals. I try to do this by setting positive examples, personally working with people, and by just trying to enjoy life.  I think it is important to pursue a career you enjoy, and that is what I have in mind when working with people.”

Other nominees for the Excellence in Leadership award were:  Crystal Muglia, a senior elementary education major from Spearfish, and Michael Nerland, a senior business administration major from Spearfish.

The vice president for Student Life’s Rising Star award was presented to Venessa Adcock, a sophomore political science major from Spearfish. This award is given to a sophomore student who has shown excellence in leadership and made outstanding contributions to the BHSU community during the year.

Adcock has been involved with Student Ambassadors, the Emerging Leaders program, hall government, the Leading Edge leadership organization and residence life.  Last year, she graduated from the Emerging Leaders program and this year was one of the facilitators who served as a student mentor. In Student Ambassadors, she is the secretary/treasurer and she currently serves as a resident assistant and is active with Thomas Hall government.

When asked about being a student leader on campus, Adcock stated, "My goals to better student organizations and BHSU would be to get as many students involved with organizations as possible. Another goal I have is to work on bringing all of the student organizations together, as one team, by having the same common goal to improve the overall quality of student life at BHSU. Being a student leader means you have a consistent drive in continuing to achieve more.  While a student leader guides others to strive for success, they also recognize their individual weaknesses, therefore, knowing when to seek the help of others.”

Other nominees for this award were: Patrick Fink, a freshman mass communications major from Sturgis; Andrew Coppersmith, a sophomore business administration major from Gettysburg; Charles Lehmann, a sophomore art major from Rapid City; Jenny Phillipe, a sophomore psychology major from Custer; Paul Burnett, a sophomore technology major from Alliance, Neb.; John Fitzgerald Jr., a freshman political science major from Belle Fourche; Megan Wyett, a sophomore special education major from Casper, Wyo.;  Jessica Hinker, a sophomore mass communications major from Forestburg; and Jason Dvorak, a freshman environmental science major from Rapid City.

The Outstanding Freshman award was presented to Emily Varland, a mass communications major from Gregory. This award is given to an individual who has jumped in headfirst and has made an impact on campus in the short time they have been here. Varland is a graduate of the 2002 Emerging Leaders Program, a staff writer for the Today Newspaper, a Council Of Student Organizations representative, an actor in the recent production of the Laramie Project, a volunteer for the University Programming Team’s concert and variety entertainment committee. She is the freshman representative on the Student Senate and serves as the vice president and co-founder of the newest sorority on campus, Chi Theta Xi.

Varland said, “Involvement has benefited me immensely during my short career here at BHSU, and I hope to continue on the road of being actively involved.  I believe that being active in organizations truly makes the college experience. Without being involved, I feel I would be lacking friendship, responsibilities, and a sense of satisfaction.  All of these accompany being involved and truly make being involved worthwhile.”

Other nominees for the Outstanding Freshman award were: Megan Bietz, a sociology major from Gillette, Wyo.; Andy Steele, a business administration major from Geddes; Jessi Moeller, an elementary education major from Hartford; Samantha Cripps, a business administration major from Wright, Wyo.; Erin Power, an education major from Bismarck, N.D.; Deann Neuberger, an English major from Hazen, N.D.; Beth Shaw, a technology major from Sioux City, Iowa; Kristi Parquet, a technology major from Midland; Mary Loucks from Casper, Wyo.; Seth Gudmunson, a communication art major from Watertown; Stephanie Zepeda from Howard; Patricia Fritz, a tourism major from the Marshall Islands; Rachel Braaten, an education major from Thermopolis, Wyo.; Shawn Rosenau, a psychology major from Spearfish; and Shawn Sinkular, a mass communications major from Dallas.

The 2003 Outstanding Volunteer award was presented to Sommerlyn Mortensen, a senior accounting major from Wall, who has been involved in three organizations, Phi Beta Lambda, Student Ambassadors and the VITA - Volunteers in Tax Accounting, this year. In the past, Mortensen has held various leadership positions. Some of the programs she has helped with include:  the PBL monopoly tournament and gingerbread house-building contest, the Student Ambassadors’ Sept. 11 remembrance program, BHSU vs. SDSM&T spirit night, as well as assisting with preview days and phone calling for academic and athletic scholarships for students.

Mortenson said, “Volunteering at Black Hills State University means someone is willing to take on responsibility and get out of her ‘box’ to go that extra step beyond what is expected.  Volunteering is also doing something and not expecting recognition for it. When I think of volunteering I see that picture of a shy person contributing some type of act, and everybody noticing the improvement, but not knowing the person who performed it.”

The Outstanding Student Leader award was presented by last year’s winner, Angie Case, to Greg Bischoff, a junior English major from Belle Fourche. He is an active member of the UP Team, Lorax Society, English Club and the pioneer of the Imaginative Writers’ Group. He currently serves as the Fine Arts chair for the UP Team.  As president of the Imaginative Writers Group, he has been responsible for organizing open mic poetry readings on campus and in the community and a short story writing contest for BHSU students.  Bischoff has helped organize various fundraisers such as a rummage sale and book raffle. He is also an English tutor.

Regarding his involvement at BH, Bischoff wrote, “My involvement has allowed students to see the humanities and arts in a positive way. Understanding that writing and the arts are positive features of life and not something to be feared. Being a student leader means many things to me. I find satisfaction in helping others achieve goals they may not otherwise have been able to accomplish, as well as contributing to a positive environment in which we all may learn and grow personally.”

The Outstanding Student Leader award is given to a student who has shown excellence in leadership and made outstanding contributions to the BHSU community during this academic year.

Tracy Grong, a senior psychology major from Spearfish, was presented you with a certificate recognizing her outstanding achievement for work with Psychology Club and her leadership on campus.

The Outstanding Residence Life Involvement award was presented to Amanda Caster, a sophomore elementary education major from Custer. She has been an active participant in a variety of hall activities. She made all of the food for the Super Bowl party, assisted with the Homecoming float-building and made poodle skirts for the float participants, plus she helped teach the members how to jitterbug. For the hall spirit night, Castor made kilts and headbands. She has baked 12 dozen cookies for the cookie walk, helped organize the Christmas party, and assisted with other spirit night activities.

Castor said, “I am always willing to lend a hand when needed. My positive attitude also makes many residents feel welcome and comfortable here at BHSU.”

The Outstanding Residence Life Leadership award went to Ian Laber, a junior social science education major from Winner. This award goes to an individual that has gone above the call of duty to serve the students and has made a positive impact through his/her leadership in the residence halls. Laber has been extremely active on campus. From hall check-in for new students, to the success at BH Programs; from the Swarm Days float preparations to all hall activities, this individual has made it happen.  He is a member of Residence Hall Association (RHA) and serves as the president for Pangburn Hall government.

Faculty member Jace Decory was recognized as Outstanding Student Organization Advisor for her work with Lakota Omniciye. Decory has advised, supported and put forth endless hours to help this organization for 19 years.  One member said, “She has been our support system through our financial struggles, disagreements, and down times of our club and has helped us be the strong organization we are today. She has modeled true Lakota values and beliefs for the college students who struggle to find their identity. She has also acted as a spiritual leader for the students who struggle with keeping their spirituality when they leave home for college. Because of her wisdom and direction for the club we have honored her by calling her Unci. Unci is the Lakota term for Grandmother. This term is only given to those who earn the title through their wisdom, courage, generosity, and fortitude, all of which Jace displays and is a perfect example of. We don’t see her as just an advisor, she is an aunt, grandmother, and mother to all those she interacts with and is always promoting the Lakota way of life through her actions.”

Other nominees for this award included: Jade Harney and Jane Klug for their work with the Emerging Leader Program; Steve Babbitt for advising the Shutterbuzz Photography Club; Joanna Jones for advising the BHSU Reading Council; Jennifer Butler for her service to the Residence Hall Association; Priscilla Romkema for advisement to the Students in Free Enterprise; Charles Lamb for advising the Health Science Student Organization; Duster Butler for advising Pangburn Hall government; Chris Schultes for her work with Humbert Hall government; Rachel Uttecht for working with Thomas Hall government; Joe Valades for advising the Black Hills Hockey Club; David Wolff advising the History Association; and Greg Cooch for work with American Association on Mental Retardation and the Student Council for Exceptional Children.

The Outstanding Student Organization award went to United Ministries FOCUS, advised by Jean Helmer. This group has focused their attention to increasing a sense of community and family both on campus and between the campus and the Spearfish community at large. Their sponsored activities give their members real world experiences in public speaking, and in planning, organizing, and conducting seminars, lectures, and service activities. This past year they have sponsored a number of events including: delivering Valentines to shut-ins, the anti-social, and the children of Abraham Series - a program designed to deepen understanding of the tenets of Judaism.  They have also sponsored the Seder Feast, hosted the Nation Day of Prayer Service and offered students free soup at the Souper Study sessions during finals. They continued their Booster Buddies program, the campus food pantry and assisted with a seminar on stress and the Oxfam Hunger Banquet.

The Outstanding Student Organization award is presented to the organization that is most active, fulfills their stated purpose, projects a positive image and excels in their contribution to the BHSU campus community.

The Outstanding New Student Organization award went to Circle K.  A new club with 14 members, Circle K focuses on volunteering in the Spearfish community.  Their goals include promoting community service, developing leadership skills and building friendships among the students.  The members have worked with the following programs:  Artemis House clean-up, West Elementary After School Program, Casino Night and Regroup and Recycle program.  They have helped paint local picnic benches, and attended the local Kiwanis meetings. As a fundraiser, they raised over $250 for the Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip with the Walking Tacos Fundraiser. Next year, the group hopes to be a recognized national student organization.

Other nominees for the Outstanding New Student Organization were: Black Hills Hockey Club, advised by Joe Valades; the Imaginative Writers Group, advised by David Cremean; and the BHSU Art Club, advised by Jim Knutson.

The award for Outstanding Community Service Project was presented to three recipients this year. Winners were Kappa Delta Pi for the Kits for Kids, the UP Team for sponsoring the Abby SomeOne benefit concert for the Grizzly Gulch firefighters and the Human Services and Sociology Club for the South American clothing drive.

Kappa Delta Pi coordinated a national project entitled Kits for Kids. The goal of the project was to provide suitcases filled with pajamas, clothing, books, personal hygiene products, and a stuffed animal to foster children. The Kappa Delta Pi members and students in the College of Education collected more than $800 for this project. This project is unique in that it is a nationwide project and the BHSU organization was the first agency in South Dakota to put the Kits for Kids mission to work.

The UP Team was recognized for a benefit concert where all the proceeds went back to individual fire departments that helped during the Grizzly Gulch fire last July. The students wanted to show their appreciation to all of these firefighters, so they sponsored a benefit concert. The total amount that was raised was divided amongst the fire departments.

Members of the Human Services and Sociology Club sent out letters to more than 900 students in the Spearfish elementary schools publicizing a clothing drive for an orphanage and others in need in Argentina. Every week, volunteers would pick up and weigh bags of clothes.  By December, more than 2,000 pounds of clothing had been collected.  Members of the club gave short presentations to the elementary students showing the great poverty that exists in Argentina and talked about how lucky they truly are to live in the United States and in a community like Spearfish.

Other nominees for this award were: United Ministries FOCUS for their work with the Oxfam Hunger Banquet; Student Ambassadors  for the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony; Alpha Epsilon Xi for the Samaritan’s Purse project; Residence Hall Association for the RHA Halloween Safehouse; Humbert Hall government for operation turkey and Lakota Omniciye for the Red Shirt Table clothing and toy drive.

The BHSU English Club was named the Most Improved Student Organization. This new award recognizes the accomplishments of the organization who has improved drastically over the past year. The English Club was almost defunct a few years ago.  However, this year, they have excelled by achieving their goals and providing the campus with some great programs, such as:  an entry in the Parade of Lights,  collecting water, snacks and other necessities for the firefighters; and sponsoring Operation Paperback Book Drive and the Literary Haunted House and Kiddie Carnival. This club is also responsible for the Green Bowl Review publication.

A member said, “Our organization has faced several challenges, including the ever-present specter of fundraising, marketing, organizing and adequately staffing our events. The English Club is, however, an extremely dedicated and efficient group of people, and we all work together to ensure that our events are successful and organized.  It is our ability to work as a group to meet our common goal of promoting literature and literacy that truly ensures our continued growth."

The Outstanding Program awards were presented to UP Team for the 2002 Casino Night; the BHSU English Club for the Literary Haunted House and Carnival; and the Student Ambassadors for sponsoring the Sept. 11th remembrance ceremony.

The UP Team’s first annual Casino Night began with a hypnotist, followed by casino games and bingo games. The evening wrapped up with a concert in the Jacket Legacy Room and presentation of prizes. More than 400 people participated in this event.

The BHSU English Club’s Literary Haunted House and Carnival was designed by the English Club members. Each member was assigned a literature character. The members also developed a “literary tour” through the house to explain – in a fun way - who the characters were and why they were haunting the university.

The Student Ambassadors received recognition for sponsoring the September 11th remembrance ceremony which provided students and community members an opportunity to come together to remember and to reflect. The goal of the program was to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks as well as those who worked to save them.  All 1,539 attendees received an American Flag.  The Student Ambassadors recently received notice that the Association of Student Advancement Programs, a national organization, honored this event with the District Six Outstanding Program award.

The other nominees for the Outstanding Program award were: United Ministries for the Booster Buddies project; BHAEYC for the Swarm Days Kiddie Carnival; Student Senate for the all-student organization Christmas Party; United Ministries FOCUS for the Valentine making and delivery program; the Psychology Club for the rat race; Pangburn Hall for the jitterbug dance lessons; Lakota Omniciye for their work with the wacipi; RHA for the Halloween Safehouse; Humbert Hall government for their work with operation turkey scavenger hunt and Sigma Tau Gamma for their Snoop Dogg raffle.

Individual student organizations also recognized their outstanding members.  

Excellence in Leadership awards were presented to Judy Locati, (left) a junior biology major from Spearfish, and Antonia Kucera, (right) a senior mass communications major from Rapid City.

 





Dakota Chamber Orchestra will hold concert at BHSU - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra will perform at Black Hills State University Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

During the “Classics of Mystery, Magic and Mystique” concert, the orchestra will present the music of Mozart, Copland, Greig, Faure, Saint-Saens, and Charles Ives.

There is no charge for admission, and the public is welcome to attend. Contact Randall Royer, associate professor of music at BHSU, at 642-6255 for more information.


BHSU announces band lineup for Festival On the Green - top

Six bands will perform at the Festival On the Green from 2 until 9 p.m. Friday, April 25 in Ida Henton Park, a grassy field in front of Woodburn Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.

Famus Shamus will kick off the seven hours of live music from 2 to 2:50 p.m., followed by Brock Finn from 3:10 to 4 p.m., Bishop from 4:20 to 5 p.m., Corduroy Vinyl from 5:20 to 6:10 p.m., Todd Rigione from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and The Frogs from 
7:50 to 9 p.m. Additional entertainment is scheduled during the set breaks.

Famus Shamus, Brock Finn, and Bishop are local bands that all contain BHSU students. Famus Shamus, a local favorite of the Knight’s Cellar, combines original material with rock covers and the scratching of DJ Dan. Brock Finn plays wacky original tunes mixed with country rock covers. Bishop is an up and coming Black Hills band that plays original alternative rock. They recently won this year’s Rapid City Battle of the Bands contest.

Two singer/songwriter guitar players from Rapid City make up Corduroy Vinyl, a band that plays a wide range of original material.

Todd Rigione plays a wide range of material from psychedelic metal to solo ballads. Rigione appeared on a Mike Watts tribute record with Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, and Henry Rollins. He has also toured with bands like Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction. He is soloing now but was formerly a member of Liquid Jesus, a Los Angeles band signed by Geffen Records in the early 90s. Rigione will be appearing at BHSU with a full band.

The Frogs, alternative rock legends that hail from Milwaukee, Wis., have toured with bands from Pearl Jam to the Smashing Pumpkins and have released singles with both of those bands. They are highly esteemed members of the rock world whose last record was produced by Steve Albini, producer of works by Nirvana, Robert Plant, and many other rock greats.

The festival, which begins at noon and ends at dusk, will also include exhibits by local artists, craftspeople, organizations, and businesses. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

This event is sponsored by the students of BHSU and is free to the public. Everyone in the community is invited to attend. In case of inclement weather the event will be held in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. For more information contact Trevor New, UP Team Concert and Variety Entertainment chair, at 642-6418.


Conservation class presents panel discussion - top

A Black Hills State University conservation class, taught by Dr. Brian Smith, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, will present a panel discussion Monday, April 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The discussion will focus on the group’s scientific research regarding the effects Wyoming’s booming coal bed methane industry is having on South Dakota.

The Global Awareness Committee is sponsoring the discussion. Contact David Cremean at 642-6713 or davidcremean@bhsu.edu for more information. There is no charge for admission, and the public is welcome to attend.


Traditional Lakota arts will be displayed at BHSU - top

Black Hills State University students will display art projects they created during the spring 2003 Traditional Lakota Arts course. The exhibit will be available for viewing Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

For more information contact Jace DeCory, American Indian Studies Instructor at BHSU, at 642-6295.


BHSU faculty and students present at research symposium - top

Black Hills State University sophomore biology major, Tessa Jones from Spearfish, presents her research project, “Simultaneous Evolution of Plant Defense Mechanisms and Competition,” at the recent research symposium held on the BHSU campus Wednesday,
April 16. BHSU faculty and students showcased 
12 research projects at the symposium.

 

 

 

 








Billy Mills spoke at BHSU during Indian Awareness Week - top

Billy Mills, an Olympic gold-medal winner, spoke about “Global Unity Through Global Diversity” at Black Hills State University last week during Indian Awareness Week. Mills was one of many speakers who came to BHSU for the week-long celebration which included the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run, a buffalo feed, and the Lakota Omniciye 21st Annual Powwow featuring the One Nation Art Show and the One Nation Fashion Show.





Kevin Whirlwind Horse scholarship awarded; race winners announced - top

Chelsea Kujawa, a sophomore at Black Hills State University, was selected as the recipient of the
2003 Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship. Kujawa, 
an elementary education major
from Kadoka, has been a residence assistant (RA), is active in hall government, is an Emerging Leaders graduate, and is a TriO Scholar and a Student Support Services (SSS) mentor. She recently qualified to participate in nationals as a member
of the Yellow Jacket track team.

Mrs. Mae Whirlwind Horse presented the scholarship Saturday during the annual Kevin Whirlwind

Mrs. Mae Whirlwind Horse presented the Kevin Whirlwind Horse scholarship Saturday during the annual race to Chelsea Kujawa, a Black Hills State University sophomore from Kadoka.      

Horse Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk.  Each year the award is presented in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former BHSU student who died in an auto accident in 1984.  The scholarship recipient demonstrates the qualities exemplified by Kevin—scholarship, leadership, respect, and character.

Former Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills was on hand to provide inspiration to approximately 100 runners and walkers at this year’s event.  Wally Little Moon (18:18) and Sarah Larson (23:32) were the overall winners in the 5-K run, and Monni Karim (32.20) and Karen Glazier (42.26) led the field in the 10-K event.  Josey Johnson and Matt Altmyer won the nine to 12-year-old half mile run. Krayce King and Colter King took first in the eight and under quarter mile event. Complete race results follow.

Kevin Whirlwind Horse, Jr. presented star quilts to BHSU employees Sharon Hemmingson and Deatta Chapel to recognize their many years of organizing the event. Carol Gritts, Maxine Schwahn, Cheryl Leahy, Joan Wermers, Juli Larson, and BHSU students, Nicole Krycil, Brenda Crandall, Jeremy Taper, and Shauna Dye, assisted with the run, as well as George Martin from the city of Spearfish, Teri Royer, Young Center director, and Lisa Bryan, Center for American Indian Studies. 

Race results:

  • Girls 8 and under mile run:  1st, Krayce King; 2nd, Ettie Mae Benoist.
  • Boys 8 and under mile run:  1st, Colter King; 2nd, Chase Galzier; 3rd, Zack Zwaschka.
  • Girls 9-12 mile run:  1st, Josey Johnson; 2nd, Korral Whirlwind Horse.
  • Boys 9-12 mile run:  1st, Matt Altmyer; 2nd, Clancy King; 3rd, Nicholas Ramirez.
  • Boys U 13 5K:  1st, Canku One Star.
  • Mens 13-19 5K:  1st, Bryce Hagerty; 2nd, Leif Johnson; 3rd, Brandon Iron Shell.
  • Womens 20-29 5K:  1st, Sarah Larwon; 2nd, Erica Little Wolf; 3rd, Andrea Farr.
  • Mens 20-29 5K:  1st, Cody Johnson; 2nd, William Spotted Tail.
  • Womens 30-39 5K:  1st, Debbie Rattling Leaf.
  • Mens 30-39 5K:  1st, B.J. Brady; 2nd, Bruce Ferrell, 3rd, Ron Holter.
  • Womens 40-49 5K:  1st, Linda Greenwood; 2nd, Denise One Star.
  • Mens 40-49 5K:  1st, Gary Miller; 2nd, Andy Johnson; 3rd, Lew Log.
  • Womens 50 & O 5K:  1st, Allie Bad Heart Bull.
  • Mens 50 & O 5K:  1st, Wally Little Moon; 2nd, Edward Kilkelly; 3rd, Jim Wilson.
  • Womens 20-29 10K:  1st, Tara Brodkorb; 2nd, Chris Schultes; 3rd, Christine Davis.
  • Mens 20-29 10K: 1st, Travis Shoults; 2nd, Joshua Lund.
  • Womens 30-39 10K:  1st, Karen Glazier.
  • Mens 30-39 10K:  1st, Monni Karim; 2nd, Halsey Hall; 3rd, Chaske Johns.
  • Womens 40-49 10K:  1st, Gracie Her Many Horses.
  • Mens 40-49 10K:  1st, Tim Potts; 2nd, Mark Zwaschka; 3rd, Harvey Hicks.
  • Mens 50 & O:  1st, Fred Romkema.


Faculty Senate announces creation of BHSU Honors Program - top

The Faculty Senate has announced the creation and founding of a new Black Hills State University Honors Program which was developed by a committee appointed by the Faculty Senate. 

During the planning stages the Honors Program Advisory Committee reported to the Senate, which approved the committee’s proposal. The proposal was then presented to Dr. Lyle Cook, vice president of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, who also approved it. Dr. David Salomon, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been appointed director for a period of one year.

Complete details about the programming will be forthcoming from Salomon.

The Honors Program Advisory Committee will be Dr. David Wolff, Dr. Timothy Martinez, Dr. Vincent King, Dr. Len Austin, and Patty Bellamy.


Thank you from the Daffodil Days Project - top

This is a letter of thanks to many people that made our 2003 Daffodil Days so successful. Lawrence County raised $9,628 compared to last year of $6,192. That's an increase of $3,436. No wonder we were so busy!! We have to give praise where praise is due. Thank you to the businesses, churches, and private individuals that bought and displayed our daffodils. The Gift of Hope deliveries were up significantly...which brought many smiles and tears. Thanks to Black Hills Floral, Wild Rose, BHSU and the news media in your help of getting the word out and purchasing of daffodils. There was a sea of yellow throughout our communities! Thank you to the volunteers that helped in counting, sorting, bunching, made up vases/decorated and filled orders. To the many volunteers that helped in delivery thank you. The weather turned out to be cold and rainy...but that didn't dampen the spirit that you all had! We truly believe in the Daffodil Day project and what it means to so many people. It's a hope of a new season...hope for a world free of cancer. This is definitely a team effort for our communities. Thank you all for being a part of our team...we are proud to live in such a generous and wonderful area. Remember...You can spread it with a hug. You can catch it from a smile. And you can celebrate it with a flower. It's a miracle we call Hope. Again, our sincere "Thank you" from the bottom of our hearts...you are very much a Gift to us!

Mary Bonrud
Michelle Krueger
Julia Kinghorn
Bev and Judy Hink


Minutes of the University Graduate Council - top

The University Graduate Council met Tuesday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Jonas 110.

Fuller, Earley, Strand, B. Silva, Salomon, Molseed, Sujithamrack, and Mueller were present. 

Absent were Cook, Alsup, and Erickson.

Rachel Mueller was a visitor at the meeting.

New graduate faculty:

  • Chair reported that of the 75 graduate faculty, 36 had filled out and submitted the application forms.
  • Chair had notified deans of who had or had not applied and asked them to contact any faculty if necessary.
  • The committee reviewed the applications. Motion was made and seconded to approve all applicants at this point. Motion passed. 
  • For those who apply after the deadline, chair will collect files and ask council to approve via e-mail.
  • Chair reminded members that temporary faculty had a different form for applying for graduate faculty status.

Salomon explained why he had been grumpy lately.

Molseed reported that there were six cohorts currently and one would be available in the fall.  

The next meeting of the University Graduate Council will be next fall.


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 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 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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