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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
|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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
“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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
organizations also recognized their outstanding members.
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
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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.
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
7:50 to 9 p.m. Additional entertainment is scheduled during the set
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.
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 email@example.com
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
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
12 research projects at the symposium.
Billy Mills spoke at BHSU
during Indian Awareness Week - top
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
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
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
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.
- Girls 8 and under ¼ mile run: 1st,
Krayce King; 2nd, Ettie Mae Benoist.
- Boys 8 and under ¼ mile run: 1st,
Colter King; 2nd, Chase Galzier; 3rd, Zack
- Girls 9-12 ½ mile run: 1st,
Josey Johnson; 2nd, Korral Whirlwind Horse.
- Boys 9-12 ½ mile run: 1st,
Matt Altmyer; 2nd, Clancy King; 3rd, Nicholas
- Boys U 13 5K: 1st,
Canku One Star.
- Mens 13-19 5K: 1st,
Bryce Hagerty; 2nd, Leif Johnson; 3rd, Brandon
- Womens 20-29 5K: 1st,
Sarah Larwon; 2nd, Erica Little Wolf; 3rd, Andrea
- 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
- Womens 20-29 10K: 1st,
Tara Brodkorb; 2nd, Chris Schultes; 3rd, Christine
- Mens 20-29 10K: 1st, Travis Shoults; 2nd,
- Womens 30-39 10K: 1st,
- 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,
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
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!
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
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
- 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
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