Theisz signs contract to
publish manuscript with Dog Soldier Press - top
R. D. Theisz, professor and chair of the Department of Humanities at
Black Hills State University, recently signed a contract with Dog
Soldier Press, a private publisher in Ranchos de Taos, N.M., to publish
his book manuscript, Sharing the Gift. Learning Lakota Song. The
book should be released by summer 2003.
The University of Nebraska Press has also accepted Theisz’s chapter
entitled “Putting Things in Order. The Discourse of Tradition” for
inclusion in its forthcoming book on oral performance and the powwow.
Theisz received his doctorate in literature from New York University
in 1972. He has been teaching at BHSU since 1977.
New Yellow Jacket mascot unveiled at
basketball game - top
redesigned Yellow Jacket to represent Black Hills State athletic teams
was unveiled at the BHSU vs. Tech basketball game last night.
The new look for the Yellow Jacket graphic was designed by Brian
Busch, a 1984 BHSU alumnus, now president/CEO of So Square Advertising
in Rapid City.
Bud Synhorst, BHSU athletic director, was excited to unveil the new
look for the Yellow Jacket. “The new Yellow Jacket logo incorporates
the traditions synonymous with BHSU athletics and symbolizes the
outstanding qualities of our students, athletes and the university,”
BHSU changed the mascot after notification by Georgia Institute of
Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Ga., that the Yellow Jacket
graphic formerly used by BHSU too closely resembled the copyrighted
mascot used at Georgia Tech.
The use of a Yellow Jacket as a mascot has a long tradition at Black
Hills State, dating back to the late 1920s. An article in the centennial
edition of the BHSU Eochia gives one explanation of the adoption
of this name for the BH athletic teams. According to the story the name
was first used during an October 1927 football game when one of the fans
jumped to her feet and yelled, ‘Go you yellow jackets, go!’ in
reference to the yellow-colored jackets the team wore. The crowd began
to repeat the cheer throughout the game and the Yellow Jacket name
continued to be used.
Another account in the centennial yearbook relates “the football
team had been known as the Yellow Jackets, a name that appears to have
derived from the horizontally striped socks worn by team members which
gave them the appearance of wasp-like yellow jackets.”
Over the years, the school has used a variety of graphic
representations of the Yellow Jacket. The new design builds on that
tradition and looks forward to the next century by strengthening the
university’s visual identity with a design that captures the essence
of Yellow Jacket athletics.
The new Yellow Jacket mascot is available for on-line use here.
For a print quality mascot contact University
Communications. The University Bookstore has apparel with
the new mascot.
Busch, a 1984 alumnus (left) designed the new BHSU Yellow Jacket mascot
that was unveiled at the Tech game last night. Presenting the new look
for the mascot are Bud Synhorst, BHSU athletic director, and Myles
Kennedy, president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation (right). John Sheaff
(center) is holding the Yellow Jacket for the presentation.
National Guard Unit 842
placed on alert for active duty - top
|National Guard Unit 842, which is
headquartered in the new armory attached to the Donald E. Young
Sports and Fitness Center at Black Hills State University, has
been placed on alert for active duty overseas.
Guard Adj. Gen. Phil Killey announced that the Spearfish unit
was placed on alert Wednesday at
a press conference at the
armory. Although the specific date for mobilization is
said he expects it to be soon.
The 842nd, one of South Dakota’s largest National
|includes 50 BHSU students and
a few BHSU employees.
April Meeker, director of records
at BHSU, said that according to a South
Dakota Board of Regents policy the students get a full refund
|Capt. Wyatt Hansen
(left), commander of the 842nd Unit and a 1994 BHSU
graduate, and Guard Adj. Gen. Phil Killey, announce that
National Guard headquartered in Spearfish has been put on alert
for possible active duty overseas.
activated. Students should contact the records office to make
arrangements. Students who are deployed have several options
concerning classes in progress. If the student is activated
prior to four weeks from the end of the semester, the student
will receive a full refund. Students activated less than four
weeks from the end of the term have a choice of receiving the
current grade for the class or receiving a full refund. However,
if students have a D or F at that time, they do not have a
grading option and will receive a refund for the class.
Meeker said the records office is doing all they can to help
students who are being activated.
The 842nd unit, which is a horizontal construction
company, was awarded the Itschner Award last year, designating
it as the nation's best engineer company in the National Guard.
It also won the state's Connely Award for the best mess section
in the South Dakota National Guard.
This is the first time in the unit's 35-year history that it
has been placed on alert for federal active duty. The company's
mission is to provide heavy equipment support on the
battlefield, including tasks such as building roads and
constructing airfields. The unit is equipped with bulldozers,
20-ton dump trucks, loaders, scrapers, cranes, and road graders.
This year the 842nd trained in Nicaragua and Italy.
The unit’s training also involved constructing a crosswind
runway at the Sturgis Airport, completing groundwork for the
Belle Fourche athletic complex and building new bridges at Orman
Killey recognized the anxiety associated with the alert and
praised the soldiers for their readiness. “These are anxious
times for everyone worldwide,” Killey said. “I am very proud
of these soldiers and airmen and I assure you we are ready. We
will do our mission wherever we are requested to go.”
South Dakota now has five Guard units activated and one on
alert, involving some 700 people.
Multimedia computers are
available in the library - top
computers for students, faculty and staff are available in the
Library-Learning Center. The computers, located in front of Graphics and
Media Services, have scanners, zip drives and CD burners for multimedia
projects. Office Suite, Photoshop and Internet service are also
provided. Assistance is available from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. at
Graphics and Media Services. For more information contact Gerry
Black Hills State hosts
middle school science fair - top
Charles Lamb, BHSU associate professor of science, visits with a group
of students about their science fair project.
Black Hills State hosted the annual science fair for
Spearfish sixth and seventh graders last week. The projects which
covered a wide range of subjects were judged in the morning and then
opened to public viewing in the afternoon.
CSA Council minutes
The CSA Council
met in the Pangburn Dining Room Dec. 12. President Nancy Shuck called
the meeting to order.
were Linda Allbee, Deatta Chapel, Becky Haak, Cheri Leahy, Krista Schroeder,
Shuck, Dennis Walkins and Joanne
moved to accept the minutes as corrected from the Nov. 14 meeting.
Chapel seconded. Motion carried.
treasurer's report was available.
planning: Allbee has committee minutes available upon request.
and facilities: Leahy has committee minutes available upon request.
bags: Schroeder has a couple to deliver.
24 was selected for the CSA winter social. It will be held in
the Hall of Fame Room. Chili will be on the menu. Leahy will contact Dr.
Flickema about paying for chili, bread bowls, drinks and paper products.
Keller will be asked to represent Central/Jonas on the CSA Council.
moved to adjourn and Wilkening seconded. Motion carried.
meeting dates for 2003 are as follows:
next CSA Council meeting will be held in the Pangburn Dining Room Jan.
submitted by Leahy, secretary of the CSA Council.
Minutes of the University Assessment Committee
The University Assessment Committee met Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m.
in Jonas 103.
Present were H. Johnson (Haislett), Robinson (J. Miller), Dejong, Calhoon,
Pearce, Earley, Norby, and Lembcke.
Cook, Myers, Siewert, Schamber, and Gallagher were absent.
The committee considered the following reports:
- Technology was approved.
- Chemistry was approved with comments.
- Theatre was approved.
- The committee agreed that speech should do a new plan of assessment and submit
it next year.
The committee set the schedule for the rest of semester. All meetings
will be held at
3:30 p.m. in Jonas 103. Meeting dates and their agendas are listed
- Feb. 4 - biology, environmental physical science, physical
science, composite social science, human services
- Feb. 11 - College of Business, MSBSM, outdoor education, physical
education, wellness management
- March 25 - political science, English, sociology, College of
- April 1 - College of Education, MSCI
- April 8 - Haislett
- April 15- plan for next year