New music/academic building
will be officially named during the Gala Celebration of the Arts
name of the new music/academic building on the campus of Black Hills
State University will be announced during the Gala Celebration of the
Arts Saturday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Matthews Opera House.
The new 44,919 square-foot music/academic building, in the center of
the Black Hills State University campus, will be open for the fall
semester. The $8.25 million building includes a 280-seat recital hall,
choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, 16 soundproof
practice rooms, conference rooms, storage areas, keyboard, listening and
piano labs and faculty offices.
Just a year ago, Cook Gym was demolished and construction began on
the new building. Soundproof practice rooms, which were not available in
the previous building, and the choral and band rooms will be a great
benefit for music students at BHSU. Faculty studios will be located on
the first floor. The College of Business faculty members and the
department of humanities faculty members within the College of Arts and
Sciences will be housed in the new building.
Construction of the new building is
driving other changes as well and will have a dramatic effect on the
overall layout of the campus. Many landscaping improvements are
scheduled for the enlarged campus green area that will enhance the
The Gala Celebration of the Arts, a part of the Black Hills Summer
Institute of the Arts, will feature the winners of the Young Performers
Competition, a Native American Storyteller, an art exhibition by Jim
Knutson, the Dakota String Ensemble as well as excerpts from Neil
Simon’s “Plaza Suite” directed by Paul Higbee.
This event is open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation
($5 for students) at the door.
student has a close encounter with a falling tree on the BHSU campus
|A geology student from North Carolina, who was
staying on the Black Hills State University campus, had a close
call with a tree Tuesday afternoon as he was narrowly missed by a
falling cottonwood on the campus.
The student, who was doing
|classroom global positioning
fieldwork on the campus, was
on the footbridge that leads to Heidepriem and Thomas residence
halls when a large cottonwood tree fell to the ground. The student
was surrounded by branches and leaves
|Facilities services personnel work
to remove the large cottonwood tree that fell on campus this week.
A student staying on campus as a part of a visiting geology camp
was surrounded by branches and leaves as the tree fell but was not
|of the huge cottonwood tree but
sustained only minor scrapes in the incident.
“The tree falling was a freak accident,” said Art Jones,
director of BHSU facilities services, “it was a miracle that no
one was hurt.”
According to Myron Sullivan, senior
security officer at BHSU, the metal bar on the bridge took the
force of one of the major branches which barely missed the
student. Local ambulance as well as search and rescue personnel
responded to the call. The student was transported to the local
hospital and released.
Facilities services personnel believe
the tree’s demise was due to a diseased root system and are
working to identify other trees that may have a similar condition.
“Safety of all individuals on campus
is our priority,” Jones said. He indicated that staff members
are investigating trees on the campus to determine their
stability. Core samples have been taken on all the larger
cottonwood trees on campus to determine stability.
John Rombaugh, grounds service manager
at BHSU, said he is considering planting another cottonwood tree
or perhaps a poplar in the area where the tree fell.
like to put something in that area that would be a large tree and
grow quickly. It’s an excellent location for a big tree,”
Rombaugh said. He noted the aesthetical and landscaping
benefits of all the trees on campus and said the staff works to
retain the trees whenever possible while maintaining a high level
of safety on the campus.
He explained that cottonwood trees
sometimes have root development and rotting problems as they age
because they grow so fast and the roots grow to the nearest water
source. He estimates that the tree that fell was no more than 50
The bridge, which replaced a wooden
bridge in the same location 12 years ago, will be repaired.
freshmen register for classes during PREP session at BHSU - top
227 students including the Top Jackets, students with the
highest-ranking grade point averages, participated in a
PreRegister Early Program (PREP) sessions and registered for
classes at Black Hills State University this week.
for both new freshmen and transfer students are scheduled
throughout the summer. This year, for the first time, the
registration sessions are
being held at the library.
At PREP, students, as
their parents or
other guests, are welcomed to BHSU and Spearfish
|David Post, College of Arts and
Sciences adjunct faculty member, offers advice to Black Hills
State University freshmen during the most recent PREP session.
Additional sessions are scheduled throughout the summer.
with an information fair, attend sessions about health services,
book buying, financial aid advisement, as well as college success.
Current BHSU students also present personal observations about
their experiences as students.
schedule of PREP days for the remainder of the year is as follows:
20 for transfer students; June 23 for freshmen students; June 24
for freshmen students; July 17 for transfer students; July 18 for
freshmen students; July 21 for freshmen students; Aug. 18 for
transfer students; and Aug. 19 for freshmen students. To register
for a PREP session call the BHSU enrollment center at 642-6343.
to Heather Johnson, BHSU career counselor, the recent PREP
sessions received positive feedback from students as well as
faculty and staff. She indicated that, logistically, the move to
the library was beneficial since the library has many computers
and laptop computers available and that the arrangement of
advising tables allowed for pods for each major area that
facilitated faculty advising.
Black Hills State University
will use grants to support Summer Institute of the Arts - top
A $500 grant from the South Dakota Department of Tourism and a $400
grant from the South Dakota Arts Council will be used to support the
annual Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts at Black Hills State
The Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts features a month-long
program of events including an art education institute, a vocal arts and
opera theatre school, a dance workshop, a lecture series and several
The tourism grant will support the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre
program during the Summer Institute of the Arts. This unique,
multi-aspect program provides vocal students a remarkable opportunity to
learn opera skills and public performance techniques from world renowned
professionals according to Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts
and Sciences at BHSU.
The program consists of a two-week vocal arts school with two evening
performances by students, an opening Gala Concert, two public lectures
and a young performers competitions and provides an unique opportunity
for live classical music performances in the Northern Hills.
The arts council grant will be used to present a week-long
artists-in-schools residency dance workshop by Melanie Lien Palm. Palm
instructs vocal arts and opera theatre students in the art of dance and
body movement. Students benefit from learning to use their body to
convey emotions and the meaning of the pieces they are singing, which
greatly enhances their vocal performance.
The summer institute is hosted annually by the College of Arts and
Sciences at BHSU. In addition to the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre
School, several other events are planned including public performances,
a noon lecture series, dance workshops, and art education classes.
For additional information on any of these events, contact the
College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU at 642-6420 or see the web page www.bhsu.edu/arts/.
College of Arts and
Sciences announces scholarship winners - top
The College of Arts and Sciences at Black Hills State University has
announced the scholarship winners for the 2003-04 academic year.
Recipients of the Friends of Music Scholarships were David Albro, an
incoming freshman music major from Kirkwood, Mo.; Jaime Blum, an
incoming freshman social science major from Flandreau; Greg Glodt, a
freshman vocal music major from Upton, Wyo.; Megan Moore, an incoming
freshman from Belle Fourche; and Erin Talsma, a sophomore instrumental
music major from Spearfish. Blum was also one of two incoming freshmen
to receive a CASE Freshman Scholarship; the other was Sheena Cassens, an
incoming freshman social science major from Edgemont.
Two students; Megan Anderson, a junior mass communications major from
Spearfish, and Amber Heying, a junior communication arts major from
Pierre; received Tom F. Wheaton Scholarships.
The Dorothy Liebe Branch Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Bailey,
a sophomore from Lead.
Music Performance Scholarships were awarded to Stephanie Baran, a
freshman vocal music major from Rapid City; Sara Goeden, a freshman mass
communications major from Pierre; Benjamin Herman, a junior vocal music
major from Black Hawk; Morgan Moore, a sophomore business
administration/ accounting major from Belle Fourche; and Joshua Stanton,
a freshman music major from Miles City, Mont. Herman also received the
Tony and Alyce Schavone Music Scholarship.
Lauren Beyersdorf, a sophomore mass communications major from
Gillette, and Vailferree Brechtel, a sophomore English major from Hot
Springs, received Sunnyside Scholarships.
Jacob Bobby, a sophomore speech communications major from Bowdle;
Julie Dendy, a junior communication arts major from Spearfish; Traci
Vaplon, a junior communication arts major from Buffalo, Wyo.; and April
Mol, a junior speech communications major from Hot Springs; were awarded
Communication Scholarships. Mol was also awarded one of two Douglas Bell
Memorial Scholarships. Crystal Muglia, a senior elementary education
major from Belle Fourche, also received a Douglas Bell Memorial
Kimberly Clark Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Alexis Cepak, a
junior art major from Pierre, and Cassandra Knutson, a sophomore art
major from Ft. Collins, Colo.
James Donahue, an incoming freshman from Worland, Wyo., received the
Recipients of Marion Hicks Memorial Scholarships were LaNaya Durland,
a junior elementary education major from Rapid City; Jessica Hinker, a
sophomore mass communications major from Forestburg; and Brenda Sheets,
a junior art major from Mitchell. Durland also received the Annette
Christensen Memorial Scholarship.
Sheets was one of three recipients of the Ron O. Phillips
Scholarship. The other two were Scott Hobert, a sophomore mass
communications major from Harrold, and Jessie Young, a sophomore mass
communications major from Spearfish.
Art Department Scholarships were awarded to June Engler-Thompson, a
junior art major from St. Cloud, Minn.; Lisa Glover, a junior art major
from Lead; and Jessie Polenz, a senior art major from Hill City. Polenz
also received the Esther Kruse Scholarship.
Andrea Farr, a senior instrumental music major from Colstrip, Mont.,
received the Williams and Ree Scholarship.
The Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship was awarded to Jenna Kuiper, a
junior art major from Lennox.
Amanda Mutchler, a junior art major from Sturgis, received the Black
Hills Pioneer Scholarship.
Emily Osborne, a junior art major from Rapid City, received the Grace
K. Warring Scholarship.
Isaac Waring, a sophomore music major from Spearfish, received the
Recipients of the History and Social Science Faculty Awards were
Chase Adams, a freshman pre-law major from Box Elder; Michael Hobert, a
sophomore social science major from Harrold; Julianna Tenold, a
sophomore history major from Reva; Cathy Thrash, a junior sociology
major from Black Hawk; and Chandi Zimmerschied, a junior history major
from Belle Fourche. Adams and Isaac Olson, a junior history major from
Brookings, received the Stewart Bellman Memorial Scholarships.
Jessica Andersen, a freshman elementary education major from
Harrison, Neb., received the Donald Young Scholarship.
Kristin Bradford, a junior sociology major from Gillette, Wyo.,
received the Sever Eubank Scholarship.
The E. Keith Jewitt Scholarship was awarded to Sara Fitzgerald, a
junior human services major from Belle Fourche.
The Fayette and Wenona Cook Scholarship was awarded to Jessi Linn, a
sophomore English major from Lead.
Avany Severyn, a junior social science major from Lyman, received the
Paul Haivala Memorial Scholarship.
Destinee Swanson, a junior history major from Winner, received the
Stephen Gazi Memorial Scholarship.
Travis Tschacher, a senior social science major from Spearfish,
received the Harold McCleave Memorial Scholarship.
The Lura Camery Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Adam Ziegler, a
freshman political science major from Spearfish.
Charlotte Forsberg Scholarship recipients were Tina Beguin, a
freshman English major from Buffalo, Wyo.; Gretchen Brimm, a freshman
elementary education major from Spearfish; Robyn Finnicum-Rohde, a
junior English major from Colstrip, Mont.; Jessi Linn, a sophomore
English major from Lead; and Andrea Norris, a freshman Spanish major
from Casper, Wyo.
Edward Bischoff, a junior communication/English major from Belle
Fourche, received the Bryce and Clara Christensen Scholarship.
The Kenneth L. Jay Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Jason Eggerman,
a junior psychology major from Casper, Wyo.
Karl Lehman, a junior English major from Lead, received the Vincent
Sarah Turner, a senior English major from Spearfish, received the
Humanities Alumni Scholarship.
The E. C. Mikkelsen Scholarship was awarded to April Beffert, a
freshman mathematics major from Cheyenne, Wyo.
Mark G. Richmond Memorial Scholarship recipients were Brandon Harms,
a junior mathematics major from Rapid City, and Judith Andrews, a junior
environmental physical science major from Sioux Falls. Andrews also
received the Physical Science Department Scholarship.
Vincent Schmaltz, a junior mathematics major from Custer, received
the Math Department Scholarship.
The Lois Watts Psychology Scholarship was awarded to Erica Littlewolf,
a junior psychology major from Colstrip, Mont.
Carlson-Jolley Funeral Home Science and Health Scholarships were
awarded to Eric Anderson, a junior biology major from Sturgis, and
Jessica Rath, a junior biology major from Sturgis. Rath also received
the Clarence and Myrtle Kravig Memorial Scholarship.
Amber DeSmet, a sophomore biology major from Gregory, received the
Marion Hilpert Memorial Scholarship.
The Science Department Scholarship was awarded to Cariann Drake, a
freshman biology major from Mitchell.
Recipients of Biology Department Scholarships were Abigail Goetz, a
sophomore pre-medicine major from Wessington, and Lesley Roth, a
sophomore biology major from Pierre.
Katrina Jensen, a junior mathematics major from Whitewood, received
the Chemistry Department Scholarship.
List announced at Black Hills State University - top
The academic affairs office
at Black Hills State University has released the dean’s list
for the spring 2003 semester. A total of 472 students were named to the
dean’s list. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or
above while taking at least
12 credit hours to be named to the dean’s list. Students are listed by
hometown or current place of residence.
Chautauqua comes to
Spearfish - top
Chautauqua, a great American tradition, is alive and well and coming
to Spearfish from July 3-8. Look for the big blue/white striped tent in
City Park. All events are free.
Chautauqua audiences will travel through time for an hour or so a
couple of times a day, as they hear, “first-hand,” from six people
who “lived” during the time of great change at the turn of the
Evening programs, hosted by America’s First Lady, Dolley
Madison, who from 1800-1816 served both widower Thomas Jefferson
and her husband James, as the hostess in what would become known as the
White House. Evening talks begin at
6 p.m. in Spearfish Park, under the blue and white tent, with musical
entertainment at 5:30 p.m.
Great Plains citizens, a.k.a., Spearfish-area residents, will also
hear from William Clark,
co-commander of the Corps of Discovery; Clark’s childhood companion
and slave York, who
traveled to the Pacific and back with the expedition; Tecumseh,
the great Shawnee leader; John
Jacob Astor, who became the richest man in America – in part
because of the lucrative fur trade in the west explored by Lewis and
Clark; and Sacagawea, the
Shoshone woman who traveled with the Corps.
Chautauqua visitors will be able to enjoy nearly a dozen other
programs in addition to the five magical evenings in the tent. Look for
posters and flyers with scheduled talks for the Grace Balloch Memorial
Library, Matthews Opera House, East Elementary School, High Plains
Heritage Center and the Dorsett Home.
For more information about Chautauqua, call Dr. Holly Downing, BHSU dean
of the College of Arts and Sciences at 605-642-6420 or email HollyDowning@bhsu.edu.
Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for July 5 - top
The third annual Mark Larscheid Memorial
Golf Tourney will be held July 5 at 1 p.m. at the Spearfish Canyon
The tournament will feature a shot-gun start
at 1 p.m. with an entry fee of $60 per person. The event will offer team
prizes, pin prizes and a silent auction, followed by a dinner and dance.
Entries are due by July 1. For more information or to register call
722-1214 or 641-9899 or email email@example.com.
Larscheid, a former teacher and coach at
Williams Middle School in Sturgis for 27 years, died in an automobile
accident in 2000. He also taught and coached in Spearfish and Wall.
To celebrate Mark Larscheid’s life and
preserve his memory, the family has an annual memorial golf tournament
which includes a silent auction, dinner and dance. The proceeds are
contributed to a track scholarship fund at BHSU in his name.
Larscheid was an outgoing, caring, and kind
person who loved his family and athletics. He was an outstanding high
school and collegiate athlete who still holds the South Dakota State
High School record for the 110-yard high hurdles at 14.1, a record he
set in 1969. Larscheid graduated from BHSU with a degree in physical
education in 1973. He competed in football and track for the Yellow
opportunities announced - top
Below are the program materials received May 29 through June 4 in the Grants
Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office
at 642-6627 or e-mail requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin
board near the information desk.
National Science Foundation.
Arctic Research Opportunities
(NSF). The Nati
Science Foundation seeks proposals to conduct research in the
Arctic. Programs include arctic natural, social, and system
sciences; and arctic research support, policy and education.
Deadlines are Aug. 30 and Feb. 15 annually. Select
"Polar Programs" at www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/index.html
for more information.
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 Monday,
Aug. 18 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