Volume XXVII  No. 23 • June 6, 2003

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New music/academic building will be officially named during the Gala Celebration of the Arts - top

The 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 campus.

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.

Geology student has a close encounter with a falling tree on the BHSU campus - top

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 seriously injured.
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.

“I’d 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 years old.

The bridge, which replaced a wooden bridge in the same location 12 years ago, will be repaired.

New freshmen register for classes during PREP session at BHSU - top

More than 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.

Additional sessions, for both new freshmen and transfer students are scheduled throughout the summer. This year, for the first time, the 

PREP registration sessions are 
being held at the library.

At PREP, students, as well as 
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.
community 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.

The schedule of PREP days for the remainder of the year is as follows:

June 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.

According 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 University.

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 public performances.

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 Scholarship.

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 Art Scholarship.

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 Theatre Scholarship.

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 Lombardi Scholarship.

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.

Dean's 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.

See list

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 nineteenth century.

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.

Mark 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 Country Club.

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 lizlars@yahoo.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 Jackets.

Grant 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 grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • National Science Foundation. Arctic Research Opportunities (NSF). The National 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. 


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 Monday, 
Aug. 18 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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