Resignations - top
- Angela Case, library associate, Library
- Cheryl Barrett, secretary, Upward Bound
Name of the newest building on
the BHSU campus will honor Clare and Josef Meier - top
|The newest building on the Black Hills State University campus, which
is currently in the final stages of construction, will be known as Clare
and Josef Meier Hall. The
being named in recognition of the six decades of arts
leadership provided by the Meiers in providing cultural direction in the
Black Hills, the state and region including the establishment and
continuous presentation of the Black Hills Passion Play. The name was
| at the Gala Celebration of the Arts this weekend.
Clare and Josef Meier Hall, located in the center of the campus, is an
$8.25 million building which includes a 300-seat recital hall, choir and
band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms,
conference rooms, storage areas, keyboard,
listening and piano labs and
| The newest building on the
campus of Black Hills State University will be named in honor of Clare
Meier (right) and her late husband Josef, founders of the Black Hills
Passion Play. The family members, including Johanna Meier (center) and
her husband Guido Della-Vecchia (left), were recognized at the
Gala Celebration of the Arts when BHSU President Thomas Flickema
announced the new music academic building will be known as the Clare and
Josef Meier Hall.
The new 44,919 square-foot building will be open for the fall
President Thomas Flickema cited the Meier family’s contributions to
the campus and entire community over the years.
“What could be more fitting than to name this new building after a
couple who played such a powerful role in promoting the arts for six
decades,” Flickema said. “What better way to preserve the rich
heritage of what these two people have accomplished. From this point
forward the building will be known as the Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a
place of student performances and learning, a place where the public
will come to enjoy the continuation of the heritage the Meiers were so
instrumental in preserving.”
Meier, who was born in Germany and emigrated to America, brought the
Passion Play to the Black Hills in 1932 and it has been in continuous
production ever since, giving performances all over the United States
Canada. Six generations of his family participated in the Passion
Play that dates to 1242. He began his acting career as a youngster portraying the
baby Jesus and later as the adult Christ. Josef performed as the Christus more
than 9,000 times spanning more than 60 years. Josef received many honors
for his achievements including the South Dakota Governor’s Award for
Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 1999 and an honorary degree from
BHSU in 1972. He also owned and managed a working cattle ranch north of
Spearfish which received awards for conservation efforts. Josef was an
avid reader, painter and writer who loved to ride, hunt, swim and be
outdoors. Josef died in 1999 at the age of 94.
In 1937, Josef married Chicago actress Clare
Hume, who became a member of his company playing the role of Mary the
Mother. She continued to participate in the Passion Play for many years.
The first local performance of the Passion
Play was held in Woodburn Auditorium on the BHSU campus during the
summer of 1938. The cast included Black Hills area actors including E.C.
Woodburn, the college president. The performance, which faithfully reconstructs the dramatic events in the
last seven days of the life of Christ, played for five weeks that
first summer. Working with Black Hills area businessmen, an outdoor
amphitheater was constructed and the Passion Play found a permanent home
in Spearfish in 1939 and became a major force in regional tourism
development at a time when Mt. Rushmore was under construction. For
years the Passion Play had two permanent amphitheaters, one in Spearfish
and the other in Lake Wales, Fla. The Passion Play retains a permanent
amphitheater in Spearfish, where it serves as a powerful cultural
experience as well as a major tourist destination. Former Spearfish
mayor Bill Sparrow credits the Passion Play as a significant force in
the development of the town of Spearfish, noting that that Passion Play
was instrumental in getting Interstate 90 to go by Spearfish.
Josef and Clare’s daughter, Johanna Meier,
and her husband, Guido Della-Vecchia, assumed direction of the Black
Hills Passion Play in 1991. Johanna continues to contribute to cultural
education in South Dakota and the Spearfish community through the School
of Opera and Vocal Arts, which she started in 1997. Through her
dedication and professionalism, this endeavor has become a successful
part of the Black Hills State University Summer Institute of the Arts.
As the artistic director of the Summer Institute of the Arts, Johanna
brings in accomplished performing artists from across the United States
to further the musical education of aspiring opera singers. The
performance of these students attracts growing audiences and represents
a substantial step in the realization of her dream of making Spearfish a
building provides music faculty, for the first time in the century plus
history of this institution, with first-class facilities for instruction
and performance, Flickema said. “This building is a key element in our
effort to enhance the role of the fine arts in enriching the cultural life
of our region,” He indicated that the building name was announced
during the Summer Institute of Arts Gala Celebration of the Arts to
highlight the importance of the arts in our community.
the Summer Institute of the Arts we are brought back into touch with the
rich cultural traditions of this land and other lands. The arts deal
with themes of universal significance, they keep us in touch with so
many aspects of life. They build a sense of community and
aspirations,” Flickema said. “That is what BHSU seeks to accomplish
through this program and we are fortunate to find a person who shares
this vision, Johanna Meier, who as artistic director, will keep this
vision moving forward.”
the announcement of the building name, the Gala Celebration of the Arts
which a part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, featured
performances for the art of dancing, the art of music, the visual arts,
the art of oral literature and the art of theatre.
Winners of the Young Performers competition,
Melody Waring, Spearfish, and Dan
Bickett, Rapid City, presented piano performances.
Kristen Baker performed the art of dancing
with Kitri’s Variation from “Don Quixote.” Leona WhiteHat, BHSU
student and assistant director of the Center for Indian Studies,
presented a Lakota storytelling performance explaining the history and
significance of jingle dancing.
A visual art exhibition featured artwork by
Jim Knutson, BHSU professor of art, and Lisa Howard, Spearfish visual
arts teacher. The evening also included a
performance by the Dakota String Ensemble featuring Deb Ventrella
on violin, Mary Pochop on viola, Dawn Jensen on violin and Anna Blunk on
cello. The art of theatre was represented with two performances of
excerpts from Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite” directed by Paul Higbee
and performed by Jared McDaris, Elizabeth Baker, James Valone and Donna
The Summer Institute of the Arts, an outreach arts program of BHSU,
has several remaining public performances including: An
Evening of Songs and Dance, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium
which features students of the vocal arts and opera theatre
school presenting a selection of vocal pieces; and A
Night at the Opera, June 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium. This is the final
performance of the students and teachers of the vocal arts and opera
theatre school summer session 2003. The recital will present a selection
of opera scenes and arias. There will be a pre-performance picnic at 6
p.m. Reservations must be made by the day before the picnic. There is a
free after-performance reception with the artists that is open to
everyone attending the performance.
Institute of the Arts also includes the Art
Education Institute June 23-27. This five-day program offers
graduate credit through BHSU.
For more information on any of these events call the College of
Arts and Sciences at
The Clare and Josef Meier Hall, which is in the final
stages of construction on the BHSU campus, includes a recital hall,
soundproof practice rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, meeting rooms,
acoustically designed choir and band rooms and faculty offices for the
College of Business and the department of humanities faculty. The
building is named in honor of Clare and Josef Meier in recognition of
their arts leadership in the Black Hills, the state and the region for
more than six decades.
accepted as member of Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Study Unit
Black Hills State
University, which recently established a Center for the Conservation of
Biological Resources, has been accepted as a member of the prestigious
Great Plains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (GPCESU).
BHSU's strong focus in conservation biology and the new expertise
available through the Center for the Conservation of Biological
Resources resulted in unanimous approval of BHSU's application by the
GPCESU partners according to Christine Lockert, GPCESU representative.
The Center for the Conservation of Biological Resources will provide
BHSU many research opportunities including creating a state-of-the-art
DNA research and analysis facility for local fish and wildlife species.
BHSU joins 11 other
institutions and five federal agencies in advancing the mission of the
GPCESU through "high-quality science, usable knowledge for resource
managers, responsive technical assistance, continuing education, and
cost-effective research programs."
Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, noted
that membership in the GPCESU will allow BHSU faculty and students to
participate in a wide variety of research projects involving the U.S.
Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service,
U.S. Forest Service, and Bureau of Reclamation.
“In the past our science faculty were hired through CESU member
institutions. With this membership, we are now able to directly contract
with federal agency members,” Downing said. “Through the CESU web
page we can find out what research opportunities there are for faculty
and students. As a member BHSU will now have a competitive edge over
Several BHSU faculty members
have contracted to do this type of research in the past including Dr.
Brian Smith, who has done zoological species assessments, and Dr. Audrey
Gabel, who has recently been contacted by the National Park Service to
conduct fungi research.
Current priorities of the GPCESU include determining the impact of
biological invasions on existing ecosystem integrity, habitat
fragmentation, preservation and/or restoration of native aquatic and
terrestrial communities, social and cultural values of natural areas
under changing population and land use, and implications of global
environmental change on managed and unmanaged ecosystems.
This consortium covers a broad geographical portion of the Great
Plains and offers an outstanding group of scientists in grasslands,
ecosystems study, and natural resources management for collaborative
research and teaching opportunities. The Great Plains CESU is one of ten
across the nation.
Black Hills State
University receives grant funding for Upward Bound - top
Black Hills State University recently received a $373,786 grant from
the U.S. Department of Education to continue funding for the Upward
The Upward Bound program at BHSU, under the direction of Carol Gritts,
includes a six-week summer residential component during which high
school students from across the state reside on the campus to attend
basic and advanced college preparatory classes, receive educational and
career guidance and counseling, and are encouraged to develop creative
thinking, effective expression, and positive attitudes toward learning.
The students also tour various educational and cultural sites, explore
career opportunities, and meet others who share similar goals.
The purpose of Upward Bound is to increase the academic performance
and motivational levels of eligible high school students so these
students may complete secondary school and successfully pursue a
postsecondary educational program.
During the academic year, services are provided for the Upward Bound
students in their target high schools. After high school graduation,
students participate in the bridge component of Upward Bound, enrolling
in college courses while still participating in the program's
BHSU has hosted Upward Bound
program since 1968.
Tetreault exhibit featured
at Ruddell Gallery - top
Hills State University will host a reception June 26 at 2 p.m. for
Frances Wood Tetreault, a BHSU alumna and former faculty member, whose
artwork is currently on display in the Ruddell Gallery in the
A brief program featuring former faculty members, Wanda Bellman and
Darleen Young, and Dick DuBois, associate professor of art at BHSU, will
Tetreault, a 1947 graduate of Black Hills State, taught art at BHSU
in the 60s and 70s. Her vibrant and colorful artwork will be on display
at the Ruddell Gallery through Aug. 1.
Refreshments will be available and the public is welcome. There is no
charge to attend. Contact the Student Union information desk at 642-6062
for more information.
High school students study art
at Black Hills State - top
|Sixteen high school students from
across the state are participating in the Visiting Artist Summer
at Black Hills State University this week. The university will
host a reception and show of their artwork today at 11 a.m. at
Students attending include Jennifer Hotchkiss, Delmont; Joey
Flemming, Hill City; Mike Knutson, Spearfish; Jenni Giavonetti;
Martin; Jennifer Kaemingk, Platte; Lacy Peterson and
Bethany Walker, Belle Fourche; Susan Woods and Sahra Aleck,
Harrisburg; Shana Wright, Langford;
|Heidi Tangren, Watertown; Donny Leget,
Centerville; Nemo Dorn and Tayla Pearson, Mitchell; Clinton
Harrison, Howes; Amanda Rausch, Milbank; and Raymond Flood, Oak
Jim Knutson, BHSU art professor
|Sixteen high school
students from across the state recently spent a week learning
artistic techniques from Bob H. Miller, Rapid City artist, during
the Visiting Artist
Summer Program at Black Hills State University. The university
will host a reception and show of their artwork today at 11 a.m.
at Pangburn Hall.
the camp, said these students were selected from applicants
throughout the region. Applicants for this new program were
nominated by high school art teachers and were required to submit
photographs of recent work. The students studied batik under the
direction of Bob H. Miller, Rapid City, and worked on pastels with
Sheila Reiman, a North Dakota artist. Students are encouraged to
create several pieces of artwork during the session.
This workshop is sponsored,
in part, by the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, South
Dakotans for the Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Alliance of Arts
Education, the South Dakota Arts Council and the Spearfish Center
for the Arts and Humanities.
comes to Black Hills State University - top
|In a rare
opportunity for this region,
Black Hills State
University will host several opera events during the final week of
the 2003 Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts.
Dr. Janeen Larsen, BHSU professor of music, will present a
lecture titled “Getting Acquainted with Opera: How to Become a
Fan” June 25 at noon at the Matthews Opera House to help people
appreciate and understand a variety of opera aspects.
Spectators will then have two opportunities to attend operas
presented by students from across
the country who are attending the Black Hills Summer Institute of
|Students attending the opera
workshop at the Summer Institute of the Arts at Black Hills State
University practice opera performance techniques under the
direction of Johanna Meier. The students and their instructors
will present two public opera performances next week.
The public is invited to enjoy “An Evening of Song and Dance”
Friday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in Woodburn Theater on the BHSU campus.
following evening, Saturday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m. the
students and their instructors in their
finale opera performance will present "A Night at the
Opera" featuring the second
act of Gounod's "Faust." The opera performance will be
preceded by a catered picnic on the lawn in front of Woodburn Hall
at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required for the picnic. A pre-opera
lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in room 112 of Woodburn Hall
followed by the opera performance at 7:30 p.m.
There is a $20
suggested donation for the performance and picnic or a $10
donation for the performance only.
The Summer Institute
of the Arts is an outreach arts program of Black Hills State
University. For more information
or tickets for any of the above events, contact Dr. Holly Downing,
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, 605-642-6420 or
Young Center hosts many
summertime activities - top
The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center is open for students
and community members this summer. The Young Center also hosts a number
of university and community events throughout the year. For more
information on specific hours and events see www.bhsu.edu/athletics/dyc/hours.html.
Grant opportunities announced
Below are the program materials received June 12-18 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.
Research (USDA). The
Agriculture Department is inviting applications for research,
extension and education activities that address critical emerging
U.S. agricultural issues, including human nutrition and obesity.
The deadline is June
30 for letters of intent and July 30 for applications.
on “Funding Opportunities”)
Management Research (USDA). The Agriculture Department is
inviting applications for partnership agreements that will fund
research addressing the need for risk management tools for producers
of priority agricultural commodities.
The deadline is July 28. www.rma.usda.gov/news/whatsnew/
and Technical Assistance (SBA). The
Small Business Administration is inviting applications to provide
business development assistance and training for client executives.
The deadline is July 9. www.sba.gov
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