Volume XXVII  No. 34 • Aug. 29, 2003

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Dawn Danko, secretary, Upward Bound

CSA position open - top

The following Career Service is open. This is a unit-specific promotional announcement and is limited to Career Service employees of the College of Business and Technology with Black Hills State University.

  • senior secretary with keyboarding

For additional information, please review the announcement bulletin. Current openings may also be viewed at www.sdbor.edu/jobopps/get_job_location.cfm.

Ribbon cutting held for Meier Hall at Black Hills State - top

Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a new building on the Black Hills State University campus, was officially opened as Clare Meier, one of the founders of the Passion Play and namesake of the building, cut the ceremonial ribbon yesterday.

Visitors were greeted by BHSU President Thomas Flickema
who briefly outlined the features

of the new building noting the acoustically designed choral 
and band rooms, faculty studios, soundproof practice rooms, and 280-seat recital hall.

“This is a magnificent facility that will be a tremendous addition to the campus and the entire community,” Flickema said. 

BHSU music faculty members and President Thomas Flickema watch as Clare Meier, assisted by Guido Della-Vecchia and Johanna Meier, prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the newest building on the BHSU campus, the Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Shown, left to right, are, Steve Parker, Chris Hahn, Della-Vecchia, Clare and Johanna Meier, President Flickema, Janeen Larsen, Susan Hove-Pabst and Randall Royer. 
“We, at Black Hills State, are dedicated to making the arts an important part of life for all of our citizens and this building will play an important role in that endeavor. For the first time, in the history of the university, our music professors and students will have first-class facilities.”

Johanna Meier, daughter of Clare and Josef Meier, who spoke on behalf of the family, said, “this is a wonderful day for all of us.”

Johanna noted that Black Hills State, then known as Black Hills Teachers College, was very supportive of the Passion Play when it first came to Spearfish. In fact the first performances of the Passion Play, which is now presented on a huge outdoor stage, were actually held in Woodburn Auditorium on the campus.

“The rest, as they say, is history,” Johanna said. “Our history began here and this music building is a part of the future. A music building was a special dream for my father (Josef) and our family. It was something that he talked about for years. Now we’ve been able to achieve those goals.”

Johanna noted the importance of music in everyone’s life and cited a recent news story indicating that children who are exposed to music early in their lives scored high academically and that band and choir students are less likely to show at-risk behaviors.

“Music serves a great purpose for everyone besides just enjoying it,” Johanna said. “Music plays a part in educating the psyche.” She reminded the audience that “the only enemy of the arts is ignorance” and noted that this building will play a part in educating many students in the future.

Spearfish mayor, Jerry Krambeck, also addressed the gathering noted that the university is an important part of the Spearfish community and that this building is a great addition.

“There are many things that make this a great community,” Krambeck said. “This is yet another piece of the puzzle that makes Spearfish a special place to live.”

South Dakota state senators Jerry Apa and Marguerite Kleven also attended the event.

Following the ribbon cutting, the audience listened to a trumpet solo by BHSU music faculty member Chris Hahn. Hahn performed an original trumpet solo, “Fanfare,” that he wrote specifically for the opening of Meier Hall with musical references to the building and the Meiers.

Clare and Josef Meier Hall, located in the center of the campus, is an $8.25 million 44,919 square-foot building which includes a 280-seat recital hall, choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, conference rooms, instrument storage areas, keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices.

College of Business faculty members have moved their offices to the third floor of the building. Faculty offices for members of the Department of Humanities within the College of Arts and Sciences are also located in the new building.

Tours of Clare and Josef Meier Hall will be given during Swarm Day weekend, Oct. 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

New faculty members at Black Hills State University - top

Black Hills State University welcomed several new faculty members in preparation for the fall 2003 semester which begins Sept. 3. New faculty include, front row, left to right, William Tinney, Jr., sociology; Natalie Doering, education; Ann Porter, art; Mary Rogers, human services; Karen Mortimer, education; back row, left to right, Jonathan Sampson, business; Bobbi Sago, special collections; Dan Bergey, biology; Carrie LeBrun, business; Holly Stillson, mathematics; and Chang Lee, tourism. Not pictured are John Scott, physical education/athletics; Mark Nore, physical education/athletics; Pat Fackrell, physical education/athletics; Jay Long, physical education/athletics; and Tori Robbins, mass communications.

Athletic director Bud Synhorst resigns to accept a position in Omaha - top


Bud Synhorst, athletic director at Black Hills State University, has resigned to take a position as executive director of the Metropolitan Community College Foundation in Omaha, Neb.

Synhorst, who has been at BHSU for just over a year, was hired as athletic director in July 2002. He was previously the development officer in the athletics department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In his new position, Synhorst, 31, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the foundation and be in charge of all annual and capital fund-raising for Metro College which includes five campuses.

Synhorst expressed his thanks to BHSU employees, faculty, and staff as well as members of the community for their support of BHSU athletics during his time here. He said he is excited about the new opportunity at Metro and cited personal reasons for his desire to return to Nebraska.

“I will miss the day-to-day interactions with the coaches and student-athletes at BHSU,” Synhorst said. “I know that all of them will continue the success of Yellow Jackets athletics.”

Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, praised Synhorst for his work at BHSU and expressed appreciation for all that he has contributed to BHSU athletics.

“Bud has moved us into several exciting new areas of athletic fundraising,” Flickema said. “I appreciate his energy and creative approaches. These qualities will bring Bud continued success. We are sorry to see him leave, but appreciate the contributions he has made.”

Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at BHSU, will serve as interim athletic director in addition to his other duties at the university. This will be Meeker’s second stint as interim athletic director; he previously held that position during the fall of 1993.

Meeker said he is looking forward to a great year of athletics at BHSU.

Black Hills State Child Care Center moves to a new location - top 

The Child Care Center at Black Hills State University will host an open house at the new location of the Child Care Center Sept. 4 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Child Care Center has moved to the former Northern Hills Training Center at 630 South 32nd Street in Spearfish. The open house will provide parents, children and community members an opportunity to view the new facility.

The Child Care Center, which has been a part of the campus since 1986, was relocated due to safety concerns with the 

previous location in basement of Wenona Cook.

The former Northern Hills Training Center site was chosen because it offers excellent facilities, is in move-in condition and meets the codes necessary for the Child Care 

BHSU football players were among the volunteers who helped move the BHSU Child Care Center to a new location last week. An open house is scheduled for Sept. 4 at the new location in the former Northern Hills Training Center in Spearfish. 
Center according to Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student affairs.

Haislett is pleased with the new arrangement and is glad that the center will continue to provide child-care services for students, faculty and staff.

“The center was on the brink of closing. This would have displaced some 70 children the week before school opened, creating problems for parents who may have had to consider dropping out of school,” Haislett said. “The solution to this crisis has been a team effort.”

“This is an excellent example of how the community pulled together to find an alternate location for our Child Care Center which will provide excellent accommodations for the children,” said Jane Klug, director of student services.

Klug expressed her appreciation of Northern Hills Training Center executive director, Fred Romkema, for his dedication and commitment to making this new arrangement feasible in time for the fall semester.

The Northern Hills Training Center just recently moved to a newly constructed building at 625 Harvard Street in Spearfish.

Diane Mabey, director of the BHSU Child Care Center, said the new facility is wonderful and she is looking forward to greeting the children and parents in the new location.

“I just love the bright, big rooms. It’s a great facility and it really meets our needs,” Mabey said. She indicated that the drive from campus will be an adjustment but thinks that once people get used it and see the benefits of the new facility they will realize it’s certainly worthwhile.

Mabey said that the children at the center will continue to be involved in activities on campus and that BHSU education students will continue their learning activities at the center.

“Even though we’ve moved, we will remain a part of the campus community. The children here do special projects for the campus and we will continue to work with the education students.” Mabey said.

Mabey expressed her thanks to all the people who helped move. A group of volunteers, including parents, faculty and staff, community people, and students including nearly 20 BHSU football players, were instrumental in making the move efficient and quick.

“We had many people, including parents, faculty and staff and community members, show up to help get moved,” Mabey said. “That was a huge help to us and we now are looking forward to starting the year in our new location.”

The Child Care Center is a facility for the children of BHSU students, faculty, and staff. The center currently has a staff of 23 people including two full-time employees, four part-time, and 17 work-study students majoring in early childhood, elementary or secondary education.

BHSU music faculty perform at faculty inservice - top

BHSU music faculty and friends were given a standing ovation for their performance during faculty in-service this week. Trumpeter Christopher Hahn and pianist Janeen Larsen were joined by singers Dewalea Alsup, Dean Peterson, Susan Hove-Pabst and Stephen Parker, in the performance.

Last year in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Rodgers, the music faculty members created this presentation which includes selections from musicals by Rodgers and Hart as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with informative commentary about Rodgers’ life and work. Rodgers' extraordinary contributions, in a career that spanned six decades, influenced the direction of musical theatre. His hits ranged from Hollywood to Broadway and beyond. In his lifetime Rodgers wrote more than 900 songs and 40 musicals for Broadway and was honored with many awards including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys.

Soldiers from 842nd guard unit help save children - top

Several soldiers from the 842nd Engineer Company from Spearfish, including recent BHSU graduate and former football player, Freddy Maseman, and BHSU students Bryan Batien and Nathan Hedin, used their training and quick reaction to help save four Iraqi children.

The 842nd is one of several South Dakota Army National Guard units in Iraq.  Although they are trained to build roads the soldiers in 1st Platoon of the 842nd used their lifesaving skills to help four Iraqi children who were wounded by an unexploded ordinance (UXO) that detonated when the children attempted to move it.

The following is an account put together by the National Guard Public Affairs Office from the statements provided by those soldiers involved.

Spec. Jay Burns, and Staff Sgt. Tim Mercy, of the 842nd, were two of the first to arrive at the scene. Mercy stepped into a loader bucket and was lifted to the top of the wall. He grabbed the children, one at a time and handed them to other soldiers that had arrived at the scene.

Spec. Bryan Batien, a BHSU psychology major from Wolsey, and Spec. Robert Carr, 842nd, began to administer first aid to the children. Both soldiers had training as combat lifesavers. Batien took the first child and started to administer first aid. The child, who was by far the most critical, was suffering from severe wounds to his entire body. The blast had taken away flesh and muscle from his leg, torn flesh from his face to the point that his jawbone was exposed and had created a large abdominal wound. Batien proceeded to treat his remaining injuries with the assistance of Sgt. Nathan Hedin, a BHSU business management major from Buffalo.

While Batien and Hedin treated the wounds, Carr ran to the nearby medical aid station to notify the ambulance of the incident. As the wounds of the first child were being treated, the remaining children were brought over the wall one at a time. Sgt. John Heinert, Spec. Fredrick Maseman, and Spec. Tyler Lusk offered their help to get the children to a shaded area to be treated.


“When I saw the first child, I thought he was going to die right there in his father’s arms,” Maseman said. “I’ll never forget the way the kids were looking at us as we helped them.”

The second child over the wall had a puncture to his lung that created a sucking chest wound. This child was also brought to Batien who immediately created a flutter valve that allowed air to escape but protected the lung from further damage. The child also had extensive cuts and was suffering from shock.

“The reaction of the soldiers in the platoon is a testament to their values and the training they have received. Without regard to their own personal safety, they retrieved the children and treated them quickly. The lives of the children were saved because of their quick reaction and training,” said a National Guard public affairs representative.

The last report received on the children stated that they were all alive and recovering at home. The parents were grateful that the soldiers of the 842nd Engineer Company were there to help.

Faculty and staff gather at Ranch A for annual picnic - top

Faculty and staff were welcomed during the annual BHSU faculty/staff picnic this week. New and returning faculty and staff met at Ranch A, just across the Wyoming border, to get acquainted and enjoy a catered meal. Attendees also had the opportunity to listen to music by Brock Finn and participate in a disc golf contest. Winners of the door prizes were: Jean Kennedy, Becky Haak, Jan Golliher, Jean Helmer, and Angie Case.

BHSU golden age activity tickets available - top

Golden age activity tickets for Black Hills State University activities are once again available at a cost of $10 per ticket.

The golden age activity pass admits senior citizens to all regular athletic, theatre, music and other events at the university. Special athletic events such as tournaments or playoff games are not included.

Tickets are available to anyone 65 years of age or older through the president's office in Woodburn Hall room 201.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received Aug. 21-28 in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6627 or email requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Sloan Research Fellowships. Nominations for Sloan Research Fellowships, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are currently being accepted. Up to $40,000 is available to each recipient for two-year research projects in chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, or physics. Nomination forms and additional information are available on the foundation's website. Who may be nominated: faculty members at a college or university in the United States or Canada who hold a Ph.D. in one of the areas mentioned above or in a related interdisciplinary field. Candidates must have received their Ph.D. within the past six years. Awards are made to the institution at which the fellow will conduct his or her research. The deadline is Sept. 15. www.sloan.org
  • Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement. Letters of inquiry for grants from the University of Maryland's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement are being accepted for research on the following topics: the civic education of students in kindergarten through 12th grade; the civic engagement of youths; and political participation and electoral engagement among young people. Grants of up to $50,000 are available. More information, including a detailed description of each of the three topic areas, is available on the organization's Web site. Who may apply: organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Individuals with a tax-exempt sponsor are also eligible. The deadline is Sept. 19. www.civicyouth.org
  • Environmental Leadership Program Fellowships. Applications are being accepted for fellowships from the Environmental Leadership Program, which works to strengthen environmental groups by training and developing emerging leaders in the field. Each year, 20 environmental professionals receive three-year fellowships that provide training, project support, and a peer network. Fellows may come from various backgrounds, including nonprofit organizations, business, government, and higher education. The program includes four five-day retreats over two years. Fellows may also be eligible to receive up to $10,000 to design and conduct leadership-training programs for others. Who may apply: residents of the United States or its territories. Applicants should be relatively new to the environmental field, with approximately three to 10 years of professional experience or graduate studies. The deadline is Oct. 1. www.elpnet.org/fellowship.html
  • Women in Science U.S. Fellowship Program November 1: Women (national). Applications are being accepted for the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science U.S. Fellowship program, which will award five grants of $20,000 each to third- and fourth-year female graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who are pursuing studies and research in computer science, engineering, mathematics, or the natural sciences. Additional information and applications are available on L'Oreal's Web site. Who may apply: women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who are in their third or fourth year of graduate studies and enrolled in a Ph.D. or Sc.D. program, or who are postdoctoral researchers. Applicants must plan on pursuing their fellowship work at a nonprofit institution. The deadline is Nov. 1. www.lorealusa.com/fwis/fwis_home.aspx
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program. Letters of intent to apply for grants of up to $400,000 for research and evaluation projects through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Substance Abuse Policy Research Program are being accepted. Research projects should examine policies designed to reduce the harm caused by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs in the United States. Additional information is available on the program's Web site. Who may apply: researchers and scholars working in criminal justice, economics, law, medicine, political science, public health, sociology, and other behavioral and policy sciences. Preference is given to applicants affiliated with public agencies or organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations as defined under Section 509(a). Letters of intent are due Nov. 7. The deadline for receipt of full proposals from those invited to apply is March 15, 2004. www.saprp.org
  • Chemical Sciences Teacher-Scholar Awards. Nominations are being accepted for the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation's Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards Program, which supports faculty members in the chemical sciences who demonstrate outstanding individual research attainment and promise. Institutions that grant bachelor's degrees or higher in biochemistry, chemical engineering, or chemistry may nominate one faculty member who holds a full-time tenure-track academic appointment in a department focused on the chemical sciences, and who is within the first five years of his or her independent academic career. In general, 15 awards of $60,000 each are made annually. Additional information and nomination forms, which must be submitted online, are available on the foundation's Web site. Who may nominate: department chairs or other appropriate institutional representatives familiar with the qualifications of the nominees. The deadline is Nov. 14. www.dreyfus.org
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Science Grants. Letters of inquiry for grants from the W.M. Keck Foundation, which supports programs in science, engineering, and medical research, as well as innovative instruction and research at leading liberal-arts colleges, are being accepted. Additional information, including detailed instructions for submitting letters of inquiry, is available on the foundation's website. Who may apply: four-year colleges and universities, medical schools, and major independent research institutions in the United States. Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not as a private foundation under Section 509(a). The deadline is 
    Nov. 15. www.wmkeck.org
  • National Endowment for Financial Education Grants. Proposals are being accepted for grants from the National Endowment for Financial Education for programs to educate the public - especially young people and members of underserved, low-income groups - on how to better manage personal finances. Proposed projects should encourage personal savings and investment as a means to financial security. Grants are not available for fund-raising efforts, general operating expenses, or political activities. The average grant is $50,000. More information is available on the organization's website. Who may apply: organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that propose projects designed to increase knowledge about personal finances. The deadline is Feb. 3. www.nefe.org
  • Regional Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program. The Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) is  requesting applications for the Regional Integrated Pest Management Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2004 to support the continuum of research and extension efforts needed to increase the implementation of integrated pest management (IPM) methods. The Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program supports projects that develop individual pest control tactics, integrate individual tactics into an IPM system, and develop and implement extension education programs. The program is administered by the land-grant university system’s four regions (North Central, Northeastern, Southern, Western) in partnership with CSREES. In FY 2004, CSREES anticipates that approximately $855,000 will be available for support of the Regional IPM Competitive Grants Program - North Central Region (NC-IPM). Of this amount, approximately $585,000 is expected to be available for research projects, $85,000 for extension projects and $185,000 for joint research-extension projects. The deadline is Oct. 17. A letter of intent to submit an application must be received by close of business (COB) on Sept. 19 (5 p.m. Central Time). An application will not be accepted if this requirement has not been met. www.usda.gov

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 at the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, or can be printed from the committee 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.

The next application deadline is Sept. 19 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to contact 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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