Volume XXVII  No. 41 • Oct. 17, 2003

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Students serve as guest instructors at Loneman School - top

Jesse Coy, a senior from Hill City, was one of 30 Black Hills State University students who served as guest instructors recently at Loneman School. The BHSU students had the opportunity to experience firsthand the challenges and rewards of teaching and their service allowed the Loneman teachers to observe literacy implementation in the Rapid City School District.

Students from the College of Education at Black Hills State University recently served as guest instructors and participated in a field-based No Child Left Behind (NCLB) learning experience at Loneman Elementary School on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The university students, who are all pre-service teachers, were guest instructors for 14 kindergarten through fifth-grade classrooms. This allowed the Loneman classroom teachers to observe literacy implementation at Knollwood Elementary School in Rapid City.

One month before the event,
assistant professors Dr. Joanna Jones and Mr. Junior Bettelyoun visited with the Loneman teachers in their classrooms to establish a working knowledge of the learning environment at the school. Four BHSU College of Education faculty members, Dr. Carol Hess, Jones, Mrs. Kathy Finkle, and Mrs. Micheline Hickenbotham, then met to coordinate instruction to help the BHSU pre-service teachers prepare lessons for a whole teaching day. Two weeks prior to the Loneman experience, the BHSU students began planning and preparing lessons to match the curriculum in place at the school.

When the day of teaching arrived, 30 BHSU students, several BHSU faculty members and retired faculty member, Dr. Darlene Swartz, left Spearfish in a bus at 5:30 a.m. After more than a two-hour drive, the students, ready to teach, piled off the bus with tubs of materials and baskets of books. Upon locating their classrooms and reading any last minute notes left by the Loneman teachers, the students went to the gymnasium to greet their students for the day.

The day's events were filled with both successes and challenges according to Hickenbotham. As one of the pre-service teachers later reflected, "Kids are kids. These Loneman students were excited, active learners willing to accept a change in their daily routine.” The activity also gave the BHSU students a chance to experience firsthand the challenges and rewards of teaching.

While most of the lessons went as planned, some pre-service teachers found a need to completely modify their plans. One of the challenges the BHSU students faced was that of classroom management, which is a typical concern among teachers in a new setting.

According to Bettelyoun the Loneman teachers were extremely pleased with the BHSU pre-service teachers’ assistance and were glad to have the opportunity to observe literacy instruction in the Rapid City School District.

Brule entertains enthusiastic crowd and raises $3,000 for scholarships - top

The Brule concert on the Black Hills State University campus last weekend, which was termed a “huge success,” entertained more than 1,000 people and raised approximately $3,000 for scholarships.

According to Lisa Bryan, organizer of the event, Paul LaRoche, lead musician of the group, the crowd at the Young Center was very enthusiastic 
and he is looking forward to the 
possibility of a return performance on campus.

Bryan said the estimated attendance was 1,200 people and added that the VIP section, which included 500 seats on the floor of the auditorium, sold out quickly.

The event raised approximately $3,000 which will be used for scholarships and to bring additional Native American speakers and performers to campus.

The Brule concert was sponsored by the Center of Indian Studies and the Grants office at BHSU. 

BHSU will host career festival and graduate school fair - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center will host the Fall Career Festival and Graduate School Fair Thursday, Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The fair will provide an opportunity for students to network with over 25 employers and graduate school representatives and learn about different career fields. All BHSU students are welcome. The fair is open to the general public as well.

Following the fair, Walt Disney World representatives will give a presentation and hold interviews for their College Program Internships at 3 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305. The company is looking for interns in all majors and grade levels. Students must attend the presentation in order to interview for an internship.

For more information or to see a list of registered employers and graduate schools, visit www.bhsu.edu/careers. Contact Heather Johnson, career counselor and coordinator of career placement, at 642-6278 or heatherjohnson@bhsu.edu with questions. 

Concert will celebrate opening of new recital hall - top

The Black Hills State University freshman women's choir practices on the stage at the recital hall in the new Clare and Josef Meier Hall on campus. A grand opening concert is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.


Alumni and supporters of Black Hills State University will hold a grand opening concert, the first public performance in the new recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall, Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. 

This event, which will feature performances by BHSU alumni and friends, a reception, and a silent auction featuring artwork,
a quilt and numerous other 
items, is a fundraiser for music scholarships. A variety of music, ranging from opera arias to jazz to rock and roll, will fill the new recital hall in its opening event.

According to Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, BHSU music faculty member, variety and quality are the two key descriptors for the program. She said early performances will be more in the arts music genre with later performances offering jazz, folk, and rock performances. 

“This is a true musical variety show,” Hove-Pabst said, “with everything from ‘long-haired’ music to ‘toe-tapping’ music.”

The tentative line-up for the concert includes the following performers:

  • Andrea Fischer Elwess, alumnus, soprano, with Karen Blunk, adjunct faculty member, piano;
  • Dean Peterson, adjunct faculty member, tenor, with Janeen Larsen, music faculty member, piano;
  • Priscilla Romkema, alumnus and faculty member and Blunk, adjunct faculty, piano duet;
  • Angie O’Shea, alumnus, soprano, and Dan O’Shea, tenor, with Lori Miller, alumnus and adjunct faculty member, piano;
  • Dick Dittman, alumnus, cornet, with Larsen, piano;

Following an intermission, which will include time for a reception and silent auction, the music will continue with the following performers:

  • Carol Reausaw, alumnus, soprano, and Bob Golay, tenor, with Ardis Golay, piano;
  • Dewalea Alsup, adjunct faculty member, mezzo soprano, with Larsen, piano;
  • Alsup, mezzo soprano, and Leslie Speirs, alumnus, soprano;
  • Hove-Pabst, music faculty member, soprano, with Miller, piano;
  • Randall Royer, music faculty member, guitar and Dick Rausis, guitar;
  • Lyle Berry and Doug Ruhnow, alumnus, and Paul Young, faculty member;
  • Miller, contralto, Lorrie Redfield, soprano, Patti Crofutt Schladweiler, soprano, Nikki Miller, alumnus, alto, and Tom Loff, baritone;
  • and Scott Bellew, alumnus.

The concert is open to the public with a recommended donation of $10. Advance tickets are available by calling 605-642-6133. Tickets will also be available at the door on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Public tours of Meier Hall, which opened this fall on campus, will be given throughout the weekend. 

BHSU Community Band and Chamber Winds will present fall concert - top

The Black Hills State University Community Band and Chamber Winds will present their fall concert Monday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Meier Recital Hall. This will be the ensemble’s first concert in the new recital hall.

Band director Christopher Hahn said, “We are looking forward to playing in the new recital hall and exploring its acoustics.”

Fall 2003 chamber groups include a percussion ensemble, trumpet choir, woodwind quintet, clarinet quartet, and brass ensemble. These groups will perform various musical pieces by several composers, from the 1600s to the present, including Mendelssohn, Ewazen, and Tartini.

The community band will play a variety of music, including a transcription of some Civil War brass band music by Claudio Grafulla, one of the best-known bandmasters of the 19th century. Other music will include works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Philip Sousa, Leroy Anderson, and David Maslanka, who is, according to Hahn, “one of the big names in contemporary band music.”

Admission is free but donations will be accepted for the Friends of Music scholarship fund.

Retired Justice Robert Amundson will give public address at BHSU - top

Retired state Supreme Court Justice Robert Amundson will give a public address on elections and the courts Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 1 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room on the Black Hills State University campus.

Amundson served the state of South Dakota as a circuit court judge for four years and as a Supreme Court justice for 11 years. Earlier in his career Amundson worked as an attorney with the Lead and Spearfish law firm that is now known as Tellinghuisen, Gordon & Percy.

Amundson will remain on campus Oct. 30 to meet with students and faculty to discuss various legal topics and the role of the courts in South Dakota and the United States.

BHSU students, staff and faculty are invited to attend his address, as are members of the local community. The College of Arts and Sciences and the BHSU Pre-Law Club are sponsoring Amundson’s visit. Contact Timothy Martinez, political science professor at BHSU, at 642-6246 for more information. 

District 31 lawmakers host Board of Regents at BHSU - top

Black Hills State University will be the site for the next in a series of town meetings on South Dakota public higher education hosted by local legislators. The meeting, hosted by state lawmakers from District 31, is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. in room 128 of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. 

Representatives of the South Dakota Board of Regents, its staff, and public university presidents will be on hand to visit with area residents. 

Demographic shifts occurring across South Dakota mean fewer traditional college-age students in the future, along with more non-traditional students and a significant increase in South Dakota’s older populations. Local legislators, who extended the invitation to the Regents to meet in Spearfish, said the ideas exchanged at this meeting would help South Dakota’s public higher education system better plan for the future.

Former basketball players return to BHSU for Roundball Reunion - top

Former Black Hills State University basketball players will return to their alma mater Oct. 24 and 25 for the second annual Stadium Sports Grill Alumni Roundball Reunion.

The reunion includes a social at the Stadium Sports Grill Friday, Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. The following day, participants are invited to attend the BHSU volleyball match vs. Jamestown at 3 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium.

Alumni will gather at the Young Center at 4 p.m. for the reunion registration and pizza. The women’s alumni basketball game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 7:30 p.m. Following the games, a social will be held at the Stadium Sports Grill.

All former men’s and women’s basketball players are encouraged to attend, whether they choose to play or not. The following men’s basketball players have registered for the reunion: Jesse Dana, Tory Schwartz, Brian Sudrala, Eldon Marshall, Bob Dermer, Mark Gould, Matt Burgess, Brant Miller, Barry Van Dyke, Moe Terry and Lonnie Gines. The honorary coaches for the men’s team will by Clay Dunlap, a 1961 graduate, and Curtis Johnson, a 1958 graduate.

Former women’s basketball players who have registered for the event include Cori Ringwood-Engelhardt, Melissa Braegger, Christa Authier, Tobiann VanderPol-Andrews, Amanda Schelle, Katie McLaughlin, Becky Schultz, Phyllis Parkhurst and Dawn Batterman-Curl. Beth Bentley, a 1979 graduate, will serve as the women’s honorary coach.

For more information call the BHSU alumni office at 642-6446. 

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