Volume XXVIII  No. 16 • April 30, 2004

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Lynn Munger, secretary, Business Office

Black Hills State honors retiring faculty members - top

Retiring Black Hills State University faculty members were recently honored. Retirees include: Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology; Jan Golliher, assistant outdoor education professor; Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, mass communications professor; and Al Sandau, theatre professor. Not pictured are: Dr. Sam Berney, assistant business professor; Richard DuBois, associate art professor; and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, assistant education professor.

Seven Black Hills State University faculty members had their last day of class this week as the semester winds down and they prepare to retire. Retiring faculty members, Al Sandau, theatre professor; Dr. Sam Berney, assistant business professor; Richard DuBois, associate art professor; Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, mass communications professor; Jan Golliher, assistant outdoor education professor; Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology; and Dr. Rena Faye Norby, assistant education professor, were recently honored at a reception hosted by the university.

Al Sandau began as theatre professor at BHSU in 1974. Since then he has directed or assisted with the direction of nearly 160 theatre productions. In his three decades of directing theatre productions, Sandau has cherished the opportunity to teach and mentor students while producing quality theatre performances that have been enjoyed by students and the entire community.

Sandau truly sees the stage as a lab for his students. It’s in that setting, creating learning opportunities for students, that Sandau has excelled and provided invaluable experiences for his students.

Before coming to BHSU, Sandau taught at Huron College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, and a master’s degree in speech and theatre from the University of South Dakota. He completed graduate degree coursework at the University of Minnesota and Wayne State University.

While at BHSU, Sandau taught a variety of theatre courses including creative drama, acting, directing, introduction to theatre, theatre history and theatre literature. Sandau has done consulting for the Black Hills Passion Play, Pantechnicon Productions in Los Angeles, Calif., and American Music Theatre in Petoskey, Mich.

This year Sandau was selected for the prestigious Distinguished Faculty award at BHSU. He received the 2000 service award at BHSU, an “Angel in the Wings” award from the Matthews Opera House in 2000 and the merit award at BHSU in 1985. He was also named Oustanding Young Man in Spearfish in 1978 and teacher of the year at Huron College in 1971.

Sandau said he is looking forward to some “goof off time” and plans to spend additional time with his family.

Dr. Gary Meek, who is retiring as dean of the College of Business and Technology, came to BHSU in 1999 from the University of Akron in Ohio, where he served as chairman of the department of management. In the past five years, Meek has led the College of Business and Technology at BHSU through some major improvements, including the recent business program accreditation by an internationally recognized accrediting agency and several curriculum changes. Meek also noted that in the last five years faculty credentials have improved significantly and the number of faculty publications and other scholarly work has also shown a dramatic increase.

Meek, who recently served as an evaluator in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, plans to continue consulting work and will complete some on-going research projects when he retires. He is also looking forward to spending more time golfing and traveling to visit family. Meek and his wife, Margo, have four grown children.

Before coming to BHSU, Meek completed a Fulbright fellowship at the Universiti Utara, Malaysia, 1997-98. He is the co-author and author of several books, journals and many other publications.

Meek earned a Ph.D. in statistics from Case Western Reserve University in 1970. He served as a management professor at the University of Akron from 1971 and later was named chairman of the department of management.

Jan Golliher, an assistant professor of physical education, who has been teaching and coaching at BHSU since 1976, says she hasn’t finished learning yet and looks forward to her retirement as a time to focus on other areas of interest.

Golliher, a strong advocate of life-long learning, began as a women’s varsity coach and instructor. After more than a decade coaching she decided to focus primarily on teaching and advising students, particularly in the area of outdoor education.

She has been the driving force for the outdoor education major at BHSU and has seen interest in the program grow, beginning with only six or seven students to a well-established program with 37 students now enrolled in the major. Golliher pointed out that BHSU is the only university in the region to offer an outdoor education program with this specific focus. She said the program was established working with agencies given the responsibility of caring for our environment and natural resources such as the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and other state agencies. She foresees a continued growth in this area as people become more concerned with environmental issues. Golliher said many current students also have an interest in business and use their degree in the private sector.

Through the years she has taught many classes and noted that she especially enjoyed special topics classes that sometimes were developed into the regular curriculum.

“These classes gave me the opportunity to learn, and I liked that,” Golliher said. “After I retire, there’s still a lot of things I want to learn and I’m planning to get busy doing that.”

She is looking forward to spending time “enjoying the ranch” with her husband, Dr. Warren Golliher, who also retired this year. She will also continue her involvement in several outdoor organizations and projects.

Golliher was honored with the Distinguished Faculty award in 1999. Golliher received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and began coaching at a high school in Geneva, Ill., in 1967. She completed her master’s degree in 1972 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, then taught at Flenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill., until 1975 when she accepted a coaching assignment at Elgin Community College in Elgin, Ill.

Dr. Abdollah Farrokhi, professor of mass communication, started teaching at BHSU in 1986. He came to the United States in 1976 from Iran, where he was a journalist and political writer for the largest national daily paper in Tehran. He received his master of science and Ph.D. in mass communication from Florida State University.

While at BHSU, Farrokhi has served on almost every faculty committee there is, including the faculty senate, and has participated in many faculty development workshops. Farrokhi especially enjoys research and served as chairman of the Faculty Research Committee for many years. In 2001, Farrokhi was recognized for outstanding service to the College Media Association. Farrokhi was active in this organization and throughout the years presented several research projects, reviewed manuscripts and served on the research committee board.

Farrokhi noted the huge changes in the mass communication department during this time at BHSU and noted that he expects the program to continue to grow.

The retiring professor said he “isn’t going far” and will use retirement to relax, enjoy time with his family and pursue business interests.

Dick Dubois, associate professor of art at BHSU since 1969, knows that he will use his retirement time to do what he most loves to do: paint.

Before joining the faculty at BHSU, Dubois taught high school in Rapid City and Lead. He originally taught art education and art appreciation classes at BHSU, but as the art program grew and changed, he began teaching art studio classes. Dubois, an accomplished watercolor artist, said he has taught nearly every art class offered at BHSU in his 34-year tenure at the university.

Dubois has influenced many art students throughout the years and said he hopes that he has made a difference in their lives and helped them be better prepared for a career or some kind of future in art.

“I try to inspire the students to be better people as well as better in their craft,” Dubois said. “I hope I’ve made a difference in some small way in their future.”

Dubois’ plans after retirement are to, first and foremost, paint. He is also planning to teach as an adjunct art professor at BHSU and has been asked to conduct several art workshops in the region. He is also planning a trip to Italy where he will spend time painting and hopefully make arrangements for some kind of an exchange program for future BHSU art students to study and paint in the Tuscany area.

Dubois earned his undergraduate degree from BHSU and received post-graduate degrees from the University of Wyoming and the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. E. Samuel Berney III, assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology, joined the BHSU faculty in 1999.

For the past five years, Berney has taught computer information systems courses at BHSU. His prior teaching experience included stints at Idaho State University and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

Berney plans to spend more time with his wife and 12-year-old son when he retires. He also has several math problems he’d like to continue working on. He said he enjoyed his time at BHSU and noted that he was pleased with the quality of work of students in his classes.

Berney earned his Ph.D. and master’s degree in mathematics from Arizona State University. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Nevada/Reno.

Dr. Rena Faye Norby joined the College of Education at BHSU in 1997. She taught classes for teachers, pre-service and in-service, to assist them to learn to use technology and computers in public school classrooms, and to become sound science classroom teachers.

While at BHSU, Norby earned several governor’s technology grants, presented Eisenhower workshops in math and science and served on several committees including the Faculty Senate. She also helped develop the online master’s degree program in technology.

Before joining the BHSU faculty, Norby taught at the University of Wyoming, Florida Atlantic University, and North Georgia College. She earned her Ph.D. in education research and science education as well as two master’s degrees, one in physics and geology and one in secondary science education from Georgia State University. She also completed post master’s coursework at the University of Wyoming and earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University.

Norby, who says she has enjoyed her time at BHSU, will spend her retirement traveling, visiting children and may finally get beyond page two of an autobiography.

BHSU presents awards to employees - top

Several presentations, including awards for outstanding service and longevity awards, were made to Black Hills State University employees at a reception last week.

Seven employee awards were presented by Anita Haeder, director of personnel, and Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU. Employees receiving awards included Liz Diers, Jean Johnson, Dr. Pat Mackin, Linn Nelson and Rajeev Bukralia. In addition, the staff members of Dining Services and the Enrollment Center were honored.

The following employees received recognition for their years of service as state employees:

  • 35-year award: Dr. Ed Erickson, director of the library and education professor; and Jerry Swarts, director of University Support Services;
  • 30-year award: Carol Thomas, operations manager at Ellsworth branch campus;
  • 25-year award: Dr. Riley Chrisman, history professor; Margaret Kleinsasser, athletics secretary; Marilyn Luscombe, Bookstore accountant; Steve Parker, music professor; and Roxy Schmidt, data processing supervisor;
  • 20-year award: Becky Bruce, personnel assistant; Jace DeCory, Indian Studies instructor; Dr. Thomas Flickema, president; Arnie Hemmingson, chief information officer; and Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement and athletic director;
  • 15-year award: Janet Bettelyoun, custodial worker; Jane Dunbar, registration officer; Dr. Susan Hove-Pabst, associate music professor; Tom Termes, assistant technology professor; and Paul Young, fitness director;
  • 10-year award: Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for Student Life; Ellen Melaragno, senior secretary; Connie Nicholas, custodial worker; Dr. Pamela Wegner, associate professor of theatre; and Tom Wheaton, enrollment center assistant director.

See pictures of award winners.

Meyers' novel will publish this spring - top


The Work Of Wolves, a novel by Kent Meyers, associate professor of English at Black Hills State University, is currently being published and should be available in bookstores in May.

Meyers is expecting to receive copies of his book this week. Described by the publisher as “an unforgettable story of horses, love and life,” Meyers latest novel centers around a teenager who, along with other characters, learn about the strong bonds that connect people to each other and to the land.

The novel is set in South Dakota and involves the relationships between three young men, a rancher, a Lakota high school student, and a German foreign exchange student, as they work to stop the abuse of three horses they discover in a pasture.

Meyers, who has been writing and teaching for more than 20 years, has also published several other books including a novel, The River Warren; a collection of essays, The Witness of the Combines; and a collection of shorts stories, Light in the Crossing. He has also published fiction and non-fiction in national literary journals, including The Georgia Review and The Southern Review, and has won awards for several of his stories.

Meyers received his master’s in English from Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1986.

Business program receives IACBE accreditation - top

Dr. Gary Meek (right), dean of the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, and Dr. Steve Andersen, assistant professor of business, accept a certificate of accreditation from an IACBE official recently. The accreditation recognizes the quality educational standards in the business program at BHSU.

The business program at Black Hills State University recently received notification of accreditation by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

Dr. Gary Meek, dean of the College of Business and Technology, and Dr. Steve Andersen, assistant professor of business, recently received the certificate for accreditation representing BHSU’s achievement of quality assurance for the academic program. Quality assurance is measured by the accomplishment of the mission and broad-based goals, the effectiveness of student learning, and the operational effectiveness of the business unit.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema praised the College of Business faculty for reaching this important designation.

“The fact that our business program is now accredited by IACBE is another of many forms of recognition marking the tremendous advances that have been made in strengthening the business program under Dr. Meek's leadership," Flickema said. He noted that there are currently approximately 800 students pursuing business degrees through the College of Business and Technology at BHSU.

According to Meek, IACBE emphasizes outcome assessment as well as how the business program is meeting the mission of the college and university.

BHSU became a member of IACBE in 2000, conducted a self-study the following year, and hosted a visitation by evaluators in 2003. The accreditation will be in effect for ten years. At that time the IACBE accreditation will coincide with the Higher Learning Commission accreditation review.

“This accreditation checks to see that we adhere to commonly accepted standards in business education,” Meek said. He noted that the evaluators cited BHSU’s outcomes assessment program, the students’ positive view of faculty classroom instruction and the excellent community and business involvement as strengths.

In addition to small class sizes, up-to-date equipment, and highly qualified instructors, students within the College of Business and Technology have the opportunity to work with community and industry leaders as part of their classroom. Previously students have worked with businesses assisting in research projects and business and marketing plans.

“An education at the College of Business and Technology at BHSU is more than earning a degree. It's an opportunity to experience the world of business and technology firsthand, to prepare for a profitable and rewarding career within this world, and to ultimately make a difference,” Meek said.

BHSU offers the following majors through the College of Business and Technology: applied technical science, business administration with specializations in accounting, entrepreneurial studies, health services administration, human resource management, management, marketing and tourism & hospitality management; business education; industrial technology; professional accountancy; and technology education. Minors are offered in business administration, business education, computer applications, computer programming, management information systems, drafting (with a CAD emphasis), electronics and industrial technology. A master’s degree is offered in business services management. Associates’ degrees are offered in administrative assistant, applications programming, drafting technology, network administration, tourism & hospitality management and web administration.

The IACBE is an internationally recognized, prominent accrediting body for business and business related degree programs headquartered in the greater Kansas City area.

Black Hills State University will hold 147th commencement next Saturday - top

The 147th Black Hills State University commencement is scheduled for Saturday,
May 8 at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to 392 students including 21 master’s degrees, six bachelor of arts degrees, two bachelor of applied technical science degrees, 248 bachelor of science degrees, 94 bachelor of science in education degrees, and 21 associate degrees.

The commencement address will be given by Mr. Randall Morris, South Dakota Board of Regents vice president. Dr. Thomas Hills, 2003 Distinguished Faculty member, will speak to the graduates. Diplomas will be presented by Dr. Thomas Flickema, BHSU president, and Ms. April Meeker, BHSU records director.

Five retiring faculty members will be formally recognized during the ceremony. The 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award will be presented to Dr. Albin Sandau, associate theatre professor.

Music will be provided by the BHSU Band, under the direction of Mr. Christopher Hahn, instructor of music; the Black Hills Singers, under the direction of Mr. Stephen Parker, assistant professor of music; and the Crazy Horse Singers, a drum group from Pine Ridge.

BHSU President Thomas Flickema will host a reception for the graduates and their families and friends, and BHSU faculty and staff members immediately following the commencement ceremony. The reception will be held in the Young Center Field House.

An honors breakfast will be held prior to graduation at 8 a.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude graduates will be honored. Also, the highest-ranking female and male graduates will be recognized. Katrina Jensen, a chemistry major from Whitewood, will be honored as the highest-ranking female graduate. Daniel Miller, a biology major from Parker, will be honored as the highest-ranking male graduate.

The BHSU Student Senate will also honor its 2003-04 outstanding faculty, staff, and students at the honors breakfast. Dr. David Salomon, assistant professor of humanities, will be honored as the Outstanding Faculty Member; Eddlemen Young, custodial worker with Facilities Services, will be honored as the Outstanding Staff Member; Vincent Schmaltz, a mathematics major from Custer, will be honored as the Outstanding Male Student; and Erica Littlewolf, an American Indian Studies and psychology major from Busby, Mont., will be honored as the Outstanding Female Student.

Student art on display at Ruddell Gallery - top

The BHSU Student Art Competition is currently on display at the Ruddell Gallery in the Student Union.

Dale Lamphere, internationally renowned sculptor from Sturgis, juried the competition and spoke to the BHSU community about his own work. Lamphere chose a piece by Dustin M. Price, a sophomore art major from Rapid City, for the first place award, a piece by Dawna Christopher, a senior art major from Rapid City, for second place, and a piece by Jesse Julius, a sophomore technology major from Spearfish, for third place.
Approximately 60 two- and three-dimensional pieces, including paintings and sculpture, are on display at the show, which runs through Sunday, May 9.

For more information contact the Student Union Information Desk at 642-6852.

BHSU will host a free grants workshop - top

Erika Wittlieb, coordinator of cooperating collections at the Foundation Center in New York, will present a free grants workshop for local nonprofit agencies Monday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to noon at the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center on the Black Hills State University campus.

The workshop, "e-Prospecting for Donors: How to Use Foundation Center Resources to Identify Funders for Your Nonprofit," will include a brief introduction of the Foundation Center and the types of grantmakers included among the 76,000 listed in their database, a demonstration of the content-rich website, and an introduction to the Foundation Center materials available through the BHSU library.

Representatives from non-profit agencies and organizations in the area are encouraged to attend. Registration is limited. Contact Barb Chrisman at BarbChrisman@bhsu.edu or 642-6358 to register.

Practice pianos are available for purchase - top

Several practice pianos that have been used by the BHSU music department will be available for purchase in Clare and Josef Meier Hall Friday, May 7 and Saturday,
May 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Yamaha pianos, including several used practice pianos, a grand piano and an electric piano, as well as some new pianos, will be available for viewing in Meier Hall room 127. Music and More from Scottsbluff, Neb., provided the pianos for the BHSU music department this year and are now making these and other pianos available for purchase.

For more information contact Dr. Janeen Larsen, chair of the department of fine and applied arts, at 642- 6241.

Young Center takes kids to outer space - top

Dry Creek Elementary School kindergarteners, Kayleen and John Blake, from Bill, Wyo., explore an observatory telescope from the Badlands Observatory today at the South Dakota/NASA Space Days 2004 hosted in the Young Center.

Activities will continue at the Young Center throughout the day tomorrow. Space Days 2004, offering the opportunity to experience many exhibits on earth science, space science, and technology, is open to the public.

Child Care Center hosts picnic - top

Krista Schroeder and her
14-month-old daughter Lexie were among many families who enjoyed a picnic lunch at the BHSU Child Care Center last week in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

According to Diane Mabey, director of the Child Care Center, the week-long celebration is designed to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

“Providing child care is a tremendous responsibility but also a great opportunity to positively impact children through activities that we provide,” Mabey said.

The center made picture buttons for parents to wear throughout the week. Other activities included entertainment by Kirk Kokinos, from Kirk's Magic Works, and a carnival which was presented with the assistance of students in Cynthia Chandler's early childhood education class.

The celebration was sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, a student group on the BHSU campus.

Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through April 28. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

  • Community Technology (ED)
    The Education Department’s Office of Vocational and Adult Education seeks applications to support community centers that provide access to computers and related services for disadvantaged residents. ED will fund applications that meet one of two priorities. The first priority is for proposals that document a partnership with a community organization and an LEA, public school or private school. The second emphasizes local projects of one or more centers – or state projects of two or more centers – that: coordinate with LEAs and public or private schools to provide supplementary instruction proven effective for teaching core academic subjects; and serve low-performing students who are entering or enrolled in grades nine through 12.
    Deadline: June 1. Additional information is available on the ED's website www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/2004/84341a.html.
  • University Center Competition (Doc/EDA)
    The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration is seeking applications to establish and operate university centers to provide technical assistance to public and private organizations with the goal of enhancing local economic development. Universities deploy faculty, staff, libraries, laboratories and computer systems to help address local economic problems and opportunities, including problems related to high unemployment, low-income, population loss, business failures, sudden major layoffs and disasters.
    Deadline: May 14. Go to www.eda.gov/InvestmentsGrants/FFON.xml for applications and additional information.

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