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Black Hills State honors
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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.
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
- 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
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
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
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
“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
“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
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
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
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
Approximately 60 two- and three-dimensional pieces, including paintings
and sculpture, are on display at the show, which runs through Sunday,
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
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 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
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
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
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
The celebration was sponsored by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children, a student group on the
Grant opportunities announced
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
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
- 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