Volume XXIX, No. 13 • April 8, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Bonny Baker-Cain, secretary, West River Higher Ed Center (Rapid City)

CSA employees honored - top

Becky Bruce (right) was recognized as the CSA spring 2005 employee of the semester. CSA council members (from the left) Nancy Shuck, Shawn Haug, Krista Schroeder and Eileen Thomas presented the awards this week.

Becky Bruce receives the CSA employee of the semester award for the spring 2005 semester

Two Black Hills State University staff members were surprised and honored by members of Career Service Advisory (CSA) council when they were recognized as the CSA employees of the semester.

Becky Bruce, personnel assistant in the human resources office, and Diane Bishop, senior secretary in the institutional advancement office, received balloons and a certificate noting their exemplary work.

According to Nancy Shuck, president of the CSA council at BHSU, the two were chosen for their exceptional job performance demonstrated by excellent customer service, a professional and positive attitude, and dependable and responsible performance of work duties. Communication skills and willingness to work as a team member within the BHSU community were also considered. Members of the BHSU community, including students, faculty, administrators, CSA employees, and volunteers/community members, were invited to submit nominations.

Bruce and Bishop will be honored at the CSA employee recognition luncheon next week.

Bishop, who received the award for the fall 2004 semester, was nominated by two faculty members who described her daily attitude as “refreshing!” Both nominators cited her positive attitude, presence and approach to her jobs.

Bruce, who received the award for the spring 2005 semester, was nominated by her supervisor. She was praised for her ability to multi-task in a job that requires intense concentration.

Diane Bishop receives the CSA employee of the semester award for the fall 2004 semesterDiane Bishop (left) receives balloons and a certificate noting her honor of being named CSA employee of the fall 2004 semester at BHSU. CSA council president Nancy Shuck (right) and other members of the council presented the award to Bishop this week.

Faculty and staff will be honored at annual reception - top

Black Hills State University will host a reception Tuesday, April 12 from 2-4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room to honor outstanding employees and retirees.

The public is invited to attend. The program will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Dr. James Hesson, physical education professor, will be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Faculty award. Retirees who will be recognized at the reception include: Ann Chastain, secretary; Barbara Chrisman, librarian and associate professor; Dr. Riley Chrisman, history professor; Dr. Ed Erickson, director of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center; and Dr. Dan Peterson, sociology professor and chair of the department of social sciences.

Several employees and departments will receive special awards during the reception. Barbara Chrisman will be presented the Outstanding University Award. Susan Hupp, director of student support services, will receive the Student Service Award. A Special Committee Award will be presented to Terry Palmer, custodial worker.

Staff members from the child care center will receive the Economic Savings Award. Child care staff members include Diane Mabey, Diane Hannah, Danelle Johnson, Sandra Nauman, Cathy Skvicalo and Kaylene Van Lingen. Technical support services staff including Fred Nelson, Brian Ewald, Mike Sparker and Richard Van Lingen, will be presented the University Area Award.

Pins and plaques will be awarded to employees recognizing their years of service. The following employees will be honored:

  • 35-year award, Dr. Charles Follette, English professor;
  • 30-year award, Jerry Miller, technology professor; and Hanna Swarts, lead mail processor;
  • 25-year award, Barbara Chrisman, librarian and associate professor;
  • 20-year award, Susan Hemmingson, senior accountant; Peggy Madrid, senior secretary; and Dr. Doug Wessel, psychology professor;
  • 15-year award, Sheila Aaker, coordinator of extended services; James Bechtold, custodial crew leader; Shirley Brownell, financial aid assistant; Christina Couch, secretary; Sandra Dickinson, cook; Randi Ellis, associate accounting professor; Corinne Hansen, director of university communications; Dr. James Hesson, physical education professor; Diane Mabey, child care coordinator; Dr. Rob Schurrer, wellness management professor; Carolyn Skallerud, office supervisor; and Sheryl Styles, graphic designer;
  • 10-year award, Don Altmyer, associate accounting professor and director of the Center for Economic Education; Steve Babbitt, associate photography professor; Verona Beguin, assistant business professor; Dr. Ron DeBeaumont, associate economics professor and chair of the department of accounting and economics; Ralph Hoover, custodial worker; Dr. Charles Lamb, associate biology professor and chair of the department of science; and Pam Thomas, accountant.

Yang publishes article in international journal - top

Sheng Yang

Dr. Sheng Yang, assistant professor of economics and finance at Black Hills State University, recently published an article in an international journal devoted to minerals policy and economics.

The article, “Market Power and Cost Efficiency: The Case of the U.S. Aluminum Industry,” will be featured in Volume 30 Issue 2 of Resources Policy, a journal aimed at economists and decision makers in academia, government and industry.

In the article, Yang constructs and empirically tests a model designed to determine the link between market concentration and price with separate effects of market-power and cost-efficiency in change of industrial concentration. The analysis was conducted within the context of a single oligopoly, specifically, the U.S. primary aluminum industry. Using time-series data, the model indicates that both market-power and cost-efficiency effects are significant, resulting in unwavering prices despite diminishing market concentration in the industry throughout the sample period.

Yang received his doctorate in economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998. He joined the BHSU faculty in 2004.

Glover receives grant for pilot course - top

John Glover

Dr. John Glover, associate professor of American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University, recently received a grant from the Indian Tenure Foundation (ILTF) for a cross-listed American Indian Studies (AIS) and Political Science (POLS) course entitled American Indians and Their Lands (AIS/POLS 492).

This three-credit hour pilot course will be based largely on curriculum developed by the ILTF for universities with AIS programs and tribally-controlled colleges. It will be offered at BHSU in an intensive, weeklong format beginning Friday, May 6 and ending Saturday, May 14.

The course will examine native perspectives on land, from concepts found in oral tradition through the land’s contemporary status. Emphasis will be placed upon the evolution of federal Indian land policy with special attention on the Allotment Period (1880s-1930s) and its contemporary impact on tribal land control, use and reacquisition. The class will then examine techniques to address specific reservation land use issues, including those brought about by the fractionation of allotted parcels.

Formed in the last few years, the ILTF is a non-profit entity whose home offices are located in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The ILTF is focused on all matters associated with the “land within the boundaries of every reservation and other areas of high significance where tribes retain aboriginal interest and are in Indian ownership and management.”

Glover has been a member of the Black Hills State faculty since 1992, having practiced law in Minnesota and North Dakota prior to his employment at BHSU. His first book, Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota: A Description of Contemporary Sioux Governments will be available early this summer.

More information on the ILTF can be found at www.indianlandtenure.org. For more information about American Indians and Their Lands or similar courses in South Dakota, contact Glover at 642-6003 or JohnGlover@bhsu.edu.

Amiotte leads Center for Indian Studies - top

Lowell Amiotte

Lowell Amiotte has come full circle in his work as an educator and administrator and that circle has brought him back to Black Hills State University where he now serves as director for the Center for American Indian Studies. It’s a position he held early in his career and after a wealth of experience across the state, Amiotte has returned to BHSU.

The Center for American Indian Studies at BHSU was established by the South Dakota Legislature to serve as the administrative unit for academic programs in American Indian studies and to coordinate issues and programs dealing with American Indian students.

The Center for American Indian Studies is especially important to the BHSU campus because BHSU has the highest proportion of American Indian students of any South Dakota state institution of higher learning. The work of the center is vital for the 130 Native American students enrolled at BHSU this semester as well as others who may be considering higher education.

One of the goals of the center is to promote awareness of American Indian cultures, value systems, and social problems among both the Native American people themselves and members of the larger society. The center, along with two Native American student groups, has a full schedule of events planned for Cultural Awareness Week, April 18 to 24, including the annual Wacipi (pow-wow). Last year's Wacipi attracted an estimated 3,500 persons, making it one of the larger powwows in the state. (See schedule of events below.)

The center is also active in both recruiting and retaining students of American Indian ancestry and acting as a liaison with tribal governments, tribal educational facilities, and American Indian organizations in the Northern Plains region. Another goal of the center is to support, encourage and seek funding for research and publication pertaining to all areas of American Indian culture, language and heritage.

According to Amiotte, the center currently administers four academic programs: a major in American Indian Studies, leading to a bachelor of arts degree; a general minor in American Indian Studies; a minor in American Indian Studies - teaching; and an American Indian Studies minor, with an emphasis in communications.

The center supports two student organizations: Lakota Omniciye ("a gathering, assembly") and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).

Amiotte was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation and attended grade school and high school in Rapid City. He then came to BHSU to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1965 and later earned a master’s degree from University of South Dakota in guidance and counseling. He taught for seven years in various middle schools before being named director of Indian Studies at BHSU. His career also included time directing the office of Indian education for the Rapid City public schools as well as a stint as president of Oglala Community College. He also worked as an educational administrator and a professor at South Dakota State University.

Amiotte noticed many changes at BHSU when he returned this fall and has found a renewed joy in working with students on a day-to-day basis.

"I hope that through the Center for Indian Studies we can improve the future of American Indian Tribes. I really enjoy working with both Native American students and non-native students. I want to see that every student gets the attention and services that they need to succeed in college and in life,” Amiotte says.

"We believe in the dignity and uniqueness of all individuals and recognize the worth of all people. We promote an awareness of American Indian cultures, histories, languages, value systems and social problems,” Amiotte says. “Our goal is to train students to think critically and to have the background to analyze Native American society in a comprehensive manner."

Amiotte would like to see an increase in the number of Native American students at BHSU. Native American students make up just over three percent of the total student body. Although this is the highest percentage at any of the state universities, Amiotte is working to recruit more Native American students as well as retain students who begin their college career at BHSU.

“We try to get students involved in activities including tutoring and clubs,” Amiotte says. “Once they find out that there are people here who care, they are more likely to stay to finish their degree.”

Amiotte plans to work with other agencies in South Dakota including the South Dakota Department of Education as well as other state institutions and tribal colleges to develop programs that will meet the needs of Native American students.

Two students currently enrolled in the Indian Studies program at BHSU concur with Amiotte on the importance of the Center for Indian Studies and provide a diverse view of the program. Adrianne Shabi, a pre-pharmacy major from Arizona, is currently completing her second semester here and has found the social support from the Center of Indian Studies a valuable contribution to her educational experience. She is a member of the Lakota Omniciye and currently serves as secretary of the club.

“I think the Center is helpful because Indians are here giving each other support. I meet people who come from the same background. I get to know other club members on a business level as well as a personal level,” Shabi says. She encourages others to join.

“Our club [Lakota Omniciye] offers a lot of support to Indian students even if they aren’t majoring in Indian Studies,” Shabi says.

The group meets every Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Betsy Mahoney, a retired teacher who has returned to college to earn a degree in American Indian studies, says that the selection of classes offered including American Indian history, American Indian women, contemporary issues in Indian life, and independent studies, were a deciding factor in her decision to enroll at BHSU.

Mahoney says the Center for Indian Studies creates a gathering place for Native American kids and provides social setting to encourage success in the coursework.

“This is a comfortable place for the students to be. The classes are awesome and the faculty are exceptional,” Mahoney says. She notes that she knows of several students who have decided to major in Indian Studies after discovering the quality educational opportunities at BHSU.

For more information about the Center for Indian Studies at BHSU call 642-6578.

American Indian Awareness Week Events - April 18-24

Indian Awareness Week is dedicated to educating the community about Indian culture with speakers, presentations at Black Hills State University. All events are in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union unless otherwise noted. For more information call 642-6578.

  • Monday, April 18, 6:30 p.m., “State Government Involvement in Indian Affairs” by Roger Campbell, state director of Tribal State Relations
  • Tuesday, April 19, 6:30 p.m., “Traditional Behaviors and Family Wellness” presented by Carol Iron Rope Herrera, Pine Ridge Casey Family Program
  • Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 p.m., “Lakota Star Knowledge and Western Astronomy” by Albert White Hat, Lakota elder and Dr. Dan Durben, BHSU faculty member
  • Thursday, April 21, 6:30 p.m., “The History and Culture of the Northern Arapaho” presented by the Northern Arapaho Elders Panel
  • Friday, April 22, 1 p.m. at the Ruddell Gallery, “Cultural Meanings of Wacipi/ Pow wow Dances & the Significance of the Regalia” by Dr. Ronnie Theisz, BHSU faculty member, and Whitney Rencountre, BHSU senior
  • April 22-24, the 23rd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House
  • Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m., Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk, Young Center
  • Miss and Jr. Miss Lakota Omniciye Wacipi Contest
  • Saturday, April 23, Native American Alumni Brunch, 10 a.m., Holiday Inn, Spearfish
  • Saturday, April 23, Free buffalo feed, 5 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace

Sigma Tau Gamma to raise funds for fire department with annual waterbed sleep-a-thon - top

Sigma Tau Gamma, a student group at Black Hills State University, will host their 34th annual waterbed sleep-a-thon April 11-15. Funds raised from raffle ticket sales will be donated to the Spearfish Volunteer Fire Department.

Members of the group will sell raffle tickets for variety of prizes during the week of April 11-15. Tickets will be available under the skywalk of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

Sigma Tau Gamma is a social fraternity seeking to promote the highest ideals of manhood, brotherhood and citizenship. The waterbed sleep-a-thon is a well-known fundraising event that has been part of the BHSU campus for more than three decades. For more information contact Patrick Fink, Sigma Tau Gamma president, at 722-4463.

BHSU organizations plan Thai dinner fundraiser - top

Members of the Black Hills State University department of management and marketing and the BHSU Tourism and Hospitality Management Club will host a Thai dinner fundraiser Tuesday, April 12 at the Bay Leaf Café in Spearfish. Organizers of the event are sitting, left to right: Emily Shank, Nichole Berdan, Siriporn Sujithamrak, Jobeth Stenerson, and Miranda Hansen. Standing, left to right, are: Jesse Julius, Andrew Coppersmith, Sara Blakeman, Michelle Donlan, Jason Fall, Matthew Blair, Anna Vandegrift, and French Bryan, owner of the Bay Leaf Café. Not pictured are: Melissa Belcher, Timothy Johnson, Yuko Makita, Jeremy Sabers, Michael Stormer, Patrick Clausen, Tashina LaVallie, Joe Small Rodgriguez, Natasha Urinko, and Ryan Worderman.

Organizers plan Thai dinner fundraiser

The Black Hills State University department of management and marketing and the BHSU Tourism and Hospitality Management Club will celebrate Thailand’s New Year’s Eve with a Thai dinner Tuesday, April 12. Two sittings will be held; the first will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and the second will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The dinner, which will be held at the Bay Leaf Café, 126 West Hudson Street in Spearfish, will serve as a fundraiser for the Thailand Red Cross Children’s Fund, which is currently helping victims of the tsunami that struck Thailand and several other countries in December 2004. Proceeds will also benefit the BHSU Tourism and Hospitality Management Club.

Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, a native of Thailand and an assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, is the Tourism and Hospitality Management Club advisor. According to Sujithamrak, Thailand celebrates New Year’s Eve as a time for family gathering and reunion. The BHSU Thai dinner will feature this family gathering atmosphere while several famous Thai dishes are served.

The cost of the dinner is $18 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Bay Leaf Café at 642-5462 or Sujithamrak at 642-6702.

Career Center hosts Walt Disney program and teacher job fair - top

The Black Hills State University Career Center will provide students with two opportunities to meet and interview with potential employers, including representatives from Walt Disney World and over 50 school districts from across the United States.

Representatives from the Walt Disney World College Program will be on campus Thursday, April 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305. They will present information about the Walt Disney internship program and other opportunities available to students through the company. Applicants will be interviewed following the presentation. More information is available online at www.wdwcollegeprogram.com.

The fifth annual Black Hills Teacher Job Fair will be held Friday, April 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium. Over 50 school districts with a variety of job opportunities are currently registered for the fair. Community members are welcome to attend the fair at no cost. For more information or to view a current list of registered school districts, see www.bhsu.edu/careers.

Call the Career Center at 642-6277 with questions.

BHSU will present several concerts throughout April - top

The Black Hills State University Department of Fine and Applied Arts will present a variety of concerts throughout the month of April.

The BHSU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Randall Royer, will perform Thursday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Mezzo-soprano Erin Talsma, a senior music major from Spearfish, will sing during her senior recital Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m.

The BHSU Concert Choir and Concert Band will present their annual spring concert Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. A repeat performance will be held Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.

All concerts will be held in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Admission to the concerts is free and community members are welcome to attend. Contact Janeen Larsen, chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at BHSU, at 642-6241 or JaneenLarsen@bhsu.edu.

Young Center will host open house - top

Saturday, April 16 has been designated as open house day at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the campus of Black Hills State University. Community members are invited to tour the building and enjoy free use of the facility, including the fitness area and the swimming pool from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Young Center, which first opened in 1990, houses the BHSU athletic department as well as providing fitness, special event and meeting facilities for the community.

According to Teri Royer, director of the Young Center, there have been several improvements at the center recently and this open house is scheduled to provide community members with an opportunity to become familiar with what is available at the Young Center.

Royer notes that the workout area is available 359 days of the year and has nearly 100 hours per week of available time.

The center was designed for the simultaneous use of its recreational and educational components by students, university personnel, and the public. The Young Center is home to the administrative, athletic and academic offices, fitness center, gymnasium, field house, two swimming pools, and many academic classrooms.

The aquatic center includes a six-lane 25-meter pool and three lane instructional pool with hydraulic moveable floor.

The fitness center, which includes 8,000 square feet of space, is staffed by full-time strength and conditioning coach Paul Young. The fitness area has aerobic and anaerobic weight training machines and free weights. Recent additions to the fitness area include a new elliptical machine, two new treadmills, three recumbents, a leg extension, arm curl, seated abdominal machine, a tricep press as well as three 32-inch televisions.

The field house, which encompasses 54,100 square feet, consists of three tennis courts, a six-lane track, batting cage, long jump pit/pole vault area and six portable basketball hoops. The gymnasium includes two college-sized basketball courts and has a seating capacity of 3,800 people.

The Young Center provides orientation by fitness staff members for visitors and new members. Members also have the option of participating in water exercise, tae kwon do and other fitness classes.

Annual membership for use of the facilities is $20 a month for single members or $40 a month for a family membership.

The Young Center is available to rent for special events, including pool birthday parties. The Young Center is open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 642-6096.

BHSU will host 20th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk April 23 - top

Black Hills State University will host the 20th annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk Saturday, April 23 before the Lakota Omniciye spring powwow. Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

The memorial run/walk is held each year in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former BHSU student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Marla Herman, a fellow student and member of the Lakota Omniciye student organization at the time, organized the race the following spring and it has been held every year since then.

Whirlwind Horse was an active and respected student leader, and the memorial run/walk serves as a fundraiser for scholarships to recognize the achievements of students who are working to improve their campus, community and world through the active pursuit of higher education.

Each year, one $500 scholarship is presented to an American Indian sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills.

There are race categories for all ages. The registration fee is $15 and all participants will receive a t-shirt. Proceeds will go to the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, see www.bhsu.edu/studentlife/studentsupport/KWH.html or call the BHSU Student Support Services office at 642-6294.

Theatre department presents “Eastern Standard” - top

The Black Hills State University theatre department will stage “Eastern Standard,” Thursday, April 21; Friday, April 22; and Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

“Eastern Standard” is a modern comedy by Richard Greenberg. The play traces the experiences of four young, self-involved New Yorkers after an altercation with a bag lady. Ultimately, they move from disappointment to hopeful anticipation of what modern life has to offer.

Cast members include Sean Pence, a freshman from Hot Springs majoring in mass communications, as Stephen Wheeler; Tara Palmer, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., majoring in English, as Phoebe Kidde; Ian Vytlacil, a sophomore from Box Elder majoring in mass communications, as Drew Paley; Sarah Baldwin a junior from Lander Wyo., majoring in English, as May Login; Jared Hall, a junior from Gettysburg majoring in physical education, as Peter Kidde; and Natalie Baggs, a freshman from Anchorage, Alaska majoring in biology, as Ellen.

For tickets call the BHSU box office at 642-6171 or email theatre@bhsu.edu.

Wheaton will discuss dual enrollment options with Spearfish High School students - top

Tom Wheaton, assistant director of enrollment at Black Hills State University, will visit Spearfish High School Tuesday, April 12 at 2 p.m. to discuss dual enrollment options available to high school juniors and seniors.

The dual enrollment policy in South Dakota, which was enacted through a legislative bill passed in 1990, allows high school students to get a jump start on their college career while fulfilling high school requirements. Courses can be transferred to any South Dakota Regental university as well as to out-of-state universities.

BHSU offers classes at its Spearfish campus and in several locations in Rapid City. Some courses are also available through the Internet or by correspondence.

For more information see www.bhsu.edu/dualcredit or visit with a high school counselor.

Student Union will serve as a drop point for shelter donations - top

Members of the Black Hills State University National Organization for Women (N.O.W.) Task Force recently established a campus drop point for donations to area women’s shelters.

Mary Foster, N.O.W. Task Force member, asks that donations of good, usable items, including clothing, toiletries, sheets, linens, and dishes, be dropped off in the designated container next to the information desk in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus.

Community members in addition to BHSU students, faculty and staff are welcome to donate items. All donations will be delivered to women’s shelters in the Northern Hills.

The campus drop point was established by N.O.W. as a part of the Americorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) “Make a Difference Day” program. For more information contact Foster at 641-6185.

BHSU students present at South Dakota Reading Council Conference - top

Four Black Hills State University students gave presentations at the 2005 South Dakota State Reading Council Conference held in Aberdeen recently.

The students, all members of the BHSU Reading Council, included Stephanie Hobbs, a senior elementary education major from Black Hawk; Samantha Bartow, a junior elementary education major from Gillette, Wyo.; Barbara Schuler, a senior elementary education major from Eagle Butte; and Jennifer Bowen, a senior elementary education major from Milbank.

Hobbs and Bartow presented “Literature Files,” a three-year concept of the book packets that BHSU Reading Council members regularly receive at their meetings. A book packet is a file folder with the name of the book, an internet search of activities to do with the book, and a copy of the book. Example book packets can be found at www.bhsu.edu/education/readingcouncil/index.html.

Schuler presented “Bookmaking,” in which she led session participants in constructing classroom models of books that they can make with their students.

Bowen presented “Poetry Writing” in honor of April’s designation as poetry month. During the session, participants practiced writing 10 different types of formula poetry.

For more information contact Joanna Jones, BHSU Reading Council advisor, at 642-6405 or JoannaJones@bhsu.edu.

Schurrer named All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year - top


Hunter Schurrer, a wellness management graduate of Black Hills State University, was recently named an All American 2005 Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by a national organization.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recognized Schurrer for his achievement in the development of improved athletic performance through total conditioning.

Schurrer, who competed as a 6-2 and 230 lbs. athlete, was a member of the BHSU track team from 2001-2004. He qualified for the NAIA Indoor National Championship Meet all three years in the 35 lb. weight throw winning the national title in 2004 with a school record throw of 57-05.

Paul Young, fitness director at BHSU who nominated Schurrer for the award, says that through dedicated strength training and proper nutrition, Schurrer gained an average of 10 lbs. of lean body weight per year over his four-year college career.

“Hunter was an outstanding athlete. I worked with him throughout his college career,” Young said. “I watched him when he competed in high school and came through the ranks on the college level. It was good to see him achieve the distinction of winning a national championship his senior year at BHSU and this recognition for his dedication to conditioning.”

Scott Walkinshaw, head track and field coach at BHSU, agrees that Schurrer is an exceptional athlete and was a positive force for the team.

“Hunter was one of the most self-driven, highly motivated athletes I have had the honor of coaching,” Walkinshaw said. “The team was important to Hunter as he led by example and cared how everyone competed.”

Schurrer was one of 200 athletes, chosen from collegiate athletes competing on many levels from the NAIA to the NCAA, to receive this recognition.

Schurrer is currently attending graduate school at the University of Virginia pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science.

Library receives flag in appreciation - top

Wells, Chrisman and Sago in front of Iraqi flagThe E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills State University is currently displaying an Iraqi flag that was presented to the university in appreciation for staff members’ assistance to an informational request. Terri Wells, director of development with the institutional advancement office, Barb Chrisman, librarian and associate professor, and Bobbi Sago, special collections librarian, were instrumental in responding to a request from a U.S. serviceman who requested information concerning the history of BHSU. The institutional advancement office donated a copy of “BHSU-The Friendly College: First 100 Years,” which was sent to A. Joseph Muniz, an airman serving in Iraq who had taken some BHSU classes when he was stationed at Ellsworth. He is considering moving back to the area when he retires from the Air Force and may attend BHSU at that time. Chrisman said she sent the book and was very surprised when the serviceman returned the favor by sending a flag that had been flown at Balad Air Base north of Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The flag has been placed in a special collections display at the library.

Twenty-one participate in the first annual Junior Jackets Spelling Bee - top

Sami Sleep at the first annual Junior Jackets Spelling BeeAhrar Ahmad, Black Hills State University faculty member, listens as Sami Sleep spells the winning word in the fourth-grade division at the first annual Junior Jackets Spelling Bee held recently on the BHSU campus. Sleep was one of 21 local grade school students to compete in the spelling bee sponsored by the BHSU Honors Program. The students competed in three divisions - third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. Winners were: third grade, Allanah Hare, first; Lexy Rabenberg, second; Trevor Sigmond, third; fourth grade, Sami Sleep, first; Dylan Huizer, second; Gene Trimble, third; and fifth grade, Crystal Frederickson, first; Jared Hafner, second; Kaitlin Erickson, third.

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