Welcome to Black Hills State
University - top
- Bonny Baker-Cain, secretary, West River Higher Ed Center (Rapid
CSA employees honored
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.
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 (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
- 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
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
Glover receives grant for
pilot course - top
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
For more information about American Indians and Their Lands or similar
courses in South Dakota, contact Glover at 642-6003 or
Amiotte leads Center for
Indian Studies - top
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
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
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
"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
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
“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
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
- 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
- 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 -
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Young Center will host open house
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
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
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
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
Wheaton will discuss
dual enrollment options with Spearfish High School students
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
visit with a high school counselor.
Student Union will serve as a
drop point for shelter donations -
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
BHSU students present at South
Dakota Reading Council Conference -
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
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
Schurrer named All-American
Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year -
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
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
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
The 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 -
Ahrar 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,