Welcome to Black Hills State
University - top
- Sandra Bull, secretary, College of Business and Technology
Retiring BHSU employees
honored - top
Black Hills State University faculty and staff members
who are retiring this year include:
- Dr. Ed
Erickson, director of the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, who is
retiring following 33 years at BHSU;
Riley Chrisman, history professor, who has taught at BHSU for 26
- Barbara Chrisman, librarian
and associate library science professor, who is retiring after 26 years
- Dr. Dan Peterson, sociology
professor and former chair of the department of social sciences, who is
retiring after 28 years at BHSU; and
Chastain, staff assistant, who retired earlier this year after 32
years of service to BHSU. The retirees were recently honored at a
(See links for individual retiree articles.)
Retiring faculty members will be formally
recognized during the spring commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 7. A
reception for Erickson will be held Wednesday, April 27 from
2 to 4 p.m. in the Pangburn Hall Cafeteria Little Dining Room. A
retirement celebration for Riley and Barbara Chrisman will be held
Sunday, May 1 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at the Hudson Street Hall (222 West Hudson
Meyers wins Minnesota Book
Award for latest novel - top
Kent Meyers, associate professor of humanities at
Black Hills State University, was recently awarded a Minnesota Book
Award for his latest novel, The Work of Wolves.
Each year the Minnesota Book Awards, sponsored by the
Minnesota Humanities Commission, honor winners in 13 literature
categories. All works of literature, which have been published within
the past year, that are either about Minnesota or that have been written
by current or former residents of Minnesota are eligible for the awards.
Meyers, a former resident of Minnesota, won the 2005 Novel and Short
The Work of Wolves is Meyers’ second book to
win a Minnesota Book Award; The Witness of Combines, published in
1998, won the award in the Memoir/Nonfiction Category.
Meyers received a bachelor’s degree in English from
the University of Minnesota-Morris and a master’s degree in English from
Washington State University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty
Martinez invited to be a
visiting scholar for National Endowment for the Humanities seminar
Black Hills State University political science
professor Timothy Martinez was one of 15 scholars from throughout the
U.S. invited to participate as a visiting scholar for a National
Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) seminar at Stanford University this
The seminar, “Terror and Culture: Revisiting Hannah
Arendt’s Origins of Totalitarianism, will be organized around a
reading of Arendt’s book The Origins of Totalitarianism, which
will be contrasted with pertinent literary and non-literary texts. The
invited scholars, which hail from a variety of disciplines, will explore
Arendt’s study and discuss the concept of totalitarianism.
The purpose of the seminar is to grasp both
totalitarianism as a cultural-historical phenomenon and Arendt’s
philosophical and political-theoretical description of it. According to
Martinez, there are two reasons for this investigation. The first is
historical and political.
“The context for the discussion of totalitarianism
changed profoundly with the collapse of the Soviet Union. After 1991,
Communism became as historical as Nazism did in 1945,” Martinez said.
“With this growing historical distance, the topic of totalitarianism is
removed from any Cold War arguments, which can facilitate a reflective
return to the Origins of Totalitarianism.”
Martinez believes the second reason for the
investigation is theoretical and methodological.
“Arendt’s approach to Nazi Germany and Stalinist
Russia provides a model of historical and cultural study that contrasts
with contemporary ‘Cultural Studies’ in important ways,” Martinez said.
“Unlike common deterministic accounts, Arendt directs our attention to
dimensions of politics as a possible realm of human freedom.”
NEH summer seminars are intended to provide college
and university faculty members and independent scholars with an
opportunity to enrich and revitalize their understanding of significant
humanities ideas, texts and topics.
Martinez received his master’s in political science
from the University of California-Berkeley and his doctorate in
political science from Northern Arizona University. He has been a member
of the BHSU faculty since 1992.
Schamber gains new perspective through a Regents’ fellowship
Sandee Schamber, director of
the office of field experiences and associate education professor at
Black Hills State University, has been serving as a Regents’ Fellow for
the South Dakota Board of Regents since January.
The regents’ fellowship is
offered to regular tenure-track faculty and administrative professionals
in the regental system. Each fellow works on a specific set of issues
for the regents. Schamber has been focused on teacher education.
“Being a Regents’ Fellow has
given me the opportunity to view many issues through a new and different
lens. As a faculty member on campus I was familiar with many different
issues, policies, and procedures; as a Regents’ Fellow I still see
these, but in new and different ways with multiple perspectives. I wish
there was a way that every faculty member could have this opportunity,”
Early into her fellowship
Schamber was able to experience the South Dakota legislative session. “I
had no idea how many people were working so hard in support of higher
education, nor did I realize how many challenges they faced,” commented
One of her main focuses as a
fellow has been working with the Teacher Quality Enhancement grant which
gives Schamber the opportunity to positively impact teacher education in
“The regents are pleased that
Sandee decided to take on the fellowship. Her experience in teacher
education has been an asset. She has been able to provide a fresh
prospective to various projects and issues,” said Robert T. Tad Perry,
the regents’ executive director.
Schamber has been with BHSU
since 1996. Prior to joining BHSU she taught elementary and middle
school. Schamber has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the
University of South Dakota and a master’s degree in science education
“If I were to summarize what I
have learned in the past three months, it would be that I have gained a
new appreciation for the public institutions in South Dakota as a
system, as opposed to a collection of individual institutions,” said
representative visits Sujithamrak
Zender, (center) agency representative with the U.S. Department of
Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) regional office in
Denver, Colo., recently visited with Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, assistant
business professor, and Dr. Penny DeJong, chairperson of the department
of management and marketing at Black Hills State University. Zender was
in the area visiting EDA grant recipients. Last year Sujithamrak
received an EDA grant to work with the Cheyenne River and Lower Brule
Sioux Indian reservation tribes. She recently applied for an extension
of her study to conduct research with seven additional Indian
reservations. Zender also discussed for other possibilities future EDA
Business advisory boards
meet at Black Hills State University -
Dr. Amin Sarkar addresses the joint
advisory boards for Black Hills State University. The boards recently
met on campus to discuss recent changes in their fields that may have
implications for the university and hear an update on changes in the
College of Business and Technology. Also pictured are Pete Cappa, Duane
Sander, Bob Meyer and Priscilla Romkema.
Members of the four Black Hills State University
College of Business and Technology advisory boards recently met in a
joint meeting with BHSU faculty and administration to discuss business
changes and implications for the university.
Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of the college of Business and
Technology, welcomed the board members and provided a brief highlight of
recent changes at the university. Sarkar reported that graduation rates
indicate that BHSU is the largest business school in the state and that
BHSU students’ scores on exit exams are at or above the national
average. Sarkar added that many faculty members are actively engaged in
applied research and publication.
“This research keeps our faculty on the cutting edge
of their discipline and enables them to infuse their lectures with
freshness, insight, and relevance,” Sarkar said. He noted that much of
the research is funded by more than $5.8 million in grants which he
called “an outstanding achievement for a college of our size at a
comprehensive public university.”
Sarkar also explained the recent reorganization of the
College of Business into three departments: the department of accounting
and finance, under the direction of chairperson Dr. Ron DeBeaumont; the
department of management and marketing, under the direction of
chairperson Dr. Penny DeJong; and the department of industrial and
informational technology, is under the direction of chairperson Monty
Sarkar said that college committees have been
conducting a review of the existing 12 majors/specializations, 15
minors, and six associate degree programs as well as the master’s degree
program. According to Sarkar, the college modified the curriculum of the
bachelor’s degree in business administration to now include seven
specializations which will improve the program by adding rigor and
Sarkar also discussed the College of Business and
Technology’s mission statement which the advisory boards approved with
one minor change.
BHSU faculty members Dr. Priscilla Romkema, director
of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship; Don Altmyer, director
for the Center for Economic Education; and Tom Dunn, director for the
Center for Tourism Research; gave updates on the recent accomplishments
and plans for each of the centers. Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of
BHSU, and Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs, also
spoke briefly to the board members.
Several advisory board members discussed the latest
developments in their fields and how these changes may provide
opportunities for the BHSU business program. Gerard Baker,
superintendent for Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, presented information
about the creation of student internships which would provide the
opportunity for students to gain internship experience for four
consecutive summers while they are earning an undergraduate degree.
Larry Thompson, regional manager for Montana Dakota
Utilities, commended the university for establishing the Center for
Tourism Research and expressed his appreciation for the center’s
research efforts in the region. Another board member, Dr. Charles Hart,
president/CEO of Rapid City Regional Hospital, discussed health care
growth in the region and expressed a need for additional health care
business management professionals.
Members of the Business Advisory Board are: Pete Cappa,
president of Wells Fargo in Rapid City; Jim Dolittle, executive director
of Black Hills Community Development; Larry Thompson, regional manager
for Montana Dakota Utilities; and Bruce Byrum, president of First
Western Bank in Spearfish.
Members of the Tourism Advisory Board are: Bill
Honerkamp, director of the Black Hills Badlands/Lakes Association;
Dennis Anderson, owner of the Holiday Inn Express in Deadwood and Gold
Dust; Gerard Baker, superintendent of Mt. Rushmore National Memorial;
and Terry Mahan, general manager of Sylvan Lake Resort.
Members of the Technology Advisory Board are: Don
Ericson, electronics teacher at Sturgis High School; Bob Hellevang,
information technology teacher at Belle Fourche High School; Steve
Williams, owner of Williams and Associates; Bob Meyer, president of
RamVac Corporation; and Duane Sander, owner of Daktronics.
Members of the Entrepreneurship Advisory Board are:
Meyer; Mutch Usera, manager of marketing and economic development at
Black Hills Power and Light; and Dan Green, insurance agent with Baer’s
Members of the Health Services Advisory Board are:
Will Lantis, president/CEO of Lantis Enterprises; Larry Veitz, CEO of
Lookout Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Charles Hart, president/CEO of Rapid
City Regional Hospital.
Spearfish City Council
issues proclamation dispelling urban myth and declaring Native American
Week - top
Roger Campbell, director of the office
of Tribal Government Relations for the state, congratulates Lowell
Amiotte, director of the Center for Indian Studies at BHSU, after
reading a proclamation from the Spearfish City Council designating this
week Native American Week in Spearfish in conjunction with a week of
events scheduled at the university. Campbell was one of many speakers
throughout the week. Events continue this weekend with the annual
powwow, Kevin Whirlwind Horse race, an alumni luncheon and buffalo feed.
Indian Awareness Week at Black Hills State University was kicked off
with a proclamation from the city of Spearfish renouncing a rumored
Spearfish ordinance and declaring the third week in April Native
Jerry Krambeck, Spearfish mayor, read a proclamation at the city
council meeting Monday to dispel what he calls an urban myth that
indicates that Spearfish has an ordinance which states that “if three or
more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be
considered a war party and fired upon.”
The proclamation officially renounced the supposed historical
ordinance that is known only by folklore and continues to be included on
national and international websites that highlight “dumb and outdated
laws.” In addition, the council proclaimed Indian Awareness Week in
Spearfish in conjunction with the annual week of events scheduled at
Black Hills State University.
Dr. John Glover, associate Indian Studies professor at BHSU, was
present at the city council meeting to accept the proclamation and thank
the Spearfish City Council for being proactive in setting the record
straight concerning the commonly held belief that the city has an
ordinance which permits assault on American Indians. Glover, who has
taught at BHSU since 1992, says that he has seen the ordinance mentioned
on numerous websites and that many of his students have mentioned the
ordinance to him in the past.
“For some time I’ve been aware of our city's dubious reputation of
having an ordinance, claimed to still be on the books, about shooting
Indians if they are in a group three or more,” Glover said. “I thank the
city council for their action and will work to also have the information
removed from websites.”
The proclamation notes that the situation is ironic considering the
close connection between Spearfish, a name inspired by Native American
culture, and South Dakota American Indians, many of whom reside within
the city. The resolution also notes that the supposed law defies
contemporary values, especially in a community which is home to BHSU,
the first state institution in South Dakota to offer a major in American
Indian Studies. The university currently has the largest percentage of
American Indian students as compared to any other South Dakota
Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck said he had heard of the rumored
ordinance before, and although city officials researched the matter,
they could not locate any historical document verifying the existence of
such a law. He added that he was happy to issue this proclamation to
help dispel the urban myth.
“We hope this helps. I’m glad that we are able to help,” Krambeck
said. He added that he is looking forward to attending the annual powwow
Indian Awareness Week is an annual event at BHSU dedicated to
educating the community about American Indian culture with speakers and
presentations. The following list includes remaining events for the
week. For more information call 642-6578.
- Friday, April 22, 5 p.m., 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, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
- Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m., Native American Alumni Brunch,
Holiday Inn, Spearfish
- Saturday, April 23, the 23rd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
continues – first session begins at 1 p.m.; second session begins at
7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Field House
- Saturday, April 23, 5 p.m., Free buffalo feed, David B. Miller
Yellow Jacket Student Union Marketplace
- Sunday, April 24, noon, 23rd Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
continues at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
will present annual spring concert -
The Black Hills State University Community Band,
Concert Choir, and Black Hills Gold Singers will present their annual
spring concert Sunday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in
Clare and Josef Meier Hall. A repeat performance will be held Monday,
April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall.
The band, conducted by BHSU music instructor
Christopher Hahn, will perform Plymouth Trilogy by Anthony
Iannaccone; October, a pastoral piece in the English Romantic
style by Eric Whitacre; and P.D.Q. Bach’s Grand Serenade for an Awful
Lot of Winds and Percussion.
The choir, conducted by BHSU assistant music professor
Stephen Parker, will sing a wide variety of songs, including pieces from
Scandinavia, Ireland, Germany and Australia, as well as several American
The Black Hills Gold Singers will perform chamber
choir pieces from the Renaissance to the 20th Century.
The concerts are open to the public at no charge.
Seating is limited so early arrival is recommended. For more information
contact Janeen Larsen at 642-6241 or
BHSU will host
entrepreneurship conference -
Black Hills State University will host
“Entrepreneurship Café,” an Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century
Conference, Monday, April 25 from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. in the David B.
Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.
Keynote speaker Marcia Hendrickson, director of the
Enterprise Institute, will give participants advice about how to start a
business during a brown bag lunch from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Table topics will be presented during two one-hour
sessions beginning at 1:15 and 2:15 p.m. Topics will include: marketing,
patents and trademarks, financing, writing a business plan, how to start
a business, networking your business, location, and franchising.
The conference is sponsored by Students in Free
Enterprise (SIFE) and the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship.
It is open to the public at no charge; however, donations will be
accepted. Refreshments will be provided during table topics. For more
information call Priscilla Romkema, director of the Center for Business
and Entrepreneurship, at 642-6091.
Richard Brookman will
speak at Black Hills State University - top
Richard Brookman, a librarian and researcher from Kearny County
Library in Lakin, Kan., will present “Using Graphic Novels” at Black
Hills State University Thursday, April 28 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in
Jonas Hall room 305.
Brookman has just completed a two-year study on the use of graphic
novels (comic books in novel length) by today’s young adult population,
the readers of these novels, and the history of these novels. His
presentation will provide a background on the novels, including their
history, publishing companies, current trends, main characters, types of
story plots, and what to look for when reading the novels.
During his lecture Brookman will present information from his
research work library collection, which includes over 400 graphic
novels. Some of the novels he will discuss are: Star Wars: Chewbacca,
Elektra, Relentless, Elektra and Wolverine: The
Redeemer, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Origin, Left
Behind: Tribulation Force 1-5, and The Hobbit.
Approximately 100 graphic novels, both from Brookman’s collection and
from the collection at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library in Spearfish,
will be on display after the lecture.
The presentation is open to the public at no charge. Participants are
welcome to attend all or part of the lecture. For more information
contact Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant education professor at BHSU, at
642-6405 or JoannaJones@bhsu.edu.
BHSU students present
original full feature movie -
BHSU students Justin Koehler and Gus
Karinen recently presented a premiere of an original movie. Due to the
amount of interest and positive feedback, the movie will be shown again
April 29 at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 305.
A student-made feature film, 10:15 Salem Park, written
and directed by Black Hills State University students Gus Karinen and
Justin Koehler, will be presented Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in Jonas
Hall room 305.
Karinen, a mass communications senior from Spearfish,
and Koehler, a recent BHSU graduate, collaborated on the original movie
which evolved from a class assignment. The two have spent much of the
last two years creating the movie, which includes several BHSU student
actors. The movie was shot primarily in and around Spearfish.
More than 450 people attended the movie’s premiere
earlier this month. Karinen notes that they have received positive
feedback and several requests to show the movie again.
“Countless people around the area who've heard good
things about the film have approached us over the past few weeks asking
if we'll be showing it again anytime soon,” Karinen says. “Because of
the great response, we've decided to hurry up and show it again next
weekend before the college semester ends.”
There is no admission fee. The public is welcome to
attend. Contact Karinen at
email@example.com for additional information.
Campus Democrats will
co-host symposium - top
The Black Hills State University Campus Democrats and
the Lawrence County Democrats will host “Defining Moral Values: A
Symposium” Saturday, April 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Spearfish
Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center.
Panelists will include George McGovern, former U.S.
Senator; Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first woman president of the Oglala
Sioux Tribe; Ahrar Ahmad, BHSU professor of political science; Richard
Fisher, retired United Methodist clergy; and Stan Adelstein, former
adjunct professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Priscilla Romkema, associate business professor and
director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at BHSU, will
serve as moderator for the session.
The symposium is open to the public at no charge. For
more information contact Mary Foster at 641-6185.
Wyett honored with Spirit
of BH award - top
Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of
Black Hills State University, presents Megan Wyett with the Spirit of BH
award to honor her leadership in a number of student organizations and
her participation in volunteer activities throughout the community.
Megan Wyett, a senior education student from Casper,
Wyo., was recently presented with the prestigious Spirit of BH award for
her volunteerism and leadership at Black Hills State University.
Wyett was described by Larry Vavruska, president of
the BHSU Alumni Association, as a student who is creative, motivated,
networks well with faculty, staff and students and has the tenacity to
see things through completion. He noted that Wyett successfully manages
academics, volunteerism and extra-curricular activities.
Wyett has been actively involved in a variety of
student organizations since she first came to campus as a freshman in
the fall of 2001. She is currently president of the Student Senate, a
past president and member of the BHSU Student Ambassadors, and is
vice-president of the University Programming Team. Last fall, Wyett
organized a campus and community “Make a Difference Day” with the
assistance of the AmeriCorps* VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America)
office. More than 100 students volunteered for a variety of different
projects in the community of Spearfish in conjunction with the national
“Make a Difference Day” observation.
She has co-chaired and chaired the annual Swarm Days
Homecoming Week committee, was elected vice president of awards for the
BHSU Reading Council, is currently serving as the president of Chi Theta
Xi Sorority and is a member of the search and screen committee for
retention. Shehas also volunteered as a New Student Days group leader
and as a student athletic trainer.
The Spirit of BH Award is given annually by the BHSU
Alumni Association to honor a student who has made significant
contributions that reflect favorably on the university and larger
Hewitt receives Young
Alumni Achievement Award - top
Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of
Black Hills State University, presents the Young Alumni Achievement
Award to Stephanie Hewitt, a 1995 BHSU graduate who now has her own law
Stephanie Hewitt, who graduated from Black Hills State
University in 1995, recently received the coveted Young Alumni
Achievement Award from the BHSU Alumni Association.
Hewitt, who attended BHSU on a volleyball scholarship,
earned a business administration degree from BHSU and went on to earn a
law degree. While at BHSU, Hewitt was involved in various organizations
including the student senate and student ambassadors. She is also
remembered for volleyball accomplishments including once serving seven
aces in one match.
After working in the public defender’s office in
Casper, Wyo., Hewitt began doing contract legal work for various law
firms and for the government. She later accepted a position at the
public defender’s office in Greeley, Colo.
“This was a return to doing the type of legal work
that I love, criminal defense,” Hewitt says. Since then she has
established her own law practice in which she specializes in criminal
The BHSU Alumni Association annually presents this
award to honor alumni who have distinguished themselves with outstanding
achievements, contributions and service to society, the community and
Black Hills State University.
Larry Vavruska, president of the BHSU Alumni
Association, praised Hewitt for her achievements.
“We are proud of your accomplishments. You are a
wonderful role model for current and future students,” Vavruska said.
Math Club wins award for
poster - top
Black Hills State University Math Club
members Samantha Cripps (left), Marie Trullinger (center), and Thereasa
Lewis present their poster at a recent undergraduate poster contest at
the University of Northern Colorado. The students won the best use of
mathematics category for their poster Don’t Let Your Life Be Taken,
which showed how the RSA algorithm is used to encrypt electronic
The Black Hills State University Math Club won the category for the
best use of mathematics at a recent Mathematical Awareness Month
undergraduate poster contest at the University of Northern Colorado.
The club took the theme of the contest, “Mathematics Could Save Your
Life,” in a liberal sense and created a poster, titled Don’t Let Your
Life Be Taken, illustrating how math helps fight identity theft. The
poster showed how the RSA algorithm is used to encrypt messages that are
sent electronically so they can only be viewed by the intended
BHSU Math Club members who participated in the poster contest
include: Samantha Cripps, a junior business education major from Wright,
Wyo.; Marie Trullinger, a senior mathematics major from McIntosh; and
Thereasa Lewis, a junior history major from Lead. BHSU faculty members
Daluss Siewert, Math Club advisor, and Curtis Card accompanied the
students to contest.
The poster contest was a part of the annual spring meeting of the
Rocky Mountain section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Over 170 mathematicians, mathematics educators and students from
Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota attended the meeting.
coordinate activities for elementary students at wildlife sanctuary
Rachael Edoff, a senior elementary
education major from Hermosa, visits with first graders Brennen Quigley
and Riley Fremont during a recent learning activity and volunteer day at
the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary near Spearfish. Edoff was one
of nearly a dozen BHSU students who assisted with the project with
Spearfish elementary and middle school students.
Nearly a dozen Black Hills State University students
volunteered to spend Youth Service Day with elementary students at the
Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary last week.
The volunteers, which included nearly 150 elementary,
middle school and university students as well as teachers and parents,
toured the site and then helped with various projects including cleaning
up the grounds, trails and roads.
According to Micheline Hickenbotham, assistant
education professor at BHSU, this project was a follow-up to last year’s
project when the students created an Outdoor Learning Center at the
wildlife sanctuary. This year the BHSU students, who are all enrolled in
a teaching methods course, created specific learning activities tailored
to the wildlife sanctuary which were field tested during the outing. The
university students previously met with three Spearfish teachers to
review their plans. After making suggested modifications, the students
presented the learning session at the Outdoor Learning Center on the
“This field-based experience gave our students a new
insight on classroom management. It is one thing to read about it or
have someone tell you about it, but it is another to see it in action,”
Hickenbotham said. “The students felt they learned much about the
classroom dynamic and the differences in children’s behaviors.”
She praised the BHSU students for their dedication and
commitment to the project, noting that they participated without any
class reward such as extra credit points or bonus points.
“These students believe in making a difference. They
are our future teachers and they already understand the value of
partnership with our community and the school district. They are walking
in the footsteps of our great teachers,” Hickenbotham said.
Students learn about the
museum profession - top
Mary Kopco, director of the Adams
Museum and House discusses the museum profession with BHSU students in
Dr. Kathleen Parrow's Historical Methods & Historiography class.
Ten Black Hills State University students who are
currently enrolled in Dr. Kathleen Parrow’s Historical Methods &
Historiography class recently learned about museum professions during a
presentation by Adams Museum & House director Mary A. Kopco.
This is the fourth year that Parrow has invited Kopco
to share her experience and knowledge of museum operations with BHSU
students. Kopco discussed a wide range of topics: collections management
including ethics, conservation and legal matters; education and
community outreach; funding; and marketing and communications.
Deadwood’s Adams Museum & House is a non-profit
educational complex dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of
the history and material culture of Deadwood and the Black Hills. The
museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary in October 2005. Throughout
the year the museum sponsors events and workshops that illustrate the
valuable role museums play in the community. For more information, call
honors area senior volunteers -
Nearly 200 people gathered at Black
Hills State University recently to celebrate the donation of 77,679
volunteer hours by the Northern Black Hills Senior Volunteer Program
(RSVP). Kathy Schneider, RSVP director, noted that volunteers’ time this
past year was worth almost $1.4 million to the community. DeWayne Hayes
served as master of ceremony.
Black Hills State University recently hosted a banquet
to honor volunteers who participate in the Northern Black Hills Senior
Volunteer Program (RSVP).
“Volunteers, You Mean the World to Us” was the theme
of the recognition banquet. Nearly 200 people gathered in the Jacket
Legacy Room to celebrate the donation of 77,679 volunteer hours to the
Northern Black Hills communities.
Kathy Schneider, RSVP director, noted that at minimum
wage, the volunteers’ contribution would be equivalent to more than
$400,000. She also stated that the Bureau of Labor statistics recommend
a higher, more realistic volunteer dollar value per hour for service,
which indicates that the volunteers’ time this past year was worth
almost $1.4 million.
According to Schneider, 444 RSVP volunteers served in
81 community non-profit agencies by donating their time to help deliver
meals on wheels, work in food pantries, assist with GED programs, serve
as school crossing guards, tutor children, assist the chambers of
commerce, serve as needed at the Matthews Opera House and High Plains
Western Heritage Center, volunteer at nursing homes and serve in many
Letters were read from the state program director John
Pohlman; Senator Tim Johnson, Governor Mike Rounds, and area mayors Mark
Ziegler, Todd Keller and Jerry Krambeck thanking the honorees for their
contributions to communities in Lawrence, Meade and Butte counties. A
representative from Stephanie Herseth’s office, Emily Lefholz, also read
a thank you letter.
Presidential Service Awards from the President’s
Council on Service Participation in Washington, D.C., were presented to
volunteers serving in local communities during the past year. Recipients
received congratulatory letters from the council, a certificate and a
pin designating their level of volunteerism.
DeWayne Hayes, RSVP volunteer who is also member of
the advisory board, served as master of ceremony. The Black Hills Jazz
Band provided musical entertainment. Drawings were held for volunteers
who recruited new RSVP members. Nancy Wietgrefe, Spearfish/Belle Fourche
coordinator, presented the Presidential awards.
Ruth Lettau, Sturgis RSVP coordinator, handled the new
volunteer recruitment drawing. The following people were winners of the
drawings: Lawrence County, Rose Anderson; Butte County, Phyllis
Eixenberger; and Meade County, Ernestine Ledyard.
The Northern Black Hills RSVP is sponsored by BHSU
with members in Butte, Lawrence, Meade and Perkins Counties.
Faculty Senate minutes
The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, March 16 at 3:15 p.m.
Members present were: Kristi Pearce (president), Randall Royer,
Barbara Chrisman, Steve Andersen, Curtis Card, Jim Hesson, Roger Miller,
Tom Termes, Christine Shearer-Cremean, Sharon Strand, and Ian Laber
(Student Senate representative).
The meeting was opened by Pearce. Motions were made to approve the
agenda and minutes. The motion passed.
Discussion was held regarding the purchase of a tree in honor of the
Faculty Senate award recipient. Recommendations have been received from
John Rombough, grounds services manager. A motion was made to purchase a
spruce tree with a $900 limit for the tree, ground preparation and
planting. The motion was approved. A plaque to go with the tree is still
The Faculty Senate moved at 3:30 p.m. to a joint meeting with the
Student Senate and Myron Sullivan, campus security officer. Sullivan
presented information relative to the safety issues of students being in
the buildings alone after closing hours. There have been some incidents
that have brought this to the attention of the campus community.
Sullivan indicated that a general closing time for buildings is under
discussion. Faculty and student senators asked questions and made
suggestions that might improve the situation.
The Faculty Senate came back to its meeting and members were given
information on the review of standards of evaluation committee. Dean
Myers will appoint faculty, department chairs, and deans to this
Faculty/Academic Senate constitutions have been received from USD,
SDSU, and DSU. The current senate is to review the issues related to
recommendations for changing the structure at BHSU.
The Student Senate election process is under way for April 12-13
elections. The GAF meeting will be held March 23. Issues of funding will
start April 6-7.
The deans' meeting report indicated that Jane Dunbar will talk about
a degree audit with anyone needing information. The August inservice
will include information on advising. The student information data file
will be readily available to faculty for advising. The schedule for
summer session 2006 will be due by November 2005. Student tutors will
stay in their present location, and the writing center is to be located
in the library.
The Assessment Committee report indicated that the assessment reports
have been well done so far.
The Strategic Planning Committee heard from Amin Sarkar, dean of the
College of Business and Technology. He discussed where money comes from
and how it is used. The College of Business is interested in moving to
AACSB accreditation from IACBE accreditation. It is a larger
accreditation system for business programs. It will be an expensive
process. It will require more faculty research and more faculty with
terminal degrees. USD currently has this accreditation.
There was no report from the Library Committee.
The meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Chrisman, recording secretary.