Volume XXIX, No. 15 • April 22, 2005

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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;
  • Dr. Riley Chrisman, history professor, who has taught at BHSU for 26 years;
  • Barbara Chrisman, librarian and associate library science professor, who is retiring after 26 years of service;
  • Dr. Dan Peterson, sociology professor and former chair of the department of social sciences, who is retiring after 28 years at BHSU; and
  • Ann Chastain, staff assistant, who retired earlier this year after 32 years of service to BHSU. The retirees were recently honored at a university reception.
    (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 Street, Spearfish).

Meyers wins Minnesota Book Award for latest novel - top

Kent Meyers

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 Story Category.

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 since 1986.

Martinez invited to be a visiting scholar for National Endowment for the Humanities seminar - top

Timothy Martinez

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 summer.

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 - top

Sandee Schamber

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,” said Schamber.

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 Schamber.

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 South Dakota.

“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 from BHSU.

“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 Schamber.

EDA representative visits Sujithamrak - top

Siriporn Sujithamrak, John Zender, and Penny DeJongJohn 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 grants.

Business advisory boards meet at Black Hills State University - top

Dr. Amin Sarkar addressing the joint advisory boards 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 Robinson.

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 flexibility.

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 Insurance.

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 and Lowell Amiotte 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 American Week.

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 university.

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 this weekend.

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

Performance groups will present annual spring concert - top

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 spirituals.

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 JaneenLarsen@bhsu.edu.

BHSU will host entrepreneurship conference - top

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 - top

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.

Justin Koehler and Gus Karinen at the premiere of 10:15 Salem Park

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 gus@arrowtouch.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.

Dr. Thomas Flickema presents the Spirit of BH award to Megan Wyett

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 community.

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 firm.

Dr. Thomas Flickema presents the Young Alumni Achievement Award to Stephanie Hewitt

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 defense.

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 messages.

Math Club members present poster at undergraduate poster contest

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 recipient.

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.

Education students coordinate activities for elementary students at wildlife sanctuary - top

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.

Rachael Edoff visits with first graders at the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary

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 sanctuary grounds.

“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.

Mary Kopco discusses the museum profession with BHSU students

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 605-578-1928.

RSVP banquet honors area senior volunteers - top

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.

Kathy Schneider and DeWayne Hayes address RSVP volunteers

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 other situations.

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 - top

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 under discussion.

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 committee.

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.

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