BHSU makes plans for Summer
Institute of the Arts public performances - top
Several public performances, including a Young Performers Competition
and an Opening Gala: Celebration of the Arts, are planned as part of the
Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts hosted by Black Hills State
The Young Performers Competition will be held Friday, June 10 at 7
p.m. in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU
campus. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Participants will compete in two age categories, ages 9-14 and ages
15-20. Entrants are required to perform one memorized classical piece of
a late intermediate to advanced difficulty level. They will be judged on
poise and stage presence as well as musicianship. Previous winners of
this competition include: Dan Bickett, Kelcy Brunner, Max Meyer, Katie
Kellogg, David Simpson and Melody Waring. The contest is sponsored by
the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts; the judging is coordinated
by Johanna Meier.
The Opening Gala: Celebration of the Arts will be held Saturday, June
11 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The
program will include a potpourri of short selections from the worlds of
music, poetry, dance and theater. A formal reception will follow the
performance. Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 adults, $6
seniors/children. Cocktail or business attire is requested.
For additional information about the Black Hills Summer Institute of
the Arts call 642-6420.
Secretary of Education speaks
at BHSU New Teacher Academy - top
Rick Melmer, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Education,
recently spoke to the participants of the Governor’s New Teacher Academy
at Black Hills State University.
Nearly 100 first-year teachers are participating in the three-day
program at BHSU which is designed to provide support for new teachers
and improve the retention rate of new teachers. The new teachers are
meeting with National Board Certified teachers to discuss student
engagement, achievement and other issues.
Melmer indicated that the academy is one of many steps being taken by
the Department of Education to encourage and support beginning teachers
because national research reveals that nearly half of new teachers leave
the profession in the first five years unless they receive support.
Melmer praised the teachers for their efforts and challenged them to
“make a difference in the lives of every single child in the classroom.”
He also stressed the importance of continuing education for all
“Teaching is a profession worth doing and our overall goal is to help
children be successful,” Melmer said.
The Governor’s New Teacher Academy ends today.
Bentz Equipment donates use of
Gator to Yellow Jacket athletics -
Tom Carlsen, from Bentz Equipment,
donated the use of a new multi-use utility vehicle, for use by the Black
Hills State University athletic department. BHSU employees, John Vance,
(left) operations and equipment manager, and Jhett Albers, (right)
assistant athletic director, indicated that the vehicle is very useful
to the athletic department and expressed their appreciation to Bentz
Equipment for their support.
The Black Hills State University athletic department
now has the use of a new utility vehicle, made available by Bentz
Equipment of Belle Fourche.
“The Black Hills State University athletic department
really appreciates the support by Bentz Equipment,” said Jhett Albers,
assistant athletic director. “The Gator is a multi-use vehicle that we
use year around. It makes things a lot easier for us.”
According to Albers, the utility vehicle, made by John
Deere, will be used to move equipment, haul injured players, do field
maintenance, as well as set up and take down equipment for games and
Tom Carlsen, who has been with Bentz Equipment for
more than 30 years, said that his company is proud to support Yellow
“We see this as an opportunity to support the Yellow
Jackets and let people know that lawn care vehicles are available right
here in the area,” Carlsen said.
Bentz Equipment, located just east of Belle Fourche,
was established in the fall of 1965 and is still family owned and
operated. The dealership serves the tri-state region of western South
Dakota, eastern Wyoming, and eastern Montana.