Volume XXIX, No. 21 • June 3, 2005

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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 University.

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

Dr. Rick Melmer speaks to the Governor's New Teacher Academy participantsDr. 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 teachers.

“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 - top

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.

Tom Carlsen presents multi-use utility vehicle to BHSU athletic department

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 meets.

Tom Carlsen, who has been with Bentz Equipment for more than 30 years, said that his company is proud to support Yellow Jacket athletics.

“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.

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