Volume XXIX, No. 23 • June 17, 2005

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Debra Schelske, Business Office

Resignations - top

  • Carol Ginsbach, Facilities Services
  • Penny Masters, secretary, CCBR

Chrysler presents paper at national conference - top

Earl Chrysler

Black Hills State University professor Earl Chrysler and Stuart Van Auken, from Florida Gulf Coast University, recently presented their co-authored paper at the National Conference of the Information Resources Management Association in San Diego. A copy of the paper will appear in the refereed proceeding of the conference.

According to Chrysler, the paper, “An Analysis of Changes in Value of MIS (Management Information Systems) Courses Perceived by Alumni,” demonstrates a methodology by which an MIS faculty member can determine if alumni confirm that the curriculum is performing as the faculty intended.

The study first determined if there were any differences in the alumni evaluations of the content of required MIS courses based upon whether the graduate was using the first year on the job or his or her current position as a frame of reference. Any differences found were then examined as to the direction of the difference, i.e., more value in one’s first year or more value in one’s current position, the magnitude of any difference found, and whether the nominal value of a course was low, medium or high. A factor analysis was then performed to determine if the differences in course evaluations implied a clustering of the courses as to entry-level, continuing value or long-term value. The final analysis examined the extent to which each course appeared to be meeting its objectives in terms of the timing of the value of its content.

Chrysler has a master’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Southern California.

Nationally known opera directors and conductors teach Vocal Arts and Opera School - top

Local students Erin Talsma, Spearfish, and Jonathan Brown, Rapid City, practice during the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School at Black Hills State University. The month-long Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, the brainchild of Johanna Meier, a Spearfish resident who is well known in the opera world, is in its seventh year. Meier believes the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School is a natural for this area because the beauty of the Black Hills makes it an ideal location for summer arts festivals. Conductors, directors and students from across the country and Canada are participating in this year’s Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School.

Talsma and Brown practice in Meier Hall

An unusual two-week workshop, the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School, which is in its seventh year, is the brainchild of world-renowned opera star Johanna Meier. The school brings nationally-known opera conductors and directors to Spearfish to work with participants of the workshop. Two public performances are scheduled.

Meier, who presently resides in Spearfish and runs the Black Hills Passion Play, believes the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School is a natural for this area because the beauty of the Black Hills makes it an ideal location for summer arts festivals. Several of Meier’s friends in the professional opera world travel to Spearfish to coach aspiring opera singers in opera scenes and other vocal performances.

Bruce Donnell, this year’s stage director, is known for his stage direction at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City as well as the Santa Fe Opera. Music director Richard Nechamkin is well known in New York as an opera conductor and vocal coach; he is also music director of the Nachez Music Festival. Experienced vocal coach and accompanist Tony Bellomy also comes from New York. Conductor John Stewart is a former opera star who now teaches voice and opera at the University of St. Louis.

Students from the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School will present a public performance Friday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. The program, known as “An Evening of Songs and Dance,” will feature art songs and ballet. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors/children.

The following evening Saturday, June 25, “A Night at the Opera” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Woodburn Hall Auditorium. This performance will feature several operatic scenes, fully-costumed and staged. Works include Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” (in English); “Porgy and Bess,” “The Mikado,” and “Ariadne.” Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Pre-show dinner tickets are also available for an additional $15. For reservations call 642-6420, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.. A bus transportation package is available from Rapid City; $45 includes bus, dinner, lecture and performance. Reservations for the transportation option must be made by Monday, June 20.

The Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School resides in the new Clare and Joseph Meier Hall on the BHSU campus. This building is the namesake of Johanna Meier’s parents, who were the original founders of the Black Hills Passion Play. Specially selected opera students from all over the United States and Canada participate in the school. This year, there are students from California, New York, Arizona, and Sweden as well as a few “home grown” talents including Emily Fellner, from Sturgis; Jonathan Brown, from Rapid City; Erin Talsma, from Spearfish; and Doug Dodson, from Spearfish.

A special addition to the opera performance is small chamber orchestra to accompany the Mozart opera. Members of the orchestra are Mike Fellner, Lydia Golden, Natalie Hanson, Jessica Hanson, Kelsey Higbee, Dawn Kennedy, Carol Knowles, Bruce Knowles, David Martinson, Curtis Peacock, Randall Royer, and Kate Williams.

For more information contact Janeen Larsen, chair of the department of fine and applied arts at BHSU, at 642-6241.

Johanna Meier works with Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School studentsJohanna Meier, internationally known opera star, works with students Susanne Harmon and Amber Stephens during the Vocal Arts and Opera Theatre School which is being held on the BHSU campus this week. The workshop is part of the month-long Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts, which is in its seventh year at BHSU. Public performances are planned for Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 on the BHSU campus.

BHSU honors Wanda Bellman for patronage to the arts - top

Dick Termes (left), Spearfish artist and Termesphere creator, and Wanda Bellman (right), emeritus professor for Black Hills State University, stand in front of the Termesphere "The Carousel." Bellman, who recently donated the piece to the BHSU Student Union, was recently honored by BHSU.

Dick Termes and Wanda Bellman

Black Hills State University recently hosted a reception to honor Dr. Wanda Bellman, emeritus professor, for her significant contributions to the university, especially in the area of the arts.

Dick Termes, Spearfish artist and Termesphere creator, described Bellman and her late husband, Stewart, as true patrons of the arts due to their longtime willingness to support art endeavors for others to enjoy. Termes noted that many people purchase art for their own enjoyment, but the Bellmans, as true patrons of the arts, also purchased art to share with others.

Jean Helmer, director of United Ministries at BHSU, said the Bellmans shared a love for mentoring artists. She said they believed that “art is to be enjoyed, performed, and made public – for art exists for and within a community.” Living according to that philosophy, Bellman recently donated “The Carousel,” a Termesphere from her private collection, to the BHSU Student Union. “The Carousel” is now hanging above the staircase in the Student Union.

Others who spoke at the reception were: Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement; Art Prosper, BHSU emeritus professor; and Jane Klug, director of Student Services.

“We chose to honor Wanda because of her dedication and service to the arts and to express our sincere appreciation for all that she and Stewart have done for BHSU,” Klug said.

In Bellman’s honor, pieces of art from her home, along with several Termespheres, are on display in the Student Union Ruddell Gallery until Thursday, June 30. Summer hours for the Ruddell Gallery are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 642-6852 for more information about the Ruddell Gallery.

Grant provides training for algebra teachers - top

Dr. Steve Benson, a national expert on secondary mathematics education from the Education Development Center in Boston, leads a classroom discussion during an “Algebra by Inquiry” workshop hosted by CAMSE at Black Hills State University. The workshop is funded by a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership program.

Dr. Steve Benson leads "Algebra by Inquiry" workshop

Twenty middle school and high school math teachers are participating in an “Algebra by Inquiry” workshop hosted by the Center for Advancement of Math and Science Education (CAMSE)on the Black Hills State University campus this week.

The workshop is funded by a $100,000 grant awarded by the South Dakota Board of Regents through the U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnership program. Through this grant, BHSU is working in partnership with South Dakota's Education Service Areas (ESA) 6 and 7 (south and west from Pierre). The institute is the first component of the project, which will continue through at least the summer of 2006.

According to Ben Sayler, director of CAMSE, the teachers as well as four staff members from the ESA and four CAMSE staff members are all learning from Dr. Steve Benson, a national expert on secondary mathematics education from the Education Development Center in Boston, is the first author of the recently published book "Ways to Think About Mathematics." The textbook serves as the primary resource for the institute.

The teachers will also participate in follow-up activities and sessions throughout the upcoming school year and next summer.

Participants in the workshop were: Marty Prentice, New Underwood; Jonette Burns, Belle Fourche; Becky Lamb, Onida; Wendy Schamber, Lead Deadwood; Billie Swan, Belle Fourche; Loree Schlichtemeier, Lead Deadwood; Tammy Jo Schlechter, Winner; Marcia Torgrude, Rapid City; Heather Draine, Rapid City; Jill Jordahl, Rapid City; Deann Kertzman, Rapid City; Meredith Beug, Sturgis; Bailey Kowalski, Rapid City; Thomas Keck, Rapid City; Carin Wold, Rapid City; Kim Schara, Rapid City; Stacy Krumpus, Rapid City; Rosemary Johnson, Rapid City; Ken Kundel, Rapid City; Sally Heberlein, Rapid City; Apaza, Rapid City; Ellie Cooch, Spearfish; Karl Martin, Rapid City; Dale Bentley-Stillman, Gillette, Wyo.

CAMSE hosts mathematics curriculum showcase - top

The Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE) at Black Hills State University hosted a Mathematics Curriculum Showcase in Rapid City recently.

The showcase featured 12 elementary, middle, and high school inquiry-based mathematics curricula that were developed with funding from the National Science Foundation. According to Vicki Kapust, associate director of math outreach for CAMSE, the curricula were designed to meet the expectations and vision of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) as outlined in Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Complete sets of each program is available in the CAMSE library.

CAMSE was only one of only three sites nationwide that received a grant from Education Development Center (EDC) to host a mathematics curriculum showcase. Approximately 150 teachers, administrators, and state leaders from South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, and North Dakota attended.

The two-day seminar was designed to support district teams who are considering the use of high-quality mathematics curriculum materials based on these standards. There were breakout sessions for each of the 12 programs; classroom teachers from around the country, who have gained expertise from using the materials with students, facilitated these in-depth presentations. Participants had the opportunity to choose sessions that best met their grade-level and district needs.

There were also several general sessions that outlined the philosophy and pedagogy of these curricula, considered selection criteria for adopting a math program, and addressed issues and strategies for successful implementation.

For further information about the curricula go to: www2.edc.org/mcc/ or visit the materials resource library at CAMSE which is located in the lower level of Wenona Cook.

Local talents win at Young Performers Competition - top

Deborah Matters, from Hermosa, won first place, and Blake Stephens, from Ellsworth AFB, placed second in the in the younger category of the Young Performers Competition, a part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts hosted by BHSU.

Young Performers Competition winners for ages 9-14

Winners have been announced for the Young Performers Competition, which is part of a month-long Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts hosted by Black Hills State University.

The Young Performers Competition, held at the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall June 10, made for a wonderful evening of fine music, according to Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU.

“The talent of the young musicians was remarkable and a joy to experience,” Downing said.

Nathan Schulte, from Hill City, won first place in the 15-20 year old category for his saxophone rendition of Prelude, Cadence, and Finale by Desenclos. Pioneer Bank and Trust provided the $150 first place award. Andrew Belsaas, from Rapid City, placed second. He played Sonata No. 7 – 3rd Movement by Prokofiev on piano. Wells Fargo Bank provided the $100 second place award. Jon Brown, from Rapid City, placed third for his vocal performance of Vecchia Zimarra by Puccini. He received a $75 award donated by Great Western Bank.

In the younger age category, which included performers between the ages of 9 and 14, first place went to Deborah Matters of Hermosa for her violin performance of Concerto in G (K.216) – 3rd Movement by Mozart. Premier Bankcard provided a $75 prize. Second place went to Blake Stephens, from Ellsworth AFB, for his piano rendition of Passacaglia by Handel. Prestige Auto Sales provided a second place award of $50.

The Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts continues through June. Several public performances are scheduled including a lecture titled “An Actor Prepares,” which is June 22 at noon at the Matthews Opera House; “An Evening of Song and Dance” which is June 24 at 7:30 p.m. in recital hall of Meier Hall; and “A Night at the Opera” which is June 25 at 7:30p.m. in Woodburn Auditorium.

For more information on any of these events call 642-6420.

Young Performers Competition winners for ages 15-20Jon Brown, from Rapid City, placed third; Nathan Schulte, from Hill City, won first place; and Andrew Belsaas, from Rapid City, placed second in the 15-20 year-old category of the Young Performers Competition, a part of the Black Hills Summer Institute of the Arts hosted by BHSU.

BHSU and Gold Dust Gaming will host golf classic and auction - top

Sports and leisure scholarship auction itemsThe 15th annual Gold Dust Yellow Jacket Golf Classic, benefiting Black Hills State University athletic scholarships, will be held Saturday, June 25 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The tournament begins at 1 p.m.

This year’s event will include an 18-hole golf tournament with a $250,000 Shoot-Out, a banquet, an awards ceremony, and a sports and leisure auction. The banquet, awards ceremony, and auction will be held at the Holiday Inn.

The tournament, limited to 144 golfers, will include individual mulligans; special men’s, women’s, mixed and senior’s divisions; a putting contest; and many prizes from participating Black Hills merchants. The tournament will also feature the second annual $250,000 Shoot-Out, sponsored by Gold Dust Gaming.

The auction will feature over 250 items, including a Callaway golf bag, an autographed jersey from NBA phenom LeBron James, an autographed basketball from Charles Barkley, a Black Hills FiberCom package, an autographed Mike Miller jersey, an autographed baseball from ESPN’s Chris Berman, a bicycle from Two Wheeler Dealer, and more. The auction, which is open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Spearfish Holiday Inn.

The entry fee for the tournament is $100; spouses many participate for $80 more. The $100 entry fee includes a chance at the Gold Dust $250,000 Shoot-Out, golf cart rental, two tickets for the banquet and auction, and a golf classic souvenir. All proceeds will support the Green and Gold Athletic Scholarship Fund at BHSU.

For more information or to register call 642-6385 or email SteveMeeker@bhsu.edu.

BHSU will host Yellow Jacket Distance Running Camp in July - top

Black Hills State University will host the fifth annual Yellow Jacket Distance Running Camp July 10-13. The camp, directed by Scott Walkinshaw, eighth-year head coach for the BHSU cross country and track and field teams, will also include current and former members of the BHSU cross country team, as well as coaches and guest speakers from BHSU and the surrounding area.

The Yellow Jacket women’s cross country teams have won five out of the last six DAC-10 conference titles and the men have won four out of the last five conference titles. The women’s team has placed in the top 16 at the NAIA national meet the last six years and the men have placed in the top 17 the last five years. The men’s team has earned national runner-up honors twice (2000 and 2003) and the women’s team placed third in 2002. The Yellow Jackets were also NAIA Combined Team National Champions in 2000. Individually, 16 athletes have earned All-American honors in cross country in the past seven years. In track and field the Yellow Jacket women just broke the 3200m relay state record, running 9:02.30, and had the individual national champion in the women’s steeplechase, also a state record.

The Yellow Jacket Distance Running Camp will feature a technical analysis of running form; sessions on strength training, proper nutrition, and goal setting; information and explanation of current scientific training theories; a current fitness assessment; practice and training guidelines; hydro training; steeplechase training; and advice from special guest clinicians. Every camper will receive a t-shirt and a golf disc.

The camp is open to high school boys and girls of all abilities. The cost is $170 for a day camper, $230 for a full camper, and $140 per coach. A discount of $25 per camper will be given to groups of five or more athletes from the same school. There is no charge for coaches who bring five or more athletes from their school.

Full campers will stay in the BHSU residence halls and meals will be provided. Check-in is Sunday, July 10 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Pangburn Hall on the BHSU campus. Campers will check out Wednesday, July 13 at 11 a.m.

Contact Walkinshaw at 642-6486 or visit www.bhsu.edu/athletics/.

First-year basketball coach hosts boys basketball day clinic - top

Paul Sather instructs basketball camp participantsA group of area students listen to instructions from Paul Sather during the recent boy’s basketball day clinic for grades one through five at Black Hills State University. Sather is beginning his first year as head men’s basketball coach at BHSU.

Additional summer basketball camps will be held next week. The boy’s overnight camp will be held June 20-23 for grades six through 12, and the boy’s team camp is scheduled for June 24-26.

For more information contact Sather at PaulSather@bhsu.edu or 642-6607.

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