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Chrysler presents paper at
national conference - top
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
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.
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
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
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, 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
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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.
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
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
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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.
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
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
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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
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
Local talents win at Young
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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.
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
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
Jon 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
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The 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
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
coach hosts boys basketball day clinic - top
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