Volume XXIX, No. 31 • Aug. 12, 2005


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BHSU announces plans for Swarm Days

Plans are being made for the annual homecoming week at Black Hills State University. In addition to the ever popular parade and football game, several new events are planned this year that will offer the community additional ways to take part in Swarm Day activities.

The committee is inviting Spearfish businesses, especially those located along the parade route on St. Joe, Jackson and Main Street, to decorate their windows in the Swarm Day theme of “Hollywood Homecoming.”

“We’d like to create an overall more festive city for Swarm Days,” says Theresa Mutter, Swarm Day committee chairperson. She noted that the business with the best window display will be honored at the Swarm Day football game.

A new event this year, a student/alumni/faculty/staff flag football tournament, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6-9 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The Swarm Day committee is hoping to attract alumni in the area to come back to BHSU to play football against teams of students, faculty and staff. The committee will provide food and cash prizes.

Other community events during homecoming week include the second annual 5K run which will be held Saturday, Sept. 17; the popular kiddie carnival which will provide entertainment and prizes for community children Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 4-7 p.m. in the Student Union; and the disc golf tournament which begins at 5 p.m. for community members Thursday, Sept. 22. In addition, the BHSU Alumni Association will host honor distinguished alumni at an awards breakfast Saturday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 a.m. The Yellow Jacket Foundation will induct seven new members into the Hall of Fame during a banquet Friday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

The BHSU coronation royal court will include five candidates for homecoming king and five candidates for homecoming queen. There will also be a newly added candidate court of four additional princes and princesses chosen from underclassmen at BHSU.

For more information about 2005 Swarm Day activities, contact Mutter or Chelsey Anderson at 642-6418.

Schedule of events:

Saturday, Sept. 17

  • Second Annual 5K Run, 8 a.m. (registration from 6:45-7:45 a.m.), Lyle Hare Stadium Track

Sunday, Sept. 18

  • Spirit Competition Window Painting/Sidewalk Chalking/Banner Painting, 2 p.m., Market Place

Monday, Sept. 19

  • Kick-off at the H, 3 p.m.-8 p.m., Campus Green

Tuesday, Sept. 20

  • Royalty Panel, 11-1 p.m., Market Place

  • Kiddie Carnival, 4-7 p.m, Jacket Legacy Room

  • Residence Hall Decoration Judging, 7-9 p.m., Residence Hall Lobbies

  • Movie Night, 9 p.m., Northern Hills Movie Theater

Wednesday, Sept. 21

  • Office Decoration Judging, all day, BHSU Offices

  • Spirit Competition Scavenger Hunt, 3 p.m., meet in the Student Union Lobby

  • Student-Alumni/Faculty/Staff Flag Football Tournament, 6-9 p.m, Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Thursday, Sept. 22

  • Disc Golf Tournament, 3:30 (students) & 5 p.m. (community), Meet at first hole

  • Coronation, 7 p.m., Student Union Market Place

  • Game Show “Hollywood Squares,” 8 p.m., Jacket Legacy Room

Friday, Sept. 23

  • Float Prep, 4-Midnight, Donald E. Young Center Field House

  • Hall of Fame Banquet, 6 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room

Saturday, Sept.24

  • Alumni Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Jacket Legacy Room

  • Parade, 10:30 p.m., begins at the Donald E. Young Center Parking Lot

  • Tailgate Party and Can Food Drive, Noon, Lyle Hare Stadium

  • Football Game, Dickinson State University vs. BHSU, 1:30 p.m, Lyle Hare Stadium


Elliott estate provides endowment for scholarships

The estate of Evelyn Elliott, a former business instructor at Black Hills State University, recently contributed $77,890 from a charitable remainder trust established by Elliott in 1998. The gift will create an endowed scholarship fund for business students at the university.

Elliott, who taught business courses at BHSU for nearly 40 years before retiring in 1982, played a key role in the establishment of the business program at BHSU. During her professional career she taught practically every business class offered at BHSU and even served as interim chairperson for the division of business. Elliott, who has several published works, received the BHSU Special Service award in 1998.

Elliott was instrumental in the development of the business program at BHSU during the early years. What began with one- and two-year secretarial certificates has evolved over the years to a full business program that now offers bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. The business program, which began with Elliott as one of two part-time business instructors in 1945, has expanded throughout the years and now includes 19 full-time instructors. The College of Business and Technology at BHSU currently offers six majors and eight minors for bachelor’s degrees as well as a master’s degree in business services management. The BHSU business program, which was recently accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), has nearly 800 students enrolled, making it one of the largest university business programs in the state.

Elliott began painting when she retired and developed an artistic talent for creating paintings depicting scenes of the Black Hills region. Her artwork is featured throughout the hallways on the third floor of Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the campus of BHSU. Elliott donated the majority of her prints to the university which are displayed in the hallways of the business department.

She was born Nov. 23, 1916 in Frederick, to George and Mary (Christie) Elliott. She died Tuesday, May 3, 2005 at Garden Hills Assisted Living in Spearfish.

Elliott attended elementary and secondary school at Barnard Consolidated School where she graduated from high school as valedictorian. Elliott received a bachelor of science in education degree at Northern State University in 1938. She attended the University of South Dakota and earned a master of arts in business education and business administration in 1943. Evelyn did further graduate study at South Dakota State College, North Dakota State University, North Dakota University, Utah State University, University of Washington and the University of Iowa. As a senior at Northern she taught business subjects to college freshman.

Elliott was a member of American Association of University Women and Delta Kappa Gamma. Upon retirement she was a member of the RSVP program through which she did volunteer work for the Grace Balloch Memorial Library and other organizations. She was a member of the Spearfish United Church of Christ where she served on boards and committees. Elliott was a persistent traveler who visited much of the United States and many continents.

Steve Meeker, vice president of institutional advancement at BHSU, praised Elliott’s contributions and noted that her charitable trust fund will continue Elliott’s lifelong devotion to make a positive impact on university students.

“Evelyn dedicated her life to the students and education. She was devoted providing opportunities for students and wanted to continue impacting the students for many years to come. This fund will make that possible,” Meeker said.

Earnings from the endowment will support $1,000 scholarships each semester for junior and senior level business education and business administration majors at BHSU. According to Elliott’s wishes, preference for the scholarships will be given to South Dakota residents with second choice to students from neighboring states. Recipients must be a junior or senior and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 The junior-level awards will be renewable for the senior year if the student maintains the required grade point average.

In the last decade, BHSU has made great strides in increasing the number and types of scholarships offered to students. The BHSU Foundation now has a total more than $7.2 million. This year BHSU awarded more than $662,000 in scholarships.

For more information on BHSU scholarships or how to create a scholarship fund call Meeker or Terri Wells at 642-6832.


Green and Gold luncheon schedule announced

The Green and Gold Booster Club at Black Hills State University will resume its Tuesday noon meetings beginning Aug. 23. University coaches will be available to discuss the upcoming season The public is welcome to attend the luncheons which are schedule at various restaurants throughout the year.

The schedule for Green and Gold luncheons is as follows. For additional information about the luncheons or the Green and Gold Booster Club call 642-6385.

Green and Gold Luncheon Schedule

  • Aug. 23 - Perkin’s Family Restaurant

  • Aug. 30 - Perkin’s Family Restaurant

  • Sept. 6 - Perkin’s Family Restaurant

  • Sept. 13 - Perkin’s Family Restaurant

  • Sept. 20 - Perkin’s Family Restaurant

  • Sept. 27 - Perkin’s Family Restaurant

  • Oct. 4 - Club Room

  • Oct. 11 - Club Room

  • Oct. 18 - Club Room

  • Oct. 25 - Club Room

  • Nov. 1 - Club Room

  • Nov. 8 - Cedar House

  • Nov. 15 - Cedar House

  • Nov. 22 - Cedar House

  • Nov. 29 - Cedar House

  • Dec. 6 - Cedar House

  • Dec. 13 - Cedar House

  • Dec. 20 - Holiday Inn

  • Dec. 27 - Holiday Inn

  • Jan. 3 - Holiday Inn

  • Jan. 10 - Holiday Inn

  • Jan. 17 - Holiday Inn

  • Jan. 24 - Shoot the Bull

  • Jan. 31 - Shoot the Bull

  • Feb. 7 - Shoot the Bull

  • Feb. 14 - Shoot the Bull

  • Feb. 21 - Shoot the Bull

  • Feb. 28 - Millstone Family Restaurant

  • March 14 - Millstone Family Restaurant

  • March 21 - Millstone Family Restaurant

  • March 28 - Millstone Family Restaurant

  • May 2 - Millstone Family Restaurant



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