Volume XXIX, No. 39 • Oct. 7, 2005

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CSA position open - top

The following Career Service position is open:

  • Senior programmer analyst (systems librarian), Library

For more information, access the employment information on the Human Resource web page or contact the Human Resource Office.

Position open to status CSA employees in the Admissions Office - top

The following Career Service position is open and limited to status CSA employees in the Admissions Office.

  • Information officer, Admissions

For more information, please view the employment opportunities on the Human Resource web page or contact the Human Resource Office.

Enrollment at Black Hills State increases - top

Enrollment at Black Hills State University increased this fall. There are currently 3,888 students enrolled in BHSU courses, which is more than a one percent increase from last year.

“Our 2005 enrollment reflects the pivotal role BHSU plays in the West River region,” BHSU President Thomas Flickema says. “We are the third largest state higher education institution and the only multipurpose university west of the river. We offer excellent programs of study in science, liberal arts, education and business.”

The state as well as the region is facing a decline in the number of high school graduates due to a decrease in population, the enrollment at BHSU has remained steady.

The increase in enrollment at BHSU is attributed to several factors including increased retention of students and high interest in courses in the Rapid City area.

Efforts to retain students have been intensified at BHSU in the past three years. The result has been a six percent increase in the overall retention rate this fall. The success is due to a university-wide effort to assist students in achieving their educational goals. The retention rate at BHSU is currently the highest it has been in 10 years.

Enrollment in BHSU courses offered in the Rapid City area showed an increase which highlights BHSU’s growing presence in the Rapid City area. BHSU offers classes at several locations in Rapid City including many classes taught on Ellsworth Air Force Base. In addition, students have the option of enrolling in BHSU courses through distance delivery options including the internet and correspondence courses.

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently established the Higher Education Center – West River, which serves as a one-stop location for Rapid City residents who wish to enroll in classes, apply for financial aid, or be advised of course and degree options.

“Making enrollment easy and accessible to our Rapid City students has been the focus of the new Higher Education Center in Rapid City,” says Ben Dar, associate vice president of academic affairs.

Larsen to present lecture at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center - top

Janeen Larsen

Dr. Janeen Larsen, music professor and chair of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at Black Hills State University, will present a lecture in LaCroix Hall D at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City Saturday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m., immediately before the Black Hills Symphony concert.

Larsen’s lecture, “A Tale of Two Russian Masters,” will highlight the lives and music of composers Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. According to Larsen both composers were looked down upon by the musical elite for many years, yet today their works remain among the most popular and beloved of the classical repertoire.

A Black Hills Symphony concert, “Russian Favorites,” will follow the lecture. The concert will include Tchaikovsky’s familiar symphonic poem Romeo and Juliet and the beautiful Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 featuring soloist Teresa Walters.

Larsen received her master of music degree in both piano performance and musicology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she performed and wrote a thesis on Rachmaninoff’s Concerto #1. Artist-teachers she studied with include Gunnar Johansen, Jack Radunsky, Howard Karp, and Jacques Abram. In 1986, Larsen received her Ph.D. in music education from the University of Florida. She currently teaches courses in piano, piano pedagogy, music history and advanced theory at BHSU.

Larsen performs frequently throughout the region as a classical and jazz pianist. She was last heard with the Black Hills Symphony in 1993 as soloist for Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Tickets are $15-$23 for adults and $10-$15 for students. For reservations call 1-800-GOT-MINE or 348-4776 or 394-4111.

Ahmad to present at 34th annual South Asia Conference - top

Ahrar Ahmad

Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, political science professor at Black Hills State University will present a paper at the 34th annual South Asia Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in October.

Ahmad's paper deals with the issue of "exceptionalism" in South Asian Islam and its implications for democracy. The research for the paper was supported by a grant from the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy.

Ahmad received his master's degree in political science from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and his doctorate in political science from Southern Illinois University. He has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1992.

BHSU graduate hired to recruit students in Wyoming - top

Lisa Bomengen

Recruiting students in her hometown area of eastern Wyoming will be a natural activity for Lisa Bomengen, who graduated from Black Hills State University in 2000.

Bomengen, who was a track standout when she attended BHSU, says she will rely on her positive experience at the university to encourage students to attend her alma mater.

Bomengen will visit students at their high schools and be available at college fairs in Wyoming. She also plans to be in contact with potential BHSU students through email correspondence and by phone.

“Black Hills State is a great choice for Wyoming students,” Bomengen says. “It’s an opportunity to attend a great university that is nearby and has many similarities to the Wyoming area. It’s like leaving home but not really leaving home.”

She noted that BHSU has many attributes that Wyoming students have come to know and appreciate, including amazing scenery, a variety of recreational activities and a laid-back atmosphere, while offering an exceptional education through dedicated faculty members.

“I know there are many benefits to attending BHSU. Students here really get to know their professors personally and have the opportunity for an excellent educational experience. I like the fact that at BHSU the professors are in the classroom teaching, not graduate assistants,“ Bomengen says.

After graduating from BHSU, Bomengen returned to Thermopolis, Wyo., where she is currently the track and field coach at the high school. She is married to Travis and they have a two-year-old daughter, McKenna. Bomengen also operates a small business.

“I know my degree from Black Hills State has helped me both establish my business and be successful as a coach so I’m anxious to let students know about the benefits of attending BHSU,” Bomengen says.

Award-winning artist to speak at Black Hills State University -top

"Lakota Warrior" by award-winning artist Donald MontileauxAward-winning artist Donald Montileaux will give a presentation on Native American culture and the way it influences art Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University campus.

Montileaux, who lives in Rapid City, is an Oglala Lakota and a former BHSU student. His artwork has been illustrated on the cover of six books, is displayed in galleries nationwide, is held in private collections and has literally orbited the earth as a part of the Space Shuttle Endeavor, which orbited the Earth 262 times during a 16-day mission in 1995. He has received nearly 20 awards and commissions and has attended more than 25 major art shows.

Primarily a self-taught artist, Montileaux received formal training at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, N.M., and interned under Oscar Howe at the University of South Dakota. He credits the late Herman Red Elk, a personal friend and mentor, as his primary artistic influence.

The presentation, which is sponsored by the BHSU Center for Indian Studies, is open to the public. For more information call the center at 642-6578.

Theatre will stage “The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia” - top

The Black Hills State University Theatre will present “The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia” Thursday, Oct. 13; Friday, Oct. 14; and Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium.

“The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia,” a play written by Preston Jones, depicts the Knights of the White Magnolia, a fraternity of Bradleyville’s “good ole boys,” which meets in the now decrepit Cattleman’s Hotel. The fraternity has lost sight of its concern with patriotism and racial purity and has become an excuse for its members to share a game of dominoes and some liquid refreshment. Having dwindled in membership, the Knights find a new recruit from a neighboring town and resurrect their ancient initiation rite, an event which, for all its intentional seriousness, becomes one of the wildest, funniest scenes imaginable.

Cast members include Ian Vytlacil, a sophomore mass communications major from Box Elder, in the role of LD Alexander, manager of the ABC Supermarket; Jared Hall, a senior speech communications major from Gettysburg, in the role of Skip Hampton, the service station attendant; Chris Weiss, a sophomore business administration major from Rapid City, in the role of Milo Crawford, clerk at the Bradleyville Grain and Feed; Michael (Mila) Boring, a sophomore history major from Pierre, in the role of Olin Potts, a cotton farmer; Sean Pence, a freshman mass communications major from Hot Springs, in the role of Red Grover, owner of the town bar; Jared McDaris, a senior English major from Spearfish, in the role of Colonel JC Kinkaid, retired U.S. Army colonel and owner of the Cattlemen’s Hotel; Casey Hibbert, a freshman speech communications major from Spearfish, in the role of Rufe Phelps, a refinery worker; and Andrew Rexroad, a freshman speech communications major from Rapid City, in the role of Lonnie Roy McNeil, a pipe fitter.

For more information or to reserve tickets call the BHSU box office at 642-6171 or email theatre@bhsu.edu. The cost to attend is $5 per adult and $2.50 for children and seniors age 65 and older.

Ruddell Gallery hosts exhibition by Chicago area artist - top

“Iowa Vacation,” an acrylic and mixed media piece on paper, was created by Chicago area artist, art professor and gallery director Joe Milosevich. This piece and others by Milosevich will be on display at the Black Hills State University until Friday, Oct. 14.

"Iowa Vacation," an acrylic and mixed media piece by Joe Milosevich

An art exhibition featuring the work of Chicago area artist, art professor and gallery director Joe Milosevich is currently on display in the Ruddell Gallery at Black Hills State University.

The show, “Joe Milosevich: An Exhibition of Assemblages and Collages,” will conclude Friday, Oct. 14 with a reception and artist presentation from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the gallery.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by a grant from the BHSU Instructional Improvement Committee. For more information contact Jim Knutson at 642-6104.

The Ruddell Gallery, located on the second floor of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, is open to the public at no charge Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Call the Student Union Information Center at 642-6062 for holiday hours.

Public invited to an informational meeting concerning Black Hills Vision - top

Black Hills State University is hosting a community awareness presentation concerning the Black Hills Vision Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

A social gathering, co-sponsored by the BHSU College of Business and Technology, the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation, and Wells Fargo Bank of Spearfish, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the lobby of Meier Hall. The Black Hills Vision presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room.

According to Priscilla Romkema, director of the Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and associate business professor at BHSU, the mission of the Black Hills Vision is to invest in the development of new job creation and an opportunity environment to expand economic development to the Black Hills region. The objects of Black Hills Vision include: creation of 7,500 new jobs, creation of a technology center, support of Ellsworth Air Force Base, support of the National Science Lab at Homestake, support of increased air service, and support of affordable housing.

For more information, contact the BHSU Center for Business and Entrepreneurship at 642-6091.

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