CSA position open -
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
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
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
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
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 -
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
“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
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” -
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
“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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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,
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 -
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
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
For more information, contact the BHSU Center for Business and
Entrepreneurship at 642-6091.