- Barbara Ridgway, from secretary in Grants Accounting to office
supervisor in the Retention Office
Flickema honored by
Spearfish Economic Development Corporation -
Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State University, (right)
accepts an award from Bryan Walker, director of the Spearfish Economic
Development Corporation (SEDC). The award was presented recently to
recognize Flickema for his years of dedicated service, vision, and
participation as a member of the board directors and for his
distinguished leadership while serving as president of BHSU. Flickema
was appointed to the SEDC board of directors in January 2002. The SEDC
chose to recognize Flickema for his outstanding leadership at BHSU and
within the community in appreciation of his efforts both locally and
regionally to improve the economic vitality of the Black Hills. Flickema
will retire as president of BHSU this summer.
Temple named director of
internet and marketing strategies -
Robin Temple, who has been employed at the Center for
Tourism Research at Black Hills State University, has been named
director of internet and marketing strategies for the university.
Temple, who has extensive experience and education in
marketing management, advertising and promotion, web design, graphic
design and multimedia, is looking forward to her new position because it
gives her the opportunity to promote her alma mater.
“Marketing and promoting Black Hills State University
is a natural fit for me. I loved BHSU when I went to college here, and
now I see even more potential as an alum and employee,” Temple says.
“Working together, we’re developing fresh plans to position BHSU as the
university of choice for both the traditional and non-traditional
markets through creative and innovative electronic and print marketing
Corinne Hansen, director of university communications,
recognizes the importance of Temple’s appointment and is excited to have
her collaboration to develop communications plans, create enhancements
for the website and oversee online marketing initiatives.
“Robin has the experience and educational background
to make an immediate positive impact for the university. She joins our
staff at a critical time as we are currently developing a comprehensive
marketing and branding plan for the university. Her insight, creativity
and ideas will be beneficial as we advance our marketing and
communication plans,” Hansen said.
At the Center for Tourism Research, Temple served as
the senior web and marketing strategist. She managed Internet marketing
projects for tourism businesses and organizations throughout the Black
Hills as well for as the South Dakota Office of Tourism. Temple’s
previous work experience includes serving as a marketing manager for two
different information technology firms and as a graphic/web designer for
a high-profile design and branding firm in Denver, Colo.
Temple has a bachelor of arts degree in mass
communications with a multimedia emphasis from BHSU as well as a masters
of business administration from Regis University in Denver, Colo.
Silva and Klarenbeek assist in
development of physical education high school graduation requirements
Two Black Hills State University faculty members are
working with education professionals across the state to develop
standards for the new high school graduation health and physical
education requirements for the state of South Dakota.
Dr. Betsy Silva, chair of the department of physical
education and health, and Sandy Klarenbeek, health instructor, are
members of state-wide committees that include secondary physical
education and health teachers as well as university-level physical
education and health educators. Both committees used research-based,
national standards to write the standards for this new course
Beginning in fall 2006, incoming freshmen attending
public high school in South Dakota will be required to have one semester
of physical education or health to meet state graduation requirements.
The goal for the committee was to identify standards and specify
supporting skills. The state will release the draft documents for peer
review and then the committees will reconvene to address comments. The
requirements will go through a process which includes a request for
public hearing before the committees finalize the recommendations for
the state board of education later this summer.
Silva joined the BHSU faculty as an assistant
professor in 1992 and was promoted to associate professor in 1997. She
earned her doctorate in education and her master of arts degree at the
University of Northern Colorado and her bachelor of science degree at
the University of Michigan.
Klarenbeek, who has a bachelor’s degree from Westmar
College and a master’s degree from South Dakota State University, has
worked as a consultant with the state school health offices for the past
15 years. She is a trainer for many of the programs and workshops
offered by the state. Klarenbeek previously taught in the Spearfish
School District and was the school Safe and Drug Free coordinator. She
joined the BHSU faculty in 2001.
Wallerstein and Krugh
deliver papers at Northern Plains Conference on Early British Literature
Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein (left), Black
Hills State University associate English professor, and BHSU senior Lisa
Krugh recently delivered papers at the 14th Annual Northern Plains
Conference on Early British Literature.
Dr. Nicholas Wallerstein, associate professor of
English at Black Hills State University, and BHSU senior Lisa Krugh
recently delivered papers at the 14th Annual Northern Plains Conference
on Early British Literature.
Wallerstein’s paper, titled “Beyond the Volta:
Form as Argument in Milton,” argued that the use and misuse of
adversative conjunction in Milton’s Paradise Lost and 23rd Sonnet
are linguistically, rhetorically and psychologically related. The paper
also suggested that logical and illogical uses of adversative
conjunction are symbolic of a speaker’s state of mind. According to
Wallerstein, if the speaker is Milton himself, or the narrator of
Paradise Lost, the use is logical. If the speaker is a demon in
Hell, the use is often illogical. This parallels logical and illogical
uses of the adversative conjunction in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Krugh’s paper, titled “Augustinian Free Will and
Christian Symbolism of the Fall in Milton’s Paradise Lost,”
argued that the apple in Paradise Lost is related in important
ways to the long spiritual tradition of the concepts of human free will,
human sin, and redemption.
Krugh, an English major who is originally from Cody,
Wyo., will graduate from BHSU in December 2006. She is a member of the
University Honors Program, and her paper was part of her Honors thesis,
which is under Wallerstein’s direction. Krugh plans to attend graduate
school in English literature.
Wallerstein received his Ph.D. in English from the
University of Oregon and his master’s degree in theology from Harvard.
He has been at BHSU for nine years.
BHSU will assist with grant
for diabetes management - top
Black Hills State University and the Lower Brule Sioux
Tribe received a $55,014 grant from the Wellmark Foundation to fund
development of new diabetes management program which will focus on self
management of diabetes and weight through community assessment,
increased awareness and education.
“The purpose of this grant is to develop a program
that will assist tribal members with diabetes to self manage their
weight and diabetes, and to incorporate wellness activities and health
changes into their lifestyles,” explains Dr. Victoria Grey Owl,
researcher with the American Indian Health Research Program at BHSU.
“This project is so timely and important because the risk of developing
diabetes is becoming an increasingly serious epidemic in American Indian
communities. We are looking forward to collaborating with the Lower
Brule Sioux Tribe on this important endeavor.”
For more information on the project, contact Grey Owl
at (605) 642-6371 or
VictoriaGreyOwl@bhsu.edu or Nyal Brings, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
health director, at (605) 473-0845.
The Wellmark Foundation has provided more than $9.25
million to fund 267 health-related grants in Iowa and South Dakota since
1997. For a list of grant recipients, as well as for information on how
to apply for a grant from The Wellmark Foundation, visit their website
at www.wellmark.com and choose
“The Wellmark Foundation.”
“The Wellmark Foundation is committed to helping
improve the health of Iowans and South Dakotans,” says Matthew McGarvey,
Wellmark Foundation senior program manager. “We are pleased to provide
funding for this project that will provide a much needed health service
to tribal members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.”
The American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP)
was established at BHSU in fall 2002. Since then, BHSU faculty members
have conducted 12 collaborative research studies with six tribes in
Montana and Wyoming and have started numerous community education
programs about American Indian health disparities.
Library enhances journal
access - top
The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center at Black Hills
State University recently enhanced its journal database.
Following recommendations from faculty members, the
Arts and Sciences Collection II was recently added to the library's
existing JSTOR subscription.
According to Rajeev Bukralia, director of the library,
the newly added collection will provide full-text access to 188 new
journal titles in various subject areas. Some acclaimed titles include
Economica, Canadian Journal of Economics, International
Economic Review, The History Teacher, The Historical
Journal, Russian Review, The College Mathematics Journal,
Mathematics Magazine, International Journal of Mideast Studies,
Biometrics, and others.
JSTOR, which stands for Journal Storage, is a vendor
that provides access to scholarly journals online. JSTOR is available
from the library website at <http://iis.bhsu.edu/lis/index.cfm>.
American Indian Awareness
Week concludes this weekend with annual powwow - top
American Indian Awareness Week, an annual week of events put together
by BHSU student organizations Lakota Omniciye and the American Indian
Science & Engineering Society (AISES) to promote cultural understanding
in the region, will conclude with the 24th annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
(powwow) Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 in the Donald E.
Young Sports and Fitness Center. This year’s theme is “Sovereignty
Wacipi is a Lakota term meaning a gathering where people come to
dance. Dancers from the region will compete in several categories and
age groups. They will perform to traditional American Indian powwow
music sung by drum groups from throughout the region. Weekend events
will also feature a free buffalo feed and the annual Kevin Whirlwind
Horse Memorial Run/Walk.
Powwow admission for the general public is $4 per session or $8 for
all sessions. Admission is free for BHSU students, faculty, and staff
with an ACE card, elders 60 and over and children six and under. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with
disabilities, contact the BHSU Center for Indian Studies at 642-6578 at
least 48 hours prior to the event.
American Indian Awareness Week sponsors include the BHSU Center for
Indian Studies, the South Dakota Humanities Council, the Bush Grant,
United Campus Ministries, Wal-Mart, the City of Spearfish, Roma’s
Ristorante, and the BHSU Student Senate.
The weekend’s events will include:
Friday, April 21
- Lakota Omniciye Wacipi Grand Entry
7 p.m. – Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
Saturday, April 22
- Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk
10 a.m. - Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
- Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
1 and 7 p.m. – Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
- Free Buffalo Feed
5 p.m. – David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place
Sunday, April 23
- Lakota Omniciye Wacipi
1 p.m. – Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
Choir to perform spring
program - top
The BHSU Concert Choir and Black Hills
Gold Singers will perform their spring program Thursday, April 27 at
7:30 p.m. and again Sunday, April 30 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall of
Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Among the performers will be BHSU students:
Ashton VandenHoek, Megan Moore, Amber Faiman, Lydia Golden, Jackie
The Black Hills State University Concert Choir and Black Hills Gold
Singers will perform their spring program under the direction of Stephen
Parker in the recital hall of Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The concert
will be on two dates: Thursday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April
30 at 2:30 p.m.
The Black Hills Gold Singers, who have just returned from a
performing tour to Greeley, Colo., will start the program with a variety
of vocal jazz selections. The featured work by the concert choir is the
energetic, rhythmic Carmina Burana by Carl Orff. The 100-voice
choir will be accompanied by two pianos and percussion.
Admission is free, but seating in the recital hall is limited, so it
is recommended that concertgoers arrive early. For additional
information call 642-6628.
Festival on the Green scheduled
for next Friday - top
Piebald, an Indie and pop rock band
from Andover, Mass., will headline the annual Festival on the Green at
Black Hills State University Friday, April 28 on the campus green
outside Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
The University Programming (UP) Team at Black Hills
State University will hold its annual Festival on the Green (FOG)
Friday, April 28 from 3 p.m. until dusk on the campus green outside
Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
Four bands will be performing throughout the
afternoon. Headliners Piebald, from Andover, Mass., will play a
combination of Indie and pop rock. McKinsey, from Gillette, Wyo., will
perform Indie rock. Local bands Sweatband, whose members live in Rapid
City and Spearfish, will play a combination of funk, rock and reggae;
and Reddmen, from Rapid City, will play pop and rock music.
The festival will also offer a variety of goods and
services provided by student organizations and community businesses and
organizations. Booth space is $8 per table, collected the day of the
event. Proceeds from the booth rentals will be donated to the Western
Hills Humane Society. Anyone wishing to have a booth at the festival
should contact Katie at 642-6418 or stop by the UP Team office in room
123 of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.
In case of inclement weather, the bands will perform
in the Woodburn Hall Auditorium and all vendor booths will be canceled
due to space restrictions.
FOG is sponsored by the BHSU UP Team Concert and
Variety Entertainment Committee. There is no charge for admission, and
the public is welcome to attend. For more information call the UP Team
office at 642-6418.
Reception will be held to
honor retirees and employee awardees -
Black Hills State University will host a reception
Tuesday, May 2 from 2-4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket
Student Union Jacket Legacy Room to honor retiring faculty and staff
members as well as to recognize employees who are receiving special
awards and longevity awards. The program will begin at 2:15 p.m.
Retiring faculty and staff members who will be
recognized include: Jim Bechtold, facilities services; Deatta Chapel,
student support services; Dr. Earl Chrysler, business professor; Arlene
Denker, facilities services; Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of BHSU;
Barbara Hale, assistant business professor; Valerie Hawkins, assistant
library professor; Gary Hunt, facilities services; and Dr. Sharon
Strand, associate English professor.
BHSU will present the following awards:
- Committee Award to the Finance/HRIS
Implementation Team which includes Rod Bartholomew, Anita Haeder,
Susan Hemmingson, Donna Kloppel, Roxy Schmit, Tracey Steinbach,
Jerry Swarts and Diane Watson;
- Community Service Award to Randy Culver,
associate director of facilities services;
- Distinguished Faculty Member Award to Dr. Randall
Royer, professor of music;
- Outstanding University Service Award to Terry
Hupp, director of instructional technology;
- Student Service Award to Dawn Kennedy,
- University Area Award to library staff members
Scott Ahola, Rajeev Bukralia, Alicia Caldanaro, Rebecca Cooper,
Valerie Hawkins, Roberta Sago, Karen Stacy and Melora Tripp.
Twenty-three BHSU employees will be recognized with
longevity awards commemorating their years of service.
Krcil named TRiO achiever
Nicole Krcil was recently named the 2005-06 TRiO
Achiever by the Student Support Services (SSS) program at Black Hills
State University in Spearfish. Krcil is a senior majoring in elementary
education with minors in middle school and reading.
Krcil, the oldest of four children, was raised on a
farm near the small town of Dante. She is the first person from her
many-generation farming family to earn a bachelor’s degree. She and her
family worked on the farm together, each with their own chores. Krcil
was often in charge of taking care of the younger children and helping
her mom with household chores.
“I will be the first person in my family to earn a
college degree, so I hope to be a good role model for my siblings to
follow,” Krcil says.
Her mentoring efforts have already begun to pay off.
Her younger sister, Jill, is a freshman at the University of South
Dakota. The two sisters participated in the Educational Talent Search
(another TRiO program) at Wagner High School. Her other two siblings,
Courtney, 14, and Andrew, 13, are already talking about attending
Krcil’s parents and grandparents are very supportive
of her pursuit of a higher education degree.
“My parents often worked extra hard even doing some of
our chores so we would have time to participate in athletics and other
extracurricular activities. They want their children to have a
well-rounded high school education and be prepared for all the demands
of college,” Krcil said. “Growing up on a family farm has been very
beneficial to me. I have gained a strong work ethic that I have carried
with me in everything I do.”
Krcil said she always knew that she would go on to
college after high school. She chose to go into teaching because she
wanted a profession that would fuel her passion for working with
Since beginning at BHSU, Krcil says she has found that
“it was easy to be shy and timid and just attend class.” However,
through participation in SSS programs, she found the confidence she
needed to get involved in other campus activities. Krcil is now not only
involved, but also serves as an officer in several student
organizations, including the SSS student organization. She volunteers
her time in many campus and community service projects. This fall she
was nominated for BHSU homecoming queen.
“I think becoming involved on campus has been a great
way for me to fully enjoy my college experience and get the most out of
it,” Krcil says.
Krcil has utilized several SSS services during the
past four years including the book/equipment loans, tutoring and
“The Student Support Services staff has always been
there to support me and answer questions. It has been great knowing that
I have a support system behind me to catch me if I should fall,” Krcil
This year Krcil decided to give back to the SSS
program by volunteering as a peer assistant.
According to Susan Hupp, director of SSS at BHSU,
Krcil has accomplished a great deal during her time at the university.
“Nicole is a good role model not only for her siblings
and fellow classmates, but also for the future children she will teach,”
After graduation, Krcil plans to pursue a career
teaching upper elementary or middle school children, hopefully in a
SSS is one of seven federal TRiO programs funded by
the U.S. Department of Education for low-income, first-generation
college students who are serious about graduating from college. SSS
provides a wide variety of free supportive services to encourage
students to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees.
For more information on SSS programs at BHSU, contact
Hupp at 642-6824 or
Schuler receives South Dakota
Reading Council Scholarship - top
Black Hills State University senior Barbara Schuler
recently received a $500 scholarship from the South Dakota Reading
Council. She was presented with this honor at the council’s annual
convention in Pierre.
Schuler, an elementary education major from Eagle
Butte, is a member of the International Reading Association and the
South Dakota Reading Council. She also serves as the secretary for the
BHSU Reading Council.
For the last four years, the South Dakota Reading
Council has awarded this scholarship to an officer of the BHSU Reading
education scholarship at Black Hills State University
Black Hills State University recently received $50,000
from the Merideth "Dolly" Petersen estate to establish a scholarship
fund for students in the College of Education.
Petersen graduated from Belvidere High School and then
attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She later earned a degree
from Black Hills State University in Spearfish.
For many years, she and her husband, Peter Peterson,
lived in Moorcroft, Wyo., where she taught second grade. After Peter's
death in 1970, she moved to Spearfish.
The scholarship will be dedicated to Project Select, a
relatively new program at BHSU in which students earn teaching
certification in secondary education while serving as a student intern
in a classroom setting and completing coursework. The first scholarship
will be awarded will be in the fall of 2007.
For more information on establishing a scholarship at
BHSU contact Steve Meeker, director of institutional advancement, at
Approximately 250 attend
Casino Night - top
The annual UP Team Casino Night was
a huge success, drawing approximately 250 people, according to Ellen
Melaragno, senior secretary for the Student Union. This
year's theme was The Palms. Volunteers, as well as
students, were encouraged to wear their summer island beach attire.
Students picked up $50 in tickets and $100 in play money upon
their arrival to The Palms Casino (BHSU Student Union). Several games, such as blackjack,
Texas hold'em, pick a cup,
rock/paper/scissors, and roulette, were held in the Market Place. The lobby area
featured bingo games, and the lower level of the Student Union featured
a no-alcohol bar and karaoke in the Recreation Center.
Students could bet their $100 play money at the
various games for a chance to win prizes. At the end of the evening, players traded in
their cash for tickets. They could then place those tickets into containers
with the name of a prize written on each for a chance to win that prize.
For participants who chose not to gamble, the tickets they
received when they arrived could be placed in the containers throughout the
evening. Students could also collect tickets by singing songs at
the Karaoke bar.
Throughout the evening, tickets for $10 cash prizes were randomly
drawn and winners announced every half hour. During the last hour, the
cash prizes increased to $20.
A total of $1,700 in prizes were awarded throughout the evening.
The UP Team wishes to thank all the faculty, staff, student and
community volunteers who helped make this evening such as success. Anyone
interested in serving as a volunteer for next year's Casino night should call 642-6418 or email