Volume XXX, No. 14 • April 21, 2006

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Transfer - top

  • Barbara Ridgway, from secretary in Grants Accounting to office supervisor in the Retention Office

Flickema honored by Spearfish Economic Development Corporation - top

Dr. Thomas Flickema and Bryan WalkerDr. 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 - top

Robin Temple

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 and advertising.”

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 - top

Dr. Betsy Silva
Sandy Klarenbeek

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 requirement.

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 - top

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.

Nicholas Wallerstein and Lisa Krugh

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 Warriors.”

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 Kriebel.

BHSU students practice for the upcoming Concert Choir and Black Hills Gold Singers spring program

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 - top

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, registration officer;
  • 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 - top

Nicole Krcil

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 college.

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 children.

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 cultural/social events.

“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 says.

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,” Hupp said.

After graduation, Krcil plans to pursue a career teaching upper elementary or middle school children, hopefully in a rural setting.

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 SusanHupp@bhsu.edu.

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 Council.

Petersen establishes education scholarship at Black Hills State University - top

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 642-6446.

Approximately 250 attend Casino Night - top

Several BHSU students play Texas hold'em during Casino NightThe 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 upteam@bhsu.edu.

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