Volume XXX, No. 21 • June 9, 2006

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Meeker honored with national fund-raising award - top

Steve Meeker

Steve Meeker, vice president for institutional advancement at Black Hills State University, was recently selected to receive a national award recognizing his fundraising work.

The officers and executive committee of the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) selected Meeker along with five other recipients to be honored this summer at the at group’s annual convention in New Orleans, La.

Meeker will be presented the College Division Fund Raiser of the Year award. Meeker has worked at BHSU, his alma mater, for 20 years. He oversees an effort that has increased the annual athletics scholarship program from $44,000 in 1990-91 to $435,000 this year. He has brought in close to $3 million in athletics scholarships and, in the last five years, has increased the amount of scholarship money awarded by 92 percent. In 2005-06, he secured a $100,000 pledge for football scholarships and, to create equality, he secured a matching gift for the women’s department. He has also cemented close to $1 million in future gifts to BHSU athletics.

Recently he initiated an effort to raise funds to create the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame room which opened this spring.

When he served as the university’s athletics director, in addition to fund raising, he guided the department to six individual national champions, one national champion runner-up, five Region III team championships and six conference championships. Meeker was honored in 2001 when he was selected as the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrator’s Marketer of the Year. Prior to his development work, Meeker worked with the BHSU admissions department for four years as the enrollment management coordinator and director of admissions and records. He received his bachelor’s degree in speech from BHSU in 1984.

Other recipients include: Robert Wakefield from Brigham Young University as the Volunteer of the Year; Brian Mackin from the University of Alabama Birmingham as the University Division Fund Raiser of the Year; George and Frances Wilkins of Northern Illinois University as the University Division Donor of the Year; and John and Erika Lockridge of Colorado School of Mines as the College Division Donor of the Year. Additionally, Kristina Meissen of the University of Wisconsin La Crosse received the NAADD Postgraduate Scholarship.

NAADD is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities, enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics, and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of athletics development and fund raising. NAADD, now in its 41st year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Klug gives commencement address at Minnesota College - top

Jane Klug

Jane Klug, director of student services at Black Hills State University, recently presented the commencement address at her alma mater Willmar Community College (WCC) in Willmar, Minn.

Klug, who earned an associate’s degree in business administration at WCC before transferring to St. Cloud State University, says she was honored by the request to address the graduates at WCC.

Klug advocated two major ideas during her address: the need to keep learning and the advantages of getting involved. Klug used anecdotes from her own personal experience to illustrate the importance of life-long learning and discussed how being involved in activities led to interesting and successful professional opportunities for her.

“While I was a student at WCC, I became active with the student senate and the social activities committee. Due to my involvement, I was able to get involved with the professional organization National Association for Campus Activities; little did I know that I was beginning my career in student affairs,” Klug said.

Klug encouraged the students to keep learning, whether it be by reading trade magazines and professional journals or attending conferences. She stressed the importance of learning and the value of information for all professionals. She also discussed the importance of using skills and knowledge in community volunteer service.

“I believe that in smaller communities like the one I grew up in, volunteerism is a way of life and survival. It was through my volunteerism that I was able to find my profession in student affairs, and WCC was the first stepping stone which has had a lasting impact on my life.”

Klug expressed her surprise at the changes at WCC since she graduated. The community college has since consolidated with the area vocational and technical schools and has grown in enrollment.

“When I agreed to make the commencement address, little did I know that there would be 3,000 people there for the celebration,” Klug said.

Klug joined the BHSU student life staff in 1992. She has a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Central Missouri State University.

Cremean one of the first to publish article on recent McCarthy novel - top

Dr. David Cremean

An essay by Dr. David Cremean, assistant humanities professor at Black Hills State University, was one of the first six scholarly articles published on the most recent novel written by acclaimed American writer Cormac McCarthy.

Cremean’s 20-page essay, “For Whom Bell Tolls: Conservatism and Change in Cormac McCarthy’s Sheriff from No Country for Old Men,” is featured in the Volume 5, 2006 issue of The Cormac McCarthy Journal, a peer-reviewed annual publication of the Cormac McCarthy Society.

In the essay, Cremean argues through various critical approaches that the 2005 book should not be seen as using the character of Sheriff Ed Tom Bell merely to reflect McCarthy’s own views, despite the fact that numerous reviewers have done just that. The essay also rebukes some of those reviewers for factual errors in their reviews.

Cremean has also published several reviews of his own recently, including one on this novel.

He earned his Ph.D. in English at Bowling Green State University and has been a tenure-track faculty member at BHSU since 2002. He has taught at BHSU since 2000.

Powwow has positive economic impact on Spearfish - top

Dancers perform at the BHSU Lakota Omniciye annual powwow. BHSU recently released key findings from a survey conducted during annual event.

Dancers at the 2006 BHSU Lakota Omniciye Powwow

Black Hills State University has released key findings of a survey it conducted during the Lakota Omniciye Wacipi (Powwow), which was held annually in the spring on the BHSU campus. The survey showed that the annual event has a positive economic impact in the Spearfish community.

An estimated 2,400 persons attended during the four sessions of this year’s event. The survey was specifically designed to assess attendees’ satisfaction with the powwow, estimate the impact of the event on Spearfish’s economy, and measure attendees’ attitudes regarding tourism on American Indian reservations. The Office of Native Educational Endeavors at BHSU, along with the Center for Tourism Research and the Enrollment Center, conducted the survey.

The results are based on data obtained from a sample of 281 adult attendees. The survey yielded several interesting key findings:

  • South Dakota residents comprised 88.3 percent of the sample.
  • American Indians comprised 77.1 percent of the sample.
  • The majority of respondents (53.9 percent) reported that they were an “enrolled American Indian in a South Dakota tribe;” 16.6 percent reported that they were an “enrolled American Indian from a tribe outside of South Dakota,” and 6.6 percent reported that they were of “American Indian ancestry but not enrolled.”
  • Among American Indians in the sample, 31 tribes were represented, including members of the Apache, Cherokee, Cree, Kiowa, Mohawk, Navajo, Pomo, Seneca, Seminole, and Shawnee Tribes. The most frequently mentioned tribal affiliations were: Oglala Sioux (32.5 percent), Cheyenne River Sioux (14.4 percent), Rosebud Sioux (12.9 percent), and Standing Rock Sioux (4.3 percent).
  • The mean rating of the hospitality of the Spearfish community on a scale from 1 (“Poor”) to 5 (“Outstanding”) was 3.63, or roughly between “average” and “above average” on the scale.
  • The estimated impact of the event on Spearfish’s economy was about $259,000.
  • Attitudes about the potential for increased tourism on American Indian reservations were generally positive.

For more information about the survey, contact the BHSU Office of Native Educational Endeavors at 642-6048.

The annual BHSU Lakota Omniciye powwow began more than 20 years ago as a class project. BHSU, which offers an American Indian Studies major, has the largest percentage of Native American students of the six state public higher education institutions in South Dakota. Lowell Amiotte directs the Center for Indian Studies at BHSU which administers four academic programs: the major in American Indian Studies, leading to the bachelor of arts degree; a general minor in American Indian Studies; a minor in American Indian Studies - teaching; and an American Indian Studies minor, with an emphasis in communications. The American Indian Studies major was first offered in the fall of 1997 and it is cooperatively offered by BHSU and the University of South Dakota. According to Amiotte, it is the only such cooperative program in the United States. For more information contact the Center for Indian Studies at 642-6578.

BHSU will host distance running camp in July - top

Black Hills State University will host the sixth annual Black Hills Distance Running Camp July 9-12. The camp, directed by Scott Walkinshaw, ninth-year head coach for the BHSU cross country and track and field teams, will also include current and former members of the BHSU cross country team, as well as special guest clinicians.

Walkinshaw’s successful cross country program has won six out of the last seven Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) women’s titles and five out of the last six DAC men’s titles. The women’s team has placed in the top 16 at the NAIA national meet the last seven years finishing runner-up in 2005 and third in 2002. The men’s team has earned national runner-up honors twice (2000 and 2003) while placing in the top 17 the last six years. The Yellow Jackets were also NAIA Combined Team National Champions in 2000, runner-up in 2001 and 2002 and third in 2005. Individually, 18 athletes have earned All-American honors in cross country in the past eight years.

The distance running camp will feature sessions on the following topics: technical analysis of running form; the human body and running; strength training, proper nutrition, and goal setting; training development and guidelines; a current fitness assessment; hydro training; steeplechase training; and advice from special guest clinicians. Each participant will receive a t-shirt and a water bottle.

The camp is open to high school boys and girls of all abilities. Campers will stay in the BHSU residence halls and meals will be provided. Check-in is Sunday, July 9 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Pangburn Hall on the BHSU campus. Campers will check out Wednesday, July 12 at 11 a.m. For details contact Walkinshaw at 642-6486 or visit www.bhsu.edu/bh/athletics.

RSVP volunteers assist in preparations for preregistration day at BHSU - top

RSVP volunteersA group of the Northern Black Hills Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers spent a day recently helping BHSU prepare to host pre-registration days this summer.

Volunteers included, front row, left to right: Anna Sherman, Ella Erickson, Lyla Peterson, Dorothy Smith; and back row, left to right: Duane Erickson, Florence Papka, Marcia Smith, Rena Boersma, De Johnson and Walt Johnson. The volunteers served three hours assembling 1,000 student packets that will be distributed to future BHSU students this summer. The packets contain information about BHSU departments, and Spearfish Community coupons and incentives.

Nancy Wietgrefe, Spearfish coordinator for RSVP, says there are several volunteer projects planned for the summer including assisting with a mailing for the BHSU Center for Tourism Research, providing help for the Festival in the Park, serving as summer museum/attraction volunteers, and helping with Sturgis Rally breakfasts.

The Northern Black Hills RSVP is sponsored by BHSU with members in Butte, Lawrence, Meade and Perkins Counties. The RSVP program provides opportunities for people age 55 and over to make a difference in their communities through volunteer service. Kathy Schneider, director of the Northern Black Hills RSVP, works to provide senior volunteers to any non-profit organization that needs them. For more information about the RSVP call Schneider at 642-5198 or Wietgrefe at 642-6540.

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