Volume XXX, No. 28 • Sept. 15, 2006

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Glover and Marcus lead the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies

Dr. John Glover, professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named interim director of the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies.

“I am extremely eager to advance the interests of the center and BHSU, especially in Indian Country,” Glover said.

Attracting more Indians to BHSU is one of several objectives Glover has in mind for the center. BHSU currently has the highest percentage of Indian students as compared to the other state universities; however, Glover would like to continue to increase enrollment.

Also new to the center but not to BHSU, Urla Marcus will serve at the center’s assistant director. A 1999 BHSU graduate, Marcus spent the last year as the projects coordinator for the Office of Native Educational Endeavors, a cooperative venture between BHSU and the University of South Dakota Law School Foundation. Prior to that, Urla was with the BHSU Upward Bound Program. Urla is presently enrolled in the masters program in Curriculum Development at BHSU.

These appointments come with the retirement of Lowell Amiotte due to health reasons over the summer. “Lowell’s presence will certainly be missed at the Center, and we thank him for his contributions,” said Glover.

An attorney by training, Glover came to BHSU from private practice in Minnesota and North Dakota in 1992. He received his bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, and a doctor of jurisprudence from Willamette University Salem Oregon. In the last fifteen years, he has taught coursework in American Indian Law, politics, history, and sociology.  He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona in Tucson; a global issues instructor at the global youth village in Bedford, Virginia; a Newberry Scholar at the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History in Chicago; and an Indian Law Fellow at the University of South Dakota School of Law in Vermillion. Glover’s first book, Tribal Sovereigns of South Dakota: A Description of Contemporary Sioux Governments, was published last year.

For additional information, contact Marcus or Glover, at the BHSU Center for American Indian Studies new location in Jonas 103;  the phone number is 642-6578. 

BHSU Honors student attends prestigious psychology summer institute

 Joanna Vandever, a Black Hills State University junior psychology major from Spearfish, was one of only 32 psychology students selected from applicants from across the nation to participate in the American Psychological Association’s Summer Science Institute

Vandever, who is member of the BHSU Honors Program, spent part of her summer conducting research at the prestigious summer institute which was held at the University of Minnesota in June. According to Dr. Doug Wessel, psychology professor, Vandever is the first BHSU student to ever be selected for this honor and faced a very tough selection process before being chosen to study with the group of psychology scholars. More than 300 students from across the nation had applied to be a part of the selective group which included applicants from Harvard, Princeton, and other prestigious institutions.

The students spent two weeks working with leading psychology researchers in the nation.  According to Vandever, the institute was an excellent experience that she feels has further inspired her desire to go on to graduate school.

“I got to know other students in the field who are interested in graduate psychology work. That was a great opportunity for me. It was an awesome program,” Vandever says. “It was exciting to be around other students who are so enthusiastic about research.”

Vandever has been involved in several research projects at BHSU and says she’s glad that her BHSU education has provided her with the opportunity to be conduct research as an undergraduate.

“It’s a great way to supplement my class work. Research is an opportunity to use the processes that we study about in class,” Vandever says.

Dr. Scott Stoltenberg, assistant psychology professor at BHSU, who has worked with Vandever on several research projects, expressed his admiration for Vandever’s work and touted the value of the research experience that the summer institute provides.

“Being able to spend time interacting with several world class scientists in a research intensive environment and with other students excited about a career in science is a tremendously informative experience.  I think that Joanna was able to see some of the opportunities available for her to pursue in terms of future research opportunities and for graduate school in psychology,” Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenberg noted that Vandever is a valuable member of his research-team at BHSU which is conducting research to better understand how genes influence behaviors.

“We focus on genes in neurotransmitter systems and their influence on a person’s predisposition to engage in health-risk behaviors such as substance use or gambling. Joanna has helped us collect data and is now working on data management and analysis, with the rest of the team,” Stoltenberg says.

Vandever, who is pursuing a research minor along with her psychology major, is currently working on another research project concerning how environmental factors, such as lighting and noise, influence casino use patterns.

Dr. Roger Ochse, director of the BHSU Honors Program says Vandever is an excellent example of a BSHU student reaching a national level of academic achievement.’

“We are proud of Joanna’s accomplishments. We are gratified to see Honors students such as Joanna show exceptional promise in their work,” Ochse said.

Vandever is currently doing another type of research as she investigates intensive research opportunities for next summer and prepares to apply for graduate school. 


Joanna Vandever, a Black Hills State University junior psychology major from Spearfish, collects data for a BHSU research project. Vandever, a BHSU Honors student, was one of only 32 psychology students selected nationwide to participate in the American Psychological Association’s Summer Science Institute.

Display case in Woodburn Hall features historic Swarm Day artifacts

The display case on the second floor of Woodburn Hall features a display titled  “Jacket Spirit of Swarm Days Past.” The exhibits currently being created and will be on display throughout Swarm Day and into October. Artifacts and photos for the display are on loan from the archives in the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center on the BHSU campus, according to Bobbi Sago, special collections librarian.

Swarm Day candidates chosen

 Swarm Day king and queen candidates have been selected at Black Hills State University.

The homecoming week events kick off on Monday, Sept.18 with the coronation of the Swarm Days royalty at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy room. The festivities continue throughout the week concluding with the parade and football game against Dickinson State Saturday, Sept. 23. Events include a free carnival for preschool and elementary age children Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 4-7 p.m. on the campus green. The BHSU Homecoming theme this year is “Livin’ It Up in the Wild West.”

The homecoming king candidates are Lyonel “Shep” Coleman, a senior human services major from Yokota Air Base, Japan; Jared Hall, a senior theatre major from Gettysburg; Andy Steele, a senior business major from Lake Andes; and John Williams, a senior entrepreneurial studies and management major from Spearfish.

The queen candidates for this year are Lily (VanVlack) Bruckner, a senior elementary education major from Rapid City; Amber Faiman, a senior psychology major from Rapid City; Debra Kampman, a senior early childhood and special education major from Kemmerer, Wyo.; Amber Riggins, a senior business management and human resources major from Wanblee; and Sara Schafer, a senior mass communication with an emphasis in public relations and a speech communications double major from Rapid City. Students will also chose a Swarm Day Mom and Dad from a list of nominated faculty and staff member

For Swarm Week details see the schedule listed below. For more information regarding Swarm Week, call 642-6418.

Monday Sept. 18

Coronation, 7 p.m., David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, Jacket Legacy Room

 Tuesday, Sept. 19

  • Kiddie Carnival, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., BHSU campus green
  • Spirit Competition, 7 p.m., BHSU campus green
  • Residence Hall decoration judging

 Wednesday Sept. 20

  • Dance Lessons, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
  • Hoe-Down, 8 p.m.-11 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room

 Thursday, Sept. 21

  • Hike to the “H”, 3:30 p.m., BHSU campus green
  • BBQ, 5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., BHSU campus green
  • Float preparation, 5:30 p.m., Student Union

 Friday, Sept. 22

  • Float preparation, throughout day, Student Union
  • 10th Annual Swarm Days Disk Golf Tournament, 3 p.m. for students, 5 p.m. for alumni and community members, BHSU disk golf course
  • Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Banquet, 6 p.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
  • Volleyball game (Spirit Night) 7 p.m. Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center
  • Float preparation, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

Saturday, Sept. 23

  • Alumni Awards Breakfast, 8:30 a.m., Student Union Jacket Legacy Room
  • Parade, 10:30 a.m., Young Center
  • Alumni tailgate social, 11:30 a.m., Salem Park
  • Burger King community tailgate party, 12 p.m.-1 p.m., north end of BHSU football field
  • Football game, BHSU vs. Dickinson State, 1:30 p.m., Lyle Hare Stadium
  • Volleyball game, 7 p.m., Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center

 The Watering Hole will be open throughout the week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Union lobby. They will be providing non-alcoholic drinks and snacks between those times. 

BHSU will honor alumni during Swarm Day

 Several Black Hills State University alumni will be honored during the annual Swarm Week activities Sept. 17-23. The alumni will be honored at the annual Swarm Day breakfast Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8:30 a.m. at the Jacket Legacy room in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. The 2006 Distinguished Alumnus Award will be presented to Tim Penton, Class of ’80. The 2006 Special Achievement Award will be awarded to Craig Katt, Class of ‘75, Atlanta, Ga. The 2006 Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Ron His Horse is Thunder, Class of ‘85, from Fort Yates, N.D. The 2006 Special Service Award will be presented to Mary and Ed Furois. Tickets are available by call 642-6446.

Tim Penton, Class of '80, country manager for Williams International, began working in the oil fields near his hometown of Casper, Wyo. That was the beginning of what would become a long and successful energy career that has included assignments in the western part of the U.S. as well as in several international locations. Tim oversees the Venezuela, South America, operations for Williams International, an energy business that produces, gathers, processes and transports natural gas across the U.S. as well as in some international locations. Tim and his family embarked on a series of assignments which included stays in Kansas, Texas, and eventually Gabon, in west Africa, his first overseas job, and lter in Mauritania and Congo. During this time, Penton continued his education through graduate courses in international finance. Tim has been actively involved in the development and advancement of an English-speaking school in Venezuela.  Tim and his wife, Lisa, have two grown children.

Craig Katt, Class of ‘75, is owner and partner as well as president of Solare Solutions, a visual communications company with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga., and a manufacturing site in Wiggins, Miss. The multi-layered coany is comprised of a multi-million dollar signage manufacturing facility; an award-winning creative design team; an animation/content creation media group; and a video systems integration division for hi-tech indoor and outdoor display systems. Prior to joining Solare, Katt was the national market manager for the international Belgian video display manufacturer Barco after serving 10 years as one of the company market managers for Daktronics. Katt is recognized as one of the industry experts in LED (light emitting diode) technology and is a frequent contributor of technical articles dealing with the technology. Katt's consultant efforts are manifested in some of the nation's most advanced large screen video designs. Katt and his wife, Beth, have four daughters.

Ed and Mary Furois, are longtime supporters of BHSU and the entire community. Ed graduated from BHSU in 1959 with a degree in business and economics. Mary earned an elementary education degree in 1960. The couple entered the local retail business world in 1962 with the purchase of the Spearfish Bootery which they operated together until it was sold in 1999. Ed and Mary were both active members of the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce and the Spearfish Retail Trade Association. Ed was also a volunteer fireman, a member of the Spearfish School Board and a member of the local hospital board of directors and Norwest Bank board of directors. He is currently serving on three boards. Mary taught school for one year in Lead and served as religious  education teacher at St. Joseph's Church for many years.  She was also president of the church ladies group and served on the church council.  Mary is a charter member of Zonta and a member of the BHSU Alumni Board. The Furois couple was honored as South Dakota Retail Couple of the Year in 1997 and received the Spirit of Spearfish Award in 1999. They raised four children.

Ronald (McNeil) His Horse is Thunder, Class of ’85, a member of the Hunkpapa-Lakota Oyate, is the tribal chairman for the Standing Rock Reservation and recently served as president of Sitting Bull College from 1996-2005. In 1988, Ron received his juris doctorate. Since then, Ron has served in several capacities as an attorney, director and grants evaluator for the Rosebud and Standing Rock Reservations. From 1989-1993, he served as president of Standing Rock College.  He then went to work for the American Indian College Fund, based in New York, N.Y, where he served as the president from 1993-1995. In 1995, he accepted the position of president at Little Hoop Community College in Fort Totten, N.D. Among the many other professional positions Ron has held, in 2002, President George W. Bush appointed him as chairman of the President's Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities.  Ron has served as a commissioner for the Higher Learning Commission for the North Central Accreditation for Schools and Colleges. He has also served on the boards of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and North Dakota Tribal College Association. His Lakota name, given to him by his grandfather, is Tasunka Wakinyan-His Horse is Thunder.  

Hall of Fame Inductees named

 Black Hills State University will induct five individuals and two teams into the 2006 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame Friday, Sept. 22 during the annual Swarm Week activities. Inductees are Terry Burgess, Jeff Englund, Leslie Deutscher, Ernie Mecca and Jim Alcorn. The 1970 football team and the 1928 men’s basketball team will also be honored. Tickets for the banquet are available by call 642-6385.

Leslie Deutscher competed for the Yellow Jackets in women’s basketball from 1992-96. Leslie’s name appears multiple times in the Yellow Jacket record book. Her achievements include:

• 1,426 career points (fourth all-time)

• 556 career field goals made (fourth all-time)

• 837 career rebounds (first all-time)

• 7.6 career rebounds per game (fourth all-time)

• .732 career free throw percentage

• 314 career free throws made (second all-time)

• 143 career blocked shots (first all-time)

• 185 career steals (fourth all-time)

• 249 single-season rebounds (second all-time)

• 44 single-season blocked shots (first all-time)

• 39 single-season blocked shots (second all-time)

• 36 single-season blocked shots (third all-time)

• 7 single-game blocked shots (tied for second all-time)

• 6 single-game blocked shots two times  (fourth all-time)

• 1.000 single-game free throw percentage (tied for first all-time)

Jeff Englund ran his way into the record books as he competed for the Yellow Jackets  football tam from 1988-1991. Three times Jeff scored 30 points in a single game. His other accomplishments include:

• 264 career points scored (first all-time)

• 39 touchdowns (first all-time)

• 2,835 career rushing yards (first all-time)

• 1,147 single-season rushing yards (first all-time set in 1991)

• 1,037 single-season rushing yards (second all-time set in 1990)

• 117 single-season points scored (first all-time set in 1990)

• 115 single-season points scored (second all-time set in 1991)

• NAIA Honorable Mention All-American in 1991

Over the past three decades, Terry Burgess, Class of ’72, has established himself as one of the most highly respected coaches in the state of Wyoming. Terry was named Wyoming Wrestling Coach of the Year five times. Terry coached a pole vault state champion while in Sheridan, Wyo., and also coached the distance runners and was an assistant football coach at Sheridan High School. He was a member of the football coaching staff that led Sheridan to five state championships.

Terry was inducted into the Wyoming Coaches Hall of Fame in 2006. He also coached football and wrestling at Dickinson State University. At BHSU, Burgess was a multi-sport athlete, playing football, baseball and wrestling for the Yellow Jackets.

Ernie Mecca, Class ’78, who taught and coached at DuBois, Wyo., guided both track and field as well as basketball in his coaching career. In 1995, the National High School Athletic Coaches Association awarded him as the Region 7 Coach of the Year Award for girls’ track. Mecca led the boys’ track team to five regional championships and three state championships. The girls’ track team won four regional championships and two state championships under Mecca’s direction. Mecca was also an outstanding basketball coach, guiding the boys’ basketball team to two regional titles, and he was awarded the Class 1A Coach of the Year Award in 1990. He also coached girls’ basketball and was an assistant football coach.

Jim Alcorn is being inducted into the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame for his contributions to the BHSU athletic program. In the past he served as a president for the Yellow Jacket Foundation and is currently a member of the Yellow Jacket Foundation Board of Directors. Alcorn’s loyalty to the Yellow Jackets runs deep. He served as an assistant football coach at Black Hills State in the 80s and was president of the Yellow Jacket Foundation from 1991-1999.



The 1970 football team ended their season as SDIC Tri-Champions with a 5-1 conference record and an 8-2 overall record. Coach Gene Schlekeway led what is considered by many to be the best football team ever to compete for BHSU. Team members included Bob Langten, Dean Fudge, Jim Falter, Harvey Krautschun, V.J. Hirsch, Kent Waugh, Lanny Swisher, Rich Schlekeway, Ed Sheridan, Pat Lavery, Galen Dannenbring, Sonny Brooks, Dan O’Connor, Randy Langdon, Norm Anderson, Tom Stewart, Gary Peters, Bob Worth, Terry Danielson, Bob Gibson, Chuck Sisk, Bill Fleak, Mark Berdahl, Mike Murphy, Mike McMahon, Bill Shell, Norb Weisbeck, Mike Stafford, Bob Templeton, Keith Schultz, Craig Leckner, Doug Roseth, Keith Glanzer, Ron Young, Roger Risty, George Kuhler, Jerry Pfieffer, Gary Bereiter, Jon Haberman, Mike Hughes, Ralph Meyer, Kirk Stradinger, Terry Burgess, Eldon McNabb, Kent Mauck, Mike Berg, Jim Holwenger, Jerome Lee, Mike Savoy, Ken Richardt, Al Kelley, Paul Georgas, and Dennis Herndon.


Once hailed as the best college basketball team in South Dakota, the 1928 Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team will be honored this year at the 2006 Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame banquet. The Yellow Jacket men provided enthusiasm and excitement during the incredible 1928 season. Then known as the Black Hills Teachers College, the team played in 22 games, winning 17 and dropping only five contests. They lost only three games to collegiate opponents. 






Disc golf competition to be held at BHSU during Swarm Week

 The 10th Annual Swarm Days Disc Golf Tournament will begin Friday, Sept. 22nd  on the Black Hills State University campus.

The student tournament begins at 3 p.m. followed by the community tournament at 5 p.m. Walk-up registration at Hole 1, located on the west side of Thomas Hall, will begin 30 minutes prior to the 18-hole shotgun start. BHSU bookstore prizes will be awarded to the top scoring disc golfers. There is a $5 entry fee for the community tournament.

Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, yet instead of clubs and balls, players use a flying golfing disc, smaller and heavier than a regular FrisbeeŽ, according to Don Altmyer, associate business professor who is also the 2005 international disc golf champion .The object of the sport of disk golf is that of traditional “ball golf.” The participant must complete each hole in the fewest number of strokes, or in this case, throws. A golf disc is thrown from a cement pad tee-off area to a five-foot tall metal basket with a center pole supporting a hanging array of chains that catch the disc and drop it into the bottom of the basket.  

Disc golf shares the same experiences of traditional golf, whether it's sinking a long putt or hitting a tree halfway down the fairway. Altmyer note that there are few differences, though. Disc golf rarely requires a greens fee, you won't need to rent a golf cart and instead of expensive golf clubs and balls, most golfing discs retail for about $ 10.00 making it available to players of all ages and economic status.

The campus course has beautiful views of Lookout Mountain and Crow Peak as well as a diverse array of pine trees, shrubs, a meandering seasonal creek and terrain changes located in and around the fairways providing challenging obstacles for disc golfers.  There are 40 different basket positions on the 18-hole course that enable the set up to be shorter and easier for beginning golfers or longer and more challenging for advanced players. 

Custom golfing discs are available at the BHSU Bookstore located on the first floor of the Student Union. Golfing discs (drivers and putters) are available for daily rental at the BHSU Recreation Center located next to the bookstore.

For more information on the campus course or upcoming tournaments, contact Don Altmyer, Associate Professor in the College of Business & Technology at 605-642-6266 or donaltmyer@bhsu.edu. 

Honors Program sponsors successful blood drive on campus

 A blood drive, sponsored by the Honors Program at Black Hills State University, resulted in the collection of 31 units of blood for United Blood Services.

According to Alexa Grant, donor recruitment representative for United Blood Services, the blood drive was a much busier day than expected with many walk-in donations. She noted that each whole blood unit can be split into three components, providing benefits for a possibility of 93 patients.

Dr. Roger Ochse, director of the Honors Program at BHSU, praised the student group their hard work and dedication in sponsoring the blood drive.

“You and the entire Honors student organization deserve everyone's thanks and praise. It should give you great satisfaction to know that up to 93 patients will directly benefit from your hard work and dedication.

United Blood Services expressed thanks to the Honors Program and BHSU.

“Special thanks to Black Hills State University for allowing students and staff to donate not only their blood, but their valuable free time toward this lifesaving event!  We want to thank each and every donor who has continuously given over the years! You are amazing! Each time we come and we look forward to future blood drives with our regular committed donors and new donors,” Grant said.

The next blood drive at BHSU is scheduled for Oct. 31 in the Jacket Legacy Room.  

Grants information

 Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, 309 Woodburn, through September 28, 2005.  For copies of the information, contact our office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to us at grants@bhsu.edu.  Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

 Human and Social Dynamics: Competition for FY 2007 (HSD)
The Human and Social Dynamics (HSD) aims to increase our collective ability to (1) understand the complexities of change; (2) understand the dynamics of human and social behavior at all levels, including that of the human mind; (3) understand the cognitive and social structures that create, define, and result from change; and (4) manage profound or rapid change, and make decisions in the face of changing risks and uncertainty. Deadline: Jan.23, 2007. For further information and program details see http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2006/nsf06604/nsf06604.htm

Instructional improvement proposals now being accepted

The Instructional Improvement Committee (IIC) encourages, through monetary grants, the application of existing knowledge to specific teaching situations to improve the quality of instruction at BHSU.

Any full-time faculty member, full-time adjunct faculty, or other full-time staff member engaged in student instruction may apply for grant funds administered by the committee. Grant funding will normally be available up to a maximum of $1,500 per project.

Priority will be given to projects that will have a broad-based, visible, continuing impact of instruction across faculty members and/or disciplines. Funds are available for development of materials and methods to improve teaching and learning, equipment to enhance teaching and learning, travel to conferences or workshops which enhance teaching and learning, and bringing consulting lecturers and teaching specialists to campus to offer presentations to and/or with faculty and teaching-support staff at BHSU. 

Faculty members who apply for grants to support travel to a conference or workshop are limited to receiving no more than one grant every four years.  In the other categories, priority will be given to those who have not received an IIC grant in the last academic year. 

Proposals for grant funding will be reviewed by the IIC on a monthly basis. Proposals are being accepted for consideration at the September meeting through Wednesday, September 20. Proposals must consist of the proposal and budget outlines as specified on the IIC web page. Please note: Proposals are accepted electronically as an attachment to an e-mail sent to PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. However, a signed original must also be submitted to the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 213.


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