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- Gloria Spitler, custodial worker, Facilities
Downing speaks about opera
program at national conference -
Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and
Sciences at Black Hills State University, recently made a presentation
about the opera program hosted by BHSU at a national conference.
Downing, who was a presenting panelist, spoke about
BHSU’s Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute and its impact on both our
campus' music program and the area economy during a session titled
"Contributing to Regional Economic Development Through the Arts" at the
Council of College of Arts and Sciences Annual Deans’ Conference in
Downing briefly described BHSU and the Spearfish
community and explained the opera program and how it was founded in a
cooperative agreement between Johanna Meier, retired opera soprano, and
Dr. Thomas Flickema, retired president of BHSU. The Johanna Meier Opera
Theatre Institute, which is held on the BHSU campus every summer, offers
multi-level instruction for varying stages of performance development
through concentrated study in a supportive environment. The opera
program features nationally renowned faculty, intensive individual
attention, and an ensemble atmosphere.
“I described the different components of the opera
institute, the uniqueness of our program for our region and some of the
issues this presents for us,” Downing said.
Downing discussed the positive impact the opera
program has had on the music department at BHSU and on the Spearfish
community. She also discussed the economic impact of the program.
According to Downing, the economic impact is an estimate based on the
program budget and number of audience members as well as salaries for
those working for the program. Over the eight years the opera program
has been held at BHSU, the estimated economic impact of the program has
been a quarter million dollars in the region.
Downing stressed the following three points for deans
to keep in mind when considering establishing a new arts program: “Take
advantage of unique niches, take advantage of local talent, and don't be
afraid of initiating small programs, because even these can have a
The group met in conjunction with The International
Council of Fine Arts Deans. Conference keynote speakers were Terry
Hartle of the American Council on Education, who talked about changing
policies in Washington D.C., and Elizabeth Langland, Provost and Vice
President for Academic Affairs at State University of New York, who
spoke about the marriage of arts and liberal arts.
Downing, who has been instrumental in the creation and
development of the Johanna Meier Opera Theatre Institute, was appointed
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU in July of 1998. She
holds a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
She served as chairperson of the department of biology at the University
of Wisconsin at Whitewater from 1993 to 1998. For more information about
the opera program contact Downing at 642-6420.
BHSU student takes first
place at statewide piano competition - top
Black Hills State University sophomore
Krystal Brunner took first place at the South Dakota Music Teachers
Association collegiate piano competition recently where she played a
20-minute memorized program.
Krystal Brunner, a Black Hills State University sophomore political science and
music major from Nisland, won first place at the
South Dakota Music Teachers Association collegiate piano competition
Eight pianists from across the state were selected by
their teachers for the competition. Students qualified due to their
exemplary ability as seasoned
performers who could play advanced literature under extreme performance
pressure. Each student was required to play a 20-minute memorized
program of pieces from at least three different style periods. Dr.
Janeen Larsen, BHSU music professor and chair of the fine arts
department, nominated Brunner.
Brunner played Bach’s “Prelude and Fuge No. 21,”
Copland’s “The Cat and the Mouse,” and Debussy’s “The Submerged
The individuals were judged by Andrew Von Oeyen, a
world-renowned pianist from California. The competition was held on the
University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.
Library liaison program
established to enhance relationships and communication with departments
The E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center
at Black Hills State University is initiating a library liaison program
designed to strengthen relationships and foster communication between
the library and the various departments and colleges across campus.
Pictured above are liaisons (left to right) Rajeev Bukralia, library
director; Scott Ahola, reference librarian; Bobbi Sago, special
collections librarian; Amber Wilde, circulation librarian; and Mike
Tolan, bibliographic control librarian.
The E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center at Black Hills
State University is initiating a library liaison program designed to
strengthen relationships and foster communication between the library
and the various departments and colleges across campus.
Each academic department has been assigned to an
individual librarian, who will be responsible for understanding the
library needs of that department. Liaisons will assist in evaluating the
library collection and notifying their respective departments of new
library services and resources. They also help in developing subject
guides and customized bibliographic sessions for their department.
According to Rajeev Bukralia, library director, the
program will allow librarians to work closely with faculty and will
improve the effectiveness of library services and resources. Bukralia,
who envisioned this program, added that librarians were assigned a
department based on their educational background and interest in that
area. Bukralia thanked the faculty library committee members, especially
Dr. Dan Bergey, chairman of the committee, for their input in the review
The librarians appointed as liaisons are as follows:
Scott Ahola, reference librarian, is the liaison for the departments of
history and social sciences and psychology. Bobbi Sago, special
collections librarian, is liaison for the fine arts. Mike Tolan,
bibliographic control librarian, is the education liaison. Amber Wilde,
circulation librarian, is the library liaison for the humanities. Rajeev
Bukralia, library director, is the liaison for business and technology
and the departments of science and mathematics.
For more information contact Rajeev Bukralia at
RajeevBukralia@bhsu.edu or call 642-6360.
program offers practice tests at BHSU library -
Julie Thomas, a math education major from Spearfish, took advantage of
the new Learning Express Library test preparation website recently. The
website, provided through the South Dakota State Library Network (SDLN),
is an interactive learning platform offering many academic and career
certification practice tests. The
Learning Express Library website can be accessed through the BHSU
library home page (http://iis.bhsu.edu/lis/)
or through the SDLN website (www.sdln.net).
The Black Hills State University E.Y. Berry Library
Learning Center now offers access to the Learning Express Library test
preparation site, provided through the South Dakota State Library (SDLN).
This online interactive learning platform offers the
following academic practice tests: ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, Praxis/PPST,
MCAT, LSAT, GED, TOEFL, and AP. The program also offers practice tests
for certification in careers such as: civil service, cosmetology,
emergency medical services, firefighting, law enforcement, nursing, real
estate and more. A U.S. Citizenship practice exam and self-paced courses
in math, grammar, vocabulary, resume writing, and many other areas are
also available. Features of the site include instant scoring,
individualized feedback, answer explanations, and e-books.
According to Rajeev Bukralia, library director, the
Learning Express Library will be very beneficial to current and
potential college students in South Dakota.
The Learning Express Library test preparation site can
be accessed through the BHSU library home page (http://iis.bhsu.edu/lis/).
This online tool is also available to all public library users in South
Dakota through the SDLN website (www.sdln.net).
For more information on using the Learning Express Library, visit the
BHSU library information desk or call 642-6250.
Book signing scheduled at
Black Hills State University - top
and author Paul Horsted will reveal discoveries made at historic Black
Hills photo sites during a slide program Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. at
the Case Library for Western Historical Studies inside the E.Y. Berry
Library Learning Center on the Black Hills State University campus. The
presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception.
Horsted has just published a book entitled “The Black
Hills Yesterday & Today.” During three years of field work, he located
the sites of dozens of historic photos (taken from 1874-1935) and then
“re-photographed” these locations to study changes and similarities and
the history of the region. The 304-page volume features more than 150
“then and now” photograph pairs of Black Hills towns, landmarks, and
scenic places. Several of the historic photos used in the book came from
the Case Library archive at BHSU.
Horsted says this book was a natural progression from
an earlier project where he re-photographed images taken during the 1874
Black Hills “Custer” Expedition.
“Ever since the Custer Expedition project, I’ve been
intrigued with searching out the sites of historic Black Hills
photographs, and then trying to match the original image with a new
photo as closely as possible,” Horsted said. “The process is a way to
virtually step into the past, providing a psychic connection to the
history in the old photograph. When you realize you have finally found
the site, and see the same rocks there, or the same building in the same
place as in 1885, it’s almost as if the historic photo was taken just
During his program, Horsted will show “then and now”
images of Harney Peak, Custer State Park, Devil’s Tower and Spearfish
Canyon, as well as area towns such as Spearfish, Lead, Deadwood,
Sturgis, and others. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Case
Library and the Black Hills State History Association. The event is free
of charge and open to the public.
Horsted will also be signing books at Book Trader in
Spearfish Friday, Dec. 8, and his photographs are featured in an exhibit
at the Journey Museum in Rapid City through the end of December.
For more information, contact Horsted at
Music Department to present annual Christmas Concert Dec. 2-4 -
Directed by Steve Parker, the Black
Hills Gold Singers performed for President Kay Shallenkamp’s
inauguration ceremony recently. Parker will be directing the concert
choir during the upcoming BHSU Christmas Concert. Performances will be
held Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. in the Belle Fourche Area Community
Center Theatre; Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in
BHSU's Clare and Josef Meier Hall; and Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in
The Black Hills State University Music Department
will present their Christmas Concert in Spearfish at the recital hall in
Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus Sunday, Dec. 3 at 2:30
p.m. and Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The free concert will consist of
seasonal music by the concert choir and community band.
The BHSU Music Department will also perform the
concert in Belle Fourche at the Belle Fourche Area Community Center
Theatre Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m.
The choir, under the direction of Steve Parker, will
perform the Russian carol “O Gladsome Light,” a spiritual, a Hanukah
piece titled “Ose Shalom,” and John Rutter’s “Gloria”. According to
Parker, “The ‘Gloria’ is a wonderful piece that uses organ, brass, and
percussion along with the choir to create a magnificent sound!”
The community band’s director, Christopher Hahn, is
equally excited about the band’s offerings. “We are pulling out some
favorites from the past few years,” said Hahn. The band will play a
traditional Christmas medley, music from Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch
Stole Christmas,” the Leroy Anderson classic “Sleigh Ride,” and “The
Eighth Candle,” a piece that evokes the Hanukah story.
Audience members are encouraged to arrive early as
seating is limited. Admission is free but donations for
music scholarships will be accepted at the door.
For more information contact Parker at SteveParker@bhsu.edu
or 642-6628, or contact Hahn at
Ribbon cutting held
for the Center for Academic Success -
Black Hills State University student Jen Hanson, a
senior psychology major from Rapid City, assists President Kay
Schallenkamp with the ribbon cutting for the Center for Academic
Success. The center hosted an open house and ribbon cutting to mark its
new name and the integration of two former service offices—Retention
Center and Student Assistance Center. President Schallenkamp joined
center staff, students, and other visitors in an afternoon ribbon
cutting ceremony. The center, located in the lower level of the Student
Union, provides advisement, study skills support, testing, and tutoring
for all BHSU students. Pictured are: left to right, Joe Valades,
retention director; Hanson, Schallenkamp, Sharon Zimmerschied, advisor;
Sara Elias, office assistant; Barb Ridgway, office supervisor; Bonnie
Alberts, retention advisor; and Danielle Brady, student assistance
Nearly 200 attend
international food tasting - top
Micheline Hickenbotham (right), Black Hills State University
assistant education professor, serves food from her native country of
Belgium at the recent MIXITUP International Food Tasting held on the
BHSU campus. Nearly 200 people attended the event.
The international festival featured food from countries and regions
around the world including: Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Colombia,
Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Native America, Palestine, Russia, and
various regions in the United States. The festival also featured
informational displays about each country represented.
According to Hickenbotham, students commented positively about the
diversity of the faculty, the information presented about each country,
and the taste of the foods presented.
Recipes for foods featured at the festival were available for
purchase for a minimum donation to OXFAM Hunger Relief. A total of $130
Established by the Southern Poverty Law Center, MIXITUP at Lunch Day
is a nationwide event promoting awareness of cultural diversity. This
year marks the second annual MIXITUP event at BHSU. For more information
contact Hickenbotham at 642-6073 or
Youth group collects over
200 items for BHSU food pantry -
Thirteen children from the United Methodist middle
school youth group collected over 200 items for the Black Hills State
University food pantry recently. All of the items were collected in an
hour by going door-to-door in the church’s neighborhood.
CSA Council minutes -
President Nancy Shuck called the CSA Council Board meeting to order
Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 9:38 a.m. Members present were: Debbie Balding,
Eileen Thomas, Nancy Shuck, and Marc Jolley. Chris Coolidge was a guest
at the meeting.
There was no treasurer’s report. The secretary’s report was presented
with questions which will need to be answered and finalized at the
- Safety and Facilities: No report was given.
- Welcome Bags: Bags have been delivered, but a card still needs
to be sent to Erin.
- Strategic Planning: The committee is rewriting the complete
Strategic Plan with the goal of completion by March 2007. Shuck will
no longer take the minutes for these meetings as she is now a
representative. Input from the CSA Council needs to be submitted by
Friday, Nov. 3.
- Cindy attended the regional meeting and will give her report at
the November meeting. The Customer Service and Telephone Etiquette
Workshop was discussed. The dress rehearsals are Oct. 20 and 23 in
the afternoons. The workshops are scheduled for Oct. 24 and 26 at 10
a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. The presentation will be approximately one
- Next month Shuck would like feedback on creating a Staff Senate.
- The council discussed serving refreshments and offering door
prizes at the customer service workshop. Thomas made a motion then
amended it to state that we would offer door prizes at each session
and ask the president if she would furnish refreshments. Balding seconded it. The motion carried. Suggestions for departments to ask
for door prizes were: the University Bookstore, Dining Services,
Institutional Advancement, and the Enrollment Center.
- Shuck is on the President’s Inauguration Committee. She
said that they need marshals to lead in the different
- Coolidge presented information about a Literacy Workshop for CSA
employees with Scott Ahola as presenter. She said she'd had the privilege of
attending his workshop earlier and was very impressed with the
information provided. Discussion followed the presentation. It was agreed that it
would be nice to try to find a time when Facilities Services
employees could be included with the idea that Shuck would approach Bill with
the idea as a “thank you for all your hard work.” There was
discussion about having it in the morning followed by lunch as a group.
Some ideas included a brown bag lunch, a potluck, or a furnished meal.
Thomas volunteered to get some menus and prices from Dining
Services. To schedule the event, it was suggested that the
first couple of weeks in January might be a down time with the
students gone. Coolidge will check with Ahola to see if this would fit
in his schedule.
- It was decided that with the workshop and the president’s
the council would not try to fit a Halloween costume competition in the mix.
The next meeting of the CSA Council will be Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 9:30
a.m. in the
Residence Life conference room. Thomas made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Jolley seconded it. The motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned.
These minutes were approved Oct. 10, 2006, and submitted by Thomas,
Grants and Research
will hold monthly meeting Nov. 22 - top
The Grants and Research monthly meeting will be
Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 12 noon in Student Union room 222.
This is an informal monthly meeting open to anyone who
has been awarded or is seeking external funds for research and service.
The purpose of the meeting is to support the efforts of faculty and
staff in securing external funds and to increase the potential for
collaboration with other researchers. The meeting will have a short
agenda including an update on a currently funded project or
collaboration and a discussion of upcoming funding announcements and
submission plans. Participants may request to have their proposals
reviewed by others in the group and to participate in the peer review
For more information contact the Grants Office at
Deadlines announced for
faculty research and instructional improvement proposals -
Proposals for funding through the Instructional Improvement Committee
are now being accepted. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it
to an email and send it to
PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A signed original must also be submitted to
the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall Room 213.
The deadline for submission is Wednesday, Nov. 22. Proposals must
consist of the proposal and budget details following the specified
format available on at
The Faculty Research Committee has funds available for the current
fiscal year. To submit a proposal electronically, attach it to an email
and send it to
PeggyGubbrud@bhsu.edu. A signed original must also be submitted to
the Grants Office, Unit 9504, or delivered to Woodburn Hall 213. The
deadline for submission is Wednesday, Nov. 22. Complete proposal
guidelines are available at