Volume XXX, No. 37 • Nov. 17, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Lorraine Keim, cashier, Student Financial Services

Resignation - top

  • Gloria Spitler, custodial worker, Facilities Services

Downing speaks about opera program at national conference - top

Dr. Holly Downing

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 Boston, Mass.

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 significant impact.”

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 practices her piano performance in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall

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 recently.

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 Cathedral.”

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 - top

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.

Library liaisons Rajeev Bukralia, Scott Ahola, Bobbi Sago, Amber Wilde, and Mike Tolan

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 process.

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.

Interactive learning program offers practice tests at BHSU library - top

BHSU junior 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).

BHSU junior Julie Thomas uses the new Learning Express Library test preparation website

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

Cover of Paul Horsted's book The Black Hills Yesterday & TodayPhotographer 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 moments ago.”

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 horsted@dakotaphoto.com or call 605-673-3685.

Music Department to present annual Christmas Concert Dec. 2-4 - top

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 Meier Hall.

Steve Parker directs the Black Hills Gold Singers at the recent inauguration ceremony for BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp

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 ChristopherHahn@bhsu.edu or 642-6888.

Ribbon cutting held for the Center for Academic Success - top

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp cuts the ribbon officially opening the Center for Academic SuccessBlack 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 coordinator.

Nearly 200 attend international food tasting - top

BHSU assistant professor Micheline Hickenbotham serves Belgian food at the MIXITUP International Food TastingMicheline 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 was collected.

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 MichelineHickenbotham@bhsu.edu.

Youth group collects over 200 items for BHSU food pantry - top

Members of the United Methodist middle school youth group bag donations for the BHSU food pantryThirteen 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 - top

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 November meeting.

Committee Reports:

  • 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.

Old Business:

  • 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 hour long.
  • Next month Shuck would like feedback on creating a Staff Senate.

New Business:

  • 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 organizations.
  • 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 inauguration 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, CSA secretary.

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 process.

For more information contact the Grants Office at 642-6371.

Deadlines announced for faculty research and instructional improvement proposals - top

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 www.bhsu.edu/FacultyStaff/Facultypages/GrantsSpecialProjects/InstructionalImprovement/tabid/839/Default.aspx.

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 www.bhsu.edu/FacultyStaff/Facultypages/GrantsSpecialProjects/FacultyResearch/tabid/1509/Default.aspx.

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