Volume XXX, No. 41 • Dec. 15, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • Ronald Reede, grounds keeper, Facilities Services

Parrow delivers paper at American Society for Legal History conference - top

Dr. Kathleen Parrow

Dr. Kathleen A. Parrow, professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Social Science at Black Hills State University, recently delivered a paper at the annual conference of the American Society for Legal History in Baltimore.

Parrow’s paper was about the legal rights and restrictions on illegitimate persons in 16th-century France and examined a number of provincial French law codes to show the variations in the laws across the regions of that country. Besides the laws themselves, she discussed the ways in which the study of these laws and the efforts to change them can be used to demonstrate the royal government’s efforts to balance the extension of its own power at the expense of church officials and the local nobles.

Parrow first came to BHSU in 1991. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Rochester.

Larsen publishes article in The American Music Teacher - top

Dr. Janeen Larsen

Dr. Janeen Larsen, professor of music at Black Hills State University, recently published an article in The American Music Teacher, the official journal of the Music Teachers National Association.

In the article, I Learned to Play Jazz Piano and You Can Too, Larsen summarizes the challenges faced by a classical pianist who wants to learn jazz and suggests some strategies to overcome these challenges. Larsen believes that learning to play jazz is, for a classical pianist, similar to learning a new language.

“If you learn a foreign language when you are young, you will be fluent by the time you are an adult,” Larsen says. “Similarly, if you have done many improvisation activities as a child, learning jazz can be much easier.”

According to Larsen, traditional teaching methods seldom reinforce improvisation. Thus, adult classical pianists are “notation dependent” and often may have “inferiority complexes” about their improvisational ability.

“Improvisation is not a mysterious, magical process. Musicians at any age may begin jazz improvisation and become very successful,” Larsen says. “Jazz improvisation can be learned, even if you can’t play by ear. Playing jazz can become a very challenging, interesting, and enjoyable activity.”

For more information or for a copy of the article, contact Larsen at JaneenLarsen@bhsu.edu.

Larsen received her master’s degree in piano music from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida. She has been a member of the BHSU faculty since 1978.

Black Hills State University will hold 152nd commencement - top

Black Hills State University will hold its 152nd commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

Degrees will be awarded to 180 students including six master’s degrees, three bachelor of arts degrees, 119 bachelor of science degrees, 29 bachelor of science in education degrees, and 23 associate degrees.

The Student Senate president Lily Bruckner will give the charge to the graduates. Randall Morris, vice president of the South Dakota Board of Regents, will then give a greeting from the Regents. Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president, will present the diplomas, assisted by April Meeker, registrar, and Dr. Dean Myers, vice president of academic affairs.

Musical selections will be performed by the Black Hills Singers and Dr. Janeen Larsen.

Following the commencement ceremony a reception will be held in the Young Center Field House for all graduates and their families and friends.

An honors breakfast will be held prior to commencement at 8:15 a.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union. Sandra Carter-Kisely, psychology major from Rapid City, will be honored as the highest ranking graduate. Also recognized at the breakfast will be the Student Senate outstanding male and female students, Andy Steele, business administration major from Geddes, and Jessi Moeller, elementary education major from Hartford, and the summa, magna and cum laude graduates.

Community band and community choir seek participants - top

Community members are invited to join the community choir at Black Hills State University.

The choir will be rehearsing every Tuesday in the choir room on the first floor of Clare and Josef Meier Hall from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Openings exist for all singers but basses are especially needed. Rehearsals begin Jan. 23. For more information, contact Steve Parker at 642-6628 or email SteveParker@bhsu.edu.

Choirs invite the community to join European tour - top

The Black Hills State University Concert Choir and Black Hills Chamber Choir have added an extension to their European tour this spring.

The choir will tour Austria and northern Italy in early May 2007 and recently added an optional 10-day extension in Italy. The extension will include time at Milan, Cinque Terra (the Five Lands), Spoleto in Umbria, and Rome which includes a visit to the Vatican Museum.

According to Steve Parker, BHSU director of choral activities, community members are invited to join the group. For information regarding the tour, contact Parker at 642-6628 or SteveParker@bhsu.edu.

Former vice presidential candidate and activist LaDuke speaks at BHSU - top

Winona LaDukeFormer vice presidential candidate, economist, human and environmental rights activist and native leader Winona LaDuke spoke regarding many issues facing the nation and local communities at a recent presentation in Clare and Josef Meier Hall on the Black Hills State University.

Notions of local empowerment resonated throughout her many observations regarding the environment, control over economic development, the right to practice native spirituality, concerns over bio-engineering and the need for long term solutions to many pressing problems facing not only the world but our local communities. She commented that there appears to be an interesting dichotomy between “doing the right thing” and “doing what’s easiest.”

Immediately following her presentation, LaDuke participated in a panel discussion regarding the Bear Butte buffer zone issue in Meade County. Members of the Bear Butte International Alliance along with representatives from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana participated in the event.

LaDuke was raised in Ashland, Ore., but after graduating from Harvard in 1982, she accepted a job as principal of the high school at her present home on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. Her career in activism soon started. LaDuke is the author of several books, appeared as an actor in the 2002 film Skins, and was named woman of the year by Ms. Magazine in 1997. In 1996 and 2000, LaDuke accepted the Green Party’s nomination as vice presidential candidate and joined the ticket with presidential candidate Ralph Nader.

CSA minutes - top

The following minutes were approved Tuesday, Nov. 14.

President Nancy Shuck called the CSA Council board meeting to order at 9:12 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14 with Rhonda Wolff, Debbie Balding, and Eileen Thomas in attendance.

Secretary's report: The secretary’s minutes were presented. Balding made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Wolff seconded it. The motion carried.

Treasurer’s report: Wolff presented the treasurer’s report reminding the council that she has been unable to confirm her numbers with the Business Office because she has not been able to get into the system. Based on the receipts and deposits she has, she presented the account balances. Thomas made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Shuck seconded it. The motion carried.

Committee Reports:

  • Safety and facilities - Myron was at their meeting and will report next month.
  • Welcome bags - Balding needs to purchase more supplies. She will check with Shawn to see what is usually donated and then purchase the rest. All bags have currently been delivered.
  • Strategic Planning - The bones of the new Strategic Plan have been put together. They are now working on the details.

Old Business:

  • Cindy will report on the regional council meeting at the December meeting.
  • Shuck and Thomas reported that the Customer Service and Telephone Etiquette Workshop was well attended. The morning sessions had more participation than the afternoon sessions and that was attributed to “the after lunch down time.” The workshop will be presented to the BHSU Ellsworth Air Force Base (EAFB) staff Thursday, Nov. 16 at EAFB. They will meet with the president for a wrap-up session the week following Thanksgiving.
  • Shuck said she heard the president’s inauguration went smoothly according to reports. Both she and Thomas missed the event due to illness. The others reported that it was very nice.
  • Reporting on the idea of having an in-service for the CSA staff: Shuck said the Jacket Legacy Room is pretty much available any time during the holiday break. Chris Coolidge had reported to Nancy that Scott Ahola would be available any time during the holiday break to conduct his Information Literacy Workshop. Thomas presented four different menus and prices from Dining Services.
  • After discussion on ideas for the in-service and time frame, Thomas made a motion to host a Professional Development Seminar Wednesday, Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. looking into something that would benefit the Facilities Services personnel in the morning, having the Information Literacy Workshop in the afternoon, and using Dining Services to provide lunch. Wolff seconded the motion, and the motion carried.
  • Thomas reported that the general consensus of the exempt staff when approached whether they would be interested in developing a Staff Senate was positive, but they want to keep it separate from the CSA Council because their needs are different. Joe Valades offered to help spearhead the development of this senate.

New Business: There was no new business.

The next regular monthly meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Residence Life Conference Room. Thomas made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Balding seconded it. The motion carried, and the meeting was adjourned.

Minutes submitted by Thomas, CSA secretary.

CSA minutes from special meeting - top

The following minutes were approved Thursday, Nov. 30.

Nancy Shuck called the special CSA meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. The purpose of the special meeting is to finalize details for the campus-wide in-service which the CSA is hosting with President Schallenkamp. Members present were: Shuck, Rhonda Wolff, Debbie Balding, Eileen Thomas, Marc Jolley, and guest Chris Coolidge.

Shuck started the meeting by explaining that during the Customer Service wrap-up meeting with Schallenkamp, she and Thomas gave a rough outline for a staff development in-service the CSA board was working on. The president liked the plans for the in-service so well that she wanted to open it campus-wide. She will send out invitations from her office which means details need to be finalized so these invitations can go out before finals week.

Thomas made a motion that she would find out from Dining Services what the policy is for bringing outside food on campus. If it is okay to find donations, she will approach the Flour Garden Bake Shop for donations of donuts/pastries for the morning. If donations cannot be found, in order to keep the cost down, the council will set out a donation can. The board members will pitch in to cover the difference. Jolley seconded the motion, and the motion carried.

Balding made a motion that if Dining Services provides food for the morning, an assortment of fruit breads, regular coffee, orange juice and ice water should be served. Wolff seconded it. The motion carried.

Jolley made a motion to have a taco bar for the luncheon menu for $5. Balding seconded it. The motion carried.

Wolff volunteered to handle the RSVPs, which are due Wednesday, Dec. 20. Shuck will send the text for the invitations to the president making sure that it clearly states the cost of the lunch, which can be paid by cash, credit card, check or ACE bucks, and that attendees are to come in loose fitting clothing and athletic shoes that will not mark the gym floor.

Balding made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Thomas seconded it. The next regular CSA meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 14. The meeting was adjourned.

Minutes submitted by Thomas, CSA secretary.

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