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- Ronald Reede, grounds keeper, Facilities Services
Parrow delivers paper at
American Society for Legal History conference -
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 -
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
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
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 -
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
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
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
Community band and
community choir seek participants -
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
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
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
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
Former vice presidential
candidate and activist LaDuke speaks at BHSU -
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
Minutes submitted by Thomas, CSA secretary.