Welcome to Black Hills State
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- Clare Casselman, senior secretary, Institutional Advancement
BHSU students vote in favor of
student union expansion plan - top
The students at Black Hills State University recently
approved a plan to raise student fees to renovate the student union.
According to Megan Wyett, student senate president,
the students approved the measure with 62 percent of the voters in favor
and 28 percent of the voters voting against the measure.
The BHSU student senate will discuss the outcome of
the student votes at their meeting next week and draft a resolution in
support of this project. The university will seek final approval from
the South Dakota Board of Regents.
“We are happy with the students’ support of this
election. The South Dakota Board of Regents will have the final say in
October as to whether we will continue with our plans to expand or
renovate the Student Union,” Wyett said.
Students who would like to be included on the building
committee should contact the receptionist at the front desk of the
The proposed expansion will include a new dining
services area, an expanded bookstore and increased student organization
Senior photographers explore
light - top
This photo by Seth
Gudmunson is one of many currently on display in a photography exhibit
featuring works by Black Hills State University seniors Gudmunson and
Karri Dieken. The exhibit will be on display in the second floor lobby
of Clare and Josef Meier Hall until Tuesday, March 14.
Two Black Hills State University students are
currently displaying their photographs in the second floor lobby of
Clare and Josef Meier Hall. An opening reception will be held in the
lobby Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The exhibit, featuring color photos of light
exploration by BHSU seniors Karri Dieken and Seth Gudmunson, will run
through Tuesday, March 14.
Dieken, an art education major from Buffalo Gap, has
been taking photos since she was attending high school in Chadron, Neb.
She uses sunlight and hard shadows to achieve a dramatic feel and
describes her photos simply as “thought provoking.”
According to Gudmunson, a communication arts major
from Watertown, he has always had an interest in photography and design
but didn’t find his niche until he came to BHSU. Gudmunson took his
photographs at night using only the light provided by the surrounding
environment. He credits long exposures and his personal expression in
the lab for his unique collection of photos.
The mass communications program at BHSU has a current
enrollment of approximately 170 majors and minors. Mass communication
degrees are offered with emphases in photography, public relations,
multimedia, telecommunications, journalism and computer publishing.
The exhibit and the opening reception are open to the
public at no charge. For more information contact Gudmunson at
605-642-6389, 612-805-8707, or
Theatre will present “The
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The Black Hills State University Theatre will stage
their production of “The Fantasticks” Thursday, Feb. 23; Friday, Feb.
24; and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m.
in the David B. Miller Jacket Legacy Room in the Student Union.
This is the first ever dessert theatre production by
the BHSU Theatre. The Bay Leaf Café is providing the desserts for the
production. Desserts will be available for purchase during the play and
“The Fantasticks,” written by Tom Jones and Harvey
Schmitt is about two fathers who have created a feud to make sure their
children fall in love. This accomplished, they decide to end the feud
with a flourish by hiring El Gallo to provide an abduction. El Gallo
interrupts their tryst and with his assistants performs an elaborate
abduction, complete with swordfights, Indians, and a spectacular victory
for the boy. The lovers break up, and the boy starts off to see the
world. As the wall is safely rebuilt between them, the fathers return to
their gardens and their friendship. During the process both of the
children have been hurt, but they have grown up a bit. The lovers
reunite in a simple and unaffected way.
Cast members include J.R. Hunter, a sophomore speech
communication major from Deadwood, in the role of the narrator; Bryan
Kaufmann, a freshman vocal music major from Gillette, Wyo., in the role
of the boy; Katie Severns, a junior vocal music major from Rapid City,
in the role of the girl; Jared McDaris, a Senior English major from
Ashland, Neb., and Michael Hollinger, a freshman speech communication
major from Ashland, Neb., in the role of the two fathers; and Casey
Hibbert, a freshman speech communication major from Spearfish, in the
role of the wall.
For more information or to reserve tickets call the
BHSU box office at 642-6171. The cost to attend for community members is
$5 per adult and $2.50 for children and seniors age 65 and older.
Tickets are free for BHSU students, faculty, and staff. Desserts are
optional and are $5 each.
Community Band will present
winter concert Monday, Feb. 27 -
The Black Hills State University Community Band will
perform their annual winter concert Monday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the
recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.
The concert will feature band settings of folk songs
from County Derry in Ireland, Acacia (Nova Scotia), areas around the
Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and the Louisiana delta region.
The concert is open to the public at no charge;
however, scholarship donations will be accepted at the door. For more
information contact Christopher Hahn, BHSU music instructor and director
of the BHSU Community Band, at 642-6888 or
AIHRP holds open house at new
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left to right, Rob Schurrer, Ph.D., professor and director of the
wellness management program at Black Hills State University; Spearfish
Mayor Jerry Krambeck; Joseph Roberts, staff assistant for Senator Tim
Johnson; and Sharon Hemmingson, director of grants at BHSU, discuss
upcoming research projects that will be conducted by the American Indian
Health Research Program (AIHRP) at BHSU.
The AIHRP, which was started in fall 2002 when BHSU and the
Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council were awarded a three-year, $1.05
million Project EXPORT grant from the National Institutes for
Health/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, held
an open house Monday to celebrate their new location at 1246 St. Joe
Street in Spearfish. Since 2002, BHSU faculty members have conducted 12
collaborative research studies with six tribes in Montana and Wyoming
and have started numerous community education programs about American
Indian health disparities.
Record number of high school
students participate in South Dakota Stock Market Game
The South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG), sponsored
by Black Hills State University, kicked off the spring 2006 session
Monday with a record number of participating high school student teams.
A total of 205 teams with 577 participating students
from 28 high schools across South Dakota are competing in the 10-week
SDSMG, which ends Friday, April 21. There are 240 teams competing in all
three divisions – middle school, high school and college. Student teams
with the top performing stock portfolios in each division will receive
cash prizes and awards.
The SDSMG is a real-life simulation of the stock
market that conveys basic concepts in mathematics, business, accounting,
economics, computers, language arts and the social sciences to a variety
of grade levels. Each team begins with $100,000 in hypothetical “cyber
dollars.” They then perform online research and stock trading in an
attempt to increase the value of their stock portfolio.
According to Don Altmyer, associate professor in the
College of Business and Technology at BHSU and director of the BHSU
Center for Economic Education, teachers of math, economics, business,
social science, computers, personal finance, consumer education and
gifted studies have found many benefits to using the SDSMG in the
classroom, particularly in the areas of student motivation,
collaborative decision making and critical thinking skills.
Participating teachers receive classroom materials and lesson plans that
conform to national content standards in economics, math and business.
Sponsors for the SDSMG are the BHSU Center for
Economic Education, the Central States Securities Industry Association
and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.
For more information see the BHSU Center for Economic
Education web page at
www.bhsu.edu/businesstechnology/cee or contact Altmyer at 642-6266
Hoffman to visit area schools
Michelle Hoffman, admissions representative at Black
Hills State University, will discuss college plans with students at 16
area high schools next week. All times are given in Central Standard
Hoffman will visit the following schools Tuesday, Feb.
21: Watertown High School at 8 a.m.; Waverly High School at 9 a.m.;
Henry High School at 10:15 a.m.; and Estelline High School at 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, Hoffman will visit Colman High
School at 8:30 a.m.; Chester High School at 9:30 a.m.; Brookings High
School at 12 noon; and Howard High School at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 23, Hoffman will visit Iroquois High
School at 9 a.m.; Huron High School at 10 a.m.; Wolsey-Wessington High
School at 11 a.m.; Miller High School at 12:30 p.m.; and Redfield High
School at 2:30 p.m.
Hoffman will conclude the week Friday, Feb. 24 at
Aberdeen Roncalli High School at 11 a.m.; Aberdeen Central High School
at 11:45 a.m.; and Hoven High School at 2:30 p.m.
High school students needing information about college
costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to
visit with Hoffman. For more information contact the BHSU Admissions
Office at 1-800-ALL-BHSU or view the BHSU website at