Volume XXX, No. 7 • Feb. 17, 2006

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Welcome to Black Hills State University - top

  • 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 Student Union.

The proposed expansion will include a new dining services area, an expanded bookstore and increased student organization area.

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.

Photo by Seth Gudmunson

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 smgudmunson@hotmail.com.

Theatre will present “The Fantasticks” - top

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 are optional.

“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 - top

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 ChristopherHahn@bhsu.edu.

AIHRP holds open house at new location - top

American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP) open houseFrom 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 - top

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 or DonAltmyer@bhsu.edu.

Hoffman to visit area schools - top

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 Time (CST).

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 www.bhsu.edu.

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