BHSU to host 23rd Annual Stadium Sports Grill Alumni Mile

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           BHSU alumni and supporters are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Alumni Mile weekend Jan. 16-17.  Events include social gatherings and the alumni race.

       

   



Black Hills State University alumni and supporters, including former track and field and cross country athletes, are invited to participate in the 23rd Annual Alumni Mile weekend Jan. 16-17.



"This event allows our current student athletes to connect with athletes from the past," said BHSU head track coach Seth Mischke. "The support from the Stadium Sports Grill helps make this event possible."

On Friday, Jan. 16, the &lsquowarm-up&rsquo will take place with an evening social at the Stadium Sports Grill in Spearfish.



On Saturday, Jan. 17, the &lsquostarting line&rsquo of the race begins at 12:15 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports &amp Fitness Center Field House preceding the Dave Little Invitational.



Following the Alumni Mile, participants and their families are invited to &lsquofinish line&rsquo activities with lunch served in the new Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center (The Joy Center) on the BHSU campus sponsored by the Stadium Sports Grill.



After lunch, the &lsquocool down&rsquo will start at 4 p.m. with a social at the Stadium Sports Grill.



For more information about the Alumni Mile race, luncheon and social events, contact Tom Wheaton, director of alumni affairs, at Tom.Wheaton@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6385.

BHSU faculty and staff transform lives

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           Dr. Urla Marcus

            Dr. Adam Bailey

           Dr. Mary Caton Rosser

           Dr. Bobbi Looney

Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines.

Dr. Urla Marcus, director of the Center for American Indian Studies, was recently elected as the National Chair-Elect for the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community. Marcus begins her year-long term as chair elect later this month and will official take office as National Knowledge Community chair next March.

Dr. Mary Caton Rosser, associate professor of mass communication, and Dr. Bobbi Looney, assistant professor of management, virtually presented their research on integrating social media into classroom instruction at two recent conferences. The professors presented their paper "The Need for Assessment: the Double-edge Sword of Online Technologies in Higher Education" during the 10th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society in Madrid, and their paper "Discovering Interdisciplinary Uses of Technologies in Higher Education during the Fifth International Conference on Education, Training and Informatics in Orlando, Fla. Caton Rosser and Looney also had their paper from Madrid accepted for publication in the Journal of Technologies in Learning. Student research assistant Kaitlin Schneider, psychology major from Sturgis, co-authored both the papers, and Laura Howard, mass communication major from Belle Fourche, assisted with the graphic design for the presentation for the Madrid conference.

Dr. Adam Bailey, assistant professor of management, was recently informed that his paper titled "On the Morality of Choosing Directly Again

BHSU students exchange Irish tradition for Indian tradition during St. Patrick’s Day celebration

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           A group of Black Hills State University humanities students recently spent a day discussing Indian history, politics and other elements of the Southeast Asian culture including the traditional celebratory henna painting.

Last week, as thousands of people dressed in green and ate corned beef and cabbage to commemorate St. Patrick&rsquos Day, a group of Black Hills State University humanities students discussed Indian history, politics and other elements of the Southeast Asian culture.

The University Center-Rapid City humanities class shared the Indian experience as part of their participation in the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read. Since last fall, BHSU and the Spearfish community has been bringing the culture of India to the Black Hills through exhibits, foreign films, lectures, demonstrations and book discussions as part of the year-long nationwide literature program.

Spearfish was one of 77 communities throughout the nation selected to participate in The Big Read, a program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The community-wide celebration kicked off last September with the introduction of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The UC-RC students are currently reading the novel which examines the nuances of being caught between two conflicting cultures. As an introduction to the novel, Dr. Bobbi Looney, assistant professor of management and communications, organized a series of activities focusing on elements of Indian life.

Dr. Parthasarathi Nag, BHSU associate professor of mathematics from India, started last week&rsquos event by sharing an overview of Indian history and politics highlighting the complex political challenges of India with its shared borders in a politically restless region. He also called attention to the mix of languages and faiths that bring complexity to governance in a parliamentary democracy with more than 20 political parties and 1.2 billion people.

"Following the lecture, Dr. Nag encourageds tudents to enjoy cups of hot Darjeeling sweet tea and to discuss geo-politics, just as is popular in the late afternoon of an Indian day," Looney said noting that the students also ate curried chaat, a traditional Indian snack, instead of the usual Irish fare on St. Patrick&rsquos Day. They also listened to sitar concert videos.

After the meal and music, students wore latex gloves and painted their hands in intricate Mehndi designs. The celebratory henna painting is especially popular with Indian women on their wedding day.

Last week&rsquos class was just one of several Big Read events held

Black Hills State University Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble perform in Pierre

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The Black Hills State University Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble will take their musical talents on the road in a two-day tour.  

The two BHSU music groups will perform Wednesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the T.F. Riggs High School Auditorium, and Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in the Laura Kirsch Room at White River High School in White River.

The BHSU Chamber Singers is a selected ensemble of 18 student singers who specialize in a cappella literature written for smaller groups. Every fall, the Chamber Singers perform the Madrigal Dinner on campus, a fundraiser where the singers dress in Renaissance grab and sing madrigals, motets and carols. Each Spring, the singers perform a more varied repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to romantic part-songs to settings of popular songs.  

The BHSU Jazz Ensemble is a small, auditioned ensemble specializing in a wide variety of jazz styles. The group is versatile and meets as a big band as well as small combos playing arrangements by such legends as Charlie Mingus and Thelonius Monk as well as selections from more contemporary composers. The ensemble takes a spring tour every year and has made appearances at jazz festivals nationwide. The Jazz Ensemble provides a venue for students of all majors as well as community members to develop their jazz performance and solo improvisation skills.  

For more information contact Dr. Jonathan Nero, associate professor of music, at Jonathan.Nero@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6628.

BHSU music groups bring their performance to Terra Sancta Retreat Center

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The Black Hills State University Chamber Singers, Concert Choir and Men&rsquos Ensemble will perform  during a concert Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Terra Sancta Retreat Center in Rapid City.  

The BHSU Concert Choir is a 40-voice mixed ensemble. The choir performs a varied repertoire, both accompanied and a cappella, from Renaissance motets to American spirituals, as well as larger works. This concert will feature works by Johannes Brahms and Edward Elgar.

The BHSU Chamber Singers is a select ensemble of 18 student singers. They specialize in a cappella literature that was written for smaller groups. The Chamber Singers perform the Madrigal Dinner each fall in Renaissance garb, singing madrigals, motets, and carols. Each spring, the singers perform a more varied repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to romantic part-songs to settings of popular songs.

For more information contact Dr. Jonathan Nero, associate professor of music, at Jonathan.Nero@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6628.
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