BHSU Honors Center renamed Bellman Honors Center

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, October 20, 2015/Categories: 2015









           Dr. Wanda Bellman, Black Hills State University professor emeritus, left, stands with BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. following a dedication of the Stewart and Wanda Bellman Honors Center which was recently named in honor of the Wanda Bellman, and her late husband Stewart.




The Honors Center at Black Hills State University is now officially known as the Stewart and Wanda Bellman Honors Center recognizing the tremendous impact the longtime professors had on the campus and community.

A group of Black Hills State University faculty, staff, students and BHSU alumni gathered to honor Dr. Wanda Bellman, BHSU professor emeritus and her late husband Stewart, for their contribution to the University, recently.

In addition to the name on the door, the Center has a true Bellman influence thanks to the   donated artwork, literature and furniture that the Bellmans donated for the Center.  

"I am touched and this is beyond anything a person can hope for," Wanda Bellman said. "This is very special."

Bellman noted that she was pleased that she could donate art prints from three former BHSU professors &ndash Dick Hicks, Frances Tetreault and Dick DuBois.

"The Bellmans truly did touch the lives of many students they were great mentors," said Steve Meeker, vice president for University Advancement at BHSU.

Both Wanda and Stewart Bellman began teaching at Black Hills State College in 1966. Wanda Bellman primarily was a speech and theater orientation teacher Stewart Bellman taught English. They also served on many committees both at the University and community level over the years. The couple retired in the mid-&rsquo90s and continued to be involved in campus and community events.

In 2001, Wanda and Stewart Bellman were awarded the Special Service Award from BHSU University Advancement.

Meeker noted the generous giving from Wanda and Stewart Bellman over the years through writing, theater and music scholarships and other awards, including a significant donation that was used to create Bellman Writing Awards.

"But more importantly, we acknowledge the more than 30 years she and Stewart gave to B-H and the betterment of our students," Meeker said.

The BHSU Honors Program has more than 70 students enrolled. The program has seen exceptional growth over the past several years, offering advanced academic courses, as well as a variety of community service opportunities.

"The Honors Program attracts some of the brightest students, and with the kindness of our alumni and former educators, we have been able to watch our program grow," said BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. "Your kindness shows what it means to be an honors student at BHSU."

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