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Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University men's basketball team traveled to Butte, Montana for their first exhibition game of the season last Thursday, October 27. The Yellow Jackets fell to Montana Tech by a score of 70-49.

The offensive struggles for the Yellow Jackets were the main culprit in their loss to the Orediggers. The Black Hills State men struggled to score throughout the first half of the contest, shooting just 17% and going 5-28 from the floor in the half. The Yellow Jackets trailed Montana Tech 30-16 at halftime.

Black Hills State improved their shooting in the second half, but was unable to overcome the first half deficit despite better shooting and a strong performance on the offensive boards. The Yellow Jackets were led by junior Tommy Earl who was four for six from the field with 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals.

--The Yellow Jacket men's basketball team fell to Rocky Mountain College in an exhibition game 62-60 on Friday, October 28 here on KDSJ.

Black Hills State was unable to convert on a last second shot attempt by freshman point guard Brady Bisgaard as they lost to the Battling Bears by two points. Sophomore guard Austin Maag led the Yellow Jackets in scoring while senior forward Rob Johnson posted a strong performance in the paint.

The Black Hills State men will be back on the hardwood Thursday, November 3 as they take on Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell. This will be the final exhibition game of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. MST here on KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State Cross Country teams will be going to their final meet of the season this Saturday in Sioux Falls. The University of Sioux Falls is hosting the Independent Cross Country Championships with the women running at 9:45 a.m. and the men's race is at 10:15 a.m. MST.

--The Black Hills State Football team returns to their home turf this Saturday as they host the Minot State Beavers. KDSJ's coverage begins with the pregame show at 12:30 and kick-off slated for 1:00 p.m. The Yellow Jackets are 1-7, following a loss at Central Oklahoma last Thursday. The Beavers are 2-6 after their loss at Sioux Falls on Saturday.

Black Hills State has already squared off against Minot State once this season. The Yellow Jackets took on the Beavers in Minot, ND back on October 1. Black Hills State came up one yard shy of a victory, losing a heartbreaker by a final score of 20-16. The Yellow Jackets will attempt to capitalize against the former DAC foe this weekend on their home field. You can catch all the action right here on 980 AM KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, November 03, 2011 (03:00:16)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University women's basketball will host their preseason scrimmage this Sunday, October 23 at the Donald E. Young Center. The scrimmage will feature the Yellow Jackets as well as South Dakota School of Mines, Gillette College, Eastern Wyoming and Casper College.

"We are very excited about the opportunity to get on the floor against other quality opponents," said head coach Mark Nore. "This gives us a gauge of where we are in our development and what areas of play we need to focus on. It also gives us an opportunity to have potential recruits on campus to see what we are about."

The Yellow Jackets will square off against Casper College at 11:00 a.m., Gillette College at 1:00 p.m. and wrap up the scrimmage against Eastern Wyoming at 3:00 p.m. at the Young Center.

Black Hills State will begin the regular season on Friday, November 11 as they travel to Point Lookout, MO to take on College of the Ozarks; tip-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. MST.

--The Black Hills State University volleyball team will be hosting senior night this Friday, October 21 and parent's night on Saturday, October 22.

"We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kayla Drieling and Jessica Mills," said head coach Sally Nichols. "They are fantastic young women and great student athletes. They have worked extremely hard this season getting used to a new system and have shown an immense amount of talent on the court. We will miss them greatly."

On Saturday night Black Hills State will recognize parents of their student-athletes prior to their match against Minot State.

"We want to celebrate all of the hard work and time that our parents have vested in our student athletes," said Nichols. "We greatly appreciate all that our extended BHSU family has done for us."

Black Hills State will take to the court at 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

--The Black Hills State Rodeo Team competed at the Annual NDSU Bison Stampede. The Yellow Jacket women's team finished in second place and was led by Shawnee Yordy of Martin who placed first in the goat tying. The men's team was lead by Taylor Williams who brought home first place in the team roping event.

"I was pleased by the effort that the team put out all weekend," said head coach Glen Lammers. "The team has progressed throughout the fall season and now we plan to utilize the winter months to practice hard and prepare for the second half of the season which resumes in March."

The Yellow Jackets will return to action March 24-25 as they host the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede at Seven Downs Arena in Spearfish.

--The Black Hills State Cross Country teams will compete in the Mount Marty Invitational in Yankton, SD this Saturday. The women will run a 5K at 9:30 a.m. MT and the men will compete in the 8K run at 10 a.m. MT.

--The Yellow Jacket football team is 1-6 on the season and will have this Saturday off, before they travel to Central Oklahoma for a match-up on Thursday, October 27. You can listen to the game right here on 980 AM KDSJ at 5:00 p.m.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, October 20, 2011 (03:31:32)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Volleyball To Host Breast Cancer Awareness Night


Black Hills State University volleyball will host the annual breast cancer awareness night this Friday at 7 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Center as the Yellow Jackets square off against former conference opponent Jamestown College.

"Black Hills State Volleyball will be recognizing Breast Cancer Awarness Month this Friday night at the Young Center during their home match," Coach Nichols stated, "We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the many survivors of breast cancer. We hope that we can heighten awareness of the ongoing research that is being done to assist our friends, family and women in the community that continue to fight this battle. We want breast cancer survivors to know that they are not alone. Please come out and enjoy our match and wear pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month."



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, October 14, 2011 (02:45:26)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Women's golf team finished in fourth place at the Palace City Classic in Mitchell on Saturday, October 1. The Yellow Jackets two-day total was 711. The Palace City Classic featured 10 teams and 51 golfers. Black Hills State will not compete again until the spring season.

Black Hills State has had a golfer finish individually in the top ten in three out of the first four meets of the 2011-2012 season. The only tournament that the Yellow Jackets failed to card a top ten finisher was at the SMSU Mustang Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets are averaging 351 per round this season. Last season, Black Hills State shot an average of 358 per round. Black Hills State has improved seven strokes per round this season.

--The BHSU Women's Team placed 2nd while the Men finished 3rd out of 15 teams competing at the Cyclone Stampede rodeo at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa September 30 and October 1.

Black Hills State's Tel Schaack, freshman from Egemont was the champion tie down roper for the weekend.

The Lady Yellow Jackets also had a strong showing over the weekend, with several team members competing in the finals. In the breakaway roping Megan Steiger, senior from Mobridge had a 3.4 second run in the first-go, a 3.2 in the short-go, which finished her 2nd in the aggregate.

Coach Glen Lammers stated, "Our team made significant this week with five more student athletes qualifying for the short-go than in our season opener. We finished strong in many events, and I believe we still have the talent to do even more if we continue to practice hard, stay focused and execute better."

The Yellow Jacket Rodeo team will be in action again at the NDSU Bison Stampede in Fargo, North Dakota October 14-16 for a double-header rodeo.

--Black Hills State's fooball team utilized their bye week as they prepare for Sioux Falls in the Yellow Jackets fourth game of a five game road trip in the middle of the season.

Black Hills State is missing three starters on the offensive side of the ball and five on the defensive side. The Yellow Jackets have faced stiff competition this season including a match-up against then FCS ranked North Dakota.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action this Saturday, October 15 against the University of Sioux Falls, who is currently in their second year of transition to NCAA Division II. Kick-off is scheduled for 12 p.m. MST in Sioux Falls and can be heard right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State University athletic department will be hosting a gathering prior to the football game against Sioux Falls this Saturday.

The gathering will take place at the Pub at Calloway's, located at 500 West 69th Street in Sioux Falls. The gathering will begin at 11 a.m. CST on October 15.

"This event will be a great way for our alumni, boosters, parents and fans to gather prior to the game," said Jhett Albers, director of athletics. "I am looking forward to seeing everyone in Sioux Falls."



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 (02:22:29)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University assistant athletic director John Kietzmann has accepted the position of assistant athletic director at the Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Kietzmann came to BHSU from Colorado State University in 2006 as the director of development for the University Advancement office. He was named assistant athletic director in 2009.

During Kietzmann's tenure at BHSU, the Yellow Jacket Foundation has added over $700,000 to its scholarship endowment. Kietzmann was also heavily involved in the addition of the video board to the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center gymnasium and renovating the Young Center bleachers to chair back seating. He played a major role in the implementation of the new BHSU athletics website, which was recently named the top website in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in the category of "Outsourced Website" by the NAIA Sports Information Directors of America.

"Black Hills State will always have a special place in my heart," said Kietzmann. "It has been a pleasure to be a part of the Yellow Jacket family."

"John has been a valued member of the Yellow Jacket staff and will be missed. We wish him the best in his future endeavors," said Jhett Albers, director of athletics at BHSU.

Kietzmann will continue to serve as assistant athletic director at BHSU until October 21. According to Albers, the search to fill the position will begin immediately.

--The Mark Larscheid Memorial Endowment is now the fourth largest scholarship endowment in support of Yellow Jacket athletics at Black Hills State University.

"My family and I are so happy the Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament continues to be a successful event," said Mary Larscheid-Christensen. "We are pleased we are able to continue to build the scholarship in Mark's name for student-athletes at BHSU."

In an effort to celebrate Mark's life, the family has organized the Annual Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament. The proceeds from the tournament benefit the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the track and field team. To date, through proceeds from the golf tournament and other contributions the endowment is nearly $33,000.

"Scholarship endowments like the Mark Larscheid Memorial Endowment will fuel the scholarship program at BHSU for years to come," said Jhett Albers, Director of Athletics. "We cannot thank Mary and her family enough for their contributions to Yellow Jacket Athletics."

To learn more about the scholarship program at Black Hills State, contact the University Advancement office at (605) 642-6385.

--The Black Hills State rodeo team held a series of scholarship fundraising events on September 24-25.

A golf scramble was held the morning of September 24 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. A BBQ at Seven Down Arena followed the golf tournament. The day was capped off with a jackpot team roping competition. On Sunday, September 25, the weekend's events concluded with a 5K run/walk beginning at the Young Center.

A total of 16 golf teams, 242 team roping teams, and 15 5K participants combined to raise over $7,500 for the rodeo team. Proceeds will go directly to the rodeo team scholarship fund. The fund is used to help offset academic costs for several student-athletes on the team.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, October 06, 2011 (04:53:30)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Football Comes Up Short At Minot State


The Black Hills State University football team fell to Minot State 20-16 in Minot, N.D. on Saturday.

Both the Yellow Jackets and the Beavers could not find a way to put points on the board in the first quarter. Black Hills State would be the first to strike on a 2-yard touchdown run by Drew Neilsen with 10:16 to go in the first half. Minot State would respond with a 10-yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:11 remaining in the second quarter. The Yellow Jackets would find the end zone one more time in the quarter on an 18-yard Neilsen run. However, the point after attempt would fail and give Black Hills State a 13-7 lead. Devin Rounds would connect on a 37-yard field goal to make the score 16-7 at the half.

Minot State would respond in the third quarter. The Beavers would score on a seven play, 77-yard drive to cut the lead to 16-13. Minot State's point after attempt would fail. The Beavers would put another long drive together in the third quarter that would be capped-off by a 1-yard touchdown run making the score 20-13.

Black Hills State would have its chance to take the lead in the final moments of the game. Following a fumble by Minot State, the Yellow Jackets would take possession on the Beavers' 37-yard line down four points with 2:14 to go in the game. Following two completions by Ward Anderson to Dustin Worthington and Daniel Hancock for six and eight yards, the Yellow Jackets would find themselves in a third down situation with two yards to go on the Minot State 19 yard line. Neilsen would convert the third down with an 11-yard gain setting up a first-and-goal from the Minot State 8-yard line. Neilsen would rush to the 1-yard line on first down. On second down, Ward Anderson would be stopped for no gain. Neilsen would get the call on both third down and fourth down and be stopped for no gain each time. Minot State would take over on downs and run out the clock.

Neilsen led the Yellow Jackets offensively with 102 yards on the ground. Anderson was 11-of-33 in the game passing for 82 yards and throwing one interception. Matt Grave led the team defensively with nine tackles, one of which was a sack.

The Yellow Jackets are now 1-5 on the season and will return to action on October 15 to take on Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, S.D. Game time is set for 1 p.m. CT/12 noon MT. The broadcast can be heard on 980 AM KDSJ or online at kdsj980.com.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, October 02, 2011 (12:39:17)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Football Falls At UND


The Black Hills State University football team was defeated 53-19 by North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

The tone of the game was set for North Dakota on the first offensive play for Black Hills State. The Yellow Jackets fumbled the opening offensive play of the game and North Dakota picked it up and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown only 16 seconds into the game. The Fighting Sioux would find the end zone two more times in the first quarter and lead the Yellow Jackets 23-0 after the first fifteen minutes of play.

North Dakota would score 30 unanswered points in the half. Black Hills State would finally get on the scoreboard late in the first half with a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ward Anderson to Ryan Fagerstrom.

The third quarter saw North Dakota continue to grind out yards on the ground. The Fighting Sioux would put up 14 more points in the quarter and lead the Yellow Jackets 44-7 at the end of the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Black Hills State would show no signs of quitting. After a big punt return by Joey Brown setting up the Yellow Jackets on the North Dakota 27-yardline, Black Hills State score a touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown run by Anderson. However, the point after attempt would be blocked and North Dakota returned it for two points. After another North Dakota touchdown, Michael Jager would find the end zone on a 2-yard run.

Anderson threw for 171 yards and one touchdown in the game. He went 13-of-32 passing and also had one interception. Bryar DeSanti was the leading rusher in the game for the Yellow Jackets gaining 82 yards on 13 carries. Fagerstrom led all receivers in the contest with 138 yards on six receptions. Ryan Lee was the leading tackler for the Yellow Jackets with 11. North Dakota tallied 337 rushing yards in the game.

The Yellow Jackets will travel to Minot, N.D. on October 1 to face Minot State. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. MT. The broadcast can be heard right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, KDSJ 980 AM!



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 25, 2011 (11:43:19)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University football team hits the road for a Saturday match-up with NCAA Division I University of North Dakota. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a 37-21 victory over rival South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City last Saturday. Black Hills State is now 1-3 on the season. The Yellow Jackets will face off with the UND Fighting Sioux this Saturday in Grand Forks, ND. The KDSJ pregame show begins at 4:30 p.m. and kick-off is at 5:00 MST, right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State volleyball team dropped a match in three sets Tuesday night in Chadron, NE. The Yellow Jackets were unable to top the Chadron State Eagles losing by scores of 25-21, 26-24, 25-20.

The Yellow Jackets were unable to find a win despite a solid offensive performance by junior middle hitter Kylee Lamb who had 10 kills on 19 attempts. Lamb recorded a hitting percentage of .316 and also added nine assisted blocks and an ace.

This loss against a future RMAC opponent moves the Yellow Jackets to a 3-8 record for the season. The Yellow Jackets are back in action again on Saturday at 4 p.m. as they travel to Grand Junction, Colorado to take on Mesa State in the first game of a four game road trip.

--The BHSU Lady Yellow Jacket Golf team goes to Marshall, Minnesota this weekend to compete in the Southwest Minnesota Invitational. The Yellow Jackets are coming off a tournament win in Dickinson, North Dakota last week.

--The Black Hills State Men's Cross Country team will run at the Roy Griak Inviational in Minnesota this Saturday.

--The BHSU women's basketball team will hosting "Parents' Night Out" on Saturday, September 24 at the Young Center in Spearfish.

"Parents' Night Out" will run from 6-11 p.m. Children from K-6th grades can be dropped off at the Young Center for pizza, games and a movie. The cost is $30 for the first child, $20 for the second. Additional children in the same family are free. Parents will need to pick up their children by 11 p.m.

The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the women's basketball program. To learn more about the event contact Jordan Bauer at 605-280-6666.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, September 23, 2011 (02:38:07)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Hosting Fan Bus To Sioux Falls


The Black Hills State University athletic department announced today a fan bus to travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. for the Yellow Jacket football game against the Cougars on Saturday, October 15.

"I'm pleased we can offer our fans this opportunity," said athletic director Jhett Albers. "The fan bus will allow our fans a great opportunity to get together and cheer on the Yellow Jackets at an away football game."

The bus will depart from the Young Center parking lot at 3 p.m. on Friday, October 14 and return to Spearfish on Saturday, October 15 at 11 p.m. The cost is $165 per person or $235 per couple. Prices include bus fare and hotel expenses. Meals are not included. The trip is limited to the first 57 passengers. For more information, or to reserve your spot on the bus, contact John Kietzmann by phone at (605) 642-6832 or via e-mail at John.Kietzmann@BHSU.edu.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Fall Session Of The South Dakota Stock Market Game


Teachers are invited to register for the Fall 2011 Session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG), hosted by Black Hills State University. The fall program begins Monday, Oct. 3 and ends its 10 week trading period on Friday, Dec. 9.

The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks and compete for prizes in the middle school, high school and college divisions. According to Don Altmyer, professor of accounting at BHSU, students participating learn more effectively as they see how their classroom lessons apply to the real world. Teachers have found the program boosts student motivation and attendance.

The South Dakota Board of Education has mandated an economics or personal finance course as a high school graduation requirement and the SDSMG program provides teachers with lesson plans by subject and grade level that correlate to national content standards in economics and personal finance. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) a federal agency commonly referred to as the “nation’s report card,” defined Economic Literacy and studied Economic content at high schools nationwide. The NAEP report found that students who played the Stock Market Game outperformed the Economic Literacy national averages in every category including gender, ethnicity and Title 1.

A free web based teacher-training workshop will be conducted for interested teachers on the following dates and times. Internet and phone access is required.

Webinar Date Webinar Time

Sept. 20, 3-4 p.m. MST
Sept. 27, 3-4 p.m. MST
Sept. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m. MST
Sept. 29, 3-4 p.m. MST
Oct. 3, 5-6 p.m. MST

The $10 team registration fee for teams of 2-3 students includes team-trading screens to research companies and a Teacher Support Center with online lesson plans by grade level and subject and classroom activities to integrate the program into a variety of subjects.

To register, CLICK HERE, select USA and South Dakota. Enter the School and Teacher information and click Submit Pre-registration. Teacher and Team passwords and user identification numbers will be emailed to the teacher.

The SDSMG is presented by the BHSU Center for Economic Education, the South Dakota Council on Economic Education and the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association. Last academic year, the SDSMG program had over 1,500 students on 600 teams from 70 South Dakota high school and middle schools participating.

For more information on the program or the webinars, contact Don Altmyer, SDSMG Coordinator, at Donald.Altmyer@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6266.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Volleyball Defeats Valley City State


The Black Hills State University volleyball team defeated Valley City State 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in Valley City, N.D.

The Yellow Jackets were led offensively by Caitlin Templeton. Templeton posted 14 kills and only committed three errors on 26 attacks. She also added two solo blocks and one block assist. Kylee Lamb had seven kills in the contest. Kelsey Olson racked up 20 digs while Darbi Yost dished out 35 assists.

Black Hills State will travel to Chadron, Neb. to take on Chadron State on Sept. 20 next. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. MT.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 18, 2011 (12:22:17)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Football Defeats Rival South Dakota Mines


The Black Hills State University football team knocked-off S.D. School of Mines 37-21 on Saturday night in Rapid City, S.D.

The Yellow Jackets were able to get their ground game going behind Trent Butler. Butler racked up 146 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown. Black Hills State ran for 281 yards as a team.

"I really have to give a lot of credit to the offensive line," said Butler. "They opened up some great holes for me to run through tonight."

The Yellow Jackets struck first in the game on a 4-yard run after Joey Brown returned an interception 61 yards. The Hardrockers would answer and tie the game at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter would see Wes Kragt score on a 1-yard touchdown run and give the Yellow Jackets a 14-7 lead at the half.

The second half would begin with Black Hills State scoring on a pass from Kragt to Reed Reuman making the score 21-7. S.D. School of Mines would answer with two field goals by Andy Smith and a Dustin Menely run. The Hardrockers would convert on the two-point conversion and tie the game at 21-21 in the fourth quarter. Black Hills State would score on another pass from Kragt to Ryan Fagerstrom. The point after attempt would be blocked. Devin Rounds would make a 31-yard field goal and Butler would run in another touchdown giving the Yellow Jackets a 37-21 victory.

Black Hills State forced four turnovers in the contest including two interceptions by Brown.

Black Hills State will travel to Grand Forks, N.D. to take on the University of North Dakota on Sept. 24 next. The game is set for 5 p.m. MT and can be heard on 980 AM KDSJ.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 18, 2011 (12:21:10)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University women's golf team won the Dickinson State Invitational in Dickinson, North Dakota on Monday by 57 strokes.

"I'm very proud of the entire team's performance," said head coach Jaime Bentley. "It was fun to watch their hard work pay off. We had some freshman rise to the occasion and play great. It was an exciting weekend. This is the best team performance that we have ever had. We will work hard and continue to build on this performance for the rest of the season."

All five members of the Black Hills State team finished in the Top 10 including junior Brandi Holmes who won the tournament. The team shot a final round score of 348 for a total of 674. Holmes shot a combined score of 162. Freshman Amanda Johnson finished in second place with a score of 166. Jenessa Rantapaa and Tiera Feller tied for fifth with a score of 176. McKenzie Watson rounded out the team placing tenth with a score of 182.

Black Hills State will return to action on September 24-25 at the Southwest Minnesota State Invitational in Marshall, Minnesota.

--Former Black Hills State basketball stand-out Luke Enos has joined the Moycullen basketball team in Galway, Ireland.

"I'm excited to get to Ireland and play with my team," said Enos. "I'm very blessed to receive this oppurtunity and I can't thank everyone involved with Black Hills State University and the community for all that they have done for me over the past four years enough."

Moycullen is part of the Irish Super League. Enos will take to the court for the first time on October 2 in Ireland. Enos was a four-year starter for the Yellow Jackets. While at Black Hills State, Enos earned multiple individual awards. In 2009, Enos was named NAIA All-American (Second Team), a member of the NAIA All-National Tournament team, the Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and all-conference (First Team). Enos was also named NAIA All-American (First Team), Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Year, all-conference (First Team) in 2010. In his senior seaosn, he was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Most Valuable Senior and was an NAIA All-American (First Team).

"Luke has been a tremendous student-athlete for BHSU over the past four years," said head coach Bradd Schafer. "He and his classmates have take Yellow Jacket basketball to another level. We wish him the best of luck."

--The Black Hills State Volleyball team travels to Jamestown this Friday to take on the Jimmies at 6 p.m. MST. The Lady Yellow Jackets finish up the road trip on Saturday when they visit the Valley City State Vikings at 1 p.m. MST. Black Hills State is currently 2-6 on the early season.

--The Black Hills State University's women's basketball team will be holding a car wash and barbeque from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. this Saturday, on the corner of Main and Jackson.

The cost of the barbecue is $6 and includes a burger or brat, chips and a drink. Donations are being accepted for the car wash.

Funds raised will help defer the cost of travel and operating expenses for the BHSU womens' basketball team. For more information call Mark Nore at 642-6886.

--BHSU officials have announced plans to hold a pregame party in Rapid City this Saturday prior to the football game between the Yellow Jackets and the Hardrockers.

The pregame festivities will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings. The event is being sponsored by First National Bank and will feature appetizers for Black Hills State fans and a cash bar.

"We are looking forward to continuing our rivalry with South Dakota School of Mines," said Jhett Albers, Director of Athletics. "The pregame activities will provide an opportunity for alumni, parents, and fans to get together and build excitement before the game."

Kick-off for the football game is slated for 6 p.m. at O'Harra Stadium and can be heard live here on 980 AM KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, September 16, 2011 (02:29:34)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Splits At UNK Fall Classic


The Black Hills State volleyball team split two matches at the UNK Fall Classic in Kearney, Neb.

In the first match of the day, the Yellow Jackets won a five-game thriller over Sioux Falls, 3-2. Amy O'Neill led the team with 14 kills while Kayla Dreiling added 13 kills and hit .392 for the match. Kelsey Olsen recorded 19 digs.

Black Hills State lost 3-0 to Missouri Western State. The Yellow Jackets struggled offensively with O'Neill recording a team-high six kills.

The Yellow Jackets will travel to Jamestown, N.D. to take on Jamestown on Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. CT.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (03:34:39)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Cross Country Competes At Hardrocker Invitational


The Black Hills State University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Hardrocker Invitational in Rapid City, S.D. The women's team placed first with 26 team points and the men's team finished in second.

"This is our first meet of the year and I wanted to see how we would come out," said head coach Scott Walkinshaw. "I was really pleased with our times in the heat."

The women were led by Courtney Dickson who finished the 5K course in first place in a time of 19:24.00. Dickson was followed by teammates Lela Carpenter and Leigh Anne Whiteside-Bordewyk who finished second and third with time of 20:01.00 and 20:05.00, respectively.

On the men's side, The Yellow Jackets were led by Jed Morgan who finished in fourth place. Laine Parish and Mitch Kraft cross the finish line in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Rocky Mountain won the men's race.

Black Hills State will compete next in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, September 24.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (01:02:51)


Black Hills State University
   Grizzlies Knock Off Yellow Jackets On Homecoming


The Black Hills State University football team fell to Adams State 35-14 on Saturday at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish, S.D.

"We need to do a better job starting football games," said head coach Jay Long. "In all three games this season we have had a turnover during the opening drives. That makes it tough to win football games."

The Yellow Jackets gave up 15 points in the first quarter and 20 points in the third quarter. Black Hills State committed four turnovers. Sophomore quarterback Wes Kragt led Black Hills State in rushing gaining 47 yards on the ground. He also completed 12-of-27 passes for 160 yards and had two interceptions. Sophomore running back Drew Nielsen finished the game with 42 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Defensively, Black Hills State was led by Randall Hill who had five tackles, two sacks and an interception. Trent Turbiville led the Yellow Jackets in tackles. He finished the game with eight tackles.

With the loss, Black Hills State falls to 0-3 on the year.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action Saturday, September 17 as they take of S.D. School of Mines in Rapid City, S.D. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. and can be heard on 980 AM KDSJ.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (01:01:46)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Golf Team Competes At MSU-Billings Invitational


The Black Hills State University golf team competed at the MSU-Billings Yellowjacket Invitational on September 8 and 9 in Billings, Mont. As a team, the Yellow Jackets finished in 4th place.

"We played well for our first tournament," said head coach Jaime Bentley. "It was good experience for us to compete in an NCAA Division II environment and for us to realize that we can compete at that level. It was a good weekend, but we also have some areas to improve on in the coming weeks."

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman Amanda Johnson who shot a combined score of 174, Johnson finished tied for 11th. Junior Jenessa Rantapaa shot a combined 179 and finished tied for 17th.

Black Hills State will return to the course September 11 and 12 as they compete in the Dickinson State invitational in Dickinson, N.D.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 11, 2011 (01:00:18)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Womens Golf Wraps Up First Day Of MSU-Billings Invite


The Black Hills State University women's golf team competed in the first round of the Montana State-Billings Invitational on Thursday, September 8.

Black Hills State posted a team score of 363 in the first round. The Yellow Jackets were led by freshman Amanda Johnson. Johnson posted a first round score of 88. Jenessa Rantapaa shot a 91. Brandi Holmes and Kaydee Good each shot a 92. McKenzie Watson rounded out the scoring with a 102.

"We left some strokes on the course today," said head coach Jaime Bentley. "We need to do a little better on the greens and make some putts and that will reflect in our scores."

Black Hills State will return to action on September 9 for the final round of the Montana State-Billings Invitational.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, September 09, 2011 (03:51:14)


Black Hills State University
   Swarm Day Whiteout


Black Hills State University officials announced today that the "Swarm Day" game on Saturday, Sept. 10 will be a "White Out" at Lyle Hare Stadium.

All fans are encouraged to wear white to the Yellow Jackets' homecoming football game against Adams State. Black Hills State will also be donning white jerseys for the first time in head coach Jay Long's tenure.

"We have one of the most enthusiastic crowds there is," said Long. "Our team feeds off of the atmosphere that our crowd creates. I can't wait to come out and see the stands covered in white."

The football game will kick-off at 1 p.m. MT with the tailgate beginning at 11:15 a.m.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, September 09, 2011 (03:10:12)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU To Honor Military On Swarm Day


Black Hills State University will honor all active military and veterans at the Swarm Day football game on Saturday, September 10.

"We can't do enough to honor all of those who have served and are serving their country," said Jhett Albers, Director of Athletics. "We would like to thank all of those that have made a sacrifice for the country so that we can have the freedom we enjoy every day."

All active members and veterans of any military branch and their immediate family members will receive free admission to the Swarm Day football game. As a part of the celebration, Black Hills State football player Luke Whalen, a member of the National Guard, will perform the coin flip. Whalen will be serving his country in Afghanistan later this month.

The Yellow Jacket football game against Adams State will kick-off at 1 p.m. MT with the tailgate beginning at 11:15 a.m. MT.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, September 09, 2011 (03:08:55)


Black Hills State University
   The Swarm Day 5K


The Black Hills State University cross country team will host "The Swarm Day 5K presented by the Stadium Sports Grill" on September 10.

The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and is a "predict your time" event. Participants can run or walk the course and no watches are allowed. Awards will be given to the top three individuals who are closest to their predicted times. The top team of three closest to their predicted times will also receive an award.

The cost of the race is $20 per person or $15 with an additional contribution of an item to the Humane Society. The item can be dog food, cat food, or any other animal care product. All proceeds will benefit the Western Hills Humane Society and the Black Hills State University cross country teams.

Registration for the race is from 6:30-7:15 a.m. The race will begin at the Lyle Hare Stadium track. The course is an out and back on the bike path with the start and finish on the Black Hills State track.

For more information on the event, contact Scott Walkinshaw by phone at (605) 642-6486 or via e-mail at Scott.Walkinshaw@BHSU.edu.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, September 08, 2011 (00:49:42)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Swarm Day Parade Marshals


Dave Little and his wife Claudia will serve as parade marshals for the 2011 Black Hills State University Swarm Day parade Saturday, Sept. 10.

Dave, who served as a coach and athletic director at BHSU for more than three decades, and Claudia, a former Spearfish elementary teacher and BHSU alum, played an active role in Swarm Day celebrations for many years. It’s fitting that this year they will be leading the parade through downtown Spearfish.

“We’re really excited and surprised to hear that we had been chosen for this honor,” Dave said. “We’ve been involved in a lot of Swarm Day festivities over the years since we first came to Spearfish in 1968.”

Dave says he and Claudia always look forward to the University homecoming events because they know how important it is to the students, faculty, and staff, as well as the entire community.

“Swarm Day is actually, in my view, an opportunity to involve athletes, all the students, alumni, and the community in one event that creates lasting memories,” Dave says.

Looking back, Dave says he has many fond Swarm Week memories but the most unusual Swarm Day that came to mind was in 1996, when Swarm Day was turned into a “snow day.” The entire area was blanketed with more than a foot of snow halting traffic and interrupting the homecoming plans. The parade was cancelled and the game was finally held on Sunday after spending hours cleaning the field and moving snow. Dave is optimistic we’ll have better weather this year (and the forecast sounds like it will be beautiful).

Dave retired from BHSU in 2002 after a career that spanned nearly 35 years. He quickly established himself as one of the state’s most successful collegiate track and field and cross country coaches. His name became synonymous with winning South Dakota-Iowa Conference (SDIC) cross-country and track titles. During his tenure as a Yellow Jacket head coach he led his team to 17 cross country titles and 30 track and field titles in men’s and women’s competition.

His success was not just limited to the field of competition as his enthusiasm and knowledge of subject matter won over classroom students, too. He was twice selected as teacher of the year by the BHSU student senate. He later took on administrative challenges when he served twice as the University’s athletic director.

Though he was successful as a teacher and administrator, it is coaching where his legacy remains. During the 70s and early 80s his men’s teams dominated the league by winning 12 consecutive titles in both cross country and track and field. For his coaching accomplishments, Dave was named NAIA District 12 coach of the year 14 times.

The BHSU winter invitational track meet was renamed in honor of Dave Little to permanently honor him for all he’s done for track and field and for the University.

The former coach once calculated that he had driven more than 600,000 miles recruiting and attending competitions as a BHSU coach and spent more than 2 ½ years attending track and field competitions if all his coaching days were added together.

Claudia, who was an elementary teacher in Spearfish for many years, is also a children’s literature author. After marrying Dave and raising two children, she went back to school and had a long successful career in the classroom helping children develop a “love of learning.” She has written two books, Patches, My Mustang , which tells the story of her life growing up on a cattle ranch on the edge of the Badlands, and Mudpies, a beautiful rhyming book about the simple pleasures in life. Claudia earned her master’s degree in education from BHSU in 1978 graduate.

Dave and Claudia Little live in Spearfish and are enjoying their retirement by traveling with friends and family. Their travel often includes active pursuits including extended bike rides, kayaking, and other adventurous activities across the nation and internationally. They have two grown children, Tavis, a 1995 BHSU graduate who now works in law enforcement in the Black Hills; and Carsi, who works in the health care field in the Seattle area.

As they lead the Swarm Day parade through Spearfish this weekend, it’s certain that many former students and athletes will be cheering with gratitude for Dave and Claudia Little and remembering the powerful ways the couple has provided inspiration and encouragement through their years serving as coach, teacher, and mentor.

The couple may have been surprised when asked to serve as Swarm Day parade marshals but it’s not surprising that they were chosen for this honor considering their many years of positively influencing students, athletes, and colleagues.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, September 08, 2011 (00:48:45)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Swarm King And Queen Crowned


Evan Brindley, senior human services and sociology major from Belle Fourche, and Rhea Richards, senior human services, sociology, and psychology major from Gregory, were crowned Swarm King and Queen at last night’s coronation ceremony held at Black Hills State University.

Dr. Tim Steckline, associate professor of humanities, was chosen as Swarm Day Dad and Micheline Nelson, assistant professor of education, was chosen as Swarm Day Mom.

This year’s homecoming theme is “Swarm Spirit” with the Yellow Jacket (Sting, the mascot) showing his school spirit.

All alumni are invited back to campus to celebrate Swarm Week. This year BHSU is also hosting reunions for alumni who were associated with Props and Liners, as well as forensics and debate.

Swarm Day continues through Saturday. See the schedule below. For additional information regarding Swarm Day please call the Student Union Information Center at 642-6062.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, September 08, 2011 (00:46:58)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame will induct five individuals and two teams during the annual Swarm Week Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. on the BHSU campus.

Jesse Dana, Traci (Schenk) Dana, Cori (Ringwood) Engelhardt, and Travis Thorn will be inducted as athletes, and Mike Olson will be inducted as a coach. The 1998-99 men's basketball team and the 1973 golf team will also be inducted. For more information on the Hall of Fame banquet call 642-6630.

--The Lady Yellow Jacket Golf team begins the 2011 Fall season with a trip to Billings, Montana. The Yellow Jackets will compete in the Montana State-Billings Invitational September 7-9.

--The Black Hills State Volleyball team hits the road again this weekend to attend the Nebraska-Kearney Tournament. On Friday, the Lady Yellow Jackets will take on Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State. Saturday, they follow-up with action against Missouri Western and the University of Sioux Falls. Black Hills State is 1-3 after their first weekend of play.

--The Black Hills State Cross Country team will host the Stadium Sports Grill/Swarm Days 5K on Saturday morning. The team will then travel to Rapid City and compete in the South Dakota School of Mines Invitational at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

The men's and women's cross country rosters have a total of three seniors and four juniors between them. There are 16 underclassmen on the two rosters. Despite the young team, five members of the women's team and four members of the men's team that competed in the NAIA National meet will return.

The women's team returns its top three finishers from last season. Erin Curran, Courtney Dickson, and Leigh Anne Whiteside all placed in the top 35 at the NAIA Cross Country Championships. Curran will redshirt this season.

Jed Morgan is the top returner for the men's cross country team. Last season, Morgan finished second in the Dakota Athletic Conference Championships and placed 53rd at the NAIA Championships.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 (02:24:04)


Black Hills State University
   Kelli Clarkson Memorial Scholarship Fund


The Clarkson family recently donated $10,000 to establish the Kelli Clarkson Memorial Scholarship Fund at Black Hills State University.

Kelli Clarkson was born March 4, 1953, and grew up on a farm east of Belle Fourche. She graduated from Belle Fourche High School in 1971 and married Alan Crago that summer. She worked for the Posy Palace in Belle Fourche and various flower shops in Spearfish and Boulder, Colo. An extremely gifted artist, Kelli created art using as many different mediums as her imagination could conjure. These included painting, photography, floral arrangement, jewelry, pottery, textiles, interior design, and gourmet cooking among others. According to Cathy Bennett, Kelli’s sister, it was truly a delight to see her many creations. Kelli also had a wanderlust from an early age and life's travels took her many places including Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Egypt, Tobago, Ethiopia, and many, many points in between. Kelli was diagnosed with cancer in February of 2010.

The scholarship is designated for a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in mass communications with an emphasis in photography. For more information about establishing a scholarship at BHSU, contact Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement at BHSU, at (605) 642-6228 or Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, September 07, 2011 (00:08:35)


Black Hills State University
   Blue Devils Defeat Yellow Jackets


The Black Hills State University football team was defeated 19-7 on Saturday by Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisc.

Wisconsin-Stout struck first late in the first quarter on a 5-yard run by Eric Brown making the score 7-0. The Blue Devil touchdown was the only scoring in the first quarter.

Black Hills State would respond on the following possession when Wes Kragt completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Dustin Worthington. The big play of the drive came on a 48-yard pass from Kragt to Daniel Hancock that took the Yellow Jackets down to the 7-yard line. The score capped an eight-play, 68-yard drive with 11:16 remaining in the second quarter. Wisconsin-Stout would add a 19-yard field goal to make the score 10-7 at the half.

In the third quarter, Wisconsin-Stout would capitalize on excellent field position and convert a 48-yard field goal to extend the lead to 13-7. Later in the quarter, Black Hills State would drive the ball to the Wisconsin-Stout 28-yard line. The Yellow Jackets would be unable to capitalize and would turn the ball over on downs. On the following possession, the Blue Devils would drive 72 yards and score on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ross Carey to Josh Peterson. Wisconsin-Stout would fail on the two-point conversion attempt making the score 19-7.

The Yellow Jackets held Wisconsin-Stout scoreless in the fourth quarter. Black Hills State would get four more possessions in the final period, but would be unable to move the ball past the Blue Devil 36-yard line.

Kragt finished the game 19-of-41 for 214 yards and one touchdown. Kragt was also the leading rusher for the Yellow Jackets gaining 37 yards on nine carries. Ryan Fagerstrom was the top receiver grabbing six balls for 81 yards.

Black Hills State will return home on September 10 to take on Adams State. The game will be the Yellow Jackets' homecoming game, Swarm Day, and will kick-off at 1 p.m. MT.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, September 04, 2011 (12:11:48)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU To Recognize Award Recipients During Swarm Week


Black Hills State University will recognize several honorees during Swarm Week at the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon Friday, Sept. 9 at 12 noon in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union on the BHSU campus. Charles (Chuck) V. Sederstrom Jr. will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Darla J. (Talty) Crown will be recognized with the Special Achievement Award; the Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Dr. Barry L. Jankord; and George C. Rinker, Ph.D. will be honored with the Special Service Award.

Charles (Chuck) V. Sederstrom Jr., Attended, studied at BHSU and ultimately received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Dakota (USD). In 1968 he began practicing law in Omaha, Neb., with Donald H. Erickson; and subsequently began the law firm of Erickson and Sederstrom. Sederstrom’s area of specialization has been in corporate law with a particular reference on health law. He is currently General Counsel to Alegent Health, which is the largest nongovernmental employer in the state of Nebraska, as well as the largest hospital in the state.

Sederstrom has been active in Masonic bodies over the course of 25 years. He is currently a member of the Scottish Rite, the York Rite, and Tangier Shrine, where he has been a member of the Royal Order of Jesters since 1985 and served as its director in 1998. He was the personal representative of the Scottish Rite Sovereign Grand Inspector General of Nebraska for several years and has also been a member of the Scottish Rite Cathedral Board of Omaha which oversees the operation of the Masonic Center. He was appointed Scottish Rite Deputy of the Supreme Council for Nebraska in May 2007 and Sovereign Grand Inspector General in Nebraska in 2009.

Over the course of the past 20 years, he has been very involved with the Salvation Army. He served on the local Omaha Board and for over 10 years he has served on the National Board. He has also served the Omaha Salvation Army in many other capacities: Board Resources Committee, General Chairman of the Christmas Committee, Planning Committee, Chairman of the Advisory Board, and Bequest and Endowment Committee. He received the Others Award in 1994. In addition, he was formerly Chairman of the Combined Health Agencies of America.

Sederstrom is also a very active member and leader in many legal and civic organizations, including American Diabetes Association, American Lung Association, Arthritis Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Combined Health Agencies Drive of Nebraska, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Rotary International, Chamber of Commerce, and the Omaha Home for Boys. Sederstrom was President of the Omaha Bar Association from 1984-85.

Command Chief Warrant Officer Darla J. (Talty) Crown, Class of ’80, enlisted in the United States Army, Women’s Army Corp, in 1973 after graduating from Wall High School. Upon her honorable discharge from active duty, she immediately joined the South Dakota Army National Guard. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from BHSU and began teaching math and science at the junior high level. After receiving her master’s degree in education and science, she worked as a counselor, sales and marketing professional, and development officer.

Last spring the South Dakota National Guard welcomed Crown as the first female Command Chief Warrant Officer during a ceremony honoring the transfer of authority. She oversees Warrant Officer career development, recruiting, morale, education, promotions, and retention.

Assignments in her career have included: being assigned as a personnel officer in a field artillery brigade, instructing leadership and land navigation for the Officer Candidate School, and serving as a Casualty Notification Officer. In addition to her active duty time from 1973-76, she also served on active duty during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Crown was named the Girl Scouts “Woman of Distinction” and received the Rapid City Chamber ATHENA Award, for her contributions to the support and development of women in leadership roles.

Just as she has been inspired by, mentored by, and encouraged by other men and women in uniform, Crown hopes to serve as a role model to inspire, mentor, and encourage others to set their goals high, work hard, and reach for their dreams.

Dr. Barry L. Jankord, Class of ’82, graduated with honors from BHSU and earned his bachelor’s degree in social science and athletic coaching. While at BHSU he was the student government vice president, Swarm Days chair, and a reserve quarterback for the Yellow Jackets. He went on to study honors philosophy and graduate theology from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and earned his master’s degree in educational administration and his doctorate degree in educational leadership from the University of Wyoming.

Jankord began his career in education at Sublette County School District in Big Piney, Wyo., as a middle school social studies teacher. He also coached seventh-grade football and eighth-grade girls basketball.

He began working for the Campbell County School District (CCSD) in Gillette, Wyo., in 1990. From 1990-93 he served part-time as the associate principal and part-time as the ninth-grade social studies teacher at Sage Valley Junior High School (SVJHS). From 1993-97 he was the associate principal and activities director at SVJHS. He and fellow BHSU graduate Cliff Hill, Class of '81, helped double the intramural and interscholastic activity participation for Gillette's junior high students in the mid-90s. In 1997, he started work as an elementary principal, serving Meadowlark and Rawhide Schools until 2002.

Jankord currently serves as the principal for Meadowlark Elementary School, where he provides educational leadership for a school of 330 students. He is also the director of the CCSD Title III and English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. As the director he oversees the staffing and professional development of K-12 English Language Learner (ELL) programs.

He has furthered his educational career by participating in numerous teaching and administrative training courses. Jankord has also been invited to present at various education conferences and he currently serves on the BHSU Education Advisory Board.

George C. Rinker, Ph.D. is known for his dedication to the BHSU science program. After being retired for 16 years from USD as an anatomy professor and associate dean he came to BHSU to volunteer his experience and expertise as a lab assistant.

Rinker earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Kansas and his doctorate in anatomy from the University of Michigan, where he was an assistant professor for 12 years. In 1962, he began teaching anatomy at USD and retired with professor emeritus status in 1984.

It was the quality of the science program at BHSU and a chance to get involved once again in a vocation that he loved that persuaded him to devote his time in the classroom. Rinker began aiding in anatomy, mammalogy, and ecology labs over 10 years ago at BHSU and has helped mentor and prepare over 95 students for graduate school. Many BHSU science students and faculty have been impressed with him through the years and his dedication to assist them when necessary.

Rinker developed special anatomy presentations for Dr. Charles Lamb, professor of biology at BHSU, which are still used regularly in the science labs. He worked with students in mammalogy courses and provided his personal collection of mammal specimens for them to study. He also donated his small traps to the labs for determining what mammals occur in certain local habitats.

Lamb cannot speak highly enough of the service Rinker has provided to BHSU. “He did this because he loves teaching, and he is rewarded through the interactions he has with our students and how eager they are to learn from him. He has been terrific for our students, for me, and for the culture we have established in our science programs... I am so happy to have been a part of his commitment here,” said Lamb.

Tickets for the Alumni Awards Luncheon are $15 and must be purchased in advance; they will not be sold at the door. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Thursday, Sept. 1. For more information or to purchase tickets contact Tom Wheaton, director of BHSU Alumni Relations, at 642-6385 or email Tom.Wheaton@BHSU.edu.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, September 01, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame will induct five individuals and two teams during the annual Swarm Week Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. on the BHSU campus.

Jesse Dana, Traci (Schenk) Dana, Cori (Ringwood) Engelhardt, and Travis Thorn will be inducted as athletes, and Mike Olson will be inducted as a coach. The 1998-99 men's basketball team and the 1973 golf team will also be inducted. For more information on the Hall of Fame Banquet and tickets call 642-6630.

--The Black Hills State softball team is hosting the Guadalajara Invitational softball tournament at the BHSU Softball Complex on Saturday, September 17. Proceeds will benefit the BHSU softball program.

There is a $125 entry fee per team in the ASA-sanctioned tournament, and each team is guaranteed at least three games.

A raffle with various prizes will be available at the event, and there will also be a daily $5 lunch special of a burger or brat with chips and a drink.

The deadline to register is September 14. For more information, contact Amy Gurney at 642-6881.

--The KDSJ/BHSU Coaches Huddle Show returns for its second season on 980 AM KDSJ! The Stadium Sports Grill is the proud host of the show. The live broadcast will rotate each week between the Spearfish and Belle Fourche locations. Tune in each Monday night from 6-7 p.m. as hosts Cody Oliver and John Kietzmann interview BHSU coaches, staff and student athletes and highlight the week's happenings.

--The Black Hills State Cross Country teams will begin their season with the Stadium Sports Grill/Swarm Days 5K race on Saturday, September 10 in Spearfish. Some of the Yellow Jacket runners will also compete at the South Dakota School of Mines Invitational that same day in Rapid City. Head coach Scott Walkinshaw returns for his 14th year to lead the Yellow Jackets.

--The Black Hills State Women's Golf team has nine members on the fall season's roster. They will begin competition September 7-8 in Billings, Montana for the MSU-Billings Invitational. Head Coach Jamie Bently returns to lead the team.

--The Lady Yellow Jacket Volleyball team begins the 2011 season on the road this weekend at the Sioux Falls Tournament. They will play Waldorf and Fort Hays State on Friday and Bemidji State and Minot State on Saturday.

--The Black Hills State football team hits the road for a big early season match-up with the University of Wisonsin-Stout this Saturday. Game time is set for 12 p.m. MST right here on KDSJ with the pregame show at 11:45. Catch all the Yellow Jacket games right here on 980 AM!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, September 01, 2011 (03:10:55)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Swarm King And Queen Candidates Announced


The 2011 Swarm Day king and queen candidates have been announced at Black Hills State University. Coronation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

The homecoming king candidates are: Theodore Schmidt, junior speech communication major from Hot Springs; Jacob J. Roman III, senior speech communication major from Spokane, Wash.; Chris Yushta, senior mass communication major from Lemmon; Saeed Sulaiman, senior business administration major from Rapid City; David Henry, junior business administration major from Rapid City; and Evan Brindley, senior human services and sociology major from Belle Fourche.

This year’s queen candidates are: Stacey Edwards, senior early childhood special education major from Spearfish; Alexandria Brummond, senior elementary and special education major from Plentywood, Mont.; Summer DiGioia, senior American Indian Studies major from Spearfish; Rhea Richards, senior human services, sociology, and psychology major from Gregory; Kelly Smith, human services and sociology major from Lead; and Sarah Hansen, senior elementary education major from Vermillion.

Swarm Week, BHSU’s annual homecoming celebration, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. A Downtown Block Party will be held Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 3-5 p.m. Various programs at BHSU are sponsoring exciting events throughout the week concluding Saturday, Sept. 10 at Lyle Hare Stadium with this year’s Swarm Day football game. This year’s homecoming theme is “Swarm Spirit.” Participants are asked to decorate floats showing school spirit.

Entries for the Swarm Day parade, which will be held Saturday morning at 10 a.m., are now being accepted. If you wish to participate in the parade, contact the Student Union Information Center at 642-6062.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 (19:12:53)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket Foundation To Give Away 2011 Jeep Wrangler


Black Hills State University and the Yellow Jacket Foundation will be giving away a 2011 Jeep Wrangler or $10,000 cash during the 2011 "Swarm Day." The raffle ticket winner may choose between the Jeep Wrangler and the cash prize.

"By participating in this raffle," said Athletic Director Jhett Albers, "you will be supporting Black Hills State Athletics and more importantly, our quality student-athletes."

The drawing will be held on "Swarm Day" 2011. The raffle winner does not need to present to win. Tickets are $50 each and more than one can be purchased. Only 999 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are being sold at the Donald E. Young Center. Stop in and register to win or contact John Kietzmann at 642-6832.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, August 29, 2011 (07:00:00)


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