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Courtyard honors Tom and Judy Flickema B Judy and Tom Flickema
lack Hills State University hosted a ribbon cutting dedication ceremony last fall for the Tom and Judy Flickema Courtyard. The Flickema Courtyard was created in 2009 between
Woodburn Hall and the E.Y. Berry Library. It is named in honor of retired BHSU President Dr. Tom Flickema and his wife, Judy, for their dedication and service to BHSU. Through their commitment to aesthetics, the BHSU campus was transformed through a number of facility and grounds improvements. Thanks to their efforts, BHSU is recognized as one of the most beautiful campuses in the region.
Dr. Flickema, who retired from his
12-year position as president of BHSU in 2006, had a distinguished 45-year career in higher education. Tom and Judy continue to live in Spearfish and are actively involved in a number of community organizations.
Student Union conference rooms pay tribute C Karen and Clifford Trump
onference rooms in the newly remodeled David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union have been named to pay tribute to Dr. Clifford Trump, former BHSU president, and his wife, Karen; and Jerry Swarts, longtime BHSU employee. Dr. Trump served as the seventh president of BH from 1985 to 1994. Karen was an active volunteer at the University and in the community, serving on the Hospital Auxiliary and as a member of the Historic Preservation Board. Fond memories of the campus and the community of Spearfish, combined with a strong belief in the University’s significance and promising future, prompted the couple to donate $35,000 to the BHSU. “Next
year will mark 25 years since Karen and I began our nine-year tenure at BHSU. The University has been an extremely important element in our lives both professionally and personally,” Dr. Trump stated.
Don Endres, CEO of VeraSun Energy, and Jill LaPlante donated $20,000 to the Student Union remodeling project and asked that a conference room be dedicated in honor of Jerry Swarts to show their appreciation for his work and his commitment to the University. Endres worked with Swarts extensively while instituting an all-card access system at BHSU. Swarts has been employed at the University for nearly 40 years and is currently the director of University Support Services. “It was a pleasure to work with Jerry Swarts, and I appreciate his professionalism and dedication not only to the University, but
also to advancing technology whenever possible, to provide the best services to students, faculty, and staff,” Endres said.
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Wood-fired boiler funding approved
FY 2010 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Congressionally-Directed Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects. The funds will be used for additional planning, engineering design, and initial construction of a new wood-fired boiler and steam absorption chiller plant for the campus.
BHSU is working with Spearfish Forest Products to develop a private-public partnership opportunity that will provide benefits to both entities. Plans are being developed for a cogeneration system that will use locally available woody biomass to fire a steam-generating boiler for heating in the winter and to provide chilled water in the summer.
This initiative is one of many the BHSU campus is pursuing as a part of its commitment to sustainability.
Center for Enterprise Opportunity established
he South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity
(SD CEO), has been established at BHSU by a $750,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) grant. The SD CEO will provide management and technical assistance, comprehensive training, and counseling for entrepreneurs.
The Center will be part of a network of more than 75 centers nationwide established through the SBA women’s business funding. Helen Merriman, Spearfish, has been
selected to serve as director of the Center. “Under Helen’s leadership the SD CEO
will serve as a resource for people who have a goal of owning their own business. BHSU views the establishment of this center as another way we can work with community members to strengthen the economy and create opportunities for entrepreneurs and their future employees," said BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp.
HSU recently learned that a request for $1 million for a wood-fired boiler has been included in the
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