Streeter Shining, M.D. Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

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The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

From Medicine to Actor: Streeter Shining

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H. Streeter Shining began practicing internal medicine in Rapid City in 1965 at the Western Dakota Medical Clinic, back when doctors still made house calls. His 30-plus year career in medicine produced some significant milestones, including the first temporary pacemaker procedure in Rapid City, as well as stories of quick-thinking medical improvisation in order to treat a patient with an abnormal heart rhythm.

In 1999, he retired from a fulfilling career of medicine and turned to an entirely different path – acting.

This love of acting has cast Shining in numerous plays, including Black Hills Community Theatre productions of Dearly Departed, A Few Good Men, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He was most recently cast in spring 2018 as Judge Omar Gaffney in the comedy Harvey, the final main stage show of the BHCT’s 50th season.

His dedication to the craft has involved working on both sides of the curtain – as a member of the acting cast and part of the crew as an assistant director.

Shining continues to show his support of the local theater community, both as an actor and a patron. If you happen to be a regular theatergoer or someone who simply enjoys an enthralling piece of performance art, you might just find yourself in one of the seats named after Shining and his wife Barbara at the Studio Theater in the Performing Arts Center of Rapid City.


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Rapid City Boy Scout Tyrone Ware Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

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Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Scout Creates Mini-Libraries in Rapid City

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A young man from Rapid City combined his work toward an Eagle Scout designation with his love of reading in a project to create miniature libraries in the community. Tyrone Ware said he was raised with a love of reading. His mother used to “read to me all the time when I was growing up, and I truly enjoyed this time with her,’’ Ware told the Rapid City Journal as he described his project. He partnered with United Way of the Black Hills, which has a Grade-Level Reading Initiative to make his dream come true. His first miniature library, a converted newspaper stand, was installed in the lobby of the Community Health Center of the Black Hills.

The re-purposed newspaper stand was painted in bright colors and filled with children’s books obtained through donations. Ware said that reading remains a significant part of his life as he matures. “I believe that by making lending libraries accessible to others, they can enjoy books, too,’’ he said. An official with the United Way Community Impact program said Ware’s project helps get books into the hands of underprivileged children throughout the community. It’s a program to get children to learn to read so they can read to learn, the official said.

Tyrone said he has a very involved Boy Scout Troop, and its members helped a great deal with the project, as did friends and family. All of the planned miniature libraries have been painted and are in the process of being installed. The project is Tyrone’s final step before reaching Eagle Scout rank. A board of review will examine his project when all the libraries have been installed.


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Rapid City Regional Airport Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

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The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Rapid City Airport Roof Goes Green

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Rapid City Regional Airport is going green in an environmentally conscious way. Working with the School of Mines and Technology, the airport is creating a rooftop that is filled with small plants. The so-called green roof helps save water and reduce storm run-off. Green roofs also can help reduce heating and cooling costs, according to a story on KOTA Television. The plants absorb heat during the day to aid cooling the building and release the trapped heat at night, which keeps temperatures somewhat warmer than with a normal roof.

An airport official told the television station the project meets the airport’s goals of protecting people, property and the environment and of inspiring innovation to improve the customers’ experience. An article in the October 2018, issue of “Governing’’ magazine said that, while green roofs have been commonplace in Europe for more than 40 years, they only began to catch on in the United States during the past decade or so, and especially in the last couple of years. Cities are setting higher goals for energy efficiency and renewable energy, the magazine said. “Green or living roofs are an obvious solution because they’ve been found to reduce energy costs and absorb stormwater.

What’s more, green roofs improve air quality and help reduce the urban heat island effect, a condition in which cities absorb and trap heat at higher rates than rural areas.’’ In Rapid City, School of Mines graduate student Jason Phillips told KOTA he’s happy to use his education to create sustainable change. “Now you’ve increased your square footage of usable (roof) space so that social aspect of being in on a green roof and growing plants on top of a roof is a pretty cool thing,’’ he said. Phillips worked closely with Dr. Scott Kenner, head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Mines, and Dr. Jennifer Benning, faculty at SDSMT Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept. The photo shows Benning and Phillips.


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Children’s Memorial Garden Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

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Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Stories of Loss Inspire Children’s Memorial Garden

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A Rapid City mother took her suffering over the loss of a child and stories of other grieving families as the inspiration for the Children’s Memorial Garden at the Terra Sancta Retreat Center in the Black Hills near Rapid City. Dionne Eastmo’s youngest son, Jacob, died at age 11 on Easter Sunday of 2017. He was born with severe disabilities, but his mother told the Rapid City Journal he talked with God every day. “He could communicate love and joy through his beautiful smile,’’ she said. “And for those who cared for him, he provided living proof of the profound love of Christ.’’

When Jacob died, the family dedicated memorial funds to create a place to celebrate his life and the lives of other children who have died. Dionne Eastmo’s involvement with a Bible study group for mothers made her acutely aware of how many families shared the experience of having lost a child. Even before Jacob died, Dionne was dreaming of someday creating a place where such families could go to meditate, pray and simply remember their loved ones.

The Children’s Memorial Garden is located near an outdoor Stations of the Cross. A 17-foot-high sculpture titled “Remember the Children’’ was created. All memorial gifts will be recognized there with a permanent hanging metal plate engraved with the child’s name. The Terra Sancta Retreat Center has a Facebook page that invited families to “Enjoy the garden. Water it with your tears. Fertilize it with your memories. And leave with God’s peace and love in your heart.’’


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Dahl Arts Center Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

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The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Giving Art a Home in Rapid City

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Since its opening in October 1974, the Dahl Arts Center has served as the premier western South Dakota arts center for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts. It is a public facility, gifted to Rapid City by Mr. and Mrs. Art Dahl, owned by the City of Rapid City, and managed by the Rapid City Arts Council.

The Dahl Arts Center is home to the unique Cyclorama Mural, which features a nearly 200-foot oil-on-canvas panorama spanning 200 years of U.S. economic history. Art Dahl commissioned his friend, the acclaimed muralist Bernard P. Thomas, to design and paint this extraordinary work, featuring events from the Industrial Revolution to the moon landing.

In January of 2009, the “new Dahl” opened its doors after a $7.8 million dollar renovation, almost tripling its size. $3.25 million dollars of the project was funded by the City’s Vision 2012 program, with the remainder raised by the RCAC through generous community and foundation support.

Today, along with the Cyclorama Mural, the Dahl houses a flexible use event center, five visual arts galleries, an interactive children’s gallery, gift shop, classrooms for artists of all ages and abilities and an emerging artists performance space. This multi-purpose community arts center is used by artists and arts organizations for arts, private and corporate gatherings.

Because of Art Dahl’s love of art and dedication to his community, the Dahl Arts Center continues to thrive today, offering education programs for young people and adults, exhibitions with a special focus on regional, contemporary artists, and support to artists and arts organizations in Rapid City.

 

Rapid City Arts Council @ the Dahl Arts Center. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2018, from https://www.thedahl.org/


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North Middle School Celebrated for Acts of Excellence

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The Acts of Excellence program connects us with individuals and organizations who are building a culture of excellence in South Dakota, one act at a time.

Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, from 4:30 to 6 pm at the Suzie Cappa Art Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Cultivating Student Leadership at North Middle School

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Acts of Excellence take place every day at North Middle School in Rapid City, South Dakota. When you arrive as a visitor, a substitute teacher, a parent, or a speaker, you will feel welcome and impressed with a remarkable level of gracious hospitality. North Middle School serves students of families who live in a community with low household incomes.

There is great pride in the achievements of the students. Parents work closely with the school administration, teachers, and staff to provide students with the opportunities for championing a culture of excellence. Students are encouraged to do their best in all aspects of their daily lives. In support of the students, the school provides both intellectual and personal nourishment, including breakfast, lunch, and meal backpacks on with weekends.

The environment of North Middle School encourages each student to strive to be a leader of the school community. Through the commitment of members of the Rapid City community to champion a culture of excellence, in the summer of 2015 students of North Middle School were given the opportunity to travel to Washington DC to learn firsthand about the government of our nation and life and the people of other parts of our America.


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Sioux Falls native Maj. Christopher Mercado native Celebrated for Excellent Acts

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Please join us and area inductees to celebrate this Act of Excellence on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 4:30 to 6 pm at Sanford Health’s Imagentics Building in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. See all of the event details here:

Creating a Lifeline for Military Veterans

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A Sioux Falls native and graduate of the University of South Dakota is a key player in the development of Objective Zero, a mobile app designed to help military veterans who struggle with thoughts of suicide. Maj. Christopher Mercado recently received the 2017 Military Times Service Member of the Year for the U.S. Army in recognition of his leadership on Objective Zero. He was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in July. “It means the world to me, it’s humbling,’’ Mercado said in a news release circulated by the Marketing, Communications and University Relations at USD. “I’m not entirely convinced I deserve the recognition. It’s been a team effort from the beginning, so this is really about the hard work of the entire Objective Zero team.’’ Objective Zero is a mobile app that instantly connects veterans in need to fellow veterans, current service members and concerned citizens. The program is intended to counter the high rate of suicide among military veterans. Mercado says younger veterans are comfortable with technology, and the anonymous nature of the Objective Zero app is intended to make it easier for veterans to reach out for help. “In the military, there’s a belief that asking for help about these issues is a sign of weakness. It’s not,’’ he said. “The app is anonymous and provides tools to reconnect veterans with the civilian population. It’s a judgment-free zone.’’ He cites statistics that show 20 veterans and one active military member commit suicide every day. Veterans of the Vietnam War era comprise the largest population at risk for suicide, he said, but the highest percentage of veterans taking their lives are younger, from the “Operation Enduring Freedom’’ era. Mercado is a 1998 graduate of Washington High School in Sioux Falls and earned his army commission at USD. He served five tours of duty overseas. During graduate studies at Georgetown University, Mercado took a course that involved taking existing technology and using it for new purposes. That’s where he and a group of classmates developed the idea for the mobile app. When someone opens the app, they see a map of people closest to them who are available to talk or provide comfort through message, video or phone call.


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