What You Can Do at SGU by Maggie Mackichan
Did you know that the Sinte Gleska University library is also a community library? Everyone is welcome to come and relax, warm up or cool down, read the latest magazines or regional newspapers, or go on-line with the library computers. There are books to fuel your interests and expand your knowledge on thousands of subjects, from gardening and beading techniques to space exploration. Novels can feed your imagination and take you away to new places and ideas.
SGU students can check out books, videos and DVDs . Community members can get a library card by bringing in a picture ID and envelope addressed to you, mailed within the past month. Once you have a card, you can check out books for two weeks, and DVDs/videos for one week. Sinte Gleska university also has access to the South Dakota state library through interlibrary loan, if books aren’t available in this library.
It is a quiet, friendly atmosphere. Stop in and get acquainted—the SGU librarians Ken Wike, Ken Swalley, Mike Dillon, Elsie Hollow Horn Bear and Diana Dillon are there to help you.
The library is located on the Main Campus, with the marquee lighted sign.
Library hours: During the school year
8:00 am to 10:00 [m
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Summer hours (June/July)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
What You Can Do At SGU
Did you know that Sinte Gleska University is the only individual tribal college that has its own art institute? The Great Plains Art Institute at Sinte Gleska University began in 1987. It offers an AA and a BA in art. The SGU art institute is unique in that courses have been developed on Lakota and aesthetics and Native American art history that each student takes in addition to all the courses required by major university art programs. Lakota thought and philosophy is incorporated into the classes. And, even though the SGU Art Institute is a small program of fewer than twenty students, they have taken prestigious awards over Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe which has 615 students, in national art competitions, including last month’s American Indian Higher Education Consortium conference.
Charles Her Many Horses, Senior at the SGU Art Institute
Charles Her Many Horses has been a student at SGU since 2012. He is a prolific artist who has created a studio in his home, and works daily in it, as well as in class. He works in many mediums, everything from oil painting on canvas to painting on cardboard with water based paints, but also three dimensional work in a myriad of materials. His work is not bound to other peoples’ concepts of art.
Her Many Horses entered four categories at AIHEC this spring, and won in each category. He took First in Painting, First in Dimensional Traditional Art, Second in Sculpture, and Third in Drawing. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment, as the competition included the work of the best students from IAIA and also 35 other tribal colleges.
“Native art is what you make. In Lakota, there is no word for art.” Charles truly lives this philosophy, making not only beautiful objects of any material at hand, but ones that challenge the viewer and expand the definition of “Indian Art.” As a true artist, his work is not driven solely by a business perspective, although he is quick to admit selling is nice. “I would like to sell, but I’m not going to make something just because it will sell.” Instead, he makes art that will change our perception of art, and, in doing so, art itself. This is a path that is difficult to follow, because most people don’t understand that there is a difference between craftsmanship and art. Art should have craftsmanship, but craftsmanship alone does not necessarily reach the personal expression of art. The drive to produce something with meaning and inner vision sets the artist apart.
This is one reason Charles decided to attend the SGU Art Institute rather than IAIA, which he says turns out repetitious production artists, who are pushed to produce work for the art market alone, rather than work that comes from an inner source. Like most centers for Indian art, the imagery tends to be generic, made to fit the public’s concept of Indian art. It takes courage and resiliency to stand with your own convictions. By studying at Sinte Gleska Charles
says, he lives in a supportive environment and draws from his own Lakota culture rather than in an atmosphere of Pan Indian art. Emphasis at the art institute is on developing as an artist, reaching inside for direction. Much of Charles work, at times provocative, revolves around traditional Lakota stories-- actual stories rather than cliched symbols. His statements and observations are his own, as well as his distinctive imagery itself. These strengths and personal vision are the reason for his growing recognition in the art world today. At the Northern Plains Art Market he has received several awards including Best in Fine Arts in 2015. He has won first place in previous AIHEC competitions, took first at the Red Cloud Show in 2018, has shown at CAIRNS and numerous other venues.
Her Many Horses will be graduating this summer with his BA in Art. He intends to enter graduate school in the future, but in the meantime is looking into art residencies around the country.
For more information on the Great Plains Art Institute at Sinte Gleska University, call me, Margaret MacKichan, at 856-8415. Ned Day is our other highly qualified instructor.
Did you know that Sinte Gleska University has many scholarships that students can apply to receive? Midas Gunhammer, Financial Aid Director and his staff Leslie Short Bull and Juanita Roubideaux are working throughout the year to find funding and manage grants for students who need financial help.
Before applying, the student must apply for assistance by filling out a Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA). After that, an application must be filled out for a PELL grant. This will establish need, based on household size, income, and number of students in the household. Once need is established, the scholarships may be applied for. Midas, Juanita or Leslie can help each step of the way.
Here are some of the scholarships available to SGU students:
TOKATAKIYA (“In the Future”) Scholarship, funded through SGU
This is an exciting new scholarship offered by Sinte Gleska.
Anycurrent year graduating high school or GED student may receive this scholarship. It provides100% free tuition for two semesters, providing the student carries a full time course load (minimum 12 hours, usually four classes), and passes them with at least a 2.0 grade point average. (C average). Once the first semester is completed satisfactorily, the student can get the second semester, also tuition-free. This is an incredible opportunity.
EVERYONE WHO APPLIES FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP and maintains grades, gets the funding! At a state university this would amount to thousands of dollars. Think of what you can save.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant
The conditions for this scholarship are that the student be enrolled in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, be in good standing academically, and that they enroll as a full time student in an four-year degree program, or an AA degree program that leads to a four-year degree.
Students receiving this scholarship also receive a monthly stipend for education related expenses. The amount of the stipend is determined by household size, and whether the household members are dependents.
Tribal College and University (TCU) Scholarship
TCU scholarships are a minimum of $500, and it is not necessary to be a tribal member of any tribe, only that you be a student at a tribal college. All who apply are considered, regardless of their GPA (grade averages.)
The Tribal College and University organization provides all American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) schools with money for scholarships, which is administered by the individual school’s financial aid office. Sinte Gleska University receives about $70,000 per semester for this purpose. It is not necessary to be an enrolled member of any tribe to apply for and receive this scholarship. The following criteria must be met:
The SGU scholarship committee decides who will receive the funding. The committee is made up of the financial aid department, administrators, and representatives from each academic department. Application stays open until the Drop/Add period ends each semester, usually in the third week of school.
Full Circle Scholarshipfunded by the American Indian College Fund
This scholarship is applied for on-line. As with the others, it is need-based so application must by made for a PELL grant first to establish need. Application is made in May for the upcoming year, which begins that Fall. Selection for this grant is made by AICF, using their own committee of educators and donors around the country. Full Circle scholarships start at $1,000 or more. A representative from AICF is coming to SGU on April 15th, so mark your calendars.
If this seems confusing, the financial aid staff will lead you through the processes. It is not necessary you remember these facts, only that the scholarships are there, and Midas, Leslie and Juanita are willing and ready to walk you through application. Call Midas at (605) 856-8140, or stop by the Student Services Building on Antelope Drive, which is the new campus southeast of Antelope community. There you can meet the staff and begin the next step of your educational journey.
Did you know that Sinte Gleska University has the ONLY free transportation service for their students in the country?
That’s right. SGU vans cover 1,380 miles a dayto provide free, safe transportation for students in outlying areas. The transportation service has been in effect since the earliest days, when SGU was Sinte Gleska College. It was recognized that great distances and lack of transport would prevent otherwise interested students from enrolling. Students come from Corn Creek, He Dog, Springcreek, and Winner to name a few communities, with many places in between.
This service runs every day the college is in session. Each run is made to get students to classes at 9 am, then a 4 pm run, and a 10 o’clock run, when classes are over. This makes access to a car unnecessary, and can save students with cars hundreds of dollars over the course of a year, thousands by time of graduation. Students are picked up at their home unless the private road is over a mile long, or blizzard or mud prevent passage. In those cases, students are picked up on the main road. The drivers penetrate the most remote areas of the reservation to help students get an education.
One of the drivers, Dave Delgarito has been on staff 38 years, almost as long as SGU has existed. Another driver, Keith Larvie has driven for 13 years. Other drivers are newer to the staff: Kerry Davis, Ron Keller, and Neil Traversie, all under the direction of Dera Iyotte. These drivers keep impossibly long hours, from 6:30 am to midnight most days.
When students register for classes they also meet with transportation staff to register their class times and community. Drivers get to know their passengers, and also their schedule, and even keep students coming with encouragement.
We are proud of our drivers, who tackle the roads and mechanical glitches on a daily basis, whatever the conditions. And also we salute SGU, who saw the need and continues to provide support of all kinds for students.
Did you know that Sinte Gleska University has a full time Financial Aid Director, whose job it is to help you find the funds to go to college?
That’s right. His name is Midas Gunhammer, and he’s been doing this since, well, a long time. I can tell you from experience he is a patient person, who knows all the necessary hoops, and how to jump through them. He is ready to help you through the process, which otherwise might seem scary.
The first step is to fill out a FAFSA, which stands for Free Application For Student Aid. This is the most important document to fill out when you need money for tuition and books in order to attend college. This FAFSA document will calculate a student’s need for financial aid, and will also determine if the student is eligible for a PELL Grant. A FAFSA also helps in applying for other types of assistance because it establishes the need.
Many students here and elsewhere get PELL Grants. They are an entitlement to you as a US citizen, providing you meet the eligibility guidelines. This will depend on household size, income, and how many household members are currently attending college. (For more about PELL Grants, see box below.)
Midas’ office is in the Student Services Building, on the new Lake Campus. His phone number is 856-8140. Call or stop in to find out more about how SGU can help you get a college education, right here at home.
Watch next week’s paper for information about more scholarships available for Sinte Gleska students.
PELL is granted to applicants who meet the eligibility standards. The amount of the grant can be anywhere from a few hundred dollars a year, to $6,000 a year. The amount is determined by criteria stated earlier—income, household size, and number of college students in the household.
This money is funded by Congress, is overseen by the Department of Education and managed by the university’s financial aid officer, at Sinte it is Midas Gunhammer.
Essentially how PELL works:
Once funding is granted, certain minimum standards must be maintained by the student for the funding to continue. They must pass 67% of all the classes they take, and must maintain a given GPA (Grade Point Average—which means passing grades.) Should the student fall short in either of these areas, they will be given a chance to change that during the next semester. All is of this is explained to the student, and Midas will help by making sure you understand the procedure and conditions. Basically, if a student finishes most of their classes with a C or better, the funding will typically continue until you reach your first four year degree.
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