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OLC Weekly Bulletin

Wicah’pi Cikala (Little Star)

Welcome: Join me in welcoming Hendrix Willis Brave Eagle-White Dress to the OLC family. Hendrix Willis cameinto this world on May 4, 2015 at 12:43 pm in Rapid City, SD weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs with his eyes wide open to his mother Krystal Brave Eagle. Proud father is our very own Wallace White Dress (Data Base Administrator).

President’s Office (Tom Shortbull)___End of the year Wopila Ceremony. There will be an end of the year Wopila Ceremony to give thanks for the completion of another academic year. The Wopila Ceremony will be held this Friday, May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Multi-Purpose Building. All staff are invited to the Wopila Ceremony and lunch will follow. Anybody wanting to bring a traditional item such as wojapi, wanhanpi (soup) or fry bread can do so. <><><> BOT Mtgs: Personnel, May 18 @ 5:00pm at Piya Wiconi. Program Policy, May 19 @ 5:00pm at PRCC. Finance, May 20 @ 5:00pm at Piya Wiconi. BOT, May 21 @ 5:00pm at Piya Wiconi. Wounded Knee CC (Elizabeth Gibbons)___WKCC hosted a Career Day on May 7th here at the College Center. Thank you to Ahmed Al-Asfour from the Business Dept., and Corey Yellow Boy from the Lakota Studies Dept. for your support in giving a presentation to Wounded Knee District School 8th graders. Thank you to Kim Bettelyoun- Humanities, Gloria Eastman -Allied Health, David White Bull- Voc Ed. dept. Enrollment Management (Dr. Adetokumbo Oredein)___The Jump Start program is designed to enhance the college experience for entering freshmen by creating a living learning environment and to provide additional resources and experiences which can ease the transition into college life. Jump Start students will participate in the Summer Bridge program where you will earn 3 college credit hours, an in-depth orientation to OLC, our staff and resources, and a lending library for text books and laptop computers. Peer mentors will be available to assist with any challenges you may face and to assist in any possible way so that you may have a positive experience while furthering your education. Your Jump Start Advisor will be available to help you have a successful college career! There is no charge for joining the Jump Start Program just a commitment to your education. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Staci Eagle Elk, Retention Advisor either by phone, 605.455.6148 or email to complete an application and become a Jump Start student!

Bookstore (Myreen Iron Cloud)__Book buy back—Monday & Tuesday May 18th & 19th, 2015 9:00am to 4:30pm at OLC Bookstore. Bring all CD’s, DVD’S and supplemental materials purchased with your textbook.

Voc Ed (David White Bull)___ National Career Readiness Certificate. The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skill in *Applied Mathematics *Locating Information *Reading for Information. WorkKeys assessments measure “real world” skills that employers are looking for in order to have job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday world. ACT NCRC is a valuable credential for students whether they plan to go directly to work after high school or pursue postsecondary paths. Earning the ACT NCRC helps anyone with their career decisions, especially by giving them an understanding of what skills they need. Contact: Shyla White Lance 605-455-6090 or Gloria Eastman 605-899-9940 for information on how to get your FREE certificate. <><><> Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA). Classroom work: Wednesday, May 20-Friday, May 29, 2015, 8:30am—5:00pm at the Pejuta Haka CC. Friday May 29 – Sunday June 7, 2015, 8:30 p.m.—5:00p.m. at the He Sapa CC. Additional 16 hr. Clinical Times to be announced for both. You must attend the first day to be enrolled or call Shyla White Lance to sign up and for more information at 605-455-6090 or email OLC & SD Allied Health Training Consortium.

Humanities (Kim Bettelyoun)___Literary Magazine Submissions. Please send writing submissions (stories, poems, memoirs or drama pieces) to by May 22, 2015. The literary magazine will be available online by graduation. This is open to students, staff, faculty and community.

Math/Science & Technology (Karla Witt)___From Allesandra Higa. Check out the link below for a wonderful photo of a smiling Ornate Box Turtle and the exciting work the conservation biology students are doing tracking the turtle through tiny transmitters. The transmitters stay attached to the turtles for a year, even as they burrow to hibernate, travel through vegetation and reproduce (from Indian Country Today).

Faculty Retreat____Report on retreat from Marry Abraham. Friday April 17, 2015 the faculty members of Oglala Lakota College met at Prairie Wind Casino to attend a retreat “Honoring the Ancients Through Song and Dance”. The retreat was presented by Marcel Bull Bear. Marcel taught the faculty members the importance of being able to connect with our students on a cultural level. By learning the culture the faculty members are not only able to connect with the students, but also able to open communication lines that may be lacking. Marcel taught the faculty members the history and Lakota perspective on creation and the importance of song and dance. After the lesson, dancers and drummers were invited to put the lecture in full circle. Faculty members were then able to participate in the Rabbit dance. In addition to Marcel’s presentation with the drummers and dancers, the faculty members were taught by Philomene Lakota the importance of using Lakota language often. Students should be encouraged to embrace their culture and the best way the faculty members can do this is to embrace the culture also. Philomene stressed to practice the language until it is no longer uncomfortable. The faculty members also played a very intense game of hand games. Men against women were tested and the women prevailed! Some benefits of the retreat were to help the faculty members connect with each other by sharing experiences. It can be difficult for faculty members to connect with one another because of the geographic locations of both their residence and the schools. In addition, when faculty members can connect with their students at a cultural level retention can increase.

Activities Committee (Theresa Lone Hill, Chair)___ONLY six weeks until Graduation (June 21st). You still have time to sponsor a dance category to support the graduation wacipi. This is a wonderful way to honor or to memorialize a loved one. The category poster is still pretty bare. Support your Graduates, Dancers, Children…. Graduation weekend is a fun time for all. The poster, pen included, is outside the Piya Wiconi Conference Rm. Wopila to those that have already signed up to help support the Pow-Wow ! Categories: Women’s Golden Age, Women’s Traditional, Women’s Jingle, Women’s Fancy, Teen Girl’s Traditional, Teen Girl’s Jingle, Teen Girl’s Fancy, Jr. Girl’s Traditional, Jr. Girl’s Jingle, Jr. Girl’s Fancy. Men’s Golden Age, Men’s Traditional, Men’s Grass, Men’s Fancy, Teen Boy’s Traditional, Teen Boys Grass, Teen Boys Fancy, Jr. Boy’s Traditional, Jr. Boy’s Grass, Jr. Boy’s Fancy. Tiny Tots. Total gifted so far $2,075, and that is ONLY from 13 individuals—If 13 more gave the same… ADDS up FAST. And you don’t have to be an employee of OLC to give, so you can let your family and friends know too! Wopila, Wanda Reddy, Secretary

Ag Extension (Leslie Henry)__ Multiple Positions opening soon Student Interns and Recent Graduates. USDA, South Dakota Rural Development. Apply at (search South Dakota). Part-time and full-time positions will be available for assessing credit risk and understanding and employing good lending principles in the following loan & grant program areas: Community Programs, Business Programs, Single Family & Multi-Family Housing. Relevant Majors include Accounting, Agriculture Economics, Banking & Credit, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Community and Regional Planning and similar areas of study. Most positions will be for appointments until September 30, 2015, with possible consideration for any full-time permanent positions available at that time. For a list of frequently asked questions pertaining to the Pathways Programs, please visit for information regarding the available positions and the USDA Pathways Programs, please contact Kay Daugherty, South Dakota-Administrative Officer, or 605-352-1105. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer

KOLC TV (Tony Brave)___ Here is what we will be showing on KOLC-TV. Oglala Lakota College Television all this week – Shields King. 7:08-AM- Tribal council meeting, Regular Session Part 1. 11:13-AM- Little Wound Mustangs vs Pine Ridge Thorpes. pt 1. 12:27-PM- Black Hills Pow-wow Sunday Part 1. 3:42-PM- Wilmer Mesteth Night Dance part 1. 5:54-PM- Wilmer Mesteth & Maori Speak. 7:41-PM- Black Hills Pow-wow, Sunday part 1. 10:57-PM- Wilmer Mesteth Night Dance part 1. 1:09-AM- Wilmer Mesteth & Maori speak. 2:56-AM- Tribal Council Meeting, Regular Session part 1.

Spring 2015 Calendar May 15 Faculty’s Last Day May 11-15 Make-up Period May 15 Grades Due May 26 Memorial Day (Offices Closed) May 29 Last Day for Chairs June 10 Graduates Day June 19-21 Graduation/Powwow June 19 Last Day for Support Staff (24 pay period)

Other Announcements

2015 Festival of Books. The Festival of Books is scheduled for September 24-27 in Rapid City and Deadwood, SD. The Exhibitors Hall located in the Event Center at the Deadwood Mountain Grand – a Holiday Inn Resort will be the site of book sales, book signings, concessions and special events. Questions! Contact Jennifer Widman by e-mail,, or phone, 605-688-5715. More info to follow at a later d