Speaker Date Topic
Ashley Kirchner Feb 01, 2023
JJ Kent Feb 08, 2023
Lakota Indian Culture
Lakota Indian Culture

JJ Kent is a musician and educator who is a descendant of his grandmother’s full-blooded Muskogee heritage.  He is also the adopted son of a full-blooded Lakota woman from the Oglala band. JJ is immersed in the proud lineage of both these indigenous nations. He received his Lakota name Wicasa Ho Waste’ (which means “Good Voice Man”) from his adopted Oglala mother.

Some years ago, JJ was asked to share his knowledge of Native American history through storytelling and this was to became an important part of a spiritual journey for many.  JJ’s music and teaching touches many hearts and he has taught and played his music at various universities and educational venues across continents.

JJ is an accomplished musician playing Native American flute, as well as singing and playing guitar and keyboards. Receiving almost yearly nominations, he was excited to win the coveted 2009 NAMMY Flutist of the Year award and continues to sell his multiple CDs all over the world.

At the present time JJ and his wife live in Rapid City, South Dakota (translated in Lakota as “Mni Lúzahaŋ Otȟúŋwahe” which means “Swift Water City”) and travels the world sharing his music and teaching.

To learn more about JJ visit his webpage  https://jjkentflute.wordpress.com/

Steve Meeker, Black Hills State University Feb 15, 2023
Advancing Black Hills State University
Advancing Black Hills State University

Steve Meeker, Vice President for University Advancement

Steve, a member of the Black Hills State University administration, is responsible for all aspects of university advancement.  Advancement includes the Alumni Association, corporate relations and fundraising through the BHSU Foundation and the Yellow Jacket Foundation.  Steve welcomes every opportunity to share the vision of Black Hills State University while working with donors, alumni and friends to achieve their goals for helping to build excellence at BHSU. 

Colleen Mischke Mar 01, 2023
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