Bucklin elected treasurer of Humanities Council The South Dakota Humanities Council recently named new Board of Directors officers, including Dr. Jack Lyons of Yankton, chair, Richard Papousek of Gregory, chair-elect, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad of Spearfish, secretary, and Dr. Steve Bucklin of Vermillion, treasurer. The new officers will serve two-year terms.
"We are pleased to have this new executive committee. We feel that their leadership will prove invaluable the next two years as the council progresses with their new programs. We are thankful for the retiring executive committee members for setting a new precedent that will be tough to follow," Don Simmons, SDHC executive director, said.
The first meeting of the committee will be Friday, Aug. 8, in Winner. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Eighth Annual Oscar Micheaux Film Festival in Gregory.
The Council officers varied backgrounds will help in promoting the humanities in South Dakota.
Lyons is a retired music professor from Mt. Marty College. He is active in several local and state cultural and civic organizations. Papousek is a contractor and antique store owner in Gregory. He is also the organizer of the Oscar Micheaux Festival and has worked on preserving historic buildings in the state. Ahmad is a professor of political science at Black Hills State University. He has taught at several universities around the world. Bucklin is a history professor at The University of South Dakota. He also has organized the South Dakota History Day competition for high school students and is working on various civic
SDHC is an independent, non-profit corporation supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the South Dakota Humanities Foundation, corporate sponsors, individuals and other sources. Its mission is to support and promote public programming and provide grant funding for programs in traditional humanities disciplines, which include archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, comparative religion and numerous other subjects of interest to general audiences.