BHSU students join forces with local Wildlife Sanctuary

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, May 10, 2016/Categories: 2016

BHSU tourism and hospitality management students and faculty, from left to right, Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor of tourism and hospitality Kie Tatsukawa from Hiroshima, Japan Marli Chrispen from Spearfish June Lallak from Belle Fourche Christina DiJohn from Belle Fourche Heidi Huether from Wall Haley Torkelson, from Wanblee and Timothy Woodson from Spearfish worked with Devin Pincock (far right) of the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary to develop a proposal for a fundraising event as a part of the BHSU Event Planning class.

As part of the BHSU Event Planning course, students presented to a group of faculty, staff and business professionals, pitching their semester-long projects. Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor of tourism and hospitality, said this is the first time the students in the course collaborated with Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, but that the course incorporates hands-on projects in collaboration with the community each semester.

"For this class, the students came up with an event proposal that is tangible, doable and would help raise awareness about the importance of sanctuary," said Cahyanto.

Students' proposals included a fundraising Wildlife Carnival Event complete with various carnival activities, a marketing plan, and safety procedures and a Hercules' Race and Fitness Challenge event focusing on the daily routine in sanctuary.

Students presented their final proposals to Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary volunteer coordinator, Devin Pincock, who offered feedback and praise for their work.

"Both projects are very realistic and possible," said Pincock. "We will do our best to incorporate some of them in our fall fundraiser "Family Funday", taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17, bringing together the vendors from community and providing different kinds of entertainment."

Many businesses throughout the region give time and resources to provide BHSU students hands-on experience, an experience crucial for students' learning prior to internships and full-time careers.

Christina DiJohn, business administration-tourism and hospitality major from Belle Fourche, who worked with other students on the Carnival Event proposal, believes that previous project-based courses at BHSU, where she gained valuable experience with researching and planning, prepared her well for the Event Planning course.

Students who worked with the Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary on the fundraising proposal include:
  • Kie Tatsukawa from Hiroshima, Japan
  • Marli Chrispen from Spearfish
  • June Lallak from Belle Fourche
  • Christina DiJohn from Belle Fourche
  • Heidi Huether from Wal
  • Haley Tokelson from Wanblee
  • Timothy Woodson from Spearfish
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