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Canadian couple donates horse to BHSU Rodeo Team

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BHSU Rodeo Coach Glen Lammers, left, is pictured with Katie Kehrig and Jim Johnston of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Kehrig and Johnston donated a horse named Leo, also pictured, to the BHSU Rodeo Team along with $5,000 in rodeo scholarships.

The Black Hills State University Rodeo Team recently added a new member - a horse named Leo.

Jim Johnston and Katie Kehrig from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, donated the horse on their most recent visit to the area. The couple became acquainted with BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp and the University’s rodeo program during their annual summer visits to the Black Hills, according to Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach. The couple also donated $5,500 - $5,000 for rodeo scholarships and the remaining $500 to help feed and care for Leo.  

 “Jim and Katie are interested in rodeo and wanted to donate the horse to help our student athletes as well as to see the horse reach its potential,” Lammers said. “It’s really a great situation.  We are grateful for Jim and Katie’s support. Their friendship and generosity is truly a blessing.”

Leo is staying with Lammers and his wife in Belle Fourche until the fall semester begins next month. Then the horse will be moved to the Seven Down Arena outside Spearfish – the practice area for the rodeo team.  “We are excited to have Leo join our team and look forward to seeing him develop and get prepared for competition,” Lammers said.

Lammers said he will keep Johnston and Kehrig updated on Leo’s progress and contribution to the team.

The rodeo team’s first competition is in September in River Falls, Wis.

BHSU Rodeo Team kicks off the Northern Hills Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign

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Recent Black Hills State University graduates Joey Painter, left, and Jordyn Johnson ride in during the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede. The BHSU rodeo team raised more than $600 for the Northern Hills Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign during the stampede.


Black Hills State University student Rowdy Curr, business administration-management major from Scenic, competes in roping during the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede. The BHSU rodeo team had a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night in which contestants wore pink when they competed to raise awareness.

The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket Rodeo Team raised more than $600 to kick off the annual Northern Hills Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP) campaign.

The BHSU rodeo team raised funds during the annual Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede held earlier this spring. “We had a Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night at our rodeo in which contestants wore pink when they competed to raise awareness, and we also sold pink T-shirts to raise funds,” said Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach.

The BHSU rodeo team annually chooses one of its hosted competitions to sell pink T-shirts to help raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer, according to Laurie Wince, director of the Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital Foundation. The foundation along with the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Committee partner for the annual campaign which runs through July. The rodeo team has been committed to the campaign for several years, Wince said.

“We wanted to give back to the community that is so supportive of our team, and we believe helping cancer patients in the Northern Hills is a great way to do that,” Lammers said.

The money donated by the BHSU rodeo team goes to assist with education, testing and financial assistance in the local fight against cancer, Wince added. “Many of those we assist in preventative testing are young women in their 20s. We receive referrals from physicians, family and individuals from all over the Northern Hills communities.”

All the money raised during the campaign stays in the Northern Hills, she said.

 “With the help of donors, and through our Tough Enough to Wear Pink Campaign, we are proud to ease burdens and be known as a pathway for community members who are struggling with this disease to seek help,” Wince said.

BHSU celebrates annual Swarm Days homecoming week Sept. 15-20

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The Black Hills State University campus and community celebrate the annual Swarm Days this week with events influenced by the "Sting lightning" theme.  Events include carnivals, pep rally, a hike, alumni awards, homecoming football game and parade.

"The 1950s and Grease are the inspiration for the week and &lsquoSting Lightning," said Erica Whitiker, student engagement and programming coordinator.  

The parade begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday proceeding down St. Joe Street, Jackson Boulevard, and then Main Street in Spearfish.  Community members can register their floats for the parade through Wednesday.

"Students are always very proud of the parade," said Whitiker.  "They&rsquore very proud seeing the community come out to support us."

Children and their parents in Spearfish and surrounding areas are invited to attend the Kiddie Carnival on Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Campus Green.  Games, prizes, and food will be provided at no charge.

Lyle Hare Stadium gates open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert on Wednesday featuring "Cover Drive." Tickets are $10 for community members.

John Reiners, head football coach, said the football team will continue their momentum after bringing home the Homestake Trophy last weekend.  

"Homecoming will be our first conference game," Reiners said.  "The team looks forward to opening our conference season at home with a nice crowd and defending our two-year winning record against Fort Lewis."   

An Awards Luncheon, Hall of Fame Dinner, and 1968-1973 football team reunion will celebrate alumni returning to campus.  

"We also invited disc jockeys and former advisors of the KBUH campus radio station to celebrate the 40th anniversary of going on the air," said Tom Wheaton, director of alumni relations.  "We have alumni who were on the air in 1974 traveling to Swarm Days from California and the very first DJ who now lives in Belle Fourche will also be at Friday&rsquos celebration."

For the complete Swarm Days schedule of events, check the BHSU Swarm Week website and Campus Calendar.

BHSU special education major recipient of the Amy & Michelle Emmert Scholarship

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           Angela Rose, a special education major from Rapid City, was awarded the $15,000 Amy &amp Michelle Emmert Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Angela Rose, a special education major from Rapid City, was awarded the $15,000 Amy &amp Michelle Emmert Scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Arlan and Beverly Emmert, of Spearfish, created the new scholarship to honor their daughters Amy &amp Michelle. Amy was born with cerebral palsy and the Emmerts said that the special education teachers and physical therapists that worked with their daughter made a huge impact on not only Amy&rsquos life but the entire family. The scholarship will continue to be awarded to a BHSU upperclassman who shows a commitment to a career in special education and displayed the compassion for students that need special help.

Vicki Linn, assistant professor of early childhood education, said Rose was a standout.

"Rose is an excellent, committed student," Linn said. "She makes sure her work is completed in a way that directly benefits her as a pre-professional.

"She&rsquos overcome a lot of obstacles and that will help her better understand how to work with special education students who have to overcome obstacles as well," she added.

Rose who plans to graduate in May 2015, worked for a behavior care specialist for a number of years. Her work with autistic students encouraged her to further develop her career and become a special education teacher.

Once she earns her degree she plans to work with special needs students in the preschool setting.  

"This scholarship was a lifesaver," Rose said. "I&rsquom a single mom going to school and working part time. This allows me to get back on my feet, continue my education and pursue my passion."

Quick Lessons on QuickBooks II webinar series to be held October

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A five-week webinar series, Quick Lessons on QuickBooks 2, will be offered online each week during October starting Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 10-11 a.m., MST/11 a.m.-12 noon, CST.  

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University has partnered with the CPA firm Casey Peterson and Associates, Ltd., to present this month-long advanced webinar series.

Leah Heidler, a member of the accounting and tax team of Casey Peterson &amp Associates, is the webinar instructor. She is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a regular presenter for the firm&rsquos online and face-to-face QuickBooks training classes. Heidler, who has been with the firm for over five years, works with a number of small businesses in the areas of accounting software setup, consulting, troubleshooting, as well as bookkeeping, financial reporting, payroll, and sales tax.

Webinar topics will be:  Oct. 1:  Common QuickBooks Mistakes and How to Fix Them Oct. 8:  Advanced Reporting/Analyzing Reports Oct. 15:  Tracking and Paying Sales Tax Oct. 22:  The Ins and Outs of Payroll and Oct. 29:  Year-End Payroll and 1099 Reporting.

Cost of each webinar is $20, or $75 for the entire series. To register or learn more, visit or call Brittni Skipper, program assistant for SD CEO, at (605) 642-6435.

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants&rsquo opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-13-W-0034. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Accommodation will be provided to clients with Limited English Proficiency when requested in advance.