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Hundreds of students to participate in 20th Annual Spearfish Middle School Science Fair at BHSU

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Black Hills State University will host the 20th Annual Spearfish Middle School Science Fair Thursday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Center. Middle school students will share their projects on biology, physical science, social science, and engineering. The event is open to the public.

More than 450 middle school students will exhibit their science knowledge at Black Hills State University Thursday, Feb. 11 during the 20th Annual Spearfish Middle School Science Fair held at the Donald E. Young Center.

Dr. Charles Lamb, chair of the School of Natural Sciences and professor of biology at BHSU, said the Science Fair started 20 years ago as a BHSU student project.

"Over the past 20 years, science fairs have moved from demonstrations to real scientific projects where student propose a hypothesis and then test that hypothesis with experimentation," said Lamb, also the organizer of the Science Fair. "It is designed to teach students how to think scientifically, and how science is a unique way of thinking."

The Science Fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with judging sessions from 8:30 a.m to 10 a.m. for 6th grade, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 7th grade, and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. for 8th grade. Students will be at their posters during their assigned judging time.

The Science Fair is open to the public. Lamb said the Science Fair has grown to include all science teachers and middle school students. Homeschool students are also invited to attend. By the time students move on to high school they will participate in three Science Fairs.

The students' projects are organized into one of four categories: biology, physical science, social science, and engineering.

"The projects can be anything from plant growth, student behavior, animal genetics, acid strength, structural materials- it's really up to the students' imagination," said Lamb.

The Science Fair is sponsored by the BHSU School of Natural Sciences and the BHSU Health Sciences Student Organization.

BHSU hosts ribbon-cutting for Crow Peak Hall, the bridge and Einstein’s Bros. Bagels on campus

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Black Hills State University will host a public ribbon-cutting for the new Crow Peak Residence Hall, the bridge and Einstein's Bros. Bagels Tuesday, Feb. 16 beginning at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Crow Peak Hall.  

Black Hills State University invites the campus and community to a ribbon-cutting Tuesday, Feb. 16 celebrating the grand opening of Crow Peak Hall, the bridge, and Einstein's Bros. Bagels on campus.

The ribbon-cutting "Bagels, Bridges, and Buildings" begins at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Crow Peak Hall in Spearfish. Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., BHSU president, and Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president emeritus, will cut the ribbon. They will be joined by Dr. Lois Flagstad, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs at BHSU a representative from Williams & Associates Architecture Druanna Barzeski of the BHSU Residence Hall Association, junior Spanish education major from Philadelphia and Sting, the BHSU mascot.

"Crow Peak Hall was designed by students, for students," said Flagstad. "The students love it and it's a great addition to campus. This new residence hall is part of BHSU's retention plan as we provide opportunities for students to study and live in our academic environment."

After brief remarks, attendees will be invited to join BHSU students in a ceremonial walk across the Bridge and the campus green to the new Einstein's Bros. Bagels.

Crow Peak Residence Hall opened in the fall of 2015. The 50,000 square foot building connects two existing halls into a two-story central great room serving as a residence life hub for students. The living quarters are suite-style with two dorm rooms sharing their own adjoining bathroom. All new furniture and furnishings compliment the LEED-certified and ADA compliant residence hall design. From the views of the surrounding mountains to a residential kitchen, fireplace, snack area, and multi-media study room - Crow Peak Hall provides a welcoming atmosphere for all aspects of student life.

Einstein's Bros. Bagels, a national coffee and bagel chain, was the clear choice when students, faculty and staff were surveyed about their preferences for additional dining options on campus. Einstein's Bros. Bagels, on the first floor of the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center, offers gourmet bagels, specialty coffee, hot and cold deli sandwiches, salads and soup and fresh baked goods.

For more information on the ribbon-cutting contact Stephanie Harmon, program assistant in Student Life, at 605-642-6599 or

Geek Speak explores creative relationships between mathematics and poetry

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Right and left brains collide this Thursday as two professors from seemingly contrasting areas of study combine their passions to create intricately structured art.

In their Geek Speak, “Fano-Plane and Di-Graph Poetics: Intersections of Math and Poetry,” Dr. Dan May, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English and director of the University Honors Program, will show their creative approach to blending mathematics and poetry. This speak will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

Upcoming Geek Speak explores wilderness ordeals as spectacle

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In his Geek Speak, “America’s Favorite Carnage: Selling Wilderness Ordeals as Spectacle,” Dr. Tim Steckline, professor of speech at BHSU, will explore the pervasiveness of spectacle in our society according Situationist theory. This speak will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

BHSU Department of Music announces spring concert schedule

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The hallways of Clare and Josef Meier Hall echo as student and faculty musicians rehearse for the Black Hills State University spring concerts which include student senior recitals, concerts, faculty recitals, a trumpet day, and the first ever guest appearance of the traveling U.S. Air Force Academy Band – Academy Winds. The BHSU Department of Music invites the community to enjoy the upcoming events.

All concerts, unless otherwise noted, are free, open to the public, and located in the Clare and Joseph Meier Recital Hall.
The spring events will commence with the United State Air Force Academy Band – Academy Winds from Colorado Springs, Colo., performance Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. This group tours the country as part of the military’s community outreach, and this will be their first visit to BHSU.