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BHSU #Adulting Seminar allows alumni to give back to campus, students to prepare for post-graduation

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 21, 2019/Categories: Events, Students, Alumni, Community, Events

The Black Hills State University Alumni Foundation will launch their second #Adulting Seminar Saturday, March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Joy Center in Spearfish. After a successful fall seminar, the program will continue to be offered twice a year to BHSU students.

Hans Nelson, director of Corporate Relations at BHSU and host of the #Adulting Seminar, says this day-long seminar will provide students with answers to questions about the life skills necessary for success after college.

“Many students enter the workforce without knowing the basics of buying a home, purchasing insurance, or borrowing money,” Nelson says. “This seminar will help BHSU students prepare to be smart with the paychecks that come along with their first jobs post-graduation.”

The seminar will also encourage engagement between BHSU alumni and students.

“We believe successful alumni lead to an even more successful university,” Nelson adds. This idea is strengthened two-fold through the #Adulting Seminar: first, alumni are able to give back to their alma mater by helping soon-to-be-graduates, and second, students are able to launch themselves into post-graduation with resources and answers to questions that may not be practically answered in classes.

The seminar will start with mini-sessions, bringing in alumni (listed below) from relevant fields to speak of their experiences, especially in each of their career fields. Rather than a typical lecture style, the speakers will present to small groups, allowing for a more private environment and encouraging personalized questions so students can focus and participate in each topic.
Lunch will be provided for all in attendance, followed by Dorcie Johner as the keynote speaker.

Johner, BHSU Class of 2000, is a community leader, real estate agent with The Dorcie Johner Team - Keller Williams Real Estate, and a professional development coach. During the #Adulting Seminar, Johner will take the students through exercises to help them reach their full potential in their personal lives and workplace.

BHSU alumni scheduled to speak at the event include:
Julie Benedict - Class of 1992
Security First Bank - Chief Human Resources Officer
Zachary Burke – Class of 2010
Financial Benefits Inc. - Associate Advisor
Jodi Garcia - Class of 1999
State Farm Insurance Agent 
Steve Meeker - Class of 1984
BHSU - VP of University Advancement
Holly Mortenson – Class of 2009
Black Hills Community Bank – Credit Analyst
Katie Peterson - Class of 2010
CMG Financial - Mortgage/Credit Specialist
Kasey Salazar - Class of 2010
BHSU - HR Generalist
Keynote Speaker
Dorcie Johner – Class of 2000
Keller Williams Realty & Outside the Status Quo Development Coach
Event sponsored by: BHSU Alumni Association, State Farm Insurance, CMG Financial, Financial Benefits, Black Hills Community Bank and Security First Bank.
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