First-generation college students: Here’s what you need to know

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Every college student arrives on campus brimming with questions. For first-generation students, there is the added challenge of navigating an environment no one in their immediate family has experienced.

Studies show that first-generation students face unique obstacles during their college careers. While schools across the nation are working to eliminate these hurdles, there are attitudes and practices first-generation students can adopt to promote their personal success.

Here, student and staff voices from Black Hills State University plot the steps first-generation students can take to navigate, succeed, and celebrate their educational journey.
 

BHSU ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News & World Report recently included Black Hills State University in its listing of Best Online Graduate Education Programs and Best Online Bachelor Degree Programs.
Dr. Chris Crawford, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at BHSU, said the ranking is significant and that BHSU chose to participate in this rigorous review of its programs.
 

BHSU Selected For National Information Literacy Program

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Black Hills State University is one of ten universities in the nation selected to participate in a new civic information literacy program.
BHSU will take part in the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Digital Polarization Initiative: A Project to Promote Online Civic Information Literacy. This initiative helps students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate online information environments.
 

BHSU education majors complete student teaching in New Zealand

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Black Hills State University prepares its education majors for diversity and multiculturalism in the classroom through its partnership with Global Gateway for Teachers (GGT), an organization that partners United States universities with schools worldwide in a student teaching exchange program.

This semester, BHSU seniors Haley Juhnke, an elementary education major from Vivian, SD, and Katie Lensegrav, an elementary education major from Interior, SD, set off for the southern hemisphere.

BHSU commencement is Dec. 9th; 197 graduates including the first with the new studio art degree

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The Dec. 9 commencement ceremony at Black Hills State University in Spearfish will be one for the history books. Close to 200 candidates will be recognized during the 174th commencement ceremony, including the first ever graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art.

The fall commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center on the BHSU Campus. The public is welcomed to attend and show their support for the students and celebrate their achievements.

BHSU named to Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 list

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Military Times today announced that Black Hills State University was named to its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, formerly known as Best for Vets. This is the sixth year BHSU has been honored as one of the best colleges for veterans by Military Times.

"Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year. Only the best made the cut," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. "For the past eight years, we've seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts."

Army ROTC student to represent BHSU in Army All American Bowl

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Cadet Tate Jackson, a sociology major at Black Hills State University from Parmelee, has been selected for the U.S. Army All American Bowl and Combine as a Cadet Marshall in San Antonio, Texas, in January.

Jackson was chosen out of more than 6,000 applicants because of his leadership abilities, dedication to community service and maintaining a 3.9 GPA as a sociology major.

The U.S. Army All American Bowl gathers the nation’s top football athletes and provides an opportunity for them to demonstrate their abilities to a crowd that includes high-profile college and NFL scouts. Jackson will assist in the events as a Cadet Marshall and will attend the bowl game at the Alamodome on Jan. 6.

BHSU-Rapid City to offer block scheduling option in spring 2018; students complete class in 18 day blocks

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Next semester, Black Hills State University – Rapid City will offer seven courses in an innovative 18-day block schedule to provide a course option to meet the needs of students.

BHSU-RC is known for offering flexible daytime and evening classes for its diverse student population; this block schedule extends that flexibility. BHSU is the first South Dakota university to offer this type of block scheduling.

BHSU-Rapid City veteran one of four students to receive Jacket Ride Scholarship

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Black Hills State University-Rapid City accounting major Steve Edoff is one of four student veterans at BHSU to receive the Jacket Ride Scholarship. The BHSU Dennis Kirk Jacket Ride was held during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to raise funds for student veterans.

Originally from New Underwood, Steve joined the Army in 2009, one year after he graduated from high school. He served on active duty for four years as a cannon crewmember with the 4th Infantry Division. 

“I deployed in March of 2012 at the age of 20 to Kunar Province in Afghanistan. My first son was born during that deployment and I didn’t meet him until he was six months old,” said Steve.

Black Hills Food Hub receives Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony

16 February 2018

Black Hills Food Hub receives Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Black Hills Food Hub, an entity that has evolved to offer locally grown food from about 24 local producers to five cafeterias and restaurants in the region, received the Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

BHSU student athlete will represent Scotland in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

16 February 2018

BHSU student athlete will represent Scotland in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Fraser Malcolm, physical education major at Black Hills State University and number 24 on the Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team, has been selected to represent his home nation in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Malcolm will join the 12-man team from Scotland for the international basketball tournament in Queensland, Australia, in April.

The Commonwealth Games is an annual, multi-sport event that draws teams from the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. 

Malcolm, originally from Falkirk, Scotland, has played for teams in Scotland, Britain, Iceland, and the United States. He says he’s been hoping for the opportunity to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games for a long time.
 

Geek Speak explores creative relationships between mathematics and poetry

9 February 2018

Geek Speak explores creative relationships between mathematics and poetry

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

7 February 2018

Upcoming Geek Speak explores wilderness ordeals as spectacle

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

2 February 2018

BHSU Department of Music announces spring concert schedule

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.

SDSMG spring trading session begins Feb. 5

2 February 2018

SDSMG spring trading session begins Feb. 5

Teachers may now register for the spring session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG.) The spring session begins Monday, Feb. 5 and ends its 10-week trading period Friday, April 20.

The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks. Students compete for cash prizes in the middle school, high school, and college divisions. Teachers receive weekly newsletters and online training to integrate the program into a variety of grade levels and subjects. The SDSMG program is the only online stock simulation program endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

Renowned photographer and BHSU alum returns to present his work and expertise

31 January 2018

Renowned photographer and BHSU alum returns to present his work and expertise

Adventure sport and climbing photographer Jeremiah Watt will give a free public presentation at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.

Watt is a 2005 BHSU photography program alum. In 2012, he earned a master of fine arts in photography from the University of Utah. Recent photographic projects have taken him to France, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, and Belize. He is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Watt is a lively and engaging speaker who enjoys sharing his tales of adventure with others. His matter-of-fact and direct approach to climbing, the outdoors, and photography is inspirational. There will be time following his presentation for questions and comments.

Geek Speak explores the allure of modern-day Berlin

31 January 2018

Geek Speak explores the allure of modern-day Berlin

In his Geek Speak, “Berlin Now: A Portrait of a City after the Wall,” Dr. Adam Blackler, assistant professor of history at BHSU, will attempt to explain why Berlin has become one of the most popular cities in the world. The public has two opportunities to engage in this speak: Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. at the Jacket Zone in downtown Spearfish and Thursday, Feb. at 4 p.m. in Jonas 110. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

South Dakota Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford Gifts $30 Million to the Horatio Alger Association Endowment – Its Largest Single Gift Ever Received

30 January 2018

South Dakota Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford Gifts $30 Million to the Horatio Alger Association Endowment – Its Largest Single Gift Ever Received

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced receipt of a $30 million endowment gift from T. Denny Sanford, Horatio Alger Association Member and chairman of the board for United National Corporation, the holding company for First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This transformative gift is the largest single donation ever received by the Association since its inception in 1947.

BHSU announces South Dakota Stock Market Game top teams for fall trading session

19 January 2018

BHSU announces South Dakota Stock Market Game top teams for fall trading session

The 2017 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) hosted by Black Hills State University concluded with students at Mellette Middle School, Rapid City Stevens High School, and BHSU taking top honors. During this session, 362 students from 20 South Dakota schools formed 160 teams of stock market investors. Each team received a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

BHSU mass communication major Micalyn Parry, from Chino, Ariz., won the college division with a final portfolio value of $115,833. This was the highest portfolio in South Dakota., with a return on investment of 15.8 percent in ten weeks. Parry participated in the program as part of her survey of business course.