Visiting the country of New Zealand was at the top of Cole Hemmah’s bucket list. Just months after graduating from Black Hills State University, Cole was offered a rare opportunity to live and work in the country known for its diverse natural beauty. Originally from Sturgis, Cole graduated from BHSU in 2018 with a degree in outdoor education. He was working in Grand Junction, Colo., as a tutor when a fellow backpacking guide reached out to him with a job offer.
Before the fall semester officially begins Aug. 26 at Black Hills State University, faculty and staff gathered this week with Interim President Laurie Nichols as she shared her plans and goals for the university this academic year.
Behavioral sciences degrees including psychology and human services are some of the fastest growing and most popular majors at Black Hills State University. Recent graduates Alyssa Gonshorowski, Ian Craig, Megan Schinestuhl, Tristan Atak, and Kerry Tarrant
share their early-career experiences in the field.
A scholarship at Black Hills State University has been established in honor of beloved educator Charlotte Labor Boner. A recurring $500 scholarship will be awarded each semester to a student from Wyoming majoring in elementary education at BHSU. The scholarship honors Charlotte’s compassion, love of teaching, and families she impacted throughout her career.
A new, online master’s program at Black Hills State University will help respond to the national shortage of certified teachers to deliver special education services. The BHSU Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in K-12 Special Education officially launches this fall. Dr. Louise Yoho, assistant professor of special education at BHSU, said the MAT is a new program in South Dakota leading to full certification of new K-12 special education teachers. The MAT program offers job advancement opportunities and meets a growing need for more special education teachers across the nation.