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This event is open to: Students, Faculty/Staff, Community

Nunsense is the last show of Summer Stage's 2019 season. A convent of 52 nuns is quickly diminished to 19 nuns when their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, made poisonous vichyssoise soup. To raise money to bury the 33 dead nuns, the remaining sisters begin a greeting card company. Once they believe they have enough of money to bury all the dead nuns, Reverend Mother Superior goes on a shopping spree, but much to their dismay, they realize that there are still four more nuns to bury. In a state of panic, they decide the most logical solution is to place their dead sisters in the convent freezer. In a bid to raise money for their last four sisters, Mother Superior, Sister Leo, Sister Hubert, Sister Robert Ann, and Sister Amnesia go to a local high school to put on a show. Everything from singing, tap dancing, and puppetry will take place. Will they raise enough money? Also, do nuns have ears? Join us for an evening of laughter and music in the Woodburn Black Box theatre. Please contact Gabriella Hertz at 605-642-6171 or Bert Juhrend at for tickets or more information regarding the performances. 

GEAR UP continues successful summer program at Black Hills State

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For the fourth year in a row, Black Hills State University is hosting the GEAR UP Summer Honors Program on campus. Nearly 90 high school students arrived in Spearfish this week for the three-week program. Dr. Peg Diekhoff, GEAR UP project manager, said the summer program prepares low-income students and American Indian students for higher education and encourages them to consider possibilities available to them.

The Matthews and BHSU Theater collaborate for 5th year with “The Phantom of the Matthews Opera House”

BHSU alum wrote the family-friendly melodrama for The Matthews in 1976

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Is The Matthews haunted? Forty-three years after it first hit the stage, “The Phantom of The Matthews Opera House” is again a summer draw for Black Hills community members and visitors. This is in thanks to a collaborative effort between The Matthews and Black Hills State University. The performances are 7:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night in July.

BHSU to Host Farewell Reception for President Jackson

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A farewell reception to honor Black Hills State University President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., will be held Monday, June 10 from 3-5 p.m. at the Joy Center on the campus of BHSU.
Please join us as we gather to thank Pres. Jackson for his service to BHSU and wish him well on his new appointment as President at Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. Refreshments will be served.

Colorado student finds professional connections at BHSU

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Jackie Robles knows the importance of making connections, and she is beginning her career in public relations thanks to a connection made at Black Hills State University. A native of Wray, Colo., Robles will graduate from BHSU in December and recently landed a public relations position with Visit Spearfish, a visitor center that connects tourists to area destinations and builds relationships among businesses.