Joe Jorgensen named BHSU Swarm Day Parade Marshal

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, September 5, 2017/Categories: Events, Alumni, Awards, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Donations, Veterans Affairs

The city of Spearfish would look much different if not for the real estate leadership of Black Hills State University alum Joe Jorgensen. Jorgensen was recently named the 2017 Swarm Day Parade Marshal.

A distinguished teacher, veteran, and real estate entrepreneur, Jorgensen will lead the annual homecoming parade through Spearfish Saturday, Sept. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Donald E. Young Center Parking Lot and will proceed down St. Joe Street, Jackson Blvd. and then Main Street.

It’s a bit of a flashback for Jorgensen who helped plan the homecoming festivities at Black Hills State 50 years ago as the student chairman of the Swarm Day Committee.

“Every club spent days and weeks building their float for the parade,” remembers Jorgensen.
“The floats were huge and stuffed with napkins of different colors.”

Born and raised in Witten, S.D. in Tripp County, Jorgensen began attending Black Hills State in 1964. His hometown graduating class included just 10 students, so attending Black Hills State was a big jump for Jorgensen.

“I was nervous initially going to a big school. But I took one speech course and one theatre course to start and I just continued until I obtained my degree. I’ve used those course throughout my lifetime and Black Hills State was a big contributing factor to my success,” said Jorgensen. 

Jorgensen graduated with bachelor’s degrees in social studies and speech/theatre and started teaching at Spearfish High School. Jorgensen taught several subjects including world geography, world affairs, psychology, sociology, and speech. He obtained his master’s degree in educational administration with an emphasis in guidance and counseling from BHSU in 1970.

After three years of teaching, Jorgensen was drafted into the U.S. Army where he worked with Pershing missiles. When the Vietnam War came to an end, Jorgensen returned to teaching in Spearfish and then went into real estate.

“The education my dad provided me, learning how to trade just about anything – from horses to land, real estate was always an interest of mine,” said Jorgensen, whose parents were livestock dealers.

Ever the forward-thinker, Jorgensen brought the first seated chain restaurant to Spearfish with the introduction of Pizza Hut. He introduced townhouses in 1983 and is now developing the city’s first “pocket neighborhood” Crow Peak Place.

Just one of Jorgensen’s honors or accolades would be enough recognition for a lifetime, but his commitment to economic development is consistently recognized by his neighbors. Jorgensen received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spearfish Chamber of Commerce in 2017, Lifetime Achievement from the Black Hills Board of Realtors in 2013, the Volunteer Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 from Black Hills Community Economic Development, the Spirit of Spearfish Award in 2007, the Vocation Award from the Rotary Club in 2006, the Spearfish Economic Development Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, and BHSU Distinguished Alumnus in 1987.

He has served on the Spearfish School Board, as President of the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation, and was elected as Mayor in 1981.

Of all his accomplishments, Jorgensen said he is most proud of establishing Jorgensen Park and all the parks through which he’s worked to dedicate land to the City.

“We’ve contributed walking and bike paths to the City which the City has continued to maintain for the community. I’m also proud of the bronze horse statues we built to honor our parents at Jorgensen Park,” said Jorgensen.

Over the years, Jorgensen has supported BHSU by giving to several student scholarship funds named in honor of faculty and students: Marion Hilpert, Sever Eubank, Charlotte Forsberg, and the T.H. and June Proctor Scholarships.

Jorgensen is currently working with a group of developers on a commercial development called The Village at Creekside, and also on Dakota Meadows – a commercial and housing venture at exit 10.

“Spearfish is a wonderful place to live with no mosquitos,” Jorgensen says simply when asked why he chose to stay and build his career here. “I’m very honored and pleased to be the Swarm Day Parade Marshal at my alma mater.”

For a full listing of BHSU Swarm Week events, visit www.BHSU.edu/SwarmWeek

Print

Number of views (743)/Comments (0)

x

Linda Daugaard, State’s First Lady, will speak at Black Hills State University

BHSU Communications 0 27
Black Hills State University is pleased to announce the next Presidential Lecture Series: An Evening with Mrs. Linda Daugaard: Personal Thoughts on South Dakota’s Children and Life as First Lady. In addition to meeting with students and faculty members, BHSU will host Mrs. Daugaard for a public presentation Wednesday, Sept. 19. A limited number of free tickets are available by emailing Tickets@BHSU.edu.
12345678910Last

Linda Daugaard, State’s First Lady, will speak at Black Hills State University

16 August 2018

Linda Daugaard, State’s First Lady, will speak at Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is pleased to announce the next Presidential Lecture Series: An Evening with Mrs. Linda Daugaard: Personal Thoughts on South Dakota’s Children and Life as First Lady. In addition to meeting with students and faculty members, BHSU will host Mrs. Daugaard for a public presentation Wednesday, Sept. 19. A limited number of free tickets are available by emailing Tickets@BHSU.edu.

Knocked down, getting back up: BHSU-Rapid City student works towards new career

16 August 2018

Knocked down, getting back up: BHSU-Rapid City student works towards new career

A local, classically-trained chef whose vocation was interrupted with health problems is preparing for a new career in human services at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Business owner gains confidence with degree from BHSU-Rapid City

16 August 2018

Business owner gains confidence with degree from BHSU-Rapid City

Carolyn Johnson was a successful business owner, but says it was a lifetime goal to earn her bachelor’s degree. At the age of 47, she did just that at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.
 

Community invited to celebrate BHSU Night downtown Aug. 17

14 August 2018

Community invited to celebrate BHSU Night downtown Aug. 17

The Jacket Pack is back! Black Hills State University invites the community to celebrate the return of students to campus Aug. 17 during BHSU Night at Downtown Friday Nights on Main Street in Spearfish.

Cave explorer prepares for grad program with classes at BHSU-Rapid City

13 August 2018

Cave explorer prepares for grad program with classes at BHSU-Rapid City

Can you escape for four days? Black Hills State University-Rapid City student Chris Pelczarski can. Chris is a Jewel Cave explorer. When he’s not mapping new cave passages in Jewel Cave near Custer, you can find him taking classes at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Same degree: 4 faculty members share their experiences teaching at BHSU-Rapid City

9 August 2018

Same degree: 4 faculty members share their experiences teaching at BHSU-Rapid City

Four esteemed faculty members at Black Hills State University share their perspectives on teaching at Black Hills State University-Rapid City: Steve Babbitt, Dr. Trenton Ellis, Dr. Bobbi Looney, and Dr. Wei Song.

Associate degree in business now offered at BHSU and BHSU-Rapid City

9 August 2018

Associate degree in business now offered at BHSU and BHSU-Rapid City

Black Hills State University received approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents today to offer a new associate of science degree in business administration. Students may begin enrolling in the program immediately.

Degree from BHSU-Rapid City leads to promotion for Regional Health employee

6 August 2018

Degree from BHSU-Rapid City leads to promotion for Regional Health employee

Alyson Wiedrich was going to college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish when she moved to Rapid City for a job opportunity with Regional Health. Rather than quit school because of distance, Alyson finished her business degree at BHSU-Rapid City and earned a promotion along the way.
 

BHSU students the first Americans to study at Chinese university in Hebei

2 August 2018

BHSU students the first Americans to study at Chinese university in Hebei

Black Hills State University students made history last month as the first Americans to study at Baoding University in Hebei, China. The students visited China for three weeks as the capstone to their “Drawing in China” course offered by BHSU.
 

Nepal and South Dakota: The path to a nursing degree begins with BHSU-Rapid City

1 August 2018

Nepal and South Dakota: The path to a nursing degree begins with BHSU-Rapid City

Their stories are vastly different; their goal is the same: To become a nurse. Two emerging healthcare professionals share their path to the nursing profession with Black Hills State University-Rapid City. 
 

Sturgis Rally shuttle driver pursues degree at Black Hills State in Rapid City

30 July 2018

Sturgis Rally shuttle driver pursues degree at Black Hills State in Rapid City

Many locals have a “Rally Job.” Here’s one local resident Sturgis Rally participants might meet amongst the motorcycles and fanfare: Dennis Morton, secondary education major at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Online master’s in education programs at BHSU recognized for quality and affordability

26 July 2018

Online master’s in education programs at BHSU recognized for quality and affordability

Black Hills State University is ranked sixth among the top 20 affordable master's in curriculum and instruction online programs for 2018 by Best Value Schools. In a separate ranking, the online master’s in education in reading at BHSU was also ranked 19th among the top 25 programs of its kind. BHSU was the only South Dakota university listed in the rankings.

Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament adds to scholarship at Black Hills State University

25 July 2018

Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament adds to scholarship at Black Hills State University

The 18th Annual Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament was held recently at Spearfish Canyon Golf Club. The proceeds from this year’s Memorial Golf Tournament, silent auction and donations totaled $6,300. This brings the amount in the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship to $74,900 at BHSU. This year’s scholarship recipient was Whitney Scott, a graphic design major and pole vaulter from Watertown. 

Find your voice: Presenting Ideas with Competence Workshop Series

23 July 2018

Find your voice: Presenting Ideas with Competence Workshop Series

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) is proud to announce the upcoming workshop series: Find Your Voice: Presenting Ideas with Competence. The two full-day events are August 16 and August 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Black Hills State ranked in top 10 among 50 best online business degrees

19 July 2018

Black Hills State ranked in top 10 among 50 best online business degrees

Black Hills State University was ranked ninth in the nation on a list of 50 of the best online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree programs for 2018 by Best Value Schools. BHSU is the only South Dakota school included in the ranking.