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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.

Student Support Services at BHSU announces spring Students of the Month

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, June 11, 2018/Categories: Students, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Staff

Four Black Hills State University students are being recognized for their accomplishments by TRiO Student Support Services (SSS). The spring 2018 SSS Students of the Month at BHSU are:

January 2018: Kari Eszlinger, psychology and human services major from Belle Fourche
Kari graduated in May 2018, with a double major in psychology and human services. She plans to become a mental health and substance abuse counselor. Kari says her education at BHSU helped her to become a better writer and a better person.  It has helped her learn the value of hard work, dedication, and having an open mind.  Kari said, “SSS is THE place to be—you get one-on-one advising that is personable and there is always someone willing to help you!”  She has traded her initial anxieties and procrastination for making the Dean’s List, buying a house, and working a full-time job while finishing her classes. When nominating Kari for this honor, Tom Stulken, SSS writing specialist, said, “Kari has an almost limitless drive to succeed.  Her attitude, personality, and perseverance will carry her to wherever she wants to go in life.”  

February 2018: Emalynn Larvie, biology major from Parmelee
Emalynn is only in her second semester at BHSU, but she has been a real inspiration to the TRIO staff.  Emma is pursuing a biology major with a career goal to study veterinary medicine. Emma says, “I love science!” She has plans to open and run her own veterinarian clinic for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe where she grew up. Zach Meyer, SSS math specialist, nominated Emma for this award, saying “Emma works hard in everything she does. She really has taken responsibility for her own education and knows the harder she works, the better education she gets.”

March 2018: Erik Hairston, business administration-marketing major from Gilbert, Ariz.
Erick came to BHSU from Gilbert, Ariz., to get a degree in business and marketing and to play football. He said he really values the care that each professor and staff person puts into their jobs—he doesn’t feel like just another student. Erick said, “I chose to apply to Student Support Services because I have come from humble beginnings and haven’t had support in my life. A program like SSS has given me that.” Erick’s goal is to be the head of marketing for a Fortune 500 Company someday so that he can provide for his family in the best way that he possibly can. Susan Hupp, director of SSS, nominated Erick for this honor because “he has exhibited an awesome work ethic and positive attitude and he has persevered through many obstacles.”

April 2018: Nik Feldt, mass communications major from Spearfish
Nik graduated from high school in Colorado Springs, Colo., and then moved with his family to Spearfish where he enrolled at BHSU. Nik is a sports enthusiast, especially football. He played football until a neck injury during his junior year of high school ended his football career. However, his love and knowledge of football and other sports influenced his decision to major in sports media. Nik is excited to be coaching 5th and 6th grade tackle football this fall. When asked what challenges he has overcome, Nik said, “During my time here at college, I have had to juggle a lot of things. I go to class, I work, I am helping to raise my three nephews, and I take care of my mother.” Nik was nominated by Peggy Madrid, Nik’s advisor in the TRIO Student Support Services program. She stated, “It has been a bit of a struggle for Nik to balance the different areas of his life, but with time management assistance and weekly meetings, Nik has made some positive changes to his routine, enabling him to earn his highest GPA since beginning college.”
 
For more information on the Student Support Services program at BHSU, contact Susan Hupp, director of SSS, at 605-642-6824 or Susan.Hupp@BHSU.edu

Student Support Services is one of seven federal TRiO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.  Services provided at BHSU as part of SSS program include tutoring, as well as academic, career, personal, and financial advisement.

To be considered for the SSS program, students must either be a first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree); meet income eligibility criteria; or have a documented disability.

Students of the Month are selected based on their commitment and attitude with academics and the SSS program.
 
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