BHSU News & Events

Entries for January 2013

Matt Schofield first met Jimmy Crammer in the late ‘60s during an English class at Black Hills State University. Crammer was a South Dakota farm boy who was drafted, sent to fight in the war in Vietnam, and comes back forever scarred. Crammer is also a fictional character and the subject of Schofield’s two published books.

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Three Black Hills State University students recently received scholarships through the South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

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Gina Jespersen’s upcoming year is going to be a busy one. Aside from finishing her degree in elementary education, the Black Hills State University student will be traveling around the country promoting the Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) as the newly crowned rodeo queen.

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Mike Bean has always been a fan of the University of Notre Dame athletics, especially football, so when the Black Hills State University alumnus got an internship in Notre Dame’s sports medicine department, he was fulfilling a dream.

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Black Hills State University student Gina Jespersen, elementary education major from Hemingford, Neb., was crowned Miss Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo Queen this past weekend.

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In his most recent art exhibit, Black Hills State University assistant professor Dustin Hinson combines the unique topographies of the Earth’s surface with random lines, shapes and contours to create abstract pieces that provide some sense of reality.

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Black Hills State University is encouraging students to spend their weekends on campus by offering many enjoyable activities and opportunities. Along with the usual variety of campus happenings, once a month during the spring semester, BHSU will provide students with a unique weekend filled with entertainment, giving them more reasons to stay on campus and take full advantage of their university experience.

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Prospective students are snapping their photos with of Black Hills State University displays at the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City and the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls in hopes of winning a $1,000 scholarship contest.

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Black Hills State University’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) recently received two grants from local organizations. One grant was from the Greater Belle Fourche Area Community Foundation for $500, and the other grant was from the Spearfish Area Foundation for $750.

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Longtime Black Hills State University coach and athlete Dale Hardy, 88, died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at the South Dakota Veteran’s Home in Hot Springs, leaving behind a successful career in athletics which spanned nearly six decades.

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Once viewed as “spin doctors,” public relations specialists sometimes had a history of less-than-stellar practices. PR professionals, however, are shedding that stereotype and a group of Black Hills State University communication students are demonstrating what public relations can do for a company or organization.

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Internationally renowned stone sculptor Masayuki Nagase will hold a community design workshop at Black Hills State University Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The workshop is an opportunity to meet the artist, hear about plans for his project “Passage of Wind and Water” at Main Street Square in Rapid City, and give input for design elements.

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When Black Hills State University alumnus John Johnson received the call that he would be one of the 2012 honorees for the Starkey Hearing Foundation,he wondered how a small town boy from South Dakota could receive a honor shared by former President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Willie Mays and Billie Jean King.

But Johnson soon realized that while he joined a long listof high profile celebrities they all had the same goal: making the world abetter place. 

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Black Hills State University instructor Erica Merchant is sharing layers of her life through a new mixed media exhibit at the Ruddell Gallery located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The exhibit, which began last week and runs through Feb. 6, features several wall pieces exposing concepts of geological time and fossilized moments that are discard or overlooked.

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Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines.

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