BHSU News & Events

Entries for November 2012

National Geographic wildlife journalist and biologist Joe Riis will share his documented journey of wildlife conservation at a talk Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall 305 on the Black Hills State University campus.

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While teaching classes at Black Hills State University, Gina Gibson tells her students that the inspiration for their designs can come from anywhere. Her latest art project is proof of that.

Gibson, BHSU assistant professor of digital media, currently has an art exhibit featuring 78 pieces, all inspired by the 78 cards in a tarot deck. The exhibit titled “Illuminations” runs until Dec. 8 at the Apex art gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


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A hands-on workshop, “Adobe InDesign Basics,” will be held at the University Center-Rapid City Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mac lab, room 103.

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Black Hills State University will once again honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the University’s rodeo program.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame. Those eligible include: stand-out athletes with emphasis on national performers, significant contributors to the BHSU rodeo program, and former BHSU rodeo coaches/advisors.


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Black Hills State University marketing students recently received first-hand experience in putting their classroom theory learning to the test. Three of Dr. Wei Song’s marketing classes partnered with local businesses helping them develop marketing plans and strategies.

The BHSU associate professor of marketing said the project was a great experiential learning opportunity giving students the chance to be engaged in learning while blending theory and coursework with practical, applied experience.


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Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor takes on a new mystery – his own – in Black Hills State University’s holiday production Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.  The show runs from Thursday, Nov. 39 through Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Theatre on the BHSU campus.


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For some college students, no cell phone service, limited internet and a high of 68 degrees would not be an ideal way to spend the summer. However, Black Hills State University student Sarah Zimmerman had the opportunity to conduct salmon research at a remote Alaskan fish hatchery and says she enjoyed the three-month learning experience.

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Limited tickets are still available for the holiday event presented by the University’s Chamber Singers Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall.  Saturday evening is sold out; however, seating is available for the Thursday and Sunday performances. Tickets cost $40. Reservations are required. Call 642-6133 or email Terri.Bjorum@BHSU.edu for reservations. Please specify any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.

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Acclaimed artistic director and choreographer Jodi Lomask will bring her multi-disciplinary approach in drawing attention to scientific, biological and ecological issues to the Black Hills State University campus.

Lomask, who has trained at several prestigious dance schools including the Royal Ballet Academy, Merce Cunningham Studio, and London Contemporary Dance School, will speak in the Pangburn Theatre Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. She will also give a talk at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.  During her talk, Lomask will take a deeper look at the creative processes that scientists and artists share.  She will also show video of her troupe’s performances.


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With more than 25 years of education experience, Sandy Klarenbeek’s list of accomplishments is extensive. The Black Hills State University health professor can now add 2012 South Dakota Association Health,Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) College Teacher of the year to that list.


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Two Black Hills State University students now have items in their portfolio that few students, or even accomplished photographers, can tout. Becca Gage and Daniel Merchen, who both work in the marketing office at Black Hills State University, took photographs that are featured on new billboards and displays promoting the University.


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For Black Hills State University graduate Jake Miller, it’s not only the science behind genetic diseases that he’s passionate about, it’s the faces behind these diseases.

“As a researcher, you see these families and how this disease affects their lives – it’s really powerful to see that,” he said. Miller recently returned to BHSU to discuss his research with BHSU students and faculty.


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Black Hills State University has been ranked among the 2013 Best for Vets four-year colleges. The list, put out by Military Times, ranks the schools based on surveys sent in by the universities.

BHSU was ranked in the top 70 schools in the nation that are deemed best for Vets based on a survey that demonstrated widespread efforts by schools to accommodate vets and active-duty service members.


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Dr. Megan Burke,a civil engineer with RESPEC Consulting & Services in Rapid City, speaks with a group of local high school juniors and seniors during the recent Lab Coats and Business Entrepreneurship event held at Black Hills State University.

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With 98 percent of 18-24-year-olds utilizing some sort of social media wouldn’t it be beneficial to integrate those tools into higher education learning? That question is one among many that three Black Hills State University professors have set out to answer.  Their cutting edge research on social media use in the classroom has been selected for an international conference.

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, assistant professor of mass communications, Gina Gibson, assistant professor of digital media, and Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management, have been studying the benefits of integrating social media into classroom instruction to enhance learning. David Henry, BHSU senior finance and economics major, also helped with the research.


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