|Black Hills State University recently presented the 2010 Spirit of BH Award to PJ Painter, senior professional accountancy and business administration major from Buffalo, during the annual Student Volunteer Awards Ceremony. The Spirit of BH Award is presented annually to a BHSU student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University, as well as the community as a whole.
Black Hills State University recently presented the 2010 Spirit of BH Award to PJ Painter, senior professional accountancy and business administration major from Buffalo, during the annual Student Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
The Spirit of BH Award is presented annually to a BHSU student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University, as well as the community as a whole.
Painter successfully balances academics, volunteerism, and extra-curricular activities while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average (GPA). His involvement on campus is varied and includes several organizations. He spearheaded the return of the rodeo program to BHSU and has volunteered countless hours promoting the program through fundraising and meeting with BHSU administration and faculty.
Painter was recognized nationally in 2009 for having the third highest GPA at the College Nationals Finals Rodeo (CNFR). This accomplishment led to a scholarship from the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) Foundation. He won the reserve all-around title for the Great Plains Region and went on to compete at the CNFR where he won the first go around competition in the tie down roping event and was a part of the six-member men’s team, which earned fifth place that year.
Painter served as president of the BHSU Rodeo Team from 2006-2009. As president he took the lead in many community and campus events. He assisted in organizing fundraisers such as golf tournaments, roping events, the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede, and the Cowboys and Candlelight Dinner and Auction. He also helped secure sponsorships and prize donations from community members and businesses.
In addition to his involvement in rodeo, Painter has also contributed many hours to the Volunteer Income Tax Association (VITA), parade of lights, the Humane Society, and is a member of the BHSU Student Ambassadors. He currently serves as president of the BHSU Pre-Law Association and has been accepted into the University of South Dakota Law School. While serving in the numerous roles mentioned, Painter has also managed to make the BHSU Dean’s List eight times.
“He is a leader and role model for underclassmen and is a positive spokesperson for the rodeo program. When looking for ways to improve or change the program, he is always looking at the big picture and how changes will impact every member, not just himself. In addition, he has researched many ways for the program to give back to the community and actively participates in those projects,” stated Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach.
Lammers and Dr. Ken Schallenkamp, associate professor of business at BHSU, nominated Painter for the Spirit of BH Award. Painter was the only recipient to receive two nominations.