|The BHSU Alumni Association presented the Spirit of BH Award to Crystal Savage, senior history and mass communication major from Stillman Valley, Ill., at the 2011 Student Volunteer Awards Celebration. Left to right are: Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations at BHSU; Savage; BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp; and Bill Collins, president of the BHSU Alumni Association.
The Black Hills State University Alumni Association presented the Spirit of BH Award to Crystal Savage, senior history and mass communication major from Stillman Valley, Ill., at the 2011 Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.
The award is given annually to a student who has made significant contributions that reflect positively on the University, as well as the community as a whole.
Savage successfully balances academics with volunteer activities and participation in extracurricular activities while maintaining an outstanding grade point average.
She has been very active in residence life at BHSU and has held many leadership roles on campus. Savage was president of her residence hall community council and served two years as a resident assistant. She also served on the Residence Hall Association (RHA), was a New Student Days leader, served as the Humbert Residence Hall vice president and was later named president. This past summer, Savage served as a host for the Summer Conferences Program at BHSU and is currently an assistant BHSU apartment complex director and student hall director for the Wenona Cook Residence Hall.
Savage planned numerous activities for the residents of Humbert Hall, including Uplifting Valentine Making Night, Spa and Self-Defense Night, and Girls Night In. She also organized and ran the Halloween Safe House, an event for children in the community to come to campus and have a fun and safe alternative Halloween. She helped bring a new program to campus called The Unknown, where residents could anonymously ask the opposite sex any respectful question they wanted. The event also included a sexual safety and STDs awareness program.
In addition to her extensive involvement with the RHA, she has also served as president of the Shutterbuzz Photography Club. As president, she organized the Empty Bowls silent auction, where she sold her first photography print, and raised over $800 for charity. Savage has provided countless hours of service to the Spearfish community including her work with the Northern Hills Humane Society. She took photographs of the new animals up for adoption in the shelter and posted them on the Humane Society’s website along with a description about each.
Savage was elected by her peers for the title of 2010 Swarm Days Homecoming Queen. During the 2009 Student Volunteer Awards Celebration, she received the Vice President for Student Life Rising Star Award. She was also selected as the first recipient of the Robert J. Courtney Student Leadership Award from the South Dakota College Personnel Association.
Marc Tuschen, associate director of Residence Life at BHSU, noted in Savage’s nomination form, “I believe that leadership can be defined by the way an individual lives and the things that an individual does when no one is watching. This relates well with her lifestyle and high morals. She is always mindful of living a well-balanced life and modeling this for her residents. She strives for success for herself and supports the people around her while encouraging them to strive for success.”