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BHSU to celebrate the outdoors April 16-22

Black Hills State University will celebrate learning, living, working and playing in the Black Hills during Outdoor Week, April 16-22.  The week includes presentations, book signings, service events and contests.

The keynote presenter for the week will be Andrew Burr, senior contributing photographer for Climbing Magazine.  He will speak Thursday, April 19 at 5pm in Jonas Hall, room 305.  The week will kick off with a photo, video, art and writing contest for BHSU students, $600 in cash prizes will be given.  Contest awards will be presented following Burr’s keynote presentation.

After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in geological engineering, Burr worked as a hydrologist for the USGS. After three years, he left the field to pursue his photography dreams. Burr has received international recognition, including the 2009 Memorial Maria Louisa Golden Asturcon Photography award from the International Mountain Photography Competition in Spain. 

All events are open to the public. A complete schedule of events for the week is as follows:

Monday, April 16

·   9– 10 a.m.  Dorothy FireCloud, Superintendent of Devil’s Tower National Monument, will speak regarding current cultural and recreational issues in Jonas Hall, room 102.

·   12 p.m. - Entries for the Outdoor Week photo, video, art, and writing contest due -submit to·   4- 6 p.m.  Service Day at the Spearfish Canyon Disk Golf Course- meet in front of the Atrium fireplace in the Student Union to car pool to site.  Door prizes to be awarded.

Tuesday, April 17

·          11 a.m.-1 p.m. Book Signing- meet local authors Lindsay Stephens and Roberta Sago at the BHSU Bookstore for a book signing.  Stephens, a current BHSU student, has written a book on the adventure climbs of Herb and Jan Conn.  Sago co-authored a book on lookout towers in the Black Hills.

·         4-6:30 p.m. Slackline Contest- on the campus green

Wednesday 4/18/12

·         4-5:30 p.m. Cleanup at Community Cave and Skeletal Remains Climbing Area- meet in front of the Atrium fireplace in the David B. Miller Student Union to car pool to site.  Door prizes to be awarded. After the cleanup, climb on your own with the local climbing community.

Thursday 4/19/12

·         9 a.m.-12 p.m. Climbing Photography Clinic with Andrew Burr, participation is limited, contact Steve Babbitt at 642-6769 for more information.

·         11 a.m.-1 p.m. Book Signing- meet local author and BHSU graduate Mikel Cronin at the BHSU Bookstore for a book signing.  He has written the new guidebook for Spearfish Canyon and other Black Hills limestone.

·         3:30-4:45 p.m. From Peaks to Valleys Taking Your Passion to Business- a panel discussion with those active in the outdoor business industry,  featuring Andrew Burr, senior contributing photographer for Climbing Magazine; , Bob Speirs, owner of Crow Creek Wildlife Management Services; Dillon Julius, owner of Base Camp; and Perry Jewitt, owner of Dakota 5-0 Race/Ride/Tour,  in Jonas Hall, room 305.

·         5-6 p.m. Andrew Burr slide show in Jonas Hall, room 305.  Followed by the awards presentation for the Outdoor Week Photo, Writing, Art, and Video contests.

Saturday, April 21

·         7-10 p.m. Fundraiser for the Black Hills Climbers Coalition (BHCC)-  Andrew Burr will show a multimedia presentation, a silent auction will  also be held at Crow Peak Brewery. The cost is  $10 for BHCC members $15 for non BHCC members. 

Sunday, April 22

·     11 a.m.-2 p.m. Access Fund Adopt a Crag at the Rock Maze by Nemo- help clean up a beautiful area of sandstone boulders and narrow corridors.  Meet at Steamboat Rock Picnic Area, two miles east of Nemo.  After the cleanup climb with the local climbing community.


For more information about Outdoor Week, contact Mike McNeil event organizer and disability services liaison at BHSU at or call 642-6099.

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