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BHSU student groups honored by South Dakota Board of Regents

 

The Black Hills State University Swarm Advertising Solutions was recently honored with the Award for Academic Excellence by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Pictured left to right include: Evan Bruce, a mass communications major from Biddle, Mont.; Gina Gibson, BHSU assistant professor of digital media; Dr. Kathryn Johnson, BOR president; Rocky Maier, BHSU student senate president; Devin Lynn, mass communications major from Powell, Wyo.; Jen Beckler and Tabitha Witte, both recent BHSU graduates; Dr. Jack Warner, BOR executive director and CEO; and Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president.

 

The Black Hills State University Yellow Jackets Vets Club was recently honored with the Award for Community Service by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Pictured left to right,front row, include: Sandra Crain, veterans affairs certifying official; Mike McNeil, veterans representative; Troy Smith, veteran staff; Tyrell Hanzlik, student veteran and member of the 842nd; Chris Baley, business administration management major from Spearfish and Vets Club president; Dr. Kathryn Johnson, BOR president; Dr. Jack Warner, BOR executive director and CEO; and Dr.Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president. Back row, Fred Nelson, BHSU network and computing services director; Tom Taylor, student veteran and business administration major from Rapid City; Ryan Grams, former Vets Club president;and Rocky Maier, BHSU student senate president.

 

The Black Hills State University ShutterBuzz club was recently honored with the Award for Organizational Leadership by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Pictured left to right, front row, Jeannie Larson, mass communications major from Yankton; Laura Heisinger, mass communications major from Mitchell; Anthony Petrone, mass communications major from Port Reading, N.J.; Kalah Hutchins, history and art major from Evergreen, Colo.; Dr. Kathryn Johnson, BOR president; Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of mass communications; Dr. Jack Warner, BOR executive director and CEO; and Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president. Back row,Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communications; Joe Geyer, mass communications major from Rapid City; Rob Casey, mass communications major from Hill City; and Rocky Maier, BHSU student senate president.

Three Black Hills State University student organizations were recently recognized by the South Dakota Board of Regents for their outstanding academic, community, and leadership service.

These awards are given out annually by the BOR.

The award for academic excellence was given to Swarm Advertising Solutions. The award recognizes student organizations for outstanding contributions to the academic environment at their University or to the academic performance of students.

BHSU Swarm Advertising Solutions (SAS) promotes an understanding of advertising, encourages advertising professionalism, develops individual abilities of the members, and promotes fellowship and the free exchange of ideas.

“SAS began the year with the simple goal of gaining more members and strengthening the organization,” according to Dr. Lois Flagstad, BHSU vice president of student life. “Not only was that goal accomplished, but the organization was able to expand their activities and opportunities for their members.”

The group traveled to Denver to tour the Cohn Marketing advertising agency where they experienced the daily workings of an agency. SAS members have gained real world experience through their work on advertising strategies for various campus and community groups.  The group was also successful in creating an experiential learning project for the University.

The BOR presented the community service award to the Yellow Jackets Vets Club. The community service award recognizes student organizations for community service outside of the campus.

The Vets Club provides a social group to help military veterans become successful as civilians and college students. Throughout the year, the club organized a recognition ceremony for the 842nd National Guard Engineering Company who spent a year deployed to Afghanistan; volunteered with the Women of War Project in Belle Fourche; volunteered at a chili feed sponsored by the Spearfish American Legion; and held fundraisers for care packages sent to the 842nd. A BHSU Vets Center recently opened on campus providing a location for the club’s biweekly meetings. The center also provides support services, program information, and a location for students in the service to network and create opportunities for peer support and mentoring. 

 “The Yellow Jackets Vets Club’s contribution to our community is invaluable,” Flagstad said.

The award for organizational leadership went to the BHSU ShutterBuzz. The award recognizes student organizations for outstanding activities that provide effective student or community leadership. ShutterBuzz provides an outlet for people with an interest in photography to share their knowledge, learn from one another, and experience photography on a deeper level.

ShutterBuzz sponsored the Empty Bowls silent auction which raised funds for a local food pantry, as well as the BHSU Week of Photography which included a variety of activities including a presentation by a nationally recognized photographer. The organization also raised funds for a student and faculty trip to Denver to photograph different areas of the city including an Occupy Denver encampment.  

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