|The BHSU Campus Community BBQ featured activities for people of all ages and live music. Food was served to more than 1,000 people.
More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in the recent Black Hills State University Campus Community BBQ. The annual event, in its fourth year, is a kick-off to the new academic year and a way to show incoming students everything the University and Spearfish have to offer.
In addition to the BBQ, more than 80 student, community and campus booths were on display. The evening concluded with a performance from Rapid City band 40 Minute Feel Good.
Sunday’s campus and community celebration was the most successful one yet, according to Jane Klug, BHSU director of Student Services. Ordinarily there is a separate faculty and staff picnic, but Welcome Week was shorter this year so a decision was made to combine the two events. “The energy level was high,” Klug said. “We wanted to show the new students that we work here, we live here, and we’re glad you’re here. What a great way to start the new year.” Klug said the BHSU Downtown Block Party the night before was also a big success, with the campus serving food to more than 500 people in just two hours. The event also included a scavenger hunt with participating students entered into a drawing for several grand prizes donated by local businesses including an Ipad mini, a Trek mountain bike, and longboards.
Klug said these events are a key part of integrating new BHSU students into the community of Spearfish. “It’s important that new students realize they are part of a larger community. It makes Spearfish a better place to live.”