During his years at Black Hills State University, Brody Brisk has not only proven to be an integral part of the University, but also an invaluable member of the surrounding community. His excellence in academics, athletics and community service earned him the 2014 Spirit of BH award.
| Lori Caldwell, president of the alumni association, and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp present Brody Brisk, biology and exercise science major from Rapid City, with the 2014 Spirit of BH award.
Brisk, biology and exercise science major from Rapid City, was honored during the 22nd Annual Student Volunteer Awards Ceremony. The Spirit of BH award is presented annually to a student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University and the community as a whole.
“I was honored to even be nominated for the award, let alone receiving it,” Brisk said. “It was a great experience. I am extremely thankful to everyone that has helped me be successful throughout the years.”
During the 2011-2012 BHSU Yellow Jacket Basketball season, Brisk was named to the Independents Collegiate Athletic Association All-Freshmen team averaging 10.1 points per game and leading the team in three-point shot percentages. This past season, he averaged 12.6 points per game in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). He received RMAC men’s basketball all-academic honors over the past two seasons – the only years he was eligible with BHSU’s transition into the new RMAC.
In addition to his involvement on the court, Brisk is a Presidential Student Ambassador where he interacts with University alumni and donors, community members and students during receptions, reunions and formal events. He also serves as a member of the Health Science Student Organization which assists BHSU students who are interested in the health profession.
“He has excellent leadership qualities and is a great ambassador not only to the men’s basketball team but to Black Hills State University as well,” according to BHSU men’s basketball coach Bradd Schafer.
Aside from his extensive involvement on campus, Brisk has volunteered with several community organizations including Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, and the Teammates program where he had a chance to mentor a Spearfish kindergarten student.
Brisk will graduate next May and plans to attend medical school.