Incoming BHSU freshmen enrolled in the Bridge Program take part in a group activity.
The deadline for registration in the Black Hills State University Summer Bridge Program is quickly approaching.
Incoming freshmen that wish to register for the Bridge Program must do so by Friday, Aug. 1. The BHSU Bridge Program is an early move-in and expanded orientation program for first-year American Indian students. There is no cost to attend.
So far, 23 students are signed up for the six-day program, which is Aug. 18-22 on the BHSU campus. The program caps at 30 students.
Rosie Sprague, assistant director for the Center for American Indian Studies, said the Bridge Program provides a smoother transition from high school to college life.
The impact of the program, which is in its fourth year, is monumental, Sprague said.
“Students who enroll in the Bridge Program come out with a great sense of leadership,” she said. “These students are often leaders in activities, both within our program and throughout campus.”
She added that those same students tend to have a higher level of success, as they share the same classes, making it easier to form study groups and socialize.
“Starting college can be a little scary,” Sprague said. “Students come into the Bridge Program not knowing anyone and leave knowing 30 new friends.”
Throughout the week students will attend college preparation and cultural workshops, as well as participate in social and student life activities. Seven mentors, comprised of BHSU American Indian upperclassmen, will help guide the incoming freshmen.
Workshop topics include introduction to web advisor and email, study skills and the book loan program. In-depth campus tours as well as an introductory course on how to use the E.Y. Berry Library will be included.
A presidential luncheon, where students enrolled will meet the new BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., and a field trip to Harney Peak are highlights of the program.
Registration for the Bridge Program can be completed online at www.bhsu.edu/AIS or by calling the Center for American Indian Studies at 605-642-6578.
Students who complete the Bridge Program receive one college credit.