The new Black Hills State University students will move to campus Friday, Aug. 22 and the University invites community members to help welcome students.
|Community members visit booths from campus and community organizations and businesses during the 2013 Campus Kickoff held during BHSU’s Green and Gold Days.
Black Hills State University’s Green and Gold Days begins Aug. 21 and the annual Campus and Community Kickoff is Aug. 24.
“We want students to get to know each other and the Spearfish community,” said Jane Klug, director of student activities at BHSU.
She added that the students often talk about how great it is to live in Spearfish and appreciate how the community makes them feel welcome. Spearfish was recently named the seventh best Small Town in America (by Livibility) and the BHSU students agree with that ranking.
“As a member of the Spearfish community, when I read we were the seventh in the nation, I was so incredibly proud,” Klug said. “Knowing that our students make a difference in our community as well as all of us at Black Hills State who volunteer time and talents to Spearfish make this a special place to live.”
Campus move in day is Friday, Aug. 22. Student and community volunteers will be on site from 8 a.m. to noon to help new students move in. Afternoon parent and student meetings will be held in residence halls to answer questions and provide students with necessary campus information.
The Campus Kickoff is a community event, and Klug encourages students, faculty, staff and the Spearfish community to attend. The 2014 Campus Kickoff is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 24 on the BHSU campus green. Businesses and organizations are encouraged to have a booth at the event which is free and open to the public. BHSU dining services will provide a meal. A BBQ ticket is $6 for community members. Students’ meal plans cover the cost of the BBQ.
Booths from local businesses and campus and community organizations will be set up during the kickoff, offering information, discounts and other freebies. Klug said registering a booth at the Campus Kickoff is a great way for students and businesses to get to know each other.
“It’s incredible. You have 500 to 600 students at your fingertips to hand your business card to or give a discount for a haircut,” she said. “It helps students see the bigger picture: that they are part of the Spearfish community.”
Deadline for booth registration is Tuesday, Aug. 19. For online registration and more information on the Campus Kickoff, go to www.bhsu.edu/campuskickoff. There is no cost to register a booth. A table and two chairs will be available at each booth. Electricity is available at a first come, first serve basis.
The two-week long schedule is filled with activities that introduce new students to campus and welcome back returning upperclassmen. The rest of the time is filled with activities touring Spearfish and the BHSU campus and socializing with other students. Highlights of Green and Gold Days includes hiking, a scavenger hunt in downtown Spearfish, an illusionist, motivational speaker, community service projects and the annual Campus Kickoff. Once classes begin Aug. 25, Klug said activities still will be held each day through Sept. 7.
Chase Vogel, business administration and economics and finance major from Cheyenne, Wyo., recalls Green and Gold Days during his freshman year and the impact the event made on his future at BHSU.
“I interacted with groups and organizations on campus and throughout the Spearfish community that allowed me to involve myself more than I even knew was possible,” Vogel said. “I look forward to this time of year because new students and returning students alike find new opportunity and inspiration every direction they turn.”
For a full Green and Gold Days schedule, go to www.bhsu.edu/admissions/admittedstudents.
“We’re just excited to get our new students here and welcome with open arms our returning students,” Klug said. “The energy increases ten-fold when students get here. I can’t wait for them to get home and get things started.”