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National Geographic wildlife journalist and biologist Joe Riis will share his documented journey of wildlife conservation at a talk Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. in Jonas Hall 305 on the Black Hills State University campus.

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While teaching classes at Black Hills State University, Gina Gibson tells her students that the inspiration for their designs can come from anywhere. Her latest art project is proof of that.

Gibson, BHSU assistant professor of digital media, currently has an art exhibit featuring 78 pieces, all inspired by the 78 cards in a tarot deck. The exhibit titled “Illuminations” runs until Dec. 8 at the Apex art gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.


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A hands-on workshop, “Adobe InDesign Basics,” will be held at the University Center-Rapid City Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mac lab, room 103.

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Black Hills State University marketing students recently received first-hand experience in putting their classroom theory learning to the test. Three of Dr. Wei Song’s marketing classes partnered with local businesses helping them develop marketing plans and strategies.

The BHSU associate professor of marketing said the project was a great experiential learning opportunity giving students the chance to be engaged in learning while blending theory and coursework with practical, applied experience.


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Literature’s favorite quirky inquisitor takes on a new mystery – his own – in Black Hills State University’s holiday production Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol.  The show runs from Thursday, Nov. 39 through Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Theatre on the BHSU campus.


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Acclaimed artistic director and choreographer Jodi Lomask will bring her multi-disciplinary approach in drawing attention to scientific, biological and ecological issues to the Black Hills State University campus.

Lomask, who has trained at several prestigious dance schools including the Royal Ballet Academy, Merce Cunningham Studio, and London Contemporary Dance School, will speak in the Pangburn Theatre Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. She will also give a talk at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.  During her talk, Lomask will take a deeper look at the creative processes that scientists and artists share.  She will also show video of her troupe’s performances.


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Two Black Hills State University students now have items in their portfolio that few students, or even accomplished photographers, can tout. Becca Gage and Daniel Merchen, who both work in the marketing office at Black Hills State University, took photographs that are featured on new billboards and displays promoting the University.


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For Black Hills State University graduate Jake Miller, it’s not only the science behind genetic diseases that he’s passionate about, it’s the faces behind these diseases.

“As a researcher, you see these families and how this disease affects their lives – it’s really powerful to see that,” he said. Miller recently returned to BHSU to discuss his research with BHSU students and faculty.


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With 98 percent of 18-24-year-olds utilizing some sort of social media wouldn’t it be beneficial to integrate those tools into higher education learning? That question is one among many that three Black Hills State University professors have set out to answer.  Their cutting edge research on social media use in the classroom has been selected for an international conference.

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, assistant professor of mass communications, Gina Gibson, assistant professor of digital media, and Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management, have been studying the benefits of integrating social media into classroom instruction to enhance learning. David Henry, BHSU senior finance and economics major, also helped with the research.


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Margaret Wengert dedicated her life to educating and promoting the importance of music and the arts. Wengert, who died in February, now leaves a legacy that will help others follow her same path.  

Black Hills State University  recently announced  a gift of $54,000 from Wengert for music and art scholarships.


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Black Hills State University theatre will present the South Dakota premier of the play, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Theatre on the BHSU campus.

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More than 40 Black Hills State University students joined millions nationwide in giving back to their community on the recent national Make A Difference Day.

From going door to door to collect food for the food pantry and cleaning up the city park to volunteering with the local Humane Society and Salvation Army, the BHSU students donated 120 hours of their time to provide helping hands to various organizations around Spearfish.


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A group of Black Hills State University international students recently took local elementary students on a journey around the world through the pages of well-known children’s books.

The BHSU students spent two nights this month at local elementary schools reading to students and families in the language of their home country. The events were part of Meade School District’s “Reading Around the World” family engagement nights. Nearly 500 students, parents, family members and school personnel attended the two events.


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Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment in beautiful Clare and Josef Meier Hall at the Black Hills State University Chamber Singers’ presentation of “A Madrigal Dinner” Nov. 29–Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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More than 20 million men and women will be honored this week for their service to this country. One of those is Black Hills State University senior Karen Berger. BHSU will honor veterans Wednesday at the University’s newly established Vets’ Center.

Berger, an outdoor education major, recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan with the 842nd National Guard Engineer Company of Spearfish, Belle Fourche and Sturgis.


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