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Once viewed as “spin doctors,” public relations specialists sometimes had a history of less-than-stellar practices. PR professionals, however, are shedding that stereotype and a group of Black Hills State University communication students are demonstrating what public relations can do for a company or organization.

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Internationally renowned stone sculptor Masayuki Nagase will hold a community design workshop at Black Hills State University Sunday, Feb. 3 at 1 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The workshop is an opportunity to meet the artist, hear about plans for his project “Passage of Wind and Water” at Main Street Square in Rapid City, and give input for design elements.

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When Black Hills State University alumnus John Johnson received the call that he would be one of the 2012 honorees for the Starkey Hearing Foundation,he wondered how a small town boy from South Dakota could receive a honor shared by former President Bill Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Willie Mays and Billie Jean King.

But Johnson soon realized that while he joined a long listof high profile celebrities they all had the same goal: making the world abetter place. 

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Black Hills State University instructor Erica Merchant is sharing layers of her life through a new mixed media exhibit at the Ruddell Gallery located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

The exhibit, which began last week and runs through Feb. 6, features several wall pieces exposing concepts of geological time and fossilized moments that are discard or overlooked.

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 Check out what Dr. Emilia Boeschen, assistant professor of psychology and Lauren Lund, one of her student research assistants, are saying about their study of competitive anxiety in athletes with intellectual disabilities, and how they are taking the study across the world to the South Korea Special Olympics World Games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX6dB9OnuJw&feature=youtu.be

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A workshop, “How to use mobile marketing,” will be held at Black Hills State University Thursday, Jan. 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 204.

The SD Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), located on the campus of Black Hills State University has partnered with Black Hills PR and For The Win Interactive to bring this workshop to campus.

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Black Hills State University enactus students and the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), the women’s business center at BHSU, will host Facebook for Retirees Thursday, Jan. 24 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall room 205 on the BHSU campus.

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The Dakota Chamber Orchestra will begin rehearsals for the2013 spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 15 on the campus of Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Rehearsals are held in the Meier Hall band room.

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Black Hills State University alumni, including former track & field and cross country athletes, are encouraged to participate in the 21st annual Alumni Mile weekend Jan. 25 and 26.

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BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp at the Empire Mall in Sioux FallsBlack Hills State University is giving away a $1,000 scholarship to one lucky incoming freshman during a post-holiday scholarship contest. To enter the contest students must submit a photo of themselves posing with the BHSU displays at the Rushmore Mall in Rapid City or the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls.

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Spearfish resident Lorrie Keim is not a registered student of Black Hills State University; however, she is often on campus sitting in a classroom dis...

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Black Hills State University students spent the semester creating geographic information systems (GIS) maps that will be used by the University and other Spearfish organizations.

The mapping was part of Dr. Abigail Domagall’s final project for a GIS/GPS course. This is the second year Domagall, BHSU assistant professor of geology, has incorporated outside clients in the mapping assignment.

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Nebraska native Dan Contonis’ passion for photography began at a young age when his parents first bought him a Kodak Duo-flex viewfinder camera.

While he worked as a property and casualty insurance agent for many years, his love for photography never waned, and he now has several photographs on exhibit in the President’s Gallery, located on the second floor of Woodburn Hall at Black Hills State University. Contonis’ show runs through Feb. 22.

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The Board of Regents recently approved a new graduate degree in sustainability at Black Hills State University, a move that will prepare students for cutting-edge careers in a variety of industries in South Dakota.

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When the 36th annual Lakota Nation Invitational tips off Wednesday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Black Hills State University alumni Bryan Brewer and Dave Archambault will have front row seats, just as they did at the first tournament they organized in 1977.

The two helped found the LNI, at first named the All IndianTournament, as a way to provide play time for their basketball players. Neitheranticipated the legacy they were beginning.

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