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A semester’s worth of research, interviews, site visits and planning culminated this week as four teams of Black Hill State University tourism students presented their vision for the future of the City of Redfield.

The student teams, who are in Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto’s Tourism Planning and Development class, each created a five-year sustainable tourism plan for the city, located in the north east part of South Dakota.

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The fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game(SDSMG), sponsored in part by Black Hills State University, concluded with more than 580 students from 21 schools participating.

During the 10-week trading period, students formed 215 teams of stock market investors and researched various companies and industries before purchasing online shares with $100,000 in cyber funds.

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The conference room in the Black Hills State University Life Sciences Laboratory was turned into Santa’s workshop last week as a handful of graduate students and professors filled 77 stockings of donated items from pencils and calculators to socks, hats and games which were delivered to the Red Shirt community this week.

The stuffed stockings, however, are just a part of the donations that were brought to the community as part of an ongoing tradition started by two BHSU students 12 years ago.

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Award-winning art from local MasterWorks artists will be on display at the Black Hills State University Ruddell Art Gallery through the beginning of January.

The works of art displayed are from winners of the 16thAnnual South Dakota Health Care Association (SDHCA) Dakota MasterWorks Art Show held earlier this fall. Sponsored by SDHCA, Home Federal Bank, and KELOLAND television, the competition showcases the art talents and creativity of older South Dakotans. This year’s competitors range in age from 60 to 96.

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Black Hills State University has been ranked on two national blogs as one of the safest and most affordable universities.


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For artistic director and choreographer Jodi Lomask, it is the mysteries of the world that inspire her work, and the creative minds of scientists and artists that collaborate to unravel those mysteries.

Lomask brought her unique perspective on art and science to the Black Hills State University campus earlier this week.


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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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