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Limited tickets are still available for the holiday event presented by the University’s Chamber Singers Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall.  Saturday evening is sold out; however, seating is available for the Thursday and Sunday performances. Tickets cost $40. Reservations are required. Call 642-6133 or email Terri.Bjorum@BHSU.edu for reservations. Please specify any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.

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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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With more than 25 years of education experience, Sandy Klarenbeek’s list of accomplishments is extensive. The Black Hills State University health professor can now add 2012 South Dakota Association Health,Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (SDAHPERD) College Teacher of the year to that list.


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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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Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines with their achievements.

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On Sunday, Dr. Priscilla Romkema will run her 16th marathon. But this 26.2 mile trek will be unlike any other the Black Hills State University dean of business and natural sciences has done before. She will be running the New York Marathon only days after superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast leaving millions without power,disrupting public transportation, and flooding streets and homes.

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It’s the unique way humankind and nature collide that most inspires Black Hills State University  professor of photography Steve Babbitt’s photos

“I rarely take photos of just landscapes. My most successful photos are ones where men and nature come together in an unusually ironic or humorous way,” said Babbitt.  His photo “Out House” depicts that.  The photograph is currently on display at the first juried exhibition at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls.


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The American School Health Association recently honored Black Hills State University assistant health professor Sandy Klarenbeek as a 2012 Fellow of the Association. This honor recognizes her academic achievements, her support of and participation in the association, and her professional contributions to school health.

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Amy Varland‘s resume is a colorful one. She’s been a tour guide at Walt Disney World, a travel agent, a television production assistant, a golf course manager; she’s a licensed bail bond agent and certified to officiate wedding ceremonies. In May, the Black Hills State University student found her true calling.

Varland, a Mass Communication major with a Spanish minor, took the advice of her college professor, Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, and applied for a summer internship with South Dakota Public Broadcasting.  Now, several months later, Varland is still with SDPB working part time from a little makeshift recording studio from the living room of her Lead home.


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The Black Hills State University Community Band will present a fall concert on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall on the BHSU Campus.

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For many scientists, engineers and researchers, producing an innovative idea is the easy part. Articulating that idea in a business language; however, can prove difficult. 

Barbara Zwetzig, director for the Center for Business, Entrepreneurship & Tourism at Black Hills State University, recently received training and certification as a coach for Wendy Kennedy’s “So What? Who Cares? Why You?” methodology, a proven system to find the business value inside innovation.


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Black Hills State University’s high percentage of Native American students prompted Boulder, Colo., resident Joscelyn Blumenthal to donate $10,000 to establish an endowment fund that will be used for scholarships for Native American students.

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Four concerts featuring a variety of musical styles performed by student and faculty vocal and instrumental ensembles will be presented by the Black Hills State University music program this fall. All concerts are in the Josef and Clare Meier Recital Hall.

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The garden located at the southwest corner of Black Hills State University’s Life Sciences Laboratory is different from others in the area.  BHSU professors Dr. Ben VanEe and Dr. Dan Asunskis hope that will change. The two science professors worked throughout the summer developing a native plant ethnobotanical garden on campus. Native plant landscaping, including Buffalo grass, is a part of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for the University’s new Life Sciences Laboratory which opened in February. The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union is also a LEED certified building. Both buildings are part of BHSU’s commitment to sustainability.

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Well-known poet and former classroom teacher Taylor Mali used humorous, and sometimes dramatic,verse to tell the story of his life and appreciation of educators to more than 200 people at the Black Hills State University Meier Recital Hall.


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