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Black Hills State University has joined two other state universities and other entities in North Dakota and South Dakota in an effort to reverse the decline in student participation in high school journalism programs.


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Black Hills State University and Sanford Underground Research Facility just received word that a $125,000 Innovation Grant from the South Dakota Board of Regents will fund infrastructure to advance the BHSU Underground Campus at Sanford Lab.

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Black Hills State University music professor Dr. Symeon Waseen has spent much of his summer preparing for his fall performance of one of the 20th century’s premier piano masterpieces – including trips to the local hardware store.In the unique performance next month, Waseen will perform Sonatas and Interludes, with what is referred to as a “prepared piano piece” by the late composer John Cage.

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Two Black Hills State University faculty members spent last week helping teachers from across the state develop a deeper understanding of geology and climate concepts – information they will now take back to their individual classrooms.

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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at Black Hills State University, in partnership with several Yankton-area businesses, will host the first annual “Women’s Business Conference” in Yankton Friday, Sept. 12.

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Dr. Barbara Looney, Black Hills State University assistant professor of management, recently presented a paper on using social media in the classroom at the 21st International Conference on Learning in New York City.

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If Black Hills State University students, alumni, or community members want to keep up with BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., they may want to check his Twitter updates.

Jackson, who assumed the presidency at BHSU this month, was named the top “Rising Accounts of Higher Education Presidents to Follow on Twitter” in a national blog by Josie Ahlquist (www.josieahlquist.com).

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Spearfish was named one of the Top 10 Small Towns by Livability.com this week.

Spearfish ranked number seven on the list, with Black Hills State University listed as a key component to the community’s high quality of life. Livability looks for small communities that inspire creativity and activity.

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As part of the initiative to lower carbon emissions by the campus, Black Hills State University recently hosted an EcoExplorers Day Camp which focused on teaching children the importance of sustainability while creating an environment that was fun and friendly.

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A group of panelists, including two Black Hills State University professors, will engage in a discussion on the connection of art and science, a theme that has also been the subject of a statewide traveling art exhibit. The discussion is Wednesday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City and will be held in conjunction with the exhibit’s month-long stop at the Dahl.

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Not even a week into the job and the new Black Hills State University president, Dr. Tom Jackson Jr., encountered a whole different world when he visited the Sanford Underground Research Facility (Sanford Lab) to visit with faculty and researchers about their work nearly a mile underground in the former Homestake Mine near Lead.

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Summer Stage at Black Hills State University concludes its eighth theatre season with Moon Over Buffalo a comedy by Ken Ludwig. Performance dates are June 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. and June 29 at 2:30 p.m.


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The Johanna Meier Opera Theater Institute at Black Hills State University celebrates its 16th and final year with two special performances.

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The Black Hills State University Alumni Association will host a Band and Choral Reunion Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. 

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The South Dakota Board of Regents awarded its highest honor Wednesday to Kay Schallenkamp, who retires later this month as president of Black Hills State University.

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