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Hundreds of family, friends, faculty and staff packed into the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center Saturday to honor more than 200 Black Hills State University graduates awarded master, bachelor and associate degrees during the University’s 166th commencement ceremony.

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

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Adam Merchen loves history, whether it is history books, movies or simply someone relaying a story of a historical event. The students in Kelly Kirk’s U.S. History course were able to see Merchen’s enthusiasm firsthand during the fall semester. Merchen, a resident of the Northern Hills Training Center, was one of several community members who were able to expand their knowledge through the Black Hills State University Visitor Pass program.

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The local jazz quartet Green Dolphin, featuring two Black Hills State University music professors, will perform during a BHSU Friends of Music fundraising event at Roma’s Ristorante in Spearfish Thursday, Jan. 16.

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John Rombough, Black Hills State University assistant facilities services director, was recently honored by the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the Patriot Award, a recognition of his contribution to national security through his support for military employees.

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A Black Hills State University geology class received a new perspective on the area’s geological formations when they spent a day in December touring the 300 level of the Sanford Underground Research Facility, the former Homestake Mine. Dr. Abigail Domagall’s students were the first from BHSU to have an opportunity to go underground.

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Black Hills State University tourism students spent the semester researching and analyzing how to make Belle Fourche a must-see Black Hills attraction. The students presented their five-year sustainable tourism plan earlier this month to Rita Pazour, marketing/communications specialist for the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce.

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Black Hills State University student Aaron Morlock, his wife Sara, also a BHSU student, and their four-year-old daughter Arabella lost everything in a house fire during October’s Winter Storm Atlas. In the last few months, Aaron, Sara, and Arabella, with the help of several communities and BHSU, have been putting their life back together while remaining dedicated to their studies.

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The once vacant southwest corridor in the lower level of Wenona Cook Hall now has a much different look.The area, the former home of Student Support Services, has been transformed into independent work spaces for the University’s art students.

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The Black Hills State University International Student Organization (ISO) had its most successful food and cultural fair this year with more than 300 guests including many University students, faculty and staff.

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Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education),the decade-long effort of Black Hills State University, the Rapid City School District and the regional nonprofit Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) to improve K-12 mathematics instruction,  is one of nine projects awarded an inaugural Bush Prize for Community Innovation

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A new lecture series that gives Black Hills State University students the opportunity to learn about the diversity of studies on campus was recently introduced by Courtney Huse Wika, assistant professor of English.

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For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business – one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, Black Hills State University assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, is taking steps to change that.

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Tis the season for giving and Black Hills State University students, faculty and staff are embracing the holiday spirit through a variety of community service projects. Since the beginning of November, the BHSU holiday elves have been busy donating time and resources to several local, regional and global organizations.

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Black Hills State University will recognize 229 candidates for graduation during the University’s 166th commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. Degrees for the fall 2013 BHSU graduates include nine masters, 196 bachelors, and 24 associates.

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