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Black Hills State University is celebrating the beauty of the Black Hills with a week filled with activities ranging from rock climbing and archery to photography and outdoor art. BHSU’s annual Outdoor Week starts Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of Black Hills State University since 2006, announced today that she will retire from the South Dakota public higher education system at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

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The Final Jeopardy theme song will likely not be playing in the background, but the pressure will still be on for nine Black Hills State University graphic design students competing in the upcoming Student Design Jam Thursday, Oct. 17. 

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Six Black Hills State University students and four professors were inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon math honor society marking their place in BHSU history. The recent ceremony was the inaugural induction ceremony of Kappa Mu Epsilon at the University.

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Black Hills State University theatre will kick off its 2013-2014 season with the comic drama “Mauritius” Oct. 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Theatre.

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Cody Powers, physical education major from Wheatland, Wyo., and Alyssa Niesen, psychology major from Milbank, were crowned the 2013 Swarm Week king and queen at Black Hills State University last Thursday evening. 

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Nine-time NBA All-Star and one of the best dunkers in NBA history Dominique Wilkins is coming to the Black Hills State University campus Monday, Oct. 7 to talk about his life since being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

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David Hume Kennerly speaks to students, faculty, staff and community members about his life as a photographer.  

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Black Hills State University faculty, staff and students were taken back in time to the University’s beginning years during a recent luncheon featuring talks by Dr. David Wolff, BHSU dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Black Hills historian, and Bobbi Sago, BHSU Special Collections librarian and University archivist.

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Black Hills State University's annual Swarm Days homecoming celebration kicks off Monday, Sept. 30 and runs through Saturday, Oct. 5. A variety of events for the “Swarm Olympics” themed celebration will be held throughout the week including an Olympic Village Party, the hike to the H, a kiddie carnival, coronation, disc golf tournament, and the annual Swarm Days parade.

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Black Hills State University enrollment is up 1.3 percent this fall with 4,464 students. A 17 percent increase was seen in the number of first-time freshmen enrolled, and housing on campus is at nearly 99 percent capacity.

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Earlier this year, Tracey Steinbach, Black Hills State University senior computer support specialist, asked her four daughters if they would run the all-women Leading Ladies Half-Marathon with her – something she had on her bucket list.  Once they said yes, Steinbach needed motivation to get her in marathon-finishing shape. She found that incentive from her husband, a friend and the possibility of winning $50,000.

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Black Hills State University staffers Tamara Lawson, laboratory manager, and Hasina Ahmad, distance education coordinator, brought their love of orchids and green thumb knowledge of the exotic plants to locals during several demonstrations presented last month in Rapid City.

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Canon Explorer of Light and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly will be giving a free public presentation in the Meier Recital Hall at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. A reception will be held before the event at 6:30 p.m.

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Hundreds of Black Hills State University students, faculty, staff and local community members packed into the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center last week to hear Immaculee Ilibagiza’s inspirational story of survival. For two hours, the Rwandan Genocide survivor told the story of how an Easter holiday trip home from college forever changed the course of her life. Throughout her story, Ilibagiza, who recently became a United States citizen, spoke of the importance of love, faith, hope and forgiveness.

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