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More than 40 Black Hills State University students joined millions nationwide in giving back to their community on the recent national Make A Difference Day.

From going door to door to collect food for the food pantry and cleaning up the city park to volunteering with the local Humane Society and Salvation Army, the BHSU students donated 120 hours of their time to provide helping hands to various organizations around Spearfish.


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A group of Black Hills State University international students recently took local elementary students on a journey around the world through the pages of well-known children’s books.

The BHSU students spent two nights this month at local elementary schools reading to students and families in the language of their home country. The events were part of Meade School District’s “Reading Around the World” family engagement nights. Nearly 500 students, parents, family members and school personnel attended the two events.


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More than 20 million men and women will be honored this week for their service to this country. One of those is Black Hills State University senior Karen Berger. BHSU will honor veterans Wednesday at the University’s newly established Vets’ Center.

Berger, an outdoor education major, recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan with the 842nd National Guard Engineer Company of Spearfish, Belle Fourche and Sturgis.


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Faculty and students from Black Hills State University’s Integrative Genomics program recently presented their research at the 10th annual Ecological Genomics symposium in Kansas City, Mo. Jake Alsdurf, graduate student, and Tayler Ripley,junior biology major, presented their work on drought-induced transgenerational effects in plants.

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Elise Foltz has always liked working with numbers, but it wasn’t until she took her first accounting class at Black Hills State University did she realize where her true career path lay.

Now, thanks to a $6,800 scholarship from the South Dakota Certified Public Accountant Society(SD CPA) Foltz is in her final year and will graduate from the professional accountancy program in May.


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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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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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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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For a while, the third floor of Black Hills State University's Woodburn Hall looked like a scene out of Disney Pixar’s movie "A Bug’s Life.” Unusual bug creations lined the hallway each one as unique as the students in BHSU instructor Ann Porter’s art class.

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Black Hills State University will be participating in “National Campus Sustainability Day” Wednesday, Oct. 24 to inform the community and BHSU students about what is being done on campus and in the Spearfish area to preserve and protect the environment.

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Three years after joining Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, Black Hills State University was recognized as a Chapter of Merit.

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Photographers Forum Magazine chose 13 Black Hills State University photography students as finalists in the 32nd Annual College Photographers Competition. BHSU photography students selected in this year’s competition include: Anthony Petrone, Emily Reidman, Michael Wentworth, Dawn Adkins, Ian Craig, Andrew Rexroad, Linda Admundson, Amanda Goetz, Brooke Geier, Chris Yushta, Cory Schultz, Tamera Allen, and Tracy Spaans.

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Black Hills State University senior David Henry has found his voice on a national business blog. For the past two months,the finance and economics major has penned three articles for the Motley Fool blog, a national site that offers news analysis and commentary for investors of all kinds.

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