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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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Black Hills State University students received first, second and third place in the collegiate composition category of the South Dakota Music Teachers Association (SDMTA) competition.

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Black Hills State University students, faculty and community members will perform piano duets as part of the Bellman Brown Bag Series, Wednesday, Dec. 11 at noon at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish.

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A play inspired by a Charles Dickens Christmas story and written by Black Hills State University alumna Jessica Juhrend will be performed in the Woodburn Hall Theatre Thursday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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Black Hills State University student Stephanie Wiegel took it upon herself to offer a month-long yoga course at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center hoping to get more faculty, staff and students to share her love of yoga and add to her professional portfolio.

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Several concerts and other musical events performed by students and faculty will be presented by the Black Hills State University Music Department next month.

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Black Hills State University student Rebecca Clausen knew her summer study abroad trip to Spain would be a life-changing experience; she just didn’t realize how life-changing. Clausen, a biology and Spanish major from Sturgis, applied for the University study abroad program as a way to expand her skills and immerse herself in the Spanish culture. 

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Black Hills State University recently hosted a live graphic design competition which pitted nine students against each other in timed challenges.

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Donald shares a collection of her iPhone images in an exhibit at The Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City. The exhibit titled “A Walk Outside” runs through Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

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Black Hills State University recently celebrated the grand opening of its native plant ethnobotanical garden, one of several events held during the University’s Outdoor Week. The ethnobotanical garden, located on the west side of the Life Sciences Laboratory, was merely an idea a little over a year ago, and is now home to a variety of native species including buffalo grass, yucca, prickly pear, blue stem grass, evergreen, pine trees, sage, and purple coneflower.

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For years, Black Hills State University students and Jerry Rawlings, assistant professor of photography, have used their artistic skills to help raise money and awareness of the problem of hunger around the Northern Hills.

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Black Hills State University has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to services and programs for America’s student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings Monday with BHSU making the list for the second year in a row.

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Vinny Guadagnino, one of eight housemates in MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” brought his message of being a healthier person by living in the present moment to a packed house at Black Hills State University’s Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

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