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For Black Hills State University graduate Jake Miller, it’s not only the science behind genetic diseases that he’s passionate about, it’s the faces behind these diseases.

“As a researcher, you see these families and how this disease affects their lives – it’s really powerful to see that,” he said. Miller recently returned to BHSU to discuss his research with BHSU students and faculty.


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Margaret Wengert dedicated her life to educating and promoting the importance of music and the arts. Wengert, who died in February, now leaves a legacy that will help others follow her same path.  

Black Hills State University  recently announced  a gift of $54,000 from Wengert for music and art scholarships.


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On Sunday, Dr. Priscilla Romkema will run her 16th marathon. But this 26.2 mile trek will be unlike any other the Black Hills State University dean of business and natural sciences has done before. She will be running the New York Marathon only days after superstorm Sandy ravaged the East Coast leaving millions without power,disrupting public transportation, and flooding streets and homes.

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Katie Anderson, South Dakota Teacher of the Year, had surprise guests in her East Middle School 8th grade science class yesterday. “Sting” the Black Hills State University mascot and Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, showed up to present Anderson, a BHSU alumna, with a congratulations gift for her achievement.

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Earlier this month, Black Hills State University graduate Chase Adams left the sprawling countryside of the Midwest for a new urban lifestyle in Washington,D.C. However, Adams did not abandon his agricultural background; instead, he is using it to advocate on a national level.

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When East Middle School science teacher Katie Anderson walked into school last Monday, she had a special announcement for her students – the Black Hills State University alumna had been voted South Dakota’s Teacher of the Year.

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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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Black Hills State University alumni who were honored for their successes credited their experiences at BHSU as paving the way for their accomplishments. The five alumni were honored during the recent BHSU Swarm Week Alumni Awards luncheon, an annual event which recognizes the outstanding achievements of alumni.

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Taylor Mali’s mastery with words inspired many to go into the teaching profession. Now, for the first time in the state the former teacher and well-known poet will bring his message to Black Hills State University. Mali will speak Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Meier Recital Hall as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

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The first edition of the Black Hills Journal, the original name of the Rapid City Journal,has found a permanent home in Black Hills State University’s Leland B. Case Library of Western Studies.  


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Black Hills State University is one step closer to its Alumni Foundation Welcome Center after breaking ground last month on the $1.4 million project.

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Michael Shann’s career in theatre has taken him all over the world, but there is one place he always returns to. “I always tried to keep my ties with Spearfish and Black Hills State University,” he said. Shann, a 1970 graduate of education with a drama and history emphasis, started his career on the BHSU stage. Next week, he will be the guest director for BHSU’s first production of the season, Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock.

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Black Hills State University and the Spearfish community displayed their school spirit and support for the military during the recent Swarm Day parade.

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When Newley Kartak first got the message from an editor at Cosmopolitan that he was a finalist for the fashion magazine’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year, he thought it was a prank.
Only after realizing it was a New York number did the reality set in, he said. Cosmo recently released its Bachelor of the Year 2012 finalists, one from each state, with Kartak, a BHSU admissions counselor, voted as South Dakota’s bachelor of the year.

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SPEARFISH … Elise Foltz always knew she wanted to go into public accounting. However, the Black Hills State University senior now has a better idea of the day-to-day life she will soon be living as an accountant.  

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