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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO), the women’s business center at Black Hills State University, will host the monthly Women in Networking (WIN) lunch at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Swarm Room Tuesday, Jan. 8 from noon to 1 p.m.

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A semester’s worth of research, interviews, site visits and planning culminated this week as four teams of Black Hill State University tourism students presented their vision for the future of the City of Redfield.

The student teams, who are in Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto’s Tourism Planning and Development class, each created a five-year sustainable tourism plan for the city, located in the north east part of South Dakota.

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The fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game(SDSMG), sponsored in part by Black Hills State University, concluded with more than 580 students from 21 schools participating.

During the 10-week trading period, students formed 215 teams of stock market investors and researched various companies and industries before purchasing online shares with $100,000 in cyber funds.

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The conference room in the Black Hills State University Life Sciences Laboratory was turned into Santa’s workshop last week as a handful of graduate students and professors filled 77 stockings of donated items from pencils and calculators to socks, hats and games which were delivered to the Red Shirt community this week.

The stuffed stockings, however, are just a part of the donations that were brought to the community as part of an ongoing tradition started by two BHSU students 12 years ago.

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

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While earning their degrees at Black Hills State University, Kalani Corpuz, a mass communication major from Rapid City, and Markus Heinrich,a business administration entrepreneurship major from Whitewood, saw an opportunity to increase recycling. Their focus on being environmentally friendly ultimately led to the creation of a business, Cans 2 Cans Recycling LLC.


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A hands-on workshop, “Adobe InDesign Basics,” will be held at the University Center-Rapid City Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mac lab, room 103.

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Black Hills State University marketing students recently received first-hand experience in putting their classroom theory learning to the test. Three of Dr. Wei Song’s marketing classes partnered with local businesses helping them develop marketing plans and strategies.

The BHSU associate professor of marketing said the project was a great experiential learning opportunity giving students the chance to be engaged in learning while blending theory and coursework with practical, applied experience.


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For some college students, no cell phone service, limited internet and a high of 68 degrees would not be an ideal way to spend the summer. However, Black Hills State University student Sarah Zimmerman had the opportunity to conduct salmon research at a remote Alaskan fish hatchery and says she enjoyed the three-month learning experience.

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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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Dr. Megan Burke,a civil engineer with RESPEC Consulting & Services in Rapid City, speaks with a group of local high school juniors and seniors during the recent Lab Coats and Business Entrepreneurship event held at Black Hills State University.

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With 98 percent of 18-24-year-olds utilizing some sort of social media wouldn’t it be beneficial to integrate those tools into higher education learning? That question is one among many that three Black Hills State University professors have set out to answer.  Their cutting edge research on social media use in the classroom has been selected for an international conference.

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, assistant professor of mass communications, Gina Gibson, assistant professor of digital media, and Dr. Barbara Looney, assistant professor of management, have been studying the benefits of integrating social media into classroom instruction to enhance learning. David Henry, BHSU senior finance and economics major, also helped with the research.


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Dr. Katrina Jensen, Black Hills State University assistant professor of chemistry, and two undergraduate chemistry students, are working on a research project that could lead to the development of less expensive solar cells.

The BHSU professor and two students Samantha Petit, chemistry and environmental physical science major from Belle Fourche, and Dylan Dobbs, chemistry major from Hot Springs,  are currently working on a project looking at options on the molecular level that might increase efficiency  of solar cells.


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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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