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During the fall semester, the Black Hills State University Student Support Services (SSS) recognized four students who have worked hard and shown dedication as they move toward earning their bachelor’s degree.

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John Rombough, Black Hills State University assistant facilities services director, was recently honored by the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) with the Patriot Award, a recognition of his contribution to national security through his support for military employees.

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Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education),the decade-long effort of Black Hills State University, the Rapid City School District and the regional nonprofit Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) to improve K-12 mathematics instruction,  is one of nine projects awarded an inaugural Bush Prize for Community Innovation

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Black Hills State University will once again honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the University’s rodeo program.

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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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Brian Shaw, former Yellow Jacket basketball player, 2004 graduate and 2011 and 2013 World’s Strongest Man, returned to the court he once played on last weekend to accept the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award. He was presented the award during halftime of the men’s basketball home opener

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Brian Shaw, a 2004 graduate of BHSU, was recently named the World's Strongest Man, earning the title for the second time in three years. Shaw will return to BHSU this month as he accepts this year's Young Alumni Achievement Award.  Shaw will be honored during halftime of the home opener of the men’s basketball game Saturday, Nov. 16.

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Black Hills State University assistant professor Dr. Andy Johnson's innovative ideas on inquiry-based instruction in teaching radioactivity and ionizing radiation are being recognized in this week’s issue of Science magazine. Johnson’s essay “Radiation and Atomic Literacy for Nonscientists” was chosen as this month’s Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction (IBI).

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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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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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Dr. Pat Simpson, Black Hills State University dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, will be honored by her alma mater during the Pennsylvania university’s homecoming celebration next month.

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In an effort to recognize the contributions faculty make on a daily basis, Black Hills State University began a tradition of honoring nine faculty members, three from each of the three colleges, during this year’s welcome back festivities at the start of the fall semester.

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Black Hills State University students Tayler Ripley, from Pierre, and Jillian Draine, from Spearfish, were recently selected to receive NASA Space Grant stipends for research. Both are pursuing double majors in chemistry and biology in the School of Natural Sciences.

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Nick Gale, history education major from Belle Fourche, won the Black Hills Chapter of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society’s 2013 Essay Contest – University Level for his paper titled “Russia’s gift to the Dakotas.” 

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Black Hills State University student Gina Jespersen was recently crowned Miss Rodeo in her home state of Nebraska, a title she has coveted since she was a young girl.

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