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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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The Office of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University has released the dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester.  A total of 697 students maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or above while taking at least 12 credit hours to be named to the list this semester. Students are listed by hometown or current place of residence.

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Fourteen Black Hills State University photography students were chosen as finalists in the 33rd Annual College Photographers Competition by Photographer’s Forum Magazine. Joe Geyer, mass communication major from Rapid City, was awarded an Honorable Mention for his image “Windswept in the digital photo category.

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For Kjaersti (Bushilla) Roberts teaching is not simply helping students succeed in class, but providing them the tools to be successful throughout their lives.Roberts, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BHSU, was recently honored with a Crystal Apple Award for her work as a junior high language arts teacher in the Klamath County School District in Klamath Falls, Ore.

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The Black Hills State University Yellow Jacket mascot “Sting” spent the last several weeks touring the Black Hills making stops at local schools to surprise University alumni who were recognized as outstanding educators.

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Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University, was recently awarded the National Business Education Association (NBEA) Distinguished Service Award.

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