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Dr. James Hesson, professor in the division of Physical Education and Health in the College of Education at Black Hills State University, has been nominated for national recognition by Marquis Who’s Who. He has also been invited to give two presentations at the annual convention of the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

       

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thumb_web_herseth.jpg Rep. Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., will speak at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Herseth will discuss her work in Washington D.C. as South Dakota’s sole representative.

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The spring 2007 semester enrollment at Black Hills State University is at its highest point in more than a decade. BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp attributes the record high to a number of factors including improved retention, increased number of course delivery options, and an increase in the number of transfer students.

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theater_students_thumb02.jpg Two Black Hills State University students recently competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) region five festival. Katie Severns, a senior vocal music and theater major from Rapid City, and Jared McDaris, a senior theater and psychology major from Spearfish, participated in the festival in Ames, Iowa.

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fuqua_amy.jpg Dr. Amy Fuqua, associate professor in humanities, has been named interim director of the Honors Program at Black Hills State University. Fuqua has served on the Honors Advisory Council since 2005 and has taught Honors courses in composition and literature. She replaces Dr. Roger Ochse, who retired last semester.

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chili_supper_thumb.jpg Nearly 350 people attended the annual Martin Luther King Day Chili/Soup Supper Food Pantry Benefit recently. Over 370 food items and $650 were donated to the cause.

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The Black Hills State University school mascot, the Yellow Jacket, was present to meet and greet visitors at an on-campus preview day held in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room recently.

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vita_thumb.jpg Black Hills State University students who are members of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be preparing tax returns at BHSU in Clare and Josef Meier Hall room 207 Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Jan. 31 through March 31. Volunteers will also be preparing returns every Saturday at the Spearfish Public Library from 10  a.m. to 3 p.m.

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thumb_recital_9949.jpg The music of Cole Porter will be featured in a special one-hour program by Black Hills State University music faculty and friends Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. The concert is open to the public at no charge, but donations for BHSU music scholarships will be accepted at the door.

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Black Hills State University admissions representative Erin Richards will visit 14 area high schools next week to discuss college plans with students. High school students needing information about college costs, financial aid, housing, and academic information should plan to visit with Richards.

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thumb_Ipod_9938.jpg Jessica Stanton, freshman mass communications major from Custer, recently won an iPod Nano for her participation in a Black Hills State University campus-wide online tobacco survey which was sponsored by the tobacco grant initiative through the South Dakota Department of Health.

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Dr. Janeen Larsen, Black Hills State University music professor, will perform as part of the Rapid City Chamber Society concert series Sunday, Jan. 28. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Rapid City.

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thumb_scottie_bruch.jpgResponding to a shortage of trained librarians in the state, Black Hills State University developed a library media program that is available entirely online. This fall the BHSU College of Education and the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center reintroduced the library media program in a completely online format. The program has generated a lot of interest and enrollment tripled this fall.

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thumb_international_teacher.jpg Four Black Hills State University education students are embarking on a pilot program to do their student teaching experience overseas. The BHSU College of Education students who will enhance their education with an international student teaching experience are: Kayla Morrison, Deadwood; Jennifer Doak, Gillette, Wyo.; and Abby Blaha, Rapid City, who will all be traveling to New Zealand; and Megan Bietz, Gillette, Wyo., who will be student teaching in Australia.

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The academic affairs office at Black Hills State University has released the dean’s list for the fall 2006 semester. A total of 465 students were named to the dean’s list. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above while taking at least 12 credit hours to be named to the dean’s list. Students are listed by hometown or current place of residence.

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