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Black Hills State University student Aleesa Fedt’s compassion for helping others and her background in medicine took her all the way to Ghana where she spent a month volunteering in a medical clinic.

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Erica Merchant has spent several months restoring the intricate details of wall panels surrounding medallions in the opera house’s foyer.  The Black Hills State University art instructor started the process in April with the help of Dean Kalamos, a master painter from Washington, D.C., who works as a lead decorative painter at the Library of Congress.

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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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Black Hills State University announced Friday its final push toward a $22 million capital campaign which will provide millions to fund additional student scholarships, and construction and renovation of campus facilities.

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During an open forum at Black Hills State University earlier this month, S.D. Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson discussed the road that led to a recently passed bill providing a stipend for law school graduates to practice in rural areas for five years.

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A productive conversation of race and prejudice in South Dakota cannot take place without addressing the history of the Black Hills, according to Jeffrey Viken, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota. Viken spoke on race and prejudice during a recent presentation at Black Hills State University.

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A new Black Hills State University bike program founded last spring by a group of recent graduates has students and faculty exchanging their four-wheels for two.

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Thousands of wildfires ignite around the United States every year burning hundreds of acres of land, homes and in some instances taking lives. Fighting those fires is a dangerous job, but one that Black Hills State University students Natalie Geise and Kyle Hauck have been doing for three years.

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Black Hills State University’s annual Swarm Days parade and homecoming football game is rescheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 19. Originally scheduled for Oct. 5, the Swarm Days festivities were cancelled due to Winter Storm Atlas that hit the Black Hills dumping more than three feet of snow in some areas of the Northern Hills.

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Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, president of Black Hills State University since 2006, announced today that she will retire from the South Dakota public higher education system at the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

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Black Hills State University has been named to the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools. This is the fourth consecutive year the University has been on the list which recognizes the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions nationwide that are most dedicated to supporting America’s service members and veterans as students.

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Black Hills State University theatre will kick off its 2013-2014 season with the comic drama “Mauritius” Oct. 10, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Woodburn Hall Theatre.

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In the newest exhibit at Black Hills State University’s Ruddell Gallery, Desy Schoenewies, assistant professor of art, displays five years of her work encompassing an overall theme of everyday distractions.

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Black Hills State University enrollment is up 1.3 percent this fall with 4,464 students. A 17 percent increase was seen in the number of first-time freshmen enrolled, and housing on campus is at nearly 99 percent capacity.

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When Nadine Fidler moved to Spearfish with her husband Ray in 1955, the two immediately immersed themselves in the happenings of the Northern Hills including those at Black Hills State University. Nadine will continue her contributions to BHSU as the Swarm Day Parade Grand Marshal.

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