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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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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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The South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG), a program where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks, received national recognition during the Stock Market Game Symposium in New York City earlier this summer.

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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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Hundreds of Black Hills State University students, faculty, staff and local community members packed into the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center last week to hear Immaculee Ilibagiza’s inspirational story of survival. For two hours, the Rwandan Genocide survivor told the story of how an Easter holiday trip home from college forever changed the course of her life. Throughout her story, Ilibagiza, who recently became a United States citizen, spoke of the importance of love, faith, hope and forgiveness.

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South Dakota State Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson will discuss the state bar association’s push to attract young lawyers to practice in South Dakota’s rural communities during an open forum at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room inside the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

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Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, Black Hills State University assistant professor of psychology, and Autumn Sanderson, a recent BHSU graduate from Conde, presented their research on the effectiveness of a local afterschool program at the American Psychological Association (APA) Convention in

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More than 30 new students spent a week touring the Black Hills State University campus and Northern Hills community through a program aimed at helping Native American students make a smooth transition into university life.

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More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in the recent Black Hills State University Campus Community BBQ.

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