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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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South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) located at Black Hills State University and director, Helen Merriman, recently earned the 2013 Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award from the Small Business Administration.

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A new master’s degree in Sustainability at Black Hills State University is drawing strong interest from prospective students.  The degree, which is offered entirely online, was designed to meet the needs of an emerging career field.

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Five teams of Black Hills State University tourism students spent the semester planning summer events to boost local attendance and awareness of a Keystone tourist attraction.

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More than 40 volunteers got their hands dirty Friday afternoon while planting nearly 20 trees near Black Hills State University’s Softball Complex. The trees, donated by Black Hills Power, are part of the regional utility company’s Power of the Trees program.

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Black Hills State University is partnering with three South Dakota K-12 schools for projects to help improve science and mathematics instruction.

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Thousands of family, friends, faculty, and staff packed into the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center recently to wish good luck to the more than 400 Black Hills State University graduates awarded master, bachelor and associate degrees during the 165th Commencement Ceremony.

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The Jacket Journal, Black Hills State University’s student newspaper, recently earned a first place award in the 2013 American Scholastic Press Association’s (ASPA) annual newspaper competition. Each year the ASPA awards the top college and high school literary magazines, newspapers and yearbooks in the country for the work produced by their staffs.

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The Joseph F. and Martha P. Nelson Scholarship at Black Hills State University has been awarded to Morgan Mahanke, a Brookings High School senior who will graduate this May and attend BHSU in the fall. She plans to major in chemistry with a goal of working in forensics.

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Black Hills State University faculty and staff recently celebrated the civic accomplishments of more than 30 students and several student organizations during the 21st annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

This year’s theme was “Leading & Transforming” recognizing students, organizations, faculty, staff and volunteers for all they do to make BHSU a high-quality, innovative University.

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Throughout her time at Black Hills State University, Joey Painter has been an ambassador for the University both on and off campus. Her leadership recently earned her the 2013 Spirit of BH award. Painter, who graduated last week, was honored during the recent 21st Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

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Rilda Means has known what she has wanted to do since she was a junior at Red Cloud Indian School – help change the stigma of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Means was one of more than 400 graduates earning degrees Saturday during the 165th Black Hills State University Commencement Ceremony. Means, who received her bachelor of science in political science and American Indian Studies, was also one of the 34 Native American students graduating – the highest in the University’s history.

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Markus Heinrich said his biggest accomplishment during his Black Hills State University career has been juggling everything – from involvement in school organizations and studies to the marketing of his business ventures.

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Chantelle Whipple’s college experience was unlike most. Three times a week she was up at 6:30 a.m. for ROTC physical fitness training; once a week she had a ROTC lab repelling a wall or building a one rope bridge; and once a month she was fulfilling her obligations with the National Guard; all while maintaining a 3.96 grade point average (GPA).

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To accommodate the growing number of graduates and their families, Black Hills State University has made arrangements for shuttles and overflow parking for commencement.

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