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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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Two decades ago, Leah Bothamley hung up her surfboard and moved from sunny California to Laramie, Wyo. – a big change for someone who spent hours catching the ocean waves. Bothamley soon found a new love, snowboarding, and when the Black Hills State University student graduates on Saturday she’s looking forward to a career that combines her love of snowboarding with her passion for the business world.

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Since enrolling at Black Hills State University, Devin Lynn has done everything he could to make a difference not only on campus but locally, regionally, nationally and around the world.

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With declining and aging membership, the Rapid City Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) club is looking to reinvent itself and seeking advice from Black Hills State University MBA (master of business administration) students to help in the process.

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Nicole DeJong, science education major from Avon, and Candace Patmore, math education major from Colome, will be honored as the highest ranking students during the Black Hills State University Spring 2013 commencement ceremony Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

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In the first lecture on his new book “Brilliant Blunders,” Dr. Mario Livio discussed how making mistakes and taking risks leads to major discoveries in science and other disciplines. 

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A collection of digitally manipulated photographs from Gina Gibson, Black Hills State University assistant professor of digital media, is currently on exhibit in Club Buzz located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

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Black Hills State University mass communications students gained on-the-job training from professionals in the field during a recent job shadow day in Denver.The event was sponsored by the Public Relations Society of America, the nation’s largest community of public relations and communications professionals. Five students from the University’s PR Club attended the shadow day.

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The future of the tourism industry in South Dakota is looking optimistic with many new partnerships and branding ideas in the works, according to Jim Hagen, secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tourism.

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Black Hills State University is currently exhibiting feature photographs from Greg Wilson’s travels around the world along with excerpts from his journals. The exhibit, which is in the second floor of the Clare & Josef Meier Hall, will continue through Aug. 1.

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Black Hills State University will hold a musical tribute in memory of Guido Della Vecchia, a prominent Spearfish and Black Hills figure who devoted his life to promoting music and the arts.Della Vecchia died last month at age 82 from complications from pneumonia. The celebration of his life through music is Sunday, April 28 at 4 p.m. in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall and will feature the BHSU choirs, Black Hills singers and music by international artists.

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Several Black Hills State University students and art professors are using their creativity to raise money for local youth arts programs. The group has spent the last several weeks creating original Kidrobot vinyl toy designs.

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