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Recent Black Hills State University graduate Mike Miller used his class projects in his final semester to raise awareness of the mountain pine beetles plaguing the Black Hills area.

Less than a year ago, Miller had no idea that mountain pine beetles existed.  After learning of the devastating problem while working last summer as a security guard for Spearfish Forest Products, Inc., Miller dedicated his last semester at BHSU doing everything he could to get the word out on the pine beetle problem.

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Auburn Ritterbush knows firsthand the amount of work that goes into a legislative session. The Black Hills State University political science major spent her spring semester interning for South Dakota Rep. Justin Cronin, R-Gettysburg, during the recent 88th Legislative session.  

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A group of Black Hills State University biology and outdoor education students spent the beginning of their spring semester getting face to face with the wolves of Minnesota’s Northwoods. Six undergraduate and one graduate student participated in a program at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, Minn., which allowed the students to learn tracking and observation techniques to study wolves, and other large predator animals, and their environment.

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When Charles Rambow was deciding on the subject for his master’s thesis paper in 1970, he didn’t have to look very far for inspiration. He found the topic in some old clothes his mother had cleaned out of his grandparents’ closet.

Rambow was shocked to learn that what he thought was a choir robe was actually his grandfather’s Ku Klux Klan initiation robe.

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For four decades, the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center has provided thousands of Black Hills State University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members with access to a wide range of material from government and historical documents to journals and books. On April 18, the Library-Learning Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

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In just a year, Black Hills State University student Devin Lynn’s project of using social media to connect students and entrepreneurs in Uganda with BHSU students and faculty has created a bridge of communication between two continents and has raised nearly $1,500 in scholarships for K-12 students in the African republic. Lynn will now be sharing his project's success and future goals during a presentation at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference this weekend in St. Louis.

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With limited resources,  two time zones, a demographic that spans from the CEOs of international companies to ranch families, and a coverage area of 77,000 square miles, the state’s public broadcasting system must get creative with its programing, according to Joe Tlustos, director of radio.

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Local high school students joined thousands of students worldwide in working to unravel the mysteries of particle physics during the annual Black Hills State University QuarkNet Masterclasses.

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Nearly 30 undergraduate research projects covering a wide spectrum of disciplines were recently presented at the 15th annual Black Hills Research Symposium held at Black Hills State University.

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A walk through the second floor of Woodburn Hall on the Black Hills State University campus will take you back to a time in Japanese history – a time before the country adopted the industrialized lifestyle of the West. The newest exhibit in the BHSU President’s Gallery is a group of Japanese Ukiyo-e prints from the private collection of Richard Hicks, professor emeritus.

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Jeffrey Viken, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota, will talk about prejudice in the Black Hills and its roots in lack of information and education during a talk at Black Hills State University Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

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Dr. Gary Wells, a professor of psychology at Iowa State University, who has studied witness identification since the mid-1970s, recently spoke to a group of Black Hills State University students, faculty, staff, community members and local law enforcement. His talk was part of University’s annual Black Hills Research Symposium.

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Karen Berger’s year so far has been busy. She is in her final semester at Black Hills State University and currently interning at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City all while maintaining her duties as part of the National Guard.

But it is nothing she says she can’t handle. 

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The 19th annual Black Hills State University Student Photography Exhibit is now being displayed in the Ruddell Gallery located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

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Gov. Dennis Daugaard was just one of many dignitaries present at the recent ribbon cutting for the University Center- Rapid City (UCRC) Veterans Resource Center. The Veterans Resources Center began as a vision of a couple of student veterans who saw a need, and UCRC administrators who found space to fulfill that need.

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