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Each year Black Hills State University students devote thousands of hours of service participating in volunteer projects in the local community, around the country and throughout the world.

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Black Hills State University faculty and staff are transforming lives and making headlines.

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Dr. Mario Livio, an internationally known astrophysicist, bestselling author and lecturer, will talk about the major mistakes made by five scientific giants during a presentation at Black Hills State University Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Clare & Josef Meier Recital Hall.

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Dr. David Diamond, a long-time professor at Black Hills State University, recently celebrated his 50th year in broadcasting. A South Dakota native, Diamond taught at BHSU for more than 10 years following an amazing radio career that included a well-known radio show in Los Angeles and experience working with numerous big names in the music world including Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and the The Doors.

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For three years, Black Hills State University student Anna Hafele and Dr. Andy Johnson, assistant professor of physics, have been researching students’ understanding of radiation and radioactivity and how to modify classroom instruction to enhance that understanding. The culmination of their research will now be one of 60 projects presented at the upcoming Council on Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) Posters on the Hill event in Washington, D.C.

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Black Hills State University student Amanda Runia is currently completing an internship with Brookings-based Daktronics, the world leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems, and large screen video displays.

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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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