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The garden located at the southwest corner of Black Hills State University’s Life Sciences Laboratory is different from others in the area.  BHSU professors Dr. Ben VanEe and Dr. Dan Asunskis hope that will change. The two science professors worked throughout the summer developing a native plant ethnobotanical garden on campus. Native plant landscaping, including Buffalo grass, is a part of the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) for the University’s new Life Sciences Laboratory which opened in February. The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union is also a LEED certified building. Both buildings are part of BHSU’s commitment to sustainability.

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For Black Hills State University photography student Rianna Hotz, her print “Domiciliary Stairwell” holds special meaning and now has received international recognition. Taken at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Hot Springs,it depicts a stairwell hidden away from the busyness of the medical center’s daily routine.

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When Newley Kartak first got the message from an editor at Cosmopolitan that he was a finalist for the fashion magazine’s 2012 Bachelor of the Year, he thought it was a prank.
Only after realizing it was a New York number did the reality set in, he said. Cosmo recently released its Bachelor of the Year 2012 finalists, one from each state, with Kartak, a BHSU admissions counselor, voted as South Dakota’s bachelor of the year.

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Black Hills State University will host its sixth annual Art Fair Wednesday, Oct. 10 and Thursday, Oct. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller...

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Dr. Symeon Waseen, Black Hills State University music professor, will perform one of his personal compositions with American pianist Stephen Swedish during a recital Saturday in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will include Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” with string players from the Black Hills region, along with selections including Debussy’s L’isle joyeuse and Dialogues written by Waseen.

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BHSU student photographer in the Black HillsPhotographers from all over the country will soon converge on the Black Hills State University campus to hone their skills and showcase the beauty of the Black Hills as their subject. The third annual Black Hills Photo Shootout will be held from Sept. 28-30 at BHSU and throughout the region. The event showcases the natural beauty of South Dakota along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers.

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Black Hills State University will host the sixth annual American Indian College Scholarship Gala Saturday, Oct. 13 in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. The event kicks off with a reception at 6 p.m. and a dinner at 7 p.m.

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Black Hills State University will welcome American pianist Stephen Swedish to campus Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.. Swedish, along with Symeon Waseen, BHSU assistant professor of music, and area string players, will present a recital in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

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The Music Program at Black Hills State University will present a brass recital by Christopher Hahn, BHSU instructor of music, Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall. Hahn will be joined by Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music, and the Black Hills Brass.

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Yellow ribbons in honor of military
Black Hills State University has been named to the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs. This list recognizes the top 15 percent of higher educational institutions that are most dedicated to supporting America’s service members and veterans as students. This is the third consecutive year BHSU has been recognized with this honor.

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 Taylor Mali
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Well-known poet Taylor Mali will speak at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Meier Recital Hall as part of the Madeline A. Young Distinguished Speaker Series.

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Seth Courtney, a communication major from Belle Fourche, and Hannah Kloiber, a business administration major from Spearfish, were crowned the 2012 Swarm Week king and queen at Black Hills State University last night.

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The name Cliff Papik has long been synonymous with athletics at Black Hills State University. The former BHSU coach and athletic director’s tenure spanned 30 years. This year he and his wife Jeanne will take on a new title – that of Swarm Day Parade Grand Marshals.

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Black Hills State University will honor several outstanding alumni during the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon as a part of Swarm Days 2012. William "Bill" Weyer will be honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award; the Excellence in Education Award will be presented to Keith Stover; Jerome A. Greene will be recognized with the Special Achievement Award; and Johanna Meier and Guido Della Vecchia will be honored with the Special Service Award.

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Ribbon-Cutting ceremony for Vets CenterBlack Hills State University recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Vets Center, located in the lower level of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

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