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Black Hills State University psychology major Kaitlin Schneider, who started her collegiate career while still a senior at Sturgis Brown High School, has spent the last several years involved in a variety of research projects, one which awarded her the top undergraduate oral presentation at this year’s Black Hills Research Symposium (BHRS).While her time as a BHSU undergraduate will come to an end tomorrow, Schneider’s career in academia is just beginning.

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Black Hills State University students in Dr. Wei Song’s integrated marketing communication class this semester had the opportunity to blend theory and their coursework into a practical learning experience. However, their projects also had a larger purpose – to make a contribution to the surrounding community.


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Black Hills State University will be able to increase its sustainability efforts after being one of only 28 four-year colleges nationwide to receive a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful organization

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Composers can find inspiration in nearly anything, a world event, book, past composers or a unique sound. Black Hills State University student Jesse Dunaway and music professor Dr. Symeon Waseen are digging a little deeper for their inspiration – nearly a mile underground.

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The Jacket Journal, the Black Hills State University’s student newspaper, is continuing its tradition of excellence with another first place award in the 2014 American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) annual newspaper competition.


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Two longtime Black Hills State University professors, Jace DeCory, assistant professor of history and American Indian Studies, and Dr. Robert Schurrer, professor of exercise science, were recognized with the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award, a prestigious honor which is bestowed upon them by their colleagues.


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Tom Jackson Jr.Tom Jackson Jr., vice president for student affairs at the University of Louisville, will become the 10th president of Black Hills State University, the South Dakota Board of Regents announced Wednesday. Jackson succeeds President Kay Schallenkamp, who retires at the end of this academic year after eight years at the helm of the Spearfish-based campus. Jackson will begin his duties in South Dakota July 3.

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Black Hills State University’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and become a “green” campus is being recognized nationally. The University’s dining services was recently notified that The Hive, the campus dining facility, and The Buzz Shack, a coffee and snack shop, have both been designated as 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA.)

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BHSU Buzz Marketing students present marketing plan to Philly Ted's of SpearfishThe Black Hills State University student marketing organization recently presented Philly Ted’s of Spearfish with a plan that aims to fine-tune their marketing strategy and captures more of the target market.


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The Black Hills State University Enactus team, competing with more than 200 colleges and universities, advanced to the second round of competition during the Enactus National Exposition earlier this month in Cincinnati.


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Twenty-seven Black Hills State University students were recently honored as John T. Vucurevich scholars including Melissa Barnard, theatre major from Rapid City, and Jillian Draine, biology and chemistry major from Spearfish, who are this year’s Presidential Scholars.

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The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has awarded Black Hills State University a STARS Silver Rating for its continued commitment to sustainability making it the first university in South Dakota to be recognized with the international distinction.


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Twelve Black Hills State University students recently traveled to the University of Kentucky in Lexington to present their research at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

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During his years at Black Hills State University, Brody Brisk has not only proven to be an integral part of the University, but also an invaluable member of the surrounding community. His excellence in academics, athletics and community service earned him the 2014 Spirit of BH award.

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Black Hills State University faculty and staff celebrated the civic accomplishments of students and University student organizations during the 22nd annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

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