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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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The creativity and writing talents of seven Black Hills State University students were recently recognized during the annual Stewart Bellman Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing.


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Two Black Hills State University music students placed in the recent South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (SD NATS) including Kirk Hauck, music and psychology major from Spearfish, who earned first in two categories.


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The BHSU radio station, known as The Buzz, and the television station, KBHU-TV, have recently increased their reach and extended their programming. The changes are creating exceptional learning opportunities for mass communication students through live broadcasts, newscasts, original shows, and coverage of public events and meetings.


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It was after reading the book “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” – a true story of a young African boy who built a windmill from junkyard scraps in order to help feed his village – that Greg Wilson knew he wanted to work in renewable energy. But it was through his courses as a graduate student in the Black Hills State University Master of Sustainability program that he was inspired to do much more.

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Four Black Hills State University students were recently honored for their outstanding research projects at the 16th Annual Black Hills Research Symposium.


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Black Hills State University and several local museums are collaborating on a three-day event which will include the screening of "The Last Cowboy" as well as a discussion with its filmmaker Jon Alpert and his main character Porcupine cowboy Vern Sager. The event is the vision of longtime journalism professor and Belle Fourche native William "Bill" Kunerth who died in December. 

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Spearfish High School senior Sam Hintgen, who plans to major in biology with a goal of going into the medical field, joins the elite ranks of Nelson Scholars at Black Hills State University. He was selected based on his outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements at Spearfish High School as well as his leadership abilities, integrity and responsibility.

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For years, Black Hills State University theatre students have been providing a venue for culture and entertainment to the Black Hills community with their Summer Stage performances.  This year marks Summer Stage’s eighth season with a lineup that includes two comedies and a well-known musical.


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BHSU mascot Sting and Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, showed up in Ann Anderson’s  Belle Fourche classroom to congratulate the educator and 2010 BHSU graduate on receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Jenna Carda, a corporate communication major at Black Hills State University, will graduate in May but already has a good idea of what to expect as she enters the world of public relations professionals.Carda, from Miles City, Mont., recently spent a day learning the ropes from a representative of the Denver Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City as part of the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Denver Shadow Day.

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