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A group of Black Hills State University marketing students recently turned their classroom learning into practical strategies for local businesses. The students, part of Dr. Wei Song’s retail management course, presented their ideas to four Spearfish small businesses in an attempt to boost traffic and sales.

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For nearly two decades, the mountain pine beetle has spread across hundreds of thousands of acres of the Black Hills National Forest leaving behind millions of dead pine trees. While much has been studied on the ecological impact of the pine beetles, little has been done on the effects the infestation has had on the tourism business – one of the South Dakota’s main industries. Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, Black Hills State University assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, is taking steps to change that.

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Tis the season for giving and Black Hills State University students, faculty and staff are embracing the holiday spirit through a variety of community service projects. Since the beginning of November, the BHSU holiday elves have been busy donating time and resources to several local, regional and global organizations.

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A recently published book by Black Hills State University alumna Verna Heaton Benham documents her life growing up in the Northern Hills including her time as a student at Black Hills Teachers College, where she was valedictorian of the Class of 1959.

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Black Hills State University student Stephanie Wiegel took it upon herself to offer a month-long yoga course at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center hoping to get more faculty, staff and students to share her love of yoga and add to her professional portfolio.

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A group of Todd County high school seniors recently sat down with Kent Meyers, Black Hills State University associate professor of humanities, to discuss his novel “The Work of Wolves.”

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Every building on the Black Hills State University campus features some aspect of Lynn Fox’s craftsmanship, his meticulous attention to detail and knack for aesthetic designs. For 13 years, Fox has contributed his talents to BHSU and now the University is giving something back.

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Brian Shaw, former Yellow Jacket basketball player, 2004 graduate and 2011 and 2013 World’s Strongest Man, returned to the court he once played on last weekend to accept the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award. He was presented the award during halftime of the men’s basketball home opener

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Recent Black Hills State University psychology graduate Kori Hague never thought she wanted to focus her career on research; her mind changed after working with Dr. Aris Karagiorgakis, BHSU assistant professor of psychology. Hague is now in the process of getting her undergraduate work published and recently returned from a trip to Cambodia where she studied marine conservation.

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Black Hills State University recently hosted a live graphic design competition which pitted nine students against each other in timed challenges.

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Donald shares a collection of her iPhone images in an exhibit at The Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City. The exhibit titled “A Walk Outside” runs through Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.

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Black Hills State University recently celebrated the grand opening of its native plant ethnobotanical garden, one of several events held during the University’s Outdoor Week. The ethnobotanical garden, located on the west side of the Life Sciences Laboratory, was merely an idea a little over a year ago, and is now home to a variety of native species including buffalo grass, yucca, prickly pear, blue stem grass, evergreen, pine trees, sage, and purple coneflower.

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Her name matched the life she led and the happiness she brought to others.  Now, Joy Krautschun’s legacy and longtime support of Black Hills State University will be honored through the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center.

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Black Hills State University has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to services and programs for America’s student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings Monday with BHSU making the list for the second year in a row.

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Vinny Guadagnino, one of eight housemates in MTV’s hit reality show “Jersey Shore,” brought his message of being a healthier person by living in the present moment to a packed house at Black Hills State University’s Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center.

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