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Black Hills State University tourism students spent the semester researching and analyzing how to make Belle Fourche a must-see Black Hills attraction. The students presented their five-year sustainable tourism plan earlier this month to Rita Pazour, marketing/communications specialist for the Belle Fourche Chamber of Commerce.

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Black Hills State University student Aaron Morlock, his wife Sara, also a BHSU student, and their four-year-old daughter Arabella lost everything in a house fire during October’s Winter Storm Atlas. In the last few months, Aaron, Sara, and Arabella, with the help of several communities and BHSU, have been putting their life back together while remaining dedicated to their studies.

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The once vacant southwest corridor in the lower level of Wenona Cook Hall now has a much different look.The area, the former home of Student Support Services, has been transformed into independent work spaces for the University’s art students.

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Science writing, though many times an arduous task, is a key component in introducing the public to new discoveries and the people behind these discoveries; translating the latest results from academic language into words that mean something to the outsider; and putting research into the context of everyday life. There are fascinating stories behind science, and people like recent Black Hills State University graduate Christopher Day are here to tell them.

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The Black Hills State University International Student Organization (ISO) had its most successful food and cultural fair this year with more than 300 guests including many University students, faculty and staff.

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Project PRIME (Promoting Reflective Inquiry in Mathematics Education),the decade-long effort of Black Hills State University, the Rapid City School District and the regional nonprofit Technology and Innovation in Education (TIE) to improve K-12 mathematics instruction,  is one of nine projects awarded an inaugural Bush Prize for Community Innovation

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A new lecture series that gives Black Hills State University students the opportunity to learn about the diversity of studies on campus was recently introduced by Courtney Huse Wika, assistant professor of English.

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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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