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Outdoor Education

Black Hills State University in partnership with the National Outdoor Leadership School’s Wilderness Medical Institute is hosting two wilderness medical courses this spring.

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Black Hills State University graduate students Jacob Alsdurf and Riston Haugen recently had their individual work published in two research journals.

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Black Hills State University is celebrating the beauty of the Black Hills with a week filled with activities ranging from rock climbing and archery to photography and outdoor art. BHSU’s annual Outdoor Week starts Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Karen Berger’s year so far has been busy. She is in her final semester at Black Hills State University and currently interning at the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City all while maintaining her duties as part of the National Guard.

But it is nothing she says she can’t handle. 

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More than 20 million men and women will be honored this week for their service to this country. One of those is Black Hills State University senior Karen Berger. BHSU will honor veterans Wednesday at the University’s newly established Vets’ Center.

Berger, an outdoor education major, recently returned from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan with the 842nd National Guard Engineer Company of Spearfish, Belle Fourche and Sturgis.


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More than 30 Black Hills State University students and several student organizations were honored during the 20th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration. 

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Chris McCart, assistant professor and coordinator of the outdoor education program at Black Hills State University, was awarded the “Young Scholar” award by the Association for Moral Education. The scholarship assists in expenses to travel and present at the 2011 Association for Moral Education International Research Conference in Nanjing, China.

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Black Hills State University recently recognized and honored the service, dedication, and achievements of BHSU student leaders, volunteers, and organization advisors during the 19th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

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Megan Allen, Black Hills State University senior from Meeteetse, Wyo., majoring in Outdoor Education, was recently selected for a competitive national undergraduate scholarship to the National Association of Interpretation's (NAI) workshop this fall in Portland.

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Chris McCart, instructor and coordinator of the outdoor education program at BHSU, was recently selected for a Bush Leadership Fellowship which will have a transformational effect on her career and her sphere of influence in the outdoor education field.

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Black Hills State University outdoor education students Megan Allen, junior from Spearfish; Nick Bennett, junior from Lead; and Josh Peters, junior from Craig, Colo., and their advisor Chris McCart, outdoor education instructor, recently represented the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program at the 2008 regional workshop for the National Association of Interpretation (NAI).

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Black Hills State University students, along with community firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and outdoor guides, recently completed an 80 hour Wilderness First Responder Course. 

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