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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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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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Last week, as thousands of people dressed in green and ate corned beef and cabbage to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day, a group of Black Hills State University humanities students discussed Indian history, politics and other elements of the Southeast Asian culture.

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The Sochi Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, one of the largest single shows ever produced, put a spotlight on Russian culture and heritage. It featured dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, music by Rachmaninoff, Rubinstein, and Vladimir Horowitz, and references to some of the country’s greatest authors, Tolstoy, Gogol, and Dostoyevsky.  It was an epic celebration – exactly the result Black Hills State University alum Michael Shann was looking for. 

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Black Hills State University students Kathryn McHenry, chemistry and chemistry education major from Cheyenne, Wyo., and Ashley Wingert, chemistry major from Custer, were among the 13 college and university students exhibiting their research last week during the Legislative Poster Session at the State Capitol.


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For the second year in a row, Black Hills State University has made the list for the Best Business Schools for Veterans, according to an announcement yesterday by Military Times. BHSU was ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide

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For two decades, the imagination and creativity of Black Hills State University student photographers have produced hundreds of amazing images. Annually, BHSU exhibits these images during a Spring Student Photography Exhibition. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of this exhibition, the BHSU photography program will display photos from its Permanent Photography Collection from March 18 – April 4 in the University’s Ruddell Gallery.


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