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More than 200 candidates will be recognized during Black Hills State University’s 168th commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. Degrees to be awarded to fall 2014 graduates include eight master’s degrees, 186 bachelor’s degrees and 19 associate’s degrees.

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A packed room of Black Hills State University alumni, supporters, students, faculty and staff, and Spearfish community members gathered at BHSU today for the grand opening of the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center (Joy Center) on the BHSU campus.

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Collaboration among four public universities in South Dakota will create a new master of education degree in principal preparation. Approved Thursday by the South Dakota Board of Regents, the new degree program incorporates nationally recognized best practices for training future principals and administrators in South Dakota K-12 schools.

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Dr. Patricia Simpson, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Black Hills State University, was elected to the board of governors of The Renaissance Group, a national consortium to prepare American education professionals.  Simpson’s tenure begins immediately.

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Black Hills State University student Michaela Stroup is fueling her passion for politics and knack for leadership into a prestigious political program in the nation’s capital.

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 BHSU business student, Samantha Johnson, recently received a $7,000 scholarship from Zonta International, a worldwide organization of business professionals working to advance the status of women.  Johnson is one of 12 students worldwide to receive the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship.

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The grand opening for the Black Hills State University Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Center is from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, with the dedication ceremony scheduled for 4 p.m. in the new center at 1531 St. Joseph St. in Spearfish, south of Lyle Hare Stadium and Ida Henton Park on the BHSU campus. 

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Community members, faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered on the Black Hills State University campus this weekend to celebrate the inauguration of BHSU’s tenth president, Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr.  The theme for the inauguration was “Spirit of the Hills” honoring the history, geography, beauty and the people of the Black Hills. 

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Dr. Leonard Austin, professor in the Black Hills State University School of Education, recently published his third book titled “Essentials of Educational Psychology: Theories and Ideas About How Students Learn.”

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Dr. James Hess, professor of psychology and chair of the School of Behavioral Sciences at Black Hills State University, recently pledged a $1 million gift to BHSU to establish the School of Behavioral Sciences Make a Difference Initiative.

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Black Hills State University has been approved to offer a pilot program with reduced tuition rates for all current and active military men and women enrolled in courses at the University Center-Rapid City (UC-RC).

 

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 Life-size dog sculptures created by Black Hills State University students using recycled cardboard have made an impression on campus and thanks to a collaborative effort the sculptures will be displayed at the Western Hills Humane Society and be part of their fundraiser.   

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Brianna Mount, assistant professor of research at BHSU, leads a discussion during a physics open house at the University. Mount secured a $600,000 Nat...

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The Black Hills State University Student Veterans Center celebrated its grand re-opening yesterday with a public ceremony in the Student Union.

The on-campus student veteran facility was recently remodeled with a $75,000 Veteran Services Higher Education Grant from the South Dakota Governor’s Office.



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Black Hills State University was named to the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victoria Media, a veteran-owned company and publisher of GI Jobsmagazine.





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