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BHSU students traveling to New Orleans to help with hurricane relief this spring have two new reasons to celebrate: a generous monetary donation and a collaboration with SDSU students.

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For the second year, Black Hills State University faculty members Cynthia Chandler, Joanna Jones and Patricia Simpson served as members of the International Reading Association’s Exemplary Reading Program Award Visitation Team.

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The opportunity of a lifetime is only weeks away for 20 Black Hills State University students and leaders who will assist with hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans, gutting houses, removing mold, and rebuilding. Preparation for members of the Alternative Spring Break team is neither easy nor inexpensive; however, recent action by a community business leader once again exemplifies the great generosity of the Black Hills community. 

 

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Dr. James Hesson, professor in the division of Physical Education and Health in the College of Education at Black Hills State University, has been nominated for national recognition by Marquis Who’s Who. He has also been invited to give two presentations at the annual convention of the Texas Community College Teachers Association.

       

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thumb_web_herseth.jpg Rep. Stephanie Herseth, D-S.D., will speak at Black Hills State University Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. Herseth will discuss her work in Washington D.C. as South Dakota’s sole representative.

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The spring 2007 semester enrollment at Black Hills State University is at its highest point in more than a decade. BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp attributes the record high to a number of factors including improved retention, increased number of course delivery options, and an increase in the number of transfer students.

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theater_students_thumb02.jpg Two Black Hills State University students recently competed in the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) region five festival. Katie Severns, a senior vocal music and theater major from Rapid City, and Jared McDaris, a senior theater and psychology major from Spearfish, participated in the festival in Ames, Iowa.

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fuqua_amy.jpg Dr. Amy Fuqua, associate professor in humanities, has been named interim director of the Honors Program at Black Hills State University. Fuqua has served on the Honors Advisory Council since 2005 and has taught Honors courses in composition and literature. She replaces Dr. Roger Ochse, who retired last semester.

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chili_supper_thumb.jpg Nearly 350 people attended the annual Martin Luther King Day Chili/Soup Supper Food Pantry Benefit recently. Over 370 food items and $650 were donated to the cause.

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The Black Hills State University school mascot, the Yellow Jacket, was present to meet and greet visitors at an on-campus preview day held in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room recently.

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thumb_Ipod_9938.jpg Jessica Stanton, freshman mass communications major from Custer, recently won an iPod Nano for her participation in a Black Hills State University campus-wide online tobacco survey which was sponsored by the tobacco grant initiative through the South Dakota Department of Health.

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thumb_scottie_bruch.jpgResponding to a shortage of trained librarians in the state, Black Hills State University developed a library media program that is available entirely online. This fall the BHSU College of Education and the E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center reintroduced the library media program in a completely online format. The program has generated a lot of interest and enrollment tripled this fall.

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thumb_international_teacher.jpg Four Black Hills State University education students are embarking on a pilot program to do their student teaching experience overseas. The BHSU College of Education students who will enhance their education with an international student teaching experience are: Kayla Morrison, Deadwood; Jennifer Doak, Gillette, Wyo.; and Abby Blaha, Rapid City, who will all be traveling to New Zealand; and Megan Bietz, Gillette, Wyo., who will be student teaching in Australia.

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The academic affairs office at Black Hills State University has released the dean’s list for the fall 2006 semester. A total of 465 students were named to the dean’s list. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above while taking at least 12 credit hours to be named to the dean’s list. Students are listed by hometown or current place of residence.

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thumb_wrapper.jpg Black Hills State University says “thanks a million” to employees for their dedication and support through an upcoming employee campaign designed to show appreciation to faculty and staff while making them aware of the remarkable increase in student scholarships.

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