Black Hills State University


Aim For The 8th

May 1
Come Join RHA and COLP in a fun night of archery and an open rockwall before finals start. It will be Friday May 1st from 6-8 pm in the field house. Free to students, and there will be a competition and 3 people will win a prize!

--Submitted by Sonja Pederson

Interested in running an organization?

Jacket Volunteers is looking for president, vice resident, treasure, secretary and publicist for 2015-2016. The club mission to get students involved in the community as a way to transform personally for the better. We do this through volunteering and organizing events such as trash cleanup, coffee with elders or humane society. If you are interested email with a paragraph about which position you would like and why you make a good candidate.

--Submitted by Ross Edison

Choir Spaghetti Feed!

May 1
Join the BHSU Choirs for a night of fun and food! We will be providing a Spaghetti feed for all students who want to stop in and see what the choirs are all about! Dr. Jonathon Nero (Director of the choirs) will be available to listen to singers and answer questions. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. Join us for a nice evening to kick off Finals Week!

--Submitted by Emily Carr

Join us for the University Honors Defense!

May 4 & 7
Please join us as our University Honors students defend their capstones! Refreshments will be served. Monday, May 4: 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Joy Center: "Just Do It: Sports Participation & Onset of Sexual Behaviors in Adolescents," hosted by Kristin N. Prescott" "Cracking the 'Hermeneutically' Sealed Box of Structuralism: A Poststructuralist Reading of Nicos Poulantzas," hosted by Cody A. Drolc
Thursday, May 7: 3:00-5:00 p.m. in the Joy Center: "Mathematical Instruction: Sometimes Change is Good," hosted by Myranda K. Mattke "In the Name of the People: Castro's Revolution in Theory, Practice, and Results," hosted by Kim R. Kaufmann "Harry Truman and the Atomic Bomb: A Complex History and Analysis," hosted by Lucas C. Fralick

--Submitted by Courtney Huse-Wika

Paid Leadership Opportunity

Student Support Services is currently looking for Peer Assistants for the upcoming school year. Peer Assistants are upper level students who have been successful in adjusting to university life and who desire to share their enthusiasm and wisdom with new students. Peer Assistants serve as extensions of the SSS staff, helping to welcome first-semester students to the program and facilitate their adjustments to college by providing information, encouragement, and support. This may include providing a campus tour or walking a student to an office or resource, connecting students with organizations and events on campus, providing assistance with filling out forms and explaining procedures, and listening and providing support and encouragement. Benefits of becoming an SSS Peer Assistant include development of highly marketable mentoring and leadership skills for your resume, reward of positively influencing the lives of others, and the opportunity to earn up to $500 per semester with flexible hours. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Susan Hupp at, 642-6824, or stop by Student Support Services in the student life suite in Woodburn Hall. Preference is given to students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits with a 3.0 gpa.

--Submitted by Nora Leinen

Interested in Tutoring?

Student Support Services is currently looking for students interested in tutoring for the 2015-16 year. We hire tutors for all academic subjects and disciplines including general education classes and upper level classes. Currently we are looking to compile a list of interested and qualified students to be on a call list for next year as our tutoring needs arise. We usually hire 15-20 tutors a semester depending on student need. If hired off the call list, tutors are paid $10/hour and are offered flexible hours that work with their schedule. If you are a 3.0 or higher student and are interested in learning more please contact Nora Leinen at with your name, the subjects you are interested in tutoring, and the name of a faculty reference we can contact for each subject.

--Submitted by Nora Leinen

BHSU Athletic Events

April 24-25
Join the Yellow Jackets for an event filled weekend. Friday there will be rodeo action at 7 Downs Arena: performances are at noon and 7pm. Saturday rodeo will continue with performances at 1pm & 7pm. Softball will host UCCS in a double header at noon & 2pm. Come join the fun!

--Submitted by Colleen Mischke

Fourth Annual Earth Day 5K

April 25
The Fourth Annual Earth Day 5K is scheduled to take place Saturday, April 25th here at Black Hills State University. Registration will take place in front of Wenona Cook Hall at 10:00 AM the day of the event, with the race to start at 11:00 AM. The first 50 individuals to register will receive a free Earth Day 5K tee shirt! Registration fees are as follows: Community Membert - $15 BHSU Students - $10 Child/Youth - $10 All proceeds from this event will go directly to the BHSU Environmental Sustainability Student Organization (ESSO) in an effort to raise money for our students to attend an upcoming sustainability conference. This event is sponsored by Wenona Cook Hall & Residence Life.

--Submitted by Seth Courtney

Bowling Night

April 24 | 9pm - 11pm
We are having our last bowling night of the year this Friday April, 24th! It's from 9-11 PM at the Lucky Strike Bowling Alley. It will be tons of fun so everyone come out and get your bowl on. Come by yourself or in a group it doesn't matter. There will be cool music and lights! Hope to see you there!

--Submitted by Marisa Sokoloski

Arbor Day

April 24 | 2pm
Celebrate Arbor Day with BHSU Facilities Services and the Campus Tree Advisory Committee! Grounds Crew Leader, Eric Hanson, will explain proper tree planting and care techniques and then we will practice our new skills by planting new trees and performing maintenance on existing campus trees. Please sign up ahead of time so we know how many trees to plan for to Katie Greer – or 605-642-6298 If needed, our rain date is Monday, April 27 – 2-4pm – same location.

--Submitted by Katie Greer

BHSU Community Concert Band Spring Concert

April 27 | 7:30 p.m.
The BH Community Concert Band will present its final concert of the season this Monday, April 27, 2015 and 7:30pm in Clare and Josef Meier Hall. Come support your friends and enjoy a lively program that will fire you up for the end of the school year. FREE admission, however donations towards music scholarships will be taken at the door.

--Submitted by David Berberick

Hike Harney Peak

April 25 | 10am - 6pm
Hike the tallest point east of the Rocky Mountains. Join us Saturday, April 25th 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Meet in the Student Union Atrium to carpool down. Bring a Sack Lunch, 2 full water bottles, snacks, knapsack/backpack, sturdy closed-toed shoes, sweatshirt/layers, sunscreen, cash, and camera. Warning: This is a moderately strenuous hike of 7.6 miles round trip, over 1,100 feet elevation gain, and may be super enjoyable! For More information: David Leiferman 605-695-7832 Sponsor: COLP (Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program)

--Submitted by Cody Drolc

Student Survey

Please take the following survey for a chance to win either $100 or $50. The survey is quick and takes less than 10 minutes (36 questions). It will help raise money for BHSU Media & The Jacket Journal. Thank you students. The following link will take you to the survey.

--Submitted by Hanna Doeden

BHSU Cookbook Call for Recipes from Student Orgs

The BHSU Presidential Student Ambassadors are asking student organizations to share their tastiest recipes. These recipes are going to be made into a cookbook, which will be sold at graduations and other school events. All the proceeds will go towards the Presidential Student Ambassador organization. This is a great way to contribute to a project that benefits BH and an easy way to get the name of your organization published. To send in your recipe, please submit it online at or mail recipe to: BHSU Presidential Student Ambassadors 1200 University Street Unit 9506 Spearfish, SD 57799-9506 For more information contact Cydni Foster at: or (605)-728-2892.

--Submitted by Kim Kaufmann

Kickball Under the Lights

April 29
Sign up on for a kickball tournament by April 27th. Tournament will be held at the Lyle Hare Stadium April 29th from 7-10PM.

--Submitted by Tina Andreana

BHSU Student Pantry

Are you in need of food, household goods, or personal items? Stop by the BH Pantry between 8:00 a.m.and 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays and weekends, in the Humbert Testing Center. No appointment needed. Feel free to take what you need and be sure to stock up before the end of the semester. Questions? Contact or 642-6918.

--Submitted by Courtney Wika

Dr. Ahrar Ahmad's Retirement

April 28 | 3-5pm | Joy Center
The BHSU Make A Difference Initiative would like to invite you to a (R)toast in honor of Dr. Ahrar Ahmad’s retirement. Join us for an hour and a half of great h’ors d’oeuvres, gentle memories, and a warm send off to thank Ahrar for all he has done for our BHSU community and students over the years. This will be a scholarship fund raiser sponsored by the Make A Difference Initiative so cost will be $15.00 per person. In order to get an accurate estimate of how much food to order, please RSVP the BHSU Foundation Office at 642 – 6385 or email Jeannie Salazar at Jeannie.Salazar by Friday April 24th.

--Submitted by Steve Meeker

'Spring Hues in the Dakotas' Art Show

Cris Fulton, a nature and landscape artist and photographer from Bowman, North Dakota, will feature her dreamlike sunflower images as well as watercolor landscape paintings at Spearfish City Hall in a show called Spring Hues in the Dakotas. The show will be open for public viewing April 16th – April 30th, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. Cris specializes in pastel pencil drawings, watercolor paintings, and photography. Her subject matter is predominately sunflowers and the North Dakota landscape. Cris inspired by the grassy slopes and contours of the country in southwestern North Dakota. Cris says “I love the wildness and wideness, the solitude, silence, and spirit of this frontier region of America.” For more information contact Jessica Hill.

--Submitted by Jessica Hill

Upmires Wanted

Spearfish Adult Softball is now hiring umpires. It is a great summer job. $20 a game for single man teams and $15 a game for two man teams. Up to 4 games a night 4 times a week. Also several tournaments throughout the season. Some softball knowledge needed. Contact Jared Luders at 605-645-9368 with any questions.

--Submitted by Jerri Dell

English Teaching Opportunities

June 1, 2015
Looking for a part-time job? Become an English as a Second Language Teaching Assistant for the Academic English Preparation Program, International Studies. We are looking for instructors at BHSU in Spearfish and in BHSU-Rapid City. Flexible work schedule.

Job duties: Assist with student registration, as needed. Participates in student retention activities, including contacting students through email, phone calls and student email. Participates in scheduled profession development and staff meetings. Learns and implements instructional technology to enhance language teaching. Performs routine administrative functions of the classroom including enforcing student attendance policy, ensuring accurate attendance documentation, obtaining goal documentation. Creates and executes daily lesson plans based on ESL curriculum, current ESL methodologies and student needs to provide interactive, contextualized instruction. Completes a needs assessment with students.

Minimum Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in TESOL and Applied linguistics preferred. Bachelor’s degree in TESOL (Teach English to the Speakers of Other Languages), applied linguistics, or other closely related degree from a regionally accredited institution or a Bachelor’s degree with a TESOL certificate or Equivalent. Experience incorporating technology (Power point, LCD projectors, Smart board, Promethean board, or internet based activities) into the classroom.
Please submit your resume and cover letter to
Learn more at

--Submitted by Izabelle Choi

Register for Fall and Spring Classes

Registration for Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 is now open, by pre-assigned registration priority. Get the classes you want by registering on time. Check My Registration Time and print your Program Evaluation. Make an appointment with your faculty advisor today. Address any registration holds before your registration date.

--Submitted by Johanna Best

Student Org Regular Meetings

University Programming Team

Every Monday
UP Team meets every Monday (unless classes do not occur) from 4-5PM in the Trump Conference Room of the Student Union.

Gay/Straight Alliance

Every Wednesday
Gay/Straight Alliance meets every Wednesday from 6-7PM outside of the JLR in the Student Union.

Art Club

Every Wednesday
Art Club meets every Wednesday from 3-5PM in Woodburn 305

German Speakers

Every Tuesday
The weekly Stammtisch, or German table, is now taking place on Tuesdays at 4:30 at Killian's. Everyone who knows a little or a lot of German is welcome for informal conversation.

Night of Country Swing

Every Monday | Young Center
If you like to dance or would like to learn, come to the Young Center Dance Floor every Monday from 7pm to 9pm. Dotti and I will teach you Country Swing line dances and couples dances.. You can contact either one of us at our BHSU emails ( OR You can also follow the group at

Students in the News:

BHSU Enactus team competes in national competition
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Black Hills State University Enactus team earned national recognition for a community project that demonstrated how well they use entrepreneurial action to help others.
BHSU furthers sustainability efforts with Climate Action Plan
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Black Hills State University released its Climate Action Plan today celebrating Earth Day and providing an opportunity for the community to comment before the university forma...
BHSU Community Concert Band presents final concert of the school year
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Put a little spring in your step by attending the Black Hills State University Community Concert Band’s upcoming concert featuring lively music with a “movement&rd...

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