Black Hills State University


May 30 - June 3

Proper Address for Unit Numbers

Several years ago BHSU did a major Departmental and Office restructure. A proper ‘Unit Number’ address is important with people you correspond with so we can minimize the chance of your mail getting lost. As a result of BHSU’s restructuring many Faculty & Staff unit numbers changed. This also applies to students who change dorm or apartment rooms. Please insure that your University based correspondents know the correct ‘Unit Number’ you want the mail to go to. Thank you for your support in this matter.

--Submitted by Raymond Evans - 5-30

Week of May 23 - 27

Campus Garden

Welcoming the warmer weather, spring, and new growing season BHSU Sustainability invites you to enjoy the sunshine in our Campus Garden! During the 2016 growing season we are offering students and community members the opportunity to plant, maintain, and harvest the campus garden. No experience is necessary. We will be hosting work sessions led by Master Gardeners and experienced locals throughout the summer. Participants will take home their share of the harvest. This is a great opportunity to come play in the dirt, meet like-minded community members, and eat local food!

Participants are required to work at least 15 hours during the growing season to help maintain the garden. In addition members are required to attend planting and clean-up day. Planting and registration will be June 1st, 4-7 p.m. at the Campus Garden. The weekly work sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Complete volunteer hours with the group or on your own schedule. Participation is limited to 20. Sign up today by emailing

--Submitted by Destiny Durham - 5-24

Bike to Work Week Log Submission

We hope folks had the chance to get out and bike this past week. As a reminder all miles for Bike to Work Week need to be submitted to The Sustainability office will award the biker with the most miles on Wednesday the 25th. Also remember to submit a photo of you and your bike for bonus points!

--Submitted by Destiny Durham - 5-24

Listen to Multicultural Mosaics on Wed and Sundays

Listen in to the BuzzFM 89.1 radio or live streaming at for a one-hour session of Multicultural Mosaics with May 2016 BHSU graduates. The pre-recorded, one-hour show will be broadcast 6p.m. Wednesdays (May 18, May 25 and June 1) and 10 a.m. on Sundays (May 22, 29, June 5). Multicultural Mosaics is supported through the University Multicultural Committee and the Mass Communication program at BHSU.

--Submitted by Mary Caton-Rosser - 5-19

Week of May 16 - 20

South Dakota State Special Olympic Games

Black Hills State plays host to the South Dakota State Special Olympic Games. The festivities being Thursday with the opening ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Young Center. A live stream of the opening ceremonies can be found here: Friday begins at 9 a.m. and involves soccer, volleyball, power lifting and aquatics along with the Race-Walk in Lyle Hare Stadium. Saturday is the conclusion with track events in Lyle Hare Stadium beginning at 7:45 a.m.

--Submitted by Athletics - 5-17

Mail Service Notice

If you have a mail box located in the basement of the Student Union, please come and check it once every business day to ensure you get your mail promptly and directly. Due to our volume of mail and our 1st class delivery service to our faculty buildings and apartments, Mail Services is no longer accepting phone calls or emails asking if there is mail for pickup. Thank you for your support.

--Submitted by Raymond Evans - 5-17

Children's Story Time

We had a great time at our first story time held last Saturday. We read the Princess & the Frog, made paper frogs to take home & had a little snack. If you weren't able to bring your little ones, please come any Saturday from 10-11 AM that works for you. Sting will be making several appearances over the summer. His first appearance will be Saturday, May 28th!!

--Submitted by Donnelle Culver - 5-17

Register now for fall classes

If you have not yet registered for classes for the next year (or know someone who has not), it is very important that you do so right away. You need to make certain that you are able to get the classes you need and we need to be able to plan for faculty staffing, numbers of courses and sections and rooms. Spread the word. Register today!

--Submitted by Rod Custer - 5-15

Saturday AM Children's Story Time

Please bring your children, grandchildren, etc. to the BHSU Jacket Zone on Main Street for story time Saturdays from 10 - 11 AM beginning May 14 thru the year! We currently have a Disney theme, so wearing costumes will add to the fun! This is a free event and open to all ages!

--Submitted by Donnelle Culver - 5-13

Week of May 9 - 13

Bike to Work Week

It’s biking weather! And just in time for national bike to work week May 16-20th. The Sustainability Office encourages faculty and staff to bike to work. BHSU will be giving away water bottles to the top five people that bike the highest number of miles during that week. Just log your miles and submit them to no later than 12PM on 5/23. Bonus points if you send us a picture of you and your bike. It’s that easy! Let’s get out, enjoy the weather and ride!

--Submitted by Destiny Durham - 5-11

Week of May 2-5

Check out the new BHSU billboard

The new design for the BHSU billboard features the Honors Program. BHSU, which has one of the fastest growing Honors Programs, seeks to enrich students' university experiences with an emphasis on achievement, community, and leadership. Students who successfully complete the University Honors Program requirements receive the academic distinction of “University Scholar” on their official academic transcript. During commencement Saturday three students will graduate with that distinction.

See the billboard.

Learn more about BHSU Honors Program.

--Submitted by Corinne Hansen - 5-5

Jonas Academic Main Elevator

Jonas Academic main elevator will be offline from May 9, 2016 until June 10, 2016 for an upgrade of the elevator. Individuals needing to gain access to the second floor will have to use the elevator by the book store and use the Skywalk to enter into Jonas Academic. If access to the third floor of Jonas Academic is required please notify Facility Services so we are able to assist with this request. Sorry for the inconvenience during this time and if there are any questions or concerns please contact Facility Services at 642-6244.

--Submitted by Scott Hansen - 5-4

Student Technology Fellow Positions

If you are interested in becoming a Student Technology Fellow (STF) for the Fall 2016 semester, please go to and submit an online application. To be eligible for a position you must be a South Dakota resident,be an undergraduate full-time student, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. STFs work on campus an average of 11 hours per week, which does not affect eligibility for workstudy. There are only 5 openings available. Review of applications will begin in late July with phone interviews subsequently conducted. Please see the website for more information -

--Submitted by Terry Hupp - 5-2

Severe Weather Awareness Week

April 25–29, 2016 has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week in South Dakota. With the approach of warmer weather, it is important to remind BHSU Faculty, Staff and Students to take a moment to review our emergency procedures for severe weather.

In the event of developing weather conditions that could potentially spawn severe weather, the National Weather Service will issue either a Severe Thunderstorm Watch or a Tornado Watch. A Watch means that atmospheric conditions exist for severe weather to develop. If the National Weather Service upgrades a Watch to a Warning, it means that severe storm conditions exist and that you should take shelter immediately.

Read more about severe weather information.

Campus Emergency Shelter locations:
Meier Hall – 1st floor away from the doors and any windows.
Woodburn Hall - 1st floor away from the doors or the Library 1st floor.
Library – 1st floor.
Wenona Cook - 1st floor south side corridor, interior doors closed.
Facilities Services – 1st floor of the Library.
Jonas - basement.
Student Union - 1st floor corridor, or the Jonas basement.
Young Center - Administration Office Area, athletic shower rooms 1st floor, corridor between the shower area and gym.
Crow Peak, Heidepriem & Thomas Residence Halls - 1st floors, interior doors closed.
Humbert Residence Hall - 1st floor south, interior doors closed.
Apartments - first floor bathroom tub with mattress over the top of you or the Young Center.
Life Sciences Laboratory – Loading dock area northwest corner of the building.
Joy Center – basement

--Submitted by Philip Pesheck - 4-27

Paid Leadership Opportunity with SSS

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. 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 Woodburn Hall. Preference is given to students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits with a 3.0 GPA.

--Submitted by Nora Leinen - 4-25

Interested in Tutoring?

Student Support Services is currently looking for students interested in tutoring for the 2016-17 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 - 4-25

Summer Life Guards NEEDED

The Young Center has 2 lifeguard positions open for the summer. All applicants must have Red Cross Certification to be considered. Qualified applicants can start as soon as April. Please, send a resume to if interested.

--Submitted by Brock Anundson - 4-25

Week of April 11 - 15

Master of Science in Sustainability

The Master of Science in Sustainability Program at Black Hills State University is now accepting applications for the fall semester. The two year fully online program prepares students to be proficient problem solvers and competent change agents - capabilities that are highly sought after by employers in today’s complex and fast changing world. Graduates of BHSU’s sustainability program are working and making a difference in the National Forest Service, the National Park Service, the advertising business, and in construction, to name a few. For more information go to the BHSU Sustainability Web page or contact a Sustainability Coordinator at Become a part of a sustainable future and Apply Today!

--Submitted by Sandra Marker - 4-13

Week of April 4 - 8

New Rock Class Offered Fall 2016

Ever wondered what its like to play in a Rock Band? The BHSU music department is offering a select section of MUS-100 that focuses on learning how to perform in a rock band using guitars, bass guitars,drums, and vocals. Space is limited so register soon if you want to get your inner rock star on! Contact Dr. Berberick with questions at Meier 103 or email

--Submitted by David Berberick - 4-6

IMPORTANT General Education Changes

**Faculty and Students, please note** At last week's Board of Regents meetings, BHSU's IGR's were officially eliminated. For students in the 2016 academic catalog, the general education requirements have been reduced by 11 credits. Total credits needed for graduation remain the same so additional elective credit may be necessary. This change does not apply to students in earlier catalogs.
The changes are:
· Students no longer need WEL100 and WEL 100L
· Students need two social science courses instead of three*
· Students need two arts and humanities courses instead of four* *Courses must be from different disciplines.

Students who have not completed their general education requirements may find it advantageous to move forward to the 2016 catalog. Their major and minor requirements would also move forward.

Contact the Registrar’s Office (Woodburn 103) for more information or to change catalog year.

--Submitted by Rod Custer - 4-6

Course number change

Students and Faculty Please note the following course number change - SPED 300 will now be renumbered as SPED 100 – it is the same course. This change is due to common course numbering policy across all State Universities. If students have taken SPED 300 or SPED 405, they do not have to take SPED 100. This change will take effect Fall 2016. SPED 300 will still be offered during this summer.

--Submitted by Melissa Woodall - 4-6

World Music for Gen Ed Globalization

MUS 240 Music of Other Cultures (3 credits, TTh 2:00-3:15). While not on some BHSU gen ed lists, this class DOES COUNT as an A&H gen ed course and fulfills the globalization requirement. Explore World Music and how other societies use music in their daily lives for entertainment, work, and religion.

--Submitted by Christopher Hahn - 4-6

Camp Invention

Coming June 6-10 2016 @ BHSU Main Campus Students entering grades 1-6 CampInvention is a STEM focused youth program that encourages 21st century skill development by presenting students with curriculum that focuses on real-world challenges, encourages problem solving and critical thinking skills through science themed and engaging hands-on investigation. Students will work with robotics, physics, and design related materials that promote real world skills and encourage practical, job related knowledge, boosting them to seek further interest in these areas. Take apart machines Invent Prototypes to change the world Explore Robots Design Inventions Engineer Buildings Make new friends while solving challenges and more! Registration Information

--Submitted by Cody Lawson - 3-25

Important Information for Fall 2016

Get ready for Fall 2016 classes. Here's some information about registration, attendance confirmation, financial payment and more. View more information.


Students in the News:

BHSU-RC recognizes outstanding students
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Black Hills State University-Rapid City (BHSU-RC) recognized outstanding students and faculty during the annual Student Recognition Awards Program recently. 
BHSU students earn degrees during 2016 spring commencement ceremony
Monday, May 23, 2016
Black Hills State University candidates for graduation were awarded master, bachelor, associate degrees during the University’s 171st commencement ceremony earlier ...
BHSU honors student volunteers during annual awards celebration
Thursday, May 19, 2016
The 24th Annual Black Hills State University Student Volunteer Awards Celebration honored 12 students and 13 organizations recently for their leadership and campus and co...

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Starfish is a student success system that allows the University to connect you with the tools and resources that you might need in order to be successful. 

  • Identify and help at-risk students
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  • Remind you of non-classroom related tasks to complete
  • Commend you for a job well done


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Spearfish, SD 57799-9518
(605) 642-6951

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