Black Hills State University


Veteran Photos

Kasha Nankivel will be in the Photography studio in the basement of Pangburn Friday, April 3, from 9am to 4pm. She would like any and all of our veterans to come, walk in anytime, and have your photo taken. Bring your families, service dogs, dog tags, uniforms, etc. If this time does not work for you, you are welcome to contact me to set up a separate time. Sitting fees are waved. She only asks that you allow her to use the images for a school project, her professional portfolio, and for Survive to Provide. Prices for prints of the images can be discussed. You are welcome to view her photography at Please invite all of your vets.

--Submitted by Kasha Nankivel

Every day 22 veterans suffering the effects of PTSD/TBI and other injuries, commit suicide. Helps us reach those who need help. Help us by showing your support. A warriors greatest defeat is to be forgotten. Join the BHSU Vets Club April 22, 2015 on the Greens for filming a video as a show of that support. Be prepared to "Drop And Give Me 22 Pushups!" For more information Please Go To

--Submitted by Steven Weir

BHSU Teammates Celebration

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at Killian's Tavern in Spearfish. We are officially a club! Please join us as we celebrate the hard work and dedication our teammates have put into making this organization an official club at BHSU. We will celebrate by having dinner at Killian’s Tavern in Spearfish. Please come in business casual attire at 5:30pm, with dinner around 6pm. We will also announce an outstanding teammate who will receive a book scholarship for next semester! Please RSVP to A.S.A.P.

--Submitted by Megan LaFayette

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

Spring 2015 Course Drop/Withdraw Deadline

April 7
We have passed the mid-point for the 2015 spring semester. Take note of some important things to know:

  • Check for mid-term deficiencies (DEF) on your WebAdvisor ”Grades.”
    • Course deficiencies indicate that your current standing in the class is below a grade of C.
    • Contact the course instructor to find out what you can do to raise your grade before the end of the term.
  • Seek additional advising from your faculty advisor, Student Support Services, and Becky Cornell or Katie Pavel (for UCRC students)
  • Drop the class with a W grade if you cannot pass the class.
    • The “drop with W” deadline for full-term classes is Tuesday, April 7.
    • You can drop classes on WebAdvisor if you have no active holds/restrictions.
    • The Registrar’s Office can drop the class for you if you cannot drop it in WebAdvisor. Come by or send an e-mail request.
    • Dropping classes may affect your financial aid eligibility.
Contact Student Financial Services with any concerns.


--Submitted by Johanna Best

John Freeman Reception

April 8 | 4pm | Library 201
The Case Library invites you to hear Wyoming author John Freeman talk about “All History Is Local: The Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection”. John’s remarks will focus on his new book, “A History of Black Hills Forestry” and how he became interested in the topic; what primary resources were available; and the reason that he opted to use the Black Hills National Forest Historical Collection, housed at BHSU’s Case Library, rather than the forestry documents available at repositories in Kansas City or Washington D.C. John was instrumental in helping to establish a partnership between BHSU and the Black Hills National Forest, and to secure funding to curate the collection. He will discuss the usefulness of the collection for students, faculty, and the general public, including the opportunities to attract private (family) papers related to the Forest. The talk followed by a reception will be held in the Leland D. Case Library Reading Room – Library 201 on Wednesday, April 8th at 4 p.m.

--Submitted by Scott Ahola

Blood Drive

April 9 | 9am - 3pm | Young Center
BHSU Media is sponsoring the UBS April Blood Drive. The event will take place on April 9 and run from 9am to 3pm on the dance floor on the second level of the Young Center. To schedule an appointment: Call 605-646-2625 and mention Black Hills State Visit and use sponsor code: bhsu Walk-ins are welcome but appointments take priority.

--Submitted by Scott Lemon

8th Annual Benefits & Investment Fair

April 8 | 9am - 3pm | Jacket Legacy Room
On April 8 a variety of investment/insurance companies will be on campus and available from 9 am – 3 pm in the Student Union’s Jacket Legacy Room to meet with you about investing opportunities and/or your employee benefits. Also, speakers are scheduled to present on various topics throughout the day. Details to be announced at a later date!
Open to all BHSU employees, students and spouses with prize drawings for those who attend! This is a great opportunity to learn about investing as well as ask questions about your employee benefits!
Everything is free and open just for you! Stop by and speak to our vendors on deals for auto, home and life insurance. Instead of spending countless minutes trying to reach someone on the phone, come talk to our representatives in person. Explore your options and learn about new opportunities! There are multiple paths in financial planning, come find out which one is right for you. Win great prizes! If you are unsure about investing, get your questions answered. All in one convenient location right here on the BHSU campus. Strengthen your professional network and put a face with a name! Support the local community, our vendors have set aside a day just for you, please support them by taking a little time from your day. Take control of your future today! Learn more on how to prepare for you and your family’s future. Please contact Human Resources at 642.6549 with questions.

--Submitted by Kasey Salazar

In need of food or personal/household goods?

The BH Pantry is open to all students and student families in need of food, personal goods, and household items. It is designed for easy access, so please walk in and take what you need: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays and weeekends) in the hallway of the Humbert Testing Center. Any questions or concerns? see Nancy Shuck in the testing center or contact Dr. Courtney Wika at or 642-6918.

--Submitted by Courtney Wika

15 for the Future

One more BHSU Class! Completing just one more BHSU class each semester will make a significant difference in reaching your goal of graduating from BHSU in four years. Talk with your adviser, review your plan, and register for 15 BHSU credit hours for Fall 2015 and 15 BHSU credit hours for Spring 2016 semesters. Learn more...

--Submitted by Lois Flagstad

Registration Begins!

Did you know you can register for Summer 2015 classes right now? Get ahead on your classes on campus, in Rapid City, or online!
Registration for both Fall 2015 AND Spring 2016 begins March 23. Learn more..

--Submitted by Johanna Best

One more BHSU Class!

Completing just one more BHSU class each semester will make a significant difference in reaching your goal of graduating from BHSU in 4 years. Talk with your adviser, review your plan, and register for 15 BHSU credit hours for Fall 2015 and 15 BHSU credit hours for Spring 2016 semesters. Learn more..

--Submitted by Lois Flagstad

Be a Part of BHSU Football

Want to be a part of the BHSU Football Program?? We are looking for a a couple of student managers to help us out with spring football. This will give you the opportunity to be a part of the team and a chance to travel with the team in the fall and get some of the gear the player get. If you are interested please email Coach Petrino at Thanks and have a great day!!

--Submitted by Jared Petrino

Summer Positions Available in Residence Life

Residence Life (the Summer Conference division) is currently seeking applicants for summer host and rally host positions. Summer host positions are hired for the entire summer; rally host positions are hired for BHSU's rally dates (coinciding with the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally). Descriptions of both positions and a link to application forms are available on Jacket Joblink or can be picked up in the Humbert Hall Testing Center. Please considering spending all or part of your summer at BHSU as a summer host or a rally host! For more information contact Nancy Shuck at

--Submitted by Nancy Shuck

Jackettes Dance Team Tryouts

Spring tryouts for the 2015-2016 season will take place March 31st at 4:00 pm on the Young Center Dance Floor, located above the basketball court. You will be learning a short routine to perform in front of our judges, as well as a few technical skills. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Megan Block at or Kayleigh Murphy at

--Submitted by Megan Block

Stewart Bellman Writing Awards

April 7 | 4pm | JLR
The awards and reception for the 2015 Stewart Bellman Writing Awards will be on Tuesday, April 7, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room. If you have any questions, please contact Professor David Cremean at

--Submitted by David Cremean

Tax Season is upon us!

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $53,000 or less, persons with disabilities, the elderly and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. This program, offered by the School of Business, will be providing free tax assistance to eligible individuals. To make an appointment, please call (605)642-1330. On-campus VITA times will be held in the Joy Alumni Center on March 20th and March 27th. For more information, please call Hannah Burtt (605)642-6912.

--Submitted by Hannah Burtt

Job Opportunity for Students Living on Campus!

BHSU is forming our first Eco-Rep program! Eco-Reps are student representatives who will be trained through team meetings to become environmental change agents. These students will educate other residents in their community about environmental issues and encourage them to live in a more ecofriendly way. Hours/Wage: $9/hour for 2-3 hours per week. Learn more and apply here:

--Submitted by Katie Greer

Important 1098T Information

1098T Educational Tax Credit Information If you or your parents are doing your taxes and have not yet received a copy of your 1098T Tax Credit Information you can obtain a copy of that by going to and clicking on the student tab. The first box you will need the school code which is GZ. The next box you will insert your social security number and the last box if you click on help logging in, ECSI will provide you with the pin number for this box. When you have all boxes filled you will be able to view and copy your 1098T. If you have any problem you can call ECSI at 1-866-428-1098. Black Hills State University does not give personal tax advice. Parents and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the tax benefits and consult, if necessary, with their personal financial advisors or the Internal Revenue Service for assistance in determining their eligibility for the education credits

--Submitted by Donna VadenHoek

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.

Students in the News:

BHSU offers in-state tuition to children of alumni
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Black Hills State University is now offering in-state tuition for children of alumni thanks to recent action by the South Dakota Board of Regents.  
BHSU-RC will create additional higher education options for Rapid City residents
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Black Hills State University is making plans to significantly increase higher educational opportunities in Rapid City following action by the South Dakota Board of Regents tod...
BHSU mass communication students complete media projects for community organizations
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Black Hills State University mass communication students stepped out of the classroom and into professional roles, completing media projects for community organizations.

Starfish Student Success System

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
  • Easily schedule appointments
  • Remind you of non-classroom related tasks to complete
  • Commend you for a job well done

Important Information for Spring 2015

Registration for Spring & Summer 2015 classes is now open.. View more information.


Black Hills State University
Student Success Center
1200 University St. Unit 9518
Spearfish, SD 57799-9518
(605) 642-6951

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