Black Hills State University


The Writing Center is open for YOU!

The Writing Assistance Center is officially open for fall services! We are conveniently located on the first floor of the library and are open Sunday-Friday. We work with writers at all levels, in all disciplines, at any stage of the writing process. We offer walk-in, scheduled, and online appointments, as well as feedback-by-email and quick question services. Please go to or email for more information. Contact us today to learn how we can help you! Also, please join us on these social media sites for announcements about special events:,,, and

--Submitted by Rickie-Ann Legleitner

One Book South Dakota Book Discussion

October 8 | 6p.m. | Library
The library will be hosting a One Book South Dakota discussion on Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 pm in the lounge area of the library. This year’s book is “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. If you would like to join in the discussion, you can borrow a copy of the book. The books are in my office – Library 109. Since 2003, the One Book South Dakota program has encouraged everyone across South Dakota to read and discuss the same novel or memoir throughout the course of a year. Community and book groups’ receive books on loan and can invite a scholar from the SDHC list to facilitate their discussion. Our discussion will be led by Joanna Jones.

--Submitted by Scott Ahola

Fun Run in Honor of BHSU Student Gage McSpadden

September 12 | Spearfish City Park
You're invited to join the BHSU community Saturday, Sept. 12 as we remember BHSU student Gage McSpadden during the McSpadden Fun Run 3K/5K. Gage, a psychology major and distance runner on the BHSU cross country and track & field teams, passed away this summer. The McSpadden Fun Run begins at the Spearfish City Park parking lot across from the pavilion. Watch for more details on this event in the next Campus e-Update.

--Submitted by Corinne Hansen


September 4th
Sign-up for flag football and softball by Friday, September 4 on For the most up to date information follow us on twitter and instagram @BHSUrecsports

--Submitted by Tina Andreana

Leadership Retreat- Free for students

September 18th and 19th | Storm Mountain retreat site
Sign up now for the annual Leading Edge: Leadership Retreat taking place September 18th and 19th at Storm Mountain retreat site. The leadership retreat is 100% free, transportation, meals, lodging and materials are all included. This is only open to the first 50 students who sign up. To register for the retreat please email or stop by the Student Engagement and Leadership Center, SU210. It's a great time you won't want to miss!

--Submitted by Erica Whitiker

Young Center Fitness room relocates

The Young Center Fitness area has been relocated to upper level second floor balcony overlooking the gym. This Fitness Room, which all students have access to use, provides machines weights, free weights, and aerobic fitness equipment which are aligned and ready for use. Additional Fitness area upgrades and changes will be forthcoming. Glass walls will be installed within the next month to provide a secured space with key card access. Stop by and check it out.

--Submitted by Jhett Albers

Wearing Green and Gold pays

Seeing lots of green and gold on Fridays? BHSU faculty and staff are participating in the Jeans for Jacket campaign, showing their BHSU spirit and making a $1 donation each week for a scholarship fund. The $500 scholarship winner this semester was Emilia Anderson, daughter of Dr. Cynthia Anderson, associate director of CCBR and associate professor of biology. Join us by showing your BHSU spirit on Friday. See you in green and gold.

--Submitted by Steve Meeker

Fall Library Hours

7:30am - 11pm | Library
New Expanded Fall Library Hours!! Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am to 11:00 pm Friday: 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Saturday -Sunday: 2:00 pm to 11:00 pm

--Submitted by Scott Ahola

Women's Chorus Openings

Tues./Thurs. | 11:00am | Meier Choir Room
We are looking for women with any prior music experience to join our Women's Chorus. We meet on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 11 - 11:50. Stop by, check us out, and SING with us this Thursday in the Choir Room in Meier!

--Submitted by Jennifer Loftin

Dance Team Tryouts!

Sep. 8-9 | 5:00pm | Young Center 216
Interested in being a part of the BHSU Jackettes dance team? Come to tryouts September 8th and 9th at 5:00 pm! Meet in front of room 216 in the Young Center! If you have any questions, contact Kayleigh Murphy at

--Submitted by Kayleigh Murphy

Geek Speak is BACK!

Sep. 3 | 4:00pm | Jonas 110
Geek Speak is BACK with "All That is Good is Nastier Than Ever: Punk vs. Disco: The Defunkification of the Nation." Professors Chris Hahn and Kelly Kirk will investigate the political and cultural crossroads of punk and disco in the 1970s. Please joins us in Jonas 110 at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 3. (And every Thursday after that-- same place, same time.)

--Submitted by Courtney Wika

BHSU BGS Chapter earns Best in Business Honor

The BHSU's Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) chapter received Best in Business Honors for the 2014-15 academic year. The status is indicative of a campus where academic excellence is valued and where the faculty officers of the chapter work diligently to enhance Beta Gamma Sigma’s stature on campus. BGS is an honor society in business open to AACSB-accredited institutions only. The BHSU chapters was chartered in spring 2015. I extend a special thanks to Ms. Laura Prosser, BGS advisor, and Dr. Susan Dana, BGS secretary, along with Dr. Liz Diers, former BGS co-advisor, for their work in regard to the chartering of a BGS chapter at BHSU and to organizing the BGS ceremony the BGS ceremony in spring 2015. These faculty members provided valuable leadership to this effort. This is a special honor for the BHSU BGS Chapter and for BHSU.

--Submitted by Priscilla Romkema

BHSU Help Desk

Network and Computer Services (NCS) reminds faculty, staff and students that the most efficient method to request services is to submit a request via email to which automatically enters the request into our tracking system. A tracking number will be assigned to your request and you will receive an email response back immediately for reference. When contacting us by phone at 642-6580 you will be provided with a list of options and your choice will automatically re-direct you to an appropriate staff member. If directed to a voicemail please leave us a message with your contact information and description of the issue. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

To best meet the needs of the campus, NCS prioritizes all requests received utilizing a priority reference list which can be found at

NCS is located in the basement of the Library in room L006. Walk-in’s will be welcome Monday through Friday 8:00am - 10:00am and 3:00pm – 5:00pm. During these hours a technician will be available to answer questions and provide assistance.

--Submitted by Fred Nelson

Dakota Chamber Orchestra and other music groups begin rehearsals

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra is a string orchestra in residence at BHSU. It is open to all students, faculty, and community members who play an orchestral string instrument. Rehearsals are Tuesday nights from 7-9 pm. The music department has a number of performing groups open to students (and faculty) including bands, jazz band, and choirs. Contact Christopher Hahn at or 642-6888 or stop by the music department in Meier Hall for more information about our ensembles.

--Submitted by Chris Hahn

Campus Alert Authorization Codes & Login Info

Authorization codes for the emergency alert system are sent out to non-registered users after the census date. The codes are sent to your official BHSU email address and provide additional information to login and setup contact information and priorities. If you have already registered in the system and need to login to verify or modify your contact information, please visit: and login with your Everbridge Member ID and password. This username and password is unique to the Everbridge system. If you have forgotten your Everbridge Member ID and Password, please use the "Forgot yoru Member ID?" and "Forgot your password?" links provided on the Everbridge login page.

--Submitted by Garrett Stevens

Help celebrate Gage McSpadden's life

As many of you may know, senior Gage McSpadden from Rawlins, Wyoming, and Evan Strand, BHSU graduate from Gillette, Wyoming were struck by lightning this summer playing disc golf. Evan has made a good recovery but unfortunately Gage lost his life. Many of you have asked if there is anything you could do and we feel it is important that we get an endowed memorial scholarship in Gage’s name…please read below.
I would like to thank Dennis Newell, BHSU Cross Country/Track & Field Alum, for his efforts to kick start this effort. ---Scott Walkinshaw
From Dennis Newell-Alum I am posting this message because I believe many of you will get involved and get behind this cause. Gage McSpadden was a senior cross country/track runner majoring in Special Education. He was an amazing young man who positively touched all whom he met. Gage recently passed away from a lightning strike. However, Gage will always be a part of our BHSU FAMILY. I personally have purchased two wristbands for $200. However, give what you can, donate what you can… be a part of something GREAT. Help celebrate Gage’s life. Just a little background, if you didn’t already know... it takes $10,000 to create an Endowment at BHSU. Right now, we have $2200 committed... however, the game just changed. An anonymous donor just committed to matching every dollar raised up to $5,000! $2800 more and we can get the plaque made and honor Gage in the hallway at the Donald E. Young Center. ALL donations are tax deductible.
Send a check to: Black Hills State University Attn: Steve Meeker, Unit 9506 1200 University Drive Spearfish, SD 57799 Write check to: Yellow Jacket Foundation Put 'Gage McSpadden' on the memo line THANK YOU! -Dennis Dennis Newell, MSc University of Mary Head Cross Country/ Assistant Track & Field Coach

--Submitted by Scott Walkinshaw

Student Printing Going Green

Over the last five years, use of the student printing system on campus has decreased by nearly 50%. With the advent of document sharing services such as Office 365, D2L, Dropbox, and Google Docs, students and faculty continue to rely less on printed notes, lectures, quizzes, and other study/class materials. Black Hills State University is embracing this bold, green trend.
Starting in the 2015 Fall Semester, students will no longer receive an allocation for printing. Instead of printing, we encourage you to help us reduce our paper waste by using collaboration services such as Office 365, OneDrive, and D2L. For those few documents that must be printed, you can still use your BUZZ Bucks to print at your discretion. Black Hills State University: Be Bold. Go Green. For more information on how you can use your online storage for collaboration, visit the Office 365 Learning Center.

Fall 2015 Bill Due Date

September 4
Reminder to students that payments for Fall 2015 are due no later than September 4th. Students need to either be on a payment plan, pay in person with check or cash at the cashier's window, Woodburn 114, go on-line to use credit card (extra fee), or go on-line to use e-check payment (no fee) if still owe a bill for the term. If financial aid to cover the bill but has not yet been credited to bill prior to September 4th, need to contact the Student Financial Services Office, 642-6145,, or stop by the office. Good rule of thumb: Go to SDePay, Current Activity, to make sure bill is paid in full by September 4th as it could be charges were posted after processing of payments/refund of excess aid. Late fees and/or cancellation of classes are a possibility if an outstanding bill after September 4th.

--Submitted by Deb Henriksen

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Oct. 1 | 7:30 pm | Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater
The John T. Vucurevich Foundation presents an evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. Tickets go on sale Monday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $7 for adults; students with a student ID are $3. Order tickets by calling (605) 394-4111 or online at

--Submitted by Steve Meeker


The athletic department is looking for energetic students to don the Yellow Jacket costume and become STING for home events. If you are interested in learning more, and if you are available to work home games, contact Colleen Mischke at

--Submitted by Colleen Mischke

Canon Explorer of Light - Jennifer Wu

September 24 | 7:00 pm | Meier Recital Hall
Internationally known photographer, Canon Explorer of Light and author, Jennifer Wu will be giving a free public lecture in the Meier Recital Hall on Black Hills State University Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm.
In January 2009 Canon U.S.A. selected Jennifer to be one of the world’s 36 best photographers for the Explorer Of Light program, an elite group of internationally recognized photographers, Jennifer Wu is an internationally known landscape photographer, specializing in creating stunning images of the night sky and stars. Jennifer has spent over 28 years photographing, dedicating 10 years to traditional black and white photography. She has lectured on photography and exhibited her images worldwide. Her images have been published in numerous magazines, books and newspapers including Fortune, Popular Photography, PDN, Shutterbug, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek and Time.
Jennifer enjoys sharing her passion and teaching techniques for shooting nature photography through seminars and workshops for The California State University of Sacramento, Canon U.S.A., Light Photographic Workshops, aFilm International Film Workshops in Spain and other photographic groups nationwide. She has lead workshops in Yosemite, Death Valley, Alaska, Hawaii and internationally in Iceland, Tanzania, Namibia and more. Jennifer is the co-author and photographer of the book, Photography Night Sky: A Field Guide to Shooting After Dark (2014, Mountaineers Books).
Also taking place that day will be an open house for the Black Hills State University photography program. The public is invited to tour the photography facilities at BHSU and view student work. Images will be on display in Jonas, Pangburn Hall and Meier Hall. For more information regarding the lecture and open house, contact the BHSU Photography Department at 642-6769

--Submitted by Jerry Rawlings

Part-time Job & Internship Fair

September 2 | 11am - 2pm | Campus Green
Come meet with local employers and campus departments looking to fill part-time, work study and internship positions Business casual dress is appropriate for this event.

--Submitted by Melissa Haught

LOCATION CHANGE:Disability Svcs & Testing Center

The office of Disability Services and the Testing Center are now combined and moved to a new location. These two services are now located in the Lower Level of the E.Y. Berry Library - Learning Center. This change will be effective Monday, August 3rd. Contact for these services is or call: 605-642-6099.
--Submitted by Jennifer Lucero

Student Org Regular Meetings

Important Information for Fall 2015

Get ready for Fall 2015 classes. Here's some information about registration, attendance confirmation, financial payment and more. View more information.

Students in the News:

Kudos to BHSU faculty, staff and students on recent accomplishments
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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Thursday, August 27, 2015
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New BHSU student uses faith, love of music to prepare for college
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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


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

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