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How to Change Your Student Email Password

The new password requirements and expiration policy took effect Sept. 30. If you have not already changed your password, please go to and login with your current email and password. How to Guide.

--Submitted by Network & Computer Services

Women's Business Conference

Oct. 23 | 9am-4pm | The Lodge at Deadwood
SD CEO's sixth annual Women's Business Conference features keynote JJ DiGeronimo, president of Purposeful Woman and Tech Savvy Women; a Panel of Entrepreneurs moderated by Dr. Priscilla Romkema; speaker Linda Rabe, president of the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce; business expo; networking; and more. Early Bird registration ends Oct. 8 and is $125. Late registration is $145. For more details or to register visit

--Submitted by Megan Lipp

Women's Soccer Tryouts

Oct. 7 | 5-7pm | Young Center Fieldhouse
BHSU women's soccer coach Robert Blake has announced the first team function for Yellow Jacket soccer team. On Wednesday, October 7, Blake will be holding an open tryout for any women on the BH campus that are interested in playing soccer. The tryout will run from 5-7 p.m. in the Young Center Fieldhouse. Each participant needs to bring a current physical, indoor shoes, soccer appropriate apparel including shin guards and a water bottle. Those interested in trying out should contact Blake beforehand at or by phone at 605-642-6973.

--Submitted by Robert Blake

Garden Harvest Day Rescheduled

Oct. 9 | 4-5pm | Campus Garden
Rain and cold weather are expected for this weekend, so we have rescheduled our Garden Harvest Day to Friday, October 9 from 4-5pm. The campus garden is located on the south side of the Yellow Jacket Apartments. We will harvest pumpkins and winter squash and plant garlic for next season. Volunteers can take home a pumpkin! Email Katie Greer if you have any questions.

--Submitted by Katie Greer

German Speaker Gather

Join the Stammtisch on Tuesdays at 4:30 at Killian's. Anyone who is learning or who speaks German is welcome to participate in the Gemuetlichkeit!

-- Submitted by Connie Hubbard

State Demographer to Speak on SD Population Trends

Oct. 7 | 2pm | Joy Center
Dr. Weiwei Zhang, the State Demographer and Director of the State Data Center, will be on campus to talk about demographic trends in SD such as population growth and decline, migration, and minority populations. This presentation will be of interest to anyone who would like to know about the changing characteristics of our South Dakota population.

--Submitted by Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

We Love BHSU!

I love BHSU. You love BHSU. We all love BHSU! Show us what you love most about Black Hills State University and join our I Heart BH contest! Submissions are coming in quickly - and we're waiting to see yours! Snap a photo, upload it to your social media and use the hashtag #IHeartBH. Winners of the contest will be announced during the BHSU Pep Rally on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. Check out the contest details and prizes at

-- Submitted by Jennifer Jungwirth

Kickball Tournament

Oct. 4 | 7pm | Lyle Hare Stadium
Extension on deadline has been postponed until Thursday, October 1 @ Midnight. Get your teams signed up on or sign up as a free agent, we have teams looking for players to fill the roster. Games to be played Sunday, October 4 starting at 7pm.

--Submitted by Tina Andreana

Geek Speak

Oct. 8 | 4pm | Jonas 110
Please join Instructor Matt Bauman on for "Now That It’s Too Late?: Climate Change and the Anthropocene". The age of the Anthropocene is a newly monikered (though still unofficial) geologic epoch distinguished by humans’ impact on the earth. The central topics in the presentation include the extinction event currently happening, capitalism here in America and abroad, and the brief history of human evolution, all of which point to an imminent danger facing the globe and particularly life as we know it. The presentation will loosely follow Elizabeth Kolbert’s Pulitzer Prize winning book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History (2013), New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein’s critically acclaimed This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. The Climate (2014), and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O Wilson’s The Meaning of Human Existence (2014).

--Submitted by Courtney Huse-Wika

Volunteers Needed Saturday at the Animal Shelter!

Our no-kill animal shelter is having a community fundraising day this Saturday (October 3) and is in need of BH students to help set up the event and/or walk/play with the dogs (and tire them out!) before community members arrive. There are events both at the shelter and later in the evening at Crow Peak Brewery. If you're interested in joining the BH volunteer group, contact

--Submitted by Courtney Huse-Wika

TRIO Org. Meeting

Come join TRIO in student support services in Woodburn Hall on Wednesday at 3:30 for our weekly meeting. We will be discussing fundraising ideas for this organization and new suggestions are welcome, so come and join us!!

--Submitted by Madison Houston

International Food Festival 2015

Nov. 7 | 11am - 1pm | Hive - Student Union
Every year, International Food festival has been a great success with your support and International Student Organization (ISO) is having International Food Festival 2015. This festival will represent the diversity of the international students on campus. It is a great opportunity for international students to represent their culture, but also for domestic students to experience culture diversity on the globe. This year, we are planning to have "Curiosity Week" in the week from 2nd to 7th of November, which has a variety of events planned for the week to increase the awareness of diversity and International Food Festival will be the closing event of the week. Students, faculty and staff and the Spearfish community are welcome to join us to experience our diversity on campus.
If you are interested in participating in or helping us in this event, please contact

--Submitted by Kie Tatsukawa

Fat Pig

Oct. 8-10 | 7:30pm | Pangburn Theatre
A play by Neil Labute Oct 8-9-10 at 7:30 Pangburn Theatre Play is for mature audiences General admission $10 Faculty and Staff $5 BHSU students free.

-- Submitted by Bert Juhrend

New Password Requirements Your password is required to change each 90 days. Your new password must be 8 characters long, and include at least three different types of characters (uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and/or symbols). You can change your password using the method described on our FAQ page.

Password Security Quick Facts


  • How often passwords must be changed: Every 90 days. This is not a set date. The 90 day timer is set when you change your password. Example – Sting changes his password in October. In November, he forgets his password and changes it again. Sting is not required to change his password again until sometime in February—90 days after the November change.
  • Complexity requirements:
    • 8 characters long
    • Contain 3 of the following types of characters: 
      • Uppercase letter
      • Lowercase letter
      • Number 
      • Symbol 
    • Examples (do not use any of these): 
      • p@s$w0rd (lowercase, symbol, number)
      • Pa$$worD (uppercase, lowercase, symbol)
      • Numb3r3d (uppercase, lowercase, number) 
    • Password management portal:


--Submitted by Aaron Bauerly

Student Org. Looking for Officers

The BHSU Environmental Sustainability Student Organization is looking for people who have an interest/passion in anything sustainable, green, environmentally friendly, the outdoors, etc. If this is you and you would like to be involved contact Megan at for more information. This is a great way to get involved with the school, community, and something to put on a resume!

--Submitted by Megan Brink

Home Event help wanted

The athletic department is still looking for student workers to assist in home event/game day management. Positions include ticket sellers and takers, video production work, and specialty positions (penalty report, clock workers, game book official, etc.). We are also looking for mascots to work during the home games. Contact Colleen Mischke at if interested in more information.

--Submitted by Colleen Mischke

Have a Special Recipe to Share?!

The Presidential Student Ambassadors are continuing their search for your favorite recipes. If you are a student, faculty, staff, alumni, donor, or friend of BHSU we would love to have your favorite recipe to put in our cookbook that will be available for purchase later in the year. Please submit your recipe at

--Submitted by Kaitlin Spargur


Are you energetic? Are you the life of the party? OR - have you ever dreamed of performing in front of a crowd but just didn't have the guts? Well if you fit any of these categories we have the JOB for you. The BHSU Athletic Department is looking for students to become STING. Sting is an integral part of all home BHSU events and helps to get the crowd in to the game while getting paid. Best Job Ever! If you want more information, contact Colleen Mischke at

--Submitted by Colleen Mischke

New Drop Grade Policy

Effective fall 2015, students will be permitted to have no more than 6 dropped grades over their academic career without affecting their GPA. The first 6 dropped classes will receive a WD grade and will not calculate into the GPA. Each additional dropped class will receive a WFL grade and will calculate into the GPA as a failed course. Exclusions to the policy include drops prior to fall 2015, complete withdrawals from the University (all courses dropped), transfer courses, concurrent lab courses, and graduate courses.

--Submitted by April Meeker

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

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

Student Org Regular Meetings

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!

Join German Speakers

Tuesdays | 4:00 pm | Killian's
Stammtisch is a group of BHSU and community members who want to use or improve their German language. The group meets weekly at Killian's. You are "herzlich Willkommen!" Contact Connie Hubbard for information:

Dakota Chamber Orchestra and other music groups

Tuesdays | 7-9pm | Meier Hall
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.

  • Student Senate 3pm SELC
  • KBHU-TV 4pm Station (Basement Library)
  • Campus Activities Board 5pm SELC
  • Lutheran Campus Ministry 5pm 810 N. Yale (The Living Room)
  • Early Childhood 12pm and 5:15pm SELC
  • KBHU Radio 3:15pm Studio Office (Near Club Buzz)
  • Campus Ventures 7pm Club Buzz
  • Enactus 2pm Schwartz Conference Room
  • Art Club 4pm Woodburn 305
  • COLP 4pm YC Field House by Rock Wall (first and third Wed of month)
  • Swarm Days 4pm (SELC)
  • Gay-Straight Alliance 6pm JLR Lobby
  • Jacket Pack 3:30pm SELC
  • Connection Groups 6:30pm Club Buzz
  • Jacket Volunteer 7pm Trump Conference Room
  • BHSU Nights of Country Swing 7pm Young Center Dance Floor
  • Anime Collective 7pm Jonas 110

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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:

BHSU student receives SD Archaeological Society Award for Student Service
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Black Hills State University student Keith Croteau received the South Dakota Archaeological Society Award for Student Service and Justin Runestad Scholarship recently.
BHSU student launches successful mentoring program through BHSU Make a Difference Initiative
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Black Hills State University student Shenae LaCroix is making quite the difference on campus and in Spearfish with a new mentoring program she created through the BHSU Make a ...
BHSU opens theater season with ‘Fat Pig’
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
In society people are judged by their appearances. The Black Hills State University theater department is bringing to light the serious issue of body shaming in its opening pe...

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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