Black Hills State University students are getting involved in the community through five volunteer activities as part of Volunteer Week 2008. 

The first scheduled event is the fifth annual Make a Difference Day, Saturday, Oct. 25.  The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a kick-off breakfast in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Market Place.  The event offers a wide variety of projects that students and the community can participate in to help others in need.  

Some of the projects include activities at: Spirit of the Hills Wildlife Sanctuary, Habitat for Humanity, Western Hills Humane Society, Spearfish Parks and Recreation, Forest Service, Spearfish Arts Center, Spearfish Senior Center, BHSU disc golf course clean-up, trick-or-treating for the Food Pantry, and a food drive at Safeway.

On Monday, Oct. 27, there will be a panel discussion entitled, “Why Volunteer?”  Panel members include BHSU faculty and staff members: Dr. John Alsup, professor of education; Dr. David Calhoon, chair of the education department; Laura Drolc, assistant director of admissions; Janette Hettick, Humbert Hall Director; and Dr. Judy Neighbours, assistant professor of psychology.  BHSU students on the panel include; Casey Hibbert, senior speech communications major from Spearfish, and Kami Wagner, freshman elementary education major from Rapid City.  Andy Black, Spearfish Chamber of Commerce Volunteer will also sit on the panel.  The discussion will be at 12 noon in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room. 

A Volunteer Fair will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the student union lobby.  Local organizations at the Volunteer Fair include: Adams House, Artemis House, Habitat for Humanity, Spearfish Volunteer Fire Dept, Neighborhood Housing of the Black Hills, American Red Cross, Home Based Head Start, Spearfish Arts Center, and Sturgis Center for the Arts. 

A blood drive will be held on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.  

The week of events wraps up with Trick-or-Treat for Unicef.  This event will take place at David M. Dorsett Regional Senior Care from 6-7:30 p.m.  Children are invited to wear their costumes and trick-or-treat at the Dorsett Home, as well as, raise money for Unicef. 

For additional information contact Richard Raridon 642-6471 or RichardRaridon@BHSU.edu.