Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP) representatives include: Lindsay Heinrich, treasurer; Nick Bennett, president; Kendra Knapp, secretary Corey Antes, activities coordinator;  Megan Allen, vice president; Board of Regents representative; and Christopher Klinger, advisor.
 Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) members pictured are: Jodi Forgey, Amber Haessig, Kelsey Snyder, Board of Regents representative, Chuck Davis, and Verona Beguin, advisor.
 Psychology Club members accepting the award were Diana Sullivant, Amber Bolie-Peterson, Casey Allington, and Board of Regents representative.

Three Black Hills State University student organizations were recently recognized by the South Dakota Board of Regents for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work. 

The Award for Academic Excellence was presented to the Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program (COLP), a student-led organization for outdoor education majors and other outdoor enthusiasts. The main focus for the group last year was to expand and improve its indoor rock wall. In partnership with the city of Spearfish, the group also taught younger students about climbing and environmental issues. The group participated in the Go Green Day on campus, and completed maintenance and clean-up projects at Custer State Park.

 COLP members are actively involved in creating ways for students to understand and get involved in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Black Hills and their activities encourage students to be more involved in the natural outdoor environment. The group also takes part in environmental projects including a tree planting on campus and volunteering at Custer State Park to assist in cleaning a creek and fixing fire pits.  COLP members have adopted a trail at Old Baldy that they maintain with the National Forest.

This year COLP members attended the National Association for Interpretation Region V Workshop where students presented two programs and attended various sessions about outdoor management. 

The Community Service Award was presented to Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) which is actively involved in many community service projects. Activities this year have included reading to preschoolers, a stuffed animal drive for the Artemis House, the Angel Tree Christmas project, and a global markets project with home-schooled students. The group also collected used printer cartridges and cell phones; the money raised was put toward a project that lends micro-loans to entrepreneurs in under-developed countries. In addition to the community service projects SIFE enters business competitions to compete against other student leaders in our region.  

The Award for Organizational Leadership was presented to the Psychology Club, a social and academic organization involved in fundraisers, volunteer work, and social activities on the campus and within the community. Members strive to integrate what they have learned in the classroom with community service projects. Among their activities, they play bingo with residents at a local retirement home, help fingerprint children for Project ID, and coordinate a dance for clients of Northern Hills Training Center. 

Leadership development is a priority for the Psychology Club. Members are active in student leadership workshops, retreats, and campus activities. Every spring semester the Psychology Club sponsors the annual Rat Race, a fundraiser for scholarships. In addition the group sponsors study sessions for students.