BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp accepts the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation Award of Excellence from Dan Green, president elect, and Bryan Walker, executive director. BHSU was chosen for the award to honor its vital contributions to the regional economy. Recent estimates indicate that BHSU has a total economic impact of just over $100 million annually.

Black Hills State University was presented with the Award of Excellence from the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) last week.

This prestigious award, which was established in 1999, recognizes area businesses that exemplify dedication and commitment within the areas of business development, capital investment, and job creation.

Dan Green, president elect of the SEDC, noted that since its founding in 1883, BHSU has had a profound impact on the lives of its students, the state, the region, and the Spearfish community.

“Black Hills State University’s commitment to education, innovative research and developing business partnerships is an important part of the Spearfish community. Spearfish Economic Development is pleased to present its highest honor, the Award of Excellence, to Black Hills State University,” Green says.

With over 350 full-time employees and 4,000 students, BHSU is a vital component of the regional economy. Recent estimates indicate that BHSU has a total economic impact of just over $100 million annually. In 2008, a study completed by the College of Business & Technology estimated that the Donald Young Center alone generated an economic impact of $2.9 million within the Spearfish economy by hosting such events as the State A Girls Basketball Tournament, the Pow Wow and various youth/collegiate sporting events.

Last year, Black Hills State reached several milestones. In addition to celebrating their Quasquicentennial (125th) Anniversary, BHSU broke ground on a new addition to the Student Union, continued renovation work on Woodburn Hall, and put plans in motion for a new science building that is scheduled for construction in 2009.  The University is also taking steps to create an environmentally sustainable campus, improve access to technology, and accomplish the goals in the University’s strategic plan.

Accepting the award, BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp noted that she’s proud of the partnerships between the University and the community and pledged that those connections will expand in the future. She noted that a recently completed strategic plan addresses initiatives to maintain existing partnerships and create additional opportunities for collaboration with businesses, schools, and community organizations.

Schallenkamp also expressed her gratitude to the BHSU faculty and staff for their ongoing efforts that make the University an innovative high-quality educational institution that continues to transform lives.