The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Kayla Schuring, junior education major from Andover, during the annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration at BHSU. Shuring, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills, exhibits the ability to successfully work with organizations that she is involved.

Black Hills State University recently recognized and honored the service, dedication, and achievements of BHSU student leaders, volunteers, and organization advisors during the 17th annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Kayla Schuring, junior education major from Andover, who has demonstrated exemplary leadership skills. Schuring exhibits the ability to successfully work with organizations that she is involved in by leading with innovative ideas, delegating responsibilities, and providing direction to members and officers.

The award for Outstanding Residence Life Involvement was given to Owen Welch, sophomore business administration major from Sturgis. Welch has shown his leadership in residence hall activities and programs by supporting the goals and purposes of residence hall living, while contributing to the quality of life in the residence hall community.

Rachel Hendricks, junior mass communication major from Wilmot, was presented with the Outstanding Leadership in Residence Life Award for the positive impact she has made through her leadership in the residence halls.

This year’s Outstanding Freshman Award went to Courtney Earl, freshman psychology major from Rapid City. The award is presented to a freshman who is actively involved in at least one student organization and participates in campus activities and programs outside the classroom. Since coming to BHSU Earl has shown enthusiasm, cooperation and a willingness to learn.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was given to two students this year Debra Iverson, senior speech communication major from Spearfish; and Ashley Uthe, junior sociology major from Presho. Both students faithfully contributed their time and talents for the betterment of student organizations and the campus community.

Crystal Savage, sophomore mass communication major from Stillman Valley, Ill., was awarded as the Vice President for Student Life Rising Star. The award is given to a sophomore student who has shown excellence in leadership and has made outstanding contributions to the BHSU community.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award was presented to Steve Babbitt, professor of mass communication, for volunteering his time to advise the student organization Shutterbuzz. Babbitt shows his passion for serving the students and the entire campus community by participating in the organization’s meetings, consulting with its members and officers and supporting their decisions. According to organization members Babbitt is an inspiration to the members, encouraging them to achieve more than they thought possible.

The Excellence in Leadership award is given to students with senior status who have best-demonstrated involvement on campus and in the community throughout their enrollment and leadership tenure at BHSU as well as maintained high academic standards. Jennifer Hoscheid, business administration major from Pierre; Jill Kary, business administration major from Powell, Wyo.; Jamie Richey, business administration major from Wewela; James Stith, history major from Newcastle, Wyo.; Casey Allington, psychology major from Glenrock, Wyo.; and Paul Painter, business administration major from Buffalo, were all recognized for their contributions to both community leadership and academic excellence.

Several BHSU student organizations were are also recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year. Winners included:

  • Most Improved Student Organization - Shutterbuzz
  • Outstanding New Student Organization - Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Outstanding Program - Theatre Society for the
    Paws & Claws Program
  • Outstanding Program - Humbert Hall for their
    Pennies & Change project
  • Outstanding Program - Residence Hall Association for their 32 Minutes Program
  • Outstanding Program – Shutterbuzz for the
    Empty Bowls Project
  • Outstanding Student Organization - BHSU Reading Council

Also announced during the ceremony were three BHSU student organizations that will receive recognition from the South Dakota Board of Regents next fall at the annual board meeting in Rapid City.

  • The Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence - Jacket Investment Club
  • The Board of Regents Community Service Award -
    The BHSU Theatre Society
  • The Board of Regents Organizational Leadership Award - Lakota Ominicye