Black Hills State University has earned a reputation for changing the lives and futures of its students through high-quality innovative academic programs and a dynamic learning community. We are proud of the powerful influence and accomplishments of our alumni.

  • Tara Buehner, Class of ’07, has been awarded the highly competitive Gaylord Ph.D. Fellowship from the University of Oklahoma, which pays all tuition, fees, and travel. The fellowship is awarded to one student each year with three or more years of professional experience in journalism and mass communication disciplines.
  • Lisa Pingrey, Class of ’95, received the 2008 American Star of Teaching Award for South Dakota. The award honors teachers who have made a significant impact on the lives of their students.
  • BHSU theatre graduates, Ian Vytlacil, Class of ’08; and Jared McDaris, Class of ’07 are currently working as professional actors.
    • Vytlacil will be touring with the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) for his second season. Annually, MCT visits nearly 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 4 Canadian Provinces and overseas.
    • McDaris currently portrays Einstein in “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” a play written by film star and comedian Steve Martin.
  • Ethan Dschaak, Class of ’97, will begin serving as principal at Piedmont Stagebarn Elementary School in July. Dschaak was previously the assistant principal of Sturgis Elementary School and Sturgis Williams Middle School.
  • Michael Hollinger, Class of ’08, is currently working on his master of fine arts degree from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va.