Black Hills State University students are making headlines and transforming lives.

Ben Reiter, a senior political science major from Riverton, Wyo., who is member of the Honors Program at BHSU, published an article in the 2009 National Conference of Undergraduate Research Proceedings. Reiter’s article is entitled “Beyond War Criticism: Re-Reading Dos Passos’ Three Soldiers and Willa Cather’s One of Ours.” NCUR Proceedings is a prestigious national journal that features the research of students who have presented papers at the national conference. Reiter has recently been accepted into a master’s program in humanities at the University of Chicago.

James Louks, senior BHSU visual arts major from Spearfish, recently received first place award for his artwork in the Third Annual “Impact” College/University Juried Student Exhibition at Northern State University. The artwork "Things I Don't Remember" is an assemblage that collages rustic objects with traditional acrylic paint. “Impact” features student artwork from South Dakota, North Dakota, and Western Minnesota that unites the powerful creative capacities of college/university students working in the visual arts. “Impact” is the only exhibition of its kind in the Northern Great Plains. Louks received $150 monetary award for his entry.

Mary Jo May, junior social science major from Kyle, has been selected for the Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS) at American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. May was selected to participate in WINS because of the great potential that she demonstrates and her achievements. The program is mapped out to help students understand the possibilities found within public service. The educational component of the program is structured to enhance the knowledge students will gain from the internship and to open dialog about Native identity in the workforce. May will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with her host office, which is the Department of Veterans Affairs in historic preservation, as well as with other WINS students.