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Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp (left) and Dr. Annette Ryerson (right), professor of marketing at BHSU, presented The Outstanding Student Leader Award to Leah Bothamley, junior business administration major from Spearfish at the 19th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.
Chad Kruckenberg (right), career advisor in the Center for Academic Success at Black Hills State University presents The Outstanding Volunteer Award to Wendy Kummer, senior mathematics major from Parkston at the BHSU Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

Black Hills State University recently recognized and honored the service, dedication, and achievements of BHSU student leaders, volunteers, and organization advisors during the 19th Annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

According to Dr. Jane Klug, director of student services, the theme of this year’s celebration was Leading the Way which demonstrates how BHSU is leading the way in higher education, how our students are leading the way in and out of the classroom, and how our alumni are leading the way in the world.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Leah Bothamley, junior business administration major from Spearfish. Bothamley currently serves as president of Buzz Marketing; acting managing partner for the Jacket Investment Club; member of the College of Business and Technology student advisory board; first student board member of the American Advertising Federation; board member of the Sturgis Center for the Arts; co-chair for the 2011 Bikes, Art, and Music Festival; and representative for the Microsoft student marketing program. She stated in her application that “Being effectively involved in a leadership position has required that I develop extensive problem solving skills, innovative means of communication, time-management skills, and people management skills.

The Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Wendy Kummer, senior mathematics major from Parkston. Kummer has been active in Student Senate, Newman Club, Math Club, New Student Registration Days, and Green and Gold Days. When asked about how her involvement has contributed to both BHSU and the greater community, Wendy said “I know that BHSU students give a lot of volunteer hours back to the campus and community. These numbers speak highly of the students attending BHSU, as they clearly have a spirit of giving.
 

The recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award for Residence Life was presented to Lara Goodteacher, senior history major from Yankton. She has demonstrated the necessary leadership skills that foster a sense of community and service within the residence halls. In her application, Goodteacher wrote that the benefits to students who chose to live in the residence halls include enriching their lives by creating bonds with other residents and having the ability to become immersed in college life firsthand.

The Outstanding Residence Life Involvement Award was presented to Rocky Maier, freshman business administration major from Mobridge. The award recognizes a student who has demonstrated involvement in residence hall activities and programs, supported the goals and purposes of residence hall living, demonstrated academic achievement and contributed to the quality of life in the residence hall community. In his application Rocky discussed the benefits of living in the residence halls and being involved. He greatly appreciates the ability to meet new people and to gain an understanding and appreciation for those who are of different backgrounds.

Receiving this year’s Outstanding Freshman Award is Taylor Degen, freshman biology major from Alexandria. She is involved in numerous organizations and is striving to be a voice for students.

The Excellence in Leadership Awards honor students who have best-demonstrated involvement on campus and in the community and who exemplify a high standard of personal integrity, maturity and character. This year’s recipients of the Excellence in Leadership Awards were presented to:

  • Sarah Enos, senior special education major from Spearfish
  • Wendy Kummer, senior mathematics major from Parkston
  • Crystal Savage, senior mass communication and history major from Sillman Valley, Ill.
  • Sarah O’Donnell, senior art education major from Lemmon

The Student Life Rising Star Award was given to Kelsey Anderson, sophomore mass communication major from Oelrichs, for the passion expressed through in her involvement last spring with Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans. “In order to be a positive student leader a student needs to begin by getting involved and working their way up into a position of leadership.

The Student Leadership Scholarship was presented to Samantha Brush, sophomore chemistry major from Custer. Brush will receive a $250 scholarship for tuition and fees next year.

Several BHSU student organizations were recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year. Winners include:

  • The Outstanding Student Organization Award and the Most Improved Student Organization Award was presented Buzz Marketing. The organization gave up their national recognition in order to create their own collegiate organization which focuses on the needs of the immediate community.
  • The Outstanding New Student Organization went to the 10% Society. The organization has also been actively programming, raising awareness and working with other groups, both on and off campus. They provide a safe-haven, a caring environment that allows for open discussion, a place for like minded individuals to meet and serve as support for LGBT students.
  • This Most Improved Student Organization Award was given to Buzz Marketing.

Outstanding Program Awards were presented to the following:

  • Swarm Days for Coronation and Burning of the H
  • UP Team for Casino Night
  • Residence Hall Association for the 32 Minutes: Highlighter Dance
  • Newman Club for the Rosary Walk
  • International Student Organization for International Student Diversity Day

Outstanding Community Service Project Awards were presented to:

  • Sociology and Human Services Club for The Hunger Banquet
  • ShutterBuzz for Empty Bowls
  • 10% Society for the Trevor Project/It Gets Better
  • Sociology and Human Services Club for Save Christmas, Get the Grinch Award
  • BHSU-TV for their Pet of the Week news segments

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 will be presented to the Political Science Association in recognition for their monthly coffee and politics discussions, voter registration drive, sponsoring the regional “Project Citizen” program, and recent affiliation with the honor society Pi Sigma Alpha.
  • The Board of Regents Community Service Award will be presented to the Sociology and Human Services Club for educating students about social responsibilities with events which included an annual Hunger Banquet to benefit local food pantries, the “Save Christmas, Get the Grinch” event to benefit Angel Trees, and a mentoring program through Big Brothers/Big Sisters called Campus Kids.
  • The Board of Regents Organizational Leadership Award will be presented to Buzz Marketing, an organization which gave up their national affiliation and started an organization that is fully campus based.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor was awarded to Richard Raridon, community service coordinator for AmeriCorps*VISTA, for his work with Jacket Volunteers.

Special Recognition of Student Deployment includes:

  • The 451st Firefighter Detachment of Sturgis
  • The 200th Engineering Unit out of Pierre
  • The 189th Aviation Regiment out of Rapid City
  • The 842nd Engineering Unit out of the Northern Hills

Student Organization Outstanding Member Awards were presented to the following individuals:

  • Robyn Rosechandler, senior mass communication major from Cody, Wyo.; Swarm Advertising Solutions and Jacket Journal
  • Veronica Begeman, senior business administration major from Spearfish; BHSU Presidential Ambassadors
  • Justin Freeman, freshman mass communication major from Rapid City; Wenona-Cook Community Council
  • Rachel Simpson, freshman math and science education major from Cheyenne, Wyo.; Wenona-Cook Community Council
  • Lindsay Stephens, junior English major from Pierre; English Club
  • Crystal Burnett, senior social science major from Gillette, Wyo.; 10% Society
  • Jinyan Tan, junior mathematics major from Spearfish; Jacket Investment Club
  • Matthew Laidlaw, junior political science major from Belle Fourche; Political Science Association
  • Kelsey Anderson, sophomore mass communication major from Oelrichs; Dance Marathon
  • Kaitlyn Martin, freshman mass communication major from Ft. Pierre; Dance Marathon
  • Karen Berger, junior outdoor education major from Spearfish; BHSU Veterans Club
  • Joshua Peters, senior outdoor education major from Spearfish; Sociology and Human Services Club
  • Taylor Degen, freshman biology major from Alexandria; Residence Hall Association
  • Steven Boring, senior speech communication major from Pierre; Props and Liners/Theatre Society
  • Leah Bothamley, junior business administration major from Spearfish; Buzz Marketing Organization
  • Jessica Kern, junior business administration major from Spearfish; Black Hills Climbing Club
  • Michael Romeo, sophomore corporate communication major from Spearfish; Snow Riders
  • Sarah McFarland, junior business administration major from Selby; Travel and Tourism Club
  • Mindy Cain, senior business administration major from Sioux Falls; Chi Theta Xi
  • Mackenzie Sperle, sophomore library science major from Buffalo; Reading Council
  • Katelyn Legerski, senior mass communication major from Gillette, Wyo.; PRSSA
  • Julia Tan, junior mathematics major from Spearfish; International Student Organization
  • Cory Antes, senior business administration major from Rapid City; Collegiate Outdoor Leadership Program
  • Tyler Uecker, senior social science major from Spearfish; Rec Sports
  • Chris Yushta, senior mass communication major from Lemmon; ShutterBuzz
  • Whitney Jandreau, junior sociology major from Lead; Lakota Omniciye
  • Owen Welch, senior business administration major from Spearfish; Society for Human Resource Management
  • Katelyn Legerski, senior mass communication major from Gillette, Wyo.; KBHU-TV
  • Cara Schlenker, senior business administration major from Mobridge; LaMasa
  • Kyle Wade, senior speech communication major from Piedmont; Yellow Jacket Delegates
  • Markus Heinrich, junior business administration major from Whitewood; Students in Free Enterprise
  • Megan Steiger, senior special education major form Mobridge; Rodeo Club
  • Jaclyn Hunt, sophomore special education major from Glenrock, Wyo.; Newman Club
  • Kaitlyn Martin, freshman mass communication major from Spearfish; Student Senate
  • Alexandria Brummond, senior special education major from Plentywood, Mont.; UP Team