Black Hills State University will usher in its 129th anniversary with a Founders’ Day luncheon from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the Jacket Legacy room located in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union.

In celebration of Founders’ Day the event will include a brief program with  guest speaker, Lisa Albers-Koppmann, Class of ’98 who is now a financial advisor for UBS Financial Services Inc. Entertainment will also be provided along with the ceremonial cutting of the cake.

Reservations are required.  The cost for the luncheon is $5 per person.  Please RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 23, to the BHSU Alumni Office at 605-642-6385 or email Jeannie.Salazar@BHSU.edu.  This event is open to the public.

BHSU was originally founded as Dakota Territorial Normal School in 1883, before South Dakota had even gained statehood.  Four year degrees were added in the 1920s, and in 1941 the school was renamed Black Hills Teachers College. Graduate courses followed in 1953 and by 1964 there was a new designation-Black Hills State College.

Over the next several decades, the college continued to grow in strength and stature. In 1989, the name was changed to Black Hills State University to reflect the depth and breadth of the academic offerings. Today, BHSU has nearly 4,500 students and offers 72 degrees.  The University generates approximately $59.8 million a year to the South Dakota economy in the short-run. BHSU has also adopted a tradition of giving back to the community, each year BHSU students, faculty and staff record over 10,000 hours of service to non-profits.