Tom Wheaton (left), director of Alumni Relations; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president; and Hugh Palmer, president of the BHSU Alumni Association; present the Spirit of BH Award to Lillian Bruckner at the 15th annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration at Black Hills State University.

The Black Hills State University Alumni Association presented the Spirit of BH Award to Lillian Bruckner, senior elementary education major from Rapid City, at the 15th annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

Each year, the Alumni Association presents the Spirit of BH Award to a BHSU student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the university and the local community.

“This year’s recipient successfully manages academics, volunteerism and extracurricular activities,” Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations, said.

While maintaining a grade point average of 3.38, Bruckner was involved in various campus activities and student organizations. She founded the Fantastic Phalanges, a campus sign language club designed to help people better understand the deaf culture and language, and served as president of the club for three years. She joined the Student Senate in 2005 and was voted president in 2006. She has also been a PREP Days group leader, New Student Days orientation leader, Student Ambassador, Heide Hall Government vice president, and Swarm Day Committee publicity chair.

In fall 2005 Bruckner was appointed by the dean of the College of Education to serve on the College of Education Curriculum Committee and was appointed to the Education Advisory Council in the spring of 2006. She also served on the University Strategic Planning Committee this past year and has served on the Reading Council, the Tobacco Awareness Committee, and the PREP Days Committee.

“She not only represents BHSU but is an ambassador wherever she is,” Micheline Hickenbotham, assistant education professor at BHSU, said in her nomination form. “She strongly believes in what we stand for and promotes the university by her behavior, participation, commitment, and involvement at the local, regional, and state level. I will remember her for her effective and genuine leadership.”