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Black Hills State University will host a pre-construction tent gathering Tuesday, May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the future site of the BHSU Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center, which is located on St. Joe Street, south of Lyle Hare Stadium and Ida Henton Park on the BHSU campus.

Thanks to 28 local businesses and a number of individual donors, construction plans are underway for the BHSU Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center. This facility will become the front door to campus and will showcase the past, present, and future of BHSU. The Welcome Center will not only support the University’s financial development; it will also strengthen relationships with alumni and provide ongoing communication to increase the visibility of BHSU.

Guests at the pre-construction tent gathering can show their lasting support for the project by purchasing an engraved pathway brick to be displayed on the patio. Naming opportunities for rooms within the Welcome Center are available, including the naming of the building.

A total of $487,000 has been raised so far to construct the Center, with a total of 30 business contributing in-kind gifts. John Johnson, Class of 1970, and his family have made a $150,000 donation to have the entertainment room named in their honor. First Interstate Bank donated$30,000 to have the conference room named. Mick Dana, Class of 1969, his wife, JoConda, Class of 1992, and family, donated $25,000 to name the gardens.  Shirley Johnson and Rollie Maize donated $75,000 to name the lobby, and Harvey and Joy Krautschun donated $40,000 to name the Vice President for Advancement Office.

The gathering is open to the public and will include live music and complimentary food and beverages. Parking will be available in the gravel lot across from Lyle Hare Stadium.

For more information on the event or for information on purchasing a brick or making a donation to the BHSU Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center, contact Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement at BHSU, at Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu or call 642.6385.