Alyce Schavone, a retired Spearfish resident visits with Dr. David Wolff, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Schavone is among a growing group of community members who take advantage of a BHSU Visitor Pass that offers them an opportunity to expand their knowledge and explore new interests.
Black Hills State University offers community members an exclusive opportunity to expand their knowledge while learning from expert faculty with a Visitor Pass that allows them to attend University classes.

Whether you are interested in updating your accounting and business finance knowledge, learning some historical geology, getting an introduction to astronomy, understanding the ever changing field of world politics, learning about Siouan Tribal Culture, enhancing your level of art appreciation, exploring agrostology (a branch of systematic botany that deals with grasses), or attending any of the 100 courses that are available with the BHSU Visitor Pass, this is your opportunity.  Visitor Pass program participants attend classes but forgo the tests, assignments, and term papers.

“It is really the best of both worlds for community members. You get to be in class with BHSU students and learn from our outstanding faculty members but there are no tests, no papers, and no assignments for Visitor Pass attendees. You’ll be exposed to new ideas, be in the midst of in-depth discussions on a wide range of topics, and be intellectually stimulated,” according to Corinne Hansen, director of marketing and communications at BHSU.

The Visitor Pass, which is available for $100 per class, allows community members to observe a class on an available space basis. Community members may take up to two classes per semester. BHSU courses at the University Center – Rapid City are also available for Visitor Pass attendees.

Visitor Pass registration begins Aug. 13. To obtain a visitor pass for the fall semester contact Johanna Best at 642-6044. The fall semester at BHSU begins Monday, Aug. 27 for classes that meet after 4 p.m. and Tuesday, Aug. 28 for daytime classes.

For more detailed information about the Visitor Pass or to browse a list of fall 2012 courses that are eligible see www.BHSU.edu/VisitorPass.