Black Hills State University's second annual Outdoor week will take place March 22-28 and include presentations, service events, and several outdoor activities.
Black Hills State University will celebrate learning, living, working, and playing in the Black Hills during Outdoor Week, March 22-28. The week includes presentations, service events, contests, and activities to do in the Black Hills.

The keynote presenter for the week will be Steve “Crusher” Bartlett, from Sharp End Publishing. He has had articles published in Rock and Ice, Climbing, and Alpinist, and has written a book, “Desert towers,” which illustrates, explains, and celebrates the history of climbing on the spindly towers in the Southwest desert. He will be speaking at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, at the Crow Peak Brewery. Admission is $10 at the door.

“BHSU Outdoor Week was created for students as well as people throughout the Northern Hills community for educational and recreational purposes, and to highlight outdoor resource opportunities,” said Mike McNeil, disability services liaison and organizer of BHSU Outdoor Week.

The Outdoor Week photo, video, writing, and art contest will begin immediately for BHSU students. All entries must reflect learning, playing, working, and living in the Black Hills and how the hills are a gateway to surrounding western mountains. Each student may submit one entry per contest. $600 in prizes will be awarded with prizes going to the first, second, and third place winners. Writing must be 1-2 pages, double spaced, using times new roman 12 point font. Video can be anything up to five minutes. Digital image of art needs to be submitted to the email address below by noon on Monday, March 25. The judging will take place Wednesday, March 27, with special guest Steve Bartlett serving as one of the judges. The winners will be announced on Thursday.

Entries may be submitted starting immediately until March 25 to BHSU.BUZZ@gmail.com

For more information on BHSU Outdoor Week contact Mike McNeil at (605) 642-6099.

A full schedule is below: 

2013 BHSU Outdoor Week Schedule

March 22-28, 2013

All week people can stop into the Student Engagement Center to learn about outdoor activities in the local area; check out Ann Porter’s 2-D Design class’s art installation by the lower lobby on the north east end of the Student Union; and see classic pictures of outdoor activities on the website and around campus from the Case Library.

Friday, March 22: Outdoor Week Kick- Off - 2-5 p.m.

  • Disc golf demonstration with the BHSU Disc Golf Club.

  • Afternoon outdoor activities sponsored by BHSU CRUX, the Student Success Center, Wellness Committee, and Residence Life. Meet at the cul-de-sac in front of Student Union to carpool to recreation sites.

  • Slack lining competition sponsored by COLP – 2-3 p.m. in front of the Student Union.

Saturday, March 23:

  • Disc golf service project – 9-noon in front of the Student Union – participants will help prepare the new Spearfish Canyon Disc Golf Course for this summer’s state championships.

  • Staff and faculty snowshoe at Big Hill under the Waxing Gibbons moon – 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Email Brenna.Olds@yellowjackets.BHSU.edu or call 605-642-6027 for reservations. Snowshoes will be provided.

Sunday, March 24:

  • All-day cultural hike with AISES, the Multi-cultural Committee, and Scientia – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in front of Student Union.

Monday, March 25:

  • Clean-up of Skeletal Remains/Community Cave with BHSU CRUX and the Access Fund – 3:30-5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 26:

  • Plein Air Painting: Paint a panel of the BHSU campus with art instructor Desy Schoenewies – 12-2:30 p.m. Sign up for times at Jami.Schoenewies@BHSU.edu.
  • Astronomy lecture with Fran Bagenal, professor of astrophysical and planetary sciences in the laboratory for atmospheric and space physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder – 4-5:30 p.m. Jonas 305.The talk is sponsored by Scientia.

 Wednesday, March 27:

  • Plein Air Painting: Paint a panel of the BHSU campus with art instructor Desy Schoenewies – 1-3 p.m. Sign up for times at Jami.Schoenewies@BHSU.edu.
  • Steve Bartlett will talk about graphic design – 10-11 a.m. in Jonas 207. Open to the public

  • Outdoor Photography Clinic with professional photographer Jeremiah Watt – 11-1 p.m. in front of the Student Union. Sponsored by Shutterbuzz and BHSU CRUX. Contact Steve Babbitt at Steve.Babbitt@BHSU.edu to sign up.

  • Presentation by Jeremiah Watt – 1-2 p.m. in BJA-008, basement of Jonas. Open to the public.
  • Steve Crusher Bartlett slide show and BHSU Outdoor Week fundraiser – 6:30 – 9 p.m. at Crow Peak Brewery, cost is $10. Sponsored by BHSU CRUX and the Black Hills Climbing Coalition.

Thursday, March 28:

  • Plein Air Painting: Paint a panel of the BHSU campus with art instructor Desy Schoenewies – 1-3 p.m. Sign up for times at Jami.Schoenewies@BHSU.edu.
  • Outdoor Week Contest Winners will be announced on BHSU BUZZ – 2 p.m.


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