Black Hills State University President Kay Schallenkamp thanks supporters of the University during the recent 1883 Recognition Dinner,
More than 200 people were thanked for their support of Black Hills State University during the recent 1883 Recognition Dinner.

The annual dinner is a time for BHSU to recognize donors who have contributed $1,883 or more in a calendar year and lifetime supporters of $50,000 or more. The 1883 dinner, named for the University’s founding year, was started by BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp in 2007. At that time, the 1883 Club had 51 donors. Today, the club has 140 members – a nearly 200 percent increase in five years.

Last year, the generosity of BHSU’s supporters totaled just under a record $5 million, according to Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement.   “The university is extremely grateful to have such wonderful friends and alumni who are creating great futures for BHSU students.  While the gift total for 2012 is wonderful, it’s the thoughtfulness of our donors that is truly extraordinary. Our annual donor recognition dinner honors and celebrates those who make a University education possible for so many deserving students,” Meeker said.

Junior and Ella Schloe of Spearfish were honored as the 2012 Difference Makers.  The Difference Maker Award is given each year to BHSU’s top donor.  Junior and Ella have lived in the Black Hills and Spearfish area for many years and wanted to give something back to the area that has been so good to them. They have created the Schloe Family Business School Endowment. The endowment will provide business scholarships with at least one dedicated to a Native American student. The fund will also provide a stipend for students to study abroad and a stipend to business faculty for travel, research and scholarly development.  Previous Difference Maker Award recipients include: James and Phyllis McDaniel; Donna McLaughlin; Joe and Elaine Floyd; Betty Richey; Harvey and Joy Krautschun; and Dana, LaDawn, Alana and Dan Dykhouse. 

For more information about the 1883 Club or how you can support BHSU, please contact Steve Meeker at 605.642.6385 or Steve.Meeker@BHSU.edu