Dr.John Alsup, BHSU professor of math education presents Lorrin Anderson, corporate communication major from Winner, with this year's award for Outstanding Student Leader during the recent BHSU Student Volunteer Awards ceremony. 
 Dr. Lois Flagstad, vice president for student life, presents Caitlin Hill, English major from Veblen, with this year's Vice President for Student Life Rising Star Award. 
 Lisa Harsh, BHSU student success advisor, presents Bailey Sadowsky, corporate communication major from Hettinger, N.D., with the Outstanding Freshman Award.
 Dr. Jane Klug, BHSU director of student services presents Jessica Gramm, exercise science major from Burlington, Colo., with the award for Outstanding Volunteer.

Black Hills State University faculty and staff celebrated the civic accomplishments of students and University student organizations during the 22nd annual Student Volunteer Awards Celebration.

“We have over 700 students involved in registered clubs and organizations who are going out and transforming the lives of other students, while they too are being challenged and transformed as a student leader. We believe these commitments to leadership must be celebrated,” said Erica Whitiker, the BHSU student engagement and programming coordinator, of the theme “Celebrating Leadership.”

John Geske, associate director of residence life and BHSU alum, presented the keynote address speaking about his experience as a student leader and how it helped him to learn integrity, one of the most important qualities of a good leader.

The Outstanding Student Leader Award was presented to Lorrin Anderson, corporate communication major from Winner, for her exemplary leadership skills. Anderson is a resident assistant, Presidential Student Ambassador, Student Union information specialist and the vice president of Student Senate. She also serves on the Presidential Search Committee, General Activities Fund Committee and several other University and community committees. Anderson said that she has found that student leadership at BHSU is rewarding and creates opportunities that will benefit her throughout her life.

Caitlin Hill, English major from Veblen, was selected as the Vice President for Student Life Rising Star Award for her excellence in leadership and contributions to the University community. Hill is involved in English Club, Residence Hall Association, Wenona Cook Hall Council, and Yellow Jacket Delegates. “I love that I am able to be a leader in multiple organizations at Black Hills State University and it has been more rewarding that I ever would have imagined,” she said.

The award for Outstanding Freshman went to Bailey Sadowsky, corporate communication major from Hettinger, N.D. During her first year at BHSU, Sadowsky has been involved in several student organizations including: Student Senate Freshmen Representative, University Programming, Forensics/Debate, Buzz Marketing and Heidi Hall Community Council. She is also a Rapid City Rush Hockey merchandising intern, participated in BHSU’s Leadership Conference and Students for Higher Education Days EPIC Leadership Conference. “My involvement on campus has helped me grow as a person,” Sadowsky said. “I discovered my strengths and weaknesses, and my involvement helps me learn how to exemplify my strengths and better my weaknesses.

This year’s Outstanding Leadership in Residence Life went to David Stebbins, business administration management major from Bowman, N.D., for his demonstrated leadership in fostering a sense of community and service within the residence halls. Stebbins currently serves as assistant hall director of Heidepriem Hall. He applies content gained from his business courses to his leadership role at Heidi Hall.

Jessica Gramm, exercise science major from Burlington, Colo., was awarded the Outstanding Volunteer Award. From planning large scale events and getting the campus saturated in Yellow Jacket pride to working with the video production crew for athletic events, Gramm volunteers more than 15 hours a week to ensure the BHSU students, faculty and staff have an enjoyable experience.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor was presented to Kelly Kirk, instructor of history, for her work with the Jacket Volunteers and History Association. According to club members, Kirk’s energy, enthusiasm, and support create a positive and productive atmosphere.”

The Leadership Scholarship, which is voted for by the students on the night of the awards ceremony, went to Chase Vogel, business administration – economics and finance major from Cheyenne, Wyo., and president of the Student Senate.

The Excellence in Leadership Award was presented to three students: Alex Whitney, elementary education major from Rapid City; Rebecca Ellis, professional accountancy major from Rock Rapids, Iowa; and Samantha Johnson, business administration – economics and finance major from Spearfish.

  • Whitney has been involved in Residence Hall Association, Newman Club, Residence Life as a resident assistant and currently as the assistant complex director, intramural sports and the BHSU track team.
  • Ellis is on the cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field teams, and Enactus where she held the positions of head of communication, treasurer and now president. She is also an intern at DeSmet and Biggs. She is also a member of three honor societies.
  • Johnson has been a member of Presidential Student Ambassadors, College of Business and Natural Science Dean’s Student Advisory Board, tutor for economics and computer applications, phone-a-thon supervisor and BHSU Bookstore employee.

Several BHSU student organizations were also recognized for their accomplishments throughout the year. Winners include:

  • Outstanding New Student Organization – BHSU Art Club;
  • Outstanding Program – University’s Programming Team’s “Dancing with the Staff”; Honors Club’s “Geek Speak” series; and International Student Organization’s International Festival;
  • Outstanding Community Service Projects – Shutterbuzz for Empty Bowls and REACH for Operation Christmas Child;
  • Most Improved Student Organization – Honors Club; and
  • Outstanding Student Organization – University Programming Team.