Alyce Schavone in history class
Alyce Schavone, a retired Spearfish resident visits with BHSU history professor Dr. David Wolff. Schavone attended his BHSU history class last semester with a Visitor Pass, a new initiative that allows community members to expand their knowledge and experience the learning opportunities at the University.
Alyce Schavone, a retired Spearfish resident who attended a Black Hills State University history class this semester with a Visitor Pass, says she highly recommends this option for other people.
            “I loved going to class. It was a really fun and exceptional learning opportunity for me,” Schavone says. “It’s been great to have this classroom experience.”
            Schavone, who plans to take another history class when classes begin Jan. 17, is taking advantage of a new option of BHSU that offers community members the opportunity to observe classes with a Visitor Pass. The Visitor Pass program at BHSU began last fall and will continue this semester.
            A Visitor Pass, issued for $100 per class, allows someone who is not registered at BHSU to observe a class on an available space basis. Each person is allowed to take up to two classes per semester.
            “The Visitor Pass provides residents of the region the opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of their interests and be exposed to the outstanding faculty members leading the innovative high-quality educational opportunities at Black Hills State University,” BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp says.
            Anyone interested in obtaining a visitor pass for the spring semester should contact Dawn at 642-6044. The spring semester at BHSU begins Wednesday, Jan. 16 for classes that meet after 4 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 17 for daytime classes.
            The Visitor Pass program is designed to provide citizens the opportunity to visit classes without the need to complete assignments or tests. However, since the fee is significantly less than the usual tuition and fees, visitors will not participate in class activities unless invited by the instructor. This program is a non-credit offering and participants will not be admitted to the University. No grades will be assigned and no transcripts will be available. A Visitor Pass will be issued if space is available for specific courses requested.
            For more information about the Visitor Pass or to browse a list of courses offered at BHSU see www.BHSU.edu/VisitorPass.