|Black Hills State University recently presented the 2012 Spirit of BH Award to Alexandria Brummond, elementary education major from Plentywood, Mont., during the annual Student Volunteer Awards Ceremony. The Spirit of BH Award is presented annually to a BHSU student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University, as well as the community as a whole. Presenting the award to Brummond were (left to right): Bill Collins, president of the BHSU Alumni Association; BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp; and Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations at BHSU.
Black Hills State University presented the 2012 Spirit of BH Award to Alexandria Brummond, elementary education major from Plentywood, Mont., during the annual Student Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
The Spirit of BH Award is presented annually to a BHSU student who has made significant contributions that reflect favorably on the University, as well as the community as a whole.
Brummond has been very active and involved on campus and in the community all while maintaining an excellent grade point average. She balances her academic responsibilities exceptionally well, while working several part-time jobs, serving as a student teacher, and maintaining the presidency of the University Programming (UP) team.
Brummond joined the UP team in 2008 and served as the lectures chair and the fine arts and music chair. She was named president of the student organization in 2011. She has helped plan numerous activities for students such as: Casino Night, Open Mic Night, and the Haunted House, which was in conjunction with the Props and Liners student organization. She has served as coronation chair on the Swarm Days Homecoming Committee and has helped plan activities for Swarm Week.
Brummond has also been active in transitioning new students to campus life. She has been a New Student Days leader, Green and Gold Days group leader, a Thomas Hall representative for the Residence Hall Association (RHA), and was a former vice president for the Thomas Hall Community Council.
In addition to her extensive involvement on campus, Brummond has spent the past three years participating in the Alternative Spring Break. She volunteered at Camp Campbell Outdoor Science Camp in Boulder Creek, Calif., in March 2009. As a cabin leader for fifth graders, she had the opportunity to teach, mentor, and interact with the kids through science experiments, hikes, games, and other activities.
Brummond volunteered to work in New Orleans, La., in conjunction with Historic Green for Spring Break 2010. She helped renovate buildings, install radiant heat in individual homes, and helped with cleaning the surrounding area. She was able to make connections with people from around the country and with local community members.
Her most recent spring break involved volunteering in various projects at the Natural Tunnel State Park in Virginia. She helped build a blacksmith house, trails, and participated in trail clean-up and painting.
Brummond is also the founder of the BHSU Dance Marathon organization, one of her biggest achievements. This organization provides opportunities for students to get involved in making a difference in the region while also providing numerous leadership enhancement opportunities while raising funds to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at the Rapid City Regional Hospital. This public event is held each year in April which features dancing and games. During the event two local Children’s Miracle Network families are recognized.
“Over the course of the last three years I have watched Alexandria become more confident in herself and her abilities, which I attribute to her education at Black Hills State University,” noted Susie Leahy, student engagement and programming coordinator at BHSU.