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Veterans Affairs at BHSU

The Veterans' Services at BHSU are extended to current members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces as well as their dependents. Our staff will aid in researching and receiving education benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the State of South Dakota, as well as state/federal organizations. We're here to offer a place for independent study and a safe atmosphere where veterans can feel free to share military experiences.


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Black Hills State University offers reduced tuition rates for all current and active military men and women enrolled in courses at Black Hills State University - Rapid City.

The reduced rate is $246.35 per credit hour. The federal government currently provides federal tuition assistance up to a maximum of $250 per credit hour to military students, so this reduced rate will cover the full cost of a military student’s education.


In The News:

BHSU professor presents Veterans Legacy Project in next Geek Speak

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In 2017, BHSU faculty and students undertook a unique project to honor and develop South Dakota’s national cemeteries as sites of public history through the National Cemetery Administration Veterans Legacy Program. Now, the group from BHSU is ready to share the results of this historic undertaking.

Kelly Kirk, instructor of history at BHSU and primary investigator for the Veterans Legacy Program at BHSU, will present “Veterans Legacies in the Black Hills” Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall 110. Kirk’s presentation is part of the Geek Speak lecture series at BHSU. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

BHSU-Rapid City veteran one of four students to receive Jacket Ride Scholarship

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Black Hills State University-Rapid City accounting major Steve Edoff is one of four student veterans at BHSU to receive the Jacket Ride Scholarship. The BHSU Dennis Kirk Jacket Ride was held during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to raise funds for student veterans.

Originally from New Underwood, Steve joined the Army in 2009, one year after he graduated from high school. He served on active duty for four years as a cannon crewmember with the 4th Infantry Division. 

“I deployed in March of 2012 at the age of 20 to Kunar Province in Afghanistan. My first son was born during that deployment and I didn’t meet him until he was six months old,” said Steve.

Joe Jorgensen named BHSU Swarm Day Parade Marshal

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The city of Spearfish would look much different if not for the real estate leadership of Black Hills State University alum Joe Jorgensen. Jorgensen was recently named the 2017 Swarm Day Parade Marshal.

A distinguished teacher, veteran, and real estate entrepreneur, Jorgensen will lead the annual homecoming parade through Spearfish Saturday, Sept. 9 beginning at 10 a.m. at the Donald E. Young Center Parking Lot and will proceed down St. Joe Street, Jackson Blvd. and then Main Street.

It’s a bit of a flashback for Jorgensen who helped plan the homecoming festivities at Black Hills State 50 years ago as the student chairman of the Swarm Day Committee.

 

BHSU announces Alumni Award recipients to be honored during homecoming

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Black Hills State University will honor four alumni and a former administrator during the 2017 Swarm Week homecoming celebration Sept. 5-9.

The recipients will be honored during the Alumni Awards Luncheon to be held Friday, Sept. 8 at 12 p.m. in the Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center in Spearfish. Tickets for the Luncheon must be purchased in advance by contacting the BHSU Alumni Office at 605-642-6385. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 per person.

 

BHSU Jacket Ride set for Monday of Rally Week

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Black Hills State University invites motorcyclists and supporters to join the BHSU Dennis Kirk Jacket Ride for veterans scholarships during the Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The 2017 Jacket Ride will be held Monday, Aug. 7 with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Joy Center on the BHSU Campus. Participants will enjoy a lunch followed by kickstands up at 12 p.m. before departing on premier route in the Black Hills.

David Dodson, veteran resource coordinator at BHSU, says the ride is patriotic and the support for student veterans is important to their success.

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