Veterans Affairs at BHSU

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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 are here to offer a place for independent study and a safe atmosphere where veterans can feel free to share military experiences.

At BHSU, we offer over 60 degree programs including associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees with options to participate in classes from multiple locations including Spearfish, Rapid City, Souix Falls, Yankton, and online. BHSU is a VA approved school, and a member of the Service Members Opportunity College consortium. BHSU is proud to have been named a Military Friendly School by the G.I. Jobs magazine every year since 2011. 

The Veterans' Services office is located within the Student Success Center in Woodburn Hall. 

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In the news:

BHSU Student Vet Center to host grand re-opening
The Black Hills State University Student Veteran Center will hold a grand re-opening from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sept. 24 in the BHSU David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union, lower level.
RSVP group at Black Hills State University serves up sweet treats for vets on Patriot Day
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at Black Hills State University served cookies to veterans in honor of Patriot Day on Sept. 11.
BHSU Dean of Students receives national ESGR 2014 Patriot Award
Dr. Mike Isaacson, Dean of Students at Black Hills State University, was awarded the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) 2014 Patriot Award on Monday for his outstanding leadership to National Guard and Reserve employees.
BHSU students present summer research at symposium in Pierre

Three Black Hills State University students presented summer research projects at the South Dakota Undergraduate Research Symposium in Pierre last month.

More than 100 undergraduate students from universities across the nation presented at the symposium, which was sponsored by the South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and National Science Foundation.

BHSU Veterans Center plans for fall grand re-opening

The Black Hills State University Veterans Center received a facelift and is planning a re-opening in September.

The on-campus student veteran facility, located in The Student Union, was recently remodeled thanks to a $75,000 Veteran Services Higher Education Grant from the South Dakota Governor’s Office.

BHSU staffer fulfills bucket list item with 2014 Jacket Ride

Heidi Kegler checked one more thing off her bucket list. She rode a motorcycle.

Kegler was a passenger during the 2014 Jacket Ride Tuesday. The annual Jacket Ride takes motorcycle riders through the scenic Northern Black Hills during the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

BHSU’S Terry Hupp earns Patriot Award
Terry Hupp, director of instructional technology at Black Hills State University, recently received the Patriot Award through the South Dakota Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). 
BHSU makes Best for Vets: Business Schools for second year
For the second year in a row, Black Hills State University has made the list for the Best Business Schools for Veterans, according to an announcement yesterday by Military Times. BHSU was ranked in the top 50 universities nationwide
BHSU student photographer documents daily life of troops in Afghanistan

The Black Hills State University photography student Julieanne Morse from Spearfish recently returned from a nine-month deployment with South Dakota’s National Guard 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where she teamed up with a broadcast journalist and documented the daily lives of the troops.


BHSU ranked among the Best for Vets: Colleges 2014
Black Hills State University has once again been ranked as one of the nation’s top institutions when it comes to services and programs for America’s student veterans. Military Times announced its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings Monday with BHSU making the list for the second year in a row.

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