Sociology professor at BHSU surprised with Distinguished Faculty Award

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Known as “the heart and soul” of the sociology program at Black Hills State University, Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg was recently awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award, the highest honor a faculty member can receive. BHSU President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., surprised Colmenero-Chilberg with a classroom visit to deliver the good news in front of her students.

BHSU welcomes first international Presidential Fellow

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Dr. Jambalmaa Khainzan from Mongolia is learning from leaders and administrators at Black Hills State University as the school’s first international Presidential Fellow. The Presidential Fellowship program at BHSU began in 2015 under the tenure of Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President, BHSU. The goal of the program is to foster collaborative relationships with other universities and to advance the skills and knowledge of up-and-coming leaders in higher education.

Mathematics professor to discuss citizen involvement in statewide redistricting at BHSU Geek Speak

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In his Geek Speak, “The Geometry of Redistricting,” Dr. Daniel Swenson, associate professor of mathematics at BHSU, will discuss the impact redistricting has on political decisions and the populations representation. His presentation will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22 in Jonas 110. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

Swenson will also be featured on the “In the Moment” radio show on South Dakota Public Broadcasting Thursday, March 22 at 11:37 a.m. to preview his Geek Speak lecture. Tune in to SDPB or listen live online at

High school financial expert gives winning portfolio advice to nonprofit, wins South Dakota SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® Essay Competition

Payton Park’s winning essay aims to help a leading nonprofit fulfill its mission through sound financial management, placing him first in the state of South Dakota for high school students

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Many teens enjoy raising funds for nonprofit organizations, but 16-year old Payton Park wants to manage those funds! This exceptional sophomore from St. Mary’s High School in Dell Rapids, S.D., channeled his inner financial advisor to create an investment plan for the World Food Program and become the South Dakota first-place winner of SIFMA (Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association) Foundation’s Fall 2017 InvestWrite® competition. The South Dakota Stock Market Game is sponsored by the Black Hills State University Center for Economic Education, the Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.