Faculty and students represent BHSU with research during international conference in Botswana

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Black Hills State University faculty and students attended the Botho University International Research Conference, (BUIRC), in the capitol city Gaborone, Botswana in November. The theme of the 2017 conference was “Setting the Gear for Sustainable Development: Innovative Research Towards Diversity and Socio-Economic Independence.” According to Botho University, the countries of Sweden, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho and the U.S. were represented at the conference.

Presenters submitted papers prior to the conference and only those considered high quality were selected, according to the BUIRC. The group impressed those who attended with their presentations and were able to experience the local culture.

BHSU student gives back to Shriners Hospital after over 15 years of support

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After over 15 years of support from the Shriners Hospital, Black Hills State University sophomore Wyatt Bills, communications major from New Underwood, decided to give back to the organization that helped him overcome the limitations of his Cerebral Palsy (CP). His fundraiser seeks to raise $500 for his Shriners Hospital medical team.

Wyatt’s fundraiser page also doubles as a resource for other young people learning to cope with their CP. “I share stories about what it’s like to live with CP. It’s information that is not available from a Google search,” says Wyatt. “The emotional side of dealing with something like this, the feelings of being an outsider—it’s all to be expected, but you can learn from them.” Wyatt’s page has already begun to make a difference in the lives of those reading it. “I have been contacted by families who’ve thanked me and said that this was a helpful resource for their child,” says Wyatt.

BHSU takes second place in business plan competition

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Trevor Plett, Black Hills State University MBA alumni, and John Herrera, current BHSU MBA student, placed second in the SD Mines Competitive Entrepreneurial Opportunity Student Business Plan Competition. This annual competition introduces South Dakota college students to entrepreneurship by providing training, mentors, and the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a cash prize.

This year, Plett and Herrera presented a business plan for Rushmore Drones, a company they co-founded in Jan. 2017. Entering the competition allowed this team to recreate and refocus their company’s business plan.

 

More than 200 BHSU students earn degrees during 2017 fall commencement ceremony

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Black Hills State University candidates for graduation were awarded master, bachelor, associate degrees during the University’s 174th commencement ceremony this December. More than 200 students received their degrees.

All graduates are listed below by hometown or current residence. Degrees are indicated by the following: MBA, master of business administration; MED, master of education; MS, master of science; BA, bachelor of arts; BGS, bachelor of general studies; BS, bachelor of science; BSED, bachelor of science in education; AA, associate of arts; and AS, associate of science.

Bachelor degree candidates who graduated with honors are noted by the following designations: Cum Laude, grade point average (GPA) 3.5 to 3.699; Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.7 to 3.899; and Summa Cum Laude, GPA of 3.9 or higher. Associate degree candidates who graduated with honors are noted by the following designations: With Honor, GPA of 3.5 to 3.699; With High Honor, GPA of 3.7 to 3.899; and With Highest Honor, GPA of 3.9 or higher.

BHSU Honors student earns prestigious BNY Mellon Enactus Student fellowship

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Black Hills State University Enactus member and Honors Program student Katelyn Woten has been accepted into the 2017-18 BNY Mellon Enactus Student Fellows Program. She is 1 of 150 students in the U.S. that will become certified BNY Mellon Enactus Student Fellows upon completion of the program in April 2018. According to Enactus, graduates of the program will be certified in project management and have enhanced entrepreneurial and financial skills.

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