Website and WordPress Basics workshop to be held

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A hands-on workshop, Website and WordPress Basics will be held Thursday, March 6 at the University Center-Rapid City in the Mac Lab, room 103. The workshop is divided into two sessions:  the morning session, Website Basics, will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and the afternoon session, Create a Website using WordPress, will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) has partnered with Chicken Creek Communications to bring this workshop to the University Center-Rapid City.

"Publishing a website, no matter the method, is somewhat technical in nature and requires a certain level of technical comfort," says Dee Sleep, owner of Chicken Creek Communications. WordPress is a free, open-source content management system. Initially developed for blogging, it is now used extensively for static website creation as well. According to Google Trends, more than 25% of all websites use WordPress.

Sleep has operated the Chicken Creek Communications graphic design, marketing and publishing company in Spearfish for over 10 years. She is finishing her master&rsquos degree in journalism and has taught mass communication courses for BHSU and South Dakota State University.  

The morning session will give participants an overview of how websites work. Topics will include: how to select and secure a domain name how to choose a host provider how to transfer files for online access how to organize your site an overview of graphics file formats and resolutions how search engines find websites how to track site visitors and the various methods of website creation.

The afternoon session will provide information on creating a website using WordPress. Topics will include: navigating the WordPress dashboard integrating content using pages and posts selecting a theme/design adding functionality using plugins and widgets uploading images implementing a blog on your site and more.  

"This seminar is ideal for those who want to create or take control of their own website," says Sleep. Participants can attend one or both sessions. The cost of each session is $59, or both sessions for $99. To register or learn more visit or call Brittni Skipper, program assistant, at 605-642-6435.

The SD CEO is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the components or participants&rsquo opinions, products or services. SD CEO operates under Cooperative Agreement SBAHQ-13-W-0034. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. All SBA programs and services are provided to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Accommodation will be provided to clients with Limited English Proficiency when requested in advance.

BHSU student photographer documents daily life of troops in Afghanistan

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         Black Hills State University student Julieanne Morse, mass communication major from Spearfish, recently returned from a nine-month deployment with the South Dakota&rsquos National Guard 129th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment where she teamed up with a broadcast journalist and document the daily lives of the troops. In this photo, she is on foot patrol in Logar Province documenting soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division.

            In this photo, Morse is pictured with two young Afghan farmers in the Wardak Province

Julieanne Morse finds it difficult to think of the exact words to describe her recent experience as a photojournalist in Afghanistan. She lets her photos tell the story.

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

"It was a once in a lifetime experience. Everything was epic and in the moment," she said.

Morse&rsquos deployment was unlike other National Guard units who are usually based at one location. "I got to travel a lot being a journalist embedded with a lot of different units, infantry, cavalry, some artillery, and some just administrative type units, and help to the tell the story of what they are doing. I got to see a lot of the countryside and see a lot of how the different active army works."

Morse worked closely with the U.S. Army as well as the Afghan National Army, Afghan local police and Afghan border police.

Her photos were either sent to the public affairs officers of each of the units she was embedded with and then passed on to the soldiers who shared it

BHSU holds groundbreaking for new state-of-the-art residence hall

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Rendering of the commons area.

Rendering of south elevation.

Rendering of west elevation.

Black Hills State University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for Crow Peak Hall Friday, Feb. 14 at 11:15 a.m. on the green in front of Thomas Hall.

The University&rsquos new 50,000-square-foot residence hall will connect two existing halls with a central living area that will be the residential link for all three buildings. The connecting link is the living room of the complex which will include a two-story great room, residential kitchen for student use, fireplace, snack area, and multi-media study rooms.

"This new addition to campus will greatly enhance the living/learning environment at BHSU by connecting Thomas and Heidepriem halls and creating a residence life complex that will be the focal point for our on-campus students," says BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp. "The new complex will be a unique vibrant student community that celebrates the distinctiveness of the Black Hills and promotes academic success."

The residence hall will include three stories with 12, four-person suites on each floor. The suites include two rooms with a shared bathroom. In addition to the central living area, there will be two small commons areas on each of the four floors.

Planning for the new residence hall began when BHSU started developing renovation options for all the current residence halls. After reviewing options and costs, it was determined that it would be best to build a new hall that complements and enhances the current residence halls.

Funding for the $12 million residence hall will come from the room rentals of the students who live there.

The estimated completion date for Crow Peak Hall is summer 2015. When completed, it will be the first new residence hall to be built on the BHSU campus in nearly 50 years. While BHSU constructed campus apartments in 1993, the newest residence hall is Heidepriem which was built in 1964. The planned residence hall will replace Pangburn Hall, built in 1952, and Humbert Hall, built in 1958.

BHSU to host guest pianist Susanne Skyrm

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           Internationally recognized pianist Dr. Susanne Skyrm will perform selections from a variety of Spanish composers Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. at Black Hills State University's Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Internationally recognized pianist Dr. Susanne Skyrm will present an afternoon of music from Spain at Black Hills State University Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

Skyrm, who is also a faculty member at the University of South Dakota (USD), will perform selections from a variety of Spanish composers including Sebasti&aacuten de Albero, Padre Antonio Soler, Domenico Scarlatti and Federico Mompou.

Skyrm has appeared as a piano soloist and collaborative artist throughout the United States and Europe. She combines performing the standard piano repertoire with research interests in early keyboards and Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. Her performances have been broadcast nationally on public radio and public access television.  She recorded a CD of Spanish and Portuguese keyboard music of the 18th Century on the National Music Museum&rsquos rare Antunes fortepiano. She has given presentations for the Music Teachers&rsquo National Association, European Piano Teachers&rsquo Association, American Musical Instrument Society, Diego Fernandez International Festival of Spanish Keyboard Music and others on Spanish and Latin American keyboard music. Her latest publication, Anthology of Eighteenth-Century Spanish Keyboard Music, was released by Wayne Leupold Editions in 2010.

Skyrm holds degrees in piano performance from the College of Idaho, the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado-Boulder. She was a prize winner in the Mason and Hamlin Idaho state and regional auditions and the recipient of an award from the Cincinnati Three Arts Foundation. She studied with master teacher Ilonka Deckers-K&uumlszler in Milan for a number of years. In 2006, she was named the first recipient of the USD&rsquos College of Fine Arts Biennial Distinguished Professor Award. Skyrm teaches studio and class piano and piano literature at USD where she has been on faculty since 1988.

National Women’s History Month:  Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment event to be held

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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University, with the 28th Force Support Squadron, Rapid City Chamber of Commerce, S.D. Army National Guard, and Army ROTC present "National Women&rsquos History Month:  Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment" in Rapid City Monday, March 17.  The event will be held at the University Center-Rapid City from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event will feature speakers Colonel Susan Pietrykowski, United States Air Force Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darla Crown, S.D. National Guard and Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, President, Black Hills State University.  The one-day event will also feature breakout sessions and a networking lunch.  

Each year, March is designated as National Women&rsquos History Month.  Women&rsquos History Month ensures that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated throughout the country.  In concert with this year&rsquos national theme, &lsquoCelebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment,&rsquo the event will honor the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women.  

"This event is designed to celebrate and honor women from many diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated their character, courage, and commitment as military personnel, health care professionals, educators, and business and community leaders.  Their lives and work inspire women to achieve their full potential and encourage everyone to respect the diversity and depth of women&rsquos experiences." says Helen Merriman, SD CEO director.  

This event is sponsored in part by J.P. Duniphan and Jackie Nettleton of Mountain Movers Construction.

Register for the event prior to March 5 to receive the early Bird discount rate of $25.  Starting March 6, the price will be $35.  For more information or to register, contact the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity at 605-642-6435 or visit