BHSU and Spearfish welcome students back for fall semester

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, September 3, 2015/Categories: 2015

When Jeff and Helen Torrence moved their daughter across the state to start classes at Black Hills State University this fall, the family found a warm welcome awaiting them.

From the street signs welcoming them to Spearfish to the comradery and kindness at local restaurants and at Downtown Friday Nights and the campus/community fair, Jeff and Helen felt like they were being greeted by old friends.

"I have never witnessed the level of pride or been embraced not just by the University, but by the community, like we experienced during move-in weekend," Helen said. "It was truly top notch. I can easily see, and feel, that the hearts of BHSU and Spearfish are intertwined."

BHSU faculty, staff and students, along with local businesses and community members, worked together to ensure students were welcomed. Specially designed, bright T-shirts were worn by volunteers that helped move students into their residence halls and at restaurants and other businesses to visibly show the community&rsquos appreciation of BHSU students.   

Nearly 200 community members sported the bright BHSU T-shirts on move-in day to create a welcoming atmosphere throughout Spearfish.

"We&rsquore excited to welcome BHSU students to Spearfish, and hope to make a strong, supportive presence for the students in the community," said Angela Smith, office manager at Good Earth Natural Foods, one of the many businesses and organizations that participated.

More than 50 community businesses and organizations also were on campus for the annual Community Campus Fair &amp BBQ to personally welcome students. Local businesses and organizations set up booths, offering information and give-a-ways for those who attended. The annual event is tailored to show the strong relationship between BHSU and Spearfish.

"I didn&rsquot see a student leave without a smile on their face," said Jessie Gramm, student engagement and programming intern and business administration-tourism major from Burlington, Colo. "Spearfish was so welcoming to them. They felt Spearfish was their home and they had only been here for one weekend."

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