BHSU Student Support Services recognizes Students of the Month

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Categories: 2015








            Ethan Engel, January Studet of the Month






           Ida Clarke, February Student of the Month






            Nichole Walters, March Student of the Month






            Lane Patterson, April Student of the Month



Student Support Services (SSS) at Black Hills State University selected four Students of the Month for the spring semester.

Student Support Services is one of seven federal TRiO programs, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, for students who are serious about graduating from college. Services include easy access to tutoring as well as academic, career, personal and financial advisement.

To be considered for the SSS program, students must either be a first-generation college student (neither parent has earned a bachelor&rsquos degree) meet income eligibility criteria or have a documented disability.

Students of the Month are selected based on their commitment and attitude with academics and the SSS program.

The SSS of the Month are:

January: Ethan Engel, art and graphic design communication major from Winner

Engel has exceled as a student and artist during his time at the University, developing a great sense of confidence according to Susan Hupp, director of SSS at BHSU. Hupp said Engel was elected by his peers as the president of the BHSU Art Club and he earned studio space in Wenona Cook Hall where he can expand his art skills. Engel was recognized, nationally, as one of 15 outstanding artists through the VSA Emerging Young Artists program and had his artwork displayed in Washington, D.C. Engel has created a well-known series of artwork called "Transcendence: The Journey of Autism," which has depicts his challenges with autism and how he has overcome them over the years.

February: Ida Clarke, environmental science major from Oglala

Ida Clarke has completed extensive research during her time at BHSU. She was most recently awarded the Dave Bozied internship at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. She will begin the 11-week internship in May and complete water research projects at the lab. In 2014, Clarke applied to and was accepted into a summer program at the University of Minnesota (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) and completed an internship on Sustainable Land and Water Resources. Clarke has presented research from this internship at a number of conferences at BHSU and across the country.

March: Nichole Walters, human services major from Spearfish

Going back to school was not an easy decision for Nichole Walters. A mother of four, Walters has made school one of her top priorities and is working hard to achieve that goal. According to Nora Leinen, SSS retention advisor, Walters works hard, achieves exceptional grades and is involved with the campus community. In the future, Walters would like to start a non-profit agency that serves families and people who have siblings with disabilities.

April: Lane Patterson, outdoor education major from Kadoka

Lane Patterson is very dedicated to his studies, especially math courses, said Debbie Liddick, SSS math specialist. He keeps an enthusiastic attitude and is a regular participant in the SSS math lab. Patterson completes his work in a timely manner and has become a positive role model for his peers. He often spends his spare time helping other students who struggle with math problems. Liddick said that Patterson is a positive addition to the SSS program.

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