BHSU photography professor earns Chamber recognition for arts and culture contributions

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, January 14, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University professor of mass communication Steve Babbitt, received the Rushmore Honors Award from the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce. Babbitt was recognized for his dedication to the arts in the Black Hills.

Black Hills State University professor Steve Babbitt was honored by the Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce for his contributions to arts and culture within the Black Hills community.

Babbitt, professor of mass communication at BHSU received the Rushmore Honors Award during at the Chamber's Annual Awards Celebration Jan. 12. The Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce recognizes members for their commitment and service both to the Chamber and the community each year.

The Rushmore Honors Awards are awarded to four individuals each year who have made significant contributions to arts and culture in the community, have championed innovative ideas or have had success in their creative professions.

"I'm honored and am truly fortunate to be recognized for doing things that I love to do," Babbitt said. "To be involved with arts and cultural organizations over the years has been a privilege. It gives me great pleasure and personal satisfaction to have been able to participate in the promotion of creativity in our community."

Babbitt was nominated for his dedication in the creation and growth of the mass communication program at BHSU, specifically the photography department, his work with the Rapid City Arts Council, and commitment to mentoring artists in the region. Babbitt will have his photo added to the display of previous Rushmore Honors Award recipients in the Civic Center Theatre.

In Babbitt's nomination form, he was described as "a tireless arts advocate in Rapid City and throughout the state since moving here 22 years ago. His work with students has made him an exceptional mentor," said Bill Goodgion, finance director at the Rapid Area City Chamber of Commerce.

"Regarding teaching, as I have always said, aside from being a professional ice cream taster in Italy, I have, without a doubt the best job in the world," Babbitt said.

Goodgion added that Babbitt has had his work recognized not only locally, regionally and nationally, but also internationally. Most recently, Babbitt had his work showcased at the Lessedra Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria for two years in a row.

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