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BHSU students and faculty visit Red Shirt School for 14th annual Cultural Holiday Exchange

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           BHSU students and faculty deliver gifts, school supplies and toiletries to students at the Red Shirt School on the Pine Ridge Reservation as part of the 14th annual Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange.  Photo Credit:  Virginia Spotswood, BHSU student.

       

       

            

       

       

           Students at the Red Shirt School on the Pine Ridge Reservation open gifts while celebrating the holiday season with BHSU students and faculty.  This year marks the 14th consecutive year the two schools have participated in a cultural holiday exchange.  Photo Credit:  Virginia Spotswood, BHSU student.

       

   



Black Hills State University students, faculty, staff and friends brightened the holidays for more than 80 students at the Red Shirt School on the Pine Ridge Reservation earlier this month with the 14th annual Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange.



Toys, school supplies, books, clothing and toiletries were collected and delivered to the Red Shirt students.  Thirteen BHSU students and faculty traveled to Red Shirt School to deliver the items and celebrate the holiday season.  



"The faces of the children were priceless," said Jace DeCory, BHSU assistant professor of history and American Indian studies.  "We want to express a big &lsquowopila,&rsquo thank you, for making the exchange a wonderful success due to the BHSU community&rsquos continued generosity and support."



Christmas trees with paper angels listing the children&rsquos wishes were set up on BHSU&rsquos campus in November.  BHSU community members were invited to select an angel and contribute gifts.



"All of the angels were taken from the trees, and with some monetary donations form generous faculty and staff, additional gifts were purchased to fulfill student wishes," said DeCory.



While delivering the gifts, Kole Simmons, a junior American Indian studies major from Sturgis, dressed as Santa Claus to add to the festivities.  The Red Shirt cooks prepared a community lunch and, in their off-campus debut, the BHSU "Beeline" Drumline performed an honor song for the pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.



The Red Shirt Cultural Exchange began in 2000 as a two-student BHSU class project.  Fourteen years later, the Exchange is now co-sponsored by a number of BHSU campus and community entities including Lakota Omniciye (the Native American Student Organization at BHSU), the Center for American Indian Studies, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the University Multicultural Committee.  



"The Red Shirt Cultural Holiday Exchange is truly an activity of love

BHSU counts down Top 10 moments of 2014

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           Black Hills State University celebrated the inauguration of BHSU&rsquos 10th president, Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., in November. The Presidential Inauguration was the top moment at BHSU in 2014.

           

       

       

           

       

       

           The accomplishments of BHSU students and alumni ranked third in BHSU's top 10 moments of 2014. Michaela Stroup, political science major from Pierre, was accepted into The George Washington University&rsquos Semester in Washington Politics (SIWP) in Washington, D.C., as a participant in the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) for the spring semester.

       

       

           

       

       

           In 2014, BHSU made several facility improvements and held grand openings and ground breakings for new buildings that will benefit our alumni, students and the community. The construction boom was ranked sixth in BHSU's top 10 moments of 2014. A ribbon cutting was held in December for Joy (Proctor) Krautschun Alumni/Foundation Welcome Center.

       

   



Black Hills State University celebrated a tremendous year in 2014.

From earning international accreditation for BHSU business programs to booming construction to the inauguration of BHSU&rsquos 10th President Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., the University has much to celebrate as 2014 comes to a close.

Here are the Top 10 Moments of 2014 at BHSU:

10. Sustainability

Black Hills State University earned national recognition for its sustainability efforts with the 2014 Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) Sustainability Award presented by the APPA Professional Affairs committee. The APPA recognizes sustainability excellence in educational facilities. Since 2008, BHSU has strived to reduce its carbon footprint by implementing strategies to reduce waste, monitor energy use and create a strategic plan to advance energy saving initiatives. BHSU offers a master&rsquos degree in sustainability, as well as educational certificates and degrees with an environmental focus. BHSU plants a campus garden each summer, and this year the University implemented Spearfish Local, a program that brings together local producers, distributors, purchasers and consumers of local food and other locally-sourced products. For more information on BHSU's sustainability practices, go to www.BHSU.edu/GoGreen.

9. DII

Project managment workshop offered at UC-RC

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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) Women&rsquos Business Center at Black Hills State University will be holding a project management workshop Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University Center-Rapid City in room 102.

Dr. Rachel MK Headley will instruct the workshop. She is a STEM Liaison for the Academic Affairs office at BHSU working to build Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics connections off and on campus that benefits students and faculty. Headley is a certified project management professional with the Project Management Institute, which sets the gold standard for project management.  

Workshop attendees will gain the basic skills necessary to complete projects on time, on budget, and on target.  They will learn the following concepts and how they relate to their projects: how to define initiate plan execute monitor and control. Participants should come to the workshop with a project idea they will leave knowing how to manage it. Project management can offer benefits to businesses regardless of their size, or the scale of projects they need to manage. This workshop will benefit CEO&rsquos, owners, managers, and employees in nearly all business or industry.

Cost of the workshop is $99 per person, and includes lunch. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 19. Seating is limited for this workshop. To register or to learn more, visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or call Brittni Skipper, assistant director for SD CEO, 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-14-W-0018. 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 students design, present tourism plan for Hill City

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           Jamie Wilhelm, business administration-tourism and hospitality major from Hot Springs, provides feedback on a brochure for the Hill City Chamber of Commerce during the Tourism and Planning Development project presentation recently. Students worked together to develop new marketing strategies for Hill City.

           

       

   



Black Hills State University students in Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto&rsquos tourism planning and development course worked with the Hill City Chamber this semester to design a five-year strategic plan to foster tourism in Hill City.

Students presented the in-depth plan to Jerry Cole, executive director of the Hill City Chamber of Commerce, as well as BHSU deans, professors and staff at the end of the semester. Cahyanto, assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management, said the project provides an opportunity for students to learn firsthand the intricacy of tourism planning. The group of students, named Pine Tree Consulting, spent the fall semester researching Hill City&rsquos current tourism approaches, analyzing its strengths and weaknesses and brainstorming ideas that would boost Hill City&rsquos presence in the Black Hills.

"The end product was fantastic," said Cole. "When you bring in new, young blood, it&rsquos a fantastic mix, always. Sometimes we put the blinders on and new blood views everything outside of the box so the paradigm shifts, and we appreciate that."  

Students involved in the project were:

&middot Maria Mraz, business administration-management major from Dupree

&middot Calla Nelson, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Lead

&middot Lexi Jones, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Midland

&middot Matthew Barker, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Apple Valley, Minn.

&middot Bryan Barker, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Apple Valley, Minn.

&middot Megan Glassgow, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Ellsworth, Neb.

&middot Jamie Wilhem, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Hot Springs

&middot Hailey Rae Brown, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Rapid City

&middot Allyson Kraemer, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Rapid City

&middot Travis MacKey, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from De Smet



Students focused on promoting three of Hill City&rsquos strengths &ndash culture and heritage, outdoors, and wine and craft beer. These three market niches are already established in the community and provide the best options for growth, students said. The group brainstormed events that fit into these niche markets, including a history scavenger hunt, dinner tour of local restaurants and a public ar

SD CEO to host monthly Women in Networking lunch

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The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) Women&rsquos Business Center at Black Hills State University will host the monthly Women in Networking (WIN) lunch at the Spearfish Holiday Inn Swarm Room Tuesday, January 13 from noon to 1 p.m.



"WIN is an excellent opportunity to connect with other women in all types of industries. The no-pressure environment allows for new relationships to flourish," says member Hannah Burtt, BHSU School of Business and Natural Sciences.  

Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month. Members from any community in the Black Hills are welcome and may bring a door prize to promote their business. The spotlight speaker for January is Karen Springer, Premier Designs Independent Distributor.



No commitment to membership is needed to attend the first meeting. Registration for each monthly meeting is $15 and includes lunch. Individual membership is $40 and business membership is $65 and can be completed through online registration at www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO or by phone 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-14-W-0018. 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.
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BHSU faculty to inspire students and community with personal artwork

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Art students often want to know more about faculty member’s own personal work outside of the classroom; this is their chance. Black Hills State University fine arts faculty will present “Beyond the Classroom” Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 110. At no cost to the public, this event is open to the community as an ongoing continuation of the Geek Speak lecture series.

BHSU Geek Speak on Italian Food Creates Hunger for More

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Kelly Kirk and Carrie Gray-Wood, instructors at Black Hills State University, will lecture on “A Taste of Place: The History and Geography of Food in Italy” Thursday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in Jonas Hall Room 110. As part of the Geek Speak lecture series, the presentation is free and open to the public.

BHSU part of National Solar Tour with Solar Open House October 6

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Have you ever considered installing solar panels on your home, cabin, or business? Black Hills State University staff will share insights from a recent on-campus solar installation during a Solar Open House to be held Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. in front of Bordeaux Residence Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

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