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Business to provide free internet to BHSU students in need

Author: BHSU Communications/Friday, March 20, 2020/Categories: Students, Campus Currents, College of Business and Natural Sciences, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Donations, Faculty, Staff, Bill Payment, 2020

A local internet company is offering broadband services to students at Black Hills State University who do not currently have internet access at home. BHSU announced earlier this week that classes will be taught online for the next two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement from Vast Broadband, company representatives said they value being a part of each of the communities they serve and they want to do all they can to assist those in need during this critical time.
“We thank businesses and organizations for lending their support to students at BHSU. The offer of Vast Broadband to assist our students is especially meaningful because it connects directly with the students’ access to education,” said BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols.
Vast will offer the following to ensure all students have access to online courses:
  • Free Vast Essentials Connection (30 mbps download speed/5 mbps upload speed) and wireless modem for two months.
  • No standard installation fees or contracts.
Students who need internet access should contact the BHSU Help Desk via email at or via telephone at 605-642-6580. Please be ready to provide your contact information and indicate that you want to sign up for Vast internet.
For more information on how BHSU is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

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South Dakota Stock Market Game program announces fall session winning teams

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The 2020 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game concluded its 10-week trading period on Friday, December 11.  A total of 312 students from 13 high schools, middle schools and colleges across South Dakota formed 141 teams of stock market investors.  The program provides teams of student stock market investors a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  The program’s carefully integrated curriculum lets students experience the financial markets in the classroom as they learn about business, math, economics, personal finance and the importance of saving and investing for the long term.  Student teams compete for prizes in the High School, Middle School and College divisions.