BHSU Black Hills Food Hub brings locally-grown produce to Mt. Rushmore

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Visitors to Mt. Rushmore during the 4th of July weekend will have the opportunity to enjoy locally-grown food from the Black Hills thanks to a partnership between Mt. Rushmore and Black Hills State University.

The Black Hills Food Hub, a program run by Black Hills State University in collaboration with Cobblestone Science, coordinates the purchase and delivery of fresh food from local farmers to cafeterias in the region. The Hub works with more than 20 farmers located throughout the Black Hills – from northeast of Belle Fourche all the way to Custer.

BHSU Campus Garden to host gardening workshop series, free and open to the public

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The summer gardening season is here and Black Hills State University is helping the Spearfish community get their hands dirty by offering free gardening workshops at the campus community garden located behind the Yellow Jacket Apartments on Hillsview Road.

The garden workshops will run on Mondays from 5:30-6:30 pm beginning June 5 and ending July 17. The public is invited to participate in these free events which will cover a broad range of topics from building your first vegetable garden to ideas for home gardening with cover crops.

Green and gold surround BHSU as leaves approach peak color change

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Even the leaves are showing their Yellow Jacket spirit.

Dr. Tara Ramsey, Black Hills State University research associate with a Ph.D. in botany, says color change in Spearfish Canyon usually begins mid-September through the first week in October.

“In the higher elevations, Quaking Aspen tends to change early and is a bright yellow. It will contrast against the coniferous trees so you’ll see beautiful BHSU colors – green and gold,” said Ramsey.

Spearfish named Best Hippie Town in South Dakota

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Spearfish was recently named the “Best Hippie Town” in South Dakota by Thrillist.com, a foodie and travel website which noted the mellow feel Black Hills State University contributes to the town.

One of 50 best hippie towns in America, Spearfish outshines all other towns in the state as a “hippie haven.” The Thrillist.com list showcases the natural beauty of Spearfish combined with local businesses contributing to its unique culture.

“The town is home to Black Hills State University (go Yellow Jackets!) which gives the Downtown a rustic, mellow feel,” writes Thrillist columnist Matt Meltzer. “Combine that with the natural beauty of the surroundings and you’ve got yourself a hippie paradise.”

In the last year Spearfish has been recognized on a number of national lists including Best Small Towns by Livability.com, No. 1 community to retire by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Best Towns 2015: The Road Trip by Outside Magazine, and Top Small Town Getaways by Infogroup. 

BHSU alum recognized for stewardship of South Dakota’s wildlife resources

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When Dennie Mann isn’t working to protect wildlife, he’s observing them through the lens of his camera.

Mann, a Black Hills State University alum who lives in Rapid City, received the South Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society’s 2015 Professional of the Year Award recently.

Mann says the award defines professionalism in the field. But those who’ve worked with him say it’s Mann, not the award, who defines an outstanding commitment to wildlife management.

BHSU plants trees, educates students during Arbor Day celebration

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In celebration of Arbor Day, Black Hills State University students, staff and community members helped make the campus a bit greener.

The group planted trees and helped with the pruning of trees on campus April 24. The event was held during Outdoor Week at BHSU. The Arbor Day celebration was coordinated through BHSU’s new tree planting committee, whose goal is to increase the number and diversity of trees on campus.

Eric Hanson, grounds crew leader at BHSU, educated the group on various types of trees, planting strategies and maintenance tips. Stephen Peep and April Yenglin, both groundkeepers at BHSU, also helped students as they trimmed trees, beautifying the campus. The group planted three trees on the south side of the Life Science Lab on Arbor Day. The trees were a black alder, purple locust and an ash tree. Hanson said ash trees are native to the Black Hills and Great Plains region.

BHSU announces winners in Outdoor Week Photography Contest

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Black Hills State University students captured the beauty of the outdoors during a special photography contest recently.  

To celebrate Outdoor Week at BHSU April 20-25, students entered original photographs in the Outdoor Week Photography Contest that depicted outdoor activities, landscapes and lifestyles. BHSU held a variety of events during the week that celebrated learning, living, working and playing in the Black Hills.

Spearfish Local, a BHSU sustainability initiative, continues to grow

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A Black Hills State University sustainability project, Spearfish Local, helps local farmers and producers promote healthy, local food through community awareness. Not only does the project encourage the economy’s growth but it also invites more farmers to grow fresh vegetables in South Dakota. 

Spearfish Local is a project created to inform the community about where their food comes from and provide supporter for the farmers. Businesses that participate are given free advertisement on the project’s website, http://www.BHSU.edu/spearfishlocal, and a sticker to put on their window to help inform consumers where to find local food.

Black Hills Food Hub receives Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony

16 February 2018

Black Hills Food Hub receives Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Black Hills Food Hub, an entity that has evolved to offer locally grown food from about 24 local producers to five cafeterias and restaurants in the region, received the Micropolitan Award at the 99th annual Spearfish Chamber Banquet and Awards Ceremony at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and Convention Center.

BHSU student athlete will represent Scotland in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

16 February 2018

BHSU student athlete will represent Scotland in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

Fraser Malcolm, physical education major at Black Hills State University and number 24 on the Yellow Jacket men’s basketball team, has been selected to represent his home nation in the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Malcolm will join the 12-man team from Scotland for the international basketball tournament in Queensland, Australia, in April.

The Commonwealth Games is an annual, multi-sport event that draws teams from the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, and Wales. 

Malcolm, originally from Falkirk, Scotland, has played for teams in Scotland, Britain, Iceland, and the United States. He says he’s been hoping for the opportunity to represent Scotland in the Commonwealth Games for a long time.
 

Geek Speak explores creative relationships between mathematics and poetry

9 February 2018

Geek Speak explores creative relationships between mathematics and poetry

Right and left brains collide this Thursday as two professors from seemingly contrasting areas of study combine their passions to create intricately structured art.

In their Geek Speak, “Fano-Plane and Di-Graph Poetics: Intersections of Math and Poetry,” Dr. Dan May, assistant professor of mathematics, and Dr. Courtney Huse Wika, associate professor of English and director of the University Honors Program, will show their creative approach to blending mathematics and poetry. This speak will be held Thursday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.
 

Upcoming Geek Speak explores wilderness ordeals as spectacle

7 February 2018

Upcoming Geek Speak explores wilderness ordeals as spectacle

In his Geek Speak, “America’s Favorite Carnage: Selling Wilderness Ordeals as Spectacle,” Dr. Tim Steckline, professor of speech at BHSU, will explore the pervasiveness of spectacle in our society according Situationist theory. This speak will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.
 

BHSU Department of Music announces spring concert schedule

2 February 2018

BHSU Department of Music announces spring concert schedule

The hallways of Clare and Josef Meier Hall echo as student and faculty musicians rehearse for the Black Hills State University spring concerts which include student senior recitals, concerts, faculty recitals, a trumpet day, and the first ever guest appearance of the traveling U.S. Air Force Academy Band – Academy Winds. The BHSU Department of Music invites the community to enjoy the upcoming events.

All concerts, unless otherwise noted, are free, open to the public, and located in the Clare and Joseph Meier Recital Hall.
The spring events will commence with the United State Air Force Academy Band – Academy Winds from Colorado Springs, Colo., performance Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. This group tours the country as part of the military’s community outreach, and this will be their first visit to BHSU.

SDSMG spring trading session begins Feb. 5

2 February 2018

SDSMG spring trading session begins Feb. 5

Teachers may now register for the spring session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game Program (SDSMG.) The spring session begins Monday, Feb. 5 and ends its 10-week trading period Friday, April 20.

The SDSMG is a real-time online stock market simulation where teams of students research and purchase a portfolio of stocks. Students compete for cash prizes in the middle school, high school, and college divisions. Teachers receive weekly newsletters and online training to integrate the program into a variety of grade levels and subjects. The SDSMG program is the only online stock simulation program endorsed by the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.

Renowned photographer and BHSU alum returns to present his work and expertise

31 January 2018

Renowned photographer and BHSU alum returns to present his work and expertise

Adventure sport and climbing photographer Jeremiah Watt will give a free public presentation at Black Hills State University Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 5 p.m.

Watt is a 2005 BHSU photography program alum. In 2012, he earned a master of fine arts in photography from the University of Utah. Recent photographic projects have taken him to France, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, and Belize. He is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Watt is a lively and engaging speaker who enjoys sharing his tales of adventure with others. His matter-of-fact and direct approach to climbing, the outdoors, and photography is inspirational. There will be time following his presentation for questions and comments.

Geek Speak explores the allure of modern-day Berlin

31 January 2018

Geek Speak explores the allure of modern-day Berlin

In his Geek Speak, “Berlin Now: A Portrait of a City after the Wall,” Dr. Adam Blackler, assistant professor of history at BHSU, will attempt to explain why Berlin has become one of the most popular cities in the world. The public has two opportunities to engage in this speak: Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. at the Jacket Zone in downtown Spearfish and Thursday, Feb. at 4 p.m. in Jonas 110. All Geek Speaks are free and open to the public.

South Dakota Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford Gifts $30 Million to the Horatio Alger Association Endowment – Its Largest Single Gift Ever Received

30 January 2018

South Dakota Entrepreneur & Philanthropist, T. Denny Sanford Gifts $30 Million to the Horatio Alger Association Endowment – Its Largest Single Gift Ever Received

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced receipt of a $30 million endowment gift from T. Denny Sanford, Horatio Alger Association Member and chairman of the board for United National Corporation, the holding company for First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard, headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This transformative gift is the largest single donation ever received by the Association since its inception in 1947.

BHSU announces South Dakota Stock Market Game top teams for fall trading session

19 January 2018

BHSU announces South Dakota Stock Market Game top teams for fall trading session

The 2017 fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) hosted by Black Hills State University concluded with students at Mellette Middle School, Rapid City Stevens High School, and BHSU taking top honors. During this session, 362 students from 20 South Dakota schools formed 160 teams of stock market investors. Each team received a hypothetical $100,000 to perform online investing in real-time stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

BHSU mass communication major Micalyn Parry, from Chino, Ariz., won the college division with a final portfolio value of $115,833. This was the highest portfolio in South Dakota., with a return on investment of 15.8 percent in ten weeks. Parry participated in the program as part of her survey of business course.