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Community Conversation with Supaman

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The BHSU community is invited to a FREE Community Conversation session with Native American Hip Hop Artist Supaman on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:00 p.m. Hear a preview of his songs, learn more about his music and advocacy work, and ask your own questions. This is a great opportunity to meet the musician before Friday's concert at the Matthews. Local singer/songwriter Scott Simpson will serve as moderator.

This event will happen on the BHSU Campus in Jonas Hall Room 101.

About Supaman
As a member of the Apsaalooke Nation, Supaman makes his home on the Crow reservation in Montana. “Supaman” is Christian Takes Gun Parrish, a Native American dancer and innovative hip hop artist who has dedicated his life to empowering and spreading a message of hope, pride and resilience through his original art form.

What's the Buzz - Miles Beacom

What's the Buzz - Miles Beacom

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Time: 4:30
Location: Joy Center
Description: Next up in our speaker series is Mr. Miles Beacom. Miles is the President/CEO of PREMIER Bankcard Inc. found in Sioux Falls, SD, he also is a thriving philanthropist and BHSU Dad.
This event is sponsored by Spearfish Economic Development Corporation!

"What's the Buzz" is a monthly, live interview experience focused around introducing the BHSU Alumni/Friends/Family to a variety of special guests who are making a difference in their own lives, the lives of others, the region, the state and most importantly BHSU.
Join us for interesting conversation, an afternoon drink and come and hear what the BUZZ is all about at the Joy Center. Come early to get a good seat and to grab your free drink!

Military Science (ROTC) Open House

Military Science (ROTC) Open House

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Time: 4pm
Location: National Guard Armory, Young Center, BHSU Campus
Description: Students interested in joining ROTC or the National Guard, ROTC Cadets at BHSU, or
students currently enlisted in the National Guard are welcome to attend. Learn more about the opportunities and scholarships with Army ROTC and Army
National Guard. And also enjoy some free food and drinks!

Supaman in the Center for American Indian Studies

Supaman in the Center for American Indian Studies

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Time: 6pm
Location: Jonas 101
Description: Join us in the Center this Thursday for American Indian Studies for a talk with Supaman! Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, known professionally as Supaman is an Apsáalooke rapper and fancy dancer who was born in Seattle Washington and grew up in Crow Agency, Montana. The child of struggling alcoholics, he spent part of his childhood in foster care before being raised by his mother. He began DJing in the 90s after hearing a Litefoot song (with the two touring together in 1999), In the fourth grade, Christian began dancing at powwows.[3] While in elementary school he began to write poetry and later began to rap. He related to rap music because he felt he was going through the same issues that most artists were rapping about. Taking the name 'Supaman' at the spur of the moment in a DJ competition. Supaman began rapping in a more original style until he had a spiritual encounter that told him to live a better lifestyle and rap about more meaningful and inspirational topics. In the spiritual encounter he had, Supaman said his creator " let [him] know [he] was to do everything on [his] own."
 
In 2003 he founded the Native American hip-hop group Rezawrecktion, whose first album (It's Time) won a Native American Music Award in 2005. Since then, he has released four solo albums and received coverage and plaudits for the song Why? (featuring Acosia Red Elk). In his hit track, Prayer Loop Song, Supaman utilizes various instruments including the drum and the ute all while beatboxing, rapping, and remixing different Native tracks; His reasoning for the song and video was an audition tape for America's Got Talent. Alongside rapping, he also tours schools, where he educates students about Native American history and culture. He performed live on MTV as part of a show featuring new artists. In 2013 his music and his fancy dancing skills were featured on a float for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One thing Supaman is known for is performing his music while wearing his traditional fancy dance outfit. He started doing this by accident when he was forced to do his musical performance right after he had performed a fancy dance while at a show for a school. Supaman typically fuses spiritual concepts and ideas with his rap music. Supaman creates all of his albums by himself, doing everything from singing and writing the music to creating and designing the covers. Since releasing Gorilla in 2013 he has been featured on different songs and is set to release “Illuminatives” which features songs available from his viral videos.

Geek Speak: Dr. Miro Haček - "Yugoslavia: Heaven or Hell on Earth?"

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Black Hills State University’s first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Miro Haček of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), recalls the life of an average person in Yugoslavia – a very special kind of socialist country that existed from the end of the Second World War until 1990/91. The country was based on worker self-management, and politics of Cold War neutrality, with a unique leader, Josip Bronz Tito, who is still adored and missed but is also hated by many in former Yugoslavia.

WHEN: 4:00pm
​WHERE: Jonas 110

BHSU faculty, students overcome challenges of online learning during COVID-19 pandemic

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Faculty and students at Black Hills State University are beginning their second week of online classes today, following the announcement that all South Dakota public universities will continue online teaching through the end of the spring semester due to COVID-19. The adjustment has been challenging, but the connections among the BHSU community are helping students find a way forward.

BHSU to continue online classes through end of semester; Graduation postponed due to COVID-19

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In coordination with Gov. Kristi Noem’s Executive Order, the South Dakota Board of Regents with input from the six state universities has announced that all South Dakota public universities will continue online teaching through the end of spring semester. Originally online classes were scheduled for two weeks; however, given the increasing number of coronavirus cases, online classes will continue through the end of the spring semester. In addition, May commencement will be postponed in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Business to provide free internet to BHSU students in need

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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.

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