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Linda Daugaard, State’s First Lady, will speak at Black Hills State University

16 August 2018

Linda Daugaard, State’s First Lady, will speak at Black Hills State University

Black Hills State University is pleased to announce the next Presidential Lecture Series: An Evening with Mrs. Linda Daugaard: Personal Thoughts on South Dakota’s Children and Life as First Lady. In addition to meeting with students and faculty members, BHSU will host Mrs. Daugaard for a public presentation Wednesday, Sept. 19. A limited number of free tickets are available by emailing Tickets@BHSU.edu.

Knocked down, getting back up: BHSU-Rapid City student works towards new career

16 August 2018

Knocked down, getting back up: BHSU-Rapid City student works towards new career

A local, classically-trained chef whose vocation was interrupted with health problems is preparing for a new career in human services at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Business owner gains confidence with degree from BHSU-Rapid City

16 August 2018

Business owner gains confidence with degree from BHSU-Rapid City

Carolyn Johnson was a successful business owner, but says it was a lifetime goal to earn her bachelor’s degree. At the age of 47, she did just that at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.
 

Community invited to celebrate BHSU Night downtown Aug. 17

14 August 2018

Community invited to celebrate BHSU Night downtown Aug. 17

The Jacket Pack is back! Black Hills State University invites the community to celebrate the return of students to campus Aug. 17 during BHSU Night at Downtown Friday Nights on Main Street in Spearfish.

Cave explorer prepares for grad program with classes at BHSU-Rapid City

13 August 2018

Cave explorer prepares for grad program with classes at BHSU-Rapid City

Can you escape for four days? Black Hills State University-Rapid City student Chris Pelczarski can. Chris is a Jewel Cave explorer. When he’s not mapping new cave passages in Jewel Cave near Custer, you can find him taking classes at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Same degree: 4 faculty members share their experiences teaching at BHSU-Rapid City

9 August 2018

Same degree: 4 faculty members share their experiences teaching at BHSU-Rapid City

Four esteemed faculty members at Black Hills State University share their perspectives on teaching at Black Hills State University-Rapid City: Steve Babbitt, Dr. Trenton Ellis, Dr. Bobbi Looney, and Dr. Wei Song.

Associate degree in business now offered at BHSU and BHSU-Rapid City

9 August 2018

Associate degree in business now offered at BHSU and BHSU-Rapid City

Black Hills State University received approval from the South Dakota Board of Regents today to offer a new associate of science degree in business administration. Students may begin enrolling in the program immediately.

Degree from BHSU-Rapid City leads to promotion for Regional Health employee

6 August 2018

Degree from BHSU-Rapid City leads to promotion for Regional Health employee

Alyson Wiedrich was going to college at Black Hills State University in Spearfish when she moved to Rapid City for a job opportunity with Regional Health. Rather than quit school because of distance, Alyson finished her business degree at BHSU-Rapid City and earned a promotion along the way.
 

BHSU students the first Americans to study at Chinese university in Hebei

2 August 2018

BHSU students the first Americans to study at Chinese university in Hebei

Black Hills State University students made history last month as the first Americans to study at Baoding University in Hebei, China. The students visited China for three weeks as the capstone to their “Drawing in China” course offered by BHSU.
 

Nepal and South Dakota: The path to a nursing degree begins with BHSU-Rapid City

1 August 2018

Nepal and South Dakota: The path to a nursing degree begins with BHSU-Rapid City

Their stories are vastly different; their goal is the same: To become a nurse. Two emerging healthcare professionals share their path to the nursing profession with Black Hills State University-Rapid City. 
 

Sturgis Rally shuttle driver pursues degree at Black Hills State in Rapid City

30 July 2018

Sturgis Rally shuttle driver pursues degree at Black Hills State in Rapid City

Many locals have a “Rally Job.” Here’s one local resident Sturgis Rally participants might meet amongst the motorcycles and fanfare: Dennis Morton, secondary education major at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Online master’s in education programs at BHSU recognized for quality and affordability

26 July 2018

Online master’s in education programs at BHSU recognized for quality and affordability

Black Hills State University is ranked sixth among the top 20 affordable master's in curriculum and instruction online programs for 2018 by Best Value Schools. In a separate ranking, the online master’s in education in reading at BHSU was also ranked 19th among the top 25 programs of its kind. BHSU was the only South Dakota university listed in the rankings.

Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament adds to scholarship at Black Hills State University

25 July 2018

Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament adds to scholarship at Black Hills State University

The 18th Annual Mark Larscheid Memorial Golf Tournament was held recently at Spearfish Canyon Golf Club. The proceeds from this year’s Memorial Golf Tournament, silent auction and donations totaled $6,300. This brings the amount in the Mark Larscheid Memorial Scholarship to $74,900 at BHSU. This year’s scholarship recipient was Whitney Scott, a graphic design major and pole vaulter from Watertown. 

Find your voice: Presenting Ideas with Competence Workshop Series

23 July 2018

Find your voice: Presenting Ideas with Competence Workshop Series

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) is proud to announce the upcoming workshop series: Find Your Voice: Presenting Ideas with Competence. The two full-day events are August 16 and August 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Black Hills State University-Rapid City.

Black Hills State ranked in top 10 among 50 best online business degrees

19 July 2018

Black Hills State ranked in top 10 among 50 best online business degrees

Black Hills State University was ranked ninth in the nation on a list of 50 of the best online Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree programs for 2018 by Best Value Schools. BHSU is the only South Dakota school included in the ranking.

BHSU-RC student traces his journey from Puerto Rican police force to KOTA news producer

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, April 30, 2018/Categories: Students, College of Liberal Arts, Community, Faculty

Jose Morales, who has been taking classes at Black Hills State University–Rapid City and will graduate with his bachelor’s degree in mass communications this week, is a long way from his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In the KBHU TV studio at BHSU, Jose Morales took a moment to turn off the camera and retrace the steps that brought him from Puerto Rico to Rapid City. Just three years ago, Jose set his sights on work in the continental U.S. He moved his family, his wife and son, to Custer and began working in the hospitality field, keeping an eye out for opportunities in the production world.

He soon landed a job at KOTA TV as an assistant producer. Here, he was able to implement his knowledge of camera, audio, lighting, and sets to produce and deliver news to his community. Jose worked his way up to a position directing the news. Soon, he heard about a job opening in the KOTA news department.

Jose applied, desiring to move from producing news to creating it in the news office. However, despite his experience, Jose needed a bachelor’s degree in mass communications to fill the position.

“I made the search in the Rapid City area for where they had a mass communications program—I decided to come to Black Hills State University.”

Jose started classes at BHSU-RC in 2016.

Dr. Mary Caton-Rosser, associate professor of mass communications at BHSU, had Jose in multiple classes. She said, “Jose offers perspectives from many different angles because of his diverse background of experiences and interacts in ways that help other students learn.”

Jose began directing the news at the BHSU campus TV station KBHU in 2018 and created a Puerto Rican cuisine cooking show. He worked with radio podcasting and had stories and photos published in the Jacket Journal and at BHSUmedia.com.

“As part of his work in Integrated News Lab II this semester, Jose worked to develop a new Student Media Council on campus, as a testament to his passion that media make a difference and are vital to an open, healthy community,” Caton-Rosser said.

From a young age, Jose desired to help his community. He was involved in Boy Scouts, achieving an Eagle Scout badge at age 19. This badge prompted him to continue helping his community, even at the risk of his own safety. At 21 years old, Jose joined the Puerto Rico state police force, a job he would excel at for over a decade. In 1999, Jose received the Policeman of the Year for his work. In 2007, Jose left the police force to begin pursuing a career in communications.

He started creating television programming, blending his knowledge about criminal justice with his passion for creative documenting. His first show was called 1050 TV, in which he joined the Emergency Medical responders and state police to document their daily encounters in Puerto Rico.

Jose was inspired to document these instances, not only because it was interesting, but because he felt closely tied to the work, having spent years on the force himself. Jose soon began documenting other ways of life, a passion which has continued in his new career with KOTA TV.

Jose will graduate Saturday, May 5 with his bachelor’s degree in mass communications, and aims to continue advancing his career.

“One of my dreams is to start my own TV station, so I’m going to work for that. A radio station too, but step-by-step, right?”

Jose said his success at BHSU-RC was due to the patience and diligence of the professors. “When I started I didn’t speak very much English. My professors took it step-by-step, and they helped me a lot. And I think that’s what I’ve learned here—understanding what another person needs and what they have or do not have. That’s communication between people—that’s what I love.”

Learn more at www.BHSU.edu/RC
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Linda Daugaard, State’s First Lady, will speak at Black Hills State University

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Black Hills State University is pleased to announce the next Presidential Lecture Series: An Evening with Mrs. Linda Daugaard: Personal Thoughts on South Dakota’s Children and Life as First Lady. In addition to meeting with students and faculty members, BHSU will host Mrs. Daugaard for a public presentation Wednesday, Sept. 19. A limited number of free tickets are available by emailing Tickets@BHSU.edu.
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