Employee Recognition & Award Program

Each year BHSU recognizes individuals and groups who inspire higher levels of service to the students, university and community and create a more fulfilling atmosphere in the workplace for all of our employees. 

Award Process

  • Nominations will be sought from the Black Hills State University community.
  • Nomination forms may be submitted by faculty, students, co-workers, or supervisors for any non-student employee.
  • A committee composed of faculty, career service and exempt staff of BHSU will forward recommendations to the President.
  • Award recipients will be announced at the spring reception.

Nomination forms are award specific and can be found in the award sections below. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resource Office at 642-6549.


Community Service Award 

The Community Service Award honors a BHSU employee who demonstrates a commitment to service and has made outstanding contributions of time and/or talent to the Spearfish community, greater Black Hills region, state, or nation. This work enhances our world, reflects positively on the University, and may involve leadership, taking risks, encouraging others, and facilitating change. All BHSU employees are eligible.

Community Service Award Nomination Form


Economic Enhancement or Savings Award

The Economic Savings Award honors an employee or group who initiated and successfully established ideas, plans, or practices to increase revenues or saved money and time for the University. All BHSU employees/areas are eligible.

Economic Enhancement or Savings Award Nomination Form


University Service Award

The Outstanding University Service Award honors an employee who goes above and beyond to provide outstanding service to the University and consistently supports his or her fellow employees inside and outside of their home department. This individual's attitude and work performance set an example for others. All BHSU employees are eligible.

University Service Award Nomination form


Student Service Award

The Student Service Award honors an employee who go above and beyond to ensure students have a positive experience at BHSU through mentoring, service to student organizations, advising, and general assistance. This individual's attitude and actions consistently set and example for others, and he or she is respected by students and co-workers alike. All BHSU employees are eligible.

Outstanding Student Service Award Form


University Area Award

The Outstanding University Area Award honors a division, college, department, or group that has consistently displayed exceptional dedication and commitment to their responsibilities. It may also recognize excellent work on a specific project or assignment, creativity in use of resources, or problem-solving abilities. All BHSU employees/areas are eligible.

Outstanding University Area Form


Spirit of BH Award

The Spirit of Black Hills State Award honors an employee who has given many years of consistent, quality service to the University. He or she should demonstrate excellence in leadership, personal integrity, and dedication to BHSU. This individual's unique personal style has made a positive and lasting impression on BHSU and the Spearfish community or Black Hills region. All BHSU employees are eligible.

Spirit of BHSU form


Outstanding Student Employee Award

The Outstanding Student Employee Award honors a student employee who has gone above and beyond in his or her work position with BHSU. This individual demonstrates excellent work ethic and characteristics that will serve him or her well in future employment and serves as an example to other student workers. All current BHSU student employees are eligible.

Outstanding Student Employee form