Do you know how to use credit cards effectively? Do you have any idea how to apply for a mortgage to buy your first home? Do you know what a 403B is? How do you choose the best health care plan at a new job? What is a reasonable premium on car insurance for someone your age?

Soon, you are going to be faced with a number of decisions that can make a big impact on your future. #adulting is your opportunity to learn from BHSU alumni that are working in the very same industries that will require choices from you, i.e. banking, insurance, human resources, etc. Our panel of speakers have all been in your shoes and are here to offer advice and guidance so that you leave campus a little more informed.

#adulting was created to make sure you are equipped with the life skills necessary for your success in the real world. We believe successful alumni help make a successful university.


Join us on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8:30am to 3:00pm for this fun and educational day. You won’t be disappointed; if anything, it will help ease your transition into #adulting.
Preferably for Juniors and Seniors but open to all.
(Morning Snacks, Coffee & Tea and Lunch will be provided)




Harvey Krautschun

Co-Owner of Financial Benefits Inc. 

Investment Advisor Representative 

Class of 1972

Harvey graduated from Black Hills State University in 1972, and worked as Director of Information for BHSU prior to entering private business in 1976.

Financial Benefits, Inc. specializes in helping clients make sound, solid decisions based on a plan that makes sense. From business development to estate and retirement planning, Financial Benefits, Inc. directs clients in clarify their vision for the future, and developing goals that contribute toward that future.

 Harvey will be presenting on Financial Planning 101 including life insurance and preparing for retirement.



Jodi Garcia

State Farm Insurance Agent  

Class of 1999

Jodi is a State Farm Agent in Spearfish.  She graduated from Black Hills State University in 1999 with Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration and Human Resources Management. 


State Farm is “here to help life go right”.  Jodi will be presenting on planning for young adults, risk management, and ways to save from bundling to claim history.


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Julie Benedict

Security First Bank

Chief Human Resources Officer

Class of 1992

Julie currently holds the position of Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Security First Bank. She is a graduate of Black Hills State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in English and Political Science, and the University of South Dakota with a Master of Science in Administration.

She is excited to talk about the power of networking in your career search, and as you grow your professional resume.



Kasey Salazar

BHSU - HR Generalist

Class of 2010

Kasey started working for her alma mater in 2013 and is primarily in charge of payroll and benefits, although as the title suggests, a few other general tasks come her way as well. She is pleased to be sharing information on navigating employer benefit packages.


Katie Peterson

CMG Financial

Mortgage/Credit Specialist

Class of 2010

Katie is currently a Mortgage Specialist at CMG Financial helping people reach their credit/homebuying goals. As a graduate from BHSU in Business Administration: Management and Marketing degrees, Katie has put her degree to work by initially starting out in sales, which transitioned into banking, and now specializes in mortgages.


She’s excited to help plan your future credit history. Open discussion on what affects your credit score, how often to check your credit, and how to stay on top of credit card, student loan debt, etc..


Steve Meeker


VP of University Advancement

Class of 1984

Steve Meeker is responsible for the areas of development, alumni relations and the two foundations at Black Hills State University.  He and his team have raised nearly $70 million for BHSU since taking over in 1990.






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Holly Mortenson

Black Hills Community Bank

Credit Analyst

Class of 2009

Holly graduated from Black Hills State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science with degrees in Accounting and Business Management.  She has worked as a Credit Analyst since graduating and is currently employed at Black Hills Community Bank in Spearfish.  As a credit analyst for the commercial loan department, Holly utilizes her degree through analyzing personal and business financials as well as managing risks and exposure based on operational trends. 
Holly will be presenting information on managing your personal credit responsibly in order to build a solid foundation for your financial future.




Hans Nelson

BHSU - Director of Corporate Relations

Hans has just completed his first year of employment at BHSU. His role is to support corporate engagement opportunities between local businesses and companies throughout the region, state and nation. He also helps with finding internships and job opportunities for graduates. Hans will be the #adulting seminar host.


Keynote Speaker

Ms. Dorcie Johner

Real Estate Broker Associate at Keller Williams Reality of the Black Hills - Class of 2000

We are overjoyed to have Dorcie Johner as our Keynote Speaker at the #adulting Seminar. Not only is Dorcie Johner a successful real estate agent in the Black Hills, but she also has a passion for professional and personal development. Dorcie acts as a Development Coach for "Outside the Status Quo" where she utilizes practices and exercises inspired by Tony Robbins and many others. Dorcie will share with us her passion for leading a purpose driven life and she will walk the group through an exercise that you can utilize throughout your personal and professional lives. 


#adulting Registration Form

If you are interested in registering for this event on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 8:30am to 3:00pm, please register below and your name will be added to the list. Limited amount of spots available. All BHSU students are welcome to register. Once you are registered you will receive more updates as the event draws near. 

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