Updates and Events Announcement

Student Announcements


Open Advising Sessions
Current students, set yourself up for academic success by attending one of these open advising sessions. You will be able to meet with advisors and faculty members to develop your schedule for the Spring 2020 semester. These are informal, come and go sessions – no appointments are necessary! Assistance will also be available to those who need to release any holds.
  • Oct. 24 | 4:30 PM – 7 PM | Club Buzz, Student Union
  • Oct. 30 | 4:30 PM – 7 PM | Club Buzz, Student Union
Rapid City
  • Oct. 29 | 2 PM – 4 PM | The Atrium at BHSU-RC
--Submitted by Lois Flagstad on 2019-10-22

Spring 2020 Registration
Register for Spring 2020 using MyBHSU/SNAP from the menu on the BHSU.EDU webpage
Registration will open, first, to Graduate level students on Monday, October 28.  And, will continue through all currently registered students until Friday, November 15.  Registration Time Tickets are assigned to specific dates and times, by total completed credit hours. 
Prepare to Register.
  • Login to MyBHSU
  • Select DegreeWorks Dashboard to use the new Degree Audit function (previously called Program Evaluation)
  • Schedule a meeting with your faculty advisor or attend one of the Registration Advising Sessions.
    • To find your advisor, select Student Main Menu from My Academic Information.  Then, select Student Profile.
    • Open Advising Sessions will be held…
      • Spearfish – Thursday, October 24 and Wednesday, October 30, 4:30-7:00pm in Club Buzz
      • Rapid City – Tuesday, October 29, 2:00-4:00pm in the BHRC Atrium
Ready to Register?
  • Login to MyBHSU
  • Select Student Registration, after completing the Financial Responsibilities Agreement.
  • Select Prepare for Registration, spring 2020.
    • View Registration Holds here
    • Find your Registration Time Ticket assignment here.
  • Select Registration from the tool bar at the top
  • BEFORE your assigned registration time…
    • Select Plan Ahead – use this function to build a proposed schedule
  • On the date/time you are assigned to register…
    • Select Register for Classes
    • Use your existing Plan (if you built one) or course search function to find and register for courses.
Registration for summer 2020 will (tentatively) open during fall 2019 finals week.
--Submitted by Johanna Best on 2019-10-22

Psych 101 Study Session
Psych study sessions for the next two weeks will be on Tuesday instead of Thursday (October 22nd and 29th) held in Jonas 307 from 2:30-3:30. Sessions will resume as normal on Thursdays for the remainder of the semester following those two weeks. Contact Alyssa.Lockhart@YellowJackets.BHSU.edu for any further questions.
--Submitted by Alyssa Lockhart on 2019-10-21

Multicultural Mosaics radio features Australia discussion at 89.1 FM

Listen to Multicultural Mosaics radio on Sundays 10-11 a.m. and Wednesdays 6-7 p.m. at The Buzz 89.1 FM or streaming at https://www.bhsumedia.com/. This month’s conversation features BHSU student Ella Goodman from Queensland, Australia, on Sundays, Oct. 20, 27 and Wednesdays, Oct. 23, 30.

--Submitted by Mary Caton-Rosser on 2019-10-17

Calling all Vendors for the Vendor Fair
Calling all vendors for the Campus Activities Board Anual Vendor Fair! The Vendor Fair is to be on the 5th of November from 9am-5pm. Contact Ashley Tate at ashley.tate@yellowjackets.bhsu.edu for more information on becoming a vendor!
--Submitted by Ashley Tate on 2019-10-15


Pete Blank - Professional Development Seminar
We are holding a Professional Development Seminar by Pete Blank on November 5th.  Two of the sessions are open to the campus and we would like you all to join us in Meier Hall at 8:30 - 9:30 am for the Employee Engagement session. The Customer Service Disney Style session will be from 10:00 - 11:30.  If you would like to know a little about our speaker, please click on the link:   https://peteblank.com/about-professional-pete 
--Submitted by Donna Vanden Hoek-Wiles on 2019-10-15

Women In Networking

Women In Networking

Join us for our November Women In Networking meeting on Tuesday, September 10 from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM. This month's meeting will be held at the Spearfish Holiday Inn, '76 Room.

Our Spotlight Speaker is Bailey Sadowsky, Sales and Communication Coordinator for the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Women In Networking is an organization for women in business that provides an opportunity to widen their professional networks and promote your business and network with other women. WIN connects women, familiarizes participants with other businesses and/or upcoming events, and supports the SD CEO Women's Business Center.

Cost: $15  ($20 after November 6)


--Submitted by Mela Cosme on 2019-10-22

Free ACEs Training
Mark your calendars and join us for the Resilience film follow-up ACEs training session put on by Dan Wardle, Education and Referral Development Specialist of the Children's Home Society of South Dakota. The training will address health issues related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and is a great opportunity for all members of the community to learn what ACEs are, as well as recognize the signs, learn the consequences, and talk about the steps one can take to prevent these experiences in children. Free to all, everyone is welcome! RSVP and let us know you’re coming by emailing alyssa.lockhart@yellowjackets.bhsu.edu. We can be the change. Located in Jonas 307 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm November 12th.
--Submitted by Alyssa Lockhart on 2019-10-21

Black Hills Teachers College and World War II
When: Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 4 p.m.
Where: Meier Hall room 206

BHSU’s Case Library is hosting a talk on the how the university supported the U.S. military during World War II. At that time, Black Hills Teachers College (BHSU today) was home to the 93rd Army Air Forces College Training Detachment. Cadets from across the United States were stationed on campus to earn college credits that made them eligible to become Army officers, and they learned rudiments of aviation at Spearfish's airport. Terry Neil King, son of the 93rd's original Adjutant, is donating the detachment's official records and photographs to BHSU's Case Library. He and Paul Higbee will discuss stories of the 1,100 cadets stationed here in 1943 and 1944, and also how these records will likely lead to more detachment research in coming years. Students, faculty, staff, and the general public are welcome to attend.
--Submitted by Lori Terrill on 2019-10-21

Strategic Enrollment Plan: Town Hall Meeting
On September 4-5 a national firm, Ruffalo Noel-Levitz (RNL) was on campus to do an in-take assessment of the current state of recruitment, retention and enrollment at BHSU.  Their findings were insightful and provide the baseline for further planning.  On October 30 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM in Meir Recital Hall, Dawn Fortin Mattoon with RNL will present the results of the two-day assessment and share next steps in creating a strategic enrollment plan and conduct a comprehensive student satisfaction survey.  A time for Q&A will follow.  The entire campus community is invited so as to keep everyone informed of our work to improve enrollment at BHSU over the next several years.
--Submitted by Andrea Bakeberg on 2019-10-21

Student Flu Clinic

BHSU Health Services is partnering with the SD Department of Health to provide students with free flu shots! The Student Flu Clinic will be held on October 30th in the Jacket Legacy Room in the Student Union. Students can walk in between 3:30 PM and 6:00 PM. Please contact us with any questions 605-642-6520.

--Submitted by Justin Logue on 2019-10-21

Geek Speak: Trick-or-Treating, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Feeding the Dead: How the Ancient Roots of Halloween Connect to Present Day

Join us for a Halloween Geek Speak on Thurdsay, October 31 at 4:00 p.m. in Jonas 110:  Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg - “Trick-or-Treating, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Feeding the Dead: How the Ancient Roots of Halloween Connect to Present Day”

Halloween! Costumes, trick-or-treating, candy corn, ghosts, and vampires! We are all familiar with our present-day Halloween practices, but where did this spooky holiday originate? In this Geek Speak, we will discover the ancient roots of this favorite holiday and follow its wandering path to present day. Come ready to peak behind the veil of Halloween!

--Submitted by Dr. Courtney Huse Wika on 2019-10-19

Resume Building Session
The BHSU Career Development Program has partnered with the Department of Labor to provide free resume building support for BHSU students/graduates. 
The Department of Labor has agreed to come to campus every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month to support BHSU students with improving/prepping their resumes. 
Upcoming Sessions:
Tuesday, November 5 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November19 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Reserve your 30-minute session today by emailing Hans Nelson, Director of Corporate & Career Development
Career Questions? #goseeHans
--Submitted by Hans Nelson on 2019-10-18

Students in the News

BHSU Choir performs in Europe, connects students to music history

22 October 2019

BHSU Choir performs in Europe, connects students to music history

Dr. Jonathon Nero, professor of music, accompanied 45 students and chaperones from the Black Hills State University Choir across Europe this summer where they performed music, gained appreciation of their craft, and connected with significant music history.

$10,000 scholarships available to high school seniors who want to attend BHSU

18 October 2019

$10,000 scholarships available to high school seniors who want to attend BHSU

High school seniors who attend Black Hills State University may be eligible for $10,000 scholarships, thanks to a donation to the Horatio Alger Association Endowment by Association member T. Denny Sanford. Fifteen scholarships of $10,000 each are available. The scholarship application is open until Oct. 25 at: https://scholars.horatioalger.org/horatio-alger-scholarship-applications          

BHSU student from Argentina awarded World Affairs Council of America scholarship

16 October 2019

BHSU student from Argentina awarded World Affairs Council of America scholarship

Claudio (Sebastian) Escudero, a business major at Black Hills State University who is from Argentina, was selected as the South Dakota scholarship recipient for the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) Conference “The Eight Forces Reshaping the Global Economy.” The Conference will be held in Washington, D.C. in November.

BHSU Center for American Indian Studies to host “A History of Urban Segregation in Rapid City” talk Oct. 18; Alum Dr. Eric Zimmer to present

16 October 2019

BHSU Center for American Indian Studies to host “A History of Urban Segregation in Rapid City” talk Oct. 18; Alum Dr. Eric Zimmer to present

Historian Dr. Eric Zimmer will return to his alma mater Black Hills State University this week to discuss the decisions and land swaps which led to the consolidation of Rapid City’s Native American population into specific neighborhoods following the closure of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School. His talk with attorney Heather Dawn Thompson will be held Friday, Oct. 18, from 1-3 p.m. in the Joy Center on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. The event is free and open to the public.

Global Undergraduate Exchange program at BHSU includes community service, internship and academic components

15 October 2019

Global Undergraduate Exchange program at BHSU includes community service, internship and academic components

Black Hills State University continues its collaboration with a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program welcoming six new students from Pakistan and Tunisia to campus this year.

BHSU student athlete participates in groundbreaking research

14 October 2019

BHSU student athlete participates in groundbreaking research

Ashley Davis, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tribe, from Belcourt, N.D., plays the wing position for the Black Hills State University basketball team and majors in exercise science. This summer, Davis had an incredible opportunity to conduct research measuring radioactivity at underground research facilities in the Black Hills and in Italy.

New BHSU “Business Buzz” presenters share career stories with students

11 October 2019

New BHSU “Business Buzz” presenters share career stories with students

The Black Hills State University School of Business continues its Business Buzz speaker series this month with Jeremy Hoven, Spearfish Market President for Black Hills Community Bank. Hoven, a BHSU alum, will share his business journey with students Thursday, Oct. 17 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Jonas Hall, Room 306. The event is free and open to the public. The BHSU Enactus business competition team launched the speaker series last month.