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We’re so excited to have you It’s good to connect with some joining us in the beautiful Hills older students as well as they know the ins and outs of BH; and on our campus! As you Residence Assistants (RA’s) are find your way around campus, great and you’ll meet returning I have a few pieces of advice students at class and events too. that I’m sure you’ve heard before, but they’ll truly help you Finally, take care of yourself! find your place at BH.  Mental breaks driving or hikFirst, get involved! I rememing in the Canyon, studying at ber that it’s scary to venture a coffee shop instead of a desk, into a new group, but I guaranand enjoying events in town are tee there are plenty of people necessary and fun! feeling the same way! Attend Never hesitate to reach out activities with a roommate or to anyone on campus or in the random person, find a club or community - everyone cares two to join. We have over 90 and about you and wants to help in Student senate president any way they can. I can’t wait to every single one would love to have you join a meeting, and see you all this year and please Hannah Neumiller introduce yourself in classes! let me know how we can make BHSU the best place for you!  Second, take advantage of the time your proHannah Neumiller fessors are willing to give to you; they are inBHSU Student Senate President valuable as teachers and as personal mentors.

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Welcome! As a new Interim ulty. After all, it is the people that President, we begin our BHSU exmake college so fulfilling. Through perience together! Having arrived all of this, you will grow, defining on July 1, I have a few weeks on your values — and ultimately you — nonetheless, I am as excited grow into the person you hope to (and perhaps a bit nervous) as you become. may feel right now. I am truly honBHSU offers the perfect setting ored that we share to accomplish this. this new beginning With an average in our lives. class size of 18, you You are about will receive personto begin a four al attention from year, life-changing your instructors experience. We who will challenge are so excited that you to learn, and you selected BHSU support you to as your college of succeed. You will choice. I think you find yourself on a made an excellent sustainable campus decision. Our motto and one of the naWhere Anything is tion’s best for outPossible illustrates door adventure prothe endless opporgramming. Located tunities in store in Spearfish, you for you. I can’t help Interim President are in a vibrant but think about community where Dr. Laurie Nichols how that motto so students are not eloquently describes my life. As a only welcomed, they are valued. first generation college student, I We are also proud of Yellow Jacket learned that believing in oneself athletics — offering diverse teams and taking risks to better my life where school spirit soars. has opened doors that I could never I challenge you to engage as you have envisioned. begin your collegiate experience I wish the same for you. As you so it becomes exactly the type of land on a major you will broaden experience you want it to be. I look your learning and prepare for your forward to meeting you and learncareer. But don’t stop there. Be ining more about your career aspiravolved with enrichment activities tions. Please introduce yourself to where you will develop leadership me so I can know and support you. skills and sharpen your career Welcome to Black Hills State readiness. College is a time to make University! Here’s to a great year. life-long friends and develop deep Dr. Laurie Nichols mentoring relationships with facInterim BHSU President

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BHSU welcomes interim president

By Mark Watson Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University has a new president. Laurie Stenberg Nichols became the interim president July 1 following the resignation of Tom Jackson, Jr., who departed to become president of Humboldt State University in California. Coming to BHSU is coming home for Nichols. She began her teaching career in the Black Hills as a long-term substitute teacher at Dakota Junior High School in Rapid City. A native of Colman, S.D., Nichols received her undergraduate degree in home economics education from South Dakota State University. She holds a master’s degree in vocational and adult education from Colorado State University and a doctorate in family and consumer sciences education/family studies from Ohio State University.  Nichols was a student teacher at Douglas High School in the fall semester before her college graduation. She graduated that December and landed the long-term substitute position in the spring. “I fell in love with teaching. I fell in love with Rapid. I fell in love with the Hills,” she said. “I just really, really loved it out here.” After applying for numerous positions, she accepted a teaching position in Hill City. During her career, she taught in numerous states before becoming dean of family and consumer sciences at South Dakota State University in 1994 until 2009. She held that position and was named in 2008 as interim president of at Northern State University, and then as provost and vice president for academic affairs at South Dakota State University from 2009 to 2016. For the past three years Nichols led the University of Wyoming as the first woman to hold the presidency. “There were so many positives, and I really enjoyed it,” Nichols said.

Laurie Stenberg Nichols, center, became the interim president of Black Hills State University July 1. Courtesy photo After 22 years in higher education, it allowed her to, “Spread my wings a bit and (to) go to a different state … was a great experience.” “It was challenging,” Nichols continued. “… ultimately my contract was not renewed and that was really difficult. But I tried to set that aside because that was not my whole three years there. That was the last little piece.” The challenges began her first day on the job. “I walked into a huge budget cut. I had to cut $50 million from the budget the first year,” she said. “… Literally my first day there, I got a letter from the governor asking us to cut $42 million from the budget after they had taken a $8 million budget cut two months before.”

By her third year on the job, she said, enrollment at the university was increasing and she was looking forward to the future of the University of Wyoming. Declining enrollment is not isolated to the University of Wyoming. BHSU has also seen its enrollment decline. “That is the first thing that caught my eye. And honestly I’m excited about that because it is an area that I’ve worked and worked at,” she said. “I do have a lot of enrollment experience. It’s true that it has gone downhill. I think it is very doable to stabilize enrollment and get it turned around.” Currently, she said, there are a little more than 4,000 students at BHSU. Nichols said there is no reason the university cannot in increase by 500 students.

Nichols said her number one goal is to gain better recruitment of students. She said the university needs to focus on its “bread and butter” school in the Black Hills, and that includes Spearfish High School, whose students do not attend BHSU at the rate Nichols would like to see. She said there are neighboring states that are of great recruiting potential – especially Colorado. And she said effort must be made to attract online students. “It is our future,” Nichols said. “Our biggest growth has been online enrollment, and we need to keep moving it forward.” And, Nichols said, the university needs to keep its current students. “Our retention rate is not where it needs to be. Overall, our enrollment problem is not just recruiting them, but retaining them and graduating them. We have got to improve our retention rate. If we could improve it, we’d be up a couple hundred students,” she said. She said a second goal is to review the academic program offerings. “We need to make sure we are offering the right programs to being responsive for the workforce needs of the area, Nichols said. “That’s going to take some real engagement with economic development and city leaders.” Although she is new to BHSU, she knows it is a good university. “It is a great regional university,” she said. “A great four-year, public university that provides access to higher education to people in this part of the state and provides a great education. It is affordable and accessible. It’s a gem. I think we need to do a lot more to promote it.” Nichols said that she has not decided if she will apply, at this time, for the permanent presidency. “It’s potentially on the table but I’m not sure any decision has been made at this point,” she said. “I really want to come in and be a great interim president.”

A look at BHSU’s most popular majors

By Leland Brokaw Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University currently offers 65 bachelor’s degrees, 14 pre-professional programs, and seven associate’s options to more than 4,000 students seeking undergraduate degrees. From those options, students have consistently enrolled in biology, business administration, and elementary education. This is a glance at BHSU’s most popular majors.

Elementary Education

BHSU has a long history of preparing students to become teachers and educators. Prior to South Dakota gaining statehood in 1889, BHSU, then named the Dakota Territorial Normal School, was on its way to becoming one of the largest teacher preparation programs

in the region. It attracted, and still does attract students from South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. By 1924, the school had adopted a four-year curriculum for a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. “As we’ve grown and expanded, that’s (elementary education) remained a very strong part of our structure. We’ve added other areas that have grown in popularity such as business and liberal arts,” said Corinne Hansen, director of university and community relations.

Business Administration

BHSU’s School of Business & Natural Sciences was accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 2014. The accreditation is held by only 5% of the world’s business schools offer-

ing degrees at the bachelors level or higher and must go under review and revaluation every five years. The university received an extension of accreditation by AACSB International in February. Once accredited, participating institutions must submit to a five-year continuous peer-review to maintain accreditation. Dr. Greg Farley, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences, said at the time, “This accomplishment reflects the commitment of the School of Business faculty and staff to student success. Our faculty are highly qualified and create a positive learning environment which prepares students for employment and multiple professional outcomes after graduation.” A notable addition to the School of Business & Natural Sciences is the availability of corporate communications as

an online program. In the past, the program was only available as an on-campus option for students.


Biology remains one of the largest majors at BHSU. It is one of the few universities in the region to provide many preparatory classes and degrees for students and aspiring professionals in the medical field. “Many of our graduates go on to become doctors,” said Kimberley Talcott, coordinator or news and media relations. When discussing the impact that these students and graduates have on the region and abroad, Talcott explained that it starts with professors and the opportunities that they can offer students. One of those opportunities come in the form of South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (SD BRIN). During

the 2018-2019 academic year, BHSU’s BRIN and EPSCoR programs awarded 14 students with $4,000 each to conduct research under a faculty member such as Dr. Amy Asunskis and Dr. Cynthia Anderson. According to BHSU’s website, SD BRIN has given 142 Undergraduate Research fellowship awards to 95 BHSU students, as of 2008. BRIN allows students to prepare for graduate programs by “apply(ing) problem-solving skills to formulate hypothesis, work with their faculty mentor to design experiments, learn research techniques, gather and analyze data, and participate in writing and presentation of their research findings,” according to BHSU’s website. In that, Talcott explains that students are set up to have impact that is far reaching and significant, not just for western South Dakota but for the United States and beyond.

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BHSU completes solar panel installation on Thomas Hall

By Leland Brokaw Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — The second installation of solar panels on Black Hills State University’s Spearfish campus is complete.

GenPro Energy Solutions, based out of Piedmont, finished construction and installation of 186, 370 watt solar panels on Thomas Hall in late May. The installation follows the place-

ment of 220, 315 watt solar panels on the roof of Bordeaux Hall in July 2018. In 2007, BHSU became South Dakota’s first university to be honored as a charter signatory

Black Hills State University recently completed the installation of solar panels on Thomas Hall. This is the second dorm to receive solar panels after the new Bordeaux Hall received panels in July 2018. Pioneer photo by Leland Brokaw

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of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, pledging to become carbon neutral by 2050, according to BHSU’s website. The project falls in compliance with that carbon neutrality pledge and BHSU’s Master Plan. “We are, by far, ahead of other state schools,” said Cory Johnson, energy manager for BHSU. The solar panels currently on Bordeaux Hall and Thomas Hall offset around 20% of energy needs associated with those residence halls. “Both solar projects have less than a 15-year payback time. They will pay for themselves in less than 15 years,” said Eva Chase, sustainability coordinator at BHSU. Chase added that 20 percent is a conservative number with summer months producing more energy while most students are away for the summer. The cost of construction and installation of the solar panels

on Bordeaux Hall was $155,000 and $125,000 for Thomas Hall. Structural engineers came to campus to inspect roofs when the idea was first pitched and concluded that Wenona Cook and Woodburn weren’t built or currently suited for solar installations. BHSU also boasts a wind turbine outside of the student union, but the wind turbine is largely symbolic to the dedication that BHSU has to renewable energy because it doesn’t produce the amount of electricity that solar energy or solar panels would, said Chase. The Kathryn Johnson Life Sciences, E.Y. Berry Library, Young Center, and facility services buildings are all contenders for new installations and projects, said Johnson. “This has been in the works for a couple years of doing a much bigger project that will power a much bigger portion of campus. We started with these smaller projects in Bordeaux and Thomas to kind of get a baseline and gauge the realism of it,” Chase said. “We’re moving onto bigger projects. A longer term project is in the works.”

Yellow Jackets going green

Sustainability efforts at BHSU may lead to big changes

By Alex Portal Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — With more and more businesses becoming environmentally conscious, the need to integrate programs focused on sustainability at the college level is growing as well, and Black Hills State University is at the forefront of that need. After graduating with a master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in environmental management, Eva Chase has spent the last year working to further BHSU’s sustainability programs as the sustainability coordinator. “I really love the environment.” Chase said. “I really enjoyed my time in undergrad; it was a very formative time. I think it’s a very important period in your life whether you’re in college or not.” Chase said she enjoys working with students who want to take a hands on approach to campus conservation. She spearheads two student clubs that focus on recycling and a bike club that’s open to the community. “We don’t have a sustainability undergraduate program,” she said. “(The students involved are) biochem majors, they’re business majors, they’re graphic design majors.” Many of the student-run initiatives have led to some new distinctions in biofuel engineering, zero-waste sporting events and, most recently, in becoming a “Bee Campus USA” “We’re going to meet and work together to create a landscape plan and an integrated pest management plan,” Chase said. Bee Campus USA is a national

The new addition of an electric car to the BHSU campus fleet has already saved 60% in energy costs. Courtesy photo program that highlights the role pollinators play throughout the communities in which they live. “It’s not even just bees,” she explained. “It’s protecting all pollinators so bats, butterflies, anything that pollinates anything.” BHSU was already well suited for the program due to efforts to grow and maintain South Dakota native plants on campus, which attract and encourage native South Dakota pollinators. “A lot of things we were already doing just kind of made sense and fit really well with this new initiative,” Chase said. “We’re going to try to keep moving forward with (it).” Another innovation that the campus has embraced is its acquisition of an electric car and the installation of a charging station on campus. “It’s been a huge success,” Chase said. “It’s super cool.” The car takes about four hours to charge fully and can travel 224

miles per charge. With faculty and staff making daily trips to and from the Rapid City campus, Chase said they’ve seen a 60% cost saving on those trips. “We have faculty and staff that request it,” she said. “They put in the vehicle request and they’re like, ‘by the way, can I have the (electric vehicle).’” Chase said BHSU has received many inquiries about the car from other campuses and local governments across the state looking to add electric vehicles to their fleets. “I’m also hoping that we can inspire the state to add some to their fleet,” she said. One of the sustainability department’s most basic initiatives is to encourage walking and biking on campus. In the winter months the facility service crew works to keep sidewalks clear for pedestrians by putting salt


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Bringing biodiesel to BHSU

Student looks to convert cooking waste into fuel for campus vehicles

By Alex Portal Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — A local senior at Black Hills State University is pioneering the use of biodiesel fuel on campus. “The idea is to take the cooking oil from A’viands cafeteria, convert it to biodiesel, and then use it to power facilities equipment,” said Nick Pappas, of Spearfish who is majoring in environmental science with a minor in business. Pappas, who works as a fire fighter for the state in Rapid City, said the idea of converting cooking oil waste into biodiesel first entered his mind while on his high school debate team in New Jersey. “We debated alternative fuels,” He said. “Then I picked my senior project to create small quantities of biodiesel from the cafeteria.” Although Pappas said he’ll always be a career fire fighter, he wanted to study at BHSU to further his environmental interests. “I got involved in (BHSU’s) sustainability program as an intern,” he said. “This was an idea that I wanted to pick up where I left off in high school and do here at the university.” Pappas explained that there are two methods to using biofuels in diesel engines; one is to convert the engine itself to run on virgin cooking oil, the other is to convert the used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel, which can run in any standard diesel engine with little to no modifications. He chose to focus on the latter, and started

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GOING GREEN down to melt the ice and snow. To help cut down on the usage of salt, Chase said, heated sidewalks would be installed at high traffic areas throughout campus. “There was a study released recently where they think that the salinity of the Great Lakes is increasing because of the salt usage in (that) area,” she said. This November, the Young Center will be the first building on campus to get the heated treatment. “Basically it’s just pipes of hot water under the sidewalk,” Chase explained. The number one sustainability initiative at BHSU is the campus-wide recycling program. “If you don’t recycle here, you’re trying not to recycle,” Chase said. “It is everywhere.” Recycling receptacles are strewn around campus to encourage students to sort their paper, plastic, and glass. “We have a very willing to comply student body,” chase said. “Which is great. They’re really great about recycling.” Chase explained that all the sorting takes place on campus before the recycling is shipped to a number of different centers throughout the Black Hills. “(Until recently) it pretty much all went to the same place,” she

experimenting with his biodiesel idea their mixture to ensure a reliable and conalong with fellow student and member of stant performance from their end product. the environmental sustainability student “That’s going to impact the quality of organization, Liam Porter on the proper our fuel,” he said. “If we had money allomixture of triglycerides (oil), alcohols, cated for this project and space to do the and a catalyst. experiment it would be a lot easier.” “(The catalyst) could be soThough biodiesel emits less dium hydroxide or potassium greenhouse gas as it’s burned hydroxide,” Pappas explained. than regular diesel, Pappas ex“We’ve used them both and we plained that it’s not without its have pros and cons for both own waste product. The reacof those things. That’s kind of tion that converts the mixture been our experiment.” of triglyceride and alcohol into Pappas said the process for biodiesel also creates glycerin. converting waste cooking oil “We decided that in the into fuel is a relatively simple vision of the project it would one. be cool to take that glycerin “I’ve taken a year of chemisand turn it into soap,” he said. Nick try, I passed with flying C’s,” “We’ve probably made five to Pappas he said with a laugh. “So you seven small batches of soap.” do not have to be a chemist to The biggest hurdle for the know this stuff. It’s kind of like baking a project has been convincing the universicake; you have a recipe. Follow the recity to allow Pappas to use his biodiesel fuel pe.” in facility services equipment. The major factor in converting waste “One thing that seems to be true across cooking oil into workable biodiesel fuel, the board is that it adds extra lubricity to Pappas said, is setting the catalyst mixyour engine,” Pappas said. “My idea to get ture based on the quality of the oil you’re our foot in the door with it is think of (biostarting out with. diesel) as an additive first.” “Each batch of cooking oil might be a Many diesel fuel engine manufacturers little bit different in terms of purity,” he allow for a 5% to 10% mixture of biodiesel said. “So something that’s maybe a little fuel in their products without voiding the bit dirtier might need a higher quantity of warranty, however Pappas said there’s catalyst.” another issue that could arise, which is One of the terms of the experiment unique to areas like the Black Hills. Pappas and Porter are working on is to “One hundred% biodiesel, you would optimize the purity of the oil they use in expect that to gel really quickly in colder

said. “Then they kind of couldn’t accept as much, or certain things anymore, so we had to kind of find other solutions.” Chase said the overall cost reduction from the recycling program is minimal, but the impact to the environment is invaluable. “Just looking at recycling,” she said. “It’s pretty neutral, but when you think about, if we just didn’t recycle and just put all this stuff in dumpsters and had them pick it all up, we would be paying more.” The future of the sustainability department could bring some major changes to BHSU’s curriculum as well. Currently, the university offers a sustainability course for undergraduate students and an online graduate program for a master’s in science and sustainability; however, Chase said more and more undergraduate students are expressing interest in a physical course that can offer some level of accreditation. “The students want an undergraduate option, be it a minor, (or) a certification,” she said. “I think a certification would be a great option to showcase the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability.” Chase said in her experience in the job market, her academic background in sustainability made her more desirable to a wide variety of employers. “I definitely saw an interest in my skills because I have a

background in sustainability,” she said. “It’s really applicable to whatever you’re doing, and companies are looking for it nowadays.” Chase believes offering at least a certification in sustainability could help give graduates of BHSU an advantage in an increasingly eco-conscious job market. “That’s something the Board of Regents is looking for us to add,” she said. “Academic programming that’s going to bring in students and make them the most beneficial members of society that they can.” Because the school already has a sustainability course, Chase said it shouldn’t be too much of an uphill battle to be able to offer students that extra boost to pad their resumes. “We already have the ability to do this, it’s just a matter of us formalizing it,” she said. Chase said adding a certification to the sustainability course is only the beginning of a much larger scale initiative: a sustainability institute. “We’re already the green leader in South Dakota, so it’s kind of just the next step for us,” she said. Chase wants the institute to be a fully accredited academic branch of BHSU, with professors and resources to help students integrate sustainability practices and theories with other academic disciplines and hopefully inspire

regions of the country,” he said. “There could potentially be an additive to solve that issue down the road.” Pappas said the single best option would be to send a sample of his fuel to an American Society for Testing and Materials facility to test the quality of it. “That might give some confidence to the mechanics,” he said. Coupling his interest in environmentalism with his savvy business acumen, Pappas said he views sustainability from a “smart capitalist perspective.” “Love saving trees, love the environment, clean water, clean air; all about it,” he said. “But I think a lot of this is just smart capitalism; taking what was once a waste, turning it into a raw material for a potential business, or a cost avoidance strategy. I think it’s an awesome model to take waste and give it another life and another purpose.” Pappas hopes he and his partner, Porter can increase awareness of the project as a potential model for universities across the country not just as a cost reducer for the institution, but as part of the curriculum as well. “As an academic institution, I think it’s a good place for these types of experiments to take place whether they’re successful or not,” he said. “It’s a good place for students to discover and get their hands on something, which is why I see it as a great potential as a class that can either be integrated into other classes or a class that stands alone.”

the next generations of sustainability professionals. “It’s reduce, reuse, then recycle,” she explained. “It’s great that you recycle your plastic bottle … but let’s look at how you can not use a plastic bottle in the first place.” Chase said BHSU is even looking past the scope of sustainability; resiliency planning is a burgeoning school of thought, which looks beyond the solutions offered by sustainability and seeks innovative ideas on how to cope with the irreversible changes our planet has already endured. “Resiliency is basically looking at the challenges our area faces environmentally,” she explained. “And making sure we are able to withstand those changes.” Chase said the campus is working with a consulting firm out of Nebraska, along with local and statewide businesses and authorities, to form a resiliency plan, not just for BHSU, but also for the entire Black Hills community. “It’s super interdisciplinary, super comprehensive,” she said of the plan. “We’re coming up with this comprehensive plan that is nearing completion, and it’s not just about BH, it’s about the community.” With climate change and environmental awareness becoming an increasing concern throughout the country, Chase said resiliency planning is the next important step toward responsible

stewardship of our planet. “It’s not just about avoiding future concerns anymore because we’re in those future concerns right now,” Chase said. “Those are hitting us hard already, and they’re just going to keep hitting us harder.” Chase and her colleagues at BHSU are working diligently to provide a greener future for the Black Hills, but she was quick to acknowledge the efforts of the community as a whole to embrace to endeavors brought forward by the faculty and students. “Spearfish is so unique in its sense of community,” she said. “People want to come together; they want to make this a better place to live. I’ve never seen people more willing to come together and talk about things that scare them (and also) how they’re going to fix them, how they’re going to mitigate, how they’re going to bounce back if it does happen.” With all the work still to be done in the future, Chase said she wants the community to use the sustainability department at BHSU as a resource for their own conservation efforts. “If people aren’t sure how to go about it or if they need a resource to help them find out what to do with it, we’d love to help,” she said. For more information about the sustainability department at BHSU, contact Chase by calling 642-6298 or emailing Eva.Chase@

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$99 each ($1.06 w/tax) - Hard Shell Taco or Bean Burrito Black Hills State University is offering a new, online Master of Arts in Teaching K-12 Special Education this fall. The program was created for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education subject who want to become certified special education teachers. Courtesy photo SPEARFISH — A new, online master’s program at Black Hills State University will help respond to the national shortage of certified teachers to deliver special education services. The BHSU master’s degree in teaching in K-12 special education officially launches this fall. Dr. Louise Yoho, assistant professor of special education at BHSU, said the degree is a new program in South Dakota leading to full certification of new K-12 special education teachers. The program offers job advancement opportunities and meets a growing need for more special education teachers across the nation. “This program is for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education and who want to teach special education,” said Yoho. “Rather than returning to college to earn another bachelor’s degree, this program offers courses to earn your teaching licensure along with special education graduate courses.” In South Dakota, 12.4 percent of public school students received special education in 2013-14. That percentage is on par with 12.2 percent of students nationwide, according to the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

Yoho said most states, including South Dakota, do not have enough certified special education teachers to respond to this need. “This degree is perfect for paraprofessionals already working the schools who are looking to become certified teachers, or for those who want to make a career change,” said Yoho, noting the degree can be completed in two years online with an option to take some courses onsite at BHSU. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected the demand for special education teachers to grow 6% from 2016-2024 due to demand for services (population growth) and the need to replace teachers leaving the occupation due to retirement or career changes. Peter Chap, a behavioral facilitator in a structured teach classroom at Axtell Park School in Sioux Falls, is completing his first two courses for the program this summer. He said the courses are helping him improve his behavioral intervention techniques. “I will use information gleaned from the Behavior Management of Exceptional Children course every day when school begins this fall. I was given tools to help me better understand the purpose of my students’ behaviors and allow me to

implement better interventions,” said Chap. “I’m already benefiting from taking this course.” Chap said he was also impressed with how faculty members at BHSU keep students engaged with the material in the online learning environment. “The engagement with peers in my online Foundations of Education and Learning Theory online course has been top notch,” he said. Dr. Sharman Adams, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at BHSU, said enrollment for the program began this spring following the Board of Regents approval of the program in April. “We are enthusiastic about this new program and are pleased to be going through the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process right now,” said Adams. BHSU has a strong history in preparing qualified teachers for the classroom. The university currently offers 19 undergraduate and 3 graduate degrees, including a bachelor of science degree in K-12 special education, with unique and significant field-based experiences. To learn more about the program, contact Yoho at Louise. or call University Admissions at 642-6343.

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Tuition discount for veterans at BHSU

By Alex Portal Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — Veterans looking to further their education into an undergraduate program at Black Hills State University may have more options than they thought for financial assistance. In 2011, the South Dakota State Legislature signed a law into effect, (SDCL 13-55-2.1) that allows any honorably discharged veteran who served on active duty “at any time from August 2, 1990 through a date to be determined,” and has exhausted all other federal Department of Veteran’s Affairs educational benefits could apply for the vet Free tuition program, which covers 100% of the in state resident tuition from a state supported school. “I encourage all veterans, if they think they’ve used all federal VA education benefits, they should apply for it,” said Greg Krajewski, veterans resource coordinator at BHSU. Krajewski explained that although the program mentions “Free Tuition”, the student is still responsible for any self-support off-campus tuition charges; however, he said that could still lead to significant savings. “This is a huge savings,” he said. “(A) three-credit hour class is $1,053.75, and (the program takes) off basically $787.80,

Courtesy photo and for that one class the veteran would only have to pay $265.95.” The program also allows for veterans who have served prior to Aug. 2, 1990, if they also have been awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Navy/ Marine Corps Expeditionary medal, or other United States

Campaign or Service Medal for participation in combat operations against hostile forces. Veterans with a service connected disability rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as 10%, or more disability are also eligible for the program. The program is not eligible

for graduated programs, however, Krajewski said that can be enough for some veterans who are looking to either complete a degree, or earn a new one in order to enhance their employment potential. “There’s a lot more interest in STEM type degrees,” he explained. “There’s a big push for

veterans to get those types of degrees.” Krajewski said even if a veteran hasn’t used all their educational benefits, or if they’re not sure what other programs might be available to them, they could contact him at 642-6415, or email Gregory.Krajewski@

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BHSU students return from Iceland photo expedition

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By Leland Brokaw Black Hills Pioneer

SPEARFISH — Black Hills State University phototography students recently took a trip of a lifetime. The adventure began on May 14 for 20 students, along with BHSU photography professors, Skott Chandler and Jerry Rawlings. The class traveled the Iceland Ring Road, and as the name suggests, the ring-shaped 828-mile-long road follows the coast of Iceland, connecting all major towns and cities. When asked about the purpose of the study abroad trip, “(It was an) intensive study of landscape photography,” Rawlings said. “Every day we were shooting morning until evening.” The class and professors

landed at Keflavik Airport, 30 miles from their home base of Reykjavík, before heading along the southeastern coast to Hvolsvöllur to visit waterfalls. During the three days in Reykjavík, the class was introduced to the history of the country and 19th and 20th century Icelandic art at the National Gallery of Iceland, a walk to Hafnarhús to view contemporary and pop art works, and a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church, the main landmark of the city. From Reykjavíc, the class headed to Thingvellir National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations for its historical, cultural, and geologically significance. The park lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the mid-Atlantic ridge

and where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, or rather move away from another. Arriving in Hvolsvöllur, the group visited various waterfalls and geysers, including Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls known for its rainbows caused by mist, and to Dyrhólaey for its castle-like lighthouse, panoramic views, rainbows, and a chance to see puffins. Puffins are iconic birds of the Atlantic with penguin-like coloring and brightly colored beaks like that of parrots you’d find in the tropics. Puffins were also one of the unique options on the menu for students. “We had a couple local cuisines. Horse is really popular there,” said Taylee Hudson, photography student. Zac Meier, another photography student added, “There was horse, puffin, whale, and char. The whale was similar to jerky and the puffin was, I don’t know how to describe it, weird.” From Hvolsvöllur, the group headed towards the city of Vík to see the Reynisdrangar basalt rock formations that jut out of the sea below cliffs of Mt. Reynisfjall, and Reynisfjara Beach, a black sandy beach that features something called sneaker waves. After resting for the night in Vík, the group drove a short

distance to the Solheimasandur site, where a one-hour walk and U.S. Navy plane that crashed in 1973, awaited. The entire crew from the plane was able to walk away, but the white plane remains a stark contrast on the completely black sand in a surreal landscape next to the sea for hikers and photographers. The next day, the group departed from Vík to the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Diamond Beach, both popular and famed for icebergs, black volcanic sand beach, and blue translucent chunks of ice that make for amazing scenery. “For someone that hasn’t been to Iceland, just imagine diamonds that we have on rings blown up 10 times the size on the beach,” said Hudson. Later in the afternoon, the group headed to Seyðisfjörður, an artistic village known for its Norwegian-style houses. The group then started the next day with another stop to see waterfalls and trek among steaming vents, bubbling mud pits, and lava formations around the Krafla caldera and Dimmuborgir before climbing on their bus to the Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland. From Akureyri, the group headed to the Jökulsárgljúfur section of northern Vatnajökull National Park to view Ásbygri, a glacial canyon with cliffs over 330 feet above thick vegetation

and forest below, and climb Súlur, a mountain that rising nearly 4,000 feet above the town of Akureyri. The next day was much anticipated. The group boarded a boat in the early hours of the morning for a chance to see whales and other marine wildlife. “When you go on these tours, I think that everyone thinks it is a tourism trap. It was actually very informational, learning about the whales and the culture in Iceland. For people concerned about cost, it was priceless,” said Hudson. From there, the group made their way to Tröllaskagi, or the Troll’s Peninsula, a former herring fishing boomtown just 25 miles from the Arctic Circle. Nearing the last two days of the trip, the group traveled to Þingeyrakirkja Church, one of the oldest stone churches in Iceland, Vatnsdalshólmur, which boasts rolling hills, and Stykkishólmer, an active fishing village located on a natural harbor. On the last day, the group visited Djúpalónssandur Beach before transferring to the airport to return back to Denver. Photography students from Black Hills State University will showcase their photographs and subsequent book in an exhibition from a study abroad opportunity to Iceland at the Dahl Arts Center this fall.

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Green and Gold Days new student orientation schedule 2019 Friday, Aug. 23

8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Resident hall move in 10:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch at the Hive ($8 without meal plan) 1:30-2:15 p.m. - Minor student & parent orientation meeting: Club Buzz (For students under the age of 18, this mandatory session will cover important topics that both parents and students need to know.) 1:30-2:15 p.m.- Transfer student orientation meeting at the Student Engagement and Leadership Center 2:30 p.m.- Parent reception at the Club Buzz. Refreshments will be served. 2:30 p.m.- Resident hall meetings. Individual halls 3:45 p.m.- The Yellow Jacket Launch Part one at the Young Center Basketball Arena 4:45 p.m.- Presidential address to the Class of 2022 at the Young Center Basketball Arena 5-6:30 p.m.- Dinner at the Hive 6:30 p.m.- Downtown Friday Nights. Transportation leaves Library Circle from 6:15-7 p.m. 7 p.m.- Scavenger hunt at the Jacket Zone (617 N. Main St.) 8:30 p.m.- Resident hall programs. Individual halls/complex

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Library Circle 1-3 p.m.- Spearfish walking path: Low intensity (Library Circle) 5-6:30 p.m.- Dinner at the Hive 7 p.m.- Juggler Nick Thomas at Meier Recital Hall 8-11 p.m.- Pizza Palooza and Welcome Dance at Club Buzz

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August 2019

BHSU Year in sports review

By Dennis Knuckles and Jason Gross

BHSU football working to stay healthy

Black Hills State University sports programs enjoyed a lot of success during the 2018-19 season, and are looking to improve on that for the 2019-20 season. During the 2018 season, the Black Hills State University football team finished 3-8 overall and 2-8 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. “We knew we had some guys coming back, some veteran players, and we definitely had high expectations going into the season with what we felt like we could do,” said John Reiners, BHSU’s head football coach. The “injury bug” hit the Yellow Jackets early in the season causing young players to be inserted into the lineup. Reiners said at one point in the season the Yellow Jackets had 16 players sidelined with injuries. Reiners said that injuries played a part, but it wasn’t the only reason for the Yellow Jackets winning only three games. “There were some times we had to do some things better, but our kids fought and that’s something I will always hang my hat on. No matter what the score was, no matter how many

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injuries, the guys kept plugging along and that’s what I appreciate about them, and that’s why they are who they are,” Reiners said. Reiners said the team has to find ways to look at their off season program. “We just really have to take a fine tooth comb, and look at everything from scheme, to players, to recruiting, to offseason workouts, what we can do to stay healthy, and do what we can do to put the players in a better position,” he said. Some of the returning players for the Yellow Jackets this fall will be senior running back Payten Gilmore, redshirt offensive lineman Keith Marson, red-shirt junior linebacker Hunter Stephens, junior defensive back Darius Frimpong. Red-shirt senior linebacker Jake Phelan, red-shirt junior linebacker Clayton Koch, red-shirt senior lineback Jarell Ganaway, and junior kicker Jacob Parks. The Yellow Jackets kicks off its 2019 season hosting rival Chadron State, Sept. 7, in a night game at Lyle Hare Stadium, in Spearfish.

Cross country caps historic year with National’s appearance

The Black Hills State University cross country teams wrapped up the

August 2019 2018 season at the NCAA DII National Championships. Black Hills State finished 16th in the men’s team standings; the women’s squad placed 17th. The men’s finish was only two places shy of its all-time placing, and the women were at the Nationals for the first time. “Nationals was a terrific ending to a great season,” Yellow Jackets’ head coach Scott Walkinshaw said. “Both the men’s and women’s teams accomplished the goals we set coming into the meet on what proved to be the most challenging course we’ve faced this year. Both teams had the goals to have an All-American, finish higher than they were ranked all season, and beat a team that beat them at regionals.” Senior Nicole Allerdings will be one of the returning runners on the women’s side. In 2019, Allderings earned AllAmerican honors to become the fourth runner in Yellow Jackets’ cross country history to do so. Seniors Abbie Fredrick and Kelsey Van Den Hemel, and junior Jules Ward will be the returning veterans on the women’s side. Red-Shirt seniors Jake Iverson and Jordan Theisen, and Austin Williamson will be the returning veterans on the men’s side. BHSU’s 2019 cross country season will open Sept.7.

BHSU volleyball team gains experience for future

Black Hills State University’s young volleyball team encountered a learning process in 2018. Only four seniors were on a squad that also included three juniors, four sophomores, and five freshmen. The Yellow Jackets finished 6-12 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (12th place) and 9-16 overall. Yellow Jackets’ head coach Kristin Carmichael said a significant number of injuries affected how the team began the season, and players were placed into new and different positions on the court. “Being able to work younger players into the lineup was a strength and concern for the squad,” Carmichael said. Reilley Baty, Ellise Lech, Sierra Stugelmeyer, and Carisa Becerra represented the senior class. An area of concern last season was hitting deficiency, something the Lady Yellow Jackets hope to improve on this season. “An area of concern was definitely hitting efficiency,” Carmichael said. “I thought we kind of went up and down with that throughout the year and just couldn’t keep that consis-

BLACK HILLS PIONEER/BACK TO BHSU tent. I think they just got more used to playing together.” Black Hills State opens its 2019 schedule at the Southern Invitational set for Sept. 6-7 in Joplin, Mo.

Women golfers end season at RMAC Championships The Black Hills State University women’s golf team finished its season by placing 13th place at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships. Sophomore Adrianna Weeldreyer led the way for the Yellow Jackets, shooting a three-day total of 43-over 259 (88-83-88). She finished in 49th place. Junior Hayley Franke shot a tournament low 81 on Tuesday to place 52nd at 48-over 264 (96-87-81). Sophomore Taryn Mayer was 62nd, carding 76-over 292 (96-91-105), while freshman Gracie Johnson finished 64th shooting 100-over (102-110-104). As a team, Black Hills State improved on their round score for the second consecutive day, carding a 364 on Tuesday’s final round. Overall, the Yellow Jackets were 267-over 1131 (391376=364). The Yellow Jackets will not lose any seniors to graduation. Black Hills State begins the 2019-20 season Sept. 9-10 at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Fall Preview in Pueblo, Colo.

Rodeo team finishes season at national finals

Members of the Black Hills State University rodeo teams competed at the College National Finals Rodeo. Senior Carlee Johnston finished third in the All-Around competition, while junior Alyssa Lockhart was 10th in breakaway roping. “Our team was very talented and worked hard all year. However, I am most impressed with the attitude and character of this team and how they went about being successful,” coach Glen Lammers said. Johnston placed third nationally with 65 standings points, competing in three events. Her efforts included fifth place in goat tying’s first go-round, plus fifth in barrel racing’s third go-round. Lockhart reached the breakaway roping short go-round. She also competed in barrel racing, where she finished ninth in the second go-round. Junior KeAnna Ward and freshman Emilee Pauley each competed in goat tying. Pauley placed eighth in the third goround. On the men’s side, junior Chandler Comfort competed in team roping, while junior Tucker Chytka competed in steer wrestling. Lammers said the team has

to forget what happened during the 2018-19 season and prepare for the upcoming season. “The rodeo season starts all over. Rodeo has a short memory and you just kind of have to start getting things in place, and I think we’ve got a really strong returning team, but also some good recruits,” said Lammers. “With someone like Carlee graduating, it gives an opportunity for someone else to step up. That’s fun to see too, and its good for them to have that opportunity. I think we are going to see some sophomores and juniors that have to step out and have a bigger impact on our team. The rodeo season includes fall and spring sessions. Competition during the fall session will start the first Friday in Sept., with the spring portion starting the first Friday in April.

BHSU triathlon third at national championships

The Black Hills State University triathlon team finished third at the Collegiat National Championships. Sophomore Mathilde Bernard placed third individually. Triathlon is a sport that combines swimming, biking, and running. Athletes complete the course in as little time as they can. Bernard was the third Division II finisher in 1 hour 8 minutes and 46 seconds: less than three minutes behind Tereza Zimovjanova of Queens University, who won the Division. Freshman Taylor Lundquist finished 14th in 1 hour 15 minutes 35 seconds. Senior Katie Christy was 16th in 1:17:46. Christy was the lone senior on the Yellow Jacket roster. “It was a bit of a challenging season for us, but I think that we had a pretty solid The Black Hills State will host the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon West Regional Qualifier, Sept. 15, at Rocky Point Recreation Area at the Belle Fourche Reservoir. “Being chosen to host the West Regional Qualifier event is an honor for BHSU and our triathlon team,” said head coach Connie Feist. “It is a great opportunity to showcase draft-legal racing in the beautiful Black Hills to the teams and spectators coming from throughout the country.” The race, a draft-legal, sprint-distance course (750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run), will be one of three qualifiers for the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. All NCAA varsity teams must compete at one of the three races, with the top two teams from each division at each regional qualifier securing a spot at the nationals in Tempe, Arizona, in November.

The Central Regional Qualifier will be held September 1 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., and the East Regional Qualifier will be held October 19 in Smith Mountain Lake, Va. one,” Yellow Jackets’ head coach Connie Feist said. The season will begins in Sept. the weekend after Labor Day..

BHSU soccer gains valuable experience

Black Hills State University women’s soccer team finished the 2018 season with a record of zero wins, 17 losses, and one tie on the season (including 0-12-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play). Greco said the Yellow Jackets are looking at returning 16 players this fall. He added the squad also has a lot more identity, with leadership also emerging. The Lady Yellow Jackets scored a total of 17 goals while giving up up 80 goals. That goal number was almost twice the nine goals Black Hills State scored in 2017. Greco said the goalkeeping also improved in 2018, as did another area. Experience and youth served as Yellow Jacket concerns for Greco heading into the season. He said players understand their work effort matters a lot and makes a huge difference in a team’s competitiveness. Greco said he has seen a lot of potential from the beginning. He added the coaches’ biggest challenge is to help the players see their capabilities. “We have a better message now because we kind of have a better idea of who we are,” Greco said. “This year, we know exactly who we need and what we’re about, and which players to recruit.” Black Hills State opens its 2019 soccer season Sept. 6 at Dakota Wesleyan

Men’s basketball seeks to build from success

The Black Hills State University men’s basketball team had a successful 2018-19 basketball season. The Yellow Jackets finished 18-11, winning the most games since the 2010-11 season, and the most conference wins since BHSU joined Division II in 2012. They also made their first ever appearance in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship Game, losing to New Mexico Highlands, 79-66. Stefan Desnica and Dez Stoudamire were named to the RMAC All-Tournament Team. “I thought we improved throughout the season,” said first year Yellow Jackets’ head coach Ryan Thompson. “Even though we faced some adversity, we continued to become a

Page 17 stronger team.” Dez Stoudamire, Makaleb McInnis, Patrick Mendes, and Fraser Malcolm represented the senior class. Thompson said the Yellow Jackets have a lot to be excited about in the future. “We’ve got a good group coming back,” said Thompson. “The one thing that’s great about finding some success is that it kind of snowballs, and it helps you in other areas.” Thompson said program goals do not focus on conference placings or related items. “We just try to be the best we can be, one day at a time,” Thompson said. “Our goal is always to try to reach our potential. If we can do that, we’ll feel good about the season we had.” Thompson added the team returns a good group of players as well as the incoming returning class, and Thompson hopes to continue building on the success the team had this season. The Yellow Jackets begin its 2019-20 season in mid-November.

Women’s basketball seeks return to RMAC tourney

Black Hills State University showed a lot of character through a women’s basketball season that ended in a familiar setting: the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) postseason tournament. “We had a lot of obstacles to attack,” Yellow Jackets’ head coach Mark Nore said in describing the campaign. “We had kids playing different roles, and I thought we grew as a team through some tough situations.” Injuries played a major factor, as those occurrences forced players to do different things throughout the season. That injury list included Danielle Noble, Hannah Cass, and Remi Wientjes. “These kids are required and asked to do things that they haven’t been used to doing,” Nore said. “If character was defined through challenges, I think our character definitely was tested, and I think it got better.” The Yellow Jackets finished 12-10 in the conference, 16-11 overall. They brought the number 8 seed into the RMAC Shootout, where a 56-49 loss to top-seeded Colorado Mesa ended the season. Nors said the defense needs to get stronger and play consistent defense f they want to have success during the 2020-21 season. “Moving forward, we need to get stronger,” Nore said. “Defensively, we have to get better. I thought we were


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Members of the Black Hills State University indoor track and field teams competed at the NCAA Division II National Championships. The men’s distance medley relay (DMR) team took sixth place to be named AllAmericans, while Jordyn Huneke tied for sixth in the women’s pole vault to earn All-American honors. “Going to a National Meet, the goal is to be an All-American, and both the men’s DMR and Jordyn accomplished that,” said head coach Seth Mischke. “It was a very satisfying weekend, but there is work to be done in outdoor, and I know they will use this energy moving forward.” Junior Jordan Theisen, junior Tristan Hepp, senior Levi Fried, and senior Jonah Theisen tied the school record in 9 minutes 49.47 seconds. Huneke, a sophomore, cleared 12 feet 10.75 inches. The 2019-20 indoor season begins around the first weekend in December.

The Black Hills State University softball team closed out the 2019 season softball campaign with a record of 13-28 overall, and 10-23 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Lady Yellow Jackets set a new BHSU record for most wins, and in conference wins. After the season Lane Leedy stepped down after five seasons as the Lady Jackets head softball coach. “I would like to thank Athletic Director Jhett Albers, Senior Women’s Administration Colleen Mischke, and the outstanding coaching staff at Black Hills State University for the opportunity to coach the Yellow Jackets these past five years,” said Leedy. “As I leave BHSU for a coaching opportunity at the University of Findlay to be closer to family, I am so grateful for this team and this community, and all of the lessons I have learned. The outpouring of love and support from alumni and donors for the Yellow Jacket athletic programs is second to none and I am going to miss it all.” A search is underway for a new head softball coach. Black Hills State opens its 2020 the last week in February.

Three Yellow Jackets outdoor track and field athletes go to nationals

During the 2018 outdoor track and field season, Jonah Theisen, Jordyn Huneke, and Whitney Scott represented Black Hills State University at the NCAA Division II national track meet. Huneke and Scott, both sophomores, competed in the women’s pole vault. Theisen finished second in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase and 16th in the 5-kilometer run. That steeplechase finish enabled the senior to capture All-American honors. Josh Davis, Levi Fried, Keegan Her Many Horses, Jacob Iverson Makaleb McInnis, and Ryan Olsen also represented the senior class in the men’s track program. Some of the reurning for the men’s team this fall will be seniors Taylor and Tristan Hepp, Seth Kovar, and Jordan Theisen, juniors Allan McDonnell and Matthew Parker, and Jordyn Huneke, and Keith Osowski Some of the athletes returning on the women’s side will be Whitney Scott, Cailey Roth, and sophomore Hannah Hendrick, and sophomore Kyla Sawvell. Outdoor track for the 2020 season gets underway the last week in March.

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2018 BHSU Clubs Academic

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

AISES at BHSU is a collegiate chapter of the national AISES organization. AISES is a national non-profit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. The ultimate goal of AISES is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant members of society. This program also provides many students with valuable scholarships for college.

Art Club

The Art Club is a community of artist and people who are interested in art at BHSU. From collaborative and individual art activities or service projects for the community and for scholarship, we are here to have fun while promoting the visual arts at BHSU.

BHSU Buzz Marketing

To increase the awareness of marketing on campus by providing students with correct ways to network, complete a resume, and use marketing tactics to in turn receive the experience of being involved in a nationally recognized organization.

COLP - Collegiate Outdoor Environmental Leadership Program Sustainability Student This group plans and provides outdoor Organization education programs for the campus community and area residents. You can be a participating member who partakes in activities, or a leadership member who attends trainings and helps plan and lead programs. For a current list of events, go to or “like” us at


“We are a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus members create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.”

English Club

An educational and social organization, which promotes the study of literature, writing of prose and poetry, the Film Series, the Annual Short Story Writing Contest and publication of the Green Bowl Review.

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The purpose of the ESSO is to protect and conserve while creating awareness to generate involvement surrounding environmental issues on campus and within the community. Through this mission, our members will gain experience in leadership and volunteering through community engagement, education, and expansion of our social networks.

Exercise Science Club

The BHSU Exercise Science Club is an academic student organization that expands the knowledge of exercise science though practical activities, verbal communication, and out-of-class experiences. The BH Ex-Sci Club helps network students of exercise science with the professions related to the field. This student organization encourages members to expand their classroom knowledge with other members through group discussions, professional input and both on and off campus activities and projects revolving around topics related to class learning. Visit us at bhsuexcercisesci

Health Science Student Organization

Dedicated to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and healthcare. HSSO provides educational information, internship opportunities, social programs, community service projects, and guest speakers to benefit all students who would like to continue their education in the various medical fields.

Honors Program Student Organization

Enhances the image of the Black Hills State University Honors Program, provides a basis for social activities, and represents the university and its honors program positively to prospective students, their families and the general public.

Human Services Sociology Association

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Provides students a place to discuss, volunteer, and change social problems that he world faces today. We work at impacting the BHSU campus, Spearfish community, the United States and the world by providing service, research, and discussions in order to make a more compassionate, just and functional society.

Jacket Investment Club

The Jacket Investment Club is an organization to further the education of those who want to learn more about market fluctuations, trading strategies, and other financial industry tips and advice. We compete in trading competitions around the country and build diverse portfolios to replicate multiple situations in the market.

Jacket Journal

Published each semester by BHSU student staff from all majors on campus. The newspaper is the University’s official publication and serves to inform, educate and entertain BHSU students, faculty and staff.

Kappa Delta Pi

KDP international Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The organization does fundraisers for community service. Members must be inducted and reach certain qualifications.

KBHU-FM 89.1 & 90.7 The Buzz

Black Hills State University’s student run organization, 89.1 & 90.7 FM The Buzz. Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, SD and the surrounding areas. Students from any background or major are welcome to be part of the fast growing and popular culture of radio broadcasting.


Provides opportunities for students to experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs. The BHTV studio is located on the lower level of the E.Y. Berry Library.

Math Club

Develops competent, aggressive mathematical leaders. The members strive to create more interest and understanding in the intelligent choice of mathematical occupations and to strengthen the confidence of young men and women in themselves and their work.

Props & Liners

An advanced theatre group that promotes further understanding of the theatre through trips and other activities. Must be a sophomore to be a member.

Psychology Club

Promotes interest and education of the field of psychology. The psychology club is open to anyone with an interest in psychology. The club is a social and academic organization involved in fundraisers, volunteer work and social activities on campus and in the community. Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology and to advance the science of psychology.

Public Relations Club

A professional development group focused on career enhancement in the fields of Public Relations.

Reading Council

Works with education majors to promote reading comprehension strategies as well as integrating reading in to other content areas. It hosts the Kiddie Carnival during Swarm Week as well as helping future teachers increase their classroom libraries. They hold two book fairs each year to promote literacy on campus and throughout the community.

South Dakota National Education Association

SDEA will address the needs of today’s diverse student population in order to facilitate student achievement by preparing pre-professional educators with ideals of


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Spearfish Area Hiking With the abundance of beautiful scenery in Spearfish — from the soaring limestone cliffs to meandering creeks and secluded valleys, it’s no surprise that hiking is one of the most popular outdoor-recreation pastimes.

Spearfish Falls

1.5 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy The trail starts 80 feet above the Canyon floor on the deck of the Latchstring Inn restaurant, eye level with the Canyon’s spruce and aspen canopy, and meanders down to the Canyon floor where you’ll get a good view of some of the local flora on your way to the falls. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. Park at the Latchstring restaurant and walk around to the back deck, where you’ll find the trail marker.

Iron Creek

4 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy to Moderate This beautiful trail follows an old roadbed along Iron Creek in Spearfish Canyon. Arguably one of the most beautiful trails in the area, this easily accessible trail is just minutes from Spearfish and is not to be missed. Directions: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) about 11 miles. Just before you cross Iron Creek (which empties into Spearfish Creek) there will be a large parking lot on the right. There is a sign on the roadside for Iron Creek.

Roughlock Falls Trail

2 Miles (roundtrip) - Easy This trail is handicap-accessible and winds its way slowly to Roughlock Falls, a breathtaking waterfall along Little Spearfish Creek. Directions:: From Spearfish, take 14A (Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway) to Savoy. The trail begins near Spearfish Canyon Lodge and is signed and accessible from the lodge parking lot.

Lookout Mountain

4 Miles of Trail - Easy to Difficult The trailhead at Nevada Street is the start of a popular hiking loop that ascends Lookout Mountain, the closest hike to town. From this trail, you can follow the ridgeline to connect up with an old road that spans much of the mountain. The old road is popular with hikers because it is kept mowed and maintained, and a short spur leads to the tower area on the highest point where hikers can behold breathtaking views of the town of Spearfish and the surrounding area. None of the trails are marked or mapped, but most trails are very visible and easy to follow. Be cautious; rattlesnakes are common on Lookout Mountain. Directions: Head north on 10th Street and take a right on Nevada Street to the trailhead (road dead-ends and trail begins).

Crow Peak

6.4 Miles (roundtrip) - Difficult Views from the top of Crow Peak include the city of Spearfish, Spearfish Valley, and west to Wyoming.

Courtesy photo Crow Peak is a key landmark in the Northern Black Hills. The name “Crow Peak” is an English translation of the Sioux name for the peak, “Paha Karitukateyapi,” which means “the hill where the Crows were killed.” The name stems from a battle between Sioux and Crow Indians in which the Sioux were victorious. Crow Peak is a dominant landmark because of its geological makeup. Billions of years ago, underground molten rock, pushed upward forming hills. Crow Peak and other peaks you can see from the Crow Peak summit, such as Bear Butte, Spearfish Mountain and Terry Peak, were

formed in this manner. Directions: From Spearfish, head north on Main Street (turns into North Avenue) past Safeway. Turn left onto Hillsview and drive approximately 4.1 miles. At the juncture, turn left onto Higgins Gulch Road, also known as Forest Service Road 214. Follow FSR 214 for approximately 7 miles to the trailhead. When hiking, please be sure to travel in groups and be aware of rapidly changing weather conditions. Cell phones don’t generally work in Spearfish Canyon and other remote locations. Remember to let someone know of your plans.

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CLUBS professional ethics and standards. SDEA strives to promote community partnerships, foster leadership through peer mentoring, promote membership among diverse populations, provide networking opportunities and maintain a presence at all NEA conferences.

Spanish Club

Spanish Club is an organization where BHSU students can improve their language skills through fun Spanish activities while also practice speaking and listening skills in an interactive learning environment. Spanish Club will also learn about the different cultures through dance, music and other activities while engaging in diverse learning environments.

outreach, providing exposure to youth in the area of women doing science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Yellow Graphics - Design Club

Graphic Design Club is a group about gathering together with students who have a common interest in graphic design and learning how to be better designers while creating logos, images and other graphic design related projects.

Music Beeline Drumline

Encourages participation in the theatrical activities on campus and provides for the social and educational benefits of the members.

A percussion performance group currently open to all interested students. The Beeline is a group designed to serve BHSU to generate school pride and spirit at athletic and community events through the performance of percussion music.

Women In Stem

Chamber Singers

Theater Society

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is driven to empower women at BHSU to pursue and succeed in STEM. We work to promote gender equality and bring awareness of social stigmas hindering women in STEM related fields. Our goals are to provide a support system, community, and mentorship of like-minded individuals at BHSU focused on encouraging women and also to participate in community

The University’s select singing group. Membership is by audition.

Chamber Orchestra

A small group for string instruments.

Concert Band

Presents on-campus concerts during the academic year and tours high schools in the area.

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Concert Choir

Open to all Black Hills State University students and faculty. The choir performs a concert each semester.

Jazz Ensemble

A highly select group of musicians that performs in varying jazz styles. Membership is by audition.

Pep Band

Performs at athletic events, and other university and community functions, as the official pep band of the university.

Political BHSU College Democrats A club which discusses political issues with a democratic view.

BHSU College Republicans Chapter

Membership is involved with political issues at the local, state, and national levels.

Student Senate

The student governing body which develops leadership skills through representation of the students on a state, local and university level by addressing important issues.


BHSU Archery Club

This club is for individuals who want to learn how to shoot archery as well as for those that are already shooters themselves and just want to gain proficiency and make friends. The ultimate goal of this club is to grow the sport of archery not only on campus but in the community as wells and to eventually have a group of shooters competing in tournaments.

BHSU Cheerleaders

To support and motivate Black Hills State University athletics, to obtain and share leadership qualities, and to support and challenge each other individually as well as the squad as a whole.

BHSU Soccer Club

Brings together students with a common interest for soccer and to organize the student community who play soccer here at BHSU.

Bicycling Club

The Bicycling Club will meet and go on bike rides through Spearfish during the year. Together students will work on cycling skills and gain knowledge in bike maintenance with a main go to promote bicycling on campus and a healthy lifestyle.

Black Hills CRUX

Support and promote the sport of rock climbing, ice climbing, and bouldering. Educate people who may be interested in getting involved with these activities.

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Buzz Arcade

This club gathers students with a common interest to play video games and develop high end video game tournaments.

Intramural Rec Sports

Organizes various athletic competitions and events for all students to compete and get involved. For event schedules, visit the Rec. Sports Office in the Young Center.

Jackettes Dance Team

Provide entertainment at events such as football and basketball games and enhance the crowd’s morale.

Yellow Jacket Rodeo Team

The purpose of the BHSU Rodeo team are to be successful in competition while improving the community and helping people in need.

Residence Life Residence Hall Association

The purpose of the organization is to represent the student residents of BHSU, to be involved both socially and educationally around campus, to serve as a promotion for the residence hall experience and to provide a source of recognition to individualistic achievement in the residence halls.

Residence Hall Organizations

The purpose of the residence hall organizations shall be to provide the residence with a living environment that is conducive to academic and social growth of the individual and to sponsor activities to involve the residents of the hall. Bordeaux Hall Council Heidepriem Hall Council Humbert Hall Council Thomas Hall Council Wenona Cook Hall Council YJ Apartments Council

Social & Special Interest

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Provide community service, leadership development, diversity awareness, and experiential education opportunities to the Black Hills State University residents and students.

BHSU Students for Life

We want to be a voice on campus for the voiceless. As students we have a mission to be pro-life and save those precious lives! We will do this by sharing reliable facts and standing up for what we believe in.

BHSU Talking Hands

BHSU Talking Hands wants to educate others about sign language (American Sign Language, Signing Exact English, along with other forms of sign language). As an organization we want to have and encourage community involvement. We are hoping to get involved in our surrounding areas and get the community interested in sign language as well BHSU Talking Hands will strive for student engagement.

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Campus Activities Board (C.A.B.)

This organization plans large events for the entire campus and the surrounding community. The student run organization plans and hosts a variety of entertainment including, lectures, musical events, cultural events, dances, and large scale themed activities. Consider joining the C.A.B. if you want to impact campus entertainment. Learn more about us at or www.

Circle K

The purpose of this organization is to provide opportunities for Circle K members and BHSU students to better their campus and community through volunteering and community service, as well as, provide an opportunity for leadership positions within the organization

Council for Exceptional Children

The Council for Exceptional Children is a professional association of educators dedicated to advancing the success of children with exceptionalities. We accomplish our mission through advocacy, standards, and professional development.

International Student Organization

The International Students Organization (ISO) of Black Hills State University has been formed out of the need for more interaction among international students, domestic students and the Spearfish Community.

Jacket Pack

Jacket Pack is a group focused on increasing school pride at Black Hills State University. This school spirit goes beyond athletics and will also be used to support the fine arts and various academic organizations such as debate and theatre. Furthermore, we reach out to the Spearfish community, the university and Alumni to make students proud to be from BHSU.

Lakota Omniciye

Seeks to bridge the cultural gaps between non-Indian and Indian students and to provide educational assistance to its members where applicable.

Nights of Country Swing Club

NOCS is a club that provides a fun way for students to de-stress, take a study break, and meet new people with similar interests. We dance on Monday evenings from 7-9 in the young center. NOCS is open to everyone. We will teach you how to dance swing or line dance.

Presidential Student Ambassadors

Black Hills State University Ambassadors Association was founded under the direction of the BHSU Alumni Association and Advancement office for the purpose of representing the president’s office and BHSU while serving as a link between current students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and friends.


Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18-30 to exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through community and international service. Rotaract clubs decide how to organize and run their club, manage their own funds, and plan and carry out activities and service projects aligned with causes that are important to their community. Rotary club sponsors offer guidance and support and work with local Rotaract clubs as partners in service.


BHSU’s photography club which encourages fun and creativity in all aspects of photography.

Sigma Tau GammaFraternity

Men’s Social Fraternity for Black Hills State University.


Spectrum is dedicated to raising awareness about the LGBTQIA community at BHSU and the Black Hills area. In order to do so, this organization will address stereotyping that is harmful to society and decrease bigotry and misunderstanding. Spectrum will provide a safe haven for LGBTQIA individuals, their family, and friends by providing resources, a caring environment that allows for open discussion and support, and a place for like-minded individuals to meet. This organization will promote education on LGBTQIA issues as well as informing and advocating for LGBTQIA civil rights and equality.

Swarm Days Homecoming Committee Plans and implements all of the homecoming programs and activities. BHSU homecoming is held every fall semester in late September or early October.

Thompson Diversion Program

Provides BHSU students with the opportunity to correct a poor decision. Instead of a poor decision affecting their permanent adult record, which can result in negative consequences such as loss of job opportunities or ineligibility for financial aid, this program ensures the students take responsibility for their actions. Through cooperation with their peers, students correct their mistakes by giving back to BHSU and the Spearfish community and by completing activities that ensure education and accountability. This program allows for student volunteers to learn about public speaking, community service, and legal studies and make valuable connections.

TRIO Student Organization

TRIO Student Organization invites all BHSU students who are interested in college access and student success to join. The purpose of the club is to facilitate inclusiveness on campus through social interaction and participation in community service activities. The club also helps to promote the federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services program at BHSU. TRIO helps students be successful in reaching their higher education goals through personal and academic support.

Meet new friends and help others by joining the TRIO Student Organization. University Ambassadors Promote the University in a positive manner, identify prospective students, connect with prospective and new students on a personal level, and maintain contact with new students to ensure their years at Black Hills State University are a wonderful experience.

Yellow Jackets Vets Club

The purpose of the Yellow Jackets Vets Club is to provide guidance, support, and camaraderie for veterans coming off active duty and those currently serving in the military.

YJ Friends

YJ Friends will provide BHSU with service learning opportunity to work with adults with developmental disabilities within the Spearfish community. Student volunteers will be paired with individuals from the Northern Hills Training Center (NHTC) to engage in a variety of activities throughout the year. Visit us at www.


BHSU Connection

To engage all students in acts of love and service to the campus and surrounding community. To inspire students to be givers rather than takers.

Campus Ventures

Offers opportunities to help students know and love God, and be equipped to disciple others so as to impact future generations for Jesus Christ.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Students involved in athletic sports who are of Christian Faith gather to support each other in their beliefs and life goals.

Latter-Day Saints Student Organization

When young adult actively participate in the institute, they increase their commitment to the saviour as they have spiritual experiences focused in scriptures. Institute provides relevant answers to life’s questions while learning from and sharing with others who are in similar circumstances.

Lutheran Campus Ministries

LCM is locate in The Living Room, approximately 4 blocks from campus. Expanding minds, deepening faith and inspiring service is our mission as an organization to and for students, open to all, not just Lutherans.

The Newman Club

St. Joesph’s Catholic Newman Center provides a touch of home with a free home cooked meal every Sunday night. Come join us to share faith and fellowship with other Black Hills State University students.

Yellow Jackets for Christ

Provides a positive environment for students to share and grow in their spiritual faith, present a solid foundation for morality, and to pass on counsel for life’s challenges from scripture.

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