Black Hills State University
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|Black Hills State University|
|Type||Public, four year|
|Location||Spearfish, South Dakota, United States
|Former names||Dakota Territory Spearfish Normal School, Black Hills Teachers College, Black Hills State College|
|Colors||Green and Gold|
|Sports||Football, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf, Softball|
|Mascot||Sting the Yellow Jacket|
|Affiliations||RMAC (NCAA DII)|
Black Hills State University (BHSU) is the U.S. state of South Dakota's third largest comprehensive public university, offering both undergraduate and graduate programs. The 123-acre (50 ha) campus is located in Spearfish. Close to 5,000 students attend classes at this campus, as well as sites in Rapid City, Pierre, Yankton, Sioux Falls and through distance offerings. Enrollment comes from nearly every county in South Dakota, 44 states and 13 countries. BHSU is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Black Hills State University was established by the Dakota Territorial Legislature in 1883 as Dakota Territory Spearfish Normal School. By 1924 the school was authorized to adopt a four-year curriculum leading to a B.S. in education degree. Known informally as a teacher’s college during the 20s and 30s, the name was officially changed to Black Hills Teachers College in 1941. On July 1, 1964, in recognition of the broadening educational opportunities offered by the college, the Legislature officially changed the name to Black Hills State College. The college's role in the state's higher education system has continued to grow and evolve over recent decades. Recognizing the need to be competitive in today's educational market place and at the same time enhance the state's economic development potential, the state Legislature changed the college's name to Black Hills State University, effective July 1, 1989. Dr. Kay Schallenkamp became the university's ninth president July 2006, following a national search by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Black Hills State University is organized into three colleges: College of Liberal Arts, College of Business and Natural Sciences, and College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. The University offers a number of degrees to students including over 80 majors and minors, 5 master degree programs, 4 associate degree programs, and 20 pre-professional programs.
The bachelor degree programs include: American Indian Studies, Applied Technical Science, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Business Education, Chemistry, Communication Arts, Corporate Communication, Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Physical Science, Exercise Science, History, Human Services, Industrial Technology, Industrial Technology Education, Instrumental Music, K-12 Special Education, Mass Communications, Mathematics, Mathematics and Science Education, Music, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Physical Science, Political Science, Professional Accountancy, Psychology, Science Education, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication, Theatre, and Vocal Music. The University also offers students numerous education degrees in many fields.
The Master degree programs include graduate classes leading to a master of science degree in Curriculum and Instruction (P-12), and a Master of Education in Reading offered from the College of Education. An online master of science degree in Strategic Leadership is available through the Office of Educational Outreach. The College of Arts and Sciences, offers a master’s degree in Integrative Genomics. The College of Business offers an MBA (Master's in Business Administration).
College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is divided into six departments: Fine and Applied Arts, History and Social Sciences, Humanities, Psychology, Mathematics, and Science. From the College it is possible to earn the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, English Composite, History, Mathematics, Mathematics and Science Education, Instrumental Music Composite and Vocal Music Composite, Physical Science, Science Education Composite, Social Science Composite, Spanish, Speech Communication, Speech Communication Composite and Speech with a Theater Emphasis. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science degree in all of the major areas or a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Indian Studies, Art, Communication Arts, English, English Composite, History, Composite Music, Mass Communication, Sociology, Spanish, Speech and Speech Composite, Social Sciences, and Social Sciences Composite.
The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to provide all students of BHSU with the opportunity to acquire a broad liberal arts education in the areas of Fine and Applied Arts, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The college also offers services for students such as the Writing Center and the Math Center. These experiences develop valuable skills in critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, the use of scientific method and oral and written communications as well as a greater understanding and appreciation for different cultures and international issues. Along with classroom instruction, the college fosters research and other creative activities between faculty and students.
The College supports alliances that form bridges to the outside community such as through its association with the Center for the Advancement of Mathematics and Science Education (CAMSE), the Center for American Indian Studies (CAIS), the Center for Conservation of Biological Resources, Black Hills Herbarium, and the Western South Dakota DNA Core Facility (WestCore). Finally, the College contributes to the progress of the University, serves the needs of relevant disciplines and professions, and enhances the quality of life in our state and region through service activities.
College of Business and Technology
The College of Business and Technology is organized in two departments: the Department of Business and the Department of Industrial Technology. To further support the College and its mission, the South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunities (SD CEO) and the Center for Economic Education (CEE) and the Center for Business, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism (CBET), provide outreach and service to the local community, state, and region. The College is currently in the process of establishing the Center for Enterprise Opportunity (CEO). The Department of Military Science is also housed in the College.
Undergraduate programs in business and technology offered by the College of Business and Technology include the following specializations or majors: Accounting, Entrepreneurial Studies, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Business Education, Industrial Technology Education, and Industrial Technology (with specializations that include advanced manufacturing, construction and technology management). The College of Business and Technology also offers an MBA in Applied Management. In addition to a solid foundation in business and industrial technology, the College of Business and Technology graduates possess a solid liberal arts and sciences foundation that will serve them well throughout their lives.
College of Education
From the College of Education it is possible to earn the Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Early Childhood Special Education, K-8 Elementary Education, K-12 Physical Education, and K-12 Special Education. Students may earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education and Exercise Science to prepare them to enter private, public and governmental agencies and businesses. At the graduate level a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction is offered with specializations in reading, mathematics, technology, and science.
The College of Education houses two academic units: 1) the Division of Physical Education and Health and 2) the Department of Education. The Division of Physical Education and Health includes physical education, health, outdoor education, exercise science, and coaching disciplines. The Department of Education includes faculty who provide the professional core courses for teachers at all levels of the school organization from preschool to secondary school including librarians.
The mission of the College of Education is to prepare competent, confident, and caring professionals.
The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music. The university is also a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Commission on Accrediting.
The athletic teams of BHSU are known as the Yellow Jackets. The university is currently a member of the NCAA and participates in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). BHSU Rodeo teams are members of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). BHSU offers the following sports for students: Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Rodeo, Golf, Softball, Volleyball, and Dance.
West River rivalry
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Black Hills State's main athletic rival is the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. The rivalry is generated from proximity, with SDSM&T located less than 50 miles to the east in Rapid City. Educational differences between the schools also help fuel the rivalry, with BHSU being mainly a liberal arts college and SDSM&T an engineering research university. The football rivalry is the second most-frequently played series in the US, behind Harvard-Yale. It is also the oldest football series west of the Mississippi River. The last game of each season is reserved for the two schools to play, however the two schools may play twice in the same season. In the later game, they battle for the Homestake Trophy, named for a mine in the Black Hills area. This game is called the Black Hills Brawl, due to the ferocity in which the teams play each other.
Transition to NCAA
In July 2010 the university received word it had been accepted into NCAA Division II. The move to the NCAA was a multiple-year process that included a two-year candidacy period followed by a one-year provisional season, in which BHSU was not be allowed to advance into NCAA postseason play. The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) has extended an invitation for Black Hills State University to be considered for membership. Following the successful transition, the university became a full member of the NCAA DII in 2013.
The BHSU campus consists of 123 acres (50 ha) and 20 main buildings in addition to Ida Henton Park and Lyle Hare Stadium.
Construction is complete for the Student Union expansion that has more than doubled the amount of space available for students. A new $8-million science building was opened February 8, 2011. The 26,000-square-foot (2,400 m2) science building is located west of the current Jonas Science wing. Clare and Josef Meier Hall, a state-of-the-art a music and classroom building, was added in the center of campus in 2003. This 44,919-square-foot (4,173.1 m2) building includes a 280-seat recital hall, choir and band rooms, faculty studios, classrooms, soundproof practice rooms, conference rooms, instrument storage areas, keyboard, listening and piano labs and faculty offices. A recent $1 million donation has invigorated plans for a new theatre on campus. Consideration is also being given to remodeling the existing theatre in Woodburn Hall.
A majority of the university’s instructional programs and offices are housed in Woodburn Hall, Wenona Cook Hall, Jonas Hall, and the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center. The E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center, the first South Dakota library to implement electronic catalog system, contains learning resources, both print and electronic. The university library is also the site of the mainframe computer that services the statewide library network (SDLN).
Five residence halls and an eight-building apartment complex accommodate nearly 850 students. The David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union serves the social and recreational needs of the students. The Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, which was completed in 1990, provides fitness facilities and an aquatics center, as well as classrooms and faculty offices.
Kay Schallenkamp (BS, Northern State University; MA, University of South Dakota; Ph.D, University of Colorado, 1982; all in communication disorders) was selected as the university's ninth president starting July 2006, following a national search by the South Dakota Board of Regents.
Former Presidents Include:
- Fayette L. Cook (1885–1919)
- Ethelburt Cooke Woodburn (1919–1942)
- Russel E. Jonas (1942–1967)
- M. N. Freeman (1967–1976)
- Maurice Fitzgerald (1976–1977)
- J. Gilbert Hause (1977–1985)
- Dr. Clifford Trump (1985–1994)
- Dr. Thomas Flickema (1994–2006)
- Dr. Kay Schallenkamp (2006–present)
Notable former students
- Clint Roberts - United States Congressman for South Dakota's 2nd congressional district from 1981 to 1983.
- Raymond W. Carpenter - United States Army Major General who served as acting Director of the Army National Guard.
- Dick Termes - Artist.
- Ryan Maher South Dakota politician
- Zac Alcorn - Former NFL tight end.
- Bruce Williams and Terry Ree, members of the comedy duo, Williams and Ree. The comedy team met while attending BHSC in 1968.
- Brian Shaw, leading American strongman, Two time winner of the World Strongest Man (2011 & 2013) competition.
- Cliff Graham, novelist and screenwriter.
- Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
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