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BHSU-Rapid City to announce new programs at July 21 Open House

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

SPEARFISH … Black Hills State University-Rapid City (BHSU-RC) will hold an Open House Tuesday, July 21 to announce new academic programs for the Rapid City-based public higher education center formally known as the University Center – Rapid City.  

The Open House runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at BHSU-RC at 4300 Cheyenne Boulevard in Rapid City. BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. will provide a welcome followed by remarks from Gene Bilodeau, executive director of BHSU-RC; Kathryn Johnson, member of the South Dakota Board of Regents; and Andrew Lowe, a BHSU student and member of the South Dakota National Guard who takes classes at BHSU-RC. 

Refreshments will be served following the official dedication of the facility’s new name. Community members are invited to visit information tables showcasing the new BHSU-RC programs.

The change benefits individuals in the area by offering the opportunity to attend a master’s granting university in Rapid City. BHSU-RC, the only comprehensive university west of river in South Dakota, provides additional, affordable and accessible higher education opportunities while continuing to collaborate and offer programs from several universities throughout the state. This semester more than 161 BHSU courses are being offered.

For more information, contact Kathleen Fitzgerald-Ellis, coordinator of admissions and marketing, at 605-718-4194 or Kathleen.FitzgeraldE@bhsu.edu.
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ESL program looking for tutor

Saturday, June 20, 2015
The English as a Second Language (ESL) and Academic English Preparation programs at BHSU-Rapid City are looking to hire an undergraduate tutor. The ESL program is geared toward helping non-Native English speakers focus on basic English skills to help them communicate more effectively with employees, supervisors, and co-workers. The program is not affiliated with a degree. For more information on the cost and other details of this program, please view the flier: Community ESL Program. To apply for the tutoring position, please contact Izabelle Choi at Izabelle.Choi@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6944.

BHSU-RC also offers an Academic English Program, which is a remedial college English prep program for degree-seeking international students or international students in a foreign exchange program. This program is geared toward students who have already mastered basic English skills, but are ready to take next step to prepare them for college coursework. For more information, please visit the following link: http://www.BHSU.edu/IAEP. Contact Izabelle.Choi@bhsu.edu for more information. 
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CENTER Awards recognize deserving students

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Nine outstanding students and one deserving staff member were recognized at BHSU-RC's CENTER Awards on April 27. The awards ceremony acknowledges the hard work of students and staff from the six public universities at BHSU-RC. Student award winners received scholarship funding. 

Staff, faculty, and students at BHSU-RC were asked to nominate students and staff that they felt went above and beyond in their learning and service. Those who received nominations were asked to fill out an application explaining why they felt they deserved a CENTER Award. A committee of staff members then voted on the applications. Congratulations to all nominated students and staff!

The list of award winners follows: 

BHSU Outstanding Undergraduate: Cheryl Kruse - Early Childhood Education 
NSU Outstanding Undergraduate: Nolan Okouchi - Banking & Financial Services 
SDSM&T Outstanding Undergraduate: Adams Ahmadu Jr. - Metallurgical Engineering 
SDSU Outstanding Undergraduate: Kyla Hall - Nursing; Tessa McIntosh - Nursing
SDSU Outstanding Graduate: Jonathan Elm - Counseling & Human Resources 
USD Outstanding Undergraduate: Jaimie Berger - Health Sciences 
Outstanding Faculty/Staff: Shirley Brownell - Financial Aid 
Outstanding Veteran Student: Joshua Kosola - Business Administration (Human Resources) 
Director’s Award: Ashley Rennie - BHSU - Political Sciences 
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BHSU-RC Bookstore Sell Back

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Book Sell Back at the BHSU-RC bookstore will take place May 4 - 7 from 2 - 7 p.m. Book rentals are due May 14. 

Good luck with finals and have a wonderful summer!

BHSU-RC Announces Scholarship Opportunities

Friday, April 17, 2015
Black Hills State University - Rapid City is proud to announce two scholarship opportunities for students in Rapid City: The John T. Vucurevich Foundation Scholarship and the Rapid City Campus Book Scholarship.

BHSU-RC acquired grant funding in the amount of $125,000 from the John T. Vucurevuch Foundation to provide scholarships to undergraduate students attending classes at the Rapid City Campus. Any student taking at least half of her/his classes at BHSU-RC - regardless of home institution - is eligible for the scholarship. The grant will be carried out over three years. Recipients will receive $2500 for the academic year if they are full time students. Part-time students will be pro-rated based on enrollment. The scholarship is renewable if the student has at least a 2.0 GPA. 

The Rapid City Campus Book Scholarship is open to any graduate or undergraduate student attending BHSU-RC, regardless of home institution. Recipients will receive $500 per year if they are full-time students and $250 per year if they are taking less than 12 credits. 

To apply for either scholarship, please fill out the application: BHSU-RC Scholarships. By filling out this application, you are submitting your information for both scholarship opportunities. 
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BHSU-RC will create additional higher education options for Rapid City residents

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Black Hills State University is making plans to significantly increase higher education opportunities in Rapid City following action by the South Dakota Board of Regents today. 

“Students from the Rapid City region have expressed their desire for more options and we are committed to meeting those needs and expanding our offerings in Rapid City,” BHSU President Tom Jackson, Jr., said. “As the state’s only comprehensive university in western South Dakota, BHSU has a unique role in the Rapid City region.” 

Black Hills State University - Rapid City (BHSU-RC), will be the new name for the University Center - Rapid City located at 4300 Cheyenne Boulevard. BHSU-RC will maintain current course offerings (from BHSU and other state universities) and plans are being developed for BHSU to offer additional programming including more certificates and associate degrees, additional daytime classes, more dual credit classes and options for weekend classes to meet the needs of students in Rapid City and the entire West River area of the state. BHSU-RC is also making plans for learning options for senior citizens.

Jackson noted that even as BHSU increases its offerings, BHSU-RC will also maintain and enhance collaborative partnerships with other state universities. The Regental universities will continue to be encouraged to offer courses and programs in Rapid City through collaborative efforts with BHSU.

BHSU first began offering classes in the Rapid City area more than 60 years ago when classes were taught on Ellsworth Air Force Base. When facility changes prompted a move from the base in 2011, a site was developed at 4300 Cheyenne Blvd. that is convenient for Rapid City area residents and military personnel and their families. Classes have been offered at the Rapid City location by all six state universities but BHSU has consistently delivered nearly 90 percent of the total courses offered. Now BHSU will also assume responsibility for the administration of the facility and develop additional learning options for residents in the Rapid City region. 

Gene Bilodeau, executive director of BHSU-RC, noted that having a BHSU location in Rapid City will provide cost savings for students who prefer to stay in their hometown. 

“More students are looking for state university opportunities close to home,” Bilodeau said. “People who are employed in Rapid City are seeking additional higher education options right here so they can continue their employment and not have to commute to work or their classes.”  

Bilodeau noted that more students are employed as they earn their degrees. He added that some students may choose to begin taking classes at the BHSU-RC to attain significant cost savings by continuing to live at home and maintain their current employment. 

BHSU-RC will also place an emphasis on creating opportunities for Native Americans students. Currently, nine percent of the students taking BHSU classes in Rapid City are Native American and BHSU expects that percentage to continue to grow. 

“Providing additional opportunities for students to achieve their dream of earning a university degree right here in Rapid City is gratifying for all of us at BHSU,” Jackson said. “The BHSU-RC location in the state’s second largest city will create opportunities for more people to earn their university degree.” 

For more information contact Corinne Hansen, director of university and community relations, at 605-642-6215 or Corinne.Hansen@BHSU.edu

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BHSU @ UC-RC New Student Registration

Monday, January 26, 2015
If you have received your acceptance letter from Black Hills State University as a new freshman for the Fall 2015 semester taking classes at the University Center- Rapid City, you will want to plan on attending New Student Registration (NSR) during the spring or summer of 2015.

New Student Registration (NSR) is a required program intended to provide you with the best opportunities in your first year at the University Center- Rapid City.  At NSR students register for classes, meet faculty & staff, establish relationships with other new students, and begin the transformation to college!

NSR session will take place on the following dates from 1:00 - 5:00 pm:
  • April 24
  • May 29
  • June 26
  • July 24
  • August 14
You can sign up for a session by completing an online form found HERE.

UC-RC Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Monday, January 12, 2015
There will be no classes held and administrative offices will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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Resume Review Sessions

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Do you need help getting started or need an extra pair of eyes looking over your cover letter and resume?  No appointment necessary, drop in anytime between 3:00 and 5:00 pm in room 114 on the following days for guidance, help and suggestions.

•Wednesday, January 21st

•Tuesday, February 10th

•Tuesday, March 17th

•Wednesday, April 8th

SD CEO Presents "Project Management"

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Project Management flyer

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