Black Hills State University

In The Moment ... February 7, 2018 Show 272 Hour 2

Jeremiah Watt is an adventure sport and climbing photographer.

Watt is a 2005 BHSU photography program alum. In 2012, he earned a master of fine arts in photography from the University of Utah. Recent photographic projects have taken him to France, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, and Belize. He is currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Sanford Donates $30 Million to Scholarship Endowment

Jan 29, 2018
Horatio Alger Association

Denny Sanford is establishing a 30 million dollar scholarship endowment with the Horatio Alger Association. Seven universities in South Dakota are among twelve in the nation receiving an allotment from the new scholarship program. 

Spearfish Piano Duets

Nov 29, 2017

In The Moment ... November 29, 2017 Show 229 Hour 1 

Now celebrating its 13th year, the Spearfish Piano Duets have become a South Dakota holiday staple. We're joined by Dr. Janeen Larsen, professor emeritus, Black Hills State University.

In The Moment ... October 25, 2017 Show 206 Hour 2

David Wolff is Professor Emeritus from Black Hills State University where he specialized in South Dakota and Black Hills history. He's giving a lecture as part of the Turtle Soup Lecture Series, this Friday, October 27 at noon. It's called “Seth Bullock in Black Hills and Reality.”

In the Moment ... October 12, 2017 Show 197 Hour 2

In a world thrumming with joy and agony, sometimes the only thing you can do is pick up a pen. Fortunately, sometimes that's also the best thing you can do. Denice Turner offers a Geek Speak Lecture at Black Hills State University this afternoon. She's the author of the memoir "Worthy." She joins us now for a preview of "Tasting Life Twice: On Life-Writing and Wellbeing"

In The Moment ... October 5, 2017 Show 192 Hour 2

This year marks the 160th anniversary of The Oxford English Dictionary. Andrey Reznikov is Professor of English at Black Hills State University. He's lecturing on the surprising history of gathering meaning as part of Black Hills State University's Geek Speak Lecture Series. He joins us for a look at the surprising history of a very famous book.

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In The Moment ... September 26, 2017 Show 185 Hour 1

Dr. Holly Downing is a professor of biology at Black Hills Sate University. She studies social insects. She joins us today to expand on what she does.

In The Moment ... September 14, 2017 Show 177 Hour 1

Arthur C. Jones is a professor in the department of musicology, ethnomusicology, and theory at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. He is the founder of the Spirituals Project—a nonprofit organization working to preserve and revitalize the music and social justice teachings of African American spirituals. In January of 2017, Jones spoke with SDPB’s Lori Walsh about the importance of preserving this specific piece of musical history. They begin with the origin of his research.


In The Moment ... June 13, 2017 Show 113 Hour 1

Today we learn about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. This program honors Vietnam veterans whose lives were cut short as a result of their service in Vietnam, however, they are not eligible for inscription on the wall under Department of Defense guidelines. Tim Tetz is the Director of Outreach for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund and joins us with more.

Kealey Bultena

In The Moment ... March 29, 2017 Show 060 Hour 1

We begin the hour by talking about the future of altruistic whistleblowers. We talk with Cody Drolc about the legacy and complexities of Edward Snowden and what advancements in insider threat detection might mean for democracy and transparency in government.

Victoria Wicks

The legal status of birth control and abortion has evolved over the years, resulting in an established right to privacy that continues to play out in the courts.

A Black Hills State professor led a panel discussion on that topic on March 28 in Rapid City.

About two dozen people came together inside the Dahl Arts Center meeting room, as about the same number of protesters stood outside the window.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this report.

Lori Walsh

In  The Moment ... March 24, 2017 Show 057 Hour 1

N.W. Engbers is a musician from Sioux Falls. His new EP is called "The Inner World." The songs wrestle with the mysteries of life and death while blending musical styles with honesty and humility. For this week's Moment in Sound, we welcome N.W. Engbers to the SDPB studios in Sioux Falls.

Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... March 16, 2017 Show 051 Hour 1

Chynna Lockett

In The Moment... February 24, 2017 Show 037 Hour 1

This weekend marks the 89th Academy Awards. Before we break out the snacks, we take deeper look at language in the movies and how it is used to identify people and, sometimes, to discriminate. On Monday, Lindsey Clouse presents "Dialect Discrimination from Disney to Django: How Hollywood Uses Language to Reinforce Racial Stereotypes" as part of the Black Hills State University speaker series. We talk with Lindsey about dialect, directors, and discrimination.

In The Moment... February 22, 2017 Show 035 Hour 2

This week’s Dakota Political Junkies are Madison Daily Leader publisher Jon Hunter and Rapid City Journal enterprise reporter Seth Tupper. 

Cara Hetland

In The Moment ... February 10, 2017 Show 028 Hour 1

Deadwood History, Inc.

In The Moment ... February 6, 2017 Show 024 Hour 2

In The Moment ... January 26 2017 Show 017 Hour 2

Guests: Dr. Trenton Ellis, assistant professor of human services at Black Hills State University's School of Behavioral Sciences, Panic at the Meat Department Geek Speak; Mike Huether, Mayor of Sioux Falls; Deirdre Dalpiaz Bishop, U.S. Census Bureau Chief of Geography

In The Moment ... January 26 2017 Show 017 Hour 1

Guests: Ayelet Waldman, author of "A Really Good Day"; Dr. Adam Blackler, assistant professor of history at Black Hills State University; SDPB's Nate Wek, talks spring high school sports; Kevin Woster, blogger, On The Other Hand

BHSU Professor Speaks On Pop Culture Cowboys

Jan 18, 2017
Chynna Lockett

The stock show is coming to the Black Hills and that means the cowboys are too. A local professor took a look at what makes working cowboys different from the ones in movies, songs and advertisements.

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender takes the stage at the ribbon cutting for the 2017 Black Hills Stock Show. 

Horses stand behind fences and the smell of manure fills an event center at the Central States Fair Grounds. Much of the crowd is dressed in cowboy or trucker hats and tall boots. People laugh as they gather on stage for the ribbon cutting.

Black Hills State University

Officials say Black Hills State University in Spearfish is the only South Dakota school selected by to be featured in its higher ed holiday card 2016 edition.

In the virtual card, BHSU student Paige Michael paints a picture of a snowy landscape while a video of Black Hills scenery plays.

Black Hills State University hosts Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon. His visit is part of a year-long series of events led by the South Dakota Humanities Council. It coincides with the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize.

Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer in 2001 for the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. His latest novel is released on November 21 from Harper Collins. It’s called Moonglow.

Chabon speaks on the topic “Thanks, Teach: Remembering Four Writing Mentors” Wednesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. in the student union at Black Hills State.

The study of sustainability is much more than recycling. According to Dr. Sandra Marker, the study focuses on problem solving in a complex world.

A new online master's program at Black Hills State University is the first of its kind in the western United States. Marker, the program's coordinator, joins Midday to talk about the new degree program, growth in sustainability careers, and the wide array of interested students.

As we approach the anniversary of the Battle of Greasy Grass/Battle of Little Bighorn scholar Donovin Sprague will discuss the battle from the perspective of a Lakota and Cheyenne family during a Learning Forum at the Journey Museum at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th.

He joins Dakota Midday to talk about new scholarship that adds to the cultural understanding of what happened 140 years ago this week.

Sprague is an adjunct instructor in American Indian Studies at Black Hills State University. He is a tribal archivist, historic tour guide, and musician.

Dakota Midday: Dr. Diekhoff On Gear Up

Jun 14, 2016

Lori Walsh interviews Dr. Peg Diekhoff, project manager of SD GEAR UP at Black Hills State University. She joins us to talk about the role of the pre-college enrichment program for high school students, the value of expectation and how to prepare at-risk students for a successful post-secondary experience.

Dakota Digest May 13, 2016

May 13, 2016

On this week's edition of Dakota Digest, Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders visted South Dakota. Also, this week marked the one year anniversary of the Delmont tornado, destroying most of the tiny town. SDPB's Gary Ellenbolt attended a ceremony on Monday to remember the First Lady of the University of South Dakota, Colette Abbott .

BHSU Opens Underground Campus In Sanford Lab

May 10, 2016
Amy Varland

The Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead recently added a new facility that allows college students to aid in research. Black Hills State University faculty say the underground campus  encourages science students to become involved with experiments.

The GEAR UP program in South Dakota is now operating from Black Hills State University. The education effort aims to prepare Native American students for college. Most recently GEAR UP is tied to accusations of wrongdoing as former leaders face criminal charges. Despite the challenges, the program is under new leadership and moving forward.

Incoming high school students from schools participating in GEAR UP are eligible to apply for a three-week program promoting college readiness and culture.

Black Hills State University’s most recent Geek Speak lecture series featured an open discussion about the objectification of women. The presentation, by university professors, touched on what’s called raunch culture.

Four Black Hills State University, or BHSU, faculty stood in front of a crowd of nearly 65 people. A screen behind them flipped through photos of advertisements, music videos and movie scenes featuring women wearing underwear and short dresses.

Students Compete In Live Graphic Design Competition

Oct 23, 2015
Cadence Owen

Graphic designers were given the opportunity to perform their craft in front of a crowd Thursday. The American Advertising Federation of the Black Hills hosted the 3rd annual student Design Jam at Black Hills State University. Several students competed in the event showing viewers what goes on behind their computer screen.   

Nearly 70 students and faculty gathered on the Black Hills State University, or BHSU, campus for the student Design Jam Thursday evening. Judges gave 9 BHSU student competitors 10 minutes to create an assigned graphic design project.