BHSU MUSIC DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES OPEN RESERVATIONS FOR ‘A MADRIGAL DINNER’ EVENT

The Black Hills State University Music Department will perform ‘A Madrigal Dinner’ Nov. 30 – Dec. 2. All performances are at 6:30 p.m. in Clare & Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. Tickets are $45 each and support the BHSU Music Department. Photo: BHSU

November 1, 2017

Spearfish, SD – Audiences will be treated to a full evening of food, music, and theatrical entertainment Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 as Black Hills State University presents “A Madrigal Dinner.” The Madrigal Dinner is an annual fund-raising event for the BHSU Music Department featuring a small ensemble of 16 singers that specialize in performing early music each fall semester.

Madrigals were popular vocal pieces on secular texts in the 16th and 17th centuries. “It was the pop music of the Renaissance,” explained Dr. Jonathan Nero, professor of music. “This formal event is different every year and I think it’s always a great kick-off to the holiday season.”

The singers, in Renaissance garb, will portray a 16th-century king, queen, and court who have invited the audience to a Christmas feast in the castle’s great hall. During the dinner portion of the evening, the court and the court jester will present a program including performances of several a cappella traditional carols including “The Boar’s Head Carol,” “A Wassail Song,” “Deck the Hall,” and of course, “Silent Night.”

In addition to beautiful music, the audience will enjoy a wonderful meal catered by A’viands. The first course is a Maple Brie and Cheddar Apple Soup followed by Whole Roasted Turkey with Citrus Rosemary Salt and Wild Rice Stuffing and Figgy Pudding for dessert. After dessert, the court will perform a brief concert of Renaissance madrigals which will feature solos, small ensembles, and the full group performing a cappella and harpsichord-accompanied madrigals by master composers of the Renaissance and early Baroque including John Dowland, Hans Leo Hassler, Thomas Tomkins, and others.

The 2017 Madrigal Dinner performances will be held Thursday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2. All performances are at 6:30 p.m. in Clare & Josef Meier Hall on the BHSU campus in Spearfish. Tickets are $45 each and support the BHSU Music Department.

The Madrigal Dinner typically sells out quickly, so make your reservations soon at http://www.BHSU.edu/Madrigal or call Raena Martinez at 605.642.6420, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please notify us of any dietary needs such as vegetarian meals or nut allergies when making reservations.

The BHSU Music Department offers students diverse courses and opportunities as they pursue degrees in Music and Music Education. BHSU is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

2017 Madrigal Dinner performers:

Alicia Absher, chemistry major from Belle Fourche, SD.

Cheyenne Black, music major from Rapid City, SD.

Hayes Chohon, music education major from Ainsworth, Neb.

Carissa Deming, music education major from Newcastle, Wyo.

Hailey Hanzlik, psychology major from Spearfish, SD.

Mallary Hoffmann, psychology major from Brookings,SD.

Gwen Hoops, English education major from Sturgis, SD.

Harmony Logue, music education major from Rapid City, SD.

Rylann Olson, music education major from Dickinson, N.D.

Eric Quaschnick, music education major from Spearfish, SD.

Micah Pennel, music education major from Hill City, SD.

Hannah Rehmeier, music education major from St. Onge, SD.

Gregory Roling, music education major from Piedmont, SD.

Dillon Smith, outdoor education major from Watford City, N.D.

Grace Wetrich, outdoor education major from Sioux Falls, SD.

Katie Zerbst, music education major from Sturgis, SD.

BHSU Awarded $785,000 Grant to Expand Computer Science Curriculum in State High Schools

Black Hills State University was recently awarded a $785,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand computer science offerings in high schools across the state of South Dakota. Teachers from across South Dakota met at BHSU this summer to collaborate on computer science curriculum units that will be implemented in high schools throughout the state. Photo:BHSU

September 25, 2017

SPEARFISH, SD — Black Hills State University was awarded a $785,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support South Dakota high schools in implementing computer science courses.

Dr. Ben Sayler, director of the Sanford Science Education Center and professor of physical science and mathematics at BHSU, serves as the project’s principal investigator. He says the new project “Expanding Pathways into Computer Science across South Dakota” will build upon previous work also funded by the NSF with an expanded focus: reaching rural regions and under-served students.

The new project grew from the University’s successful partnership with five school districts – Belle Fourche, Douglas, Lead-Deadwood, Rapid City, and Spearfish. Over the past two years, BHSU and its project partners worked with 10 high school teachers to implement a year-long computer science course. A total of 450 students in the Black Hills have now taken that course and continue to enroll annually. BHSU is on the cutting edge for computer science utilization in education.

“Computer science is all around us. We spend so much time interacting with computers and mobile devices and there are excellent career opportunities in this field,” says Sayler. “We’re proud the NSF saw enough promise in our initial effort that they’ve awarded us additional funding to expand the program across the state and impact more students and teachers.”

BHSU has legacy of educating teachers and continues to graduate the highest number of education graduates of any university in South Dakota. Sayler says the connections and experience BHSU has working with teachers in STEM disciplines is especially helpful in supporting the addition of new computer sciences courses in school districts.

The project uses a nationally disseminated high school curriculum “Exploring Computer Science,” which includes six modules taught over the course of one academic year. Modules include: coding, analyzing large data sets, problem solving, human-computer interactions, and web design.

While many high schools require a technology class before graduation, Sayler says computer science is more than simply learning how to use existing applications such as word processing and spreadsheet software; it focuses on the science behind computer programs and applications.

“When we began this work, not many schools in South Dakota had computer science courses. This curriculum is meant to be a focus on the science of computer science – the science behind what makes those computer programs and applications function,” says Sayler.

Sayler says this work is important because it fills a need in the state by providing students and teachers the opportunity to experience computer science content would not otherwise be exposed to. Especially important for this project, according to Sayler, is the professional development and network of support provided to teachers.

“Teachers don’t need to have a formal computer science background to be successful with this curriculum, and that’s good because few teachers in South Dakota have a strong computer science background. We’ve worked with wonderful teachers from business, from math, and from science who’ve been willing to give it a try. They appreciate that they’ve got a project team giving them support,” says Sayler.

This summer, BHSU held a Summer Institute for teachers from across the state to work through the curriculum units, and to learn from those who’ve already been teaching it. An additional 20 teachers representing 14 school districts and 16 high schools came onboard this summer. Sayler says there’s wonderful comradery among the teachers that will continue throughout the year as teachers keep in contact and support one another.

With the new funding, BHSU plans to work with teachers and administrators from an additional 20 South Dakota schools over the next three years. Partners in this effort include faculty from BHSU and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; South Dakota GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a joint effort of BHSU and South Dakota’s Office of Indian Education; and a nonprofit, Technology and Innovation in Education.

School districts interested in implementing the year-long computer science curriculum in their high schools should contact Sayler at Ben.Sayler@BHSU.eduor 605-642-6874.

Black Hills State University Announces Date For “Scrubs Camp”

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High school students are invited to participate in Scrubs Camp, a free health care skills fair for high school students Saturday, Feb. 18 at Black Hills State University in Spearfish. Register for Scrubs Camp at BHSU by Feb. 16 at http://www.scrubscamps.sd.gov. Photo: BHSU

 February 10, 2017

SPEARFISH, SD – Black Hills State University announces its date for Scrubs Camp and invites all local high school students to attend this event Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. in Jonas Hall, room 305 on the BHSU campus in Spearfish.

The event, which is free to attend, provides high school students with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of health careers through hands-on activities and discussions. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Register for Scrubs Camp at BHSU by Feb. 16 at www.scrubscamps.sd.gov.

Janet Crawford, Scrubs Camp coordinator at BHSU, said this is the ninth year that the University has provided this camp for students.

“This year we have presenters speaking about emergency room (ER) / intensive care unit nursing, biotechnology research and development, pharmacy, respiratory care therapy, psychology, physical therapy, dental hygiene, plastic surgery, anesthesia, EMS and career guidance/field experience,” says Crawford.

The goal of Scrubs Camp is to provide an opportunity for students to explore a variety of healthcare careers. The hope is that by exposing high school students to many different areas of healthcare they will ultimately pursue a healthcare career.

For more information contact Janet.Crawford@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6262

BHSU Students Present Tourism Development Plan to The City of Keystone, South Dakota

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Michael Cook, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Gillette, Wyo., and other students from Black Hills State University worked with the city of Keystone, S.D. recently to increase awareness of Keystone as a primary tourism destination in the Black Hills and to increase the length of tourists’ stays. Photo: BHSU

By Kimberly Talcott
January 19, 2017

SPEARFISHStudents from Black Hills State University worked with the city of Keystone Chamber of Commerce recently to increase awareness of Keystone, SD as a primary tourism destination in the Black Hills and to increase the length of tourists’ stays.

Over the course of a semester, students in Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto’s Tourism Planning and Development course completed a comprehensive tourism development plan for the town that Mt. Rushmore calls home.

Kirk Hulstein, industry outreach and development director for the South Dakota Department of Tourism, attended the students’ presentation. He said, as a result of the students’ work, Keystone community members walk away with actionable steps they can implement to maximize their potential and position themselves as a tourism destination.

“This type of in-depth research is invaluable as the students take a deep dive approach into the community’s unique opportunities and challenges and provide honest feedback about how visitors perceive their community,” said Hulstein.

The students conducted visitor and resident surveys, interviewed key informants, and tracked online activity throughout the semester. Students also completed a marketing analysis and a plan of action to implement their recommendations.

Jesse Gramm, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Burlington, Colo., said this project was especially meaningful because tourism is so important to the state of South Dakota.

“This project better prepared me for my future job by providing me an opportunity to get hands-on experience outside the classroom by working with a real community and preparing a detailed proposal,” said Gramm.

The students also competed an environmental analysis looking at industry, economic and technology trends with impact on Keystone.

Several strengths for Keystone that emerged from the analysis included the lodging accommodations, food and beverage options, and outdoor landscape, along with proximity to Mount Rushmore. A key challenge the students noted was that Keystone is known to tourists as only a daytrip, not an overnight destination. Survey results also noted limits on parking space.

“We suggested the use of parking meters to fund and perhaps expand parking options in the future,” said Gramm.

The BHSU students provided suggestions for Keystone including increasing winter sports, adding additional outdoor recreation areas, marketing Keystone as “the Black Hills Hub,” and incorporating bus tours. Key recommendations by the students included outdoor map design, Snapchat Geofilters, and landmarks or outdoor frames for photo opportunities.

Cameron Fullerton, operations manager for Rushmore Tramway Adventures, attended the students’ final presentation. He said the customer survey portion of the students’ work was the most impactful.

“This information has helped Rushmore Tramway Adventures rethink the placement of our promotions.  We have been utilizing many platforms but the direction has lacked purpose and this project helped redirect our efforts,” said Fullerton. “It has been very valuable working with these students since they carry fresh perspectives.  Without fresh perspectives, it is easy to continue plans that may be outdated and ineffective.”

BHSU students who worked on the project included:

Heidi Huether, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Wall
Jessie Gramm, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Burlington, Colo.
Kie Tatsukawa, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Japan
Michael Cook, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Gillette, Wyo.
Logan Miller, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Chester
Max Bergstrom, business administration-tourism and hospitality management major from Sturgis

The BHSU School of Business Tourism and Hospitality Management Program will conduct a similar community-based project in fall 2017 and is currently looking for a partner community. Communities interested in partnering with BHSU to develop a strategic plan to foster tourism in their community should contact Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor and program coordinator, at Ignatius.Cahyanto@BHSU.edu or 605-642-6876.

By Way of the North Pole, Music Education Major Finds Home at Black Hills State University

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Bottom row, second from right, Katherine Carstensen-Zerbst sings with the Northern Hills Chamber Chorale at Black Hills State University. The music education major from North Pole, Alaska says her favorite Christmas song is “Up on The Housetop.” Photo:BHSU

By Kimberly Talcott
December 19, 2016

SPEARFISH –  Here’s three hints to guess the hometown of Black Hills State University student Katherine Carstensen-Zerbst: The weather is frightful, the town has candy cane light poles up 365 days a year, and its most famous resident is especially jolly. That’s right, Katherine is from North Pole, Alaska.

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Hailing from the North Pole, Katherine Carstensen-Zerbst, music education major, says the music department at Black Hills State University is like a family to her, even though she’s nearly 3,000 miles from home. Photo:BHSU

A vocalist and music education major at BHSU in Spearfish, Katherine recently performed as part of “A Christmas Carol Concert” at BHSU and “Holiday Revels at Roma’s,” a music department fundraiser.

Katherine was born in Rapid City before her father’s military career settled the family in North Pole.

“People always ask if we rode polar bears to school in North Pole, but we had roads and infrastructure,” said Katherine. “Santa is there most of the year and you can pet and feed reindeer at the Santa Claus House.”

North Pole is a small town of only a couple thousand people located near Fairbanks, Alaska – the largest city in the state. The city’s webpage has a countdown to Christmas.

Children all over the world are putting the final touches on their letters to Santa via the North Pole this week. Katherine says she helped to ensure the children received responses on behalf of the big boss.

“When I was in middle school I helped reply to kids’ letters to Santa. We would read the letters and then we had a template we’d use to write them back,” said Katherine.

Finishing up her junior year at BHSU, Katherine says she is glad she followed in her parents footsteps to BHSU and that she will compete her degree at their alma mater. Both Katherine’s parents are BHSU graduates. Her mother was born in Sisseton and her father in Newcastle, Wyo. Her grandparents still live in nearby Sturgis.

Katherine hopes to be a high school choir director or a private voice instructor after finishing her degree at BHSU next year. She is active as a vocalist in the music department at BHSU.

She says her faculty and friends in the music department make her feel at home, even though the BHSU campus is nearly 3,000 miles from North Pole, Alaska.

“It’s the best decision I’ve ever made, choosing to be a music major at Black Hills State. The music faculty are awesome, they’re like a family,” said Katherine.

Katherine says she mostly enjoys singing renaissance and French music. But everyone from the North Pole must have at least one favorite Christmas song, right?

“I always push us to sing ‘Up On The Housetop’ in choir,” said Katherine.

BHSU Students Inspire Teenagers in Africa Through Service Learning Program

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Spearfish, SD – Students at Black Hills State University returned from Botswana, a country in southern Africa, recently where they worked to empower and inspire local children through an International Service Learning Program.

The group of 17 BHSU students facilitated people skills and leadership education sessions with 250 teenagers ages 15-19 years at the Gaborone Secondary School in Botswana. As part of the BHSU International Service Learning Program (ISLP), the college students had spent the semester in the classroom preparing for their experience overseas.

Dr. Jane Klug, dean of students at BHSU who accompanied the students to Africa, said the program promotes personal development and knowledge by providing a unique opportunity for students to address human and community needs on a global scale.

“There were many special moments. From the students realizing that they made some very special connections with the high school students, to connecting with teachers and staff at the school, to seeing an elephant or giraffe for the first time outside of a zoo, was amazing,” said Klug.

The BHSU students spent several days mentoring teenagers at the Secondary School, working in five classrooms to empower and inspire the students. In the reflections of the college students after returning to the U.S., the true purpose of service learning is apparent – a reciprocal exchange of culture, ideas, and learning.

“We learned from them more than we taught them,” said Karin Humar, business administration-marketing major from Slovenia. “Against all odds they are fighters with big dreams.”

Wyatt Osthus, English major from Summerset, said he was impacted by the music and faith that was a strong part of the teenager’s culture in Botswana.

“I’ll never forget when our classroom sang a gospel in their native language, Setswana. The song was so beautiful and there was so much passion and conviction when they sang,” said Osthus.

Klug and Humar also said music and dance was a special gift the students shared with the BHSU students, their teachers, to express their emotions, goals, beliefs, and faith.

“Through music and dance they let us in, and I must say that I’ve never felt anything as genuine in my life,” said Humar. “Their culture is not westernized. It comes from their hearts in a unique form. Never before have I understood so well what it means to speak from the heart.”

In addition to their work at Gaborone Secondary School, the BHSU students visited a child care center in South Africa where they interacted with 30 children all under the age of five. The center was built on a site previously used as a waste disposal site. Thanks to the determination of the center’s owner, who always wanted to do something different with the disposal site, the center now provides children three meals a day and keeps them off the street where they could be exposed to disease, crime and negative influences.

Humar said this example of hope showed her that it doesn’t take much to make a substantial and lasting change in the world.

“After experiencing love and joy from the people that we met in South Africa and Botswana, I can say that I value the opportunities I’ve been given more than I did before,” said Humar. “We all have our own struggles. Nonetheless, I’ve learned in the classroom where we taught the high school students, that our values and dreams are not that different.”

Osthus said he’s certain the international experience through BHSU will benefit his career and that it will set him apart from other job applicants in the future.

“It shows that you took initiative and that you’re curious about the world outside of the bubble you may have grown up in,” said Osthus.

All are invited to hear more about the BHSU students’ ISLP experience during a special program Monday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

Another group of BHSU students will participate in ISLP this spring with travel to the Philippines. To find out more about international service learning or study abroad at BHSU, visit www.BHSU.edu/International.

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Katelyn Woten, professional accountancy major from Potter, Neb. facilitates a leadership exercise with teenagers in Botswana, Africa. Woten and 16 other Black Hills State University Students completed the University’s International Service Learning Program in Botswana recently.

Students who participated in ISLP Botswana included:

Druanna Barzeski, Spanish education major from Philadelphia
Dakota Becher, English major from Belle Fourche
Courtney Dahlgren, biology major from Timber Lake
Carissa Deming, music education major from Newcastle, Wyo.
Jessica Gramm, business administration-tourism major from Burlington, Colo.
Karin Humar, business administration-marketing major from Slovenia
Brady Jones, mass communication major from Spearfish
Keely Kleven, political science major from Williston, N.D.
Garrett Kohler, psychology major from Lead
Jared Kovall-Scarlett, business administration-management major from Rapid City
D’Aryn Lends His Horse, chemistry major from Eagle Butte
Mikenzie Mikkelson, chemistry major from Belle Fourche
Wyatt Osthus, English major from Summerset
Bailey Sadowsky, corporate communications and graphic design communication major from Hettinger, N.D.
Richard Walbe, mass communication major from Deadwood
Nichole Walters, human service and sociology major from Spearfish
Katelyn Woten, professional accountancy major from Potter, Neb.

BHSU Black Hills Food Hub Reflects on Success of First Harvest Season

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(L-R) Dr. Rachel Headley, Black Hills Food Hub manager, meets with Trish Jenkins and Jeremy Smith of Cycle Farm in Spearfish for the Food Hub’s first collection in May. The Black Hills Food Hub, hosted by BHSU, delivered a total of 1,344 pounds of local produce during the Food Hub’s first season in operation. Photo: BHSU 

By Katie Greer
October 19, 2016

Spearfish, SD –  The Black Hills Food Hub, hosted by Black Hills State University, is coming to the end of its first harvest season.

There are many small produce farms in the region, and the Hub combines produce from these growers in order to sell larger quantities to cafeterias that need to prepare up to thousands of meals per day. Through the Food Hub, ten farms sold a total of 1,344 pounds of produce from late May to mid-September, including 262 bags of greens, 40 heads of lettuce, and other vegetables and herbs. The goal of the Food Hub is to expand the local food market to encourage more producers to farm in our region.

This first season was a pilot run for the Food Hub, providing the coordination and weekly pick-ups and delivery between the farms and Rapid City Regional Hospital, the Food Hub’s first cafeteria customer. Xanterra’s Carver Café at Mount Rushmore National Monument was recently authorized to accept local produce through the Black Hills Food Hub, also. The Food Hub will operate through the winter months for growers with greenhouses and indoor production, although at a much reduced level.

“We’re excited about the momentum we’ve started this first summer and how we can grow this program to make a real economic impact in our community,” says Katie Greer, assistant director of Facilities Services at Black Hills State University.

The Black Hills Food Hub was launched at the end of 2015 through a $100,000 grant from the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program. Black Hills State University hosts the program. A local Spearfish business, Cobblestone Science, is contracted to run the Food Hub.

“Our first season was an unmitigated success. We learned a lot, and we’ll work with the cafeteria chefs and growers in the upcoming months to make the 2017 season even better,” says Dr. Rachel Headley, owner of Cobblestone Science.

The Food Hub launched from Black Hills State University’s Spearfish Local program, an initiative to bring together local producers, distributors, purchasers, and consumers of local food and other locally-sourced products. More information can be found at www.BHSU.edu/spearfishlocal

 

Rapid City Student Finds Undergraduate Research Opportunities at BHSU-RC

 

By Kimberly Talcott

SPEARFISH… Ashley Wasserburger knew she was interested in psychology when she began college at Black Hills State University-Rapid City. A few classes and a committed professor later, Ashley now has undergraduate research experience and a goal for a lifelong career.

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Black Hills State University-Rapid City student Ashley Wasserburger was selected to work with a faculty member on psychology research. Ashley is a sociology and psychology major from Rapid City.

After graduating from Rapid City Christian High School, Ashley took a year off and decided she wanted to stay close to home as she pursued her degree.

“I like the evening class options at BHSU-RC and they had the majors I wanted,” said Ashley, a psychology and sociology major.

Ashley says her interest in mental health and how the brain functions have been further sparked by her classes at BHSU-RC. When she took Abnormal Psychology with Dr. Emilia Flint, Dr. Flint invited Ashley to join her research team.

“The types of questions Ashley was asking in class showed that she was absorbing course material and figuring out a way to apply what she was reading to a scientific study of human behavior,” said Flint, associate professor of psychology. “Scientific inquiry, servant leadership, and humility are just some of the special skills that will make Ashley a great psychologist one day.”

What started as a simple class assignment for Ashley and her classmates has now expanded into a full research project. The hypothesis of her undergraduate research, says Ashley, is to determine if people are more likely to receive help from others based on their clothing choices.

“We know that physical characteristics like race and age can affect how people are judged and treated. Clothing choice impacts this too, but there’s not a lot of empirical data on this,” said Ashley. “You can’t always control what you look like, but you can control what you wear.”

Under Flint’s mentorship, Ashley is honing her skills in literature search and review, research design and implementation, and manuscript preparation processes as well as in the ethical conduct of research with human subjects.

Each of these skills will prove valuable as Ashley pursues an advanced degree leading to a promising career.

“I want to obtain a doctorate in psychopathology,” said Ashely. “I’m looking forward to a career in forensic profiling, abnormal psychology, and research.”

Black Hills State University Theatre Opens Fall Season With Michael Weller’s “Moonchildren”

By Kimberly Talcott 

Mount Rushmore Superintendent Cheryl Schrier to Address “National Parks and Accessibility” At BHSU World Tourism Day Event

By Kimberly Talcott
September 29, 2016

SPEARFISH… The National Parks Service celebrates its 100th birthday this year and Black Hills State University is marking the occasion by hosting a World Tourism Day event.

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Dr. Keith Barney, Paralympic athlete and 2002 Winter Olympic torchbearer, presenting on accessible travel. (submitted photo)

BHSU will host the World Tourism Day luncheon, expo, and tourism talk Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union in Spearfish.

Globally, World Tourism Day is coordinated each year by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. This year’s theme is “Tourism for All: Promoting Universal Accessibility,” highlighting disability issues in the context of travel and tourism.

Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, coordinator of World Tourism Day at BHSU, says this is the second year BHSU has hosted a World Tourism Day event.

“The significance of tourism in Black Hills and South Dakota cannot be underestimated,” said Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, also assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management at BHSU. “After the busy summer months, we’re glad to bring the industry together to discuss the social, cultural, political and economic value of making travel accessible for everyone.”

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Cheryl Schrier, Superintendent at Mount Rushmore National Memorial (submitted photo)

Cheryl Schrier, superintendent at Mount Rushmore National Memorial will speak at the event on the topic “National Parks and Accessibility” followed by Paralympic athlete, 2002 Winter Olympic torchbearer, and advocate Dr. Keith Barney discussing “How the ADA Helps and Hurts Accessible Travel.”

Tourism and hospitality businesses from throughout the region will then meet with BHSU students during “business speed networking” where guided questions will be provided for networking.

Other events throughout the week include an exhibition reception Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. announcing the student winners of the World Tourism Day photo contest highlighting the tourism experience in South Dakota. The competition was open to students from all South Dakota universities.

Students in the tourism and hospitality program at BHSU help to plan and organize the events.

“The Travel and Tourism Club at BHSU runs the show,” said Cahyanto. “It’s a great learning experience for them and they take great ownership and pride in this event.”

World Tourism Day at BHSU is sponsored by Black Hills State University, South Dakota Department of Tourism, Crazy Horse Memorial, LIV Hospitality, Rocky Mountain International, Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association, and the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau.