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Lex Brady

Graphic Design Major From Powell, WY
What are your plans after graduation?
I will remain in the Black Hills area and starting a job with the BH Pioneer after graduation as a graphic designer. I am excited for the experience I hope to gain from working there and to also be staying within the area.

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
As graduation approaches, I feel confident and well prepared to face the new journeys that I will come across in the future. It is bittersweet to see this chapter come to an end, but it has been a long-time goal that I am thrilled to see achieved. I wouldn't be here without the love and support I have had from my family and friends along the way.

How has BHSU prepared you for your future?
The teachers and classes I have taken while attending BHSU, have given me the tools and knowledge to be successful in the coming future within my career field. The connections and opportunities I have here I will be grateful for, and they have attributed to the confidence in my preparation. BHSU has been a great experience overall and I am glad to have transferred here to finish out my degree.

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Ashley Davis

Exercise Science Major From Belcourt, ND
What are your plans after graduation?
Attending University of North Dakota to become a physical therapist.

What were you involved with on campus?
I was on the women’s basketball team and helped Lakota Omniciye when I had time to do so.

What will you miss about BHSU?
I am going to miss how beautiful it is here and all the amazing people I’ve met along the way.

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Jedediah (Jed) Engler

Biology Major From Gillette, WY
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan on applying to Veterinary Medical School and hope to attend in the fall of 2023. In the meantime, I will stay here in the Black Hills and work towards gaining more experience in veterinary medicine, hopefully by working as a veterinary assistant.

What were you involved with on campus?
I have been involved with the Health Science Student Organization since coming to BHSU as a freshman. I was able to serve as an officer for the organization both junior and senior year.
Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
My favorite professor at BHSU is Dr. Charlie Lamb. I’ve been able to get to know him both as a professor and an advisor. His classes are tough but always enjoyable.
How has BHSU prepared you for your future?
BHSU has prepared me for the future by teaching me communication, analytical thinking, and laboratory skills that I will be able to use going forward. Additionally, BHSU provided a great opportunity to work alongside professors conducting research projects throughout the school year. The opportunities available at BHSU have allowed me to grow as both a student and a professional moving into my career.

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Kallie Fretheim
Mass Communications Major with an Emphasis in Integrated Media & Graphic Communications from Valley City, ND
What were you involved with on campus?
On campus, I was the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, The Jacket Journal. As well as the Online Editor for BHSUMedia.com, and the Station Manager for KBHU-TV.
How has BHSU prepared you for your future?
BHSU has prepared me for my future by providing me with the real-life experiences of working with various campus media outlets. From learning how to design a newspaper spread to working a video camera, I am confident BHSU has prepared me for my next steps.

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Gracie Kosters

Elementary Education Major From Lead-Deadwood , SD
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I will be teaching 1st grade at Sturgis Elementary School! I am thrilled to be able to stay in the area after graduation as this is where I have lived for most of my life, and I love the Black Hills Area.

What’s your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
My favorite memory at Black Hills State is all the time that I have spent during methods block of my education major. I have made friends during this time that will last a lifetime.
What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
As I approach graduation, I am feeling excited for this next chapter of my life to begin!

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Pasiensia Lockman

Elementary Education and Speech Communication with an Emphasis in Theatre From Scottsbluff, NE
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to continue my education and receive my master's in School Administration. I am also hoping to teach in the Black Hills Area. I do not have a preferred grade, but I am finding myself gravitating more to upper elementary. If the opportunity arises I would also love to coach something in the performing arts.

What’s your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
My favorite memory at Black Hills state was participating in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2020. It was an amazing opportunity to have a week filled with theatre with my peers. I was able to compete in the Irene Ryan acting competition and was selected to perform in the “10 Minute Play Readings”. It was a life-changing experience and I am so happy that it is a trip that the theatre program at BHSU offers for students.

Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
Black Hills States has amazing professors, it is hard to pick a favorite! I especially loved all of the methods block teachers, Professor Haugland, Professor Kertzman, Professor LaDuke Pelser, Professor Moore, Professor Schwiewsow, and Professor Klavon. Professor Turner and Professor Juhrend are also teachers that I have loved having throughout my years at Black Hills State.
What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
The closer May 7th gets, the more excited I feel! The teaching program at Black Hills State has made me feel very prepared for the start of my teaching career, and I know that I have a great support system with my peers, professors, and clinical educators..

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Audra Lynam

English Education Major and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Minor From Sheridan, WY
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I have signed for a job at Madison High School. I will be teaching speech, debate, sophomore literature, and creative writing. I also plan to go to graduate school sometime soon to continue my education in teaching.

What were you involved with on campus?
I was first involved with the Resident's Hall Association. I then joined Three Peak Review where I am now vice president. I briefly participated with The Buzz Radio when I shared a radio show with a peer titled “Aimless Rebellion.” Towards the end of my career, I was a senator on the Student Senate. In Student Senate, I got the wonderful opportunity to work with remarkable and thoughtful individuals who encouraged me to help improve the experience of students. I was able to work on multiple projects for voter registration, briefly talking with professionals about issues on campus, and worked with others to create ways to challenge food insecurity on campus. I also worked with and participated in the College Democrats Club to help register students for voting during the 2020 election. Finally, I was also able to work on campus during my education, which provided me with a professional space to practice skills that will be critical to my future profession.

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
One thing I will miss about BHSU is that this school is so open to taking risks. As a future educator, I know the importance of creating a safe environment for students to take risks in learning. All of my professors supported me in my learning journey and encouraged me to take the risks I needed to take in order to advance my learning and push my academic ability. I will also miss the great selection of literature and articles. One of my favorite parts of my major was reflecting on the world and reading about different perspectives. My professors did an amazing job at providing me with a wide variety of texts to help me gain a better understanding of the world and the way people around me perceive it.

What's your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
One of my favorite memories from BHSU would be from the times I spent working with my peers. During the beginning of the pandemic, I was working with BHSU Senate to help with the food insecurity that students were facing on campus. I had worked to create an outreach program for quarantine students facing food insecurity with my peers. One of my peers, Julz Neilson, had a wonderful idea of doing a food collection  “trick or treat” to get more food for the food pantry. Due to COVID-19 this was postponed until February. We ended up walking around in the snow going to strangers’ doors asking them for donations. In the end, I and most of my peers had a blast getting to know the community and weathering the cold together.

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
As I approach graduation, I feel capable. My experience at BHSU has transformed me as a thinker. Not only do I feel that I have the knowledge level needed to be successful in my field, but I also feel like I have learned things that will continue to build me as a person for the rest of my life. My literature classes have prepared me to be an active learner throughout my life. I know that whatever comes my way in the future, BHSU has helped me to build the skills that I need to overcome it and grow.

How has BHSU prepared you for your future?
BHSU has prepared me to live a life that is fulfilling in my career field and outside of it. Throughout my time interacting with clubs, classes, and my friends, I learned the importance of balance in life. BHSU also taught me how to make a bad experience into a transformative experience that I could grow from. There have been numerous times that I have done my best and not received the outcome I had hoped for. In those moments of perceived failure, the staff and faculty at BH had helped me grow and learn from those moments. As an educator, they have prepared me to help coach students through the process of failing and learning. I hope that my experience at BHSU can guide students to “fail upwards."

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Jennifer Mauer

Elementary Education Major From Eden Prairie, MN
What are your plans after graduation?
I will remain around the Black Hills, I own a home with my husband in Belle Fourche, and am looking forward to having my own elementary classroom very soon!

Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
I would have to say Dr. Sydney Haugland, although it was a tough choice because I got to work with so many talented educators in the senior methods block this past year!

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
The thing I will miss the most is meeting up with a group of friends and enjoying a snack, meal, or coffee on our beautiful grounds in the fall and spring. We are fortunate to have our campus in such a beautiful area that I try to take advantage of that any chance I get.

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Abie McCollar

Chemistry Major & Biology and Psychology Minor From Rapid City, SD
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to continue my education at Montana State University in their Chemistry Ph.D. program.

What were you involved with on campus?
I was involved in BRIN Undergrad Research.

Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
Dr. Katrina Jensen

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
The people, I made lifelong friends and made great connections with professors.

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
I am mostly excited to start this new chapter, but with that it is bittersweet that I must part from all my friends and move away from family.

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David Miller

Environmental Physical Science Major From Oswego, IL
What are your plans after graduation?
After I graduate, I plan on pursuing a Geological Sciences M.S. at Central Washington University starting in Fall 2022 that focuses on critical mineral deposits in the Cascades. The project will involve mapping, sampling, igneous and metamorphic petrology, and geochronology among other things. Once I have a master's degree, I'd like to work in the mineral exploration field searching for critical minerals and applying myself to become an economic geologist.

What were you involved with on campus?
I was heavily involved on campus during my last year here. I was an undergraduate research assistant, a geology TA, and a night assistant in the residence halls on weekends. I was also an RA in Humbert Hall my senior year, which was a phenomenal experience that allowed me to meet and interact with so many amazing people. I went to campus club and organization events as much as I could and had a great time involving myself in those things when I did.

Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
Dr. Abigail Domagall was by far the best professor I had at BHSU. She has taught me almost everything I know about geology and has mentored me throughout my three years here immeasurably. I am forever grateful for her kindness, support, and teachings, and wouldn't be anywhere without her help.

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
I will miss all the friends I've and the connections that I have made here. The community was so nice. Having met so many amazing friends, professors, and peers here, it is going to be hard to leave.

What's your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
My favorite memory from my time at Black Hills State was getting the chance to present my research at GSA Connects in Portland, Oregon. Getting to travel to a new and beautiful part of the country to show off my work was fantastic. I got to meet so many other students and geologists, and the opportunity to gain experience presenting at a conference, network with so many peers, and gain feedback on my work was so cool. It was an indescribable trip, and I will never forget it..

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
As I approach graduation, I am extremely excited for the future. I feel prepared, fulfilled, and ready for the next step. I'm excited to apply all that I've learned to the real world. With that being said, I am nervous. Grad school in another faraway place even further from my family and friends is a big step. However, I'm ready for the challenge and can't wait to get started.

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Amber Muth

Elementary Education Major From Humboldt, SD
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to become a certified teacher and teach at an elementary in eastern South Dakota, but I am open to staying in the beautiful Black Hills.

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
There will be so much that I am going to miss from Black Hills State following graduation. I am going to miss the amazing professors, who have been mentors throughout my time, and the relationships that I have made. Although I am excited for my future in education, BHSU was my home away from home.

What's your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
One of my favorite memories was when I was a Resident Assistant in Humbert Hall my sophomore year on move in weekend. Some of the students from my hall and I walked from campus to Spearfish Downtown Friday Nights, one of my favorite things to do in Spearfish. We also went to so many events to get students involved on move in weekend, and it created the best community that I could have been a part of.

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Regina Nachtigall

Graphic Design & Studio Art, Minor in Commercial Art From Watertown, SD
What are your plans after graduation?
My husband and I plan to move to his hometown, Hot Springs, SD after graduation. As an expecting mother, I plan to stay at home and do freelance graphic design work as well as manage my husband's welding business website, social media, and advertisements.

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
The thing I will miss most about BHSU is my on-campus job in the Marketing & Communications Department. I have loved every second of working here and have learned so many new and useful things for my future as a graphic designer.

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
As I approach graduation, I'm feeling excited for what the future hold. Taking this next step in life will be a new experience and I know I will be able to use what I've learned in my classes and on-campus job to become a successful graphic designer/artist.

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Keith Osowski

Double Major in Chemistry & Biology From Kodiak, AK
What are your plans after graduation?
I got accepted in BHSU's accelerated master program called project second. I will get a master in Secondary Education in 1 year here at BHSU and hope to get certified to teach high school chemistry!

What was I involved with on campus?
I was a part of the Cross country and Track team and will continue to compete for BHSU as I pursue my masters! I am also a part of Campus Ventures which is a college ministry here at BHSU and is a great way to surround yourself with fellow Christian's to figure out life and faith.

What's your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
My favorite memory of Black Hills State University is taking a PE class my senior year. It was PE 263 with Professor Chris McCart. This class was an introduction to teaching outdoor skills and activities for a professional physical educator. This class taught me a lot of useful outdoor skills and gave me the ability to learn how to teach outdoor skills and activities to younger kids in the future. We got to experience a lot of these outdoor skills and activities within the class. We did an orienteering unit and we got to actually go out and do it on a course. We also did a rock-climbing unit, fly fishing unit, challenge course unit and so much more. It was a really engaging and hands-on class and I loved it. 

Who is your favorite professor?
Dr Lamb went over the top not only by his expectations for the quality and quantity of knowledge for all his student to gain from his classes, but he has been a tremendous help in helping me decide what to do in the future.

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Maureen Rein

Environmental Physical Science Major From Saint Paul, MN
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan on moving back to Minnesota or possibly Georgia. I would love to work with soil and soil conservation.

Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
My favorite professor is Abigail Domagall. I had her for Volcanology, Mineralogy and Petrology, and my Seminar. Professor Domagall is an amazing professor. She knows a lot about her field, and she can answer any question you have related to Environmental Science. She always made class fun and was really engaging with her students. She also helped me set up a summer internship that I did in the summer of 2020.

What's your favorite memory at Black Hills State?
My favorite memory of Black Hills State University is taking a PE class my senior year. It was PE 263 with Professor Chris McCart. This class was an introduction to teaching outdoor skills and activities for a professional physical educator. This class taught me a lot of useful outdoor skills and gave me the ability to learn how to teach outdoor skills and activities to younger kids in the future. We got to experience a lot of these outdoor skills and activities within the class. We did an orienteering unit and we got to actually go out and do it on a course. We also did a rock-climbing unit, fly fishing unit, challenge course unit and so much more. It was a really engaging and hands-on class and I loved it. 

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
I am feeling very nervous to start this next chapter of my life, but also very excited. I have been in school nonstop for 18 years and now I will be done. I am excited to find my path in this world and see where it takes me

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Eunice Straight Head

Photography Major From Eagle Butte, SD / Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
What are your plans after graduation?
I would like to say that it's full of many opportunities and possibilities now. I will be expanding my photography business to work alongside other indigenous photographers to represent our own tribes and stories through art. This is only a part of many aspirations I have planned at this time and graduating has opened many of those doors.

What were you involved with on campus?
This Senior year I was Vice President of Lakota Omniciye and Creative Direction in the Center for American Indian Studies NEH Grant Project. It was a great experience to work with a close-knit 'family' of students and build a stronger bond for future indigenous scholars.

Who is your favorite professor at BHSU?
My favorite professor here at BHSU was Steve Babbitt. Although Steve retired, I wouldn't have thought of pursuing photography as a major. He was truly a great mentor in the department.

What will you miss about Black Hills State?
I will miss the Center. I treasured the life-long friendships and community that we have. Getting to rely on each other and truly become that 'home away from home.'

What are you feeling as you approach graduation?
As graduation approaches, I feel cathartic. Tears of happiness and sadness. I am thankful for every connection I've made on this educational journey. Having the support of not only my big family but, everyone back home. After 6 years of struggling to make it to the finish line, I can finally say I am an Indigenous college graduate that is helping break the statistics.

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Jaicee Williams

Mass Communications & Corporate Communications Major From Wall, SD
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I plan to work as the Community Relations Specialist for Western Dakota Technical College in Rapid City.

What were you involved with on campus?
I was on the Rodeo Team and served as the team's media personnel which kept me very busy! It taught me how to manage my time and stay organized.

Who was your favorite professor at BHSU?
Mary Caton-Rosser. She was my advisor and taught many of my classes throughout my time as a Mass Comm student. She genuinely cared about my successes and would often try to catch up not only with my academic standing, but also with my progress in rodeo and life.