Open Enrollment: Preregistration Required

Greetings Colleagues!

Annual enrollment is now open through Monday, May 17th! Please note, preregistration is required before you can enroll. The account athentication process does have a delay of at least 1 hour, but some employees have experienced longer delays. An email containing step-by-step directions was emailed Monday May 3rd around 8:30 AM. If you cannot locate this email please contact us at or 605.642.6497. Also note, the registration processes has been modified slightly and no longer requires the BOR Employee ID. 

We apologize for any frustration this new process has already created, we understand there have been some technical issues and we are doing everything we can to navigate them timely. Lastly, as a reminder, we will be available for enrollment help sessions in the Jonas 205 computer lab during the following days and times, but you must authenticate your account beforehand:

  • Monday, May 10th 1 pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday, May 11th 9am – 12pm
  • Wednesday, May 12th 1pm – 4pm
Submitted by Kasey Salazar on 2021-05-05

Academic Summer Camps

This summer, Black Hills State University will be offering four academic summer camps for Elementary, Middle and/or High School students.  Learn from BHSU faculty and career professionals!   All classes will be held on the BHSU campus.  Registration and information:


High School Students; June 21-24, 2021 


Camp Invention 

K-5th Grade; June 21-25,2021 



Ages 14-18; July 6-9, 2021 


Creative Writing 

Ages 10-17; July 13-16, 2021 


For questions, contact Helen Nessan-Merriman, BHSU Summer Camp Coordinator at 


Submitted by JODI GABRIEL on 2021-05-05

Academic Affairs Virtual Huddles

Over the summer months, the Academic Affairs Virtual Huddles will take place on the first Thursday of each month.  These dates are:  June 3, July 1, and August 5.  All huddles will run from 3:30 - 4:30pm. Please mark your calendars and join us!

Meeting URL:

Meeting ID:

930 2317 8997



Submitted by Jodi Gabriel on 2021-05-05

Academic Affairs Virtual Huddle

Please join us for the Academic Affairs Virtual Huddle tomorrow, Thursday May 6 at 3:30pm.  The zoom link is below ~ hope to see you there!

Meeting URL:

Meeting ID:

986 6977 7884




Submitted by JODI GABRIEL on 2021-05-05

Benefit Help Sessions - Tomorrow

Did you miss the benefit presentations last week? Are you confused on the plan changes? HR will be holding an additional help session tomorrow, May 7th, from 1:30 - 3 pm in Meier Hall Room 206 to help navigate this new process. We will be going over some of the general plan information, plan enhancements, account creation (preregistration), and the enrollment process! Space is limited for COVID distancing so reserve your spot by emailing today.

Submitted by Kasey Salazar on 2021-05-05

Self Reporting for Veteran's and/or Individuals with Disabilities

Greetings Colleagues!

The South Dakota Board of Regents (SDBOR) and Black Hills State University are committed to assuring equal opportunity in employment to persons with disabilities and covered veterans*. As part of its affirmative action program, SDBOR invites all employees who are persons with disabilities or covered veterans to identify themselves. Persons with disabilities are also invited to request any reasonable accommodations that may allow them to perform the essential functions of their jobs. Self-identification and requests for accommodation may be made now or at any time in the future and is strictly voluntary; failure to disclose information will not subject you to any adverse action. Individuals who have submitted self-identification forms or accommodation requests in the past, and whose status has not changed, need not do so again.

Information provided as part of this self-identification process will be used solely for reporting and recordkeeping purposes in compliance with federal regulations and will be kept confidential, except that where a disability is identified, in accordance with federal law, the following personnel and officials will have access to it:

  1. Supervisors and other personnel who need to be informed in order to assess requests for and implement any necessary restrictions of work duties and/or necessary accommodations.
  2. Proper personnel, to the extent appropriate, if the disability might require emergency treatment.
  3. Government officials investigating compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or the laws administered by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

If you wish to identify yourself as a person with a disability or as a covered veteran, please complete the online forms. To self-identify, please log in to SNAP, in in the Employment Details channel select “Disability Status” and/or “Veterans Classifications” and complete the forms.

If you are a person with a disability and you wish to request an accommodation or if you have any questions regarding the self-identification please contact the human resource office.

*The term "covered veteran" includes any of the following veterans:

(i) Disabled veterans.

(ii) Veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized.

(iii) Veterans who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a United States military operation for which an Armed Forces service medal was awarded pursuant to Executive Order No.    12985 (61 Fed. Reg. 1209).

(iv) Recently separated veterans.

Submitted by Kasey Salazar on 2021-05-05

Find a job on Handshake

Students - If you are looking for a job (full-time, part-time or seasonal) or internship, then please take a look at the postings on Handshake! New positions are being posted daily. We have on campus opportunities as well as positions in Spearfish, Rapid City and more. Check it out today at (if you haven't already claimed your account, use your student email to register).

Submitted by Andrea Bakeberg on 2021-05-05

Library Renovation – Construction Area

Notice: Contractors will be installing a construction worksite temporary fence between the west of the E.Y. Berry Library and Meier Hall. The fence will in place on May 10th through June 1st. This fencing will create a boundary to protect pedestrians from being too close to the construction area. Facilities Services requests pedestrians and vehicles to use the road/sidewalk on the west side of Meier Hall.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Facilities Services at 642-6244 or Public Safety at 642-6297




Submitted by Debbie Liddick on 2021-05-05


Please join us in congratulating Dr. Rich Loose, Director of Institutional Research at Black Hills State University!

Rich recently earned a Doctor of Education in the Division of Educational Leadership, Educational Administration program with a specialization in Adult and Higher Education from the University of South Dakota! His dissertation title was "Assessment as inquiry: How university stakeholders engage in data-informed decision-making." This is a wonderful academic achievement and we celebrate with Rich on this major accomplishment while continuing to serve in his role at BHSU. Congrats, Rich!

Submitted by Priscilla Romkema on 2021-05-04