BHSU Move In Day
College move in day can be a mix of emotions, and for the Steveson family, there's’a generational aspect.
Black Hills State University had a move in day on Friday, August 21st.
Jennifer Steveson says, “I went here from ’92-’97, my mom and dad were both graduates from BH as well as my uncle and my aunt so it’s kind of a legacy University for us an now we will have the 3rd generation here with my daughter Alaina.”
New students moved onto the BHSU campus Friday and with a weekend of events planned – the hope is to get them acquainted with each other and the campus.
Jane Klug, Dean of students, Black Hills State University, says, “The goosebumps, the butterflies that we all have right. That is just it’s scary and I think what’s most important is that the students understand that we’ve all been there and we’ll be there with smiles on our faces and we will be at helping them move in and asking them to be a part of our community and what we do know is that those students it is vital for them to really make a connection within the first, you know, two weeks of being on campus, so building relationships, building our community, getting students to have all of the heaven forbid ice breakers … but we know how incredibly important they are to help chip away at all of those fears and insecurities, and to find some really good friends.”
Student athletes and leaders helped families move students into the residence halls – where they also go over rules and expectations of living on campus and go over checklists of what to bring and what to leave at home.
The BHSU green and gold program offers activities for students the first 2 weeks of school – everything from dances to board game nights to tailgate parties, so students have a chance to connect.
Klug adds, “This is a time to start anew, and it’s fresh and who’s to say what you can do and build for yourself and getting involved in a club or an organization finding that right group of people that are going to be your peers in your friends, that’s what it’s about and so we’re going to help those students feel like they’re at home.”
BHSU faculty Encourage students but not required to wear a mask, social distance and get the COVID-19 vaccination.