January Undergraduate

Gavin Brucklacher

Philip, SD
Pine Ridge – Oglala Sioux
Gates Millennium Program
Black Hills State University
Business Administration – Economics/Finance & Entrepreneurship
GPA 3.96

Community Service:

Northern Hills Committee Member for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
Committee Member for the National Wild Turkey Federation
Active member of National Mutual Benefit community service projects
President of Presidential Student Ambassadors at BHSU
Volunteer as a Cultural Ambassador for BHSU
Volunteer tutor in math for Spearfish High School students
American Citizenship Award
Prudential Spirit of Community Award


Born and raised in a town of 800 people, I have always enjoyed the “small town” life. Moving from Philip to Spearfish, I was given brand new opportunities to meet life long friends and watch my career objectives inch closer. The community that surrounds Black Hills State University is a one-of-a-kind, ranking as the #7 university for outdoor adventures and making another showing as one of the Top 200 colleges for Native Americans. Blessed with having a town and community that supports students at BHSU with scholarships and donations, one never has to feel like they are left out. Making the BHSU Dean’s List five semesters in a row, I am constantly being pushed to excel and make the most out of my undergrad stay in Spearfish. Being an avid hunter and fisherman, I have met several friends and neighbors that enjoy the sports as well, making the weekends well worth the wait. When I’m not in the wood shop or taking a ride through the Black Hills on my four wheeler, I’m working as a Network and Computer Programming Assistant or studying for my many finance and business classes. Volunteering my time as a Presidential Student Ambassador from 5-10 hours a week, I get to converse with BHSU alumni and donors as well as my professors and friends. With an anticipated graduation date of May 2018, I am contemplating the idea of graduate school or taxidermy school. Time will tell where I’ll be in just over a year, and I know i’ll be satisfied with the choices I’ve made.