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‘Balancing Act’ is topic for Healthy Bodies/Healthy Business seminar May 8 & 10

Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at Black Hills State University, will present “Balancing Act – How to Balance Work, Life, and Health,” as part of the Healthy Bodies/Healthy Business series Tuesday May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center and Thursday, May 10 from noon to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House at 224 Elk Street.

The South Dakota Center for Enterprise Opportunity (SD CEO) at Black Hills State University, in collaboration with Regional Health, will feature avid runner and dean of the College of Business and Natural Sciences at BHSU, Dr. Priscilla Romkema, as part of the Healthy Bodies/Healthy Business seminars. She will present “Balancing Act – How to Balance Work, Life, and Health,” in both Spearfish and Rapid City.

The Spearfish session will take place Tuesday, May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, room 206 on the BHSU campus. The Rapid City session will be held Thursday, May 10 from noon to 1 p.m., in the lower level of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Auxiliary Hospice House at 224 Elk Street.

Romkema will share her tips for balancing work, life, and health. She has competed in several marathons, including qualifying for the Boston Marathon seven times. Giving back to one’s community, region, and profession exemplify Romkema’s core values. She is a member and past president of the Zonta Club of Spearfish and is the current president of the Spearfish Area Community Foundation. She is also a former member and president of both the Spearfish Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) Board of Directors and the Spearfish Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Romkema also serves on the Regional Health Board of Trustees. Nationally, she serves as the National Association for Business Teacher Education (NABTE) director and serves on the National Business Education Association (NBEA) executive committee. In 2011, Romkema was recognized by the South Dakota Small Business Administration (SBA) as the Women in Business Champion of the Year, a distinction presented to someone who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership.

The cost for the Healthy Bodies/Healthy Business sessions is $10 per session, with a discount rate available for participation in the five remaining sessions. Participants are welcome to bring their own lunch. For more information, including speaker information, package prices, and/or registration information, visit www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO, or call Brittni Skipper, SD CEO program assistant at (605) 642-6435. As a culmination event for the Healthy Bodies/Healthy Business seminars, 5K/10K Fun Run and Walk will be held June 16 in Spearfish. For more information, visit the SD CEO website at www.BHSU.edu/SDCEO.

The SD CEO is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA), and is part of a network of more than 110 centers nationwide established through the SBA’s women’s business funding. While services are available to all those interested in entrepreneurship, there is a special emphasis on women, women veterans, Native Americans, the socially and/or economically disadvantaged, and youth entrepreneurs.

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