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BHSU student receives AAMR award

Andrea Ellwanger, a Black Hills State University senior from Rapid City, received the Irene Dunn Student Award this fall during the regional American Association on Mental Retardation (AAMR) conference in Spearfish.


The Irene Dunn Student Award recognizes a student who shows "Great Promise" for growth and performance in the area of mental retardation.

Ellwanger is a co-president of the BHSU student chapter of AAMR. She was recognized for her efforts in organizing community activities and for her leadership in the organization's academic and service projects.

The BHSU student chapter of AAMR assisted with the organization and operation of this year's Region VIII conference and also presented a session entitled, "Technology in Teacher Education Training."

Conference participants came from a six-state/province area to hear numerous nationally recognized speakers and to take part in over 40 regional presentations. Topics presented focused on brain-based learning, self-concept development, employment opportunities for people with disabilities, and legal issues involving self-determination.

Black Hills State University students participating were: Leslie Franklin, Sturgis; Andrea Ellwanger, Rapid City; Tina Mauney, Rapid City; Jeanna Kohn, Lemmon; Michelle Peterson, Brookings; Alan Demaret, Faith; Alicia Ripley, Pierre; and Candy Hertel, Fruitdale.

Dr. Dann Laramore presents Andrea Ellwanger, a BHSU student, the Irene Dunn Student Award during the fall AAMR conference in Spearfish.

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