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State health and physical education convention held at
The South Dakota Association for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance, (SDAHPERD) holds its fall convention
Thursday through Saturday at the Black Hills State University
The SDAHPERD convention theme is Striving for
Balance and features a program full of activities and
information. The conference begins Thursday with a 1 to 5 p.m.
student retreat followed by the opening general session from 6:30
to 9:30 p.m. at the Young Center.
Three speakers for Thursday's general session were: Carrie
Genovese Johnson, sister of the first man in South Dakota to die
of AIDS; Dallas Chief Eagle, a Rosebud Sioux artist, teacher,
counselor and hoop dancer; and Dr. Kathleen Kinderfather,
Missour's HPERD executive director. Johnson presented
Simple Tools for Painful Times. Chief Eagle, will
addressed the issue of balance, and Kinderfather
spoke on Alone on the Mount of the Holy Cross.
Friday's program includes the Heart Challenge from
7 to 8 a.m. The rest of the day's program includes numerous
sessions, presentations and exhibits. A general session and
business meeting will be held from 12:10 to 2 p.m. at the BHSU
Miller Student Union and feature keynote speaker Rick Bell,
Canadian AHPERD past president.
A Friday evening dinner and social will be held at the High
Plains Heritage Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a
keynote address and special recognitions.
Other speakers presenting during the conference Dr. Scott
Gorman, current president of Central District and professor at
Pittsburgh State University, Pittsburgh, Kan.; Sally Scherrer,
former SDAHPERD executive director; Russ Werth, current president
of NDAHPERD (North Dakota); and Marilyn Jensen, SD AIDS Education
Saturday the presentations begin at 8 a.m. and continue until
11 a.m. An awards brunch will be held at the BHSU Miller Student
Union from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to conclude the conference.
In addition to the keynote speakers, members of the SDAHPERD,
representing numerous areas of expertise, will be presenting
sessions relevant to elementary, secondary, and university level
health, physical education recreation and dance.
This year's conference was
organized by Annette Johnson, Spearfish middle school physical
education and health teacher, and Dr. Betsy Silva, associate
professor and chairperson of health and physical education at
The SDAHPERD conference is open to the public for the cost of
SDAHPERD conference information is available by contacting
Betsy Silva at 642-6889.
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