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State health and physical education convention held at BHSU

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 Young Center.

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 coordinator.

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 BHSU.

The SDAHPERD conference is open to the public for the cost of conference fee.

SDAHPERD conference information is available by contacting Betsy Silva at 642-6889.

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