|Five Black Hills State University
students and their advisor recently presented information
on establishing and organizing a local chapter to the
membership at the Region VIII American Association on
Mental Retardation Leadership Conference in Sioux Falls.
BH students outlined the research and the community
activities that are typical organization functions. They
described the web page that the local chapter manages and
uses and its advantages. They also provided supporting
information and participated in conference discussion
sessions. The information was shared with representatives
from six states and the province of Manitoba, Canada.
Dr. Patricia Fallbeck, BHSU chapter advisor and
professor of education, discussed the challenges of
student organizations in the future and suggested ways to
modify participation to assure strong leadership.
I was extremely proud of the creativity shown by
the students during the planning session with the
regional leadership, said Fallbeck. Their
enthusiasm was appreciated by the entire executive
Dr. Charles Helman, national director of chapter
relations, said, The Black Hills Chapter, is
probably the most active group we have nationally and
this region can be proud of their efforts.
BH students participating in the conference were Anne
Carroll, Deadwood; Alan Demaret, Faith; Marisa Nicolls,
Black Hawk; Michelle Peterson, Brookings; and Alicia
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State University students, l to r, Alicia Ripley,
Michelle Peterson, and Alan Demaret discussed
organizational and operational issues related to creating
a local chapter of the American Association on Mental
Retardation. They presented at the regional AAMR
conference in Sioux Falls.