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BHSU students present at retardation conference

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.

The 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 council.”

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 Ripley, Pierre.

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Black Hills 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.