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The Black Hills State University Reading Council received numerous accolades at the recent South Dakota Reading Council Conference.

For the ninth year, the group received the South Dakota Reading Council’s Golden Seal Award for completing the requirements of literacy service to their communities as well as providing professional development for their members.  In addition, several of the council members had the opportunity to present at the conference, two BHSU students received scholarships and three BHSU Reading Council members were elected as officers and committee chairpersons.

Crystal Bachman, senior elementary education major from Sturgis, and Lindsay Holberg, senior elementary education major from Moorcroft, Wyo., each received a $500 scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Three BHSU representatives were appointed as new state officers or committee chairs at the annual conference.  Dr. Richard Carriveau, assistant professor of education, will fill a state membership position on South Dakota Reading Council; Dr. Joanna Jones, assistant professor of education, will fill the position of South Dakota Reading Council Northwest Zone Coordinator; and Barbara Schuler, senior elementary education major from Sturgis, will fill the position of South Dakota Reading Council International Project Chair.

Presenting at the conference were:  Schuler, “Comprehension Strategies That Work;” Bachman and Jones, “Improving Fluency through Strategies;” Jessica Nedved, senior elementary education major from Wagner, and William Gray, senior social science major from Rapid City, “Learn Words, Words, Words: Vocabulary Strategies;” Dr. Michelle Hovland, assistant professor of education, “Connecting Reading and Writing;” Dr. Patricia Simpson, paraeducator grant director, “The Graduate Program in Reading at BHSU;” and Carriveau, “The Impacts of Standardized Reading Tests on Students’ Reading Motivations.”