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South Dakota political science and public affairs conference to be held at BHSU

The third annual conference of the South Dakota Political Science and Public Affairs Association will be held at the multipurpose room in the Student Union Building at Black Hills State University on Saturday, April 8, 2000.

The conference will open with brief introductions and a welcome address from Dr. Holly Downing, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at 7:30 a.m.

A roundtable discussion on Elections 2000, moderated by Dr. Stephen Stambough, North Dakota State University, will begin at 8 a.m. Participants will include Dr. Jerry Calvert, Montana State University, Dr. Gerry Thorsen, University of Minnesota at Morris, and Dr. Barbara Headrick, Moorhead State University.

A panel of academic papers and discussions, to be chaired by Dr. Fred Zuercher, University of South Dakota, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Papers on national and international issues will be presented by Dr. Valerie R. O''Regan from North Dakota State University, Dr. Jerry Calvert, Montana State University, Dr. Christopher McHorney from Southwest State University at Marshall, Minn., Scott Cody, John Koch, and Mindy Roduner, from Brookings, and Dr. Dennis Stevens from Augustana College.

The discussants include Dr. Del Lonowski and Dr. Gary Aguiar from South Dakota State University, Jodie Geske, aide to Senator Daschle, Dr. Tom Hills and Dr. Ahrar Ahmad from BHSU.

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Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon keynote will be delivered by Dr. John Usera, president of the Chiesman Foundation for Democracy, Rapid City.

The business meeting of the association will begin at 1 p.m. It will be followed at 2 p.m. with a faculty development workshop to be conducted by Dr. Gary Aguiar.

At 3:15 p.m. there will be a second roundtable discussion on media and politics. This will be moderated by Dr. Tim Martinez, BHSU, and will include Dr. John Usera, Dr. Gary Aguiar, Ruth Yellowhawk, Director of the South Dakota Policy Institute, Dan Schellenger of KEVN TV, Mike Morgan of KNBN TV, Dave Melmer from Indian Country Today, and a representative from the Rapid City Journal.

Registration for the conference is $10 for students, and $20 for others. All sessions except the lunch, business meeting and faculty development workshop are open to the public and free.

For more information please contact, Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, College of Arts and Sciences, BHSU, Spearfish, SD, 57799-9060, phone (605)642-6000, or e-mail,