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AIHEC Conference set for Bismarck
Annual Spring Gathering
11 February 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) The annual spring conference for students attending the nation's tribal colleges and universities promises inspiring speakers, thoughtful discussions, friendly competition, and everything good that you expect from a gathering in Indian Country.

      The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) 27th Annual Student Conference is set for March 17 20 in Bismarck. It brings together students, faculty and administrators involved American Indian higher education.

AIHEC Conference planners
SORTING IT OUT: Planners from Sitting Bull College drill down on details of the AIHEC Conference during a January 25 meeting. Koreen Ressler talks with Linda Jones at left. Looking on upper left is Lisa McLaughlin. At right Shawn Holz, from UTTC. UTN photo.

      The main attraction is a series of friendly competitions that test the level of student accomplishments in the wide range of learning that is available at the nation's 35 tribal colleges, located primarily in the western part of the nation.

      The gathering also offers workshops from American Indian educational professionals that will cover such topics as assessing student development, learner-centered academic advising, research, grants management, technology, and communication. Other subjects that are specific to tribal colleges include language preservation, curriculum design, cultural integration, and incorporating elders into tribal college systems.

      The event is preceded by a four-day basketball tournament that offers exciting and entertaining encounters between tribal college teams, and a series of meetings of tribal college leaders, one of which will take up the question of who will be hired as the next AIHEC executive director.

      Engaging and inspiring talks are expected from featured speakers, including Cecilia Fire Thunder who served as the first woman tribal president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and Dale Brown who coached Shaq O'Neil at Louisiana State University and compiled one of the best winning records in college basketball coaching.

      The conference is headquartered at the Bismarck Civic Center where the majority of the student competitions will take place. Conference workshops will be located at the Ramkota Hotel. Other events and activities will be held at United Tribes Technical College, the Radisson Hotel, and Ramkota Hotel.

      Conference details, including lodging information, are posted at the AIHEC 2008 link on the Sitting Bull College website: www.sittingbull.edu.

      Registered participants will receive a packet of information containing a conference booklet that lists schedules and locations for all activities and events.


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