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( March 19, 1998)
SDSM& T PRESENTS OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:
RUTH ZIOLKOWSKI AND FAMILY RECEIVE OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
During its 47th Annual Honors Convocation held today, SDSM& T presented awards to students faculty, and friends of SDSM& T in recognition of their outstanding service and academic achievements. SDSM& T presented its 1998 Outstanding Public Service Award to Ruth Ziolkowski and her family in recognition of their tremendous work in keeping Korczak's dream alive at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Ruth Ziolkowski serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of the nonprofit Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation. Seven of the ten Ziolkowski sons and daughters remain actively involved in the Crazy Horse project, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the dedication of the completed face of Crazy Horse on June 3, 1998. " The Ziolkowski family provides tremendous service to the people of this region," said Dr. Richard Gowen, SDSM& T President. " They are great ambassadors for South Dakota."
The following awards were presented to SDSM& T faculty members and high school educators:
AMERICAN INDIAN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING SOCIETY ( AISES) OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD: Dixie Serr, Rapid City, a teacher at Rapid City's 9th Grade Academy
OUTSTANDING TEACHER AWARD: Gary Kocmick, Renner, a science teacher at Tri- Valley School for the past 33 years.
PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PROFESSOR: Dr. Al Boysen, Professor of English and a member of the SDSM& T faculty for the past 29 years. ( This award recognizes exemplary teaching and excellence in education.)
BENARD A. ENNENGA AWARD: Dr. David Dixon, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering ( The Ennenga Award recognizes a faculty member for excellence in teaching and motivating students.)
VIRGINIA SIMPSON AWARD: Dr. Arden Davis, Professor of Geological Engineering. ( This award recognizes a faculty or staff member for their involvement in the Rapid City community.)
SDSM& T students who were honored and their respective awards are as follows:
STUDENT AWARDS FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:
FRESHMAN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE: Lori Eckert, Kadoka; Roberta Fivecoate, Rapid City; Brett Foley, Rapid City; Kristie Mach, Rapid City; Brenda Manley, Lewisport KY; Derek Swanson, Rapid City; Amy Williams, Rapid City.
FRESHMAN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN ENGINEERING: Jennifer Carter, Custer; Preston Dowell, Minnetonka, MN; Kristin Horton, Wall; Aaron Klimisch, Yankton; Daniel Mertens, Milbank; Donnie Slag, Dickinson ND; Curtis Smith, Rapid City; Kristine Strausser, Welcome MN.
SOPHOMORE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE: Travis Nelson, Lake Norden; Rebecca Palmer, Longmont CO.
SOPHOMORE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN ENGINEERING: Chris Ahlers, Pierre
JUNIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE: Robert Anderson III, Pierpont
JUNIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN ENGINEERING: Jerilyn Cass, Pierre
SENIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN SCIENCE: Jennifer Kennedy, Ellsworth AFB
SENIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT IN ENGINEERING: Thomas Fennell, Rapid City; Arlin Sandbulte, Sherman
ATHLETICS/ BASKETBALL: Shannon Peterson, Bismarck ND
ATHLETICS/ CROSS COUNTRY: Paula Holmes, Hot Springs; John Redmond, Tioga ND
ATHLETICS/ FOOTBALL: Jason Alcorn, Hay Springs NE
ATHLETICS/ TRACK: John Redmond, Tioga ND
ATHLETICS/ VOLLEYBALL: Alyssa Demos, Rapid City
DRAMA: Scott Talsma, Norfolk NE
ENGINEERS WEEK DEAN'S TROPHY: Tricia Mohrhauser, Hartford
GREEK AWARD: John Redmond, Tioga ND; Dawn Recker, Gillette WY
MUSIC/ INSTRUMENTAL: Angela Monheim, Rapid City
MUSIC/ VOCAL: Jennifer Carlson, Rapid City; Scott Talsma, Norfolk NE
NON- TRADITIONAL STUDENT AWARD: Nicole Johnston, Rapid City
PHI ETA SIGMA: Chris Ahlers, Pierre; Travis Nelson, Lake Norden
SD BOARD OF REGENTS AWARD FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Tau Beta Pi
SD BOARD OF REGENTS AWARD FOR ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP: TONITE
STUDENT ASSOCIATION OUTSTANDING REPRESENTATIVE: Tonya Pavek, Rapid City
TAU BETA PI: Chris Ahlers, Pierre
TECH ACTIVITIES AWARD: Tricia Mohrhauser, Hartford; Tami Heilman, Clark
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING OUTSTANDING SENIOR: Melissa Gage, Altamont; Steven Holty, Aberdeen
OUTSTANDING CHEMISTRY SENIOR: Michael Podraza, Hitchcock
GENERAL CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Martha Tremblay, Rapid City
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN CIVIL ENGINEERING: John Gesick, Marion
ELEC/ COMPUTER ENGINEERING RONALD SCHMITZ AWARD: Jade Kizer, Rapid City
ELEC/ COMPUTER ENGINEERING WILLIAM HIXSON AWARD: Tricia Mohrhauser, Hartford
OUTSTANDING JUNIOR IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING: Chad Stephenson, Highmore
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN COMPUTER ENGINEERING: Rune Torgerson, Norway
GEOL/ GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING EDWARD TULLIS AWARD: Bruce Larsen, Sidney MT
GEOL/ GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING J. A. REDDEN AWARD: Patrick Kozak, Col. Springs CO
LESLIE BOYD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS: Angelique Emerson, Rapid City
JOHN MCLEARIE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATIONS: Dawn Recker, Gillette WY
INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES ADVISORS' AWARD: Jennifer Allen, Piedmont
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN MATHEMATICS: Carissa Torkelson, Papillion NE
OUTSTANDING SENIOR IN COMPUTER SCIENCE: Scott Talsma, Norfolk NE
OUTSTANDING MECHANICAL ENGINEERING STUDENT: Jerry Peters, Okaton; Justin Vig, Rapid City
OUTSTANDING INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING STUDENT: Andrea Rippentrop, Rapid City; Paula Holmes, Hot Springs
METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING SERVICE AWARD: Jeff Major, Platteville CO
METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Nathan Chupka, Riverton WY
MILITARY SCIENCE OUTSTANDING CADET: Garland Krabbenhoft, Rapid City
MINING ENGINEERING OLD TIMER'S CLUB AWARD: Jay Johnson, Glenrock WY
OUTSTANDING PHYSICS JUNIOR: Robert Anderson III, Pierpont
OUTSTANDING PHYSICS SENIOR: Cason Kolb, Aberdeen
SENIORS WITH HIGHEST HONORS* ( GPA of 3.8 or higher):
Sigbjorn Birkenes, Norway; Brandon Borge, Aberdeen; Dale Brech, Boulder CO; Brook Burckhartzmeyer, Peoria IL; Nathan Chupka, Riverton WY; Troy Crook, DeSmet; Thomas Fennell, Rapid City; Melissa Gage, Altamont; John Gesick, Marion; Michael Halde, Sioux Falls; Darren Hepper, Isabel; Brandon Hieb, Glendive MT; Kelli Hoback, Box Elder; Jay Johnson, Glenrock WY; Jennifer Kennedy, Ellsworth AFB; Jade Kizer, Rapid City; Cason Kolb, Aberdeen; Patrick Kozak, Colorado Springs CO; Bruce Larsen, Sidney MT; Stian Lysne, Norway; Nathaniel Marcoe, Rapid City; Lanny Merkel, Groton; Mark Mutzinger, Yankton; Lisa Oberlander, Deadwood; Michael Podraza, Hitchcock; Gail Samuels, Rapid City; Arlin Sandbulte, Sherman; Matt Schnell, Black Hawk; Tonje Soraas, Norway; Chris Stanley, Presho; Scott Talsma, Norfolk NE; John Tinker, Bloomington MN; Carissa Torkelson, Papillion NE; James Tremel, Casper WY; Nathan Uhrig, Rock Springs WY; Justin Vig, Rapid City; William Walters, LaCrescent MN.
( Photos of Honors Convocation available upon request.)
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