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( November 20, 1998)
SDSM& T TAU BETA PI CHAPTER AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP FROM NATIONAL ENGINEERING HONOR SOCIETY
The Tau Beta Pi South Dakota Alpha Chapter at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) was recently awarded a $ 500 scholarship from the Tau Beta Pi Association, a national engineering honor society. SDSM& T’s chapter was one of only eleven out of 220 Tau Beta Pi chapters in the nation to be awarded the scholarship based on earning the Tau Beta Pi Secretary’s Commendation for outstanding documentation for three years in a row.
The Tau Beta Pi Chapter Scholarship Program is intended to promote and support undergraduate education in engineering. SDSM& T’s chapter is working on leveraging the $ 500 scholarship award to establish an on- going university scholarship. The South Dakota Alpha Chapter currently has 109 student members. To be eligible for membership, students must be engineering majors and rank in the top 1/ 5 of their senior class or the top 1/ 8 of their junior class.
Current officers of SDSM& T’s Tau Beta Pi chapter are president- Jeromy Johnson, civil & environmental engineering graduate student, Rapid City; vice president- Jade Kizer, electrical engineering senior, Sioux Falls; corresponding secretary- Amy Landreth, civil & environmental engineering senior, Chadron NE; recording secretary- Angela Dicks, computer engineering senior, Rapid City; and treasurer- Ross Newton, computer engineering senior, Rapid City. Chapter advisors include Dr. Gregory Buck, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. David Dixon, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering; Mike Mueller ( ME ’ 85), Assistant Physical Plant Director; Dr. Tom Propson, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering; and Dr. Larry Simonson, Chair of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering.
The chapter was presented with the award during the recent Tau Beta Pi National Convention hosted by Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. SDSM& T’s chapter hosted the national convention in Rapid City in October, 1996.
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