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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( March 29, 1999)
48TH ANNUAL HONORS CONVOCATION TO BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 30:
SDSM& T STUDENTS, FACULTY AND FRIENDS TO BE RECOGNIZED
During the 48th Annual Honors Convocation that will be held Tuesday, March 30, SDSM& T officials will present awards to students, faculty, and friends of SDSM& T in recognition of their outstanding service and academic achievements. The event begins with a reception at 11: 00 am and a luncheon at 11: 15, followed by the awards ceremony in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom.
Mary Loucks, vice president for Norwest Bank of South Dakota in Rapid City, will receive the 1999 SDSM& T Outstanding Public Service Award. She is currently a Board member for the Salvation Army, Youth and Family Services, Westhills Village, CASA, Black Hills Symphony Board and a community representative on the Canyon Lake Senior Citizens Board. She also is a volunteer in numerous community and service clubs, as well as an active member and elder in the First Presbyterian Church, Rapid City.
Ms. Loucks has donated thousands of hours of her time and knowledge to help Rapid City and the state of South Dakota be a better place to live. She has willingly served on numerous other national, regional and local boards. She was appointed by the Governor to the South Dakota State Employment and Training Council and the SD Advisory Council on Vocational Education. Her awards also include Athena Award, Cosmopolitan Distinguished Service Award, Woman of the Year, the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce George Award, and two years as SD Vocational Non- Educator Award.
SDSM& T faculty, staff and high school educators who will receive awards during the Honors Convocation including the folllowing:
Award for Outstanding Teaching - Art Robinson, social science teacher in Rapid City Central High School. Art Robinson began his teaching career in the Rapid City School District in September of 1960, three months after earning his Baccalaureate degree from the University of Iowa. Twelve years later he received his Masters degree from Black Hills State University.
Sophomore interdisciplinary sciences major Kristie Mach, who nominated Robinson for the award, wrote that Mr. Robinson “ makes his lessons come alive with stories that make abstract ideas of people who lived a hundred years ago seem real. Because of his approach, students who otherwise would not care about government, or history, want to learn.”
American Indian Science and Engineering Society ( AISES) Outstanding Teacher Award - Dale McCrea, instructor of industrial technology class at Cheyenne- Eagle Butte High School in Eagle Butte. McCrea has been teaching students about the industrial technologies since 1979, and is currently in his 14th year at the Cheyenne- Eagle Butte High School. In 1992, he was selected to be the National Indian School Board Association’s Teacher of the Year and also received the Excellence in Teaching Award from Cheyenne- Eagle Butte that same year.
In nominating him for this award, Tony Fischer, a freshman computer engineering major, praised Dale McCrea for his excellence in teaching. Tony wrote that, “ Mr. McCrea is one of those teachers who is impartial, interesting, strict, but fun. He treats his students not as pupils but as equals.
Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor - Dr. Jon Kellar. The Presidential Award is based on exemplary performance as an Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Dr. Kellar is a graduate of SDSM& T receiving the BS and MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering and earned his Ph. D. in 1991 at the University of Utah. Dr. Kellar has been a member of the SDSM& T Department of Metallurgical Engineering faculty since 1994.
Dr. Kenneth Han, Dean of the College of Materials Science and Engineering, nominating Dr. Kellar for this award, states, “ Dr. Kellar is recognized by students to be an innovative and motivational classroom teacher. In addition to teaching at the collegiate level, Dr. Kellar has been active in initiation, development and implementation of an innovative middle school outreach program. Since he was born and raised in Rapid City, Dr. Kellar feels a special gratitude to the local schools in which he was educated.”
Benard A. Ennenga Faculty Award – Dr. Stuart Kellogg, Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering. This award was established by Mr. Ennenga to recognize any SDSM& T teaching assistant or faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and/ or motivating students. In nominating Dr. Kellogg for this award, Dr. Jon Kellar, wrote, “ The nomination of Dr. Kellogg for this award is particularly fitting, given his exemplary relationship with the students at SDSM& T and the community at large.���
Dr. Wayne Krause, Dean of the College of Systems Engineering, stated that, “ Dr. Kellogg has been a leader in the development of innovative teaching methods at SDSM& T since joining the Industrial Engineering Department in 1990. In his leadership role as coordinator of the IE program and director of the Masters of Technology Management program, he has mentored many younger faculty. Dr. Kellogg led an excellent team effort to obtain first time ABET accreditation for the Industrial Engineering program and the results of the review by ABET were exceptional.
Virginia Simpson Award - Darrell Sawyer, Director of Career Planning and Placement. This award was established by Mrs. Virginia Simpson, a long- time supporter of Tech and active community member, to help support and encourage new or continued involvement by SDSM& T faculty or staff with the Rapid City community.
A native of Howard, SD, Sawyer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of South Dakota. Prior to joining the SDSM& T staff, he worked for former U. S. Senator Larry Pressler, including served three years as his state director. He recently served as chairman of the annual Rapid City Rotary Club Storybook Island Christmas Lighting Program and is involved in several community organizations.
( Photos of the award recipients are available upon request.)
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