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( June 25, 1999)
USD ALUMNUS HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE BY SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES & TECHNOLOGY
USD alumnus Darrell Sawyer ( BA History ’ 74, MA History ’ 75) was recently honored by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) as recipient of the 1999 Virginia Simpson Award for community service. Dr. Richard Gowen, president of SDSM& T, presented him with the award during SDSM& T’s 48th Annual SDSM& T Honors Convocation this spring.
Sawyer, who recently was appointed SDSM& T Director of Career Planning, Placement and Cooperative Education, is the son of the late Richard and Dorothy Sawyer of Howard. A graduate of Howard High School, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of South Dakota. He served as a member of former U. S. Senator Larry Pressler’s staff for almost eighteen years, including three years as state director. Since 1997 he served as Public Information Manager in the SDSM& T University & Public Relations Office until his recent appointment as Director of Career Planning and Placement.
The Virginia Simpson Award was established by Mrs. Simpson, a long- time supporter of South Dakota 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. Sawyer recently served as chairman of the Rapid City Rotary Club’s Storybook Island Christmas Lighting Program that more than 21,000 children and adults from the community experienced. Over 200,000 lights illuminated 85 decorated sets at Storybook Island over the holiday season. The project not only raised $ 35,000 for Storybook Island, but also collected 2,375 pounds of food for the Black Hills Regional Food Bank. He is also involved in several other community organizations.
The Sawyer household has strong ties to USD. Darrell’s wife, Karla ( Hoesing), graduated from the USD School of Education in 1974 and recently completed her 20th year as a special education teacher at Douglas High School near Ellsworth Air Force. Their daughter, Jill, graduated summa cum laude from USD in May with a B. S. degree in medical technology. Their son, Matthew, a 1999 graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School, will be attending USD this fall and plans to major in political science.
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