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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( May 14, 1999)
CARGILL INCORPORATED DESIGNATES SDSM& T AS A CORE SCHOOL
At the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s ( SDSM& T) 139th Commencement ceremony held May 8, 1999, keynote speaker Ernest Micek, Chairman and CEO of Cargill Incorporated, announced his company’s designation of Tech as a “ Core” school. Through the company’s Higher Education Initiative, Cargill has committed itself to increase their access to the best people and ideas relevant to the company’s business’ future by supporting select projects with significant strategic grants at SDSM& T.
“ We’ve known for some time that South Dakota School of Mines graduates can compete with the world’s best,” said Micek. “ To us, that means we believe your students and faculty are key components to our future success. To you, it means more money for scholarships and key initiatives, as well as more help from Cargill associates who are willing to help out on campus in a variety of ways.”
At a luncheon following the commencement ceremony, Cargill Incorporated took the first step in supporting this new relationship with Tech, Micek presented SDSM& T with a check for $ 15,000.
The students and faculty at the School of Mines will reap new benefits from this relationship with Cargill. Students will have access to a larger number of scholarships and internships; exposure to industry; career development and experience; improved programming and facilities; and expanded career opportunities. Faculty will have increased exposure to industry; new funding/ resources for programs, facilities and fellowships; and an improved interaction and exchange with industry.
“ We have more practicing engineers from the South Dakota school of Mines & Technology than any other school in the world,” said Micek. ��� In a couple of weeks, it’ll be up to 64. Ten people from the 1999 graduating class are joining us this year. That’s one of our largest groups ever. We’re pretty excited,” he added.
Some successful projects that have been sponsored by the Higher Education Initiative include study abroad programs to China, Britain, and New Zealand/ Australia; classroom and lab technology improvements; start- up support for international career development programs; faculty and student internship programs; faculty fellowships; and Cargill named scholarship programs, to list a few.
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