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May 13, 2000
SDSM& T TO HOLD 141st COMMENCEMENT SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2000
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) will hold its 141st commencement Saturday, May 13, 2000. The ceremony will begin at 10: 00 am at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena. Approximately 174 undergraduate students are candidates for degrees.
Amanda Sampson, a Mathematics major from Hill City, will deliver the senior class message. Amanda is the daughter of Jean and Darwin. Her campus activities have included being a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Order of Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Society of Women Engineers, Students Against Drunk Driving ( SADD), TONITE, and the Student Association. Amanda has served as a Resident Advisor in the dorms, and was the Student Association junior and senior class president, and member of the SOAP finance committee. Upon graduation Amanda will begin working for Raytheon in Dallas, Texas in the systems engineering department.
Ernest Micek, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill, Incorporated, will deliver the commencement address. An Honorary Doctorate of Science degree will be conferred on Mr. Micek during the ceremony.
Micek joined Cargill in 1959 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin. He proceeded to work his way up the corporate ladder holding several managerial positions to include president of the corn milling division in 1981, president of the food sector in 1992 and executive vice president of Cargill in 1993. He served as president from 1994- 1993 and in August 1995 was elected chairman and CEO.
Special honored guests will also include South Dakota Board of Regent David Gienapp, and the 1999 Guy E. March Medallist, Dr. Paul Gnirk. The Guy E. March Medal is the highest alumni award that recognizes outstanding professional achievement. Gnirk graduated from SDSM& T in 1959 with a BS degree in Mining Engineering, and later earned a Ph. D. in Rock Mechanics, with Minors in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering in 1966 from the University of Minnesota.
Gnirk has been actively involved since 1959 in research and developmental engineering, both experimental and theoretical, in the general areas of rock, soil, solid, and heat/ fluid mechanics, including materials behavior at elevated temperatures and pressures. In 1969 he co- founded RE/ SPEC Inc., an engineering research and development company.
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From 1963- 1972 Gnirk served as Assistant Professor of Mining Engineering, Director of Computations Center, Associate Professor, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at SDSM& T. It was during his time at Tech that he was the recipient of a Standard Oil ( Indiana) Foundation Good Teaching Award ( 1969) and was selected as
an Outstanding Educator of America ( 1970). In 1971 he was the sole nominee of the state of South Dakota for an appointment as a White House Fellow, and subsequently was nominated for the G. Edwin Burks award of the American Society of Engineering Education.
During the commencement ceremony, Dr. Gowen, President of SDSM& T, will also present 50- Year Graduate Certificates to the following returning members of the Class of 1949: Henry Bierwirth, Jr., Chemical Engineering, Tulsa OK; Clair R. Brich, Electrical Engineering, Fort Collins CO; Harry G. Brown, Chemical Engineering, Rapid City; Warren J. Bush, Electrical Engineering, Elmira NY; Robert K. Collins, Mining Engineering, Spearfish; Lance C. DeCory, Civil Engineering, Mesa AZ; Harley F. Erickson, Electrical Engineering, Willis TX; Douglas W. Fuerstenau, Metallurgical Engineering, Berkeley CA; Willard C. Grablander, Electrical Engineering, Mission; Malcolm E. Greene, Civil Engineering, Wichita KS; Harry E. Head, Electrical Engineering, Crosslake MN; William L. Hughes, Electrical Engineering, Rapid City; Robert G. Johnson, Civil Engineering, Omaha NE; Arthur L. Jones, Electrical Engineering, Rapid City; Donald C. Kalda, Civil Engineering, Sioux Falls; Robert K. Martin, Physics, Payson AZ; Harold F. McDonald, Civil Engineering, San Antonio TX; Merit A. Pool, Electrical Engineering, Kansas City MO; Lynus S. Ryan, Civil Engineering, Custer; Albert D. Schmidt, Electrical Engineering, Sioux Falls; Ernest F. Schmidt, Electrical Engineering, Bloomington MN; Bernie E. Schmucker, Civil Engineering, Mitchell; Don H. Schoessler, Chemical Engineering, Penfield NY, Sr.; Armand C. Sedgeley, Civil Engineering, Lakewood CO; Charles W. Shafer, Chemistry, Cedar Rapids IA; Edward E. Sougstad, Metallurgical Engineering, Rapid City; Floyd E. Stone, Civil Engineering, Napa CA; Richard W. Wiggin, Geological Engineering, Rapid City; Russell B. Woelz, Civil Engineering, Parker; and John W. Zambo, Electrical Engineering, Fort Morgan CO.
On Friday, May 7, President and Mrs. Gowen will host a reception for the graduates and their families at 3: 00 pm in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom.
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