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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 1999
SDSM& T PAST PRESIDENT AND CURRENT STUDENT HONORED BY MILLENNIUM ALL- STARS AT TONIGHT’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING
Past South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) President C. C. O’Harra and current student, Eric Nelson, will receive the Millennium All- Star award at tonight’s City Council meeting. Accepting on behalf of O’Harra will be SDSM& T President Dr. Richard Gowen. Nelson, a senior mechanical engineering major from Albert Lea, Minnesota, will be on hand to accept the award himself.
The Millennium All- Star Program recognizes publicly those citizens who contribute to the area, assist someone in need, or in any way improve the quality of life in the Black Hills area. Nominees are considered in three categories: those that have made or could make a significant contribution in the past, present, and future.
Eric Nelson has been active in a variety of on and off campus activities in his four years at Tech. His nomination for the Millennium All- Star award noted his participation in the Rapid City Polar Plunge in support of Special Olympics; work as a St. Peter disaster relief volunteer following tornadoes that swept southern Minnesota; involvement with COOL ( College Outreach Opportunity League), a network of college students supporting community service and worldwide activitism; a member of the Free Burma Coalition which allowed him to travel to the Thailand Burma border to work in refugee camps; member of the United Campus Ministry leadership Team; and vice president of The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society. Most notably Nelson sits on the Board of Directors for the local affiliate of Habitat Humanity and is co- founder of the SDSM& T student chapter.
The Millennium All- Star awards will be presented tonight at 7: 00 pm at the City Council chambers.
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