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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 1999
LOCAL STUDENT NAMED MILLENNIUM ALL- STAR
IN RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA
Eric Nelson of Albert Lea was recently honored as a Millennium All- Star at the Rapid City Council meeting on October 18, 1999. Nelson is a senior mechanical engineering major at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) in Rapid City, South Dakota.
Three people who have played a role in the progress of Rapid City were honored at the meeting. 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. Nelson was chosen as the Millennium All- Star of the future for the month of October.
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; 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.
While in high school Nelson was active in football, basketball and track. He coached children at the YMCA in both football and basketball, and was active through his church and its youth group. Nelson also became a member of the National Honor Society.
Photo caption: Eric Nelson, a student at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, is congratulated by Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw for his recognition as a Millennium All- Star.
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