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December 10, 1999
SDSM& T TO HOLD 140TH COMMENCEMENT SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1999
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) will hold its 140th commencement on Saturday, December 18, 1999. The ceremony will begin at 10: 00 am at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. Approximately 75 students are candidates for undergraduate or graduate degrees.
Fernando Rodrigues, a Mining Engineering major from Box Elder, will deliver the seinor class message. Rodrigues is originally from San Paulo, Brazil and grew up in Utah. While at Tech he played three years of collegiate basketball, was a member of the Explosive Engineers Society, the Society for Mining Engineering, was a team member of the Mining and Mucking team, and has served as a Boy Scout leader for the past two years. Rodrigues and his wife Ruth have two sons, Bryan and Spencer. His parents, Moacyr and Mirtes, reside in Salt Lake City.
Dr. Theodore Gull, Astrophysicist at the NASA Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics at Goddard Space Flight Center, will deliver the commencement address. An Honorary Doctorate of Science degree will be conferred on Dr. Gull during the ceremony.
Gull first joined NASA in 1966 as a NASA Trainee while an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research experience has garnered him many opportunities at various research laboratories and observatories across the country including Hughes Research Laboratory, Yerkes Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Lockheed Electronics, and Goddard Space Flight Center where he resides today. Gull currently serves as Deputy Principal Investigator for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectograph, installed into the Hubble Space Telescope in February 1997.
Special honored guests will also include South Dakota Board of Regent Dr. James Hansen, and Dr. Richard Gowen, President of SDSM& T, will be presenting the Distinguished Alumni Award to five individuals. The recipients of this award are: Frank F. Aplan, ( MetE ’ 48) State College, PA; James V. Chittick, ( ChemE ’ 63) Midland, MI; William L. Reuter, ( BS EE ’ 56, MS EE ‘ 58) Rapid City; Peter N. Stephans, ( BS EE ’ 68, MS EE ’ 69) Pittsburgh, PA; and Gary R. Veurink ( ChemE ’ 72) Midland, MI.
On Friday, December 17, 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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