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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 1999
Two Midland Area Residents Honored at the
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 140TH Commencement
James Chittick and Gary Veurink both of Midland were among the five alumni honored as recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award during the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology’s ( SDSM& T) 140th commencement. Nominees were evaluated based on four categories – level of professional achievement, evidence of significant and creative professional activity, involvement in professional or business organizations, and balance of community and professional service and awards.
James Chittick is a native of Aberdeen, SD. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from SDSM& T in 1963. He began his career with Dow Corning after graduating from SDSM& T, and held various management positions in manufacturing before being named Section Manager for Process Engineering Rubber in 1974. He became Production Superintendent for the Rubber Unit in 1975. He was appointed Materials Flow Manager for Europe in 1976 followed by the Seneffe Plant Manager position in 1978. In 1980, he returned to the U. S. and was named Elizabethtown Plant Manager. Chittick's next assignment was Director of Facilities Engineering in 1985; he was selected as Director of Quality Management in 1989. In January 1992, he was elected as U. S. Area Vice President and Director of Quality and Supply. He became Corporate Director of Human Resources in 1993. He was named to his current position, Executive Director of Manufacturing and Engineering in February 1995 and elected as Corporate Vice President in March 1995. In January 1999 as the company moved to a more customer- driven organization, his title changed to Vice President of Supply Chains.
Chittick is a member of the Chemical Manufacturer’s Association. He is also active in community affairs. He has been on the United Way Board of Directors; he has served as president and treasurer. He has also been on their Executive Committee. He has been a member of the Midland Area Community Quality Council, and a Vision 2000 National Leader for the SDSM& T Foundation’s capital campaign.
Gary Veurink is a native of Harrison, SD. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from SDSM& T in 1972. He joined Dow’s Michigan Division upon graduation from SDSM& T in their Electro and Mechanical Research group and during the next several years worked as a production engineer and the production supervisor in Chlor- Alkali. In 1978 he was named superintendent of Production Services in Bay City, followed by roles as the superintendent of the Bay City Refinery and Terminal and as the superintendent of the Midland 2, 4- D plant. In 1981 he was named technical manager of the Environmental Control group in Michigan Division and later became the environmental manager for Michigan Division. He moved to Ohio as site manager of the Licking River Film Center in 1985, and, in 1987, he returned to Midland to become director of Quality Performance for the U. S. Area.
In 1990, he moved to Texas Operations as manager of Materials Management. In 1994, Veurink was named General Manager of the Asset Utilization Resources Division of Texas Operations. He was appointed as the Global Manufacturing Director for Engineering Plastics in 1995 and named to his present position as Vice President, Global Purchasing, in 1998.
Veurink has served on numerous community boards and leadership positions while in Michigan, Ohio and Texas. In 1995 he led the creation of the SDSM& T Academic Advisory Council at SDSM& T and acted as the Chairman for the first three years of its existence. He currently continues on the council as an active member, and he is a Vision 2000 National Co- Chair for the SDSM& T Foundation’s capital campaign.
The other recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for this year are Frank F. Aplan ( Metallurgical Engineering ’ 48), William L. Reuter ( Electrical Engineering ’ 56 , MS EE ’ 58), and Peter N. Stephans ( Electrical Engineering ’ 68, MS Electrical Engineering ’ 69).
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Theodore Gull, Astrophysicist at the NASA Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics at Goddard Space Flight Center. An Honorary Doctorate of Science degree will be conferred on Dr. Gull during the ceremony.
Note: Currently more that 200 SDSM& T alumni reside in the Midland area.
( I: univrel/ pressrel/ 1299 Commencement Alumni Awards mailed Midland with Dow Corning release )
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