March 21, 2000
New Leadership Recognition Program
The dawning of a new millennium has brought with it a new leadership recognition program for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology: The Leadership Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created by the Leadership Development Team for the purpose of raising awareness on campus of the importance of student leadership and to recognize the many valuable contributions student leaders make.
According to Colleen Manning, the Chairperson of the Leadership Development Team, the Hall of Fame is intended to recognize students based on their contributions to our campus community, not necessarily for the leadership positions they have held. “ It’s not about how many leadership positions you can list on your resume. In fact, you don’t even need to have a formally recognized leadership position. This award is about making a difference,” Manning said.
Any full- time student at SDSM& T, who is in good academic and disciplinary standing, was eligible to apply for induction to the Leadership Hall of Fame. Applications were reviewed by an anonymous committee of students, faculty and staff, appointed by the Director of the Surbeck Student Center and the Vice President and Dean of Students. Each year up to 6 students will be selected for this honor.
The following SDSM& T students were inducted into the Leadership Hall of Fame on Thursday, March 30.
Chris Ahlers is a Senior Computer Engineering Student from Pierre, South Dakota. He will graduate in May, 2000 and will be working as a Software Test Engineer for Microsoft in Seattle, WA.
As a student leader at Tech, Chris was very involved on campus. He is a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity and former member of the Leadership Development Team, which he was involved in for 3 years. During is Junior year, Chris was selected to serve as the Chair of the Leadership Development Team. As the Chair, he was responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training a team of students whose purpose was to organize and implement leadership development training for Tech students. Chris also selected to be an Orientation Leader during the first year of that particular program. Chris went on to become one of the Chairs of the Orientation Program during his senior year, and was responsible for coordinating all of the logistics and details necessary for welcoming our new students.
Chris’ other honors include membership in Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society, Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society, and Eta Kappa Nu, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Profession Honor Society. He earned his Engineer in Training Certificate, numerous scholarships, and was recognized as a Dean’s List student every semester while at Tech. He has worked as a Software Developer Inter for EROS Data Center and a Software Test Intern for Microsoft. He has been involved with several faculty in developing software for the MODIS satellite- based imaging software for Raytheon Corporation and EROS Data Center.
Chris’ philosophy for leadership is “ Actions speak louder than words”, a philosophy that he truly put into practice. Here is what Chris’ nominators had to say about him:
I truly believe that Chris tries to exceed the basic expectations and strives to improve the state of various organizations.
I have seen him go out of his way to help his fellow students. He is willing to listen and accept other ideas that may have contrasted with his previous thoughts.
When I was falling asleep, Chris was carrying the project forward. When I was discouraged, he was enthusiastic. And when the time came to make the presentation, he was calm and collected and had the bearing of a man who finished the project weeks ago. His poise and “ get it done” attitude were an inspiration to me.
In recognition of Chris’ commitment to SDSM& T, his passion for mentoring other students, and contributions both in and outside of the classroom, I am pleased to induct Christopher Ahlers into the Leadership Hall of Fame.
Brianna Griffith is a Senior Geology Major from Escondido, California, who will be graduating in May, 2001.
During Brianna’s four years at Tech, she has been very involved in a variety of campus organizations. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Tech Geological Association, and Society of Women Engineers. She is currently serving at the President of TONITE, ( Tech’s Outrageous Initiative for Total Entertainment), a position she was elected to after serving as the Chair of the Coffeehouse Committee and being a member in the organization. As President, Brianna has worked to train the other members of the executive board so that they could be more active in the process of planning new programs for the campus. Brianna also selected to be an Orientation Leader during the first year of that particular program. She went on to become one of the Chairs of the Orientation Program during her senior year, and was responsible for coordinating all of the special programs and publicity designed to welcome the new students to campus.
Brianna’s previous involvements include one year as a Resident Assistant in Dake Hall, one term as a member of the Leadership Development Team, and working on the Yearbook Staff and Health and Wellness Fair Planning Committee. She has been involved in numerous community service activities, such as Ronald McDonald House, March of Dimes Jail and Bail, Humane Society and the Rescue Mission. She was presented with the Outstanding Woman Geoscience Student Award and has worked as a Preparation Assistant at the Museum of Geology. Her other campus jobs include working as a tutor for the PRIME Program and as a receptionist at the Surbeck Student Center Information Desk.
Brianna’s philosophy of leadership is that it is a challenge that involves putting yourself on the line and taking the initiative to get things done. Her philosophy is evident in the comments of her nominators:
Brianna’s leadership style is rather comfortable and without formality. She is enjoyable and friendly in her direction, making the most complicated projects seem simple and undaunting. I have never seen her boss people around as other leaders may do; she always consults her committee, peers, or respective audience to determine the best course of action.
Her energy is unflagging and her commitment to this institution would be hard to match. Instead of burning out and taking a lighter load, Brianna has committed to continuing her involvement on campus. She is a woman of great character and compassion and a role model to her peers.
In recognition of Brianna’s contributions to campus, her energy and creativity, and her commitment to Tech, I am proud to induct Brianna Griffith into the Leadership Hall of Fame.
Ken Harding is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student from Garden City, South Dakota. He will be graduating in December 2000.
Since transferring to Tech in 1996, Ken has been very involved in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Ken became involved with the South Dakota Solar Motion Team and quickly earned a position as a design engineer with the team. In 1997, Ken was promoted to serve as the Chief Engineer. As the Chief Engineer, Ken is responsible fore leading a diverse group of engineering discipline students in the design, application, manufacturing and testing of a solar- powered car. Under his leadership, the team went from a 32nd place finish in Sunrayce 97 to 25th place finish in Sunrayce 99. The team won national recognition for Team Spirit at the 97 race and was able to display the 99 car, Dakota Heat, at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT Center.
Ken has also been an active member in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, and Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. He has served as an Undergraduate Assistant and Team Facilitator with the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production and has been recognized as a Dean’s List student almost every semester he has been at Tech. Ken’s accomplishments also include his two children, Ryan and Elizabeth, and his marriage to Christelle.
Ken’s philosophy of leadership is to understand what has driven someone to get involved, to recognize the contributing skills of each person, and to try to ensure individual, as well as group success within a project. Ken’s nominators had this to say about him:
Ken has earned the respect of his teammates by understanding that the primary responsibility associated with a leadership position is fostering your teammate’s confidence in themselves. He is able toe recognize when a teammate is in need of direction and then provide the correct level of support to aid them in finding the best solution to their problem.
Through a positive “ we can do that” attitude and tenacity for solving problems, Ken Harding gives a gift to everyone that associates with him. On numerous occasions I watched this process unfold where Ken would provide the empowering spark team members needed to succeed, and then fanned the flames with his own efforts. Through it all, Ken was quick to give credit to his team members for their success, which is probably the most gracious leadership trait – the ability to lead while creating leaders.
In recognition of Ken’s commitment to excellence, empowering leadership style and contributions to campus, I am proud to induct Ken Harding into the Leadership Hall of Fame. Cory Jensen is a Senior Chemical Engineering Student from Rapid City, South Dakota, who will be graduating in May. After graduation Cory will be working as a Chemical Engineer with AE Staley in Decatur, Illinois.
Cory has been very active on campus since enrolling at Tech. He is a member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, Alpha Chi Sigma, the Chemical Engineering Fraternity. He has been a DJ with KTEQ, the campus radio station and has served as a Peer Advisor. Cory was involved in planning the Heath Awareness Fair and Engineers Week Activities. Cory has also been very involved in the Rapid City community. He has been a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scout Merit Badge Program and done numerous presentations at local elementary schools.
Cory’s major contribution to the Tech community has been through his involvement with the Tech Soccer Club. For the past two years Cory has served as the President of the Tech Soccer Club and as the Team Captain. As a result of his passion for creating a varsity soccer program, the club has grown tremendously in the past two years. Funding has increased from $ 500 in 1998 to $ 10,000 for the upcoming year. The club has gone from participating in local men’s league to the Great Plains Soccer Conference. Major strides have been made to involve women in the soccer program, and the prognosis is very positive for having soccer as varsity sport within the next several years.
Cory’s leadership is evident in the classroom and his work experience as well. He has had three Chemical Engineering Co- ops with Dow Corning, done undergraduate research with the ASPEN TECH design program and has had a Chemical Engineering Internship with the Minnesota Corn Processors Engineering Group. He recently has taken on a special project related to the new Biotech program here at Tech.
Cory’s philosophy of leadership is based on five qualities: To be humble, to have passion, to do your best job, to lead with pizzazz and to understand that leaders are people too. These qualities are evident in the comments from his nominators:
Cory encourages fellow students to strive to be their best. He will direct members of the group who may not be motivated and can consistently maintain the focus of the group on assigned tasks. He naturally assumes a leadership role in many situations and gives unselfishly to his colleagues, fraternal brothers and teammates.
What I have observed is that Cory is not a bossy leader, but rather very diplomatic and professional. He displays sound judgement and a maturity level above his fellow students. Last semester when Cory’s group was experiencing problems, he worked with the team members to successfully resolve the problems. This semester the team is functioning quite effectively and in progressing nicely on their project.
In recognition of Cory’s passion, leadership both in and out of the classroom, and commitment to improving both the campus and Rapid City community, I am proud to induct Cory Jensen into the Leadership Hall of Fame. Angie Monheim is a graduate student in Electrical Engineering from Rapid City who will be completing her Master’s degree in December 2000. Angie earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree, also in Electrical Engineering from Tech in 1998.
Angie has been very involved as both an undergraduate and grad student. She has served on the Dean of Students Advisory Board, the United Campus Ministries Leadership Team, and the Black Hills Frontiers Forging Our Future Task Force. She was a Peer Advisor, the Student Branch Chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the Instrumentation and Project Management Team Leader for the Solar Motion Team.
Angie’s interest are very diverse. She has served as the Student Director of the Hardrocker Pep Band for four years. Under her leadership, the band has grown from 16 members to 28, and has increased their budget 200%. The Pep Band has received many positive comments from athletes and fans alike, and they have become a welcome fixture at our athletic events.
Most recently, Angie has been focusing her leadership efforts on the KC135 Flight Project. As the Team Coordinator, she was responsible for organizing and supervising the construction of Tech’s Zero Gravity Research Project, dealing with testing the characteristics of membrane structures in zero- g conditions. And now that the team has returned form Johnson Airforce Base, she will be coordinating the data analysis and documentation. All of these projects and leadership positions have been in addition to numerous research projects and coops and internships throughout her college career.
Angie’s leadership philosophy involves three tenets:
Leadership is a role of service
Leadership is always evolving, and we must evolve with it; and
Leadership is knowing when to lead and when to follow
Here is what Angie’s nominators had to say about her:
I invited her to work with me because she has demonstrated leadership skills and is well prepared technically from classroom work and industrial experience. She has a strong background of leadership in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, on campus and within the community.
She exerts herself with more energy than anyone that I have seen when it comes to applying herself to her groups, and she manages them well, especially when problems arise within a group. She communicates well, making people want to listen to her and she is able to get her point across. She knows when to delegate authority and she gets along well with people in her groups. Angie stays open- minded and listens to other people’s ideas.
In recognition of Angie’s tireless energy, her pursuit of excellence and her true collaborate spirit, I am proud to induct Angela Monheim into the Leadership Hall of Fame.
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