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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 8, 2000
SDSM& T TO HOLD 141st COMMENCEMENT SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2000
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) will hold its 141st commencement Saturday, May 13, 2000. The ceremony will begin at 10: 00 am at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena. Approximately 202 undergraduate students are candidates for degrees.
Chuck Cox, a mechanical engineering major from Yankton, will deliver the senior class message. His campus activities have included holding positions as President and Vice- President of the Student Association, member of the M- Week Committee, Orientation Leader, and a variety of positions with Triangle Fraternity. Chuck has been active with the Society of Automotive Engineers, Hardrocker Racing Team, and Tech Soccer Team. Additionally, he has participated in a variety of intramural sports teams, community theatre productions, and was crowned SDSM& T Homecoming King in 1998.
Dr. Bill Hughes of Rapid City will be the commencement speaker. Dr. Hughes is an electrical engineering graduate of SD Tech. He earned his M. S. and Ph. D. in electrical engineering from Iowa State University, and from 1952- 1976 he was employed as an assistant, associate, and full professor at Iowa State. From 1960- 1976 he served as Professor and Head, School of Electrical Engineering, at Oklahoma State. In 1985 he received the SDSM& T Guy March award, and from 1988- 1993 Dr. Hughes was Vice President for Academic Affairs at SD Tech. Dr. Hughes is currently President of Dakota Alpha Inc.
Special honored guests will also include Executive Director, South Dakota Board of Regents Dr. Tad Perry, and the 2000 Guy E. March Medallist, John Duff Erickson. The Guy E. March Medal is the highest alumni award that recognizes outstanding professional achievement. Erickson came to SD Tech from Sioux Falls, SD in 1952. He graduated from SDSM& T in 1955 with a BS degree in Mining Engineering, and received his master’s degree in Industrial Management in 1965 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to his return to Tech in 1978, Duff achieved significant success in his chosen field. From 1955 through 1969, he held progressive levels of management and engineering positions with Kennecott Copper Corporation. From 1970 through 1978 he progressed through various senior management positions with Bouganville Copper to the position of Assistant General Manager.
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Duff has been actively involved with Tech since 1978 when he became professor and head of the Mining Engineering Department. During his tenure as department head, Duff was very active in campus committees; recruiting; consulting; the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; the SD Mining Association, and the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.
During the commencement ceremony, Dr. Gowen, President of SDSM& T, will also present 50- Year Graduate Certificates to the following returning members of the Class of 1950: Vernon L. Abild, Electrical Engineering, Kirkland, WA; Arthur A. Anderson, Electrical Engineering, Bismarck, ND; Fred A. Beeman, Geological Engineering, Kingman, AZ; James E. Borchert, Metallurgical Engineering, Rapid City; Louis J. Buccholz, Electrical Engineering, Pueblo, CO; Alva L. Dougal, Civil Engineering, Campbell, TX; John A. Gardner, Electrical Engineering, Orange, CA; Dr. Joleroy Gauger, Physics, Kent, WA; John W. Goth, Metallurgical Engineering, Golden, CO; Joseph N. Grams, Civil Engineering, Santa Monica, CA; Norman Hart, Mechanical Engineering, Lake Mary, FL; Arthur E. Hegvold, General Engineering, Mesa, AZ; Charles E. Jordan, Mechanical Engineering, Rapid City; Raymond N. Jorgenson, Civil Engineering, Sioux Falls; Roger L., Kehm, Electrical Engineering, Sioux Falls; Myron R. Kidner, Chemical Engineering, Bethel Park, PA; Dean L. Kurtz, Civil Engineering, Rapid City; Glen L. Madsen, Chemical Engineering; Arlington, TX; Forrest E. McFall, Civil Engineering, Rapid City; Charles W. Meyers, Electrical Engineering, Greeley, CO; Lawrence Myers, Geological Engineering, Rapid City; Howard C. Peterson, Geological Engineering, Rapid City; Everett Pompy, Electrical Engineering, Rapid City; Thomas E. Richl, Civil Engineering, Seattle, WA; Taylor Smith, Civil Engineering, San Bernardino, CA; Horton F. Steinmeyer, Electrical Engineering, Denver, CO; John R. Taylor, Civil Engineering, Sacramento, CA; Owen S. Tripp, Mechanical Engineering, Bremerton, WA; and Ward H. Zimmerman, Mechanical Engineering, Seattle, WA.
On Friday, May 12, 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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