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April 21, 1997
PIERRE NATIVE/ SDSM& T ALUMNUS PRESENTS $ 50,000 CHECK FROM KENNECOTT CORPORATION TO SDSM& T
Lyle Randen, a native of Pierre and an alumnus of SDSM& T, recently presented a check for a $ 50,000 Program Development Grant from Kennecott Corporation to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Randen, who is General Manager of Kennecott ‘ s Spring Creek Coal Company near Gillette, presented Kennecott’s check to SDSM& T President Richard J. Gowen during a recent press conference on the South Dakota Tech campus.
Lyle Randen graduated from South Dakota Tech in 1971 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is the son of Sanford and Anna Randen of Pierre. His brother, Keith, also lives in Pierre. The Randen family has strong ties to South Dakota Tech. Lyle’s brother, Neil, also is a Tech alumnus, graduating with a B. S. in Chemistry in 1965 and a M. S. in Chemistry in 1966. Lyle’s sister, Marilyn, is married to a Tech alumnus, Francis Reuer, who is originally from Fort Pierre and who graduated with a B. S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1965.
Kennecott’s $ 50,000 Program Development Grant, awarded to SDSM& T, represents one of only two in the nation, and recognizes institutions vital to Kennecott’s university relations and recruiting strategy. The SDSM& T faculty, staff, and administration have already begun to leverage an additional $ 277,500 in awards for Tech’s Instructional Technology and Outreach Programs. These contributions represent a combined total of $ 327,000 in additional program development support for SDSM& T.
The funds leveraged as a result of the Kennecott Grant will upgrade Tech’s Mineral, Metallurgical and Mechanical Engineering Laboratories, and enhance its High School Educational Outreach Programs. The overhaul of the laboratories will result in state- of- the- art equipment being available for undergraduate education and research. The high school outreach program will help maintain a stream of quality students attending Tech, while the Kennecott scholarships provide an incentive for students to pursue careers in the minerals industry.
“ We are grateful for the very generous support which Kennecott Corporation is providing to South Dakota Tech. Kennecott’s decision reflects Tech’s national reputation as a top- notch science and engineering institution that offers the disciplines and the type of quality graduates that Kennecott is seeking,” said SDSM& T President Gowen. “ Our partnership with Kennecott will mark a new level of educational excellence for South Dakota Tech.”
In addition to the $ 50,000 Program Development Grant, Kennecott Corporation has selected the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology to receive a $ 28,000 scholarship package for SDSM& T students. Kennecott’s $ 28,000 scholarship award means that eight SDSM& T students -- four juniors and four seniors -- will each receive a $ 3500 scholarship for the 1997- 98 school year. Steve Carlisle, Human Resources Manager of Kennecott’s Spring Creek Coal Company, joined Lyle Randen in the press conference to present SDSM& T with the $ 28,000 scholarship check.
Lyle Randen is one of many SDSM& T graduates employed by Kennecott companies. He is “ thrilled to see this level of commitment from Kennecott to [ his] alma mater.”
Kennecott companies have supported SDSM& T for many years, with recent gifts exceeding $ 100,000 in direct support to students and departments. Kennecott Energy Corporation, based in Gillette, WY, is a subsidiary of RTZ/ CRA, based in London, England and Melbourne, Australia, respectively.
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Photo Caption: Pierre native Lyle Randen is pictured here with SDSM& T President Richard J. Gowen following the presentation of a $ 50,000 check from Kennecott Corporation for a Program Development Grant. Lyle is a 1971 Chemical Engineering graduate of South Dakota Tech and currently is general manager of Kennecott’s Spring Creek Coal Company near Gillette, Wyoming. His parents, Sanford and Anna Randen, are retired and live in Pierre.
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