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December 12, 2000
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Tech’s 142nd Commencement Saturday, Dec. 16
A well- known builder will deliver the commencement address during the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s 142nd Commencement, scheduled for 10 a. m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. Approximately 134 students are candidates for degrees.
Glenn Barber of Rapid City has built homes and commercial buildings in South Dakota for nearly 40 years. Barber earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tech in 1960 after he built bridges as part of the U. S. Army’s 70th Engineer Combat Construction Battalion.
After graduating from Tech, Barber joined Private Homes, a firm that planned and developed subdivisions. In 1964, Barber, along with William Baumgartner, formed R& S Construction Company. The firm specialized in building homes on American Indian reservations as well as constructing schools and hospitals.
Barber eventually began Glenn C. Barber & Associates, a company that specialized in building homes on the Pine Ridge, Rosebud and Cheyenne River Indian reservations. The company also built Westhills Village, Greentree and the Dakota Ridge military housing project.
Barber also is a hunter and a gourmet chef. He is a member of the Rapid City Gourmet Cooking Club and many other organizations. He serves on many boards, including the board of directors of the Mount Rushmore Society.
Tech student Beau Obrigewitch will be the ceremony’s student speaker. The 23- year- old Civil Engineering major is from Wibaux, Mont. Obrigewitch plans to join the U. S. Navy after graduation as a nuclear officer.
“ Beau has been very active in student organizations, most notably the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi,” Tech professor Dr. Larry Simonson said. “ He is enthusiastic and he represents the student body very well.”
South Dakota Board of Regents member Shane Penfield will represent the Regents. Penfield is a student at the University of South Dakota Law School.
More than 90 percent of Tech grads receive job offers within 30 days of graduation. Starting annual salaries average more than $ 43,000.
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