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May 7, 2002
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Tech Holds 145th Commencement
Environmental Engineering program awards first degree
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will hold its 145th Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. More than 250 undergraduate and graduate students are candidates for degrees. Tech expects 16 alumni who graduated 50 years ago to attend the ceremony. The graduation also marks a milestone for Tech’s Environmental Engineering program. Tech will award its first degree in the program to Michael Pogany of Rapid City. Tech established the Environmental Engineering program in 1999. Jason Lamont (Computer Science, Aberdeen) is the student speaker. Jason Lamont is the son of Bob and Diane Lamont ofAberdeen. While at Tech, Jason has been involved in many activities and honors, including being selected into the Leadership Hall of Fame, Leadership Development Team, Student Association, Orientation Leader, Linux Users Group and Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
Randy Parcel (Mining Engineering, '67) will receive the March Medal. Parcel graduated from Tech in 1967 with honors with a degree in Mining Engineering. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1970 from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. After graduation from law school, he served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Engineer Officers Basic Course at Fort Belvoir, Va.
Parcel is a founding and senior partner in the Denver law firm of Parcel, Mauro & Spaanstra. His practice has been devoted exclusively to mining, oil, and gas and environmental law, and litigation within those specialties.
His litigation experience includes state and federal courts and various administrative
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agencies within the Department of Interior. His law practices includes patented and unpatented mining claims and the recovery of royalties paid to the United States.
Parcel has been a significant supporter of the Tech Alumni Association, Foundation and the university. He has served the Foundation as a trustee and served as the national
co-chair for the Foundation Vision 2000 capital campaign. He was recognized as one of the 100 outstanding graduates honored during Tech’s Centennial year in 1985. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors.
Gary Veurink (Chemical Engineering, ’72), Dow's Vice President, Business Operations Director, Performance Chemicals and Site Director, Michigan Operations, is the commencement speaker.
Veurink joined Dow’s Michigan Division in 1972 in Research in the Electro Mechanical Research Lab. In subsequent years he has worked in both technical and managerial roles in a number of Dow's businesses, functions and locations. His business and technology experiences include ChlorAlkali, Hydrocarbons, Agricultural Chemicals, Plastics Films and Engineering Plastics. His functional experiences, in addition to Research, include Manufacturing, Engineering & Maintenance, Environmental Management, Quality Management, Materials Management and Purchasing. He also has served as the leader of four of Dow's global technology centers, concurrent with several of his business and functional leadership roles. He was appointed Global Manufacturing Director for Engineering Plastics in 1995. In 1998, he was named vice president, Global Purchasing and was named to his present position in 2000. He is currently located in Midland, Michigan. Veurink has served on numerous community boards and leadership positions in the local communities, while working for Dow in Michigan, Ohio and Texas. He is currently on the Executive Council of Boy Scouts of America, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Manufacturers Association. He is married to wife Ruth and has three grown children. Veurink earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He has done graduate studies in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.
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