South Dakota Tech News
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 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.
Tech Presents May TEA Award
The Career Service Council at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology has given its Tradition of Excellence Award for May to Deborah East, a secretary in the College of Interdisciplinary Sciences.
East started at Tech in September 2001.
Her nominator(s) said “Deborah is very intuitive and can anticipate many problems and situations and knows what to do next. In a very busy office, as the IS office is, this is an extremely important strength. She is consistently way ahead of the game. She is insightful, thoughtful, considerate, and with the many faces we see each day, these are also very important strengths. Even when tasks are not assigned to her she takes the initiative to self-assign tasks and complete them successfully.”
The Career Service Council gives the award to someone who has performed their assigned duties at a high level or above and beyond expectations, who has taken the initiative to promote the concept of successful job completion and has promoted a positive working relationship with students, faculty and staff.
#30# Tech Solar Car Team Finishes Second
A team from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology finished second during the Formula Sun Grand Prix solar vehicle race held this past weekend in Topeka, Kan.
The Tech vehicle, called “Solar Wind,” completed 113 laps during three days of racing at the Heartland Park racetrack. Teams ran their cars as long as they could each day to rack up as many as laps as possible. Kansas State University beat Tech by completing 305 laps. The teams could only charge their vehicle batteries for two hours before and after the racing day. The vehicles circled the 2.1-mile course until the batteries died or until mechanical problems forced the team to stop.
“Our entry was designed using cutting-edge technology and the experience gained from the Sunrayce 95, 97 and 99 cars,” team leader Geoffrey Fecske said. “It has an integrated computer monitoring system, advanced aerodynamic optimization, and high quality mechanical systems.
West River Math Contest May 13
Several hundred students from area schools will compete in the 52nd annual West River Mathematics Contest scheduled for Monday, May 13, at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City.
The schools will be divided into two classes based on enrollment. Students will compete in five contest divisions – Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math and Masters. Members of Tech’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department prepare and score the tests.
After a general meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the King Center, testing runs from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the Electrical Engineering/Physics Building, room 252.
The top five students in each division will be awarded with medals and the overall winner in each division will receive a trophy. An award also will be given to the top school in each class.
For information, call Donna Johnson at 394-6146 or leave a message at 394-2471.
ROTC Commissions Ten
the ceremony takes place at 3:00 pm at Mount Rushmore Amphitheater unless it's raining in that case it will be in the Buffalo Dinning Hall at Mount Rushmore. The guest speaker will be Major General Casey. The commanding General for Cadet Command.
Commissioning is granting the authority by the President of the United States to the newly commissioned Second Lieutenants Officers in the United States Army either Active Duty or National Guard and Reserves. It is a very honored tradition.
The Silver Dollar Salute is also part of the ceremony.
The tradition of the silver dollar salute dates to the earliest days of the U.S. Army. This honored tradition calls for the newly commissioned Second Lieutenant to give a silver dollar to the first enlisted soldier who salutes him or her. The coin represents the symbolic receipt of respect due the newly earned rank. It signifies the deep sense of gratitude of the new officer for the knowledge that enlisted soldiers, especially NCOs, have passed on to them during training. It is an expression of respect to duty and to each other that is shared by commissioned officers and enlisted soldiers. It is acknowledgment from one professional soldier to another that welcomes the new officer into the service.
Asteroid “South Dakota” Now Official
South Dakota now has a permanent place in space.
An asteroid named "#26715 SOUTH DAKOTA" was recently discovered and named by Ron Dyvig, director and owner of Badlands Observatory in Quinn.
The Committee for Small Bodies Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union approved the name Dyvig suggested during its March 2002 meeting. The asteroid is among a dozen other asteroids named after U.S. states.
Dyvig discovered the asteroid April 16, 2001, with his telescope that hosts a 26" diameter mirror, making it the largest telescope in the three-state area. Dyvig has used it since January 2001 to search for new asteroids as well as to participate in the goals of the international Spaceguard Foundation.
Participating observatories around the world catalog all of “near earth objects” (NEOs) that may represent a global impact hazard to Earth. Many scientists believe an asteroid impact caused the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.
South Dakota’s namesake poses no impact hazard because it is a main belt asteroid located safely between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter 180 million miles from Earth. It is approximately 3 miles in diameter. Dyvig has discovered 25 other main belt asteroids at Badlands Observatory, but #26715 SOUTH DAKOTA is the first to receive permanent-named status.
"The dark skies in western South Dakota, combined with Ron Dyvig's extremely sensitive research-grade telescope, places Badlands Observatory in the company of
some of the world's best astronomical research facilities,” Sherry Farwell, director of the South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, said. Farwell also is director of Graduate Education and Research at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, where the consortium is based. “We are very fortunate to have Badlands Observatory as an affiliate of our consortium."
For information, call Ron Dyvig at Badlands Observatory at 386-2105 or Tom Durkin at South Dakota Space Grant Consortium at 394-1975. Visit the consortium website at www.sdsmt.edu/space/bo.htm
South Dakota Tech Hosts Tracking System Workshop
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will host a workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 10, for anyone who works with international students.
The workshop will focus on SEVP (Student & Exchange Visitor Program) and SEVIS (Student & Exchange Visitor Information System), the electronic tracking system for international students in the United States. Congress recently passed legislation that requires the U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service to implement this system no later than January 2003. All educational institutions that are authorized to issue the I-20 form for students who apply for F-1 visas, or the IAP-66 form for J-1 visas, are required to use the tracking system.
Tech invites anyone covered by these new rules to attend this free workshop.
Tech Student Awarded $20,000 Scholarship
Santiago Handboy, an Industrial Engineering student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, has been awarded a two-year, $20,000 year scholarship from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Handboy is a junior at Tech, and is a graduate of Rapid City Central High School. The scholarship is one of only 10 given by the Packard Foundation in the Tribal Scholars Program.
The Tribal Scholars Program supports graduates of tribal colleges who are admitted to four-year colleges and universities for study in science, engineering, computer science, or mathematics. Handboy
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation was created in 1964 by David Packard (1912-1996), co-founder of the Hewlett-Packard Company, and Lucile Salter Packard (1914-1987). They shared a deep and abiding interest in philanthropy. The Foundation awarded approximately $454 million in grants in 2001.
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