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February 25, 2003
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Four inducted into Leadership Hall of Fame
Four students were inducted into the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Leadership Hall of Fame on March 29.
Tech’s Leadership Development Team created the Hall of Fame to raise awareness about the importance of student leadership and to recognize the valuable contributions student leaders make. The Hall of Fame recognizes students based on their contributions to the campus community. It’s not about how many leadership positions they list on their resume. The award recognizes students who have made a difference.
Any full-time Tech student in good academic and disciplinary standing is eligible to apply for induction to the Leadership Hall of Fame. An anonymous committee of students, faculty and staff reviews applications. Up to six students are selected each year for this honor.
The inductees for the 2001 Leadership Hall of Fame are Travis DeWeese, Jason Lamont, Colleen Manning, and Jason Thuringer.
Travis DeWeese is a senior mechanical engineering student from Spearfish. He will graduate in Dec. 2001 and he plans to travel to Germany to be a ski and snowboard instructor before looking for an engineering position in the ski and snowboard industry.
As a student leader at Tech, DeWeese was very involved on campus. He is a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, where he has served as historian, editor, and summer housing manager. He is a former member of the Leadership Development Team. He also served as an orientation leader and went on to become one of the chairs of the Orientation Program during his senior year.
DeWeese has contributed his leadership in several other student organizations. He is a member of TONITE, the student programming board, where he recently finished a term as Vice President. He has been an active member of the Tech Soccer Club, the Tech Ski and Snowboard Club, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and has recently taken on a leadership role with the Human Powered Vehicle. DeWeese’s honors include membership in Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society, and the Dean’s List.
Jason Lamont is a junior Computer Science student from Aberdeen, S.D. After graduating, Lamont plans to look for a software development engineering position at a
computer company. This summer, Lamont returns to Motorola for a second internship.
During Lamont’s time at Tech, he has been very involved in a variety of campus
Organizations. He is a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, where is currently Vice President. He is a former member of TONITE, the student programming board, where he served on the M Week Committee and was the Chair of the Public Relations Committee. Lamont has served on Student Association as the Freshman Class President, was a member of the SOAP funding committee, and has participated in numerous intramural sports and community service activities.
Lamont has made a significant contribution to the leadership development of other Tech students. He served as both a member and then the chair of the Leadership Development Team. Lamont also was selected to be an orientation leader and he went on to become a chair of the Orientation Program. Lamont was also instrumental in developing our first summer orientation program.
Colleen Manning is a senior Chemical Engineering student from Burbank, S.D. Manning will graduate in December and plans to look for a chemical engineering position in the Kansas City area.
Since transferring to Tech in 1998, Manning has been very involved in campus life. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she has served as the public relations chair and the Inter-Fraternity Council delegate. She has been a member of TONITE, the student programming board, the Society of Women Engineers, and has served as an orientation leader.
After serving as a member of the Leadership Development Team, Manning was selected as the chair of that organization. Manning is currently serving as president of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Jason Thuringer is a senior Mechanical Engineering student from Parkston, S.D., and will graduate in May. After graduation, Thuringer will work for Honda in Columbus, Ohio, as a test engineer.
Thuringer is a true role model of the term “student leader” as his academic accomplishments are as impressive as his leadership contributions. Thuringer has been a member of the Dean’s List every semester he has been at Tech. He is a member and former vice president of Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society, member and former president of Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Society and is a member and current president of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Society.
Thuringer is involved in a number of other campus organizations as well. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, where he recently finished his term as treasurer. Thuringer is a former orientation leader and was a member of the Leadership Development Team for two years. Thuringer recently chartered a new student organization, the SDSM&T AeroDesign Team and successfully obtained funding for the team’s competition in Palm Dale, Calif.
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