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March 6, 2003
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Tech Hosts 52nd Honors Convocation
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will hold its 52nd Honors Convocation and Luncheon at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Surbeck Student Center Ballroom.
Tech holds the Convocation annually to recognize the outstanding achievements of Tech students, staff and friends for their many accomplishments. Tech will honor outstanding students from each major, recognize professors who have had major impact on students’ lives, and award a staff member who has made important contributions to the community.
The 2003 awards: STUDENT AWARDS – ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT Engineering – Freshman John Brosnahan, Electrical Engineering, Lead Leo Buzalsky, Computer Engineering, Amidon, N.D. Brandon Coyle, Chemical Engineering, Pierre Bridget Fiegen , Chemical Engineering, La Crescent, Minn. Matthew Hainy, Mechanical Engineering, Wessington Springs Daniel Hammarsten, Chemical Engineering, Ashley, N.D. Jonathan Hurd , Mechanical Engineering, Rockham Aaron Mulock, Mechanical Engineering, Aberdeen Jennifer Pazour, Industrial Engineering, Pukwana Benjamin Salverson, Chemical Engineering, Glenham Joseph Steinbronn, Chemical Engineering, Dimock
Science – Freshman Jill Anderson, Computer Science, Pierre Erin Heintz, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Sturgis Engineering – Sophomore Bobbie Crater, Mechanical Engineering, Glasgow, Mont. Jerome Koistinen, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Bryant Jeffrey Schmidt, Electrical Engineering, Rapid City Seth Swanson, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lake Norden Jessica Walloch, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lesterville Jennifer Wentz, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lemmon Science – Sophomore Daniel Rausch, Computer Science, Big Stone City Engineering �� Junior Andrew Fisher , Industrial Engineering, Bowman, N.D. Jennifer Christensen, Electrical Engineering, Bloomington, Minn. Andrew Kannenberg, Electrical Engineering, Luverne, Minn. Science – Junior Amy LaFrance, Chemistry, Rapid City Tamara Mitzel , Interdisciplinary Sciences, Rapid City Wyatt Zochert, Computer Science, Webster Engineering – Senior Ulrike Lashley , Environmental Engineering, Germany Daniel Palecek, Electrical Engineering, Philip Eric Pollard, Mechanical Engineering, Rapid City Science – Senior Andrew Farke, Geology, Armour Marci Medalen, Chemistry, Rapid City Steven Smith, Computer Science, Pierre LEADERSHIP AWARDS Athletics Men's Golf Brooks Henderson, Metallurgical Engineering, Rapid City Volleyball Molly Barnes, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Laramie, Wyo.
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Women's Basketball Jami Zilles, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Logan, Utah Men's Basketball Justin Mitchell, Civil Engineering, Loveland, Colo. Drama Krista Masteller, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Piedmont Jacob Colvin, Chemical Engineering and Physics, Hutchinson, Minn. Leadership Hall of Fame Geoff Fecske, Electrical Engineering, Rapid City Matt Goeden, Computer Engineering, Yankton Nick Newell, Computer Engineering, Havre, Mont. Josh Sting, Computer Engineering, North Mankato, Minn. Non-traditional Student Chris Chiller, Industrial Engineering, Hot Springs Outstanding Greek Nick Newell (Delta Sigma Phi), Computer Engineering, Havre, Mont. Gena Engel (Alpha Chi Sigma), Chemical Engineering, Colome Phi Eta Sigma Jennifer Moege, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Parkston
South Dakota Board of Regents Award for Academic Excellence Tau Beta Pi, represented by Naomi Fossen, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pierre Award for Organizational Leadership Triangle, represented by Kevin McGinnis, Mechanical Engineering, Yankton Award for Community Service Circle K, represented by Lance Woodsend, Mechanical Engineering, Sioux Falls Student Association Outstanding Senator Award Josh Sting, Computer Engineering, North Mankato, Minn. Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Engineering Scholarship Bobbie Crater, Mechanical Engineering, Glasgow, Mont. Jerome Koistinen, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Bryant
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SENIORS GRADUATING IN 2003 WITH HIGHEST HONORS (Grade Point Average of 3.80 or higher) Daniel Alsup, Electrical Engineering, Spearfish Molly Barnes, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Laramie, Wyo. Adam Berg, Electrical Engineering, Baltic Bobbi Jo Beyer, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Parkston Steven Bickett, Mechanical Engineering, Upton, Wyo. Martha Billingsley, Chemistry, Rapid City Rebekah Dargatz, Industrial Engineering, Keystone Andrew Farke, Geology, Armour Jeremy Fejfar, Electrical Engineering, Custer Tony Fischer, Mechanical Engineering, Midland Darryn Frafford, Electrical Engineering and Math, Rapid City Jared Hanson, Computer Engineering, Madison Candice Harrison, Industrial Engineering, Piedmont Brooks Henderson, Metallurgical Engineering, Rapid City Kurt Hungerford, Computer Engineering, Dassel, Minn. Michael Huot, Chemistry, Rapid City Andrea Johnson, Electrical Engineering, Pierre Georgia Knauss, Geology, Bowman, N.D. Nicholas Koch , Mechanical Engineering, Plankinton Benjamin McGregor, Computer Engineering, Box Elder Daniel Palecek, Electrical Engineering, Philip Eric Pollard, Mechanical Engineering, Rapid City Damian Schmidt, Computer Engineering, Elk Point Steven Smith, Computer Science, Pierre Brian Vander Lugt, Electrical Engineering, Sioux Falls Marius Vulcan , Computer Science, Rapid City Kyle Wermers, Chemical Engineering, Mitchell Andrew Wineinger, Industrial Engineering, Andover, Minn. Jacob Zeller, Mechanical Engineering, Rapid City DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS Atmospheric Sciences Harry and Laura Orville Graduate Fellowship Michael Toomey, Atmospheric Sciences, Colorado Springs, Colo. Erin Landguth, Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid City Briant Davis Graduate Fellowship Mark Fersdahl, Atmospheric Sciences, Renner Dale Hjermstad Memorial Fellowship Tom Warner, Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid City
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Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering Achievement Award Kyle Wermers, Chemical Engineering, Mitchell Chemical Engineering Faculty Award Keith Flanegan, Chemical Engineering, Rapid City Chemistry General Chemistry Achievement Award Daniel P. Rausch, Chemistry, Big Stone City Outstanding Senior Martha Billingsley, Chemistry, Rapid City Civil and Environmental Engineering Outstanding Senior Alex Toskey, Civil Engineering, Minneapolis, Minn. Electrical and Computer Engineering Ronald J. Schmitz Award – Outstanding Electrical Engineering Junior John Preheim, Electrical Engineering, Parker William A. Hixson Award – Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior Andrea Johnson, Electrical Engineering, Pierre Computer Engineering Outstanding Junior Andy Kannenberg, Computer Engineering, Luverne, Minn. Outstanding Senior Benjamin McGregor, Computer Engineering, Box Elder Geology and Geological Engineering Edward L. Tullis Award Micah Keller, Geological Engineering, Dickinson, N.D. J. A. Redden Award Andre Farke, Geology , Armour Georgia Knauss, Geology, Bowman, N.D. Graduate Education Outstanding Graduate Student Award Tom Warner, Atmospheric Sciences, Rapid City Humanities Leslie E. Boyd Memorial Scholarship Pamela Davis, Computer Science, Rapid City
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John McClearie Technical Communications Award Billie Myers, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Hot Springs Interdisciplinary Sciences IS Advisors' Award Bobbie Jo Beyer, Interdisciplinary Sciences, Parkston Math and Computer Science Outstanding Senior in Math Award Darryn Frafford, Math, Everett, Wash. Outstanding Senior in Math Award Matthew Dahl, Math, Rapid City Outstanding Senior in Computer Science Award Steven Smith, Computer Science, Pierre Outstanding Senior in Computer Science Award Marius Vulcan, Computer Science, Rapid City Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student Steven Bickett, Mechanical Engineering, Upton, Wyo. Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student Tony Fischer, Mechanical Engineering, Midland Industrial Engineering Outstanding I.E. Student Katie Zeller, Industrial Engineering, Pierre James Waldrop, Industrial Engineering, Rapid City Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Outstanding Service Award Jack Massarello, Metallurgical Engineering, Rapid City Outstanding Academic Performance Award Brooks Henderson, Metallurgical Engineering, Rapid City Military Science Outstanding Advanced Course Cadet Brian Woods, Mechanical Engineering, Rapid City Outstanding Basic Course Cadet Andrew Kenyon, Electrical Engineering, Wentworth
Physics Outstanding Junior Jeff West, Physics, Hettinger, N.D. Outstanding Senior Kevin Baker, Physics, Rapid City FRANK AND MARILYN RICHARDSON SCHOLARS PROGRAM College of Earth Systems Stephanie Nielson, Geological Engineering, Grand Forks, N.D. Seth Swanson, Civil Engineering, Lake Norden John Keefner, Geological Engineering, Sturgis College of Materials Science and Engineering Joseph Steinbronn, Chemical Engineering, Dimock Anne Larson, Chemical Engineering, Albert Lea, Minn. Grant Crawford, Metallurgical Engineering, Sundance, Wyo. College of Systems Engineering John Brosnahan, Electrical Engineering, Lead Bobbie Crater, Mechanical Engineering, Glasgow, Mont. Wyatt Zochert, Computer Science, Webster MINES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE Carole Hillard, former South Dakota Lt. Governor MINES AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING TEACHING Christine Owen, Biology Teacher, Hamlin High School, Hayti BENARD A. ENNENGA FACULTY AWARD Dr. Don Teets, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science L. RICHARD KITCHEN MEMORIAL AWARD Suzi Aadland, Director, Ivanhoe International Center
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