South Dakota Tech News
501 E. Saint Joseph Street • Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Phone: (605) 394-6082/2554 • Fax: (605) 394-6177
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2004
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
South Dakota Tech Celebrates Two Events Today
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will celebrate an important milestone today, Monday, April 26, when the university installs Dr. Charles Ruch as its 17th president.
The Inauguration ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. Monday, April 26, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre.
“In the university’s 119-year history, we’ve had just 17 presidents, making inauguration ceremonies an important transition to new leadership,” Dr. Karen Whitehead, vice president for academic affairs, said. “This inauguration is about the university, its history, its role in our community and state, and its future.”
The ceremony will include a full academic procession consisting of faculty, administrators, students, South Dakota Board of Regents members, and presidents and representatives of other colleges and universities from across the nation. South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds will present the Inaugural Address, and Dr. Ruch will receive the institution’s symbols of leadership. Ruch will then present his address that outlines his vision for South Dakota Tech. The university also will dedicate the university mace, a ceremonial item crafted from a fossil, precious metals and other symbols of the university’s history and heritage.
A reception honoring Ruch and his wife, Sally, will follow the inauguration in the lobby of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre.
Ruch became South Dakota Tech’s 17th president on July 1, 2003. He holds master’s and doctorate degrees in education from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from The College of Wooster (Ohio). Before
joining South Dakota Tech, Dr. Ruch served as President of Boise State
University for 10 years. Previously, Dr. Ruch spent 19 years at Virginia Commonwealth University, first as an associate dean and dean, and as provost and vice president. His first university assignment came at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was a faculty member and department chair.
In every community he has joined, Dr. Ruch has been active in organizations and efforts to make those communities better places to live. He has continued that effort in Rapid City, especially when it comes to economic development. In that critical area, he has made a priority of using campus expertise to build an even brighter regional economic future. Since joining Tech, Dr. Ruch also has opened lines of communication with the community through a bi-weekly e-letter, begun a strategic planning process, and created numerous partnerships to improve Tech, the community, the state, and the region.
Also today, South Dakota Tech breaks ground on the Computational Mechanics Laboratory addition to the Civil/Mechanical Engineering Building. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. near the northeast corner of the building. The Computational Mechanics Laboratory will provide much needed space for a variety of high-end computing activities. The project will include additional laboratories, classrooms, office space, and meeting rooms. The laboratory will provide Tech students access to the computational mechanics hardware and software currently used by industry, and will benefit faculty and researchers involved in externally-funded projects.
South Dakota Tech invites the media to both events.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.
The work from which this copy was made did not include a formal copyright notice. This work may be protected by U. S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code), which governs reproduction, distribution, public display, and other uses of protected works. Uses may be allowed with permission from the copyright holder, if the copyright on the work has expired, or if the use is fair use or within another legal exemption. The user of this work is responsible for compliance with the law.
Devereaux Library. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.