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BOARD OF REGENTS SUMMARY
( September 15, 1997)
SDSM& T RECEIVES RAPID CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GRANITE AWARD
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology received this year’s Rapid City Area Chamber of Commerce Granite Award during the Chamber’s 111th Annual Meeting. The award is given annually to a business or organization that is an asset to the Rapid City area and a pillar of the community— one that is stable and solid as granite… thus the name “ Granite Award.”
In presenting the award to SDSM& T President Dr. Richard J. Gowen, Dewey Smith, Chairman of the Rapid City Chamber Diplomats, cited the university’s significant economic, educational and cultural roles in the Rapid City community. SDSM& T has been recognized as a national leader in science and engineering education. Starting salaries for Tech graduates range from $ 33,500 for science to $ 37,000 for engineering majors.
“ It is a tremendous honor for the university to be recognized as a partner in providing economic development opportunities for our region,” said Dr. Richard Gowen. “ We look forward to developing additional partnerships to further strengthen the Rapid City area and to bringing students, visitors and conference attendees to this gracious community. Together we can continue the traditions that have made the Rapid City area a wonderful place to live, learn, raise a family and do business.”
Many exciting developments and innovative curricular programs have taken place and continue to occur at Tech as a result of implementing Reinvestments Through Efficiencies in the budget process. “ We are building on our traditions of excellence to ensure that South Dakota Tech graduates are prepared for the 21st century and the new millennium,” stated Dr. Gowen.
SDSM& T also plays a significant role in the tourism industry. The Museum of Geology attracts 70,000 visitors annually . The campus has secured conferences that on average bring another 1,500 to 2,000 conference attendees to the community.
The Devereaux Library film series and the New Gallery provide cultural enrichment. In recognition of the university's technical role, Tech also serves as the State's Patent and Trademark Depository. In addition the campus has served as an incubator to multi- million dollar companies including Magnum Diamond.
TECH’S SKILL PROGRAM RECEIVES 1997 PRESIDENTIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE, MATHEMATICS AND ENGINEERING MENTORING PROGRAMS
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy ( OSTP), its national Science and Technology Council ( NSTC), and the National Science Foundation ( NSF) announced today that the Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership ( SKILL) has been selected as one of 19 recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring Programs. Luther Williams, Assistant NSF Director for Education and Human Resources, indicated “ This prestigious award recognizes SKILL’s outstanding achievements and contributions to mentoring in science, mathematics and engineering fields.”
The awards recognize outstanding mentoring efforts and programs that have enhanced the participation of individuals from underrepresented in these fields: namely, minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. The award recipients will serve as exemplars to their colleagues and as leaders in the national effort to develop more fully the nation’s human resources in science, mathematics and engineering.
As a part of the Presidential Award, SKILL has been selected to receive a grant of $ 10,000 funded by the NSF for the purpose of improving mentoring activities for the groups mentioned above. Phillip Huebner, SKILL Director will attend the 1997 Presidential Awards program that also include a one and one- half day symposium entitled, “ Mentoring for the Twenty- First Century Workforce,” and a White House Awards ceremony.
Jon Haas, Oglala Lakota College Vice President for Academic Affairs, nominated the SKILL program for the award. Now in its seventh year, SKILL has offered pre- college programs in math and science to more than 3,000 elementary and secondary school students through academic- year programs, elementary summer programs, four- week residential programs and four- year high- school programs.
SKILL is producing impressive results. Every American Indian student who has participated in SDSM& T’s SKILL program has remained in school! Huebner indicated that Tech’s 1997 freshman class includes 40% of the NASA Honors Program participants.
Leighton Homer Surbeck
Leighton ( Homer) Surbeck passed away Friday, September 5 at the age of 94 at his home in Atherton, CA. Homer graduated with honors in 1924 in Metallurgical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and first in his class from Yale Law School in 1927.
He was appointed as law secretary to Chief Justice Taft of the US Supreme Court. He later joined a prestigious Wall Street firm. In 1945 he received a War Department Citation for service, as Colonel and Chief Justice of Economic Branch, Military Intelligence Service, War Department.
His distinguished career has earned him several honorary degrees, including one from SDSM& T. Included among his many prestigious awards are the “ Yale Medal,” the highest honor given by the Association of Yale Alumni, the “ Guy March Silver Medal,” given by SDSM& T to honor outstanding achievement of alumni, and the “ Horatio Alger Award” for spectacular rise to success from a humble beginning. Homer was a dear friend of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
SDSM& T FRESHMEN HAVE IMPRESSIVE ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS AND DIVERSE EXPERIENCES – PUBLISHED POET, FERRARI DEALERSHIP LOT MANAGER, AMERICAN ON LINE ADVISOR AND 9- FOOT TOTEM POLE BUILDER
SDSM& T’s incoming freshmen— the class of 2001— have impressive academic credentials as well as interesting backgrounds and life experiences. According to survey responses received to date from approximately 40% of the freshmen, Dr. Douglas Lange, SDSM& T Dean of Students, reported that Tech’s incoming freshman class includes:
15 Regents Scholars
14 Valedictorians or Salutatorians and 17 others who graduated with honors
19 Boys or Girls Staters
14 high school class presidents
2 National Merit Scholarship finalists
12 Eagle Scouts
the Tandy Outstanding Science and Math Student for South Dakota
a National Horatio Alger Scholarship winner
59 lettered in athletics and 27 lettered in music
In addition to impressive scholastic records, Tech’s freshmen have a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences. The incoming freshman class includes:
a three- times published poet
a lot manager for a Ferrari dealership in Denver
a technical advisor for American On Line and a beta tester of AOL’s software
a builder of a 9- foot totem pole
a ham radio operator with sign KBOZSX
student assistant in the U. S. rd
Attorney General’s Office
a 3 level brown belt in karate
an individual who speaks Portuguese
• the National Reporter for the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America. Overall the freshman class is maintaining SDSM& T’s average ACT score of 24 for entering students. The freshmen represent over 22 states and countries, and on graduated in the top 25% of their high school graduating class.
SDSM& T PROVIDING TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO SOUTH DAKOTA FIRE
TRUCK COMPANY A South Dakota company which produces custom- made fire trucks is receiving research and development assistance from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). Luverne Fire Apparatus Co., Ltd. of Brandon, South Dakota, recently entered into a contract with SDSM& T for Dr. Srinivasa L. Iyer, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to conduct research and development of an aluminum
sub- frame for the firm’s custom- made fire trucks. Luverne Fire Apparatus currently uses a steel sub- frame for its fire trucks which are sold throughout the United States and in overseas markets. The firm recently completed an order from Turkey for 35 fire trucks. Due to a changing market, the compa
ny is interested in manufacturing aluminum sub- structures to expand its market. Dr. Iyer is overseeing the design, testing and building on the South Dakota Tech campus of a prototype aluminum sub- frame. The steel sub- frame is designed to pull 60,000 pounds. Phase 1 of the project will test both the aluminum and steel sub- frames. The final results of SDSM& T���s product testing will be provided to Luverne Fire Apparatus officials, who will then decide whether to make the switch to an aluminum sub- fra
me. The NASA- funded South DakotaTechnology Reinvestment Program helped to facilitate Luverne Fire Apparatus Company’s utilization of SDSM& T’s expertise for this R& D p
roject. “ This project demonstrates the research capabilities and expertise available which SDSM& T can offer the private sector,” said Dr. Iyer. “ Our good working relationship with Luverne Fir
SDSM& T ENTERS NEW ERA IN DINING SERVICES The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) ha
a partnership with ARAMARK Campus Services to manage its food service and dining operations for the campus’ 2200 students at its two food service sites. “ Utilizing ARAMARK’s national buying power and expertise will be an excellent step forward for SDSM& T. This change will allow us to make more
our students at a variety of venues while increasing our operational efficiency,” said TimHenderson, Director of Business and Administration for SDSM& T. ARAMARK currently is working on a renovation schedule to the Miner’s Shack snack bar located in the Surbeck Center. “ The management team is working hard to fine tune all its oper
dining areas before school starts,” said Jerry Throener, District Manager, ARAMARK Campus Services. ARAMARK Campus Services serves over 205 million meals annually to college and university students at 360 institutions in the U. S. and abroad in addition to providing dining servi
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE RATES PASSERS Dr. Roger Johnson, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T), has published an article entitled “ How Does
the National Football League ( NFL) Rate Passers?” Dr. Johnson’s article appears in the current issue of The Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications. The particular way the NFL computes its rating is generally unknown despite thefact that the rating is often discussed by broadcasters, sports writers, and fans. Rating values are important in quarterback contract negotiations and have even been used in trade agreements. A pas
er passing attempt; 2) interception percentage; 3) touchdown percentage; and 4) completion percentage. Utilizing a mathematical method called " least squares," Dr. Johnson shows in hiarticle that the first two of these statistics -- yards per passing attempt and interceptionpercentage -- are the
tage closely behind. Completion percentage is a distant fourth in influencing apasser’s NFL rating. Dr. Johnson’s article also determines the rating method used by the NatCollege Athletic Association ( NCAA). The NCAA method uses the same four passing statistics as th
importance of interception percentage and touchdown percentage are reversed from the
BUGHES TO RECEIVE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD FROM NATISOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS Former SDSM& T Vice President Bill Hughes of Rapid City will receive tNational Society of Professional Engineers ( NSPE) Distinguished Service Award duthe NSPE Annual Convention Recognition Banquet in Rapid City. The NSPE Distinguished Service Award is given to recognize eminence attained by technical contributions to the field of engineering and outstanding contributions to NSPE and the engineerin
Engineer of the Year, has distinguished himself as an engineer, as an educator and as a person. Hughes served as Vice President and Dean of Engineering of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology from 1988 to 1993. As SDSM& T Vice President, he championed the development of several new and innovative programs, including one inTechnology Management. Hughes currently is national co- chairman of SDSM& T’s firstever capital campaign Vision 2000- Leadership for the Next Century. He has been an active member of the SDSM& T Foundation, servin
ctors member, and on the Board Executive Committee. He is the co- author oftwo widely used electrical engineering textbooks. In the engineering profession, Hughes pioneered the development of special color television systems. He has done consulting work on a worldwide basis and is the recognized expert on inductive heating of large pipes for oil pipelines. In addition, has provided leadership in planning utilities, telecommunications and pipeline systems in several developing countries in the Middle and Far East. Hughes has been a pioneer in the development of a novel windmill commonly known as the “ bicycle wheel windmill.” He has
st thirty years.
M& T PROFESSOR 1 0F 5 WORLD EXPERTS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN PROTOZOOLOGY WORKSHOP IN AUSTRALIA Dr. Andrew Rogerson, Associate Professor of Biology at SDSM& T, is one of five world experts invited to participate in the 10th International Congress of Protozoology ( ICOP) and the ICOP Postcongress Workshop being held in Sydney, Australia from Ju21- August 3. Rogerson is the only scientist from a United States university invitedmake presentations during the Postcongress Workshop. The other experts are from China, Germa
on’s costs for congress registration, accommodations, and workshop expenses in Australia. “ We are very honored that one of our faculty members is the only professor from a U. S. university invited to participate in this workshop in Austra
tion,” said Dr. Richard J. Gowen, President of SDSM& T.
SDSM& T IS STORYBOOK SPONSOR- FOR- A- DAY AUGUST 20: TECH’SCONCRETE CANOE, MINI- BAJA, MINI- INDY, AND SOLAR CAR TO BE DISPLAYVisitors to Storybook Island this Wednesday will have an opportunity to get afirsthand look at SDSM& T’s concrete canoe, the Mini- Baja off- road vehicle, the Mini-
racing car, and the solar- powered car. The vehicles are being displayed in conjunction with SDSM& T being Storybook Island’s Sponsor- For- A- Day onStudents from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology designedand raced each of the vehicles repr
n campus, the museum will be open Monday- Saturday 9: 00 a. m.- 4: 00 p. m.
ources necessary to meet
e park’s operating expenses. Storybook Island is a free children’s park operated by
. The Museum in Motion traveling exhibits are being sponsored at Sturgis
ts for the traveling Museum in Motion exhibits in their school or community
hould contact the SDSM& T University & Public Relations at 394- 2554 or toll- free, 800-
esentatives will be on hand at Storybook Island this Wednesday to answer questions about the vehicles. Items from SDSM& T’s Museum in Motion also will be featured at Storybook Island on August 20. The Museum in Motion provides hands- on exhibits designed to make learning about science and engineering fun for children and adults alike. Located in tOld Gym o
l Labor Day. Admission is $ 2 per person or $ 10 per family, with group rates also available. As a Storybook Island Sponsor- For- A- Day, SDSM& T organizations are helping to provide Storybook Island with the support and financial res
e Rapid City and Rushmore Rotary Clubs of Rapid City.
& T MUSEUM IN MOTION EXHIBITS TO BE AT STURGIS MIDDLE SCHOOL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 / OVER 600 STUDENTS EXPECTED Over six hundred 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students from Sturgis are expectour the SDSM& T Museum in Motion exhibits being displayed at the Sturgis Middle School this Wednesday, September 10. The exhibits from South Dakot
Museum in Motion provide hands- on learning experiences in science and engineering and demonstrate principles of physics and laws of nature in a fun way. Kate Axlund, a teacher in the Sturgis Middle School, arranged for the SDSM& T Museum in Motion exhibits to be brought to Sturgis with the help of corporate sponsorships
Middle School by Jacobsen Ford, Hersruds of Sturgis, and Queen City Motors of Spearfish. Traveling exhibits from the Museum in Motion are also available during the school year to other educators and organizations. Individuals wishing to make arrangemen
SDSM& T UNITED CAMPUS MINISTRIES TO HOST VOLUNTEER FAIR United Campus Ministries at SDSM& T is hosting a Volunteer Fair this Friday, September 5th, from 9: 00 a. m. to 1: 00 p. m. in the Quad Area ( by the Arch) onThe volunteer fair will provide South Dakota Tech students with an opportunity to learn about and sign up for volunteer opportunities available with local community organizations. Among the community organizations scheduled to participate are C( Court Appointed Special Advocates), Church Response, Habitat for H
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