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September 21, 2004
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Tech To Cut Ribbon For ‘Howard Peterson Hall’
South Dakota Tech will officially cut the ribbon and dedicate the new, 300-bed Howard Peterson Hall dormitory during a ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24.
Tech students moved into the student-centered residence hall this fall. The dormitory features multiple styles of rooms and other amenities that students want.
The dormitory is named in honor of Dr. Howard Peterson. In his more than 50-year relationship with South Dakota Tech, Peterson has become a cornerstone of what the university represents.
Peterson has a long legacy at Tech. A native of Alpena, he attended Tech in an era when most students were veterans of World War II, and few were traditional, out-of-high-school youngsters. Howard was one of the youngsters. He was active in many campus organizations, and received a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering in 1950. After working in oil exploration, he taught high school in eastern South Dakota. During his teaching years, he earned a master’s degree in Education in 1955 from Northern State Teachers College. He then returned to Tech and was appointed assistant dean of students. He later earned a doctorate in Education from the University of South Dakota.
From the 1960s into the 1990s, Peterson truly was a personal friend of most Tech students. He retired as dean of students in 1992, only to immediately play a leadership role that made a significant impact on the very successful, first-ever capital campaign in the university’s history. Peterson continues to mentor students as an advisor, as a member of several university boards and as chairman-emeritus of the SDSM&T Foundation Board of Directors.
The hall was constructed adjacent to the south end of the Surbeck Center. Room configurations include suites and standard double rooms. Study lounges, a kitchen and an exercise room also will be included. Since the residence hall will connect to the Surbeck Center’s main floor, a coffee and smoothie shop, the cashier’s office, the campus safety office and a common front desk operation will serve both.
Features of the new building include:
Individual temperature control in each room
Sinks in every room
Beds that can be bunked or lofted with provided hardware
Large laundry room with ice machine
Private showers and dressing areas in the public shower rooms
Card access entry to rooms
Howard Peterson Hall will be home to the inaugural group of more than 100 students to participate in a new Tech program designed to help freshmen succeed. The program, called FIRST, Freshman Introduction to Real Success at Tech, will help students develop connections with each other and the university during each student’s first year on campus.
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