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April 28, 2005
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Tech Holds 151st Commencement
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will hold its 151st Commencement
at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the King Center on campus.
More than 250 undergraduate and graduate students will receive degrees. In addition,
12 alumni from the class of 1955 will attend the ceremony and receive certificates
commemorating their graduation.
Miaken Zeigler (Environmental Engineering, Sturgis) will represent the student body.
Originally from Sturgis, South Dakota, Ms. Miaken Zeigler became a part of the South
Dakota School of Mines and Technology community after receiving a scholarship to
play for the Lady Hardrocker basketball team. Ms. Zeigler’s talent and abilities earned
her three All Conference selections and 2nd Team All American honors her senior year.
Her abilities on and off the court made her a three-time scholar athlete. She ended her
basketball career fourth on the School of Mines all-time scoring list. Outside of athletics,
Ms. Zeigler has been very active on campus. She was a Resident Assistant, a member
and chair of the Leadership Development Team, and Orientation Leader and Co-Chair.
Currently, she serves as Student Program Coordinator for the Student Activities and
Leadership Center, where she advises on numerous programs and events. She is
currently in the process of applying for the Peace Corps, where she hopes to use her
Environmental Engineering degree.
Harold Fritzsche will receive the Guy E. March Medal. Fritzsche hails from
Wessignton, where graduated from high school, in 1947. Fritzsche graduated with a
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in
1951. A World War II veteran, he began working in the General Engineering Training
Program with General Electric in Lockland, Ohio. From his next G.E. assignment in Fort
Wayne, Ind., he took a leave of absence and enrolled in graduate school at Purdue,
earning a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1956. Fritzsche continued in
project engineering for G.E. in Fort Wayne, and was promoted through various
positions including manager of advanced engineering and program manager until his
retirement in 1986.
During his career, he held 19 U.S. patents. Throughout his career away from South
Dakota, he returned to South Dakota and to campus frequently, while he consistently
maintained regular contact and involvement in support of the university, its students and
alumni. His support of Hardrocker athletics and many other endeavors continues.
Mr. Greg Graves will deliver the commencement address. Graves graduated from the
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in
Mechanical Engineering. He immediately joined Burns & McDonnell of Kansas City,
Missouri, and his career track since then is an inspiration to us all.
He has held progressively responsible positions in a wide variety of energy-related
projects. As vice president and marketing director, he expanded the company’s client
base by building relationships with potential partners and clients. In the late 1990s, he
led the way in positioning the firm to take advantage of the boom in the power market.
He was promoted to general manager of the Energy Division in 1997 and oversaw a
200 percent growth in personnel and 400 percent growth in revenue. In 2001, he was
named Energy Group President. He set goals, provided resources, and helped direct
the vision of the firm’s energy services.
He became President and Chief Operating Officer in January 2003, and was named
Chief Executive Officer in October 2003.
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