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Presidential inauguration moved to King Center due to weather
Release Date Tuesday, October 1, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 1, 2013) - This week's inauguration ceremony of President Heather Wilson of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been moved to the university's King Center due to forecasts of inclement weather.

The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, in the King Center's Goodell Gymnasium on the south end of campus. The ceremony previously had been scheduled outdoors in the quad.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony in which former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Barbara Barrett will deliver the inaugural address. Dignitaries representing state and local offices will also participate, along with Mines students, alumni and faculty members, who will proceed in full academic regalia.

Parking is available in the rear of the King Center and O'Harra Stadium lots. Platforms will be available for media cameras.

Wilson, D.Phil., is the 18th president of the School of Mines. The Rhodes Scholar and former Congresswoman is the first female president in the university's 128-year history.

The inauguration caps off a busy week at the university. On Thursday, Oct. 3, Anna Balazs, Ph.D., will be honored at the Fifth Annual Mines Medal Dinner & Award Ceremony at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, LaCroix Hall.

Balazs, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is a pioneer in the area of predicting the behavior of complex polymeric materials and potentially sensory artificial skin. The Mines Medal is a national award presented by the School of Mines to honor engineers and scientists who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and innovation.

A media interview opportunity with Balazs has been reserved from 5-6 p.m. Thursday during a private reception before the award ceremony. Balazs will lead several presentations on and off campus in the days preceding Thursday's medallion presentation.

Highlights of the Mines Medal and inauguration celebration week:

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 1

  • 4-5 p.m. Balazs presents at student convocation, Surbeck Center Ballroom on campus
  • 7-8 p.m. "Amazing Science" presentation at Journey Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City; tickets are $5 plus tax per non-museum member adults, $3 plus tax for students or museum members, free for SDSM&T students with ID.

Thursday, Oct. 3

  • 11-11:50 a.m. Balazs presents at student Chemical & Biological Engineering Seminar Series on campus
  • 5-6 p.m. Media opportunity with Balazs during private reception, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center theater lobby
  • 6-7 p.m. Fifth Annual Mines Medal Dinner & Award Ceremony social hour, Civic Center LaCroix Hall
  • 7-8 p.m. Dinner, LaCroix Hall
  • 8-9 p.m. Award ceremony, LaCroix Hall

Friday, Oct. 4

  • 10 a.m. Inauguration ceremony of Heather Wilson, 18th president of the School of Mines, in the King Center on the south end of campus

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