Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Judy Sneller Honored with Top Professor Award

RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 31, 2016) – Judy Sneller has been honored with the Presidential Award for Outstanding Professor at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She was among other faculty and staff members receiving special awards and dozens who were recognized for their years of service during the 2016 Employee Service Awards.

Sneller, who has been at South Dakota Mines since 1992, teaches technical communications and other courses in the Department of Humanities. Among her achievements are 13 refereed publications, 26 conference paper presentations and participation on the interdisciplinary team that brought $300,000 in funding to the university from the Bush Foundation. She has served on 33 different university committees, including the Tenure and Promotion Committee. Additionally, she has secured approximately $50,000 in funding to the university and $100,000 in funding for the Rapid City Arts Council.

Sneller has served on the SD Humanities Council board of directors for four years and as a Speakers’ Bureau Scholar for 13 years. She has served on the board of the Rapid City Arts Council for four years and was president this past year. During that time, she led the council in creating its strategic plan, supported the council’s role in gathering information for and drafting the Rapid City Cultural Plan, and oversaw the preparation of core documents for accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums.

Other Mines honorees recognized for their outstanding service to students and the university were:

  • Karim Muci-Kuchler, Mechanical Engineering, James & Connie Green CAMP Faculty Award
  • Lori Coble, Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences, Benard A. Ennenga Award
  • J. Foster Sawyer, Geology & Geological Engineering, Virginia Simpson Award
  • Cathy Payne, Veterans Resource Center, Dick Kitchen Award for Outstanding Staff Person
  • Jill Fontaine, Surbeck Center, Outstanding Student Service Employee of the Year Award
  • Michael Dowding, Physics, Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
  • Venkata Gadhamshetty, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Research Award
  • Christian Widener, Arbegast Materials Processing & Joining Laboratory, Economic Development Award

Faculty and staff members retiring this year and their years of service are Roger Dendinger, Social Sciences, 17 years; Thomas Fontaine, Civil & Environmental Engineering, 21 years; Debra Zeidler, Social Sciences, 23 years; Kathy Antonen, Humanities, 26 years; Antonette Logar, Mathematics & Computer Science, 32 years; Charles Kliche, Mining Engineering & Management, 35 years.

Staff members recognized for receiving a Traditions of Excellence Award for outstanding civil service employees during the year were Kevin Buddle, Nancy Feiler, Shawn Fischer, Marsha Kelly, Michelle Lineweber, Tammy Merkwan, Diana O’Toole, Abena Songbird, Joel Tesch, Josh Wilkinson, Don Williams.

Faculty and staff members recognized for their years of service were:

  • 50 years: Paul Smith, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences
  • 40 years: Neal Hodges, Information Technology Services
  • 35 years: David Boyles, Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences; Julie Dahl, Mathematics & Computer Science; Charles Kliche, Mining Engineering & Management
  • 30 years: Sangchul Bang, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Vickie Bender, Information Technology Services, Gayla Schlei, Residence Life
  • 25 years: Cynthia Christensen, Career & Professional Development Center; David Dixon, Chemical & Biological Engineering; Jon Kellar, Materials & Metallurgical Engineering; Stuart Kellogg, Industrial Engineering; Michael Langerman, Mechanical Engineering; Sheila Lien, Sponsored Programs; Jamie Sumners, Information Technology Services
  • 20 years: Robert Corey, Physics; Heather Forney, Finance & Administration; Cindy Hise, Mining Engineering & Management; Steven Lawler, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Larry Stetler, Geology & Geological Engineering
  • 15 years: Andrew Brady, Composites & Polymer Engineering Laboratory; Forest Cooper, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Rocky Delker, ARAMARK Dining Services; Connie Krosschell, Physics; Elaine Linde, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Patricia Mahon, Student Development; Roger Schrader, Mathematics & Computer Science; Keith Whites, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Susan Young, Facilities & Risk Management
  • 10 years: Bradley Blume, Athletics; Anita Brenneman, Athletics; Sarah Dehoogh, ARAMARK Dining Services; Cheryl Dillon, Student Activities & Leadership Center; Mary Jo Farrington, Student Development; Eric Glenn, Athletics; Dean Jensen, Industrial Engineering; Todd Menkhaus, Chemical & Biological Engineering; Justin Meyer, Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences; Darrin Pagnac, Geology & Geological Engineering; Jerilyn Roberts, Facilities & Risk Management; Margaret Smallbrock, Facilities & Risk Management; Steve Smith, Nanoscience & Nanoengineering; Sarah Steiner, Registrar & Academic Services; Zane Tibke, Information Technology Services
  • 5 years: Mark Bedillion, Mechanical Engineering; Jennifer Benning, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Cassandra Degen, Mechanical Engineering; Brent Deschamp, Mathematics & Computer Science; Ann Fischer, Admissions; Kelsey Gilcrease, Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences; Paula Jensen, Industrial Engineering; Arlene Lichtenecker, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Bert Mannhalter, Composites & Polymer Engineering Laboratory; Joseph Marshall, Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences; Dawn Miller, Finance & Administration; Adam Piper, Industrial Engineering; Kazem Sohraby, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Karen Vieira, Devereaux Library; Christian Widener, Arbegast Materials Processing & Joining Laboratory; Yong Zhao, Chemistry & Applied Biological Sciences

  View photos from the 2016 Employee Service Awards: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sdsmt/albums/72157667402835530


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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.