Mines News

Release Date Thursday, May 2, 2019

Logar to Receive Guy March Medal

Antonette “Toni” Logar, Ph.D., will receive the annual Guy March Medal  at the SD Mines commencement ceremony beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Ice Arena

Antonette “Toni” Logar, Ph.D., will receive the annual Guy March Medal.  The award’s namesake, Guy March, Ph.D., was a longtime professor of mathematics and alumni association director until his death in 1981. The March Medal is awarded annually to a graduate who exemplifies the spirit of March through positive interaction with students, the institution, and Mines alumni.

Logar earned a bachelor’s degree in geology, a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science and a law degree. She served on the faculty of SD Mines for over 30 years where she taught computer science and conducted interdisciplinary research in artificial intelligence, served as department chair, and served as interim dean of graduate education

Her contributions to the university as a faculty member have been recognized through the Ennenga Award for excellence in teaching, the Virginia Simpson Award for service, and the Outstanding Professor Award. Logar has been dedicated to mentoring and coaching both research and competition teams and was recognized by Tau Beta Pi with the McDonald Medal, a National Mentoring Award, as a result of a nomination prepared by students in the local chapter.  She has also served the university as a member of the Alumni Association board and the board of directors of the SD Mines Foundation. 

Logar worked with student research teams on award winning projects in Friction Stir Welding and Satellite Image Processing and had the opportunity to take numerous students on international trips to present their work. She also led the first all-female research team to the national finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup.

Logar’s greatest passion has been to serve as coach of the SD Mines programming team.  In 2013, she received an international coach’s award for having brought five teams to the World Finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC), and, since then, the school has had four more teams qualify.  Her work with the contest leadership resulted in the selection of Rapid City as the host site of the ACM-ICPC World Finals in May 2017. The contest brought 1,500 people to Rapid City, including the best and brightest computer science students from around the world.

Logar has served as a member of the Black Hills Chamber Music Society Board and the Black Hills Symphony Board, and currently serves on the board for the Mt. Rushmore Society. She consistently recruits campus community members to contribute their talents and efforts to community service.



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