The Member Activities Committee seeks nominations for MGEC members to be recipients of the annual GOLDEN SLIDE RULE AWARD, recognizing outstanding technical skills, superb writing and publication efforts, and for sharing expertise with their peers, and the DISTINGUISHED CITIZENSHIP AWARD, recognizing outstanding effort in civic or other community service, which has included both international and local service to a community and/or for service to the MGEC community. These awards provide a unique opportunity to recognize some of the very special members of our organization.
Co-workers, supervisors, or individuals who wish to self-nominate are encouraged to read the following carefully and consider submitting the application materials. All nominees must be Full Members of MGEC. Nominations will be judged by the Member Activities Committee on the basis of content, thoroughness, and completeness.
Golden Slide Rule Award
This award recognizes significant and substantial achievements in the fields of engineering or land surveying based on any or all of the following categories:
- Technical Achievement – achievements/ impacts in work unit, division, region, agency, or profession (i.e., program/process development, process improvement, technical advance, cost savings, etc.)
- Societal Involvement – professional society leadership roles, committee activities, concept development, or organizational contributions such as seminars, etc.
- Partnerships – initiating/facilitating joint effort with other internal/external organizations.
- Papers Submitted – published material resulting in significant contribution in organizational structure, method of operation/evaluation, new design manuals, complicated reports, technical presentations, etc.
- Scholastic Achievement – Masters or Ph.D., other honors.
Distinguished Citizenship Award
This award recognizes significant and substantial contributions to community, based on any or all of the following categories:
- Service in local, state, or national politics – elected, appointed, or volunteer activities.
- Service in community, charitable or civic activities – duration of involvement, level of commitment to activity, impact on involvement on community, creation of program, etc.
- Volunteer Work – type of work, length of involvement, time commitment, impact within organization or its customers/community, etc.
- Military Service – combination of National Guard or Reserve service to state and country, community involvement with JROTC and ROTC through high schools and post-secondary institutions.
Golden Slide Rule Past Winners
2019-Alan Rindels, MnDOT
2017-Steve Kordosky, MnDOT
2016-Blake Nelson, MnDOT
2015-Tim Donovan, MnDOT
2011-Paul Kettleson, MnDOT
2009-Mike Pretel, MnDOT
2008-Dave Dahlberg, MnDOT
2007-Chris Kufner, MnDOT
2006-Raymond Cekalla, MnDOT
2005-Chun Yi Wu, MPCA
2004-Rajan Thomas, Administration
2004-Brad Estochen, MnDOT
2003-Daryl Taavola, MnDOT
2002-Daryl Taavola, MnDOT
2001-Hongming Jiang, MPCA
1999-Lih-in Rezania, Health Dept.
1998-Memos Katsoulis, DNR
1997-J.T. Staley, MnDOT
1996-Marthand Nookala, MnDOT
Distinguished Citizenship Award Past Winners
2016-John Siekmeier, MnDOT
2012-Graig Gilbertson, MnDOT
2011-Marcelo Alojado, MnDOT
2007-Jim Sellner, DNR
2006-Fred Jenness, MPCA
2004-Steven Porter, MnDOT
2003-George Cepress, MnDOT
2002-Raymond Burrows, Health Dept.
2002-Daniel Sullivan, MPCA
2001-David Beberg, MnDOT
1999-Lynnette Roshell, MnDOT
1997-Fred Maurer, MnDOT
1996-Alex Poletz, MnDOT
Three scholarships are available: Two $500 awards for family members of MGEC members and one $1000 award for an MGEC member.
Family Member Scholarships
Two $500 scholarships are available to family members (children, step-children, grandchildren, step-grandchildren, siblings, and legal wards) of MGEC members (Full, Supporting, Associate, or Life Members). Students who are entering their junior or senior year of college and are pursuing a degree in an engineering or land surveying field may apply. If awarded, the student would receive the scholarship money as a reimbursement after submitting a receipt as proof of tuition payment.
How to apply for the Family Member Scholarship:
The student should submit a brief letter which describes their goals and field of study, name and relationship to the MGEC member (i.e., child, grandchild, etc.), and the student’s contact information including mailing address. A copy of the most recent transcript must be submitted with the application letter. Email, fax or mail the letter of application and transcript to the address below.
Connie Minetor Memorial Scholarship
In 2002, MGEC’s board announced the initiation of the member-only scholarship program. The Connie Minetor Memorial Scholarship for MGEC Members is named for the late Connie Minetor, MGEC’s first female President (1997/98) and first President from MPCA. It was established to provide help to members seeking to attain a degree or advanced degree in engineering or land surveying or seeking additional work-related training. Up to $1,000 may be awarded to one MGEC Member (not Associate or Represented non-member). Current Board Members are not eligible to apply. Eligible members may apply for the scholarship more than once. If awarded, you would receive the scholarship as a reimbursement after providing proof of payment for the training or course(s).
How to apply for the Connie Minetor Memorial Scholarship:
Submit a letter of no more than 200 words stating your goals and describing the educational purpose for the scholarship, along with some information on the education or training itself. Email, fax or mail the letter of application to the address below.
5874 Blackshire Path
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
Family Member Scholarship Winners
Connie Minetor Memorial Scholarship Winners