History: the 1980s
— Operation Evergreen begins on campus.
— (May 18) Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption in Washington.
— (June 17) SDSM&T Endowment Association reorganized into the SDSM&T Foundation.
— (April 12) Space Shuttle Columbia launched into space..
— (July 17) Death of long-time alumni director, Guy March, felt deeply by campus.
— Mammoth Butcher site identified near Oglala.
— Sixth-ever Tyrannosaurus Rex unearthed by Museum of Geology.
— 1,500 pound skull of Triceratops, a three-horned dinosaur, discovered.
— Flood memorial fountain built by ASCE dedicated; plaques listing victims unveiled.
— (June 18) Dr. Sally Ride first American woman in space.
— Tech Educational Micro-Processor (TEMP) program underway as required course.
— (October 27) TOTH dedicated, artist Andrew Leicester designed the tower.
— Final phases of Operation Evergreen.
— (July 1) School of Mines’ centennial year of events begins.
—October SDSM&T Alumni Association celebrates its 50th anniversary.
— School of Mines Centennial Anniversary.
— School of Mines claims the SDIC All-Sports Champion title for 1984-85 academic year.
— Dr. Richard J. Gowen named School of Mines president.
— Construction of new Classroom Building begins.
— East portion of the Liberal Arts Building condemned.
—South Dakota Library Network (SDLN) computerized catalog added to Devereaux Library.
— Tech Learning Center begins providing tutorial services for students.
— New Classroom Building completed and occupied.
— Singing Engineers perform in Austria.
— Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership (SKILL) program begins on campus.
— Master’s program established in technology management.
— (December 16) Malcolm S. Forbes speaks at 120th commencement.
— South Dakota’s centennial year.
Next: the 1990s