Organizations and Support

International Student Groups

Association of Norwegian Students Abroad (ANSA)

President: 

International Students, Inc. (ISI)

President: Richard Handoko Mining Engineering fannins@dakotaisi.org

Chinese (PRC) Student & Scholar Association

President: Tao Xu  Biomedical Engineering Tao.Xu@mines.sdsmt.edu

Vice Pres: Fan Zheng  Nano Science & Engineering Fan.Zheng@mines.sdsmt.edu 

Secretary: Xiaojing Ma  Nano Science & Engineering Xiaojing.Ma@mines.sdsmt.edu 

Treasurer: Jia Wang  Chemical & Biological Engineering Jia.Wang@mines.sdsmt.edu

Advisor: Dr. yong Zhao  & Applied Biological Sciences & Chemistry Yong.Zhao@sdsmt.edu

Mongolian Student Association

President: Enkhjin Munkhjargal Mining Engineering Enkhjin.Munkhjargal@mines.sdsmt.edu

 Vice Pres.: Luvsmaa Sharav Technology Management Luvsmaa.Sharav@mines.sdsmt.edu

Treasurer: Bolor-Erdene Bundgaa Technology Management  bolor@ariunbolor.org   

Secretary: Ilchgerel Dash  Chem & Biol Engineering Ilchgerel.Dash@mines.sdsmt.edu  

Advisors: Dr. M.R. Hansen and Mrs. Barbara Hansen MR.Hansen@sdsmt.edu

India Students Club - http://indiaclub.weebly.com/ 

President: Ravi Shankar Nano Science & Engineering   Ravi.Shankar@mines.sdsmt.edu

Vice Pres.: Amit Kumar Gautam Chem & Biol Engineering  amitkumar.gautam@mines.sdsmt.edu

Secretary: Rohini Eligeti Electrical Engineering rohini.eligeti@mines.sdsmt.edu  

Treasurer: Swathi Vunnam Nano Science & Engineering swathi_physics2005@yahoo.co.in  

Cultural Coordinators: Jeevan Meruga, Kishore Machani, Rohini Eligeti, Vaibhav Singhal

Advisor: Dr. Rajesh Shende Chem & Biol Engineering Rajesh.Shende@sdsmt.edu

Muslim Student Association

President: Hakeem Nizar  Mechanical Engineering mohamedhakeem.mohamednizar@mines.sdsmt.edu   

Vice Pres.: Othman Ali  Electrical Engineering Othman.Alii@mines.sdsmt.edu 

Secretary & Treasurer: Saad Alhomiyn Industrial Engineering  saad.alhomiyn@mines.sdsmt.edu  

Advisor: Dr. Nuri Uzunlar Geology/Geological Engineering

 Nuri.Uzunlar@sdsmt.edu

 

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

The Chinese Student and Scholar Association was created to provide an environment and opportunities for Chinese students and scholars to communicate with each other and also hold activities to introduce our culture to the people of other cultures.
For more information contact
Chinese Student and Scholar Association
Tao Xu
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Tao.Xu@mines.sdsmt.edu

India Students Club

International Students, Inc.

ISI is a non-denominational Christian Organization committed to meeting the needs of International students through a nationwide network of International student ministries. ISI helps with new student arrivals and offers many events for international students. View Website

Friendship Family Program - Information for Families

Guidelines & responsibilities for families PDF

1.   The Friendship Family program is a visitation program for international students attending the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T).  It is not a home-stay or live-in program.

2.   Students and families are matched for a period of up to one academic year.  Although the relationship may continue well beyond that year, we hope families will make themselves available to another student at the end of that period.

3.   Should the student and family be incompatible, it is reasonable to make a change.  Please call SDSM&T or ISI and relate the situation and we will make other arrangements.

4.   Families and students are asked to make contact at least once each month.  It may be only to inquire about health and well-being, or it may be for an invitation.  Keep in contact to show your interest and let your student know you are available. The thought is the important thing.  Additionally, international students appreciate the opportunity to practice their English skills.

5.   A number of activities are planned during the academic year.  We hope that both students and Friendship Families will take advantage of these opportunities to get acquainted with other families and students, as well as the staff from the international office at SDSM&T & ISI.  We will send announcements to you.  Your support of these activities is very much appreciated.

6.   Religion and religious institutions constitute an important aspect of our culture in the United States which the foreign student should have an opportunity to learn about and observe if s/he so wishes. Students should know that they are welcome to attend services with you, particularly during religious holidays, but you should clearly indicate the nature of the event as well as its sponsorship.  When students have questions regarding religion, we strongly encourage an open discussion.  The policy of the Friendship Family Program, in accordance with NAFSA: Association of International Educators policy, is that proselytizing (or recruiting) must not be carried out.

7.   We suggest that, whenever possible, you invite your student for Thanksgiving dinner as well as some activity during the Christmas season and semester breaks.  These can be a very lonely times, especially for the student who does not have the resources to travel.  Other suggested activities might include children's birthday parties, school activities, sports events, lectures, and special holiday celebrations.

8.   Should your student have difficulty in adjusting to the US, university life, etc., you may want to contact SDSM&T or ISI.

9.   Encourage your student to explain his/her customs, country, food, etc. to you.  It may be that the student would enjoy preparing some traditional food for you in your kitchen if they do not have facilities.

10. Most importantly, relax and enjoy your affiliation!

  Thank you in advance for your involvement in this rewarding program.

Name

Suzi Aadland, Director or

Beth Riley, Assistant Director

Heather Fannin
Office Ivanhoe International Center  
Organization SDSM&T International Students, Inc. (ISI)
Address 501 E. Saint Joseph Str. 15 Kansas City Str
  Rapid City, SD 57701-3995 Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone (605) 394-6884 (605) 348-7696
Fax (605) 394-6883  
 

Friendship Family Program - Information for Students

Guidelines & Responsibilities for Students PDF

1.   The Friendship Family program is a visitation program for international students attending the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSM&T).  It is not a home-stay or live-in program.

2.   Students and families are matched for a period of up to one academic year.  Although the relationship may continue well beyond that year, we hope families will make themselves available to another student at the end of that period.

3.   Should the student and family be incompatible, it is reasonable to make a change.  Please call the staff at the Ivanhoe International Center at SDSM&T, or staff at ISI and relate the situation and we will make other arrangements.

4.   Families and students are asked to make contact at least once each month.  It may be only to inquire about health and well-being, or it may be for an invitation.  Keep in contact with your family to show you are interested in them. The thought is the important thing.  This will also give you the opportunity to practice your English skills.

5.   A number of activities are planned during the academic year. We hope that both students and families will take advantage of these opportunities to get acquainted with other families and students, as well as the staff from the international offices at SDSM&T & ISI.  We will send announcements to you. Your support of these activities is very much appreciated.

6.   Religion and religious institutions constitute an important aspect of our culture in the United States, which you should have an opportunity to learn about and observe if you so wish. If your Friendship Family invites you to attend religious services with them, particularly during holidays, go only if you feel comfortable.  When you have questions regarding religion, we strongly encourage an open discussion. The policy of the Friendship Family Program, in accordance with NAFSA: Association of International Educators policy, is that proselytizing (or recruiting) must not be carried out.

7.   Suggested activities for students and families to get together might include children's birthday parties, school activities, sports events, lectures, and special holiday celebrations.

8.   Explain your customs, country, food, etc., to your Friendship Family. They may enjoy trying some traditional food that you prepare for them. Ask questions about customs, culture, religion, politics, etc. to learn more about your family and the United States.

9.   Most importantly, relax and enjoy your affiliation!

Thank you in advance for your involvement in this rewarding program.

Name

Suzi Aadland, Director or

Beth Riley, Assistant Director

Heather Fannin
Office Ivanhoe International Center  
Organization SDSM&T International Students, Inc. (ISI)
Address 501 E. Saint Joseph Str. 15 Kansas City Str
  Rapid City, SD 57701-3995 Rapid City, SD 57701
Phone (605) 394-6884 (605) 348-7696
Fax (605) 394-6883  
Email Ivanhoe@sdsmt.edu

fannins@dakotaisi.org

 

Multicultural Student Affairs

View Multicultural Affairs website

Lutheran Campus Ministries