Complete the registration form found at: https://sdsmt.collegiatelink.net/form/start/19834.
Once registration is complete your account will be
in pending status with limited access. After you receive an approval email, you
will have access to Mines Advantage.
Your username and password is the same as your SDSM&T
laptop. You must be a SDSM&T student or faculty/staff to access Mines Link:
The best two ways are as follows-
Log into Mines Link.
Your home page will show any completed
curriculum items; a progress bar and report with 2 tabs: “Recent Activity“ and
Click “View Map“ to view and mark your progress,
toward bottom of section.
4) From here, you can view your progress bar for
each of the six curriculum areas. Click “Expand All“ to view the specific
experiences, details, and fulfillment options, and to mark them complete.
1) Click the 'My Involvement' dropdown at the top of the page.
2) Select 'Mines Advantage'.
a. The same 'map' view will appear as the above option. *This is the best way to view and work on the curriculum.
There are six areas of Mines Advantage. Each area has two
core requirements. You must also choose three electives from each of the six
So, 2 core + 3 electives = 5 experiences x 6 areas = 30
total experiences. You can complete Mines Advantage entirely at your own pace
Experiences within Mines Advantage can be both inside and
outside of the classroom.
Yes! If you have completed experiences in the past that you
believe should count toward Mines Advantage, please count them. You will be
able to select a date from the past when you mark the item complete. However,
the experience must have taken place while in college.
In the curriculum map view, search for the experience
that you have completed.
Click the “Mark Complete“ option under the
A box will then pop up asking you to fill out
the date of completion and answer the guided reflection question.
**Also see card
When you swipe your student ID card at a Mines Advantage event, it will automatically mark the curriculum item complete. However, it's not fully complete until you do the reflection. (This experience will be highlighted in
red, see next question).
If an experience is highlighted in green,
it means you have fully completed that curriculum item. If it is highlighted in
red, it means further action is needed.
An experience highlighted in red means
you still need to write the reflection. This will always happen if you attend
an event where attendance was tracked with a card reader. This may also happen
if you are a member of a certain student organization as some automatically
count toward the curriculum.
To complete an experience highlighted in red, click “Additional Information Required“. Fill out
the date and reflection for that experience. It will move to a green highlight indicating completion.
You can provide your best guess for the date and explain the
approximate time-frame in your reflection.
Students who have signed up for Mines Advantage will receive various
tangible and intangible benefits and incentives. The intangible benefits are:
A level of distinction
A well-rounded student
Valuable experiences in many different areas of
The tangible benefits that students will receive are as follows:
Students will receive a Mines Advantage ink pen and
a card explaining the core requirements.
A drawing will be held for items such as SDSM&T
apparel, résumé paper, and engineering paper.
Students will receive a Mines Advantage logo apparel
pin (can wear during career fairs, interviews, and conferences). Students will also
receive business cards to hand out at career fairs and other interactions with
Three randomly drawn students will receive a
Students will receive a certificate, recognition
at the leadership awards reception, and a commencement cord.
Drawings for the incentives at 25% and 75% will be distributed
each November and April. You are eligible for these once you have reached 25%
When you reach 50% completion, you will receive the
incentives in September or January, prior to the career fairs.
When you reach 100% completion and have filled out the
completion form, you will receive the certificate at the leadership awards
ceremony and the commencement cord at the time of your graduation.
If you complete 25% and 50% in the same semester, you will
still be entered in the drawings for the 25% completion incentives. You will
also still receive your 50% incentives (pin and business cards).
After you have completed 25%, your name will always be in
the drawing for incentives unless you have won, and then your name will be
Go to the “My Involvement“ dropdown at the top and select “Co-curricular
transcript“. A list of the organizations and positions you held while on campus
will be generated. It will also show internships, co-ops, study abroad
experiences, and events you have attended.
This can be a very useful supplement to your resume when preparing for
an interview or to show an employer.
You can add items, sort experiences, and show reflections
and service hours on your co-curricular transcript. You can also choose not to show reflections or service
To hide a specific organization or position, click on that
particular item and it will allow you to hide what you wish.
Unfortunately, the membership dates for your organizations
will show up as the date you joined the organization in Mines Link which may
not be correct since Mines Link became active in the spring 2013 semester. To
ensure the correct membership dates are on your co-curricular transcript, please
contact Michael Keegan @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The “Experiences” option is where you report an internship, co-op,
study abroad experience, certification(s), or honors, many of which count toward
Mines Advantage. To record any of these experiences:
Click “My Involvement” on the top bar, select
Click “Add Experience”
Select the option you wish to report
Fill out the required information.
*Any Mines Advantage
curriculum items will automatically get marked complete . Remember to go back and complete the
(Ex: Career Preparation core requirement - Complete a co-op,
internship, or research experience)
Click the “My Involvement” from the top bar,
select “service hours”.
Select the organization for which you wish to
report the hours (you must be a member of
the organization to report hours).
Enter the date of service, a brief description
of what you did, how long you served, and a verification contact. You may then
submit your hours. An administrator for that organization will approve your
*All service hours have to be tied to an organization or
department that has a page in Mines Link. If your hours were not completed for
an organization or department, go to the “Community Service at SDSMT” Mines
Link page and click “Join Organization”.
Once you have joined the Community Service Mines Link page,
you can enter your service hours. The words “service hours” will now show up as
an option on the left-hand side. An administrator will approve the hours.
Fill out the “Mines Advantage Completion Form” which
can be found in the Mines Advantage page under “Forms“.
Each of the six areas within Mines Advantage has an
experience titled “other events/experiences“ where you may enter an experience
that you feel should count. Click “mark
complete“ for this experience and the guided reflection will ask some
additional information to see if it will count. If it is deemed that the
experience will not count, you will be notified.
We know that we did not possibly gather every experience at
SDSM&T or in the community that could count toward Mines Advantage, so we
strongly encourage entry of your own experiences as you see fit.
Every single experience requires a date of completion and
will have a guided reflection question.
Reflections must be completed and taken seriously in order to complete
the Mines Advantage program.
Communication: Students will demonstrate effective oral,
written, visual, and virtual communication as well as appropriate listening
Career Preparation: Students will be able to relate how
their discipline knowledge connects to current and future life experiences.
Community Involvement: Students will demonstrate a
commitment to citizenship, civic engagement, and service to their community.
Leadership and Teamwork: When teaming or leading to achieve
a common vision, students will exhibit responsibility, trust, and respect.
Cultural & Global Diversity: Students will develop
effective interactions with people of different cultures, societies, and
nations and demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of human differences.
Personal Development: Students will practice living a balanced
and purposeful life by managing personal affairs, acting ethically, developing
their identity, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.