About Us

As members of the United States Military we proved that we were willing to sacrifice for this country.
As students seeking higher education we are proving that we want to be productive members of society.

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Veterans Club was formed in the spring of 2006 in regard to the Iraqi and Afghanistan War on Terrorism. This organization is comprised of students willing to dedicate time and support to the deployed students of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

To assist South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students with any military affiliation and to assist family and friends of deployed students with finding appropriate support.

Active members are students who are considered involved with the group, or active within the association.
Associates are members that do not have an active association or continuous relationship with the group. Associate members may include non-military, outside individuals, or staff.
Any individual is welcome. You do not have to be a veteran. Membership is broken down into two categories, active and associate.

SDSMT Veterans Club 

Chartered Organization - March 2006

The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Veterans Club was established with the main focus of assisting South Dakota School of Mines and Technology students with any military affiliation, including veterans, family of veterans, active and reserve military students, and family and friends of deployed students.

Faculty Advisor: Rod Rice

Staff Advisor: Cathy Payne

Membership: 25

Proud Accomplishments and Traditions Established:

Since 2003
  • 21 care packages to SDSM&T deployed students with as many as 23 students deployed in 2007. Donations, letters of support and care from veterans, campus and community , Senators Daschle, Johnson and Representative Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, Circuit Court Judges, Greek community. Several packages included videos from family which was very appreciated by our deployed! 
  • Q&A with 10 returning student-veterans, students, faculty staff. News media coverage 
  • President’s Picnic Flags at Arch – Partner with RC Exchange Club and Tim Vottero, SDSMT Alumni 
  • President’s Graduation speech to include number of veterans graduating and number deployed
  • Student Veteran Survey
  • Since 2007 participation at Health Fair and Student Organization Fair
  • Presented to Academic Advisory Board, and passed at the BOR level that an accommodation is made upon the request by the student, namely the classes begun in the semester of activation will NOT be listed on the transcript leaving only a designation of “military activation” and the date of activation listed. Reason for change: employers look at a series of W’s as a potential weakness in a transcript and not as a good thing; employers are hiring from filed systems that don’t necessarily explain why W’s are there, a transcript notation helps; employers that ultimately select young engineers are engineers themselves and may not ask about or connect military service with withdrawal grades to save time or for other reasons; a sudden military deployment shouldn’t be looked at as a withdrawal the same way as most withdrawals; this should be an extenuating circumstance.
    • Shane Lee, Vets Club President, presented proposal to President Wharton for VRC space allocation; proposal accepted – VRC located in lower level of Surbeck Center. Thank you Shane!
    • Shane Lee attended the first Student Veterans of America conference in Washington DC and returned as the South Dakota Director. We are proud members of SVA.
    • GI Bill Informational meeting with speakers from the VA, Toni Schauer, SDSM&T VA representative; present were Senators VA representatives: Joe Roberts/Darrell Shoemaker (Senator Tim Johnson); Jesse Ewing, (Senator John Thune); and Tania Schepper, (House Representative Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin)     
  • War Memorial Dedication at Annual Veterans Day Recogniton in November. Plaque displayed at Surbeck Center. Veterans Club initiated idea in 2007, fundraised and sponsored plaque. Special thanks to Library Researchers Patty Andersen and Janice Taylor for work in locating all School of Mines students killed in action WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan. 


  • Remembrance Day/National Roll Call - November 11, 2011, Main Street Square beginning at 8:00 am. SDSM&T joined a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.  
  • On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at more than 100 colleges and universities across the nation will read the names of the 6,253 casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn. We are the only university in South Dakota to participate. http://va.edu.edu/rollcall