In teaching students how to take better care of themselves through wellness programming, the counseling staff at SDSM&T is teaching students how to become more emotionally resilient. By advocating healthier lifestyles and a broader range of coping skills, the SDSM&T counseling staff is setting students up to be better equipped to lead happier healthier lives. Throughout the year, wellness programs will highlight physical, mental, and emotional well-being. If you have questions about how to take better care of yourself and would like to know more about Wellness programs, contact the SDSM&T counseling department. 


The wellness approach to mental health is a holistic approach. Counselors that advocate a wellness approach to mental health problems take into account how environmental factors effect a person's well being. Listed below are some of the wellness components that the counseling program provides information on: 

  • Exercise
  • Spirituality
  • Diet
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Substance Use
  • Healthy Activities 
  • Running Group
  • Relationships
  • The Wellness Wheel 

Wellness is a broad term with an emphasis on improving the quality of life of students through better decision-making and balanced living. The counseling staff at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is eager to help students expand their knowledge about wellness. If you have further questions, contact the counseling staff.  

Campus Resources
The Student Success Packet

Local Hangouts
Alternative Hangouts

Motivational Videos
Daniel Pink: The Surprising Science of Motivation
Time Management Lecture by Randy Pausch
Tony Robbins Asks Why We Do What We Do?
Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

Local Running Resources
Lean Horse Home Page Your source for information on the inaugural Crazy Horse Marathon
Black Hills Runners Club Information about local running events and the running community in Rapid City.
Deadwood Mickelson Trail Marathon The Black Hills largest running event.

State Resources
SDSM&T Online Wellness Screenings How are you doing? Anonymous online wellness screenings are available here for depression, anxiety, alcohol, post-traumatic stress, bipolar, or eating disorders.

Web Resources
101 Health and Wellness Tips for College Students

Student Health 101 
Mines Link 
Mines Advantage

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch with Jeffrey Zaslow

Community Resources
Alcohol Education Information  


Need Help?

We have a staff of counselors available to help you, anytime.

Learn more about how we can help you.


Mark Urban - 394-2533
Counselor and Wellness Coordinator
Jolie McCoy - 394-1924
Director of Counseling & ADA Services
Megan Reder - 394-6988
ADA Coordinator/Counselor
MaryJo Farrington - 394-5201
Substance Abuse Help