Veterans Resource Center

The School of Mines greatly appreciates and values your service to our country, and we are honored to assist and support you in the pursuit of your academic goals.

Who We Are

The mission of the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is to fulfill our country's promise to care for and honor the men and women who are America's Veterans.  We provide School of Mines veterans with a relaxing place to study or simply connect with other campus veterans. Located on the lower level of the Surbeck Center near the student activities area, the VRC is sponsored jointly by the School of Mines and Western Nebraska Community College TRIO Veterans Upward Bound, a program funded by the Department of Education.

For additional information, contact Matt Hanley:  (605) 394-2560,

What We Offer

  • tutoring in math and writing
  • assistance with job, internship, and scholarship searches/applications
  • resume and cover letter writing
  • referral services regarding VA benefits, G.I. Bills, and community veterans' organizations
  • academic and life skills workshops in areas such as learning styles, test preparation, note taking, time management, stress management, financial literacy, and wellness
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate, snacks, refrigerator, microwave, pizza oven, toaster oven, popcorn machine, kitchenette, flat-screen cable TV, study tables, couches, recliners, storage lockers, veterans' information board, career information board, scholarship information board, two walls of whiteboards

Official Veteran's Certifying Officer

The veteran's certifying officer at the School of Mines is Hallie Vigil. Please contact her in order to initiate and maintain your benefits and also become certified with the VA. She can be reached at (605) 394-2553 ( ).

Veterans Upward Bound
The School of Mines is proud to be partnered with Western Nebraska Community College's TRIO Veterans Upward Bound Program!


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Contact the Veterans Resource Center

VRC Director; Scholarship Coach

 Mike Nau
Program Assistant, Veterans Upward Bound

Registrar Coordinator

 Samantha Smith
Admissions/Transfer Coordinator 

The Veterans Resource Center is located in the lower area of the Surbeck Center.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

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The American Council on Education (ACE) provides useful resources for future and current veteran students, including an online toolkit.