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Board of Regents recognizes outstanding student organizations at Mines
Release Date Friday, December 6, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 6, 2013) – The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology this week for their outstanding academic, community and organizational work.

 Student groups honored with special awards were:

•         Award for Academic Excellence: Future Health Science Professionals offer a campus community for students interested in the health sciences to encourage volunteer work, help students prepare for academic challenges and promote personal and professional growth. Seminars are offered where community health professionals are invited to discuss how to prepare for future careers. The group also visits medical schools across the region to learn more about their academic options.

 •         Community Service Award: The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter enhances the personal and professional development of its members. The chapter recently worked to replace the “Willie the Whale” figure at Rapid City’s Storybook Island. More than 1,300 hours were volunteered to fabricate Willie’s steel frame and complete the construction work. The group also reaches out to several public schools, as well as hosts an education day at the South Dakota Discovery Center in Pierre.

 •         Award for Organizational Leadership: To provide a creative outlet, the Hardrockin’ Drama Club integrates the arts into a science and engineering curriculum at the School of Mines. The club recently presented three artistic productions, with $1,000 in proceeds from ticket sales donated to the Black Hills Children’s Home Society for its creative arts programs. The club continues to help children at the home with art projects and acting lessons.


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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at