RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Hundreds of South Dakota School of Mines & Technology freshmen will take part in this year’s Day of Service from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, heading to neighborhoods and service organizations to clean, restore and assist with projects.
It’s a day organizers hope will not only serve the community but also jump-start a successful collegiate career at the School of Mines for new students.
President Heather Wilson started the school’s freshman service day. “Leaders serve the community. Our students will not just be in Rapid City, we will serve Rapid City. That starts this weekend with our freshman service projects,” Wilson said.
The initiative, which is a part of orientation and Welcome Week activities on campus, comes as part of a larger university effort to encourage students to demonstrate a commitment to citizenship, civic engagement and service to the community.
Students will spend time at a variety of locations in the community this year, including the Central States Fairground, the Spearfish Wildlife Sanctuary, the Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City and the Boy Scout Ranch outside of Custer. While some students will be out in the community, others will stay on campus to help pull weeds, pick up trash and clean.
“More than 500 students are coming in as freshmen, and we really encourage them to participate,” said Cory Headley, assistant director of student activities.
This year, sophomore students who helped with service last year, will also have the opportunity to lead groups of freshmen. But the weekend is particularly important for the freshmen who have come to the Black Hills from out of town, Headley said, because they become more acquainted with the area and make connections with people and services off-campus.
“It’s a great way to build energy and it’s a great way to get them excited about being in Rapid City and at the School of Mines,” he added.
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 $62,020 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sdsmt.