RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 21, 2013) - Hundreds of new Mines students will come together for a day of service from 1:30-4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25, participating in clean-up, restoration, landscaping and painting projects in neighborhoods and hillsides around the campus and for service organizations in Rapid City.
Partnering with United Way, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is launching this community service endeavor as an early kick-off to the Sept. 5 Day of Caring. "We are excited to partner with SDSM&T on their Freshmen Service Project. We are thrilled to see so many freshmen involved in this service project and hope that this volunteer effort will instill a sense of pride and connection to our community," said Executive Director Renee Parker of United Way of the Black Hills.
The initiative, which is a part of orientation and Welcome Week activities on campus, comes as part of a renewed university focus on its mission: to prepare leaders in science and engineering.
Mines President Wilson told the incoming freshman class, "Our responsibility is not just to graduate technically well-educated engineers and scientists. Our mission is to prepare leaders in engineering and science. Leaders serve, and the people of Rapid City should know that the Hardrockers are grateful for the support we receive from the people of South Dakota. We will serve and, through service, we will learn to lead. The appropriate response to the opportunity you have been given is gratitude, heartfelt gratitude, and a determination to use this opportunity to get a great education and serve others who have made these opportunities possible for you. That starts this weekend."
Wilson told the students that, next year, the sophomore class will plan and organize the projects for the incoming freshmen as they take more responsibility as leaders.
Project sites will include properties and land west of campus, Turbine Trail on the hill behind Mines, Feeding South Dakota, Wilson Elementary School and campus grounds and parkway islands north of campus between Saint Joseph and Main streets.
For Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Patricia Mahon, this new student service project is also an integral part of Mines Advantage, a professional development program for students launched this past spring. "Industry seeks employees that give back to the community, and that's one of the tenets of the Mines Advantage program, that students will serve."
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 more than 2,400 students from 32 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for 2012 graduates was $62,696 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sdsmt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/sdsmt.