History: the 1990s


— Tennis team wins District 12 NAIA tennis championship.

— Museum of Geology joins with Rapid City schools and Black Hills Hands-On Museum to turn the Old Gym into a Museum in Motion.


— Aerial photo of School of Mines campus.
1991 Aerial Photo


— Internet on campus.

— Rural Development Telecommunications Network (RDTN) begins operation in South Dakota.

—TechNeT available on campus.

— Governor Mickelson announces the formation of the High Plains Center for Technology.


— Berlin Wall exhibit brought to campus.
1993 Berlin Wall Exhibit

— PhD program established in atmospheric, environmental, and water resources.

— Devereaux Library designated as Patent and Trademark Depository for South Dakota.

— Minority Student Study Center opened.

(April 19) Governor George Mickelson dies in plane crash.

— School of Mines site selected for National Weather Service Office for western South Dakota.
1993 NWS


— Liberal Arts Building demolished.
1994 Liberal Arts Building

— University reorganizes into colleges.

— Jurassic fossil found; oldest mammal specimen found in the Black Hills, dates back 150 million years.


— School of Mines ASCE chapter wins national concrete canoe competition.
1995 Concrete Canoe

(March)  Montileaux print flies aboard space shuttle Endeavor STS-67.
2007 Montileaux print

— School of Mines competes in Sunrayce ‘95 and wins the Humanitarian Award; team finishes as highest placing rookie team.
1995 Sunrayce

— Little Miner’s Clubhouse established on campus.
1995 Little Miners Clubhouse

— Order of Omega established on campus.

(May 17) Norwegian students celebrate Norwegian Independence Day.
1995 Norwegian Students


— Memorial Arch and Plaza constructed on campus.
1996 Memorial Arch

— Dr. Ken Han, professor of metallurgical engineering, elected a member of National Academy of Engineering.
1996 Dr. Ken Han

(December)  Scientific Knowledge for Indian Learning and Leadership (SKILL) recognized for encouraging American Indian students to pursue math, science, and engineering;  President Bill Clinton presented “Looking Beyond One’s Self” painting.
1996 Clinton and Painting


— Men’s and women’s basketball teams compete in NAIA Division II tournament.

— Mini-Indy competes in national competition, has the fastest carbureted car.
1997 Mini- Indy

— Oglala Lakota College and School of Mines partnership offers new opportunities for students.

— American Society of Civil Engineers winner of Robert Ridgway Student Chapter Award.

— Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Production (CAMP) established on campus.

— School of Mines student, Brian Goetsch, places second in shot put at NAIA indoor and outdoor national track and field championships.

— ACM programming team places first in region and advances to world competition.
1997 ACM


— Women’s basketball team makes NAIA Final Four.
1998 Women's Basketball

— Mini-Baja team competes at regionals, places ninth, and wins sales presentation.
1998 Mini-Baja Team

— Dr. Jim Martin one of three U.S. scientists to take part in U.S.-Argentine paleontological expedition to Antarctica.
1998 Dr. Jim Martin

— University hosts National Concrete Canoe Competition.
1998 Hosts Concrete Canoe

— Crazy Horse celebrates 50th anniversary, School of Mines hosts Lt. Commander John B. Herrington.
1998 Crazy Horse

— Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan travels to conduct the first international workshop on concrete.
1998 Dr. Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan


— Sun Microsystems establishes high-performance computing lab on campus.

— Children’s Science Center opens.
1999 Children's Science Center

— Allosaurus erected at the Journey Museum.
1999 Allosaurus

— Women’s basketball team reaches NAIA Final Four for second year in a row.

— President Richard Gowen appointed to Congressional Web-Based Education Commission.

Next: the 2000s