Ivanhoe International Center Staff

Suzi Aadland, Director

Aadland, Suzi

Hometown: Roslyn, SD


  • Bachelor of Science (BS): Business Administration
  • Master of Science (MS): Administrative Studies


  • International Student and Scholar Services
  • Education Abroad / International Experiences
  • Cultural events on campus
  • International Exchange Partnerships
  • All other things international

Interests / Hobbies:

  • Golf, Pool (Billiards), Darts, Volunteering with local organizations, Travelling

Favorite Spot on Campus

  • Any place there is something happening with students

Beth Riley, Assistant Director

Riley, Beth

Hometown: Mt. Joy, PA / Sturgis, SD

Education: South Dakota State University

  • Bachelor of Science (BS): Geography
  • Master's in Education (M.Ed.): Counseling and Human Resource Development: Administration of Student Affairs

Duties: All things international for the university

  • International students: Recruitment, Admissions, International Student Advisor for Regulations/Academics/Living in the US
  • International Researcher / Intern Advisor
  • Education Abroad / Experiences Advisor
  • Cultural Events Coordinator on Campus

Interests / Hobbies:

  • Home DIY Projects, Riding Motorcycles, Travelling

Favorite Spots on Campus:

  • Just walking around. There are too many unique spots

International Student Ambassadors

Whitney Jimngang, Cameroon


Hometown: Douala, Cameroon


  • Joined South Dakota Mines in August 2020 as a junior transfer student from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Currently, I am a senior majoring in chemical engineering and minoring in computational statistics.


  • Communicating frequently with international students about their experience on campus, helping international students adapt to the U.S. system of education, organizing fun activities for international students

Interests / Hobbies:

  • Creating digital art, reading thought-provoking non-fiction books, travelling, and spending time with family

Favorite Spot on Campus:

  • I love going to the Surbeck Center because it is a hot spot to meet and discuss with either your friends or classmates.

Raiza Soares, India

Soares, Raiza

Hometown: Hails from Goa, India. Goa is famous for its beautiful beaches and architectural designs inspired by the Portuguese


  • Working on a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics degree here at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology


  • Guides mentees through orientation, registering for classes, and adjusting to campus. Coaches mentees in the US academic system and provides them with information and resources. Maintains contact with mentees to ensure they have everything they need to be successful.

Interests / Hobbies:

  • Hiking, Adventure Sports, Thriller Novels, Travelling, Music, Crafting, Gardening, Interior Design

Favorite Spot on Campus:

  • The Music center and Library

Contact Us:

Ivanhoe International Center
South Dakota Mines
501 E Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
Email: International@sdsmt.edu
Phone: 1.605.394.6884
FAX: 1.605.394.6883
WhatsApp and Google: 1.605.388.2003
Skype: sdsmt.international

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