Mines News

Release Date Monday, October 24, 2016

“Heavy Metal” Scholarship Fundraiser Will Showcase Blacksmithing, Gold Panning, Volcano Rovers & More

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Oct. 24, 2016) –  The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host the “Heavy Metal” scholarship fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct., 27, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center’s Rushmore Hall. The event will feature mining, geology, metallurgy and music with interactive demonstrations, including blacksmithing, gold panning, a robotic volcano rover and live rock-themed performances by the pep band and dance team. 

A $1,000 Delta travel package will also be raffled, along with a Vertex membership and Mines gift bag with four basketball season tickets. 

Silent auction items include a 2003 PRS Singlecut guitar and a wine basket featuring wines from countries with mining operations worldwide. Additionally, the blacksmithing club will sell hand-forged metal roses, and the geology department will sell minerals.

Tickets are $50 a person, and all proceeds go to fund student scholarships. The event is the second annual signature scholarship event, with last year’s theme of “Cocktails & Chemistry” raising $20,000.

Sponsors include: Bursch Travel, Black Hills Energy, Innovative Materials and Processes, Midcontinent Communications, RESPEC, Simpsons Printing, Black Hills Corporation, Liv Hospitality, Lynn, Jackson, Schultz, & Lebrun, Ketel Thorstenson, Sanford Underground Research Facility, Nooney & Solay, RPM, Laurie and Loralie Chamberlin and Dr. Richard and Nancy Gowin.

For more information or to register, visit www.sdsmt.edu/heavymetal/


About SD Mines  

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 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


Contact: Dani Mason, (605) 394-2554, danielle.mason@sdsmt.edu

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