Mines News

Release Date Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mines Freshmen Give Back to Community on Day of Service

Last year’s day of service involved more than 350 students who logged over 1,000 hours of community service.


More than 350 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology freshmen will take part in this year’s Freshmen Day of Service on Sunday, Aug. 25, heading to neighborhoods and service organizations to clean, restore and assist with projects.
Volunteers from the incoming freshman class at SD Mines will serve more than 10 community partners, both on campus and in the Rapid City and Black Hills area, completing more than 1,000 hours of community service before the first day of class.
“The School of Mines and the Office of Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement are thrilled to coordinate the 7th Annual Freshmen Day of Service. The experience of serving one’s community is invaluable to our incoming students. We thank our students and community partners for their generosity, because without them, this event would not be possible," says Cory Headley, director of student life and engagement.

Mines students continue to give back to the community throughout the year by participating in established programs such as EPICS and Honors that help involve engineers and scientists in community service projects. Student organizations at Mines also undertake separate volunteer work throughout the year. Mines scholar athletes donate nearly 3,000 hours of community service time during each school year.

Students will spend time with a variety of community partners this year, including:

  • Alpha Chi Sigma - Professional Chemistry Fraternity
  • Boy Scout Ranch
  • Central States Fair
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Feeding South Dakota
  • Journey Museum
  • Kids Against Hunger
  • Kiwanis Mary Hall Park
  • McGillycuddy House
  • Mercy Housing
  • Outdoor Campus West
  • Rapid City Parks and Recreation
  • SD Mines Campus
  • WAVI (Working Against Violence, Inc.)

Media are invited to follow select Mines students who are volunteering during the day of service.



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 2,529 students with an average class size of 24. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $63,350. Find us online at sdsmt.edu and on  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat

Contact: Mike Ray, 605-394-6082, Mike.Ray@sdsmt.edu

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