Mines News

Release Date Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Alumni Bestows Largest Gift in School History for Alumni Conference Center on Mines Campus

This rendering shows the SD Mines Alumni Conference Center when completed.


RAPID CITY, S.D. (May 16, 2018) –  The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has received a $3 million donation, the largest gift in school history, from Larry and Linda Pearson for an Alumni and Conference Center to be built adjacent to the campus. Construction will begin immediately, with an expected completion date of Sept. 1, 2019. 

“We are grateful for the immense generosity of Larry and Linda Pearson,” said Joel Kincart, SDSM&T Foundation President. “This gift will make a difference for generations to come. It provides a home base for vital collaboration between alumni and students and provides a space where supporters of SD Mines can take part in the positive impact this university has on the community, state, nation and world.”     

Construction of the Alumni and Conference Center, which will be located on private property west of the Surbeck Center, is funded entirely through private charitable donations.  

The Alumni and Conference Center will house the university’s Alumni Association on the ground floor and the Foundation on the upper floor. The center will include meeting and conference rooms and a large event area easily accessible for university needs.

The public is invited to a groundbreaking ceremony and naming announcement at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, at the corner of E. Kansas City Street and Birch Avenue, next to Rocker Square.

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology President Jim Rankin is scheduled to speak. Rankin is also a Mines alumnus (Electrical Engineering 78). Other speakers include Joel Kincart, SD Mines Foundation president; Todd Kenner, CEO of RESPEC, chair of the SD Mines Foundation Board of Trustees and Mines alumnus (Civil Engineering 83); Larry Simonson, professor emeritus of electrical engineering, Mines alumnus (Electrical Engineering 69) and Alumni Association executive director; and Greg Hintgen, Senior Account Executive with Johnson Controls, Alumni Association Board President and Mines alumnus (Electrical Engineering 99).  

WHAT: Groundbreaking ceremony for the Alumni and Conference Center

WHERE: Birch/Kansas City streets just west of the SD Mines Campus

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018


About South Dakota Mines  

Founded in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities. South Dakota Mines offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and a best-in-class education at an affordable price. The university enrolls 2,493 students with an average class size of 24. The South Dakota Mines placement rate for graduates is 98 percent, with an average starting salary of more than $70,036. For these reasons  South Dakota Mines is ranked among the best engineering schools in the country for return on investment. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInInstagram, and Snapchat.

Contact: Charles Michael Ray, 605-394-6082, charles.ray@sdsmt.edu