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Release Date Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mines Alumna, Special Projects Coordinator Named American Indian Graduate Center Grad Student of the Year

RAPID CITY, SD (April 11, 2019) – Jade Herman, special projects coordinator at South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and alumna of the university, has been awarded the 2018 Graduate Student of the Year by the American Indian Graduate Center.

Herman was presented the award in California in April, during the National Indian Gaming Association Tradeshow and Convention.

“The Student of the Year Awards call for excellent academic achievement, leadership ability and community engagement,” said Angelique Albert, executive director of Graduate Center. Herman “exemplifies” these qualities.

Herman, an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary sciences from SD Mines and a master’s degree in administrative studies with a concentration on organizational leadership from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in interdisciplinary leadership from Creighton University, in Omaha, Neb.

“I’m very honored and humbled to have been chosen as the American Indian Graduate Center’s Graduate Student of the Year. I am beyond grateful for the support I have received from AIGC and look forward to furthering the organization’s mission of empowering the next generation of Native leaders across all sectors,” says Herman.

In addition to her position as special projects coordinator in the SD Mines Office of the President, she also serves on several university steering committees, manages the university’s tribal outreach plan, coordinates community outreach and large special events, and provides development support to the president. She is the chair for the Non-Faculty Exempt Employee Council, sits on the SD Mines Alumni Association Board of Directors, and represents SD Mines on the Ranch A Restoration Foundation Board.

The American Indian Graduate Center and the AIGCS are the largest scholarship providers to American Indian and Alaska Native students. 



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