Mines News

Release Date Tuesday, September 17, 2019

SD Mines Celebrates Homecoming with Rocker Days Events

Students will climb M Hill on Friday, Sept 27 for the annual cleanup and painting of the M. The annual Rocker Days Homecoming football game is the highlight of the week’s activities. This year’s game includes a tailgating event with live music, activities and a beer tent starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, in O’Harra Stadium.


Rocker Days at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is set for Sept. 22-28, with a wide range of activities planned for students, alumni and the community.

The week’s student and alumni activities start on Sunday, Sept. 22, with the senior–frosh picnic when the “M” banner will be hung on the Skyline Drive dinosaur. Students will also take part in “Paint the Town,” adding colorful and fun images to the windows of downtown businesses. The organization that is voted to have the best window design will win a pizza party hosted by the Office of the President.

On Friday, Sept. 27, the M Day picnic will take place at Founders Park, followed by the annual climb to the top of M Hill for whitewashing and cleanup of the university’s monogram logo. That afternoon, several academic departments will host open houses from 3-5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 28, is full of fun events, including the annual Pumpkin Chunkin’ competition where Mines teams and local high school students pit their ingenuity against one another using homemade pumpkin trebuchets and catapults. The Hardrocker Pinker Run kicks off at 11 a.m. The charity fundraiser is a poker run loop for cars and motorcycles around the Black Hills in support of breast cancer research.

The homecoming football game on Saturday, Sept. 28, is the highlight of the week’s activities. The festivities start with the Rocker Days Fair at 3 p.m. in O’Harra Stadium, which will include a range of student organizations, activities for kids, a beer tent by Dakota Point Brewing and the band “ Flannel” providing entertainment. The community is invited to join the fun that leads up to the kickoff at 6 p.m. when the Hardrockers will take on Dixie State University.

The full Rocker Days schedule

Sunday, Sept. 22

  • Senior/frosh picnic, 12 p.m. at Dinosaur Park
  • Paint the Town, 2 p.m. in Downtown Rapid City

Monday, Sept. 23

  • Introduction of the homecoming royalty candidates, 7 p.m. at Surbeck Ballroom

Tuesday, Sept. 24

  • Free Armadillo's ice cream (for Mines students), 4 p.m. at Armadillos. 

Wednesday, Sept. 25

  • Elks Theatre movie night (for Mines students)

Thursday, Sept. 26

  • Coronation and bonfire, 7 p.m. at King Center Goodell Gym

Friday, Sept. 27

  • Hardrocker Golf Classic, 9 a.m. at Arrowhead Golf Course (register here)
  • M Hill picnic and hill climb, 12 p.m. at Founder’s Park
  • Hardrocker Soccer vs. Colorado State - Pueblo 1 p.m. Dakota Fields
  • Department open houses on campus between 3-5 p.m.
  • Ribbon Cutting & Alumni Social, 5 p.m. at the Pearson Alumni & Conference Center
  • Hardrocker volleyball vs. New Mexico Highlands – King Center 7 p.m.  

Saturday, Sept. 28

  • Pumpkin Chunkin’ launches at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. in Memorial Park
  • Hardrocker Pinker Run begins at 11 a.m. at the King Center, Mines campus
  • Hardrocker volleyball vs. Colorado State - Pueblo – King Center 1 p.m.  
  • Rocker Days Fair and Concert, 3 p.m. on C Ramp at O’Harra Stadium
  • Alumni Tailgate, 4 p.m. at O’Harra Stadium
  • Football game, 6 p.m. at O’Harra Stadium

Sunday, Sept. 29

  • Hardrocker Soccer vs. Adams State 11 a.m. Sioux Park Stadium
  • Unpaint the Town, 2 p.m. in Downtown Rapid City


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

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