Mines News

Release Date Monday, November 7, 2016

Veterans Day Salute, Military Appreciation Night Honors Service

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 7, 2016) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is honoring veterans and active duty students and staff with a Veterans Day salute on Thursday, Nov. 10, and Military Appreciation Night at the Hardrocker football game on Saturday, Nov. 12.

SD Mines has 130 veterans and active duty students, with one student and one staff member to deploy in November. 

The Veterans Day salute begins at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 10 with an Honor Guard flag raising and presentation for deployed students outside the main entrance to the Surbeck Center on campus. Afterward, a program featuring SD Mines President Heather Wilson, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, Lt. Col. Elvis Coronado, who leads the ROTC program, and Director of the Veterans Resource Center Matt Hanley, a Marine Corps veteran, will be hosted in the lower level of the Surbeck Center. The Veterans Club will also offer a special presentation, a photo wall of remembrance display and refreshments.

Additionally, SD Mines is running a care package drive for deployed students and staff. Items may be brought to the Nov. 10 salute or to the lower level of the Surbeck Center any time before. 

Items sought include: beef jerky, sunflower seeds, non-melting candy, playing cards, Ramen, popcorn, powdered drink mix, energy bars, MIO energy, gum, foot powder, baby wipes, socks, mechanix gloves, snacks, magazines, puzzle books, calling cards, notes and hand warmers. 

On Nov. 12, SD Mines will host Military Appreciation Night at the 1 p.m. football game against Western State Colorado University at O’Harra Stadium. Veterans, active duty personnel and their families get in free to the game, with free food provided to them by the Veterans Club.

SD Mines has been ranked for the past seven years by Military Times Edge magazine in their annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” survey. Mines has also been ranked #7 in the nation by BestCollegesOnline.com for “25 Colleges with Incredible Veteran Support” and has been designated as a Military Friendly School for seven consecutive years by G.I. Jobs Magazine


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 the Veterans Resource Center

 Matt Hanley
VRC Director; Scholarship Coach

 Mike Nau
Program Assistant, Veterans Upward Bound

 Hallie Vigil
Registrar Coordinator     

 Samantha Smith
Admissions/Transfer Coordinator

The Veterans Resource Center is located in the lower area of the Surbeck Center.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology.
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701