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Welcome to the SDSM&T Alumni Association

The SDSM&T Alumni Association promotes communication and interaction among alumni, students, faculty and administrators of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with the objective of strengthening the school's academic, research, and service roles. The Alumni Association maintains an alumni network and support services for SDSM&T graduates and friends throughout the world.  Wherever you are, there is an SDSM&T alum near by!

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Tom Zeller (ME70), Alumni Association Executive VP       


Our organization appreciates and relies on the time, talents, and financial support of our many alumni to carry out our purpose and mission.  Here are projects that need your help today:

  • Area Meetings and events - events all over the country and the world to bring SDSM&T graduates together.
  • 50-Year Reunions and All School Reunions - held on the SDSM&T campus to connect SDSM&T alumni back to their alma mater.
  • Alumni Networking - aid new graduates in finding employment; help for alumni changing careers; resources for moving to areas; and having fun!
  • Zero Year Reunion - connect with graduating seniors to induct them into their lifetime legacy as SDSM&T alums.

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Give Back to SD Mines by Adopting a High School


Looking for a way to give back to SD Mines?  

Consider spreading the word about SD Mines by adopting a local high school in your area.  It requires 3 easy steps:

1.  Contact Samantha Dunn, admissions counselor, at (605) 394-6144 or by email at samantha.dunn@sdsmt.edu to request a packet of information along with your personal School of Mines experiences.

2.  Make an appointment with a school administrator, counselor, teacher, or other point of contact.  In this meeting you will share the packet of information along with your own SD Mines experience.

3.  Complete a visit summary form and return it to Samantha Dunn.

Please hlp spread the SD Mines good word!  For more information on attending SD Mines, visit the www.gotomines.com webpage.



Hardrocker Heritage Award         

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has established the Hardrocker Heritage Award to offer in-state tuition and fees to highly qualified, first-time, full-time nonresident freshmen who have at least one parent or legal guardian who earned a degree from SD Mines.  It is designed to attract exceptional students to South Dakota in areas of critical need, this award recognizes that children of alumni have a stronger connection to the region and are a priority for the state to support.
"South Dakota needs more well-prepared engineers and scientists," said Heather Wilson, president of SD Mines.  "We are encouraging students to come back to South Dakota who have a connection to South Dakota."
With a 98 percent placement rate and average early-career salaries of $65,500, SD Mines is already a valuable investment for out-of-state students.  In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, the University topped the list of "Best Public Universities for Returns on Investment" and has been ranked one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for 17 consecutive years - the only university in South Dakota to be recognized in 2014.
Now, with the Hardrocker Heritage Award, equivalent to approximately $3,000 a year for the average student in 2014-15, nonresident students with a connection to South Dakota have even greater incentive to attend the university.  
Eligible students must also meet all admission criteria, have a minimum 25 ACT Composite or 1130 SAT Composite and a minimum 25 ACT Math Sub-Score or 570 SAT Math Sub-Score.  The tuition reduction can be retained for up to four years of education, excluding approved education absences, such as co-ops and study abroad.  Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of each academic year, including any summer courses, as well as complete a minimum of 24 credits annually.  Currently enrolled students will not be eligible for the program.  

Event Calendar Highlights                

  • Ellensburg, WA - October 10 - Tailgate with us as the Hardrockers take on Central Washington University - Kickoff 1 PM.  Tailgate will begin at 10:30 AM and feature BBQ, sides, and beverages for $10 with campus updates and information from Larry Simonson (EE69).  RSVP to alumni@sdsmt.edu.  Take a bus to the tailgate from the Seattle-Tacoma area by contacting Marlene Nelson (ME74) at nelsonmd@aol.com or Jim Laurenti (ME84) at jmlaurenti@comcast.net.  
  • Rapid City, SD - October 23 - Join us for Cocktails + Chemistry on Friday, October 23, 2015 at the Adoba Hotel!  This will be a fun night filled with experimental cocktails and a blockbuster chemistry show.  Individual tickets are $50 and will may be purchased at http://www.sdsmt.edu/CocktailsAndChem.  Sponsorships ($1,250-10K) are still available by contacting Anne Ekern at 605-394-2366 or anne.ekern@sdsmt.edu.
  • Rapid City, SD - October 31 - Trunk or Treat at the Tailgate!  Bring the kids for Trick or Treating at O'Harra Stadium from 11:00 - 1:00 PM.  SD Mines Football kicks off against Dixie State at 1:00 PM.  

Career and Development Center       

All SDSM&T Alumni have lifetime access to online job posting and Career Services.  

Create an account on the Gold Mine to look for SDSM&T affiliated jobs or post jobs to look for SDSM&T graduates.  

You can also contact the Career Center anytime at careercenter@sdsmt.edu to aid in finding jobs or employees or to participate in the Spring or the Fall Career Fair on campus.  Happy hunting!