Welcome to the SD Mines Alumni Association

The SD Mines 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 SD Mines graduates and friends throughout the world.  

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Tom Zeller (ME70), Alumni Association Executive VP, click for a short video.     


Our organization appreciates and relies on the time and talents of our many alumni.  

  • Student recruitment - 40% of SD Mines freshmen first heard about us from an alum.  
  • Area Meetings and events - events all over the country to reminisce and connect.
  • 50-Year Reunions and All School Reunions - to connect alumni; July 2020 - 5 Year Reunion.
  • Alumni Networking - aid new graduates in finding employment; help for alumni changing careers; resources for moving to areas; and having fun!

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.

For additional information please visit sdsmt.edu/alumniambassador.

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



Shop and Support SD Mines 

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Rapid City, SD - September 20 - Fall Career Fair Recruit interns and prospective employees from 11 AM - 4 PM in the King Center and have the opportunity to interview on campus the next day. Email darrell.sawyer@sdsmt.edu for more information. Alumni are welcome to attend the career fair as prospective job candidates as well.

Rapid City, SD - Black Hills Brawl - September 24 - Plan to cheer on the Hardrockers at the 135th Black Hills Brawl at O'Harra Stadium at 6:00 PM. Join us for tailgating on the 2nd level ramp by the Hall Inn sign at 4:00 PM, bring a dish to share and enjoy!

Rapid City, SD - September 30 - M-Week Alumni Dinner Join the Alumni Association beginning at 5:30 PM, dinner at 6:00 PM, in honoring the 2016 Outstanding Recent Graduates, recognizing the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees, and honoring outgoing Alumni President Dave Berg (ME72.5) while welcoming incoming Alumni President Karen Swindler (ChemE88). Registration at foundation.sdsmt.edu/A-dinner. Menu includes: mixed garden greens with cheese, croutons, and chef's dressings, Italian tortellini salad, sweet bacon dressed potato salad, seasonal vegetables, rolls, apple smoked salmon finished with a cider reduction, and pork loin stuffed with cherries, apricots, cranberries, and mangos then roasted and served with a cherry demi-glaze. Brownies and coffee for dessert with cash bar.

Rapid City, SD - October 1 - M-DAY 2016 Join us in your Grubby Gear to cheer on the Hardrockers vs Adams State. Kickoff at 6 PM, tailgate with us at beginning at 4 PM on the second level ramp at the Hall Inn sign. Bring a dish to share.

Olathe, KS - October 10 at 6:30 PM - Garmin Join us at 1200 East 151st Street in Olathe at the Garmin headquarters for a Mines on the Road gathering of alumni, students, potential students and their parents. Hear about SD Mines from President Heather Wilson and enjoy appetizers and fellowship with fellow area alumni. RSVP to alumni@sdsmt.edu.