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, 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 to reminisce and connect.
  • 50-Year Reunions and All School Reunions - to connect SD Mines 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!
  • Zero Year Reunion - connect with graduating seniors to induct them into their lifetime legacy as SD Mines 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.

For additionaly information please visit sdsmt.edu/alumniambassador.

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.
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.
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.  

Event Calendar Highlights                

  • Tampa, FL - November 17 - Join us for dinner and campus updates from Ron Jeitz (CE69) and Foundation President Joel Kincart at the Spaghetti Warehouse - Ybor.  The cash bar opens at 6 PM for a social with a no host dinner off the menu at 7 PM.  RSVP by November 11, 2015 to Brad Pekas (GeolE85) by email at bpekas@trihydro.com or by phone at 813.786.5690.  Call with any questions.
  • Green Bay, WI - December 3 - Join us for dinner at Kroll's West, 1990 S Ridge Rd, for campus updates and after dinner entertainment by Brad Johnson (EE92), Vice President for Development.  The no host dinner and cash bar have been coordinated by Campus Connectors Keith Mutchler (ME71) and Lars Nordang (ChemE94).  RSVP to Keith by December 1, 2015 at keith.mutchler@yahoo.com or at 920.743.2927.
  • Pierre, SD - January 9 - Join us for the 21st Annual Pierre Tailgate Party!  See you after 12 PM for an NFL tailgate, games, and food tasting at the American Legion Cabin.  RSVP to Mike Perkovich (CE72) at mike.perkovich@state.sd.us or at 605.224.6402.
  • Join SD Mines President Heather Wilson as SD Mines hits the road!
    • Alumni, students, prospective students, and friends are invited to receptions in the following locations:
      • Mitchell, SD - January 4 - Innovative Systems at 5:30 PM
      • Yankton, SD - January 5 - Vishay Intertechnology at 5:30 PM
      • Brookings, SD - January 6 - Daktronics at 5:30 PM
      • Sioux Falls, SD - January 7 - Raven Industries at 5:30 PM
      • Rapid City, SD - January 8 - Rushmore Plaza Civic Center at 4:30 PM - Women's Basketball at 5:30 PM and Men's Basketball at 7:30 PM against Chadron State at the Civic Center
      • Houston, TX - January 13 - Hilton Garden Inn at the Galleria at 7:00 PM
      • Pierre, SD - February 4 - Office of the Attorney General/Division of Criminal Investigations in the George S. Mickelson Criminal Justice Building at 5:30 PM
    • You will receive invitations to the reception in your area.  Events are complementary with appetizers and beverages served.  We are looking for sponsors for each of the events.  Please contact Anne Ekern at 605-394-2366 or anne.ekern@sdsmt.edu if you are interested in sponsoring.