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.     Facebook     Linked In     twitter


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.  


 Pittsburgh, PA - April 9 - Tour the Andy Warhol Museum on the North Shore from 11:00-1:00 PM, one hour guided and one hour on your own; museum admission $18 for adults and $8 for students.  Join us for lunch at Atria, beside the Robert Clemente bridge, flowing the museum - need not visit the museum to meet for lunch.  Alumni President Dave Berg (ME73) will present campus updates in the loft up the stairs and to the left.

*Omaha, NE - April 11 - Join us a Kiewit Plaza at 5:30 PM, 3555 Farnam Street, park in the Kiewit grage by pulling up to the garage door on Farnam Street at the northeast corner of the Kiewit Plaza.  Appetizers and cash bar.  RSVP to president@sdsmt.edu.

Midland, MI - April 12 - Join President Healther Wilson at Oscars Bar and Grill in the Cornerstone Room at 140 East Main Street in Midland.  Use the private entrance at the east end of the building.  Hosted appetizers and cash bar.  RSVP to Anne Ekern 605.394.2366 or by email at anne.ekern@sdsmt.edu.

Peoria, IL - April 14 - Join us at Caterpillar at 11 PM in the AC building.  Park off of IL RT 29 and Rench Road and enter the AC building entrance nearest the parking lot.  Caterpillar AC Building, 12301 N Rte 29 in Chilicothe.  Campus updates from Alumni President Dave Berg (ME72.5).  Coordinated by Steve Bickett (ME04).  Direct questions to alumni@sdsmt.edu.

Rapid City, SD - April 15 - Spring Choral Concert, musical selections from the United States at 7:30 PM in the SD Mines Music Center.  Music by the Concert Choir and the University Choir.

Rapid City, SD - April 22 and 23 - Alumni Weekend!  Golf Tournament at Red Rocks beginning at 12:30 PM Friday, April 22, 2016, shotgun start; BBQ at 11:30 AM.  Saturday, April 23, 2016 Locker Room meet and greet at 11:30 AM and Spring Game at 1 PM.  Harderocker reception at the Blind Lion Speakeasy, below Murphys.  Register at http://www.hardrockclub.org/alumniweekend16.php

*Denotes a multi-layer event; hosted by the President's Office to bring together prospective students, current students, and alumni.