South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
|Dakota School of Mines
South Dakota School of Mines
|Location||Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
|Campus||120 acres (49 ha)|
|Colors||Blue & Old Gold
|Athletics||NCAA Division II (2011–present)|
|Mascot||Grubby the Miner|
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology — commonly referred to as SDSM&T, Tech, or Mines — is a public institution of higher learning in Rapid City, South Dakota, governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. Founded in 1885 as the Dakota School of Mines, Tech offers degree programs in engineering and science fields. 2,311 students were enrolled in fall 2011. The school athletic teams are called the Hardrockers.
The cornerstone of the first School of Mines (then known as the Dakota School of Mines) building was dedicated on August 19, 1885, with the first classes being held February 21, 1887. John W. Hancher received the first bachelor of science degree at the first commencement on May 31, 1888. The school became known as the South Dakota School of Mines in 1889 after admission of South Dakota as a state to the United States.
The School of Mines presented exhibits during the 1904 World's Fair and the first licensed radio station in the state of South Dakota was established on campus in December 1911, a full decade before WCAT (the precursor the current campus station KTEQ-FM). The first "M-Day" homecoming celebration occurred on October 5, 1912 with the construction of the "M" on M-Hill, the school's mountain monogram. The school's ROTC battalion was formed in 1918 in response to World War I. The football stadium began construction in 1931 and was completed as "O'Harra Field" in 1938.
The school formally became the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in February 1943.
In September 2012, SDSM&T made national news when Bloomberg announced that it had passed Harvard in the category of starting salaries for graduates. On September 19, Tech President Dr. Robert A. Wharton died due to complications of cancer treatments. During the presidential search, Duane C. Hrncir was the interim President.
Mines offers degrees in more than 16 engineering and science fields, as well as 12 master's degree programs and 7 Doctorate programs.
The campus is located on the eastern side of Rapid City, on the northern slope of small foothills of the Black Hills. South Dakota Tech currently has three residence halls: Connolly Hall, Palmerton Hall, and Peterson Hall. Connolly was built in the 1940s, Palmerton in the 1960s, and Peterson Hall in 2004. The three combined can house up to 660 students on-campus After completion of Peterson Hall, March Hall and Dake Hall (both built in the 1950s) were demolished in 2006 to make room for additional parking.
The APEX Gallery is located in Classroom Building 211, and hosts a new exhibit every four to six weeks. The gallery hosts contemporary works of artists and scientists, many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized.
Museum of Geology
Opening the same year as the school, the Museum of Geology collects, conserves, curates, interprets, and exhibits paleontologically, mineralogically and geologically significant objects and serves as the repository for such objects from South Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. The public exhibits of the museum have been housed since 1944 in second floor of the then newly completed O'Harra Building, while the preparation laboratories and collections are held in the James E. Martin Paleontology Center, constructed in 2009.
Active Fraternities on campus include Lambda Chi Alpha, Alpha Chi Sigma, Delta Sigma Phi, Theta Tau, and Triangle. Sororities include Alpha Delta Pi & Alpha Omega Epsilon. Student government organizations include the Student Association Senate.
Student media organizations include KTEQ-FM (the campus radio station) and "the Aurum" (the campus newspaper, formerly known as "the Tech" and then "the Raver"). "The Aurum" is the original name of the school newspaper, first published in November, 1901. The newspaper changed its name back to "The Aurum" in January 2010. The campus radio station, KTEQ, was started in 1922 as a low-powered AM station, left the air in 1955, and returned as the FM-station KTEQ in 1971 and airs a freeform programming format.
Amplify College Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Lutheran Campus Ministry, the Newman Center, and United Campus Ministries are some of the many Christian and religious groups operating on campus. Service organizations on campus include Circle K and Gamers for Service.
The SDSM&T athletic teams are called the Hardrockers, coming from its mining background. The history of the athletic programs stretch back to 1895 when the first school football team formed, originally named the "Longhairs". The school host a variety of college sports which include: football, basketball, volleyball, track, cross country, golf, and men's soccer. The athletic mascot name is Grubby the Miner. The school is a member of the NCAA and competes at the Division II level. The school joined the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in January 2014 for the majority of its sports, except for men's soccer which joined the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) for men's soccer in 2013 and football beginning in 2014. SDSM&T completed the transition form the NAIA to NCAA in July 2013. The Hardrockers, formerly a member of the NAIA's Dakota Athletic Conference.
Prior to 1897, the head of SDSM&T held the title of Dean rather than president. Earl D. Dake served as acting president from 1947-1948 and 1953-1954. Dr. Duane C. Hrncir served as acting president from 2012-2013 following the death of Dr. Robert A. Wharton.
- Dr. Franklin R. Carpenter (1886-1889)
- George F. Duck (1889-1890)
- Samuel Cushman (1890-1891)
- Dr. William P. Headden (1891-1893)
- Dr. (Hon.) Walter P. Jenney (1893)
- Dr. Valentine T. McGillycuddy (1893-1897)
- Dr. Robert L. Slagle (1898-1905)
- Dr. Charles H. Fulton (1905-1911)
- Dr. Cleophas C. O'Harra (1911-1935)
- Dr. Joseph P. Connolly (1935-1947)
- Dr. Warren E. Wilson (1948-1953)
- Fay L. Partlo (1954-1966)
- Dr. Harvey R. Fraser (1966-1975)
- Dr. Richard A. Schleusener (1975-1987)
- Dr. Richard J. Gowen (1987-2003)
- Dr. Charles P. Ruch (2003-2008)
- Dr. Robert A. Wharton (2008-2012)
- Dr. Heather A. Wilson (2013–Present)
Other notable staff
- Ernest Allmendinger, football head coach (1914)
- William Arbegast, director of the Advanced Materials Processing and Joining Center (2001-2009)
- Dr. Philip R. Bjork, geology and paleontology professor (1975-2000)
- William Phipps Blake, originally offered position of first dean
- Gary Boner, longest serving (1971-1989) and winningest football head coach as SDSM&T
- Josh Boyer, football defensive coordinator (2005)
- Dr. Wendell E. Dunn, Jr., adjunct professor of metallurgy (?-2007)
- Ray D. Hahn, men's basketball head coach (1930-1935) and football head coach (1929–1934)
- Dan Kratzer, football head coach (2005-2011)
- Erv Mondt, football head coach (1990–1994)
- Dr. Willard Lincoln Roberts, geology professor (1923-1987) and namesake of Robertsite.
- Dr. Walter A. Rosenblith, physics professor (1943-1947)
- Dave Strong, football head coach (1941) and men's basketball head coach (1941-1942)
- Dr. Jack Weyland, author and physics professor (?-1971)
- Dr. Gerald W. Wolff, adjunct professor of history (1996-1999)
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- James Abourezk, former U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from South Dakota, and the first Arab-American to serve in the U.S. Senate.
- D. Sherwin Artus, Director & Former CEO, of Whiting Petroleum Corp.
- Richard H. Frank, President and CEO of Darby Emerging Markets Fund. Former Managing Director at the World Bank Group.
- Marty Jackley, Current Attorney General of South Dakota.
- Tony Jensen, President and CEO of Royal Gold.
- Kurt Kost, President, Alpha Natural Resources. Past President of Society of Mining Engineers.
- Walter Dale Miller, 34th Lieutenant Governor of South Dakota and 29th Governor of South Dakota
- Cmdr. George Philip Jr., posthumous winner of the Navy Cross for actions as commander of USS Twiggs and namesake of USS George Philip.
- Susan Opp, President of L-3 Communications Systems - West
- Dr. Tim Osswald, professor of mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Dean M. Peterson, inventor the Kodak Instamatic camera and the "point-and-shoot" camera
- Frank Richardson, former President and CEO of Shell Oil.
- Dr. Marcus R. Ross, paleontologist, young earth creationist, and professor of geology at Liberty University
- Ajmal Shams, current president of the Afghan Social Democratic Party.
- Jim Shaw, former mayor of Rapid City, South Dakota
- Emery Stephans, President and CEO of Enterprise Analysis Corporation.
- Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, Former Norwegian Minister of Defence and Minister of Health and Care Services. Former mayor of Bergen.
- Karen Swindler, Senior Vice President, North American Manufacturing of LyondellBasell Industries.
- Gary R. Veurink, Corporate Manufacturing & Engr Vice President of the Dow Chemical Company.; EVP/Chief Operating Officer-International Justice Mission
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