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Regents Honor Student Groups at School of Mines and Black Hills State





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, March 30, 2017


Regents Honor Student Groups at School of Mines and Black Hills State


SPEARFISH, S.D. – The South Dakota Board of Regents recognized student organizations from Black Hills State University and South Dakota School of Mines & Technology for their outstanding academic, community, and organizational work.


BHSU student groups receiving the special regents’ awards were:

  • Award for Academic Excellence – The campus chapter of the South Dakota Education Association provides professional development opportunities for students majoring in education at BHSU. The group sponsors motivational talks at its meetings and then discusses how these concepts might be implemented into the students’ future classrooms.

  • Community Service Award Thompson Diversion Program, named in memory of student leader Brittany Thompson, helps university students learn from their mistakes through restorative justice. This new program uses the South Dakota Teen Court as a model, stressing accountability for one’s actions, learning from experience, and making a difference in the community.

  • Award for Organizational Leadership – The Activity Grants Committee of the Campus Activities Board allocates programming funds and resources to BHSU student organizations. Its focus is on ensuring successful programs and increasing student retention at BHSU.


SDSM&T student groups receiving awards were:

  • Award for Academic Excellence – The American Chemical Society cultivates a learning community through presentation of on-campus demonstrations and programs in local schools. One of the most popular is the Myth Busters show, featuring chemistry experiments that encourage students to engage in science-related learning. The group also provides volunteer tutors to help students struggling with science concepts. 
  • Community Service Award Alpha Omega Epsilon is a professional sorority for female engineering and technical science students at School of Mines. The sorority emphasizes professionalism, leadership, friendship, and sisterhood, while dedicating its members to a mission of serving others and giving back.

  • Award for Organizational Leadership – The Robotics Team builds land competition vehicles. It works with younger students in Rapid City to design and build LEGO Mindstorm robots. The goal is to complete as many missions as possible within a 2.5-minute period. The competition serves to help middle school students learn about technology, while developing their communication and team-building skills.