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For Immediate Release: Friday, May 9, 2003

Student Groups from SDSMT, BHSU Recognized

RAPID CITY - The South Dakota Board of Regents presented awards Friday to student organizations from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University.

"Traditionally, Tech students take their academic careers seriously, but it's gratifying to see that they find time to contribute to the Tech community and the Rapid City area, and that they are so involved in regional and national professional organizations," said Dr. Pat Mahon, SDSMT's vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "We're very proud of all their achievements."

The SDSMT groups receiving recognition are:

  • Award for Academic Excellence - Members of Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, are in the top one-eighth of the junior engineering class or the top one-fifth of the senior engineering class. At the society's national convention, the SDSMT chapter received awards for outstanding projects and the Secretary's Commendation Award. Tau Beta Pi sponsors an annual spring career fair and an Order of the Engineer luncheon on campus. Three SDSMT students have received national Tau Beta Pi scholarships, and one graduate student received a national fellowship.
  • Community Service Award - The Circle K club has performed more than 500 hours of community service in the past year. Members recently stayed up for 24 continuous hours to conduct a community service marathon project in Rapid City. SDSMT Circle K members have served as governor and lieutenant governor for the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Circle K.
  • Award for Organizational Leadership - Members of Triangle Fraternity volunteer their services for many projects, including highway cleanup, blood donor drives, a community haunted house during Halloween, the Hospice Christmas party, and as servers at a local arts festival. Fraternity members also serve as leaders in other campus-based organizations, including Student Association, the school entertainment club, Students Against Drunk Driving, the homecoming committee, Student Ambassadors, Tech Geological Association, and the orientation committee.

"Black Hills State University is proud of the accomplishments of these outstanding student groups," said Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life at BHSU. "Their activities and service enhance the campus and the entire community." Haislett thanked the students for dedicating their time and talents to serve others through volunteerism and student leadership.

The BHSU student groups that were recognized Friday are:

  • Award for Academic Excellence - Kappa Delta Pi recognizes high academic performance by teacher education candidates in the College of Education. In 2002, the Black Hills State chapter initiated 47 members. Kappa Delta Pi offers members professional development, undergraduate and graduate scholarship opportunities, and monthly journals promoting effective research and continued learning in the education field.
  •  Community Service Award - Sigma Tau Gamma is focused on service to the community and those who are less fortunate. The group conducts a two-mile clean-up of highway along Spearfish Canyon, sponsors the Books for Kids Drive, and an annual "waterbed sleep-a-thon," with proceeds directed to people who are in need. The group has received national honors for its fundraising efforts, and also implemented a Study Hours program last fall to encourage members to improve their overall grade point average.
  • Award for Organizational Leadership - The Lakota Omniciye club focuses on social and cultural activities that contribute to an improved quality of student life on the BHSU campus. The group is multi-cultural, with people of all backgrounds welcomed. Starting the year with few returning members and all new officers, the Lakota Omniciye members focused on their leadership and communication skills to solidify the club as a group. Members spent considerable time and effort to raise more than $15,000 for a three-day powwow celebration this spring.


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