Office of University Relations
SDSM& T News
501 E. St. Joseph Street • Rapid City, SD 57701- 3995
Phone: ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554 • Fax: ( 605) 394- 6177
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( August 23, 1999)
ORIENTATION ACTIVITIES BEGIN AT SDSM& T
It is that time again when students return to campus and hit the grind stone. Freshmen, Non- Traditional and Transfer Orientation at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) begins Thursday, August 26 and lasts until Monday, August 30, 1999. The student Orientation Committee has structured the five days of activities for students to meet their classmates and learn about Tech.
SDSM& T has a wide range of orientation activities scheduled this weekend for new students— including a scavenger hunt, a dance, the President’s Picnic, movie at the Elks Theater, and an entertainer. In addition to orientation sessions about academic and campus life geared toward freshmen, SDSM& T also offeres orientation programs for the parents of freshmen, as well as special sessions focused on non- traditional and transfer students.
Coupled with various social, friendship- building and leadership development activities, the orientation program for SDSM& T’s entering students includes an opening campus convocation, dedication of the freshman plaque, mentor/ advisor meetings, math review sessions preceding the math placement exam, department open houses, chemistry and physics placement exams, and student life skits.
At 7: 00 p. m. Monday, special entertainment will be provided under the Arches in the Quad by Taylor Mason, who combines music, comedy, ventriloquism, audience participation and his incurably happy optimism to entertain. Mason is one of the hottest acts on the college market having played in over 750 colleges. He performs regularly on network and cable television, and headlines at major comedy clubs.
The schedule of orientation activities scheduled for this weekend are as follows ( items in bold type offer excellent opportunities for media to come and see students busy registering, moving into the dorms, and getting involved in registration activities):
Thursday, August 26
8: 00am- 3: 00 pm – Orientation Check- in, Bump Lounge, Surbeck Student Center
8: 00am- 3: 00pm – Surveys and ID Cards, Ballroom, Surbeck Student Center
8: 00am- 3: 00pm – Move into Residence Halls, Palmerton Courtesy Desk, Palmerton Hall
11: 30am- 1: 30 am – Free Rappelling, Rappel Tower ( near the practice field behind the gym)
4: 00- 4: 30pm – Opening Convocation, New Gym
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4: 30- 5: 30 pm – Dinner– Italian Night, The Big Tent in the Quad
6: 00- 7: 30 pm – PLAYFAIR, O’Harra Stadium
Friday, August 27
3: 30- 5: 30 pm – Free Rappelling, Rappel Tower ( near the practice field behind the gym)
4: 00- 6: 00pm – Becoming a Master Student with Dave Ellis, New Gym
7: 00- 8: 00pm – Student Life Skits, New Gym
Saturday, August 28
10: 00am- 12: 00pm – Football Team Scrimmage, O’Harra Stadium
1: 00- 2: 30 pm – Orientation Olympics, Practice Field, Behind the New Gym
9: 00pm- 12: 00am – IFC Dance, Under the Arches in the Quad
Sunday, August 29
12: 00- 1: 00pm – Free Picnic, The Big Tent in the Quad
1: 30- 4: 00pm – Recreation Activities, Gather under the Big Tent in the Quad
7: 00- 8: 00pm – Scavenger Hunt in Orientation Groups, Surbeck Student Center Info. Desk
9: 00- 11: 00pm – Movie at the Elks
Monday, August 30
8: 00am- 2: 00pm – Registration Advising, Mentor’s and Advisor’s Offices
10: 00am- 2: 00pm – Free Rappelling, Rappel Tower ( near the practice field behind the gym)
10: 00am- 3: 00pm – Student Organization Fair, Front Lawn of the Surbeck Student Center
5: 00- 7: 00pm – President’s Picnic, Big Tent in the Quad
7: 00- 8: 00pm – TONITE Entertainer: Taylor Mason, Under the Arches in the Quad
For more information about orientation activities at SDSM& T, contact the Office of University Relations at ( 605) 394- 6082/ 2554.
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