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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( March 24, 1997)
SIGNING CEREMONY FOR MILESTONE AGREEMENT BETWEEN OGLALA LAKOTA COLLEGE AND SDSM& T TO BE HELD TUESDAY, MARCH 25
The signing ceremony for a new milestone agreement between Oglala Lakota College ( OLC) and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T) will be held Tuesday, March 25, in Rapid City. OLC President Thomas Shortbull and SDSM& T President Richard J. Gowen will sign the historic agreement, which is the first official articulation agreement between a Tribal college and SDSM& T, at 1: 30 p. m., Suite 1126, Howard Johnson’s Motor Lodge, in Rapid City.
The new agreement will make it easier for students at Oglala Lakota College to transfer to degree programs at SDSM& T. The agreement establishes an authorized program of courses at OLC that will transfer and substitute for required courses at SDSM& T in science, engineering, and math. Oglala Lakota College students in the OLC Science/ Engineering/ Math ( AA- SEM) Associate of Arts degree/ curriculum who are planning to transfer to degree programs at SDSM& T will be assigned a mentor and will be entered into an individualized education plan at Tech while they are still attending OLC.
Mr. Thomas Shortbull, President of Oglala Lakota College, said, “ This is an historic agreement that will allow our Indian students to pursue greater involvement in science, engineering and math at both institutions.”
Dr. Richard Gowen, President of SDSM& T, called the agreement an example of SDSM& T’s commitment to reaching out and working with American Indian students and Tribal college officials. “ We at South Dakota Tech are excited by this agreement and look forward to the continued fostering of good working relationships with our colleagues at Oglala Lakota College and our other Tribal colleges,” said Dr. Gowen. “ American Indian students are the true beneficiaries of this partnership between OLC and SDSM& T. Under this agreement, students can begin their education at Oglala Lakota College, knowing that their credits will transfer to degree programs at SDSM& T. We are especially pleased to sign this agreement during the American Indian Higher Education Consortium ( AIHEC) Conference, which has brought over 1000 Tribal college officials, faculty and students to Rapid City.”
OLC and SDSM& T officials also are planning to develop future arrangements allowing students who have completed the OLC AA- SEM curriculum and accepted for admission to SDSM& T to arrange for SDSM& T credits to transfer back to OLC. In addition to this agreement and a similar one signed recently with Chadron State College, SDSM& T officials are in the process of establishing other Memorandums of Understanding with other Tribal colleges and South Dakota universities. For additional information on the OLC/ SDSM& T agreement, please contact Dr. James Munro, Chair of SDSM& T’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, at 394- 2256 or Dr. Mitch Stone, Chair of OLC Department of General Studies, at 455- 2321.
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