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October 22, 2003
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Tech Deploys Care Packages To Activated Students
It started when a student’s mother stopped by South Dakota Tech to brag a bit about her son who is serving in Iraq. It grew when someone on campus asked how many students were deployed. Someone decided to do something when the count grew to 17.
The something turned into an effort to send those students some good will, comfort and a reminder that they are missed at South Dakota Tech. Tech faculty, staff and students put together care packages that are on their way to combat zones and other places Tech students are serving the country around the world.
“We miss them, and we wanted to make sure these students knew we’re thinking about them,” Dr. Pat Mahon said. Mahon is Tech’s Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students. “We decided it was time to send care packages to these young men and women who are fighting for our freedom to show them we think of them and honor them.”
The care packages included T-shirts, socks, cooling scarves, emails from campus, lip balm, beef jerky, homemade American flag pins, water bottles, licorice, collages of campus photos, letters from Dr. Mahon and Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch, and much more.
Many campus organizations donated items for the packages. Student Association was the primary sponsor and contributor, but the effort also received additional generous donations from IEEE, CAMP, and Tau Beta Pi, as well as from academic departments, facilities services, the SDSM&T Foundation, Alumni Association and ROTC. Many individual faculty and staff members also contributed.
“The campus really came together to make this happen,” Mahon said. “It was a wonderful effort to show we have not forgotten our fighting soldiers.”
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