SD Mines receives donation in honor of former student

RAPID CITY, S.D. — South Dakota Mines is receiving it’s largest donation ever in honor of a former student.

The school accepted $4 million from the family of Karen Swindler on Thursday.

Swindler graduated in 1988 with a degree in Chemical Engineering.

She went on to a successful 25 year career in the industry, holding numerous leadership positions and attributing her success to her education at Mines.

She passed away in 2018.

In her memory, the school has renamed the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department with Karen Swindler’s name preceding the title.

“This really is outstanding,” said South Dakota Mines President Dr. Jim Rankin. “I think, as we’ve heard today, that Karen Swindler was just fantastic in the impact that she’s had on school. She just does a fantastic job. And this is such a great way to remember her.”

Throughout her career, Karen Swindler worked to recruit Mines students, volunteered on campus and frequently made class presentations.

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