2019-2020 Catalog and Handbook 
    Sep 26, 2023  
2019-2020 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

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Student Government Association (SGA)

Southeast Technical Institute’s Student Government Association (SGA)  serves as the student voice on campus and strives to make Southeast Tech a more enjoyable place to learn and attend classes. By becoming a member of SGA, students receive opportunities to participate in committee work based on individual interest and a wide range of campus and community activities. SGA activities during the year may include Fall and Spring picnics, Talent Show, Casino Night and several other campus and community service events. Representatives who serve on Student Government are selected from every program area. In total, about 70 students serve the campus through Student Government with 9 members serving as the Executive Board.

Student Organizations (associated with academic programs)

Campus student organizations enhance the education offered in classes with competitions, guest speakers, tours, and other forms of learning. Approved student organizations are linked to a particular program area and are those whose purpose complement the mission of Southeast Tech and further enhance the program’s educational goals. Approved organizations may use the institute’s name as part of the organizational title and are allowed to promote their organization on campus. For complete information, contact the Student Activities Coordinator in the Student Success Center.

  • South Dakota Advertising Federation (SDAF): SDAF  is a college-level chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Art. Through this organization, students have the opportunity to learn more about graphic art from professionals in the field, as well as through quarterly newsletters, monthly meetings, and field trips. Students have opportunities for leadership, organization, communication and scholarship as they learn new ways to use their business, marketing, or graphic communications skills. SDAF membership is open to any student at Southeast Tech who is interested in learning more about graphic art.
  • Animation Technology Artisans (ATA) Student Organization: The purpose of ATA is to encourage Digital Media Production students at Southeast Tech to join together in the organization for the purpose of maintaining the identity and quality of ATA students and providing the continuing educational development, improvement and expansion of the ATA program and profession for the betterment of the motion graphics and animation industry. The organization will strive to encourage camaraderie between students and provide a means to interact with local and regional professionals.

  • Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is designed for students planning careers in information systems or related fields. AITP  is dedicated to using the synergy of information technology partnerships to provide education and benefits to its members. The organization also works with industry to assist in the overall promotion and direction of information technology. AITP Student Chapter members have the opportunity to attend monthly meetings with professionals in the community who work in information technology fields. They enjoy personal growth, professional development, and they gain knowledge of the industry.
  • Civil Engineering Technology Student Organization: The Civil Engineering Technology Student Organization was formed to promote the personal, ethical, educational, professional development and responsibilities of the Southeast Tech Civil Engineering students. These objectives are developed through student organized, student developed and student run meetings. In addition to regular meetings, guest speakers from the civil engineering community are invited to speak to the group each month. Student projects are encouraged both for campus development and local non-profit survey, such as city and campus park improvements, layout of ball fields, layout of golf courses, etc.

  • Construction Management Student Organization: This organization  was formed to promote the personal, ethical, educational and professional development responsibilities of the Southeast Tech Construction Management students. These objectives are developed through student organized, student developed and student run meetings. In addition to regular meetings, guest speakers from the construction community are invited to speak to the group each month. One of the highest priorities is promoting industry involvement.
  • Dakota Turf/Golf Course – Superintendent Association of America (GCSAA): Students enrolled in Sports Turf Management at Southeast Tech are destined to be employed in the sports industry on golf courses, football fields, and other recreational playing fields. Members of GCSAA  will benefit from additional exposure to professionals in the industry as they see practical applications of their skills.
  • Neurodiagnostic Technology (ENDT) Student Organization: The Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (ENDT) Student Organization  provides the opportunity for any enrolled student to become a member. Students have the ability to increase their knowledge base from speakers, field trips, and professional, educational ENDT events and seminars. The organization strives to encourage camaraderie between students and provides a means to interact with local and regional professionals. The organization references the American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists, Inc (ASET).
  • National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP): The National Association of Landscape Professionals is ideal for landscape/horticulture/turf students. A national seminar in Louisville and a competition/job placement fair is held on a rotating basis for members of NALP. Participants mesh with industry representatives which may lead to job or internship placement. On a local level, students participate in field trips, community service, and team building activities.
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME): The Society of Manufacturing Engineers was formed to promote interaction between the students in the industrial programs and professionals in the manufacturing fields. In addition to regular meetings, tours for members are arranged to allow students to see how their training is put into action in the real world. This also opens up the opportunity for students to make contacts with engineers and employers in the area. Throughout the year, members of SME are involved with projects that benefit the chapter, the campus, and the community.
  • SkillsUSA: This is the professional club for students in trade, industrial, and health occupations. Membership in SkillsUSA offers students opportunities to participate in activities as well as to compete in their vocational area at the local, state, and national Skills Competition. There are also competitions in speaking, job interviewing, and job demonstration skills.
  • Southeast Tech Student HVAC Association: The Southeast Tech Student HVAC Association is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life through the advancement of technology related to heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation. The Southeast Tech student chapter provides students continuing educational opportunities, including monthly meetings with demonstrations from professionals in the HVAC field.
  • Student Chapter of the Sioux Falls Home Builder’s Association (SFHBA): The Student Chapter of SFHBA is an organization of students studying to work in the construction industry in the areas of architectural, engineering or construction technologies. Members of this organization interact with the Sioux Falls Home Builder’s Association Chapter by participating in their activities throughout the year. These activities include events such as Habitat for Humanity, the Sioux Empire Home Show, and the Sioux Falls Parade of Homes. Members may also receive scholarships from SFHBA.
  • Student Practical Nurses Association: The Southeast Tech Student Practical Nurses Association was formed to protect the practice and education of practical nurses and to promote the LPN as an important member of the health care team. All LPN students will be encouraged to participate in the student organization and to contribute and grow through professional development activities. These activities will include continuing educational opportunities through SkillsUSA, and professional speakers and workshops provided by the South Dakota Practical Nurses Association annual convention.
  • Law Enforcement Sciences Student Organization: The Southeast Tech Law Enforcement Student Association serves to advance the student’s knowledge of the law enforcement profession outside of the classroom and as a resource to bring together students and faculty in order to promote the advancement of the Law Enforcement Science Program. It promotes networking and interaction with law enforcement agencies to further the student’s understanding and knowledge of the legal system. Students will set and enhance professional and ethical standards of the program, reach out to the community through public service, and promote camaraderie and friendship within the program.
  • Early Childhood Student Organization: The purpose of the Early Childhood Student Organization  is to serve as a student affiliate organization for the Siouxland Association for the Education of Young Children, the local chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC and its South Dakota chapters are dedicated to serving and acting on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children with the primary focus on the provision of quality care, education, and developmental services.
  • Student Association of AST (Surgical Technology): The purpose of the Southeast Tech Surgical Technology Organization shall be to encourage and work toward each member achieving the title of Certified Surgical Technologist. This will support standards of the Association of operating room nurses (AORN).

Student Clubs (social, special interest)

Student Clubs at Southeast Tech allow students to get involved on campus and to get linked with other students who have similar interests. While at Southeast Tech, plan to participate in one or more of these special interest clubs. You can even start your own!  Approved student clubs may reserve space on campus and are allowed to promote their club through several means of advertising. For complete information, contact the Student Activities Coordinator in the Student Success Center.

Please Note: These clubs are led by current students and may or may not be available or active every semester due to interest.

  • Campus Crusades for Christ (CRU): Cru  is an interdenominational evangelical Christian organization. This club is a student-led movement which seeks to introduce students to Christ, help them grow in their faith, encourage them to passionately live life in a manner consistent with belief in the God of the Bible, and inspire commitment in advancing the purposes of God in the world.
  • Gamers Club: The Gamers Club  brings together students who love to game. The group meets on a weekly basis- all games are encouraged. Games include but are not limited to: board games, card games and video games. Tabletop games are also available in small gaming groups.
  • Southeast Pride: Southeast Pride  is Southeast Tech’s LGBT club which encourages a safe environment for LGBT students and allies here on campus. The group meets weekly and provides a safe place for students/allies as well as campus programming.
  • Veterans Club: The Veterans Club at Southeast Tech provides support to military veterans, spouses, and dependents through the education process. It also promotes awareness of Veterans’ needs to Southeast Tech and the community. Students participate in various campus and community events.

Intramural Sports

The Student Activities Coordinator works with students to coordinate numerous intramural sports. Students participate in intramural volleyball, basketball, and bowling, and use city and school district facilities for their activities. Recreational programs are supported by student activity fees paid upon registration and are open to all students.

Student Activities

A portion of enrollment fees is collected for student activities. The Student Activities Coordinator works with students to arrange entertainment on and off campus. Campus life wouldn’t be complete without fun activities to share with others while enrolled at Southeast Tech. For that reason, a variety of activities are held on campus for all students. Some activities include: Campus Wide picnics Talent Show , free entertainment, speakers, informational/education seminars, etc.

Contests for Students

Contests and activities which are sponsored by outside agencies and which involve participation by students or granting of awards or prizes to students shall not be announced or permitted on the campus unless approved by the President or designee. Such activities must be deemed to have educational value for the participants before permission may be granted. Contests must not place an undue burden on students or staff.