2014-2015 Catalog & Handbook 
    Apr 21, 2024  
2014-2015 Catalog & Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Student Life

Membership in school organizations is encouraged. Social, civic, and service projects foster a broadened appreciation of the world outside of the classroom and enhance the personal development of the student. Business, health, and industrial leaders recognize the value of club participation in identifying leadership potential in their prospective new employees.

Student Government Association (SGA)

Southeast Technical Institute’s Student Government Association (SGA) was originally formed as a sounding board for student concerns, but along the way, they also showed students how to have a little fun. SGA activities during the year include Fall and Spring picnics, blood drives, and community service events. Throughout the year, Student Government members also participate in a wide range of campus and community activities. Representatives who serve on Student Government are selected from every program area. In total, about 70 students serve the campus through Student Government.

Student Organizations

Campus student organizations enhance the education offered in classes with competitions, guest speakers, tours, and other forms of learning more about career fields. While at Southeast Tech, plan to participate in one or more of these organizations. Approved school organizations are those whose purpose complement the mission of Southeast Tech and further enhance the program’s educational goals. Approved organizations may use the school 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.

American Institute of Graphic Art (AIGA)

AIGA is a college-level chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Art. Through AIGA, 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. AIGA 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)

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 such as campus development projects or local non-profit survey projects for community development such as city and campus park improvements, layout of ball fields, layout of golf courses, etc.

Construction Management Student Organization

The Construction Management Student 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.

Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (ENDT) Student Organization

The ENDT Student Organization creates the ability 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).

Professional Landcare Network (PLANET)

This is a national professional organization 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 PLANET. 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 remain involved with projects that benefit the chapter, the campus, and the community.


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 Skill Olympics. There are also competitions in speaking, job interviewing, and job demonstration skills.

Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM)

The Society of Nuclear Medicine maintains an active advocacy program to promote and encourage research and the advancement of nuclear medicine science and produces a number of programs to help physicians, technologists, and students remain current with the latest advances. By monies that come from fund raising events, students attend the Missouri Chapter meeting held once a year. This meeting has been held in places such as St. Louis, Missouri; Iowa City, Iowa; and Omaha, Nebraska. Students will not only see how their training is related to the real world, but will also have contact with possible job opportunities in their field.

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 South Dakota Home Builder’s Association (SDHBA)

The Student Chapter of SDHBA 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 South Dakota 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 SDHBA.

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.

Student Groups

Besides student organizations related to Southeast Tech programs, students may also participate in student groups developed around areas that interest them.  Southeast Tech is in the development stages of implementing student groups and expects to have several groups formed on campus starting in Fall 2014.

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 campus. Campus life wouldn’t be complete without activities to share with others at school. For that reason, a variety of activities are held on campus for all students. Some activities in the past have included: speakers on campus, entertainment events, comedians, magicians, hypnotists, musicians and informational seminars. Graduation is Southeast Tech’s biggest event of the year with a school-wide open house before commencement exercises.

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.