USD AISES chapter officers, left to right: Carmelita Shouldis, President – White River, SD (Rosebud Sioux); Bethany Kozak, Treasurer – White Bear Lake, MN (Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa); Alex Dolezal, Vice President – Pierre, SD (Crow Creek Sioux); Steven Wilson, Secretary – Pine Ridge, SD (Oglala Lakota Sioux); Javier Lara-Ruiz, Director of Media and Creativity – Wheaton, MN (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate).
Published February 28, 2018
VERMILLION, SOUTH DAKOTA – The University of South Dakota’s chapter of the national American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has been recognized as the 2017 Chapter of the Year for Outreach and Community Service.
USD’s AISES chapter was awarded the honor for several significant programs including its work with White River Middle School students regarding substance abuse prevention. It also hosts a number of events including a dinner for high school students from Red Cloud Indian School and Pine Ridge High School who participate in USD Sanford School of Medicine’s Native American Healthcare Scholars Program and many local Native American high school students at dinners and programs at USD. AISES also volunteers to serve diners at the Welcome Table, a non-profit organization providing meals to needy community members.
USD’s AISES chapter is one of 190 chapters in 34 states across the nation. The national AISES organization represents 298 tribes. USD’s chapter represents 14 tribes in the region.
The USD Sanford School of Medicine is the direct sponsor and advisor of the university’s AISES chapter, with faculty advisory assistance from the USD School of Health Sciences.
AISES is a national, non-profit organization devoted to increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, first nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math studies and careers.