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Mines students contribute to campus project

Four senior civil engineering students from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology are getting real-world experience while also contributing their time and knowledge to the future OneHeart campus.

Aimee Allcock, Troy Brady, Katrina Davidson, and William Schultze are members of a senior design team working on the design and plans for the lot on the south side of the property where an inipi, more commonly known as a sweat lodge, will be located.

While members of OneHeart’s Native Leadership Circle previously advised staff and served as lead architect on the design of the inipi itself, the students will lay the groundwork for its foundation and other aspects of the site.

“We're supposed to design and do the calculations behind a building that's going to be used for after-ceremonial purposes or as a classroom setting, hopefully with the ability to have a future greenhouse so that people can understand more of the Native American plants that they use during their ceremonies,” team member Katrina Davidson explained.

The four students first toured the property last month, assessing the existing structures and taking measurements inside and outside the buildings.

“Today we were just getting site parameters and seeing what kinds of materials we can take out from the buildings and hopefully reuse in our future designs,” Davidson said. “As we see on the site, it slopes a little bit, which helps, but then it also kind of makes us have to rethink our design and how we want to go about the construction process.”

The senior design team learned about OneHeart from members of Mines’ EPICS program who had researched the project last year. EPICS stands for Engineering/Science Projects in Community Service, and it offers students the ability to further develop their engineering skills while helping their community at the same time.

According to the university’s website, half of all EPICS projects are done in collaboration with Oglala Lakota College or other partners in the Native community.

“The work our students are undertaking on the OneHeart campus is a great example of the ways the university can give back to the community through the EPICS program,” Mines President Jim Rankin said. “This kind of win-win engagement enriches both the students and community partners like OneHeart.”

“We will be getting a little bit more information from EPICS and what they did, and then building off of that to create a design this semester,” Allcock said. “Hopefully, we will have that done by April, if not the beginning of May.”

OneHeart Executive Director Charity Doyle is delighted to have Mines students take an interest in the project.

“For OneHeart to be successful, it has to be a collaborative community effort,” Doyle said. “The vision, skills, and innovation the students bring to the table help further connect OneHeart to the community in a new and meaningful way. The work these students are doing will contribute to the campus for years to come.”

Below from left: William Schultze, Katrina Davidson, Aimee Allcock, and Troy Brady.

PROVIDER SPOTLIGHT: Youth & Family Services

It’s been a busy winter at Youth & Family Services! By the end of December 2019, a number of YFS’ programs had moved into the organization’s recently expanded facility at 120 E. Adams St. in Rapid City. A portion of the old facility is still being remodeled to house an expanded program for middle school youth. This remodeling is scheduled to be finished by the end of February 2020.

This coming April 3-5, YFS invites the community to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center as they celebrate their 25th Annual Kids Fair.
This community event offers attendees a safe place to be active and engage in fun, hands-on activities while spending time with their families! This year's Kids Fair will feature past favorites such face painting, live entertainment, inflatable attractions, a giant sand box, mini train rides, and dozens of booths brimming with hands–on activities. For more information on Kids Fair, please visit
Upon the opening of the OneHeart campus next year, YFS plans to offer the following services to its guests:
  • Counseling for parents and children
  • Services that promote developing and maintaining healthy relationships through our Stronger Family Program
  • Intensive family support services
  • Prenatal education
  • Transportation to YFS-based Head Start and Early Head Start programs
Meet Stephanie Powers
A long-time Rapid City resident with a heart for OneHeart and the bright lights of Las Vegas, Development Director Stephanie Powers joined our team in early January.

Stephanie’s background includes stints in healthcare and higher education, and she boasts more than a decade of experience in grant writing, marketing, and the communications field.

Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and two "crazy Labradors," supporting her teenage kids and their various activities, watching movies, and traveling – especially to Vegas!
Be a Game 'Changer'
Supporting OneHeart's efforts to move people out of poverty can be as simple as donating your change.

By registering with the RoundUp App and designating OneHeart: A Place for Hope & Healing to receive the "change" from your debit or credit card purchases, you become an important partner and ongoing supporter in this community collaboration. It is an easy and secure way to contribute to the future transformation campus.

Don't want to round up? Consider a one-time or recurring donation via the OneHeart website at


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