The School of Mines is getting national attention for one of its programs but it's not one you'd typically associate with an engineering school.
Dr. James Feiszli, director of the school's music program was named "US Professor of the Year" for the state of South Dakota.
The award is given out by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education in recognition of undergraduate instructors positively influencing students.
Although the school does not offer a music degree, Feiszli built the music program at the School of Mines from the ground up more than 30 years ago with the belief that music is a very important part of the learning experience. Dr. Feiszli added, "There is not enough recognition, i think, given to the fact that music is an enhancement for your education for the mind to develop, that goes beyond having fun & recreation. I've tried to create this program here knowing we will turn out better engineers and scientists and it's seems to be proven true."
The "Professor of the Year" award has only been given out in South Dakota 13 times. Five of which have been claimed by professors at the School of Mines.