Author: Ashley Spurgeon

A Wealth of History: A handful of gold coins holds the key to Colorado’s past

Many of Colorado’s early prospectors weren’t concerned with the shimmer of morning sunlight reflected off a river’s surface or the flash of a rainbow trout’s spotted scales breaching to snatch a mayfly. Instead, their gaze was more focused, looking for a glimmer of gold between grains of sand and silt, a fleck of fortune in the sediment of a slow-moving stream. The mid-1800s was a period rife with rumor of wealth and the desire to fill empty pockets. Many people experiencing hard times after the Panic of 1857—the first major worldwide economic crisis—moved west in search of fortune and...

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Sharing Experiences, Embracing Opportunities

Each year I’ve been at Mines, I’ve attended the Mines Send-Off Party, coordinated through the Office of Alumni Relations, near my hometown just east of Sacramento, California. This past July, I met an alumna, Joan Stratton, from the class of 1974. Joan visited Golden this semester and remembered I mentioned being in the McBride Honors Program, named after Mines’ president from 1970 to 1984. She wanted to meet up to share more about the McBride family, as she lived with Guy and Rebekah McBride for some time and got to know them both very well. Joan shared a story...

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Taking the Scenic Route: Mines alumni, students and friends raft the Grand Canyon

Many people have made a trip out to the Grand Canyon to witness one of the most scenic natural spots in the United States. Yet, after standing at its edge and witnessing its awe-inspiring natural beauty, it’s only natural to want to get up close and personal with the Canyon’s unique landscape and geology. Mines provides that opportunity. Each May, Mines’ Office of Alumni Relations offers a seven-day rafting adventure through the Grand Canyon. In 2017, a group of alumni, students, faculty and friends were led down the Colorado River by geologist and Mines professor Steve Sonnenberg ’81. The...

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Bringing the Academic and Commercial Worlds Together

Earlier this year, Mines launched a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The center focuses on connecting Mines with the business community and supporting the environment of invention and enterprise that has always been at the heart of Mines. Mines Magazine sat down with the center’s director, Werner Kuhr, to ask him about his goals and the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation. What are your goals as the director of this new center on campus? The first goal is to spread this concept of entrepreneurial thinking, or teaching students how to demonstrate the value of the work they’re doing....

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Maniacs for Mining Education

Ryan Miles ’07, MS ’14 was frustrated. As a mining engineer who frequently traveled for work, he consistently found himself talking to people who confused mining engineering with data mining. Additionally, many people didn’t understand that mining is still a viable, thriving industry, critical to today’s world. Ryan knew he had to do something to better educate people about his field. He and his wife, Jules, began brainstorming ways to inform people about the importance of the mining industry—thinking about creating a blog, starting a YouTube channel or even the more traditional route of submitting articles to academic journals....

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