Author: Ashley Spurgeon

Playing with fire: Mines students learn the art and science of glassblowing

When many think of blown glass, images of master artisans and the delicate, colorful objects they shape from hot, glowing orbs often spring to mind. Yet while glassblowing is often an artistic pursuit, there is also a concrete science behind the art form, which Mines students are now able to understand firsthand. Mines’ new glass shop—housed in the foundry in the basement of Hill Hall on campus—allows Mines students to learn the craft of glassblowing while studying the material’s properties and the applications of glass in everyday life. Bringing glassblowing to campus The idea of a glass shop was...

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Orediggers for life

In the spring of their senior year of high school, many students make one of the biggest decisions of their lives and commit to a university to pursue an undergraduate education and kick off the next chapter in their education. When a student commits to Mines, they become an Oredigger for life. But until they set foot on campus and nervously—or excitedly—move into their residence hall and say goodbye to their families for a few months, many students don’t understand what being an Oredigger means. But Mines and its alumni hope to change that. Last year, Mines launched Oredigger...

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A can’t-miss eclipse

Like many people, Chris Bergin ’12 knew he couldn’t miss last year’s Great American Solar Eclipse, a historic celestial event that only happens about once in a person’s lifetime. When the event coincided with the bachelor party Bergin was planning for his friend and fellow alumnus Nick Riggert ’12, Bergin saw it as an opportunity to celebrate his friend’s upcoming nuptials in a nontraditional way. “We were only a short drive away,” Bergin said. “It was a no-brainer to make sure we saw it.” Bergin and Riggert, along with Steven Wooldridge ’13 and Andrew Corman ’12, woke up at...

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Updates on alumni activities

The Aerospace Interest Group has been hard at work participating in, co-sponsoring and planning many events, including the Trajectories 2018 networking event on Oct. 19, at Mines. Additionally, members are working closely with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on the upcoming annual technical symposium. Interest group members are also supporting two Mines students who were awarded scholarships from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation at the Innovators Gala in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25. For more details about upcoming events and opportunities, visit minesalumni.com/aerospace. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Interest Group combined efforts with Mines’ Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation,...

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Reminiscing on fond memories

Mines celebrated Homecoming this fall, welcoming alumni back to campus to join current students in celebrating Oredigger pride. Watch a video of this year’s events below and then look for a full recap in Mines Magazine’s winter issue in...

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