Author: Ashley Spurgeon

Everlasting traditions

Since 1934, Mines alumni and students have come together each spring for the annual Engineering Days to celebrate their hard work and Oredigger pride. The E-Days tradition has stood the test of time, and many ofthe activities—like the cardboard boat race down Clear Creek—have become staples of the Mines experience. This year’s activities included a drilling contest, ore cart pull to downtown Denver, concert, car show and more, all capped off by an impressive firework show. Whether on campus or celebrating from afar with their local M Club, alumni joined the fun and embraced the Mines community. Here, we’ve pulled...

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Point of Sail

Dick Baxter ’63 didn’t initially think he had an interest in sailing. “A casual acquaintance invited me to go sailing with him. I really didn’t want to go. I wanted to stay home and watch football. I couldn’t think of a polite excuse, so I went,” Baxter said. “It was an instant addiction, and I knew I wanted to learn how to sail.” Baxter did just that, and over the next 40 years, he raced small sailboats on Galveston Bay, just south of Houston. “Racing sailboats provides an escape from reality,” he said. “It requires intense concentration and complex...

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A network of encouragement

Before another school year begins, Mines alumni gather in cities around the country to welcome new Orediggers who are about to begin their college journey or graduates who are settling in a new city. Alumni are available to answer questions and help alleviate some anxieties, while providing new students with an informal welcome into the Mines community. “By helping organize a send-off party, I can only hope to make new students feel encouraged by the opportunities they have in front of them and make their time at Mines rewarding and fun.” Bill Warfield ’75 | M Club Leader, Sacramento...

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Unscripted Innovation: The new CoorsTek Center for Applied Science and Engineering acts as an epicenter for collaboration at Mines

Mines is known for being at the forefront of innovation and progress, and its campus is no exception. Campus architecture reflects the institution’s 144-year legacy, with a balance of longstanding landmarks and sleek new structures, all of which continue to elevate Mines’ reputation as a center for collaboration and advancement. When coupled with another well-known name in materials science—CoorsTek—the possibilities seem endless. In 2014, CoorsTek and the Coors family made a historic $27 million donation to Mines, funding the design and construction of the newest addition to campus, as well as providing the opportunity for new high-tech equipment and...

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An Artist’s Take on Mining History

The Mines Geology Museum is known for its extensive collection of minerals and mining artifacts, serving as the state repository for Colorado’s geologic heritage. However, upon entering the museum, attention is drawn away from the brightly lit cases of sparkling gemstones and minerals to a man-made display with just as much significance and value. Hanging on the west perimeter of the museum’s main floor, a series of murals reflects the story of how many of the museum’s artifacts were found. The massive oil-on-stretched-canvas paintings depict the history of mining—from the discovery that metal can be mined from meteors to...

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