Author: Ashley Spurgeon

Literature from an Engineer’s Perspective

In March 2018, editors of High Grade, Mines’ literary arts journal, attended the Association for Writers and Writing Programs conference in Tampa, Fla. Mines alumnus George Saunders ’81 gave the keynote address at the conference, his talk centering around the theme of compassion.  Before his talk, Saunders met up with High Grade’s editors and swapped stories about Mines. “The students connected with him on how meaningful the arts are to their technical worlds, failing their first test and how writing, creativity and tough engineering classes are synonymous,” Toni Lefton, High Grade’s advisor, said. “It was a moment of a...

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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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