Author: Paul C. Johnson

Sparking Innovative Ideas and Building Community

Once again, we have kicked off another year here, introducing a new batch of Orediggers to Mines and welcoming back familiar faces. With the beginning of the school year comes a great influx of excitement and many events on campus, all leading to new relationships and innovative ideas from the Mines community. The freshmen this year got to experience Oredigger Camp in early August at Camp Como near Fairplay, Colo. Over 2 ½ days, freshmen experienced team-building, design challenges, reflective exercises and fun activities (including a spontaneous dance-off around the campfire I will never forget). The key feature of...

Read More

President’s Corner

Spring at Mines has its own unique rhythm and feel. There is the unpredictable weather in Golden, many distractions from one’s studies (ski slopes, spring break, etc.) and the end of the school year is in sight. The seniors have already calculated the grades they need to graduate—and some are modulating their efforts accordingly. Alumni have told me humorous stories about how they intentionally squeaked by in some classes as seniors, taking great pride in knowing that it frustrated the faculty. I hope someday we can create a “Stories from Mines” archive to capture these and other unique alumni...

Read More

Lasting Connections

It was great to see so many of you here in Golden for Homecoming. There were many new events this year, including the Alumni M Climb, the pass-an-old-class opportunity, a Boots & Barrels BBQ and music social, and my favorite new tradition: a pre-game giant bonfire that all Orediggers would be proud of and that could probably be seen as far away as Boulder. I will always remember the Class of 1966 alumni—with their bandit scarves, strong Mines pride and entertaining stories of their lives at Mines—and how much they laughed when Blaster suddenly decided in front of the president’s house that he wasn’t walking any farther...

Read More

2020 Vision: Connecting New Orediggers to Mines’ Tradition of Excellence

The start of the fall semester is one of my favorite times of the year—in large part due to the new energy, ideas and personalities that each class brings to Mines. First-year students experience a lot of “newness” in their first few months—new places, new expectations, new traditions, new challenges and a lot of new faces. All this newness can be both exciting and overwhelming. I experienced this newness when I came to Mines last year. My goal for the first semester was to see and experience Mines as our new students see and experience it. I learned that students must be prepared for a healthy dose...

Read More

Celebrating Mines Pride

One day last spring, sometime between my being selected a finalist for the Mines presidency and visiting the campus, a surprise FedEx box arrived at our home in Arizona. It was filled with the first Mines gear Elyse and I had ever seen: hats, pins, t-shirts, a tie (the only tie I ever wear, when I wear a tie), a pennant, the Mines history book, and a stuffed Blaster. Dividing up the gear was pretty straightforward and peaceful—until we came to Blaster. I won’t tell you who won that “discussion,” but I will say that I had to get online and order a second one quickly to maintain peace in the house. Maybe you first saw Blaster’s likeness on Mines gear like we did, or perhaps you first saw him in person at a Mines event. In either case, many of you probably experienced that instant connection to Blaster that Elyse and I did. He’s the embodiment of our mining history and a symbol of the strong work ethic and perseverance that we value so deeply. Being a burro, Blaster is intelligent and a hard worker, and with his full pack, pick ax, and stick of dynamite, he is ready for action. In person, Blaster attracts young and old, and he can surprise you with his speed (as I personally discovered running with Blaster and Blue Key down the sideline at last year’s Homecoming game). To quote the President’s Distinguished Lecturer and celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who spoke at Mines last fall, Blaster “is one badass...

Read More
  • 1
  • 2
Ad stating Innovation makes a difference. You can too. Help share how Mines is changing the world by making a gift to Mines Magazine

Current Issue: Fall 2017

Follow us on Twitter