As you read this, I willÂ have just completed my firstÂ semester at Mines. It wasÂ focused on meeting youÂ and hearing your stories andÂ aspirations for Mines. As aÂ quantitative measure of thatÂ time (as all of the engineersÂ and scientists reading thisÂ will appreciate), Iâ€™ve hostedÂ 24 faculty and staff lunchesÂ and 23 student pizza partiesÂ (sometimes three in oneÂ day!), attended seven alumniÂ receptions, met with sixÂ varsity sports teams, participated in three milestone eventsÂ (M Climb, Alumni Weekend at Homecoming, and ParentsÂ and Family Weekend), opened two new buildings (ClearÂ Creek Athletics Complex and the Starzer Welcome Center),Â participated in the Polar Plunge in Clear Creek and theÂ Move Your Phiâ€™t 5K run, and shook the hand of one superstarÂ astrophysicist (Neil deGrasse Tyson, Presidentâ€™s DistinguishedÂ Lecturer). My wife Elyse has been involved in many of theseÂ events, including hosting breakfast for my CSM 101 class andÂ 1965 graduates at our house on campus.
As full as my calendar has been, it has only covered aÂ small slice of what happens on campus. In addition to classesÂ and labs, every day there are guest lectures, varsity andÂ club sports games, student group activities and meetings,Â student philanthropy events, and nearby Golden eventsÂ such as the Ansel Adams exhibition at the Foothills ArtÂ Centerâ€”a collaboration between students in Minesâ€™ GeologyÂ Department and Division of Liberal Arts and InternationalÂ Studies.
Itâ€™s clear that we landed at a university that values qualityÂ of life as highly as a hard work ethic and academic rigor. IÂ believe that this sets Mines apart from other universitiesÂ and results in graduates who continuously seek out newÂ knowledge and experiences, embrace mental and physicalÂ fitness as a life-long priority, and are more engaged in theirÂ local communities and with their alma mater. From the storiesÂ youâ€™ve told me, it appears that this has also been key to manyÂ of your successes.
Over the past few months, Elyse and I have enjoyedÂ meeting our newest and most senior alumni and everyone inÂ between and listening to your stories. Iâ€™d love to hear fromÂ you, so please share your thoughts with me at [email protected].