Alumni Weekend is an annual MinesÂ tradition that brings alumni to campusÂ for reunion dinners, campus events,Â and interaction with students andÂ faculty; itâ€™s a chance to relive oldÂ memories and create new ones withÂ classmates. In 2015 and going forward,Â this special weekend takes place duringÂ Homecoming in the fall.
This yearâ€™s event brought more thanÂ 600 alumni and guests home to campus,Â making the weekend a true homecomingÂ for all. The weekend showcased aÂ complete picture of Mines today: ourÂ remarkable academic progress wasÂ featured through department tours andÂ a talk series; our incredible studentÂ athlete success was highlighted duringÂ the homecoming football game, varsityÂ soccer games, and tour of the newÂ Clear Creek Athletics Complex; and theÂ balance between studentsâ€™ social andÂ extracurricular lives was evident at theÂ Mines Market open house lunch andÂ Homecoming paradeÂ and tailgate.
Each Alumni Weekend, alumniÂ celebrating their 50th reunion are theÂ â€œhonored guests,â€ as Larry Hoppe â€™65Â described it. For some of them, this isÂ their first campus visit in 50 years. AndÂ thanks to efforts by the reunion committee,Â Mines is able to roll out the red carpetÂ for these alumni. This year, they wereÂ treated to a special breakfast at PresidentÂ and Mrs. Johnsonâ€™s residence, invitedÂ to be judges for the student floats in theÂ homecoming parade, and welcomed intoÂ the Blaster Room during the footballÂ game. To top it off, the football alumniÂ from 1965 paraded onto Campbell Field atÂ Marv Kay Stadium for the coin toss. TheirÂ grand entrance included a mock lineup,Â with the alumni assuming their originalÂ field positions. â€œTheÂ Presidentâ€™s Breakfast,Â the great football game, and the dinnerÂ were my favorite parts of the weekend,â€Â said Bill Wilson â€™65.
The Class of â€™65 wasnâ€™t the only featuredÂ class. Graduates from the classesÂ of 2005, 1990, 1975, and years prior toÂ 1965 all enjoyed reunion dinners onÂ Saturday, October 3, at venues rangingÂ from a food truck in Lions Park toÂ more formal dinners at Table MountainÂ Inn and the Old Capitol Grill. For many,Â the reunion dinners were the highlightÂ of Alumni Weekend festivities, all ofÂ which took place September 30 throughÂ October 3. When alumni were asked toÂ share the best part of the weekend, â€œseeingÂ old friendsâ€ was the most commonÂ response.
Another attendance motivator wasÂ the Homecoming football game, duringÂ which the Orediggers defeated NewÂ Mexico Highlands 51 to 6. Alumni andÂ students in the stands had numerousÂ opportunities to belt out the Mines fightÂ song, which is traditionally sung afterÂ every Mines touchdown.
Of course, many alumni came backÂ home to see and learn how Mines hasÂ changed. â€œMines has certainly grown aÂ great deal,â€ said Justin Rotello â€™10. TheÂ MINES Talks, modeled after the popularÂ TED Talks, helped inform alumni aboutÂ Minesâ€™ growth. The talks included topicsÂ such as Contemporary Expectations ofÂ Future Engineering Graduates, TeachingÂ Physics in the 21st Century, and TheÂ Resilience of our Cities.
We look forward to seeing evenÂ more alumni at next yearâ€™s HomecomingÂ Weekend in Fall 2016.