2020 Vision: Connecting New Orediggers to Mines’ Tradition of Excellence
First-year students experience a lot of â€œnewnessâ€ in their firstÂ few monthsâ€”new places, new expectations, new traditions, newÂ challenges and a lot of new faces. All this newness can be bothÂ exciting and overwhelming.
I experienced this newness when I came to Mines last year. My goalÂ for the first semester was to see and experience Mines as our newÂ students see and experience it. I learned that students must beÂ prepared for a healthy dose of hard work and academic rigor, to avoidÂ flying solo, to get engaged in the Mines community, to explore newÂ activities, and find ways to have fun and create balance in life. TheseÂ seem to be the basic ingredients for success at Mines and beyond.Â I also learned a lot from discussions with you, our alumni, duringÂ my first year. I often found myself wishing that I had recorded ourÂ conversations and could replay them to our students. Thus, one of ourÂ major efforts with the Mines Alumni Association this year is to exploreÂ ways to connect alumni and students to facilitate that exchange ofÂ advice and wisdom and pride in their connection to Mines.
I hope that many of you will participate. Having seen this in actionÂ already, I am confident that the examples, insight and pride youÂ share will inspire our students and provide them with valuable toolsÂ for long-term success. For example, corporate CEOs and recruitersÂ frequently tell me that one of the valuable and distinctive featuresÂ of Mines graduates is their effectiveness in teams and tendency toÂ be collaborative rather than competitive. Hearing that from you andÂ receiving encouragement to get involved early and often, will lead ourÂ students to effective collaboration skills and ultimately, to succeed atÂ Mines and after graduation.
When you become a Mines student, you join a very special and eliteÂ community. No one knows that and appreciates it better than ourÂ alumni. We hope that these new initiatives will enrich our alumni-studentÂ connections and lead to increased student success andÂ further distinction of Mines graduates. I appreciate your participationÂ and support for these efforts.
Paul C. Johnson