Three Questions with President Johnson
What advice do you have for new Mines graduates?
Be confident that you are prepared for the real world. The skills and personal characteristics that led to your success atÂ Minesâ€”team work, hard work, creativity, leadership, persistence and resilienceâ€”are the same ones that will set youÂ apart and set you up for success in your professional and personal lives. You are a Mines alumna/alumnusâ€”you can tackleÂ anything!
What does being a Mines alumnus mean to you and how are alumni an important part of theÂ Mines community?
Having a Mines degree says a lot about an individual, and it instantly commands respect. Being an alumnus also carries anÂ obligation to give back in some way to ensure that Mines sustains its position as one of the worldâ€™s premier universities. OurÂ alumni are our secret weapon and are critical to the future success of Mines. They serve as ambassadors and recruiters forÂ Mines, they generously support our amazing students and unique programs, and they are engaged as teachers, advisors andÂ mentors for the next generation of Orediggers. The Mines Alumni Association works closely with us to connect alumni toÂ our classrooms, student groups and strategic initiatives, like entrepreneurship and innovation, professional development,Â continuing education, mentoring and recruiting a more diverse population of students.
What is your favorite part of a big alumni event, such as Homecoming?
Spending time with alumni and hearing their stories. Most are hilarious, some are scary and hopefully the statute ofÂ limitations has run out on others. Recently I learned about fireworks shows from the past, dynamite in the clay pits and a fewÂ other interesting lost E-Days traditions. What I like most about the stories is that you can feel the pride the storytellers haveÂ in being an Oredigger and the love they have for Mines and their fellow alumni. That pride is so infectious and inspiring. ItÂ makes me realize what a special place Mines is and what an honor it is to be a part of the Mines community. I hope that weÂ can create a video library of alumni stories, although we may have to blur the faces and change the voices on some of them.