A fresh take

by | Apr 9, 2020 | Editor's Note, Spring 2020 | 0 comments

Spring is known for new beginnings and fresh starts, new ideas and unfettered creativity. This spring, we’re launching a new vision for Mines Magazine in conjunction with some major initiatives for Mines as we approach the university’s 150th anniversary.

We’ve been thinking about a redesign and new content direction for a while now—not because there was anything wrong with previous issues, but because we can always do better.

But I knew we had to approach changes with care. Mines alumni are fiercely protective of this magazine and their alma mater, and I wanted every change to be intentional. Based on your responses to the readership survey I sent out last year, I took bold steps to give you something better—a better reading experience, better imagery, better stories.

We have a couple of new sections in this issue—one that describes research that Mines faculty and alumni are actively working on and one that explores how the skills and knowledge gained at Mines apply to the wider world and today’s societal issues. You’ll also notice a “ticker” along the bottom of several pages throughout the issue for all the connections you share with us that prove the Mines community thrives no matter where you might be in the world. 

And just for you, we’ve brought back Class Notes to celebrate your accomplishments, good news and life updates—and we’re even willing to grow the size of the magazine to accommodate your news, if needed.

Yet, while we added a lot of new content, the things you love are still here—they might just look a little different. We still have news stories to keep you informed on the latest campus happenings, profiles on alumni who are doing interesting work around the world, ways to get involved and more.

As always, Mines Magazine is produced with you in mind, with content to inform, inspire and, we hope, make you feel proud of your alma mater and fellow Orediggers. 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on our new approach—or anything else you’d like to share.

Happy reading!

Ashley Spurgeon