I hope your fall semester is going well. It certainly seems to be passing quickly with all of the classes, activities and programs.
At the School of Mines we continually work to help you get the most out of your college experience while at the same time preparing for life after graduation. I hope you are utilizing the Mines Advantage program, which emphasizes six core competencies – career preparation, cultural and global diversity, community development, personal development, leadership and teamwork, and communication. Mines Link is the online tool to assist you in tracking your activities. In September I visited alumni at Garmin and Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City. It was evident that these characteristics are important to these companies and our alumni working for these large employers are demonstrating these attributes. Examples of Mines Advantage activities that foster personal development on a professional level include:
- Participating at the Career Fair and career workshops.
- Volunteering (afternoon of service during orientation; Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods; service through your courses and clubs/organizations).
- Participating in the leadership retreat.
- Attending Diwali, presented by the India Club in November.
There is extensive information on the website; also see members of the Professional Development Institute, Dr. Darrell Sawyer, director, and Jay Pfeifer assistant director of the Career and Professional Development Center; and of the Student Activities and Leadership Center, Mike Keegan, director, and Corey Headley, assistant director.
The renovation and addition to the Newlin Family Wellness and Recreation Center continues to move along. The new gym space will open the latter part of January and the entire project is slated to be completed in April 2015.
Family Weekend will be October 24 and 25. Do invite your families to attend. Events start Friday evening with an open mic night at the Music Center. Saturday events include the President’s Tailgate and Hardrocker football. A full schedule is posted on the Mines website.
Best wishes with your demanding course work. As you continue your studies at the School of Mines, please contact me if I can be of assistance.
Patricia G. Mahon, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students