Over one third of the funding for Colorado School of Mines comes from outside support. Each year, over 4,000 alumni, parents, administration, faculty, staff, and coaches make gifts to give back to the school.
This year, the senior class raised over five thousand dollars through various fundraisers to give back to Mines as their graduation gift. Last Thursday’s barbecue was the final event. The CSM Foundation organized the event along with the senior class gift committee. The ASCSM senior class co-funded the event, which included food and music. Seniors that attended the event could give back to the school through a gift booth at the barbecue.
In addition to the barbecue, another event that the senior class hosted was the Mine-bots competition between the various departments on campus. They were split into two categories, the mini-bots and the mega-bots based on department size.
The mini-bots competition was held for departments with fewer than forty seniors. This group included Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Chemistry and Geochemistry, Economics and Business, Geology and Geological Engineering, Geophysics, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, and Mining Engineering.
The larger departments competed in the Mega-bots category. The Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, and Physics departments were each a part of this group.
According to Lydia Berger of the Mines Fund, “Petroleum engineering is winning the mega-bots and Geology is winning the mini-bots. Those are actually the departments that won last year too.” CSM President Bill Scoggins, is offering to match the senior class’ donation, as well as the winner of the Mine-bots competitions.
The Mines Fund helps support all activities on and off campus through Digger Dial and much more. Their influence can be seen around campus in the form of large tags showing how contributions have helped support Mines.