Students invited their families to visit Mines to experience the changes and additions occurring on campus as part of Parents and Family Weekend, a fall semester tradition. Families were also treated to a spectrum of events to entertain and impress. The Students Activities Office and the Parents Fund organized and planned the event.
Events began on Friday with a tour of CSM’s own Edgar Mine. The mine is used extensively for the training and education of Mining Engineers. Later, families experienced the Geology Museum and Geology Trail found on campus. Throughout the rest of the day, families participated in other activities to showcase all of the things Mines students experience on a daily basis, providing insight into where and how students conduct their studies here at Mines.
On Friday evening, Mines Performing Arts demonstrated their talents in Friedhoff Hall in the Green Center, with a musical performance. That was only the beginning of the exciting night, as Mines Little Theatre presented a rendition of the Broadway play, “Harvey,” in Metals Hall. The play chronicled the ridiculousness surrounding a man and his imaginary friend, a giant rabbit.
Also taking place on Friday evening was an improv comedy show in Bunker Auditorium. The performers used audience suggestions to create unexpected yet clever demonstrations of humor.
Saturday presented a less involved schedule. If students were unable to attend the Edgar Mine tour on Friday due to class conflicts, three more opportunities took place Saturday morning. Throughout the rest of the day, classroom experiences were recreated to give parents a feel for the unique classroom environment at Mines. Later during the day, Mines football hosted Adams State at Campbell Field. Although Mines lost, it served as a bonding experience for students and their families.
Sunday did not include any spectacular plans, but rather families were encouraged to spend the day together. It can be difficult for out of state parents when their children are away at college, so the Parents and Family Weekend provided a way for families to reconnect. Students and parents alike look forward each year for this opportunity to share and embrace the Mines experience.
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