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Dear Campus Community,

The final weeks of the semester can be hectic and stressful for students. I want to remind everyone that resources are available. Our Office of Student Engagement is kicking-off a week of “finals therapy” activities that includes free massage sessions, a pop-up coffee shop, puppies from the Humane Society, and more. I’ve added a flyer below with the dates and times of upcoming events over the next week. Additionally, our Student Success Center offers free tutoring and help for anyone struggling with coursework. Finally, our Counseling Office is always free for students. We encourage Mines’ students to take advantage of the resources available on campus.

Another great way to relieve stress this time of year is with music. The Mines music program is hosting its annual Holiday Concert this Saturday and Sunday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help starting at 7:30 p.m. each evening. The concert is always a treat; the acoustics in the Cathedral are fantastic for showcasing the many talents of our students.   

If you’re in the Surbeck Center this week, make sure to check out the annual Parade of Trees. This year’s trees are each dedicated to an individual charity. A list of charities represented and the items they need can be found here. Don’t forget the annual Children’s Holiday Party from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday and the President’s Faculty & Staff Holiday Social on Friday from 1-3 p.m. Both events are in the Surbeck Center Ballroom. 

Finally, I want to thank all those who have donated to our M Hill Restoration.  Yesterday’s “Giving Tuesday – Operation: M Hill” event pushed us very close to our goal of raising $155,000. I want to give a special thanks to Jim (ME ’74) and Connie Green of Rapid City, who have been extremely generous in creating a $50,000 match for the cause. All gifts will continue to be matched dollar-for-dollar until our goal is passed. We must meet this mark to begin the construction phase and complete the restoration in time for next year’s Rocker Days Celebration. I encourage you to visit the link above to learn more about this exciting project.

Stay safe, everyone.
Warm Regards,
Jim Rankin
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