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Dear Campus Community,

It’s the time of year when students show off their engineering teamwork in multiple regional, national, and global competitions. Mines generally fares very well in these events, and this year is no exception.

Our American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter took second overall in the Rocky Mountain Student Symposium, where our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams represented the university very well. Congratulations to all involved. I have included some photos for the event below.  

Our Rocker Robotics team travelled to Ohio for the National Robotics Challenge and took home the Honda Innovation Award for their unique design of a “beetleweight” full body spinning combat robot. Congratulations to Rocker Robotics for their innovation and teamwork; a photo is below.

I’d also like to congratulate our Mining and Mucking team who competed in the Intercollegiate Mining Competition held in Missouri, in March. The event showcases historic mining practices and brings teams from around the world. Our coed team placed fourth overall and the men's team placed second in Mucking and third in track stand. Mines has a proud history in this competition and this year’s team extended our legacy. A team photo is also included here.

This past weekend we also celebrated our annual Leadership Awards Reception, where we recognized students who have gone above and beyond as leaders on campus. Congratulations to all who were honored; see a photo album here.

On Monday, April 18, we will hold our annual induction ceremony into the National Society of Leadership and Success in the Surbeck Ballroom starting at 6 p.m. Our annual Honors Convocation ceremony is also set for 5 p.m. on April 21 in the Ballroom. Parents and families who have students being recognized
at the Honors Convocation are welcome to attend; RSVP’s should be sent by Monday, April 18th to

Next week we will also announce the largest corporate gift in university history, thanks to Nucor Corporation. Come to the Surbeck Center Ballroom at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, to hear about the naming of a new building coming to campus.  

Finally, this evening’s Battle of the Bands in the university’s Music Center starting at 7:30 p.m. is almost sold out. Tickets are free and attendees can vote for their favorite band, but you will need to RSVP at this link to see if any seats are left. Make sure to also save the date for the university orchestra concert on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Center.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Easter weekend.

Stay safe, everyone.

Warm regards,

Jim Rankin
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