Colorado School of Mines receives $1 million gift from Anadarko

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Colorado School of Mines receives $1 million gift from Anadarko

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 24, 2008 – The Anadarko Foundation, a nonprofit organization operated by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for educational and charitable purposes, made a $1 million gift to the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, with $500,000 slated for the construction of Marquez Hall, a new petroleum engineering facility, and $500,000 for Mines’ Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. A reception to formally announce this remarkable gift will take place at the Mines Geology Museum on Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

“Colorado School of Mines has been producing top-quality geoscientists and petroleum engineers directly benefiting our industry for more than a century,” said Bob Daniels, Anadarko senior vice president, Worldwide Exploration, who holds a master’s degree in petroleum geology from Mines. “The university has demonstrated a commitment to continuing this tradition by staying at the forefront of expertise and technology related to the earth, energy and the environment through the continuous enhancement of its curriculum and facilities. This dedication goes hand in hand with Anadarko’s commitment to develop the future leaders of our industry.”

Anadarko’s gift brings total funds raised for the school’s state-of-the-art petroleum facility, Marquez Hall, to more than $20 million, propelling Mines toward its $25 million goal for the first phase of the building and an anticipated spring 2009 groundbreaking. The company’s additional $500,000 commitment will strengthen geology and geological engineering at Mines, funding new graduate fellowships, student travel and fieldwork, as well as departmental needs and initiatives. The gift will also establish the Anadarko Petroleum Lecture Series at Mines.

“The Mines community is proud to count Anadarko as one of its most loyal corporate partners,” said President M.W. “Bill” Scoggins. “Such a remarkable commitment extends the school’s capabilities in areas critical to the energy industry, and helps to strengthen our international reputation as a top-tier teaching and research environment in engineering and the applied sciences.”

“People are the foundation of our success and Anadarko employs nearly 100 geoscience and engineering graduates of Colorado School of Mines, so I can attest to the crucial role that the university is playing in developing the talented individuals so key to our industry’s ability to continue finding and producing energy resources vital to the world’s health and welfare,” said Jim Kleckner, Anadarko vice president of the Rocky Mountain Region, who holds a petroleum engineering degree from Mines. “We are delighted to broaden our long-standing partnership with Colorado School of Mines through this gift and enhance the outstanding educational opportunities the university makes possible.”

Founded in 1874, Colorado School of Mines was established to serve the needs of the local mining industry. Today, the school has an international reputation for excellence in both engineering education and the applied sciences with special expertise in the development and stewardship of Earth’s resources. For more information, visit

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation is among the largest independent natural gas and oil exploration and production companies in the world. The company’s major areas of operation are located onshore in the U.S. Rocky Mountain and Southern regions, the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and Algeria. As one of the largest natural gas producers in northeast Colorado, the clean-burning natural gas Anadarko produces in the state is delivered to homes and businesses along the Front Range. Anadarko recognizes its commitment to maintain the balance between protecting the environment, public health and communities while producing energy resources vital to the world. To learn more about Anadarko, visit


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