Thanks, Orediggers!

The Mines community has been doing a lot to support each other and keep our community safe this year. We want to celebrate that—and each other—while sharing some positivity and gratitude. Orediggers across campus have sent in these words of appreciation to recognize others for their efforts to help us all climb together. Read on to learn about some #HelluvaOrediggers and soak up those good vibes.

Have you noticed someone following the Oredigger Promise and setting a good example for others? Want to pass along a word of thanks or appreciation to a classmate, professor, staff member or particular campus group? Share it on the Say Thanks page.

Nicole Vilegi-Sandage

A huge thank you to our professional admissions recruitment team and student ambassadors for upholding the Oredigger Promise while meeting with prospective students and families.

Cordelia Brumley

I am incredibly grateful for Callie McCaffery for always being diligent about wearing her mask! She never lets her guard down, and always makes sure to follow all guidelines. I’m also grateful for all other Orediggers abiding by the Oredigger Promise, and for all of the faculty working hard to keep campus open and safe during these times! 🙂

Samyuktha Senthilkumar

To the Jackson Staff – Y’all are amazing! Every single one of you has been an A+ role model for wearing your masks and sanitizing often. Your persistence in your roles has proven to be successful and I could not be more proud of all of you for upholding the Oredigger Promise.

Diptak Bhattacharya

I nominate you Tomaaaaas (Tómas Scuseria) for being so nice and adorable and always being supportive during this difficult period of time.

Ethan Sullivan

I would like to thank my officemate Casey Brown for always being so considerate, flexible with scheduling, and diligently wearing her mask, all to make working in our shared grad student office safe and fun!

Casey Brown

I would like to thank my friend Melissa Thrun for really following the Oredigger Promise to not only follow COVID rules herself, but also making sure those around her stay safe!

Carolyn Freedman

Shout out to Section 20 of CSM 101! (Wednesdays @10 in MZ 235) I certainly appreciate your commitment to mask-wearing, social distancing and desk cleanup each week. Keep up the great work and stay safe!!

Isabella Libonate

I just wanted to thank Allen Yim from M2 for reaching out to basically everyone in Morgan Hall. He’s made it so much easier to connect with everyone in this tough time and really made us a community even if it’s a socially distant one!

Casey Gilliams

Diptak Bhattacharya: I would like to thank you for all your hard work and your continued efforts to protect our community.

Marley Garman

Kate Diamond, you are a rock star!! You have been absolutely killing it on tests!! And, you’ve been helping so many physics 1 students, freshmen, and sophomores. You have helped me so much this year, thank you for all you’ve done. You’re amazing 🙂

Alexis Torres

Mines is doing wonderful in this pandemic! There is still plenty of things to do in the Mines community to get students and faculty involved in a safe environment.

Nicole Newell is excelling as a mines student. She is involved with activities on campus and does it safely. Even with Covid she has still managed to make friends and explore new things!

Derek Morgan

I am so thankful for the work of Barb O’Kane, Adriana Alba, Becca Flintoft, and everyone in Residence Life. They have a difficult role and have been instrumental in helping our community respond to the COVID crisis.

Olivia Jackson

Ben Morgan: He’s been wearing his mask constantly and really putting fourth an effort to be safe. I’m super proud of him!

Jaron O’Grady

Thank you to all of the students, faculty, and staff for keeping the school year going. Especially now we can’t slip up and increase the number of cases, so we all have to hang in there. I am so grateful that we are all doing our part to stay open and keep a sliver of normalcy.

Thank you to Jet Rostykus who is an amazing RA. He really gets to know everyone on the floor and is a great person to talk to for any problem. Keep it up Jet!

Emmelia Ashton

Everyone following the Oredigger Promise, is the reason we have been able to stay on campus and continue to learn and grow together! I’m so thankful for this opportunity!

Emma Haskell

Thank you everyone who put forth the effort to keep everyone safe around them. The custodial and culinary staff has been there in the background to keep us all safe. Thank you.

Sydney Deily

I appreciate everyone and all of their hard work during these difficult times!

Jake Schultze

Thanks for keeping people safe by following the guidelines and being responsible.

Lian Doerr

Thank you to everyone who is following the guidelines to keep us all safe!

Taylor

We’re in this together!

John

Thank you for doing all you can to keep us safe!

Rachel Fontan

Andy Foley: Thanks for always staying so positive!!

Joe DelNero

A mega THANK YOU to the Mines Blue Key folks who have been taking care of Blaster, even bringing him to campus during Fall Break. A special thanks to Emma and Allison who took and shared photos! That really made my week.

Chrystal Delius

Thank you to everyone who has been following the Oredigger Promise! This semester has been different but it’s been a good one thanks to all of you. Keep up the good work!

Michelle DaLuz

I am amazed at the positive attitudes and how responsible everyone is being.

Carmen Sanchez

Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to keeping this community safe. This helps our campus stay open and provides our first-year students a true Mines experience. We are all in this together and will continue to provide the best resources to all students. We appreciate your care and caution in this trying time and will continue to abide by the Oredigger Promise to keep everyone safe.

Jeanalee Schlabaugh

Professor Cristian Ciobanu has been incredibly understanding, positive and helpful. He has made online class enjoyable and has made several accommodations for his students by actively asking for student input and interaction online. He has made it a priority to let students know that he is willing and able help whenever he can.

Professor Eliza Buhrer has also been very accommodating, interactive and engaging. She also does an amazing job at humanizing students and actively asking for student input online and in person classes. She recognizes each student has different needs and tries her best to make sure each student’s needs are met.

Connor Smith

This whole situation sucks but honestly being able to see Orediggers keep the good vibes flowing is what is keeping me going.

We can’t forget what this work means for our community and student leaders have been setting excellent examples.

Helena McCormick

Thank you to all my professors for being understanding, accommodating, and supportive of all your students this semester. As a student, it is greatly appreciated to know that our struggle during such odd times is understood by faculty. We also know times are difficult for you as well and are trying our best to show the same level of understanding and support to the faculty.

Lisa Haley

Gratitude for the continuing positivity of my advisor, Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid, in Space Resources. I am certainly not the “typical” grad student, but he never fails to extend kind words, helpful suggestions, encouragement and good humor to the online students in the program.

Kelsey Ferro

I would like to thank everyone who does the simple tasks throughout the day that are keeping our school, not to mention the wonderful faculty and staff that are going above and beyond! I chose to take as many classes on campus this year because I knew that my department and the lovely people who run it would make it feel as safe as possible! I feel like I am able to get the most “normal” school year that I could just by the MME Department office, Bruce and Wendel, and the wonderful MME faculty (both teaching and research) for keeping up with the Oredigger Promise! They make me so proud to be an oredigger! 🙂

Khloe Kleinstuber

Thank you to my M3 queens for making this year amazing and abiding by COVID policies. All the RA’s, CD’s, and RLC’s love that you make our jobs easier by keeping to the Oredigger Promise and staying positive for the traditional halls community.

Olga Khaliukova

I would like to thank Dr. Douglas Nychka for his commitment to teaching in-person, for his good mood and uplifting spirit.

Casey Gilliams

Diptak Bhattacharya: You’re doing great bud. Absolutely crushing it.

Chloe Johnson: Doing a great job!

Claire Thomas

Sarena Nguyen is always a bright person to be around and her positivity is only amplified by respecting her fellow Orediggers at school and at home by wearing her mask while out and properly socially distancing!

Sarena Nguyen

Claire Thomas always makes an effort to keep herself and others safe by encouraging others to practice social distance and mask requirements in all situations.

Bella DiGiorno

Following the ODP is letting us stay at school and thank you.

Cameron Shelley

I just wanted to give a shout out to Grace Clark for always keeping safety as a priority as we organize our club activities! It’s easy to get caught up in the planning of things, but Grace always reminds us to consider those in vulnerable circumstances and to plan responsibly for the sake of our community’s health as a whole!

Kaileb Gaylord

Thank you for wearing your mask and properly socially distancing, even when no one is looking 🙂

Roel Snieder

Thanks to the Mines community for dealing so well with the pandemic this semester. Thanks to our leadership team for running our school in this challenging time while setting up procedures to keep us safe and maintaining a balanced budget. Thanks to students, staff, and faculty for being careful and responsible. Thanks to all essential personnel for showing up day after day to make sure Mines can be operational, safe, and clean. Thanks to ITS for helping Mines switch to remote operations and deal with a massive flow of Zoom traffic. Thanks to the Trefny Center for supporting and encouraging teachers in adopting new ways of teaching. We are getting close to Thanksgiving, so we almost made it through the fall semester! Thank you all for making that happen.

Fischer Argosino

On October 29th, James brought good vibes to the whole dining hall as he bragged about his omelette skills and singing the whole time. Even though we’re in a tough time, he brings that positivity to Mines Market. I also just want to thank the entire kitchen staff for all that they do everyday to feed us and keep us safe. They are way under appreciated by us, the student body.

Kayla Hubbard

Timm Strathmann: Thank you for being a responsible and understanding professor! You have really put your health and the health of your students first this semester, and I really appreciate it. The way you run the hybrid classroom is smooth and it encourages learning for both the online and in-person students. I have learned a lot this semester and wanted to let you know that I appreciate the hard work you have put into the class!

Julia Roos

I so appreciate everyone’s attention to masks and social distancing! It’s so hard to stay apart when we all want to be together, but our Mines community is doing a fabulous job of staying separate and staying healthy, so we can all stay on campus. A special note of thanks to Kim Walker, who ensures the EDS division stays connected and maintains our sense of team camaraderie, despite not getting to spend time together. Thanks, everyone, for your support for our community!

Veronica Eliasson

The ME staff has been incredibly supportive to me as a new faculty this strange summer/fall. They are there every step of the way to help in any way possible, and quickly answer all my questions. I really appreciate what they do and them going above and beyond their responsibilities. Thank you so much Traci, Sue and Erin!!

Claire Beebe

Thank you to everyone working hard to keep campus safe and in person!

Benjamin Twombly

Thanks for helping to keep our spirits up in these trying times!

Jessica Keefer

Dean Morgan has been an incredible role model of the Oredigger Promise, but even moreso, the Oredigger Spirit. He is the first to acknowledge that this is hard and to commiserate about the challenges, but in the same breath be positive about all of the things we CAN do and all of the ways we CAN be together. Dean Morgan is regularly on campus (always in a mask) and inspires everyone around him to support our community. He has worked so hard over the past 7 months to make sure we have a plan that we feel supported through. I am grateful for his leadership.

Emma Arterbury, Holly Moser, Molly Maksin

We might not be some of the few kids who turn on their cameras and participates that way in class, yet Professor [Andres] Guerra still keeps us engaged and eager to learn. He teaches effectively over Zoom, and goes above and beyond so we can truly understand the material. He is empathetic and it is evident through his lectures how much he cares about each of his students. Anytime there is extra class material outside of the allotted 50 minutes, he will provide help for homework so it does not take as long. He understands how much the pandemic weighs on us and does all he can to be a friendly and encouraging face at 8 am for us.We might not be some of the few kids who turn on their cameras and participates that way in class, yet Professor Guerra still keeps us engaged and eager to learn. He teaches effectively over Zoom, and goes above and beyond so we can truly understand the material. He is empathetic and it is evident through his lectures how much he cares about each of his students. Anytime there is extra class material outside of the allotted 50 minutes, he will provide help for homework so it does not take as long. He understands how much the pandemic weighs on us and does all he can to be a friendly and encouraging face at 8 am for us.

Alex Wood

Huge shoutout to Khloe Kleinstuber! She does an incredible job not only abiding by the Oredigger promise, but keeping those around her and in her community in line and teaching its importance. Khloe is a natural leader on campus and has played a large part in helping the residence halls stay safe and healthy.

Brenna Treanor

I would like to personally thank the Mines Park RAs for upholding the Oredigger Promise! Elenya, Harmony, Jaxon, Krystal, Lily, Michael, Ryan, and Stella work hard to keep our residents safe. They kindly remind residents to always wear a mask and stay physically-distanced while building community. They are such amazing Orediggers, and an example for us all!

Skyler Lykins

Thanks for being awesome and always wearing your mask and social distancing. You are awesome!

Annabelle Peterson

Good job, Orediggers on keeping each other accountable! Even though this semester is wearing us down, make one final push through the next few weeks!

Lauren Shumaker

I hear from neighbors in Golden all the time about how great Mines students are with mask-wearing around town! Thanks for being diligent even when you leave campus, you’re making a great impression on the community!

Fred Sarazin

I want to tip my hat to all the Mines students that I have seen in class and on campus so far for respecting the Oredigger Promise. Frankly, I have been amazed by their dedication and sense of responsibility given the difficult situation we found ourselves in. Keep up the good work and be proud of this achievement!

Calli

Thank you for being not only being committed to keeping us safe, but keeping us on campus!

Trevor Folken

I’m on campus a lot and see people following the rules.

Griffin Shaeffer

When on campus, almost everyone is following the guidelines and it is very encouraging.

Wendy Winter-Searcy

I am so thankful for the kind and responsible students at Mines who are taking care of themselves and others by making the right, if sometimes hard, decisions about keeping our community safe and healthy. I am always amazed at how thoughtful and engaged our students are. We’re all in this together, and that is what makes this community so special.

Chloe Johnson

I’m so thankful to be a part of a community that is committed to safety and moving forward! Thank you to all of those who have taken an extra measure to allow us to be safely on campus, with no shut downs, as well as to all of our staff working hard to guide us during this time! I’m glad we have a community to fight this together.

Connor Timmins

I am grateful for the strong sense of community that is still present at Mines during these difficult times! These times help Mines students become more versatile and show how we can overcome any challenge as a united force!

Sam Ralston

I am proud to work with the residents at Mines Park who have done an awesome job wearing masks throughout the community, while also finding unique ways to build community! The Park is the place to be when you see residents playing badminton outside, forming discussions on our Canvas page for fellow hikers, and residents saying hello to each other in the community centers, all while distancing and masking up. Thank you, Park fam!

Monica Kurtz

Orediggers are making a great impression within our community. Wearing masks shouldn’t prevent us from sharing friendly greetings and offering help. I was at Safeway, and a student wearing a Mines shirt and mask was friendly and helpful, without knowing that I am a Mines staffer. Mines students bring so much energy and kindness to our Golden community.

Elizabeth Pritchett

Fernando Sandoval Garza has been a phenomenal example for all of the social behaviors that restrict the spread of COVID-19. He always is wearing his mask with others, and makes sure to maintain six feet apart from his fellow classmates. It’s such a relief to see someone following the guidelines to keep our community safe. On top of all of this, he also always picks up any trash he sees around campus! I really appreciate him for keeping Mines safe and looking as beautiful as ever!!

Cameron

Although this has been a hectic time to start off in college, I’ve been so encouraged by how many Orediggers are prioritizing safety and being especially respectful of the vulnerable members in our community. I’m proud to be part of this community where so many people are respecting the Oredigger Promise while keeping the supportive and collaborative spirit of Mines alive!

Sydney

Thank you for all those who continuously follow the rules so we can stay on campus. And thank you to all the professors who are working harder to teach different styles of learning.

Aurelie Koller

I want to thank the team that spearheaded the sewing of masks for students at Mines. Not only is it a fantastic pattern but I do see the kids wear them when I drive by (off campus) to drop off items for my student. He wears his all the time and they are durable. I commend the going forward of this project even at a time when it was still uncertain if masks would be helpful. You had the insight and therefore our kids are protected while wearing fun Blaster masks. Thank you also to the community that sewed them.

Wilson Sauthoff

I am a commuter student and many times am disappointed to see people choosing to not wear face coverings in my town. But when I come to campus, I always see everyone wearing their mask. It makes me proud and happy that the Mines community is smart and doing all they can to protect themselves and their community members. Keep it up!

Zoe Hutcherson

The Colorado School of Mines community has made me feel both welcome and safe, especially in such uncertain times. It has been an honor to work alongside peers, faculty, and staff that adhere to the Oredigger Promise so vigilantly. I would like to commend everyone, for this school would not be the same as it is now if it were not for your wonderful efforts! Thank you very much!

Olivia Jackson

I was worried about coming back to campus due to COVID, but I feel really safe. My friends and teachers have all been wearing their masks and cleaning down their desks. I’m really proud of our campus!

Awais Butt

To be honest, I didn’t think Mines will be able to pull it off. Hats off to all the staff who has been working so hard to keep the situation under control. A big thanks to the professors who have made all possible efforts to provide the students with the best learning environment in the current scenario. Lastly, a big big thank you to all the students who, by following the policies, have made this possible. Proud of you all.

Megan Diercks

Thank you so much for taking the Oredigger Promise seriously and doing your part to protect others during this difficult time. I am proud to teach at an institution that clearly communicated expectations for all who are on campus and that the requirements laid out are being followed. I love teaching and interacting with my students and am grateful to be able to teach in-person this semester. That wouldn’t be possible without your cooperation. Merci!

Ali Kramer

Elizabeth Reddy has worked so hard to make our classroom seminar setting accessible to both in person and remote students! Every week she comes to class with a different solution to try and make the experience better for both remote and in person students.

Alexis Crane

I want to thank all the girls on my floor of Morgan Hall 3rd for being safe and as a family always!

Jaron O’Grady

I am so grateful that Mines has found a way to keep the college experience alive and welcoming while also prioritizing our safety. We are getting through this together, but it’s important that we don’t become complacent during these difficult times. Thank you so much to all the students, faculty, and staff for giving 100% to this amazing community.

Madeline Addis

Thank you to my RA, Camila, and all the Weaver RAs for always checking in on us, sharing kind and encouraging words, keeping us updated on everything we need to know, and making sure we’re keeping ourselves and each other safe.

Juliana Reid

I nominate Gaby Regueiro for her tireless work as an RA keeping her students safe, and healthy during the pandemic. She is really putting her RA responsibilities as a top priority this semester. Thank you Gaby for keeping Mines, and your students, safe!

Chloe Sem

Thanks for having us last past census day!

Elise Postma

I just want to say thank you to everyone in our community who is wearing a mask! I also want to thank all our professors, custodians, food workers, and everyone else on campus for teaching us during these times, providing us with food and keeping everything clean and as safe as possible!!

Meghana Murthy

I would like to thank everyone on campus and the mines community for keep us safe by maintaining social distancing whenever possible and for wearing mask indoors and outside as well. Shout out to each and every one of us for keeping each other safe.l and staying safe and make this semester go smoothly!

Claire Beebe

Thank you for wearing your masks and keeping up the Oredigger Promise! As a first year, I really appreciate the opportunity to be on campus and build my network!

Jocelyn Johnson

Thank you to all the professors who have been so accommodating during this time by holding additional office hours, granting extensions when needed, and adapting instruction methods to ensure student success. Your kindness, support, and dedication have cultivated worthwhile learning experiences despite the logistical challenges of online classes.

Philip Emmette

Thank you for wearing a mask and socially distancing. You are not only keeping yourself safe, but also your friends, family, front-line workers, and everyone else. Let’s keep Mines open!

Sienna Gonzalez

As an individual who greatly benefits from in-person instruction and coursework, I wanted to take a moment to thank our campus community as a whole for their selflessness and compliance with the oredigger promise. After hearing the news that numerous other universities were forced to return to remote learning within weeks of starting the new semester, I feared that our own school would soon have to return to remote delivery, as well. For me, this would likely mean compromised grades and a semester-long struggle ahead. However, it is now fall break, and I can still happily attend all of my labs and interact with faculty and fellow students here on campus. This would not be possible without a collective, community-wide effort involving all hands on deck. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone involved with the Mines community for wearing a mask. My grades and my spirits are up because of you :)As an individual who greatly benefits from in-person instruction and coursework, I wanted to take a moment to thank our campus community as a whole for their selflessness and compliance with the oredigger promise. After hearing the news that numerous other universities were forced to return to remote learning within weeks of starting the new semester, I feared that our own school would soon have to return to remote delivery, as well. For me, this would likely mean compromised grades and a semester-long struggle ahead. However, it is now fall break, and I can still happily attend all of my labs and interact with faculty and fellow students here on campus. This would not be possible without a collective, community-wide effort involving all hands on deck. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone involved with the Mines community for wearing a mask. My grades and my spirits are up because of you 🙂

KC

Nicole Masters is crushing it day in and day out taking measurements of the virus in Mines’ wastewater and I know that’s stressful but she’s doing important work to help keep us all safe. Thank you Nicole!

Ben Breisch

I am beyond floored that we have made it this far. Great job Orediggers! Keep up the good work!

Amanda Lam

Thanks for keeping us all safe and school open!

Lori Johns

I appreciate everything you are doing to keep our students safe and in school. The pride my daughter and her friends show for Colorado School of Mines and the safety of everyone on campus can not and will not be beaten by this virus.

Emily Forristall

Thank you to all of the Mines community for their continued efforts towards keeping our campus safe. As a person who has been quarantined this semester, I for one couldn’t imagine doing remote learning all year. Thank you for making it possible for me and every other freshman at Mines to have this on campus experience!

Elise Renwick

I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of my virtual teachers for finding ways to deliver quality lectures despite technical challenges. When I’ve had to stay home from campus, I haven’t had to sacrifice my learning because of it. Thank you to the CS and AMS departments!

Jeanette Courtad, DSS

The Mines Wellness Center would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our incredibly responsible student population who are taking the pandemic seriously, trusting in recommendations from the scientific community, and helping to protect Mines staff, faculty and each other! Way to represent Mines by “climbing together,” Orediggers!!