Student Life Annual Report2019-2020
The Student Life Annual Report Highlights below are a quick summary of last year’s accomplishments within Student Life. Student Life encompasses everything from living on campus to sports and student organizations to campus safety. Click on the buttons below to view specific departmental highlights.
- 99% of incoming students (including first-year and transfer students) completed and passed the AlcoholEdu online course, and 88% completed an additional second part of the course (AlcoholEdu II) using the EVERFI platform.
- Continued to support the student organization, Mines for Recovery, that meets weekly as a support group and maintains an updated community resource guide.
- Promoted National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Alcohol Awareness Month, and a healthy 420 with a variety of activities, including: tabling events, a Homecoming tailgate “Hydration Station,” informational Daily Blast messages, and social media postings.
- Provided additional resources to students, faculty, and staff when Mines went into virtual university mode due to the Coronavirus pandemic:
- updated ASAP website with additional information for those in recovery during quarantine/isolation
- additional social media postings
- newsletter articles (BeWell, SAIL)
- Updated CSM101 Healthy Lifestyle course to reflect current data and provide additional information about cannabis and vaping.
- Finished Fall 1st in the Learfield Cup Standings – Final standings cancelled due to covid 19 outbreak.
- Won our fifth consecutive RMAC All Sports Cup
- Second place finish in the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup
- Won 7 Conference Championships (4 Regular Season in Football, Men’s Cross Country, Men’s Soccer and Wrestling, 3 Tournament in Men’s Soccer, Volleyball and Women’s Soccer)
- Men’s Cross Country won second ever National Championship for Mines!
- Graduated 123 student athletes
- 4 Academic All-Americans – (We will likely end up at 10 once spring awards are announced)
- Ended the fiscal year with a balanced budget
- Upgraded Lockridge Floor, Korell weight room floor and made various aesthetic upgrades to multiple areas around our facilities.
- Officially branded BeWell with a new logo thanks to assistance from Mines Communications.
- Solidified Leadership Group (Director of Fitness, Director of Student Wellness Promotion, Director of the Health Center, and Director of Counseling). Leadership group met regularly this past year to create a strategic wellness plan to align with Mines@150. Created a document with mission, vision, goals, and objectives as well as a general funding proposal. Will continue working with leadership at Mines to solidify the wellness initiative at Mines.
- Hosted Midterms and Finals Stress Less Weeks. Partnered with the library, counseling center, Student Recreation & Mines Market to implement programming such as Mason Jar Meals, Trail Mix Bars, Therapy Dogs, a Deadlift Competition, and Self Care Workshops. 75 people participated in Mason Jar Meals during the fall semester. Also supported the new Peer Education Program to conduct events around campus on topics such as physical activity, body image, nutrition, healthy relationships and consent, mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, and more.
- The Student Recreation Center is certifying both current Personal Trainers on staff as Certified Health Coaches. Health Coaching will launch in Fall of 2020 and will link students and faculty/staff to multiple wellness resources on campus. This will be a link between physical wellness and other aspects of wellness on campus. Personal Trainers will undergo training on different wellness resources at Mines so we can create a referral system to encourage all aspects of Wellness to the Mines community.
- Finally, as part of providing support during the Coronavirus Pandemic and Mines’ virtual university mode, BeWell worked with Mines Fitness to help provide wellness-related information via a new email newsletter. The weekly newsletter has a growing audience of over 6 thousand subscribers and averages a 64% open rate.
- Reorganized the Campus Events department to focus on areas of expertise/duties versus building specific jobs
- Integrated department controlled conference rooms into EMS resulting in approximately 1600 additional events scheduled per month in EMS.
- Developed marketing plan to expand our customer base including: social media, printed marketing materials, professional quality photos of venues, and data mining to develop new leads
- Improved customer service through follow-up emails, survey questions and updated website information
- Established open office hours for student orgs to advise and assist student organizations with event planning
- Hired and trained 3 new FT staff members
- Hired and trained 24 new student employees
- Reopened the Green Center including 9 new meeting spaces
- Contributed to Green Center building advisory committee and provided a plan to fund Metals Hall renovation
- AV Engineer continues to maintain AV system stability resulting in positive customer experiences. AV upgrades included: new panel microphone system, new projectors for Ballrooms A,B, and C, laptop replacement plan, ballroom lighting plan.
- Upgraded EMS software to provide a better user experience for our campus clients
- Hired CARE Director and CARE Coordinator
- Provided support to 588+ individual students
- Implemented use of a standard risk rubric for assessing student concerns
- Began development of processes and procedures for case management and outreach
The Career Center celebrated a year of significant accomplishments, collaboration, and reorganization. Career Day registration and administration became centralized through the DiggerNet system, providing an improved experience for employer partners and access to a more robust mobile app.
Students engaged with the Career Center through drop-in visits and individual appointments, workshops, info sessions, on-campus-interviews, career days, panels, field sessions, student assistant job fair, WIRED (professional development opportunity for students to gain advice from industry representatives), and CSM 250 – Engineering Your Career Path. Collaborative efforts led to new programming in partnership with the Counseling Center, Athletics, MEP (Multicultural Engineering Program), Humanitarian Engineering Department, International Office, Residence Life, and student organizations. Finally, a new director was identified and staff roles better aligned to most effectively serve students.
- 5728 unique students used career services, approximately 87% of the total Fall enrollment.
- Career Center hosted four career panels to provide students with industry information, networking opportunities, and potential employment: Advanced Manufacturing, Alternative Engineering Careers, Careers in Research, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. A total of 245 students participated in panels, and each allowed for collaboration with academic units.
- Six sections of CSM 250 – Engineering your Career Path were taught, with 160 total enrollment.
- 45 workshops conducted on topics such as Resume Writing, Proactive Job Search, Interviewing Skills, Networking, Social Media, and Contract Negotiations. Growth came from requests from student organizations for tailored presentations and faculty for class visits.
- Fall Career Day broke records for student attendance, with close to 4,000 students participating to visit 356 employers.
- A total of 600 employers registered for Fall and Spring Career Days, with an additional 220 employer participating in on-campus recruiting.
- 2583 Campus Interviews were hosted for the year.
- Over 3000 full-time and internship positions were posted in DiggerNet.
- 1668 advising appointments
- 444 students attended a group advising workshop
- 33 transfer students came through CASA’s transfer open house
- 285 incoming students and families attended a CASA Wednesday Webinar
- 80 coaching appointments
- 1523 students visited CASA to study
- 1784 students used tutoring
- 806 students attended a Core Review Session
- 960 students visited faculty in CASA
- 1039 students declared their major
- 66 students enrolled in Bounce Back
- January 2020 committee members hosted the Census Bureau’s local Partnership Specialist for training about the Census. We gained an understanding of how we can best count students in the Census and help them understand where they should submit Census information as well as how this information impacts government funding.
- Several Committee members attended the Colorado Student Voting Summit on April 24 and May 1, 2020.
- The Committee is organized with the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge organization and we are certified as ‘voter friendly’ with Voter Friendly Campus.
- The committee hosted New Era Colorado for a voter registration day in Mines Market and the Student Center on February 14, 2020. We also hosted the Census Bureau on February 21st at a Mines Basketball game.
- The committee worked closely with the Oredigger newspaper to publish an article on the importance of voting.
- Led Every Oredigger initiative to promote mental health, champion resiliency, and prevent suicide at Mines
- Resolved 150+ cases of Academic Misconduct
- Led policy updates including 2.0 Minimum GPA, PhD to MS Pathway, and Academic Misconduct educational sanctioning and policy revision
- Coordinated Student Life Emergency Preparedness training and response
- Opened new Veterans Resource Center (video)
- Championed and managed Mines Student Emergency Fund, raising approximately $50,000
- Assisted campus community recovery from Homecoming float incident and other student crises
- Advised USG and GSG
- Collaborative redesign of Career Center @ Mines and Four-Year Advising Effort
- Processed over 1500 excused absence requests
- Supported growth of Mines Communities of Scholars including Grewcock Presidential Scholar Program
- 45% increase in counseling sessions for students since fall 2018.
- 65% increase in walk-in crisis visits since fall 2018.
- Given these increases, a majority of students were seen by a Counselor within 1 to 3 days of initial appointment request.
- The Clinical Internship program began with two graduate Social Work students from DU who completed their program requirements while joining the CC team this year. The growth of this program will expand to include another institution and an additional intern.
- A Satisfaction Survey was launched for students receiving services at the Mines CC. Overall results revealed a 4.4 out of 5-star rating for students’ overall experience at the CC, with almost 90% indicating they would recommend these services to a close friend. Also of note, approximately 85% of respondents agreed that counseling helped with concerns that could have interfered with their education.
- Mindful Monday meditation sessions continued to thrive, averaging 25 attendees each week throughout the year.
- Robust marketing efforts and in-person meetings to introduce the Stepped Care model and share information about Counseling services and how to support students. Recipients of these efforts included most Academic and Student Life departments.
- Advancement of Case Management services in connecting with more local providers and assisting students in varying ways throughout the referral process. Heightened support in areas of transportation, affordable care, navigating insurance plans, and accessing teletherapy services were offered.
- This year marked the initial collaboration of the CC with Wellness Promotions and Title IX to implement a certified Peer Educator program that involved a group of talented students passionate about helping their Mines peers.
- Continued role in the guidance, support and advising of the Active Minds at Mines chapter. Enhanced social media presence to engage students in showcasing their positive mental health and wellness practices.
- A varied menu of wellness programs offered throughout the year in diverse formats and locations. Services included drop-in support groups and office hours; skills seminars encompassing a range of relevant topics; the continuation of the Emotional Wellbeing Workshop series; and multiple on-site outreach programs offered to campus partners by request.
- Post-incident response for those impacted by traumatic events. These debriefing services are made available during periods of crisis recovery to assist campus partners and students as they try to heal and continue to move through their Mines journey.
- Professional staff received targeted training in areas of suicide management and QPR. Our Outreach Coordinator participated in multiple QPR trainings for students and staff.
- Total students registered with DSS: 382 New students registered: 158
- Testing Center increase of approximately 10% of individual exams administered from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 (1,675 to 1,895 exams).
- Ensure that students with disabilities have comparable access by addressing physical, technological, and learning barriers that exist.
Student Life departments developed DI&A implementation plans during 2019-20 in support of the Mines Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and achieved the following outcomes:
- The team of David Hansburg, Director of Athletics; Dixie Cirillo, Associate Director of Athletics; Tiffany McCampbell, Associate Director of Athletics and Robert Gambrell, Wrestling Student-Athlete was scheduled to attend the NCAA Inclusion Conference scheduled for April 2020 which was cancelled to Covid-19. We look forward to applying for it again in 2021. Along with this, we are proud to say that the NCAA has recognized the importance of Diversity, Inclusion and Access and has required a designee in the institution to assure that information received by NCAA is shared with staff, coaches and student-athletes. As of 20-21 all NCAA Division II institutions must declare an Athletics Diversity and Inclusion Designee. Our administration has declared Associate Director of Athletics, Dixie Cirillo.
- Developed the “Real Talk Weekly Email Discussion” as well as in-person “Real Talk” topics for CLASS meetings to promote on-going dialogue and learning. Topics have included Deliberative Dialogue, Gender Identity & Preferred Pronouns, Women’s History Month/ Women in STEM, Racism & Coronavirus, Impact of COVID-19, COVID-19 and U.S. Immigration Policy, Service Animal Etiquette, Pride History and LGBTQ+ Allyship, and Military Students Support. After initiating this effort within CLASS, we expanded to all of Student Life and we consider further collaboration with the campus.
- The Diversity & Equity Workshops (DEW) committee developed learning outcomes and training categories with the goal of implementing training and development workshops that will help create a more inclusive community and workplace.
- Two CLASS employees won Mines DI&A Awards in 2020 – Mary Elliott, Residence Life (Creating a Culture of Inclusion) and Andrea Salazar Morgan, MEP (Supporting Student Success).
- Engaged in department training that focused on diversity and cultural sensitivity training
- Implemented a Pizza with Police community event for Mines Park residents that focused on crime prevention and addressed community concerns
- Hired student employees that are representative of the Mines Community
- Enhanced recruiting efforts towards minority and underserved segments of the population
The mission of the Health Center is to assist students in achieving their educational goals by addressing their healthcare needs while at Mines. Academic success is strongly linked to a student’s health. The Health Center in partnership with its campus partners encourage and support a healthy lifestyle for all students and serve as a wellness resource for the campus community.
- 6734 Health Center encounters (July 1 thru March 15)
- 724 Dental clinic visits
- 1688 SHIP Fall enrollment
- 1530 SHIP Spring enrollment
- 566 Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) visits
- 1,099 flu shots administered to students
- Provided health care services on-site for 3 Oredigger camps
- Scheduled “Grand Rounds” between the Health and Counseling staff to discuss ongoing clinical care of common patients
- In response to COVID 19
- transitioned to a ‘telehealth’ model to provide medical and dental services to in-state students
- coordinated deliver of AHP Live-a teleheath, telepsychiatry, and telecounseling platform for all students available 24/7
- MEP continued to support student’s participation in undergraduate research through our NSF CO-WY AMP grant, funding 12 Undergraduates, and 3 Graduate student mentors.
- Successfully guided 26 students through the 2019 Challenge summer bridge program.
- Completed year two of partnering with Dr. Tracy Camp and the Computer Science Department to continue the Denver School of Science and Tech-College View (DSST-CV) Middle School Tutoring Program, DiggerDen
- Continued support and involvement with First@Mines and the First@Mines Allies community
- Record attendance at MEP professional society membership meetings
(AISES, NSBE, oSTEM, SASE, SHPE)
- Established mission, vision, and values for the office.
- Ran 3 sessions of Oredigger Camp 2020 at a new location, YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch. This included a session at the beginning of the academic year allowing more out of state participation.
- Ran 12 Launch orientation sessions from May – July 2019, serving 726 new students and their families in person, and even more via video recordings were made available to those unable to attend.
- Coordinated the curriculum development, staffing, training, scheduling, and implementation for 50 sections of CSM101.
- Continued the Common Read program with “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor as the book selection, and brought in Michelle Gielan to speak on the topic of happiness.
- Hired a total of 100 Peer Mentors, including 10 Lead Peer Mentors and 10 Peer Mentor Liaisons that helped plan Peer Mentor recruitment, Peer Mentor training, Launch, Oredigger Camp, Fall Kickoff, & CSM 101.
- Provided more Transfer student support and outreach during Fall Kickoff 2020 and held Spring Orientation 2021 for 75 incoming transfer students.
- Re-designed some components of the CSM 201 – Transfer Success Seminar course to better serve the population.
- Hired and trained the inaugural group of 11 Launch Leaders – a new student leader position that assists with Launch logistics and engages with incoming students in small groups.
- Moved Launch 2020 to an entirely virtual experience comprised of a Canvas orientation course, live webinars, and student-to-student peer discussions.
- Began sending welcome boxes to Launch 2020 participants filled with NeST and Mines swag, helpful information, and a welcome letter from their Launch Leader in order to build excitement and affinity.
- Created a social media presence for NeST.
- Recruited, hired, and trained NODA Summer intern.
- engaging new employees early in their employment
- introducing them to the culture and history of Mines
- providing an opportunity to meet senior leadership
- fostering relationships with peers outside of their work areas
- increasing job satisfaction
- creating a community willing to mentor and role model
- providing information on areas of potential campus involvement
- Presented 2 formal orientation programs in which 15 plus new hires attended.
- Converted our presentation like orientation to a small group coffee session and held our first in January 2020.
Dixie Cirillo – Athletics Co-Chair
Lisa Anderson – CASA Co-Chair
Deb Wernli – HR
Jane Cain – Career Center
Jen Hannon – Counseling Center
Danny Young – Residence Life
Bryttani Watson – Residence Life
- The 2019-2020 moved to one speaker each month, which allowed more consistent and related messaging for attendees.
- Several of the monthly presentations were hosted virtually, and the in-person presentations were streamed via Zoom allowing members of Student Life to tune in from their offices or watch recordings at a time that worked within their schedule.
- Hosted a professional development event every month of the academic year until March.
- Launch presentations to new parents, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), Active Shooter Awareness, Alcohol & Drug Awareness, New Student Orientation, Greek Life liaison, Making the Connection, and facility security assessments.
- 291 case reports
The Recreational Sports Department continues to strive for “Excellence In Everything” as we find new ways to innovate, improve and accommodate additional events and students. Demand for Recreational Sports facilities and programs continue to grow and are at an all-time high. Recreational Sports includes the Outdoor Recreation Center, Club Sports and Intramural Sports.
- Intramural and Club Sports reach 11% of the student population on a nightly basis.
- Cycling won its 3rd National Championship! Women’s Rugby finished #2 in the nation.
- 700+ students tried out for Club Sports – new record.
- Provided 500+ hours of strength & conditioning training for Club athletes – new offering.
- Over 425 teams & 2,000 participants registered for Intramural sports throughout the year.
- Implemented drop-in sports allowing more rec. opportunities for PA credit – 1st time ever.
- Sent our student official Daniel Lira to the National Flag Football tournament – 1st time ever.
- Created Rec. Sports video tour – https://youtu.be/fG8xVk-fNPU – 1st time ever.
- Created Rec. Sports Newsletter – over 20,000 views in 12 weeks – 1st time ever.
- The SRC broke the records for most users ever during August, Oct. and Jan. – New Record.
- Offered student led Lifeguarding classes – 1st time ever.
- Lockridge Arena remodel – adding hoists, new electrical, data, Ethernet and flooring.
- Built office on 1st floor, office in the ORC and reconfigured student work space.
- Planned for Jackson and Spruce Fitness space opening.
- Hosted numerous varsity and special events with tens of thousands of guests.
- Ran Fitness Instructor Training Course at Mines – 1st time ever.
- February 2020 saw the highest participation in Group Fitness to date with 814 participations (compared to 546 participations in February of 2019) – New Record
- Released Mines Rec App (1,152 downloads as of May 2020) – 1st time ever.
- Added SUP Yoga to the regular group fitness schedule, class regularly filled up.
- Virtual Fitness classes during closure, 221 Total Participants/Members – 1st time ever.
- ORC Trip and Event totals; 52 trips and events, 2847 participants.
- ORC coordinated 725 students to receive IKON Ski Pass codes – 1st time ever.
- Purchased Chevy Suburban adding to the ORC fleet – 1st time ever.
The Colorado School of Mines Department of Military Science offers Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC programs.
Cadets experience leadership, team building and management training while attending the ROTC course. ROTC cadets simultaneously pursue an undergraduate degree. Upon completion of ROTC requirements and receipt of their degree, cadets are commissioned as 2nd lieutenants and are sent to their respective posts or bases to complete their officer training, and begin their military leadership career.
- Mines Army and Air Force programs provide federally paid funds for in-state and out-of-state scholarships, totaling over $2 million dollars annually.
- In partnership with admissions, ROTC has included ROTC information on joining in their monthly newsletter to accepted/incoming Mines freshman.
- ROTC has established an improved space on campus with the ability to administrate and teach all classes within Army ROTC.
- ROTC has purchased and is modifying a trailer to hold equipment for the newly established Army ACFT (fitness) standards.
- ROTC has purchased numerous pieces of fitness equipment to assist in conditioning Cadets for the newly established Army fitness standards.
- Participation in the Veterans Day Appreciation Football game. Providing Color Guard, aerial support, historic period re-enactors to deliver the game ball. This also highlighted the close connections that CSM has with ROTC and the Military.
- Participating in various campus events from the M-Climb to Homecoming.
- Community outreach to include: Recognition of Veterans by participating in programs at Golden Pond Retirement Community and MillerCoors; Community Holiday Toy Drive; Color Guard for Ft. Logan National Cemetery.
- Continued momentum with the Registrar’s Office to process Degree Audits for Cadet paperwork and tuition billing/scholarships.
SAIL provides an environment for students to test new ideas, develop leadership skills and create community at Mines, while advocating for and affirming their identities. Through co-curricular opportunities and experiences such as student organizations, campus events and traditions, Fraternity & Sorority Life, civic engagement and leadership development, students gain invaluable skills and experiential knowledge they will continue to develop during their time on campus and beyond as future leaders. The Office of SAIL promotes student success by supporting the development of one’s whole self via co-curricular growth opportunities. We enhance student learning through social, cultural and community engagement and leadership programs.
- MAC developed a Virtual RealitE-Days in two weeks in order to give students an opportunity to keep the E-Days tradition alive with some events hosting over 700 students and 23 events
- The orgs.mines.edu website was created and is now a complete library for advisors, organizations, their executive teams, and incoming students looking to get connected as well as hosts pages about policy and procedure, starting an organization, and how to stay connected, active, and successful while virtual
- Culturally based fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta started recruiting and looks to establish this fall, growing our community to twelve Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) organizations
- All FSL chapters had a chapter GPA above a 3.0
- The Leadership Summit hosted three guest speakers and about 140 students in attendance
- SAIL and BSO have partnered with International Student Council to help them navigate change and improve service to their clubs
- Advisor outreach and support has drastically improved and have utilized SAIL more as a resource
Student Life Business Administration consists of dining services, bookstore management, campus one card program, trademark administration, construction coordination and budget and fiscal management. Our mission is to provide excellent services, which ensure Mines students and staff are well prepared for learning and development leading to success inside and outside of the classroom. SLBA’s motto is Supporting Success.
- Increased voluntary meal plans by $97,891, a 13% YOY
- 159 Faculty & Staff Prepared Meals ordered, a 253% increase sales YOY
- Submitted for a grant to Help Fight Hunger – awarded $1,000 for Blaster’s Basket – 2nd year in a row.
- Customer service on-line surveys show a 92% customer satisfaction approval, and 90% approval for quality of merchandise.
- Support athletics with our annual donation of $5000, as well as our book scholarship donation of $10,000 annually.
- Purchased, programmed and installed new POSs at all food venues.
- Worked with other departments to implement a new mandatory online photo submission policy for all student, staff and faculty IDs.
- Trained Mines’ first group of 18 Certified Peer Educators in partnership with Title IX and the Counseling Center. Peer Educators conducted over 25 events on a variety of topics related to health and wellness, healthy relationships and consent, and mental health. Types of events varied and included: in-person tablings, workshops, poster campaigns, social media posts, and more.
- Led the Wellness Group of 5 students, which conducted 10 events around alcohol and cannabis use prevention, sleep, exercise, nutrition, YOU@Mines, and more
- Organized, with Title IX, AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention online courses through the EVERFI platform. Obtained a 99% completion rate for incoming students.
- Conducted the NCHAIII survey, collecting health and wellness data from 1,106 students (a 17% response rate).
- Led two Personal Wellness PA courses for 41 students.
- In partnership with Every Oredigger, the Counseling Center, and Jefferson Center, conducted 14 Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) suicide prevention trainings for 249 students, faculty, and staff, as well as 2 Suicide Prevention Refreshers with 56 individuals.
- With the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Committee, led activities on campus for National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Alcohol Awareness Month, 420, and more. Events included tablings, promotional materials, Daily Blast and social media postings.
- Lead a workshop at 2019 Launch orientation sessions entitled “Staying Well in College.” Recorded a similar virtual workshop for 2020 Launch orientation sessions, “Wellness and Resilience in College.”
- Currently creating a public health messaging campaign to encourage students, faculty, and staff to stay safe and healthy as they come back to campus in late summer and fall of 2020.