Student Life Annual Report


Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Committee

The Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Team was created in the summer of 2017 with a stated goal to “Reduce high-risk drinking, substance abuse, and the misuse of prescription medication within the Mines Community”. The 13-member committee includes representatives from Student Activities, Athletics, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Health Center, Public Safety, Counseling Center, Residence Life, and Student Government.


Completion of AlcoholEdu online course


  • 97% of incoming first-year students completed and passed the AlcoholEdu online course,
    and 60% completed an additional second part of the course.
  • Conducted the first Alcohol Awareness Month at Mines during the month of April with a
    total reach of over 900 students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • New Mines Peer Education Program and hired 19 students for the first cohort starting in
    the fall of 2019.

NCAA Athletics

Our goals each year are to retain and graduate all of our student athletes, recruit high quality
students to Mines, compete for and win RMAC conference championships, NCAA national
championships, win the RMAC All Sports Cup, win the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup and finish in the
Top 10 of the Learfield Cup rankings, all while providing a signature student experience.



  • Finished 6th in the Learfield Cup Standings – second straight top 10 finish
  • Won our fourth consecutive RMAC All Sports Cup
  • Graduated 121 student athletes (B.S. – 103, M.S. – 16. Ph.D. – 2)
  • 16 Academic All-Americans – Most ever in Mines history

Recreational Sports

ORC Participants

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


  • ORC Trip and Event totals; 75 trips and events, 166 leaders, 2730 participants and 122 field days.
  • Total number of users, over 220,000!
  • 13 clubs qualified for their national tournament
  • Cycling Club won its 3rd National Championship!
  • Intramural and club sports is reaching 11% of the student population on a nightly basis
  • We employ approximately 175 students
  • 440 teams registered for Intramural events
  • First Aid/CPR training included 350 club sport athletes and coaches

Be-Well Committee

BeWell is a campus collaborative with the mission to promote, educate, and enhance wellness on the Mines campus for all students, faculty and staff.



  • BeWell hosted both Mid-terms and Finals Stress Less Weeks
  • BeWell partnered with Title IX to host Trauma Informed Yoga

Campus Events 

Campus Events plans and executes events by turning our guests’ vision into reality. We provide experiences that create meaningful connections to Mines. We coordinate facilities that enhance the guest experience by creating a space for fun and hospitality.



  • Reorganized the Campus Events department to focus on areas of expertise
  • Developed and implemented marketing plan to expand our customer base
  • Implemented contract management software for all external rentals and internal MOUs
  • Contributed to Green Center building advisory committee and provided a plan to fund Metals Hall renovation

Campus Living and Student Success (CLASS) Leadership

The CLASS Leadership team consists of the Associate Vice President of Student Life, the Dean of Students, the Associate Dean of Students and the CLASS Program Administrator.

Core Competencies: Live Responsibly, Think Critically, Engage with Community, Communicate Effectively, Practice Wellness, Value Difference, Empower Self & Others and Ignite Curiosity



  • Reorganized CARE Team managed 480+ CARE concerns
  • Led Suicide Prevention, Mental Health & Resiliency initiative
  • Oversaw hiring and onboarding of 20 new employees
  • Developed 2 new CARE positions and case management model
  • Developed CLASS DI&A implementation plan
  • Veterans Resource Center building acquisition and renovation started

CARE Concerns managed


Career Center

The Career Center had a commendable year with better than average, if not best-recorded, outcomes and efforts despite significant personnel challenges (e.g. vacancies) as well as pioneering efforts (e.g. two-location Career Day). Sustained efforts such as Career Day, on-campus interviews, and Career Advising evidenced impressive numbers with significant upticks across the board. Most commendably, the Center sought new worthwhile opportunities including new industry panels, updated panel design, electronic check-in and tracking of attendees, further collaboration with academic departments, and broader institutional collaboration to betterment of employer portfolio.



  • Career Center hosted 6 career panels: Consulting; High Tech and Computing; Energy; Aerospace; Alternative Careers; Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • CSM 250 – Engineering your Career Path – Five sections were offered
  • 3165 total Campus Interviews for the year
  • Fall Career Day was the largest ever; 3312 students, graduate students and alumni attended

View the full Career Center Annual Report 2018-2019


Center for Academic Services and Advising

The 2018-2019 year was a year of change and accomplishment for CASA. There were office moves, transitions, and a newly hired administrative coordinator, yet CASA continued to support all Mines students through academic advising and academic support services and saw over 6,000 students.



  • Academic Coaching services implemented a brief model with the intent of providing focused goal
    oriented meetings

  • 1,941 individual academic advising appointments

  • 451 students attended a group advising workshop

  • 1,274 students declared their major

  • 1,485 students visited with a faculty member in CASA.

  • 2,262 students utilized tutoring.

  • 970 students participated in a CSI Review Session.

  • 88 students enrolled in CSM275: Bounce Back

  • Our tutoring program is working towards becoming College Reading & Learning Association (CLRA) certified


Counseling Center

This year marked one of multiple levels of change and growth for the Counseling Center. Major shifts include initial implementation of a Stepped Care service delivery model designed to more effectively manage the increased student demand for counseling services; the addition of case management services to assist and follow-up with students referred for community care; and the transition to part-time clinical staff to increase diversity in the office and provide more levels of coverage. Other highlights involve increased workshop and group offerings, along with increased absorption and decreased wait-times for initial student appointments. Such improvements were made alongside the heightened focus on mental health and suicide prevention as a campus-wide priority to increase resiliency and resource options for the entire Mines community.



  • Total number of students seen: 923

  • Total number of students who attended skills-based groups/workshops: 112

  • New Case Management services were utilized by 261 students

  • Mindful Monday meditation sessions served a total of 534 participants over 27 sessions

  • Implementation of the Stepped Care service model to provide a range of services based on diversity of need

  • Delivered 28 unique workshop topics

  • Most students seen within 1 to 3 days of request

  • The Center’s Emotional Wellbeing/Counseling Workshop series received the “Outstanding Program Award”


Disability Support Services (DSS) and Mines Testing Center (MTC)

DSS facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by providing support services and coordinating academic accommodations as well as providing training, education, consultation, and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and administration around disability and compliance related issues.



  • Total students registered with DSS: 332. New students registered:157

  • Testing Center increase of 31% of individual exams administered from previous year (2,696 to 3,556 exams)

  • Ensure that students with disabilities have comparable access by addressing physical, technological, and learning barriers that exist.


Health Center/Dental Clinic/Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

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.



  • 7790 Health Center encounters

  • 1009 Dental clinic visits (6% increase in utilization)

  • 1659 SHIP Fall enrollment

  • 1542 SHIP Spring enrollment

  • Students in non-crisis mode seen within 24-48 hours of seeking appointment, students in crisis seen immediately.

  • Provided depression screening for most students

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 492 number of encounters/visits; 37% increase from previous year

  • Implemented a new model of self-referral to support students in obtaining STI testing without barriers

  • 1100 flu shots administered – 67 positive flu cases



Multicultural Engineering Program

Over the last 30 years, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) has played a significant role in Mines’ ongoing commitment to create a more equitable and inclusive learning community. We work to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented students, and continue to build a community of support through our many partnerships and advocacies, provide opportunities for academic enhancement, and cultural connections for our students.



  • MEP continued to support student’s participation in undergraduate research through our NSF CO-WY AMP grant

  • Successfully guided 32 students through the 2018 Challenge summer bridge program.

  • First@Mines hosted a Welcome lunch and added additional faculty and staff to our First@Mines Allies community.

  • Support departments and individual faculty on K-12 pre-collegiate programming

  • Partnered with Dr. Tracy Camp to continue the Denver School of Science and Tech-College View (DSST-CV) Middle School Tutoring Program

  • Developed First@Mines initiative in partnership with Undergraduate Admissions and the Center for Academic Services and Advising (CASA)


New Student & Transition Services

New Student & Transition Services orients and onboards all new undergraduate students to the Mines
culture, services, and structure while providing holistic support throughout their transition. This office
provides newly accepted students and parents with orientation sessions in the spring and summer, a camp
experience in the summer and a Kick Off weekend as students arrive on campus in the fall. It oversees
the First Year success seminar and manages all the staff and curriculum for that program.



  •  Took full ownership of Oredigger Camp and M-Climb management, this had been shared with Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) office in the past.

  • Ran 3 sessions of Oredigger camp at a new location, YMCA of the Rockies.

  • Ran 11 Launch orientation sessions from May – July, serving 726 new students and their families. Video recordings were made available to those unable to attend.

  • Hired and trained 68 camp counselors, 100 peer mentors and 47 staff/faculty CSM101 mentors.

  • Established the first Common Read program with “The Other Wes Moore “ as inaugural book selection.

  • Hired and trained 2 graduate assistant interns.

  • Hired and onboarded a new Assistant Director of Nest who started in June 2019.


On-Boarding Committee

The purpose of the On Boarding committee is to support the mission of the Student Life Division in building an inclusive and cohesive community by:

  • 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 3 formal orientation programs in which 16 new hires attended.

  • Assisted HR in developing an orientation program for all new hires.


Professional Development Committee

The focus of the committee is to offer professional development opportunities to Student Life and Student Life partners to create better and more impactful professionals. Through this programming and developing the skill set of our employees, the programming is creating stronger employees, advisors, and supervisors for our students and staff. The programming has aided in developing an affinity towards Mines. Even though programming is geared towards Mines professionals, this education, preparation, and investment in employees helps staff to feel valued by the institution, which then trickles down to the work they do with students.



  • The Professional Development attendance increased from about 45 to 65 attendees in a year.

  • Hosted a professional development event every month of the academic year.


Public Safety

Community policing remains the primary strategy and ideology of the Mines Department of Public Safety (Mines DPS). Through proactive outreach and education, combined with directed enforcement efforts, we will continue to engage with a variety of student and community groups to enhance the relationship between the law enforcement agency and the community we serve. In addition, sustaining and fostering new and innovative ways to connect with our students, staff, and faculty will allow the Mines DPS to be more effective at reducing crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance the quality of life.



  • Launch presentations to new parents, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD), Active Shooter Awareness, Alcohol & Drug Awareness, New Student Orientation, Greek Life liaison, Making the Connection, Gun Safety, and facility security assessments.

  • 276 case reports

  • Mines DPS has transitioned its dispatch from Golden PD to JeffCom, a centralized and regional public safety answering point (PSAP).


Residence Life

We believe that living on campus fosters student learning, development and personal growth. We show dedication to our students by creating experiences and physical spaces that recognize the unique challenges and opportunities of being an Oredigger at the Colorado School of Mines. We are committed to providing intentional learning by facilitating safe, inclusive and academically focused environment. We challenge and encourage students to be critical thinkers and civically engaged leaders in a diverse global community.



  • Held over 450 programs, and executed over 190 hours of RA training, and handled over 230 conduct or student of concern cases this year

  • 96% of residents surveyed feel the student staff created safe, inclusive, and welcoming environments

  • Continued work with admissions and campus systems to make applications equitable and thoughtful of non-binary or trans students

  • The TLC program: 98% of our TLC residents would recommend the experience, including the orientation experience to incoming first year students


Student Activity, Involvement & Leadership

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.



  • Culturally based fraternity Sigma Lambda Beta will join Mines in the fall, growing our community to twelve Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) organizations

  • All houses had a chapter GPA above a 3.0

  • Continual increase in attendance at E-Days events (56 cardboard boat teams, 1900 students at the comedian, Carnival attendance ~2100)

  • Leadership Summit was attended at capacity for the third year in a row

  • FSL membership stayed above 800 members


Student Life Business Administration

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.



  • Offered FOODA at The Periodic Table once a week during the spring semester – 1,139 transactions

  • Submitted for a grant to Help Fight Hunger – awarded $1,000 for Blaster’s Basket

  • Increased USED textbook rentals by 48% over last year

  • BlasterCard Photo Submission Program to include government issued ID


Student Wellness Promotion and Education

Student Wellness Promotion and Education got off to a strong start in its inaugural semester at Mines with a focus on three main areas: mental health, alcohol and substance abuse prevention, and peer education.



  • In participation with Title IX and the Counseling Center, developed a framework for a new Mines Peer Education Program and hired 19 students for the first cohort starting in the fall of 2019.