2013 Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer Wendlandt to present “The Culture of Athletics at Mines: A Faculty Member’s Perspective”

GOLDEN, Colo., March 21, 2014 – Colorado School of Mines Geology Professor Richard Wendlandt will deliver the 2013 Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecture, “The Culture of Athletics at Mines: A Faculty Member’s Perspective,” at 4 p.m. on March 26 in Metals Hall in the Green Center.

In his talk, he will review the position and function of the faculty athletics representative and describe the important role that academic faculty have in oversight of intercollegiate athletics.

“I will evaluate the institutional goals as they currently exist at Mines and provide a perspective on the academic life of the student-athlete at Mines: This perspective will begin with the recruitment, academic preparedness, and admission of student-athletes to Mines and follow with a discussion of their subsequent academic performance and the challenges of balancing the opposing/conflicting demands of academics and athletics,” Wendlandt said.

Wendlandt received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1973 and then attended The Pennsylvania State University where he completed his PhD in geochemistry and mineralogy in 1978. Along the way, he spent two years as a pre-doctoral fellow at the Geophysical Laboratory, one of the five original research departments of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. His research activities at Mines have continued his early interests in igneous petrology and the relationships of igneous occurrences with continental rifting processes while expanding into studies of igneous rock-hosted mineral deposits, integration of experimental and numerical simulations of fluid-rock interactions, and environmental and applied mineralogy.

The Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer Award, established in 1990, gives Mines faculty the opportunity to annually recognize one of their outstanding colleagues. They select a lecturer admired and respected as an educator, as well as a person known for having stimulating ideas to convey and an ability to communicate those ideas effectively.

For more information, see the Faculty Senate website.



Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations, Colorado School of Mines / 303-273-3541 / kgilbert@mines.edu
Kathleen Morton, Communications Coordinator, Colorado School of Mines / 303-273-3088 / kmorton@mines.edu