Students prepare for Fall Kickoff

Summer jobs and camps are coming to an end and the Colorado School of Mines campus is waiting in anticipation for the start of the fall semester.

In addition to moving into their new dorms and housing, freshmen and new Mines students have a lot to look forward to their first weekend on campus. Fall Kickoff takes place August 17-20.

“Fall Kickoff is basically fall orientation,” said Jessica Keefer, director of New Student and Transition Services. “It is meant to acclimate our new students to Mines and introduce them to services, policies and peers.”

During Kickoff, students see some of the defining Mines traditions for the first time, including The Mining Engineer fight song and the M Climb. Students also have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Mines and Golden through a campus scavenger hunt and a service event taking place at locations around the city. Convocation is also a notable ceremony that marks the start of a student’s career at Mines.

“This is their first significant introduction to Mines campus and culture while actually living here as a Mines student,” Keefer said.

Incoming students are placed in groups where they will work with upperclassmen peer mentors and attend informational meetings preparing them for life at Mines. Informational sessions will cover everything from residence life to Greek life and humanitarian programs to Title IX topics.

Parents and returning students can also participate in some of the Fall Kickoff program. Everyone is welcome to attend Convocation in Lockridge Arena on August 17 before the Family Send Off that evening. Returning students can also attend the Mines Activities Council’s outdoor movie and can look forward to additional welcome week events.


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