The Network
Students Invited to Join CSMAA
BrochureCoverCSMAA recently launched the M-ulators, an entirely new level of membership to the alumni association. The intention is to create a sense of community among its members, and provide some valuable global networking opportunities to students by linking them with alumni. “There are lots of ways that students can benefit from contact with alumni, and we are confident that many alumni will value the opportunity to interact with today’s students,” said Liz Garcia, associate director of campus programs and membership services.

One way M-ulator members can connect with alumni is through the Mentoring Program, which pairs current students with alumni of similar interests, goals and/or
majors. Now restricted to M-ulators, this program was previously open to all students through an application process. In addition, members will receive special invitations to events such as the Professional Development Series and Denver Metro Alumni Receptions, giving them pre-event access to keynote speakers.

Like all members of CSMAA, student members will receive a number of other benefits including discounted car insurance with Liberty Mutual, CSM Bookstore discounts (excluding textbooks), eligibility to join the Credit Union of Colorado and access to special scholarships.

M-ulators was launched at the Celebration of Mines, where 45 students joined with their $20 annual membership fee—membership has since grown to 64. Students can join by going to or by calling 303.273.3295.

What a Sendoff!

In late July and early August, in eight cities around the U.S., alumni and friends came together with current students to give incoming 2008 freshmen from their area a friendly sendoff. These events have become a well-attended annual tradition—this year more than 200 participated. Hosts organized events in a variety of venues. Outdoor picnics were arranged by Kenji Farinelli ’74 in Colorado Springs, Josh ’04 and Michelle Lamb ’98 in Tulsa, and John Howe ’83 in Grand Junction. Robin Simmons ’83 in San Antonio, Warren Hildebrandt ’59 and Randy Ollmann ’98 in Los Angeles, and Glenn Vawter ’60 in Glenwood Springs hosted their guests at local restaurants. Sara Atkins '00 and Duane Maue ’90 entertained at an Astros game in Houston. Similarly, Tim Saenger ’95 and Wilson Culp ’99 celebrated at a Dallas Rangers game. “I was grateful for the opportunity to meet a group of people who knew about Mines,” said Cory Bacon, one of this year’s freshman attending the event in Los Angeles. “My parents too. They were a little apprehensive about me leaving for college. Knowing more about Mines helped,” he added.

The Alumni Association would like to say a big “thank you” to all this year’s hosts and to the many that made time to attend. CSMAA will organize sendoff parties again next year. Please contact Serena Stickney if you are interested in hosting an event in your area (