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Tony Corbetta: A Lifelong Connection to Mines

A lifelong supporter of Oredigger athletics, Mines alumnus Tony Corbetta recently established an endowed scholarship to benefit varsity athletics. A varsity athlete himself, Tony played football for Mines for a year and a half before his education was interrupted in 1943 by military service in World War II. Returning to Mines in 1946, Corbetta went on to graduate with a metallurgical engineering degree in 1948. Corbetta built a career as a sales engineer with CF&I Steel Corporation, where he worked until his retirement in 1983. He is a member of the CSM Alumni Association, has served as a reunion volunteer, and is a member of the Heritage Society and President’s Council. A resident of nearby Wheat Ridge, Corbetta is a regular at Mines alumni and sporting events.

In a recent interview, Corbetta talked about his gift, his career as a student-athlete, and some of the lessons he took away from his years at Mines.

What did you learn from your own participation in athletics?

Playing football helped me focus and was an important balance to my schoolwork. When I was playing ball my grades were just as good and maybe better than when I wasn’t. I think the same was true for my teammates, and it still holds true for today’s student-athletes.

What were the most important lessons you learned from your Mines experience?

The ability to stay with the studying—and there was a lot of that! My classmates and I liked to say that we felt like we were studying at the Royal Academy, and our camaraderie and persistence helped us get through it. In the end, graduating from Mines opened a lot of doors for us that might not have been opened otherwise.

Even though I was trained as an engineer, I spent my career in sales. I enjoyed that my job required me to be a selfstarter—something I learned how to be at Mines.

If you had to give a piece of advice to current Mines students, what would you tell them?

I like to say “don’t try to put on the dog”— meaning don’t be a show-off. Do your job well, be honest and be yourself.

What motivated you to establish the Anthony F. Corbetta Endowed Scholarship?

Most importantly, I have two wonderful daughters, Dianne and Patty, who supported me in setting up a scholarship at Mines. And the more I thought about it, the more I realized what a tremendous bond I have with the school. A scholarship is a great way to acknowledge that—and I know that as an endowment its benefits will last for a while.

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Mines Faculty Receive Alcoa Foundation Grant for Recycling Study

Supported by a $370,000 grant from the Alcoa Foundation, faculty members in Mines’ Division of Economics and Business are investigating the impact of public policy on solid waste recycling in the U.S. The study examines how increased recycling can not only reduce municipal waste volume but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Division Director Rod Eggert and Professors Dan Kaffine and John Tilton are examining alternative methods for increasing recycling—including deposit-refund systems, pay-as-you-throw policies, and extended producer responsibility—and assessing their relative cost-effectiveness. Their goal is to identify the specific environmental and economic benefits that derive from greater recycling to inform public and private decision-making about solid waste disposal and carbon management.

“Increased recycling has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because recycling of materials like aluminum, steel and plastics typically requires less energy than primary production of the same materials,” says Eggert. “The support we’re receiving from the Alcoa Foundation will enable us to quantify the carbon savings that result from higher rates of recycling for these elements of the solid waste stream, and
help to create appropriate recycling incentives for individuals, corporations and municipalities.”

Clear Creek Athletics Project Progresses with Alumni Support

Dramatic improvements to the athletics fields south of Clear Creek are giving Mines Athletics a major boost. Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, the Stermole Track & Field Complex and Crouch Field Events Complex will set the stage this season for the first home track meet at Mines in nearly 20 years. And work will begin this spring to replace Mines’ natural turf football field with a state-of-the-art artificial surface. The new gridiron will be named Harry D. Campbell Field and will be ready for the 2010 season opener in August.

There are many ways to connect the dots between the recent success of Mines athletes (see Scoreboard) and the generous support funneled into these programs by numerous alumni and friends. Many additional opportunities for philanthropic involvement exist, including scholarships and facility enhancements. To learn more about how you can help, contact Marv Kay 303.273.3363 or Tom Spicer 303.273.3300.

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Harold M. ’68 and Patricia M. Korell complete $1.25 million pledge; Other recent gifts

Colorado School of Mines recently received 16 large gifts:

A $100,000 gift from Lonnie L. and Maria E. Abernethy will provide continuing support for graduate fellowships in ceramics.

The Adolph Coors Foundation contributed a total of $322,000 to support the William K. Coors Distinguished Chair in Chemical Engineering and the Herman F. Coors Professorial Chair in Ceramics.

The Alcoa Foundation contributed $150,000 toward a $370,000 pledge to support a recycling, solid waste and public policy initiative in the Division of Economics and Business.

Steve ’64 and Dollie Chesebro’ contributed $100,000 to the Clear Creek Football Project.

Marshall C. III ’67 and Jane Crouch made gifts totaling $120,500 in support of Marquez Hall, geology teaching and research, and the geology museum, as well as a new alumni engagement initiative.

Devon Energy Corporation contributed $100,000 toward their $500,000 pledge to the Marquez Hall building project.

EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. contributed $400,000 toward their $2 million pledge to the Marquez Hall building project.

ExxonMobil made gifts and pledge payments totaling $50,000 to support the Oil Shale Symposium and their $236,000 pledge to improve elementary mathematics and science instruction in the Meeker School District.

Hess Corporation contributed $200,000 toward their $1 million pledge to the Marquez Hall building project and $55,000 to support the Petroleum Engineering and Geophysics Department.

Harold M. ’68 and Patricia M. Korell contributed $800,473 to complete their $1.25 million pledge to Marquez Hall.

F. Steven ’56 and Gayle Mooney contributed $500,000 toward their $1 million pledge in support of scholarships, teaching and research in the Department of Geology &
Geological Engineering, and the Clear Creek Football Project.

Shell Oil Company contributed $100,000 for several departments and programs, K-12 initiatives, student organizations and fellowships.

A $170,049 gift from the estate of James R. Thoma ’55 established the Grace and James Thoma Petroleum Engineering Merit-Based Scholarship Fund.

The Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation made a $500,000 payment on its $10 million pledge for Marquez Hall.

Gifts totaling $280,000 from the estate of John G. Underwood ’53 will support the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Marquez Hall.

A total of $464,473 in bequest distributions from the estate of Herb ’39 and Dodie Young will provide continuing support for the Herbert L. and Doris S. Young Environmental Symposium lecture series.

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Other recent gifts of $25,000 and more from individuals, corporations and foundations:

Aqua-Aerobics Systems, Inc. contributed $37,000 to support the Advanced Water Technology Center (AQWATEC).

ArcelorMittal contributed $46,000 to support the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department, the Minority Engineering Program and student groups.

The ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation contributed $32,500 toward scholarships for seven students.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation contributed $25,000 toward the Chesapeake Energy Scholarships.

Hugh ’49 and Ann Evans contributed $21,196 in unrestricted support for the university.

The Halliburton Foundation contributed $35,000 in support of geology and geological engineering scholarships and the Summer Minority Engineering Training and Challenge programs.

Al Ireson ’48 made a $38,500 contribution in continued support for the Ireson and Family Endowed Scholarship Fund and The Mines Fund.

The Li Foundation contributed $42,000 toward the Li Foundation Fellowships.

John ’52 and Erika Lockridge continued their support of the Blaster Endowed Scholarship Fund with an $80,000 contribution.

F. H. Merelli ’59 contributed a total of $80,000 in support of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and The Mines Fund.

Microsoft Corporation contributed $40,000 toward research and curriculum development on the Microsoft Windows HPC platform.

Bill F. Oline ’52 contributed $41,725 to the Harry C. Kent Petroleum Geology Graduate Scholarship Fund.

Al Provost ’62 contributed $90,000 toward the Harrison Western Professorship
of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, which he established in the name of his company.

Earl L. Rau ’42 established the Earl and Virginia Rau Scholarship Fund with a $25,000 contribution.

Thomas C. ’36 and Mary Snedeker made a $50,000 contribution in support of the Department of Petroleum Engineering.

Michael R. ’83 and Patricia K. ’83 Starzer made a $25,000 contribution to The Mines Fund.

Peter and Donna Stumpp, and their son Kiefer, contributed fulgurite specimens to the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

Alice M. Tolen contributed $25,000 in continuing support for the Delbert F. Tolen Scholarship Fund, named for her husband, who graduated from Mines in 1957 as a petroleum refining engineer.

The Viola Vestal Coulter Foundation contributed $35,000 to support the Coulter Chair for Mineral Economics.

Fun-Den Wang, professor emeritus of mining, contributed gifts totaling $40,000 to support The Mines Fund and mining research at the school.

Grace Wanner contributed $39,000 and dedicated all other gifts made in memory of her husband, Jack ’48, toward Marquez Hall.

Martin Zinn contributed mineral specimens to the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

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