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Dear Students, Parents, and Families On behalf of all of us in Residence Life and Housing, welcome to Colorado School of Mines! I want to thank you for taking the time to explore Residence Life and the opportunity to serve you! We encourage you to learn more about the opportunities and benefits that are in store for you when you decide to live on-campus in one of our engaging communities. Why should you live on-campus? Studies have shown that students who live on-campus at Colorado School of Mines are more likely to have a higher persistence and grade point average, take less time to earn their degree, and overall are more satisfied with their college experience. Residence Hall communities are safe, convenient, and engaging with social and educational opportunities. Our current and past residents will testify that living on-campus made adjusting to the Oredigger experience easier and set them up for success. Residents make lifelong friends, and have easy access to campus without the hassles of commuting. From academic to educational programs to social justice to Theme Learning Communities and recreational events, we encourage you to participate and take advantage of the opportunities within all of our living and learning environments. Please continue to explore our information within this booklet and on our website to see what we have to offer. We also encourage you to stop by or call us to meet some of our team at anytime. We are excited to have you join our community and make it your home away from home! On behalf of Residence Life and Housing, we look forward to serving you and providing you with the resources to be successful as an Oredigger! Sincerely, Brent Waller Director of Residence Life and Housing

CONTENTS Living on Campus 1 Residence Hall option 2 Residence Halls 3 Themed Housing 4 Dining Services 6 Campus Safety/Blastercard 7 What to/not to Bring 8 Additional Information 8 International Students inside back cover


LIVING ON CAMPUS MISSION The residence halls at Colorado School of Mines will become your neighborhood and family all in one. It is a place to study, unwind and mingle with intelligent, remarkable, and creative students from around the world and is a focal point for student life. In a recent study of first-year Mines students, 90% of those who lived on-campus were retained for their second year, versus 73% of those who lived offcampus. The mission of Residence Life is to provide a superior living and learning experience for each student, recognizing the unique challenges and opportunities our students face in their Oredigger journey. First year full-time degree seeking students are required to live in the residence halls and purchase a residential meal plan. These requirements apply to all new, undergraduate students enrolling for the first time at Mines. Each resident is assigned to a fully furnished room with closet space and/or a dresser for each roommate. All residence halls are equipped with wired and wireless internet connections, cable TV with “expanded basic“ service

and free laundry facilities. Towels, bedding, pillows, and detergent are not provided. RESIDENCE LIFE STAFF All residence halls have highly trained live-in Resident Assistants, Hall Directors, as well as live-in professional Residence Life Coordinators for each building. Our Residence Life Staff oversees the maintenance, housekeeping, health issues, ensures your safety, security, transition into college, moreover your education and social life outside of the classroom. All Residence Life staff members are available to discuss personal concerns, roommate issues as well as general questions regarding campus housing and campus wide resources. All of our residence halls are located within a half mile of Golden’ s major bus routes, bike and walking paths, multiple restaurants, campus dining facilities, a grocery store, hardware store, a pharmacy, banks, student recreation center, and coffee shops.

RESOURCES There are many people at Colorado School of Mines that students may consult, this includes:

• Director of Housing & Residence Life • Dean of Students • Counselors • International Resources

• Residents Assistants each floor

• Wellness Center

• Hall Director each building

• Public Safety

• Residence Life Coordinators HOUSING TIMELINE Oct - May 1: Submit

Student Enrollment Confirmation, Enrollment and Housing deposits per instructions in acceptance letter packet May 10 - June 15:

Residence Life Housing Portal will be open for on-line Housing Application and Contract in Trailhead May 10 - June 1: Portal

will open for Theme Housing Applications June 1: Theme Housing

Application closes

June 16: Housing Portal

will close for Housing Application and Contracts

Mid to Late July: Room

Assignments available online

• CASA

TRANSPORTATION Colorado School of Mines, City of Golden and Regional Transportation District (RTD) have collaborated to establish a new shuttle service, operated by RTD, to provide service to the Golden area including the Colorado School of Mines. This will include a connection to the new light rail station at the Jefferson County complex, scheduled to open Spring 2013. Students are provided an RTD pass at the beginning of each semester for access to RTD services. Parking permits for first year residence hall students will be limited through the Parking Services office, and all requests for permits must be received by June 1st. Information on the registration process will be provided through the Parking Services web site no later than May 1, 2013. http://inside.mines.edu/ Parking

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Residence Halls at Mines Park

Thomas Hall

Maple Hall

Morgan Hall

Suite Style Living double/single room share bathroom

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STYLE OF HOUSING Traditional Residence Halls(common bathrooms)

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Colorado School of Mines assumes no responsibility for loss or theft of personal belongings, and residents are encouraged to carry personal property insurance.

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Residence Halls at Mines Park

THE RESIDENCE HALLS TRADITIONAL RESIDENCE HALLS Traditional Halls Morgan, Thomas, Bradford, and Randall) house approximately 380 students total. Although there are a few exceptions in the ground levels of Bradford and Randall, the typical layout of a double room is approximately 12x16. Bunking the beds, along with creatively rearranging the room furniture, can open up more space. Each floor has a common restroom and shower facility, and the hallways are air-conditioned. All outside doors and the corridors to each floor are locked 24 hours a day and are accessible by residents via their Blastercard student ID. Each room is keyed separately for additional privacy. Students who reside in the Traditional Halls have access to common study space in VanDewerker Lounge (between Morgan and Thomas Halls), as well as various spaces in Bradford and Randall. There is a centrally located front desk for checking mail, getting questions and concerns addressed, and borrowing supplies or games. WEAVER TOWERS has living space for 230 students in suites with limited single and double rooms, a common living area, and two single restroom/shower facilities per suite. Weaver Towers features seven or eight

person suites. Bedrooms vary widely but generally tend to be smaller than the Traditional Halls rooms. Usually lofted or bunked beds are the best option due to space constraints. Blastercard access to main exterior doors. The suite door can be locked to prevent outside entry, and for additional privacy, the individual bedrooms are keyed separately. Weaver Towers has a music room, fireplace, kitchen, grill, picnic tables, front desk service and social/ study lounges. Each tower has a laundry room. MAPLE HALL a 291 bed semi-suite facility, with single, and double (triple rooms over-flow only) bedroom and one bathroom per suite. 2 Courtyard areas, 5 Social Lounges, 9 Study Rooms, Bike and Ski Storage/Work room, Music Room, Conference rooms, Large Community Kitchen/Program Center, Elevator, Security Cameras, Common Area Computers, Piano in Living Room/ Lobby, Recreation room, courtesy phone on each floor, vending machines, loft-able beds, ADA Suites, LEED Silver (Sustainable Building). Located 2 blocks from central campus. ASPEN HALL is located two blocks from central campus. Aspen Hall is our newly renovated residence hall and houses 23 male

students with single, double and triple rooms. Aspen offers community bathrooms per floor, two study lounges, community living room, kitchen facility, recreation room, laundry facility, courtesy phones on each floor, recycling bins, loft-able beds, vending machine, mail room, and front desk customer service. Basketball court and barbeque area were added for fun and relaxation. THE RESIDENCE HALLS AT MINES PARK features apartment style living. These apartments are typically 2 bedroom units with 2 people sharing each bedroom (total occupancy for each apartment is 4 students). A kitchen furnished with a full sized refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher is also provided in every unit. The spacious living room (no living room furniture provided) and private bathroom complete the apartment. This style of living allows

Maple Hall

for greater privacy and a larger community space. Units are also complete with expanded basic cable service, wired and wireless internet connections, and an optional land line for an additional fee. There are two community centers which contain the laundry facilities, recreational/study space. The Residence Halls at Mines Park is a perfect venue to host group projects, homework and study sessions, or just kick back, relax, and take a break from school. Beautiful bedrooms and generous study space make the bedrooms comfortable for study or sleep. Bedrooms are furnished with beds, dressers, closet space, and desk chairs. The Residence Halls at Mines Park offer apartment-style living with the benefits of oncampus programming, food service, and the mentoring and leadership of a full Residence Life staff.

Aspen Hall

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THEME LEARNING COMMUNITIES http://inside.mines.edu/ RSL-Theme-Housing VISION Theme Learning Communities consists of intentionally designed living experiences centered around a variety of educational, cultural, organizational, and personal interests. These communities allow students with common interests and pursuits to live together and support each other through planned activities and informal interactions. GOALS • To provide an educational experience, rather than academic • To create well-rounded students • To further connect students to campus and the local community Each community will be comprised of about 30 students living together and an RA. The community will work with the Hall Director and Residence Life Coordinator of the building. Additionally, each community will partner with at least one Faculty Friend, various campus organizations and offices, and local businesses and non-profits to ensure a well-rounded experience with many opportunities for students to get involved

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and experience what Mines and Colorado have to offer. Each community will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programming efforts on-campus and in the local community (Golden and Denver). MEN’S LEADERSHIP HOUSED IN ASPEN HALL Students involved with the Men’s Leadership Community will have the opportunity to participate in programs to enhance their leadership skills to become more wellrounded engineers. The community will focus on five areas of leadership: service, knowledge, wellbeing, communication and mentorship. A focus will be partnering with positive male role models on campus to make the community successful. Potential Activities: Winter Retreat, Community Service, Tutoring, “Idea Wall,” Public Speaking Workshop, Partnering with Women’s Leadership Theme Learning Community, Family Dinners with Faculty, Mentoring Youth in the Community, Paintball, Blizzard Football, Stress Relief Program, Servant Leadership Discussion

ADVENTURE LEADERSHIP COMMUNITY HOUSED IN MAPLE HALL Students involved with the Adventure Leadership Community will receive the opportunity to participate in human-powered recreational activities in Golden, Colorado, and the surrounding states. This community will partner with the Outdoor Recreation Center (ORC). Potential Activities: Hiking; Backpacking; River Rafting; Camping; Spelunking/Caving; Rock Climbing/Bouldering; Challenge Courses; Skiing/ Snowboarding; Snow Shoeing; Local Races; Outdoor Trail Running; Biking Trips; International Learning Adventures “This whole experience gave us a social advantage that other first year students did not have. We had the chance to make friends before classes start.” – Justin Fantasky Littleton, CO SERVICE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE HOUSED IN WEAVER TOWERS Students involved with the Service and Social Justice Community will actively engage in service work with the Mines and local communities. Students will receive the opportunity to learn through service about

social justice from a variety of perspectives, including gender, race, religion, socioeconomic status, and ability. Students will gain leadership skills working in groups, developing opportunities to give back, and understanding the world from a diverse perspective. Potential Activities: Service Events (i.e.: Local Homeless & Animal Shelters, Cleanups, Mines & Golden community events); Speakers about Social Justice topics VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS HOUSED IN MAPLE HALL Students involved with the Visual and Performing Arts Community will engage the right side of their brain through a variety of art based programs. They will partner with


the Creative Arts Club, the yearly High Grade art publication, and the Anonymous Right Brains Club, including attending local performances or workshops, and performing or creating for their own communities. This engagement will not only broaden students’ horizons regarding the arts, but will also enhance the Mines community by providing additional opportunities for all Mines students to become engaged in the arts as well. This community welcomes artists of all art forms or patrons of the arts. Potential Activities: Performances at Denver Center for Performing Arts; On-campus performers or speakers; Student Art & Musical Showcases; Miner’s Alley Play-house; Art, Creative Writing, & Poetry Workshops “Bonding over a shared interest of music and art, theme living helped create a close-knit group of friends that I can always rely on.” - Krista Horn Houston, TX

WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP HOUSED IN MORGAN HALL Students involved with the Women’s Leadership Community will receive opportunities to develop personally and professionally. This community will be encouraged to get involved early with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), which is the largest professional student organization on campus and the largest collegiate section in the nation. In addition to the connection with SWE, the experience will focus on establishing strong, supportive relationships amongst the community members. Potential Activities: Professional Development opportunities including topics on Leadership, Time Management, Financial Planning, Business Dining Etiquette, and Communication Tools; Personal Development topics will include SelfConcept, Wellness, SelfAdvocacy, Personality Tests, and Media Influence. “The support system is huge. We’re not in this alone. It can be overwhelming when you get here. We’re pretty normal.” – Deanna Mitchell Littleton, CO

RETURNING UPPERCLASS STUDENTS The Returning Student Theme Learning Community was designed to support the unique needs of upperclass students at Mines. Students will live on a floor with other returning students in an environment conducive for continued success at Mines. Living in after your first year gives you continued access to resources, a strong community, a supportive study environment and study groups, and is in a convenient location to classes. A Resident Assistant will take on the role of mentor and advisor helping to guide residents through their second year and beyond. Workshops will be available for students to attend with a special focus on academic success, internship and career support, campus resources, well-being and stress management. Faculty will be invited to attend dinners and share their unique story and tips for success at Mines. As a community, the residents will decide what activities and events they want to participate in and attend. Shape your Mines experience, live on campus beyond the first year. Applications for upper class students only will transpire in February.

“Living in the Women in Engineering community was the best choice I could have made for my freshman year. The residence staff is an amazing support group, especially to those of us far away from home. I love living in the Traditional halls; doors are always open on the floor, and there is always someone to study with or just hang out with. I’ve met some amazing people, and I’ve made some amazing friends in the residence halls, and I can safely say that living on campus is definitely a highlight of my freshman year. “ – HAILEY MEYER FOLEY, MN

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DINING SERVICES Mines and Dining Services are committed to providing students with the healthiest, freshest, and tastiest dining experience. Multiple locations around campus provide students with an array of choices to satisfy their dining needs. First year students are required to have a meal plan for the full academic year. Students simply use their ID Card (Blastercard) to access their meal plans. All meal plans may be used in three ways: • Use Munch Money to pay

for food items purchased in the retail food venues

on campus or for a guest meal at the Slate Café. • Use a meal “swipe” for an

all-you-care-to-eat meal in the Slate Café. • Use a meal “swipe” for

a meal exchange (i.e. a set combo) in any of our retail food venues on campus (up to 10 per week) CAMPUS DINING LOCATIONS: Slate Café. The Slate Cafe, located in the Student Center, is equipped with a register capable of reading your Blastercard. If you

have a meal plan, it will automatically count one swipe against your meal plan as soon as the card is swiped. The number of swipes you are allowed is based on the type of meal plan you have. You can also use Munch Money at this location. Digger’s Den Food Court. The Digger’s Den Food Court, also located in the Student Center, has two registers that allow you to use your meal plan (known as a meal exchange) or Munch Money.

Brown Hall. One of the newer food service choices on campus, The Brown Hall location offers “Simply to Go” selections and Starbucks Coffee and Tazo teas. The register allows both meal exchanges and Munch Money uses. Student Rec Center. The Student Rec Center offers the Power Blendz and Subway locations. As with other locations, the registers allow both meal exchanges and Munch Money. CTLM Building. The CTLM Building is the home to Einstein Bros. Bagels. The Einstein register also allows both meal exchanges and Munch Money uses. MEAL PLANS Students have the multiple options for their meal plan. These options vary year-toyear. Each plan provides the student with a combination of meal “swipes” and Munch Money. Refer to the campus dining website for information on the latest meal plans. http://csmdiningservices. com

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CAMPUS SAFETY RESOURCES The Colorado School of Mines Department of Public Safety is a full service, community oriented law enforcement agency, providing 24/7 service to the campus. It is the mission of the Colorado School of Mines Police Department to make the Mines campus the safest campus in Colorado. The department is responsible for providing services such as: • Proactive patrol of the campus and its facilities • Investigation and reporting of crimes and incidents • Motor vehicle traffic and parking enforcement • Crime and security awareness programs • Alcohol/Drug abuse awareness/education • Self defense classes • Consultation with campus departments for safety and security matters

Additional services to the campus community such as: vehicle unlocks and jump starts, community safe walks (escorts), building and office security, and assistance in any medical, fire, or other emergency situation.

granted access to a specific building hold your card in front of the door access panel. You should hear a series of beeps and see a green light. If you see a red light you have NOT been granted access to that specific location.

The police officers employed by the Department of Public Safety are fully trained police officers in accordance with the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board and the Colorado Revised Statutes.

For students living in the residence halls or sorority houses, access to their respective buildings is assigned upon move-in. The external doors of the residence halls and sorority houses are locked 24 hours a day. Access during locked hours is only gained by using a valid BlasterCard.

BLASTERCARD The BlasterCard is the campus identification card for students, staff, and faculty. Student cards are oriented horizontally; whereas, staff and faculty Blastercards are oriented vertically. The card is made of the same material as a credit card with a magnetic stripe on the back. The card also contains a proximity device that enables the card to be read by proximity readers for access to exterior doors on campus buildings. Proximity door access controllers are used on the majority of campus buildings. If you have been

Mines Park residents will have access to the Community Centers and laundry room. JOB OPPORTUNITIES The Residence Life Department offers many employment opportunities in the evenings, weekends and holidays. Our goal is to provide opportunities that fit your schedule, enabling you to have a rewarding work experience while going to school. On-campus jobs offer flexibility and helpful resources to accommodate student needs. Working at the University also provides students with a school friendly work-life balance.

“I lived in the Residence Halls my first year at Mines and had my best experiences that I can remember. I became a Resident Assistant, RA, for two years. I was able to meet new people and help them through the transition that I went through as freshmen. I work as a Desk Assistant for the Residence Halls in which I assist RAs and residents at the desk. Even though it is my last year at Mines, I still wanted to be a part of the Residence Hall’s and what they have to offer. Truly the experiences that I gained from living in the Residence Halls has helped me tremendously to be where I’m at today.” – NABEEL BABBITT CASTLE ROCK, CO

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WHAT TO BRING AND NOT TO BRING THAT IS THE QUESTION. AND... Moving in is an exciting part of being a college student but it can also cause anxiety. To ease the tension, here is a list of some items you’ll want to consider bringing to campus to make an easy transition. WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING... • Extra long twin sheets (80x30 and 75x38) • Pillows, bedspread or comforter, blankets • Towels, washcloths and bathrobe • Shower tote, caddy, and shower shoes • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.) • Clothes hangers • Cellular phone • Power strip • Laundry basket/high efficient detergent/fabric softener • School supplies/backpack • Alarm clock or clock radio with batteries • 3.2 cubic ft. refrigerator and 1000 watt (max) microwave WHAT YOU MAY WANT TO BRING (OPTIONAL)… • A formal suit or dress for class presentations and interviews • Stereo (bookshelf size) • Small safe to store valuables • TV and DVD Player • Iron and ironing board • Posters and poster putty (no tape or tacks can be used on walls) • Camera • Fan and/or humidifier • Bike and bike lock • Flashlight

• Hand-held vacuum/ carpet sweeper • Sports equipment/skis/ snowboard • Calendar, daily planner and/or PDA • Storage bins/small organizer • Desk/floor lamps • Full length mirror (cannot be hung on residence hall doors) • Non-perishable food items • Coffee maker • Power strips/surge protectors PLEASE DO NOT BRING... • Pets, with the exception of fish (with a limit of 25-gallon tanks) • Waterbeds or mattress from home • Drapes for the windows • Hot plates, candles, and incense • Halogen or torchiere-style lamps • Unapproved materials for hanging, including Scotch, duct, electrical, or masking tape, tacks, and nails; anything that might damage walls • Extension cords • Candles • Valuable possessions you don’t really need • Alcohol/drug paraphernalia

ITEMS TO DISCUSS WITH YOUR ROOMMATE BEFORE PURCHASING... • TV • Rugs (rooms are carpeted) • Video game console • Couch • Futon • Fridge and microwave • Reclining chairs CUSTOMER SERVICE Each Residence Hall has a customer service desk. Students may go to the front desk for campus information or to check out games, cleaning supplies, Vacuums, Irons, Ethernet cord and many more additional items. The front desk is managed by students and supervised by professional Administrative Coordinators. The Customer Service Desk is open from 8:00am to 11:00pm.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Students are not required to live in the residence hall after the first year.

Upperclass students have the opportunity to live in the residence halls by a lottery process starting in February. Continuing students may also apply for the Apartments at Mines Park. Students also may live off campus, go to our website and get our off campus housing information. The Apartments at Mines Park (Upper Class and Family Living) is an apartment

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to provide convenient, affordable housing for the expanding Mines’ community. The complex has apartments for both single undergraduate and graduate students and families. There are one, two, and three bedroom units for single students, and one and two bedroom units for families. The apartments are unfurnished. The kitchen is equipped with a full-size refrigerator with ice maker, dishwasher and an oven and range. Each bedroom has a hook up for expanded basic cable television and wired and wireless connections to the Mines network. There are two Community Centers at Mines Park. Both feature laundry facilities, television lounge, study area, and kitchen. CAMPUS CLOSED Campus is closed during winter break. It is mandatory that all students leave campus during this time. SUMMER SCHOOL HOUSING One of the additional benefits provided by Colorado School of Mines is housing during the summer for students attending Summer School – Sessions 1 and/or 2. Students will be provided with the same amenities as in the academic year. In addition, meal plans will be made available for summer students (optional). Summer school sign up will begin mid-March… Watch for emails.


Apartments at Mines Park

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HOUSING The International Student & Scholar Services Office (IS&SS) serves approximately 550 international students from 72 countries who attend Mines. Mines and Residence Life work hard to place international students in a comfortable, convenient and safe environment. When making a transition to college living, the residence halls are an excellent way to experience American culture as well as other cultures from around the world. Who must live on campus?

All full-time, first-year, degree-seeking students are required to live in the residence halls. With the stress that often comes with transitions to college life, the proximity to campus facilities and resources are especially important.

What residence halls are available for international students? International

students may live in any of the residence halls on campus. We want to make sure that international students adjust comfortably to their new environment. All campus residence halls include laundry facilities, wired and wireless internet connections, and cable TV services. These halls include rooms that are equipped with a bed, desk, desk chair, wastebasket, recycling bin, and a closet or dresser for each student. If you have questions about international student admissions, degree programs, billing, financial aid, or housing, please visit those specific Mines pages. Please send other questions and comments about international student life at Mines to bsamter@mines.edu.

The IS&SS business hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST), Monday through Friday.

Campus is closed during winter break. It is mandatory that all students leave campus during this time. *International Students living in Maple Hall will have the opportunity to stay on campus during winter break for an additional fee if they do not wish to leave campus or return home.. Our Residence Life staff located in Maple Hall will be available to assist you. If you are not planning to leave campus for winter break, we recommend that you select Maple Hall.

“The best part of living in the residence halls is being a part of a huge community. You get to meet all kinds of people by just hanging out in the hallway or cafeteria. You will form relationships that will carry you through your college career.� – JENNY LEE CHINA

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