Michigan Tech
MTU Students Compete in International, Intercollegiate Mining Competition
Submitted by Bill Wilson, Office of Student Affairs

On April 13th & 14th, 2001 ten members of the MTU - SME (Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration) student chapter participated in the 23rd annual International, Intercollegiate Mining Competition in Reno, NV. MTU fielded a women's and a men's team.

They kicked off the weekend on April 12th with a tour of Newmont Mining Corp.'s underground facilities at Carlin East as well as their open pit and mill. The day was organized by MTU alum Mary Korpi and ended with a BBQ with MTU alumni at her home in Elko, NV. Friday morning the MTU teams completed the last leg of their trip to Reno, where they joined their competition for one final practice round.

Saturday proved to be one of MTU's most successful performances to date. The women beat many personal records and took 3rd place in the jacklegging and swede saw events for a division rank of 4th place. The MTU men also had a great day and finished with an overall ranking of 7th place. The tight competition (there was a three way tie for 1st!) and perfect weather
combined to produce a truly memorable experience. Perhaps the most
exciting development occurred at the captain's meeting Saturday evening,
where it was officially determined that next year's competition will by
hosted by the Western Australian School of Mines in Kalgoorlie, Australia!

Participation in this event is supported by the Office of Student Activities and the Parent's Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.