Why We Went Digital

The first edition of The Hardrock circulated in the fall of 1934 and it has been published on and off for almost 90 years. This publication is tied to the legacy of our alma mater, and it is not a tradition we plan to discontinue.  

But to keep up, we must evolve. The cost of printing is increasing rapidly, and alumni feedback shows many of you prefer a digital copy. Going digital saves the university over $30,000 each year, which can be put to better use for scholarships and research. The digital Hardrock also allows all of us to better share articles with prospective students via social media. 

Those who want to interact with a hardcopy of any Hardrock article have the option to print at home. The Class Notes and In Memoriam sections remain an important part of the publication. Both are maintained by CARA with links at the top of The Hardrock site.  

You can upload and access Class Notes at any time. To safeguard privacy, you must create an alumni account to view and publish to Class Notes. We encourage everyone to log in and use this method to keep fellow Hardrockers updated on your personal and professional life. 

It seems worth noting that The Hardrock has been sustained at Mines through university and alumni support and feedback. In that inaugural edition in October 1934, the editor wrote that the future of the publication “will be determined by your reaction.”  

This has not changed. We welcome your feedback.

Mike Ray (Geol 97) 
Managing Editor, The Hardrock