A partnership between the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno and Newmont Goldcorp is marking its golden anniversary of helping students, the Mackay School, the mining industry and Newmont recruitment all these years.
“Both Newmont and Mackay get something out of the partnership,” said Melissa Harmon, general manager of Newmont’s Twin Creeks Mine in Humboldt County.
Newmont has donated an estimated $8 million to the Mackay School and UNR since 1969, Harmon said. Newmont also was the first mining company to reach the philanthropist level in 2011 for giving $5 million to the university.
Jeffrey Thompson, dean of UNR’s College of Science, said Newmont’s donations have “given us a fantastic opportunity,” but there is more than money involved. “It’s almost like being in a family. The intellectual collaboration and friendship are at least as important. They are more than donors. It’s a partnership and has been absolutely remarkable.”
Mark Evatz, general manager of Newmont’s Phoenix Mine south of Battle Mountain, said Newmont’s student recruitment starts in advance of graduation, and Newmont has a “robust internship program so we start to get to know these students. It’s on-the-job training for them, and we get to do a long interview with them. That’s a win-win scenario.”
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