Monday, August 3, 2015
UP 49ers’ 61st Year: Transcending Excellence
Keep the fire burning: these are the words UP 49ers has always lived by. As an organization, it is rooted to a deep sense of camaraderie and excellence. It is through these values that it has grown into what it is today. Since 1954, this group of young men and women has realized their ideals of excellence and service to the community at large. Recognizing the roles of students on the development of the fields of mining, metallurgical, and materials engineering, UP 49ers has continually provided avenues for student involvement.
In its 61st year, the organization continues the tradition of excellence. In celebration of its anniversary this September, it has prepared a lineup of events transcending its own benchmarks. To empower students in their respective fields of study, now on its 6th year is the National Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Summit, an event in advocacy to form responsible engineers in mining and metallurgy. With delegates from all over the country, it promotes solidarity in tackling the current issues faced by the industry. It is a three-day event filled with talks from noted individuals and companies practicing mining and metallurgy, a quiz bee, plant tours, and capped off by a socials night.
This September also marks the first ever Materials Innovation: Materials Science Fair where high school and undergraduate students present their studies on the related fields of materials science and engineering. In line with the spirit of innovation is the Materials Design Competition where project designs are presented for specific engineering problems. Discoveries are being made by the day; one innovation at a time can revolutionize the future.
Headlining the organization’s 61st anniversary is UP 49ers Gives Back, wherein the organization promotes the welfare of its surrounding communities. Cliptomania, an annual movie clip quiz show is also back with a vengeance to challenge movie enthusiasts with their knowledge on all things cinema. Culminating the anniversary month of September, is the organization’s annual Alumni Homecoming and Anniversary Dinner. Here, the UP 49ers’ members and alumni celebrate their beloved organization’s existence throughout the years, showing that the fire kept burning.
60 years is a milestone, but UP 49ers is done counting in years. We will continue to transcend excellence, for this year and the countless years to come.
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