2016 49ers Celebration Schedule

2016 49ers Celebration Schedule

 ‘M’ Mountain Open Only This Weekend

SOCORRO, N.M. – The annual 49ers Celebration – New Mexico Tech’s homecoming – features a weekend full of fun activities on campus and around town from Wednesday to Sunday, Oct. 12 to 16.

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Students swarm over the 'M' during the 2015 49ers Celebration. 


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Students have been trekking up the mountain since 1910 to give the 'M' its annual whitewash. 



The celebration gets into full swing Thursday evening with the opening bonfire, live music and food at the mud bog pit. Also on Thursday, alumni are welcome to get campus tours and all are welcome to TECHTalks, featuring alumni and faculty presentations.

Another annual highlight of 49ers is the annual Paint the ‘M’ event on the morning of Friday, Oct. 14. This is the only time during the year that the general public is allowed on ‘M’ Mountain. Students are invited to carry 50-pound sacks of lime up the mountain to help give the ‘M’ its annual makeover. The first 20 students (or teams of students) to reach the ‘M’ with lime will earn $50.  Alumni and NMT employees are also welcome to take part in the tradition that started in 1910.  The hike is about 2.5 miles and 2,000 feet of elevation change over rugged terrain.  Register by emailing paintm@nmt.edu. Sign-in starts at the golf course parking lot at 7 a.m. Everyone should be signed in by no later than 8 a.m.  

Dr. Van Romero, V.P. of Research and a graduate of NMT, said “Painting the ‘M’ is much like going to school at Tech – it’s difficult, but worth the effort. Every student should experience this at least once during their career here. It’s a great tradition.”

Everyone who completes the hike gets a Paint the 'M' T-shirt and is treated to a free hamburger lunch near the base of the 'M' and a van ride back to campus. 

Other highlights of the annual event include the alumni vs. students rugby match, the swan song of The Vigilante Band, and casino night. The festivities continue throughout the weekend, with student events, alumni gatherings and other activities around campus and Socorro.

The schedule:

Wednesday, October 12

1 pm Health and Safety Fair in Fidel Center

8 pm Movie Night Drive In at the athletic field

8 pm Scavenger Hunt begins

Thursday, October 13

9am-5pm – Visit the Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

10am-4pm – Alumni registration in Fidel Center atrium

10:30am & 2:30pm – Guided campus tours by High Tech Ambassadors Meet in Fidel Center

11am-3pm – TECHTalks Fidel Center ballrooms. Click here for the schedule of speakers

6pm-9pm – 49ers Gold and Silver Jubilee Opening Bonfire –Food, fire and live music by Roon, Los Unusual Suspects and breakingthecode at the NMT Mudbog Pit

7:15 pm Belly Dancers at Macey Center

8 pm Comedy Night at Macey Center

9pm - Vigilante Band final 49ers weekend at the Capitol Bar. College night and karaoke at the Bodega Lounge

Friday, October 14


9am – Paint the 'M' Mountain Run. Sign-in starts at 7 a.m. in the parking lot between NMT Golf Course and Facilities Management building. RSVP by noon, October 13 to paintm@nmt.edu

9am-5pm – Visit the Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

9:30am – Annual SPE Gold Rush Golf Tournament. Information 575-835-5412 or www.nmt.edu/~spe

10am-4pm – Timmy Telescope Solar Observing in front of Bureau of Geology building

10am-4pm – Alumni registration in Fidel Center atrium

12pm-2pm – 25th and 50th Reunion Luncheon – Macey Center Galena Room

1pm-4pm Rugby tailgate at the athletic field, with a club fair and lawn games

3pm – NMT Women’s Soccer Game nmtwomenssoccer@gmail.com for details

3pm – Alumni soccer game at the athletic field

4:30pm – Traditional Black and Blue Rugby match

5pm-8pm – Alumni Decades Reunion and Live Auction supporting the Alumni Chemistry Labs at the President’s Residence on the corner of Bullock and Lopezville Rd

9pm- Vigilante Band final 49ers weekend at the Capitol Bar. Live music at the Bodega Lounge

Saturday, October 15

10am-3pm – Co-ed Soccer and NMT Alumni Soccer game on the Athletic Field

10am-4pm Visit New Mexico Tech Bookstore – Fidel Center

10am-3pm – Visit the Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

10am-4pm – Timmy Telescope Solar Observing in front of Fidel Center

10am – Walk for Freedom at Tech Field

11am – Annual 49ers Day Parade, “Through the Decades”. Parade travels south on California St. to the Plaza. Line up at 10am Sedillo Park. Contact 575-835-5618 or specialevents@nmt.edu

Noon (after parade) – Walk for Freedom BBQ at the gym pavilion


1pm-3pm – Annual general meeting of the New Mexico Tech Alumni Association, MSEC 101. New officers and board members will be elected

4pm-11pm – Casino Night, Auction and Bordello at Macey Center. Students, alumni and friends welcome

5pm-8:30pm – 5th annual Victor J. Saracini Fundraiser to support the NMTAA and Alumni Reception sponsored by the Office for Advancement and Alumni Relations at Bodega. Donations to the V.J.S. Memorial Scholarship Fund are welcome. Live music by Mose McCormack, breakingthecode and Los Unusual Suspects. Please RSVP at 575-835-5618 or specialevents@nmt.edu

7pm-11pm – Scooteroo Bands at the athletic field

9pm – Vigilante Band final 49ers performance at the Capitol Bar. AND Ladies night at the Bodega Lounge

Sunday, October 16

10am-3pm – Visit the Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum

10am-12pm – Timmy Telescope Solar Observing in front of Bureau of Geology building

11am-12:30pm – Alumni farewell brunch at the El Camino Restaurant

11am – Free food, live music and sketch artist at the gym pavilion

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