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One of SME’s best networking tools: online mentoring
Would you like to bridge the gap among industry professionals? The power of mentoring creates a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collaboration, goal achievement and problem solving. Mentoring is a special relationship in which experienced professionals support younger members in developing specific skills and knowledge that will enhance their career and personal growth.

Please join us at the Mentoring Meeting Place, scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center. For more information or to apply for the 2014 SME Annual Meeting Mentor Program, contact Mona Vandervoort, SME Education Coordinator, 1-800-763-3132, ext. 227,

Enter the SME 2013 Photo Contest today!
This year's theme is "Minerals and Mineral Processing." The first place winner will receive $500 and a FREE year of SME membership. Winning images will be displayed on the SME website and at the 2014 SME Annual Meeting in the exhibit hall for all attendees to enjoy. Share your mineral & processing images with us, and you might win fame, fortune and SME schwag! Sponsored by HITACHI.

Attention, students – time is running out!
The deadline to submit your applications for all scholarships administered by SME and the SME Foundation is coming up on November 1. If you are an SME student member in good standing, have applied for SME student membership, or are a student member of SPE, AIST or TMS, then you are eligible to apply for our scholarships. If you haven’t already started your application, please be sure to do so ASAP. Your application requires two recommendations, and you’ll want to give your recommenders plenty of time to complete their tasks prior to the November 1 deadline.
Visit for complete details on our scholarships and our application/selection processes.

Save the date: Be part of the most talked-about
evening at the SME Annual Meeting
Tickets for the SME Foundation Annual Gala Dinner will go on sale November 4, 2013. $10 of the ticket price includes automatic entry into a drawing for AMAZING door prizes — Best Buy shopping sprees!

Be a table sponsor!
Space is limited, so sign up soon.

New threats to mining in Chile
Legislation that would protect glaciers, and possibly the frozen ground around glaciers, could threaten Chile’s multibillion dollar mining industry. More>>
Read daily mining headlines and more at ME Online, the Mining Engineering website.
The latest developments in coal processing
Minerals & Metallurgical Processing currently features two articles on coal processing, “Effect of nanobubbles on the flotation of different sizes of coal particle” and “Two-stage coal flotation to remove pyritic sulfur, arsenic, selenium and mercury.” For this and other cutting-edge papers, visit To subscribe, visit

Full program now available for Cutting Edge: MEGA PROJECTS
Don’t miss your chance to participate in the upcoming Cutting Edge: MEGAPROJECTS conference in Seattle, WA from November 3-5, 2013. The full program is now available, and be sure not miss your chance to tour the historic SR99 Alaskan Viaduct Replacement Project as a part of the conference. Register today to join us in Seattle!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

2:00 p.m. MDT
Dirk van der Wal
Mining director, FEI
“Onsite mineralogy for operators.”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

9:00 a.m. MST
Vishal Gupta
Research engineer, FLSmidth
“Surface chemistry of kaolinite.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
9:00 a.m. MST
Tammy R. Whinstone
Managing partner, Cason Group LLC
“Networking novice to pro.”
For details and to register, go to:

Carbon Management Technology Conference
Be part of the one conference focused on the engineering perspectives critical to meeting the challenge of greenhouse gas emissions.

What: Carbon Management Technology Conference
October 21-23, 2013
Where: Hilton Alexandria Old Town, Alexandria, VA
For more information and to register, click here.
Complete details now available for SME Arizona Conference
The meeting features speakers from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and Rosemont Copper. Don’t miss it: register now!

2013 Arizona Conference
December 8-9, 2013
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, AZ

For more details or to register, click here.

2015 Hoist and Haul – call for papers
What: 2015 International Conference on Hoisting and Haulage – Call for papers
June 21-25, 2015
Where: Clarion Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Hoist and Haul covers systems or technology associated with the handling of ore from the point of extraction in the underground mine to the stockpiling on the surface. The conference will also include a focused trade exhibition and local tours. The program encompasses a wide range of topics including shaft hoisting, incline and drift hoisting, conveying, underground rail haulage, tramming and truck haulage. To submit an abstract, click here.
Watch your mail for 2014 SME dues bill and pay online
Dues bills for SME were mailed in early September. Make certain you are using all the valuable resources to which you are entitled. SME values its members and we look forward to your continued membership. Pay online and save time and money!

Let’s work together!
The Campaign for Mining is underway!

The SME Foundation Board of Trustees, SME members and Corporate Roundtable Partners are standing together to support the Foundation and its programs. With support from across the mining and minerals industry, our Campaign for Mining will invest in targeted programs to meet the challenges facing our industry in the years ahead.

Together we are the key to global prosperity!

Washington Updates

Update on the government shutdown
For most of September, Congress was focused on considering a budget for 2014 before the 2013 fiscal year ended on September 30th. Congress, however, has failed to pass a budget or a Continuing Resolution (CR) and, thus, all nonessential government services shut down. As Congress struggles to resolve the FY 2014 impasse, the next budget battle looms. The government is projected to reach its borrowing limit on October 17. Any bill to fund the government has to be agreed on by both chambers and signed by the President in order to reverse the government shutdown.

MSHA news
MSHA outlines mine safety plans in light of government shutdown
MSHA is keeping 41 percent of its workforce of 2,355 on the job during the government shutdown to provide essential safety services to the industry. MSHA employees will be used to continue impact inspections. Hazard-specific inspections aimed at conditions and practices that have led to recent mine fatalities and serious injuries will continue, as well as investigations into accidents and miners' safety complaints. To support these activities, a minimal level of supervisory staff will be maintained at all of MSHA's district and field offices. MSHA also said it would continue to perform certain plan reviews and approvals, provide information technology support, maintain a minimal emergency response presence and provide security at the Mine Academy and at its facility in Triadelphia, WV.

MSHA issues Miner’s Representative Guide
On Sept. 25, MSHA announced the availability of Miners’ Representative Guide, a comprehensive tool that expands upon the Guide to Miners’ Rights and Responsibilities released by the agency in June 2011. A miners’ representative is any person, group or organization designated by two or more miners to represent their interest during health and safety enforcement processes at their mine. According to the Mine Act, Congress specifically intended that a designated miners’ representative be included in many important aspects of mine safety and health such as traveling with and assisting federal inspectors, filing hazard complaints, participating in modification of mandatory safety standards and playing a role in litigation procedures under the Mine Act. The new guide provides detailed information about reporting hazardous conditions and imminent dangers, accident investigations, understanding the elements of discrimination, health and safety training, petitions for modification of a safety standard, rights to information and records, civil penalties and requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

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