Letter from the editor

Dear fellow alumni:

It is my great pleasure to introduce to you Cheryl B. Schrader, the 21st leader of Missouri S&T. Since arriving in April, she’s wasted no time getting to know the campus and its people, as well as alumni and government leaders. Now it’s time for you to get to know her.

Her story is compelling. A champion of STEM education and women and minorities in education, Schrader has a passion for mentorship and understands how powerful positive role models can be for young adults. On the following pages, you’ll learn about her own role model and about the ways she mentors today’s students. You’ll learn about her research background, meet her family and learn about her vision for the future of Missouri S&T.

A large part of that vision involves you, fellow alumni. As we continue to raise funds for the Hasselmann Alumni House, we do so with the dream of having a comfortable place for Miners to gather (and share their own stories) when they come back to Rolla. Chancellor Schrader supports that vision and gave the project a boost this fall by earmarking a $500,000 estate gift for the house. The bequest will be used as a challenge grant to attract more contributions. When the challenge is met, we’ll be $1.5 million closer to completion of the project. Read more about the project, including ways that you can contribute, on page 25.

Keeping in touch with Miner alumni — and faculty, staff and students — is one of Chancellor Schrader’s goals. One of the ways she’s doing that is through social media. Follow her on Twitter at @SandTChancellor.

Read on, and enjoy the Fall/Winter issue of Missouri S&T Magazine!

Mary Helen Stoltz
news & features editor


Editor’s top five

  1. People with symptoms of depression use the Internet differently than others. Read more about the research behind that finding – and plans to create an app to trigger a diagnosis – read more.
  2. An S&T grad competed in track and field at the London Olympic Games. Find out how he did.
  3. Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader was honored by the White House for mentoring women and underrepresented minorities in engineering. Read her story.
  4. 2013 marks the 105th Best Ever. Come back to campus March 16, 2013, and help us celebrate. Read more.
  5. Karl F. Hasselmann, MinE’25, was one of the first people to successfully drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Read more about the namesake of the Hasselmann Alumni House – and learn more about the project.



Thank you to Dave Zimmerman, CE’69, for pointing out that we misidentified one of the cars displayed by Dick Burdick, ME’52, in his classic car garage in Texas. What we labeled a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible in the photo on page 41 of the Summer 2012 issue is actually a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air. We regret the error.

On page 30 in the “On the road” section, we mislabeled two of the photos. Photo No. 2 is actually the Camaro owned by Stephen Rode, ChE’84. Photo No. 3 is the Galaxie owned by Lloyd A. Meffert, ME’88, and his wife, Deanna. We regret the error.

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