Forging new friendships

In 2012, the Miner Alumni Association board of directors consolidated its committees into five groups with broad goals. In this issue, we introduce you to the Strengthening Campus Relations Committee.

The committee finds and then builds upon potential areas of collaboration between the Miner Alumni Association and the other areas of the campus.

“In other words, we are trying to get people engaged with the life of the campus while they are students and then continue that engagement after they graduate,” says committee chair Mike McEvilly, CE’80, MS EMgt’81.

The committee invites representatives from campus organizations to each of its meetings to raise awareness of the association and its projects among the university’s various departments.

Lifetime alumni engagement is an important part of Missouri S&T’s strategic plan. The committee already made an impact around campus by restructuring the alumni speaker’s bureau and increasing attendance at Homecoming’s 2013 Legends Banquet by approximately 250 percent compared to the 2012 event.

“Campus units can turn to this committee for help reaching alumni and finding common ground,” says Katie Jackson, assistant director of the Miner Alumni Association. “Getting the word out to campus that alumni are interested in what is going on will lead to better interactions on both sides.”

Around the Puck

Generous partners complete ACML fundraising

Thanks to an investment from the University of Missouri System, major gifts from industry partners and alumni support, S&T will break ground on the Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML) on Oct. 12, during Homecoming weekend.

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Alumni help with sesquicentennial planning

Seven alumni, including three Miner Alumni Association board members, have been named to Missouri S&T’s sesquicentennial advisory committee. The group is made up of graduates, students, faculty, staff and community members who are involved in planning the university’s upcoming 150th anniversary celebration.

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Using big data to reduce childbirth risks

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complications during pregnancy or childbirth affect more than 50,000 women annually, and about 700 of them die every year. Steve Corns, associate professor of engineering management and systems engineering, is working with researchers from Phelps County Regional Medical Center through the Ozarks Biomedical Initiative to reduce […]

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Bogan solves Benton mural mystery

Missouri State Capitol muralist Thomas Hart Benton wrote in his memoir about being called into then-Gov. Guy Park’s office and told that a prominent St. Louis politician objected to Benton’s portrayal of black people, especially depictions of slavery.

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Breaking bias

According to Jessica Cundiff, assistant professor of psychological science at S&T, women who consider careers in the physical sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are deterred by stereotypes that impose barriers on the recruitment, retention and advancement of women in STEM.

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