What is your favorite place in Rolla?

For some alumni, a campus locale holds a special place in their heart. Others have fond memories of recreation spots or enjoying the great outdoors. We asked about your favorite place in Rolla. Here is what you told us.

So many choices just on campus alone. If I had to pick one it would be the S&T Golf Course. Convenient, rarely crowded, and the price was hard to beat — a major consideration for a cash-strapped college student.

John Walker, Econ’77
Russellville, Ark.


Three places came to mind immediately: Bill’s Burger Basket, on Sundays when no meal was available; the Top Hat Lounge, where my polymers class often met with our professor; and Table Rock on the Gasconade River — truly my favorite place to swim, dive, tube and canoe.

Bill Alexander, ChE’70
Kansas City, Mo.


The Rolla roller skating rink was my favorite place. I learned how to skate backwards in 1960–61 and became a floor guard. I got a free soft drink during work breaks, skated for free, met many nice people and had a break from my metallurgy studies.

Walt Mulyca, MetE’65
Massena, N.Y.


My favorite place in Rolla was probably the Giddy Goat coffee house. There were always students in there, and it was a great place to study and drink amazing coffee. I practically lived in there my senior year.

Rexann Whorton, Psych’11
Lake Forest, Ill.


My favorite place was Jackling Gym, now long gone. I was a student athlete and one of 12 men who lived in the gym. Eleven guys were football players. I was the only track man. To the best of my knowledge, I was the only person who survived junior and senior years living in the gym and actually graduated. All the others joined fraternities or dropped out of school. If not for the gym, I probably could not have made it financially. 

Herbert S. Kalish, MetE’43
Manchester Center, Vt.


Probably my most favorite place was Maramec Spring Park. My ’65 Homecoming date and I visited there. The weather and fall colors were beautiful. Two dates and two months later, she became my fiancee. It has been 49 years, and we are still together. I think it will work out.

Will Sudduth, CE’66
Decatur, Ill.


Maramec Spring Park and Montauk State Park. Ten semesters of “Trout Lab” helped me keep my GPA up.

Dwight Gookin, PetE’75
Traverse City, Mich.

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