Minor league summers

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Helene Hardy Pierce in her kitchen looking through her scrapbook collection of articles. She has collected a multitude of memorabilia from over the years, including a collection of signed baseballs, bats, helmets and bobble heads. (Photo by Danielle Austen)

A big fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball, Helene Hardy Pierce, EMgt’83, was very excited when, after moving to New Jersey, she found out the Cardinals had a Single-A Short Season team that played at a minor league stadium 10 minutes from her home. During the first game she attended with her husband in 2002, the team announced over the public address system that it was still looking for host families. “We called, and a day later, three guys moved in,” Pierce recalls. “The following year, there were four players.”

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Paul Murphy: a survivor’s story

On July 30, 1945, shortly after delivering atomic bomb components to the U.S. air base at Tinian, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Of the 1,197 sailors onboard, 317 survived. One survivor was Paul Murphy, ME’50.

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Pulling pork — the BBQ Club story

The Missouri S&T BBQ Club recognizes all styles of barbecue, but their specialty is pulled pork. “There are as many styles and opinions about good barbecue as there are people,” says Kevin Brady, the club’s advisor. “Pulled pork is made from shoulder roasts, sauced with tangy southern sauce, and served on the bun with slaw.”

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Remember the Rollamo

In the 1980s, Jason McHaney saw an ad for yearbook photographers in the student newspaper, the Missouri Miner. Though he had his doubts, he decided to go to a meeting to get more information. The offices of the yearbook, the Rollamo, were on the third floor of the Rolla Building at the time. “I will always be glad I made the climb up those stairs,” says McHaney, ChE’91.

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Paul and Kristine Hamilton

As students, Paul and Kristine Hamilton participated in Engineers Without Borders. Paul, CE’09, traveled to Guatemala with EWB, while Kristine, ChE’09, went to Bolivia.

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Michael Lancey

Looks good on a resume: Michael Lancey, ArchE’06, was the on-site project engineer for the construction of the new Yankee Stadium, a $1.3 billion project in the Bronx, N.Y. Engineering services were provided by Lancey’s employer at the time, Thornton Tomasetti, a firm that specializes in high-rise buildings and sports venues.

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Chad Winkler

When he was a fourth grader in Jefferson City, Mo., Chad Winkler, CerE’08, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism. The assumption was that he would have difficulty fitting in to “normal” society. That might be why Winkler says he’s always been bothered by assumptions.

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David Pollack: energy entrepreneur

After graduating from Missouri S&T, David Pollack soon realized that looking for jobs wasn’t really his thing. He was more interested, as it turns out, in employing himself.

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Dave and Mae Jean Nothstine

Dave Nothstine’s wife, Mae Jean, was “one of 12 women” on campus when he was a student, recalls Dave, ME’55. A member of the St. Pat’s Board, Dave says calculus was the most intimidating class he took. Dave worked in the aviation industry from 1955 to 1995, retiring from McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) as vice president of international support services.

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For David Deatherage, the past is always present

David Deatherage, EMgt’92, is a professional shopper. He goes to estate sales, auctions and antique shows, always on the lookout for vintage furniture. It was a passion that started back in Rolla after he rented an apartment in an old house that had been divided. The shag carpet and window shades were turquoise. He says the interior of the place looked like it was out of House and Garden in 1952.

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