The street painting gang

Every year at dawn on this special day, a procession of figures wearing green jackets (some of them showing quite a bit of wear) makes its way toward Pine Street.

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Happy campers (with eager young minds)

Jennifer Babb was introduced to science and technology at UMR in 2005 when she attended Summer Solutions Camp for girls who are freshmen and sophomores in high school. Babb then attended the Jackling Introduction to Engineering camp the following year. During one of those visits to campus, she heard about a new UMR camp that sounded intriguing. “A bunch of my friends were really jealous when they found out I was going to Explosives Camp this year,” says Babb, now 17, of St. Louis.

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Imagination stations

Finding shelter from the acid rain is the first order of business after crashing on Planet Zak. This is accomplished by taping plastic garbage bags to the edges of tables and hiding underneath. “The lights flash on and off and the teacher comes around with a spray bottle,” says Sophie Vojta, 10, of Rolla.

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Shock & awe

Explosives Camp director Paul Worsey instructed one of the high school students to get ready to activate the firing unit, which was connected to the shot cable, which was connected to the detonator, which was connected to the detonating cord – which, finally, was connected to several cans filled with ether. After Worsey’s last warning of “Fire in the hole!” was sounded, a frighteningly loud boom erupted, accompanied by a huge ball of red fire and black smoke.

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A legacy through lectures

  • Goal for program support: $32 million
  • Amount raised: $32.2 million
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Walter and Miriam Remmers

When Walter, MetE’23, MS MetE’24, and Miriam Remmers said they wanted to bring big names to campus, they weren’t kidding. In 1979, Gerald Ford became the first speaker in the Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series. The list of those who followed includes Margaret Thatcher, Charles Kuralt, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis.

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Building a better UMR

  • Goal for facilities: $37 million
  • Amount raised: $15.6 million
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John and Mary Toomey

Since the “quiet” phase of the Advancing Excellence Campaign began in 2003, UMR has received one of the largest gifts in its history: $5 million for the renovation and expansion of the mechanical and aerospace engineering complex, Toomey Hall, from John, ME’49, MS ME’51, and Mary Toomey and their family, replacing a building built on the UMR campus before the Wright brothers flew.

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Empowering the fearless

  • Goal for scholarships: $35 million
  • Amount raised: $23.1 million
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Stephen and Susan Rector | photo by Susan English

Stephen W. Rector, PetE’72, MS PetE’73, got the chance for a college education thanks to scholarships in petroleum engineering. Now, Rector and his wife, Susan, are giving that same chance to future generations of Miners through their $1 million scholarship endowment.
UMR needs to attract quality students, to encourage diversity and to recruit students interested in studying biotechnology and other emerging fields. The scholarships established through the Advancing Excellence Campaign will create opportunities for future generations of Miners.

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Focusing on faculty

  • Goal for faculty support: $26 million
  • Amount raised: $6.4 million

Endowed faculty positions attract top educators and researchers to UMR.

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where do you fit in?

Assigning names to generations is nothing new. Look at the list below to see where you fit in.

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Nucor: Motivated to make steel

For years, one of the main philosophical goals of the leaders at UMR has been to create an environment where students have a real stake in the research that is going on at the university. In that way, UMR is similar to one of its largest corporate partners – Nucor Corp.

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