The best of times…

In his novel A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” What was the “best of times” for you in Rolla?

Historian Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, recently posed this question to our readers and on social media. Here are a couple of your answers. [Read more…]

From the editor

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It has been nearly 10 years since I attended the first committee meeting about building an alumni house on campus. Since that time, I have experienced a range of emotions — from terror to cautious optimism to euphoria — when thinking about the project.

I must admit that when the Miner Alumni Association launched the campaign to build Hasselmann Alumni House, I thought the project was too risky. But the skeptic in me turned out to be wrong.

After years of migrating around campus, alumni have a 12,500-square-foot home of our own, on the best corner in Rolla. Now we have a beautiful space for meetings, mingling, major events — and just hanging out. We needed this common ground for many reasons. The main reason, perhaps, is the strength of permanent roots.

This issue salutes the vision that laid the foundation for Hasselmann Alumni House and the generosity that built it. From the story behind our namesake, to the number of nails in the roof, to photos of the dedication, these pages celebrate a homecoming unlike any other.

The door is open, the light is on. Make yourselves at home!

With gratitude,

Darlene Ramsay, MetE’84
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Advancement Services
Executive Vice President of the Miner Alumni Association

Dear Alumni and Friends,

No matter where we live, what degree we earned, what our careers look like or what our cultural background is, Miner alumni have at least one thing in common: We all need to eat.

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Letter from the editor

Dear Fellow Alumni:

This issue of Missouri S&T Magazine is about opportunity and taking a chance. It is about taking what you have and turning it into something greater. In this case, the catalyst is Missouri S&T.

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Letter from the editor: Katie Jackson

S&T alumni touch everyday life.

This issue features Miners who craft and design the items we depend on every day — from the time you shampoo your hair in the morning until the moment you relax on your bed at night. Your fellow alumni, employed by companies like L’Oreal and Leggett & Platt, are the people who make these everyday items what they are — examples of innovative simplicity. A Missouri S&T education fuels creation and development of the essential goods and services that characterize our daily lives.

Issac Newton said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Bearing in mind this apt sentiment, I invite you to imagine all of the ways you are lifted up by fellow alumni each day. Whether you consider the knowledge and experience gained on campus or the well-known items we use every day, Missouri S&T has allowed you to do more and live better.

Letter from the editor: Megan Kean-O’Brien, MS TComm’12

Dear Fellow Alumni:

Fans of The Simpsons may have noticed some familiar clothing on Lisa during the episode that aired on Nov. 11, 2012.

In that episode, Bart Simpson’s more intellectual younger sister wore a “University of Missouri at Rolla” shirt while playing online poker with the college savings her dad, Homer, had socked away. It made us wonder what kind of a student Lisa would be if she attended Missouri S&T.

Wikipedia describes the middle Simpson child as “highly intelligent” (with an IQ of 159), spiritual, idealistic and “notably more concerned with world affairs than her life in Springfield,” her mythical hometown. Armed with that information, our admissions staff, many of whom are fans of the show, predicted Lisa’s career as a Miner.

  • Major: environmental engineering and psychology
  • Activities: jazz band, theater, research, film series, athletics
  • Student organizations:  Women in Engineering, French Club, Engineers Without Borders

Of course, Lisa Simpson is just a fictional character, but Missouri S&T has thousands of other real-life students with fascinating real-life stories. Each one is different. While all of them strive to uphold the Miner tradition of excellence, and many exceed that high standard, there is no such thing as a stereotypical S&T student.

Miners excel in a broad spectrum of activities and interests. Some are athletes. Others are members of student design teams. Some are involved in research that can change the lives of people around the world. Others focus on serving their local communities. Many combine these activities and more.

In this issue, we’ll introduce you to a few of today’s real-life students. Keep an eye on them. They, like so many of their fellow Miners, are going places.

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.
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