Missouri S&T ranks 19th in 2008 NCSA rankings

Missouri S&T is the top-ranked institution in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and among the top 20 schools in NCAA Division II for the second straight year in the National Collegiate Scouting Association rankings. The Miners are ranked 19th in the 2008 listing.

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Keith Wedge: From Boy Scout to brigadier general

What began as a casual hobby picking up rocks while visiting the western United States took retired Gen. Keith Wedge, GGph‘70, MS GGph‘71, PhD GGph‘73, from the Boy Scouts to the U.S. Army. In between, his fascination with rocks led him to Missouri S&T’s geology and geophysics program.

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Meet the new Miner Alumni Association president: Perrin Roller

This fall, Perrin Roller, GeoE’80, became president of the Miner Alumni Association. Missouri S&T Magazine staff sat down with the vice president of well engineering for Devon Energy to get his perspective about the job.

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A uniform look for athletics

athleticmark.jpgThis fall, Miner athletics is sporting a different image. The design highlights the university name and gives it an athletic feel, while paying tribute to our roots as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy.

Designed with a prominent miner’s pickaxe, it features a stylized shadow to illustrate action, as if it is in motion.

Be assured our mascot, Joe Miner, isn’t going anywhere. Joe remains a strong image for athletics, as well as student life and alumni, at Missouri S&T.

Swimming: a legacy of success

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The Miners sent 13 swimmers to the national meet in March.


At 6 a.m., when most other students are still asleep, Miner swimmers are already in the pool. Their hard work in practice has paid off in a big way: Missouri S&T posted a national runner-up finish in March. Since 1997, the Miners have finished among the top 10 at the NCAA Division II Championships 11 times.

“Everyone on the team has a really good work ethic,” says sophomore David Sanchez-Turner, who earned seven All-America awards at this year’s national meet, either on an individual basis or as part of a relay team. “We’re always giving it all we have, not just in the meets but also in every
practice.” “Coach (Doug) Grooms makes us work hard day in and day out,” adds sophomore Andrew Trowbridge. “It definitely pays off at the end of the season.”

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In the swim of things

When Missouri S&T swimming coach Doug Grooms came to campus in 1993 he saw the need for quality swim instruction for kids in the community. He also knew his swimmers were the ideal teachers. “We teach kids starting at the age of 4 and the age ranges up to around 12,” Grooms says.

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Jumping in Beijing

When Tyrone Smith, Hist’07, first joined the track program at Missouri S&T, his best long jump fell short of what it would take to qualify for the Olympics by more than four feet. Since then, Smith has been jumping farther and farther. He won three All-America awards and multiple long jump championships in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. And this year Smith was so good that he qualified for the Olympics.

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The air up there

Young athletes are often resilient enough to make full recoveries from devastating injuries. Such is the case for Missouri S&T pole vaulter Jordan Henry, who injured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) while playing basketball in high school. During his recovery, Henry’s track coach suggested he focus on pole vaulting.

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We’ve come a long way

Maybe you’ve seen the cartoon on somebody’s office door or wall. A large bird is trying to swallow a small frog. Half of the frog’s body is dangling from the bird’s beak. The frog’s arms are outstretched as far as possible, and it’s making a determined effort to choke the bird. The caption, from the frog’s perspective, reads: “Don’t ever give up.”

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Women athletes: we start ’em out young

The Lady Miners are serious about women’s sports and they’re determined to pass along their knowledge to tomorrow’s stars. Women in volleyball, soccer, softball and basketball all take time out of their seasons to host youth camps for area girls. To the women’s basketball team, these are not just sports lessons, they’re life lessons.

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