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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Engineering with a mission

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Sarah Young, CE’94, led her 25th project for Engineering Ministries International this year. (Photo by Sandra Elliott)

Sarah Youngis on a mission from God. Young, CE’94, is a project developer for Engineering Ministries International (EMI), a non-profit Christian development organization that serves the poorest of the poor in developing countries. Since its founding in 1982, EMI has worked on more than 800 relief and development projects in 80 countries.

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Social justice networker

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Andrew Sears, EE’95, connects thousands of volunteers and interns with social service projects across the nation through TechMission. (Photo by Alonso Nichols)

When he was president of the Student Council at S&T, Andrew Sears, EE’95, leveraged technology to connect student governments all over the country by forming the National Student Government Internet Headquarters, an online resource for information exchange. Today, Sears is still using the Internet to connect people — but on a greater scale, and for a greater purpose.

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9/11: 10 years later

History will look at the 10 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as a period of “breathtaking American ignorance” on the part of the nation’s leaders, offset by tremendous adaptability among U.S. military personnel, says John C. McManus, a military historian at Missouri S&T.

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Engineering diversity

Since 2000, Missouri S&T’s minority science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) enrollment has increased by 124 percent and female enrollment has increased by 53 percent. A new program established by Ameren aims to raise those figures even higher.

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Top corporate partners

Missouri S&T benefits from partnerships with many corporations. But there are a select few companies whose connection with the campus is unrivaled. These are the companies that hire our graduates, invest in the university and support research. Their employees are active on campus, and Missouri S&T often provides continuing education to their workforce.

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LaWanda Jones: Meeting the challenge

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LaWanda Jones. (Photo by B.A. Rupert)

LaWanda Jones, CE’91 (second from left), is not one to shy away from a challenge.

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Sharing the vision: Liou and Midha

On Sept. 1, Frank Liou, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, became the Michael and Joyce Bytnar Professor of Product Innovation and Creativity. On the same day, Ashok Midha, professor and former chair of mechanical and aerospace engineering, became director of the Missouri S&T Product Innovation and Creativity Center (PICC). The pair will work closely to integrate product design and innovation into the department’s curriculum.

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S&T welcomes new Jones Chair

Kamal H. Khayat is the new Vernon and Maralee Jones Chair of Civil Engineering. Khayat was also named director of the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies and the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety at Missouri S&T.

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Bob and Ginny Pahl

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Bob and Ginny Pahl. (Photo by Don C. Harris Photography)

Bob Pahl, ChE’68, MS ChE’70, PhD ChE’74, was a student in Rolla when the “Old Chem” building burned in the late 1960s and was still a Rolla student when a new building was constructed in the early 1970s.

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