A modern mentor

Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader (atop Centennial Hall) intends to take Missouri S&T to new heights.
(Photo by B.A. Rupert)

Cheryl B. Schrader believes in the power of storytelling. And not just because she loves a good tale. Over the past 10 years, Schrader, an electrical engineer specializing in systems and control, has become more interested in the different learning styles of students. Her research in this area has focused on how women and minorities learn, and she has found that a good story can help these students become more confident in their own abilities. That greater self-confidence in turn could motivate more of them to graduate and move on to successful lives beyond college.

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Need for a house hits home for Miners

It’s called a house. But the vision for the Hasselmann Alumni House is to provide a comfortable place for S&T graduates — more than 52,000 of them — when they come “home” to Rolla.

There won’t be any beds. This isn’t a hotel or a bed and breakfast. But there will be plenty of room for alumni to gather, whether they’re back in Rolla to reconnect with old classmates, celebrate St. Pat’s and Homecoming, or conduct the business of the Miner Alumni Association.

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The Hasselmann Legacy

The seed money for the alumni house was provided by the estate of Karl Hasselmann. You’ve seen his name. But who was this man?

When he came to Rolla as the university’s first Karl F. Hasselmann Chair in 2001, J. David Rogers was curious to find out more about the man responsible for his title. So Rogers, a geological engineering expert, conducted some research on Hasselmann’s life.

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Challenge fund provides 1-to-2 match for donors

Thanks to a generous gift from the estate of the late Beverly Koeppel, EE’38, alumni donations to the Hasselmann Alumni House can now be even more valuable. Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader recently designated the $500,000 unrestricted bequest to be used as a challenge grant to attract additional contributions for the alumni house. The Koeppel Challenge will provide $1 of matching money for every $2 an alum gives to the Hasselmann Alumni House for gifts of $25,000 and above.

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The Bauer Bar

Not too long after Dick Bauer, ChE’51, passed away in 2010, his wife, Shirley, decided to make a gift in her husband’s honor to fund the bar in the Hasselmann Alumni House. During Homecoming celebrations and reunions, Dick always liked to gather at a bar — or sometimes tend it — in order to swap stories with old friends. Now the Bauer Bar will provide that gathering spot in the Hasselmann Alumni House for generations of friends to gather, enjoy a drink and share memories.

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The Porcelain Project

During a discussion about naming opportunities at a director’s meeting of the alumni association, the topic of restrooms and fixtures came up. There were objections because, well, it didn’t seem proper. But Chris Ramsay, MetE’83, MS MetE’85, thought it was a funny idea to dedicate urinals to various people.

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Investing in the future

(Illustration by Jake Otto)

People who give charitably do so because they are passionate about their cause. They believe in investing in the future. At Missouri S&T, that generosity — and your passion for S&T — is what keeps the university thriving for our students.

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An app for depression

(Photo Illustration by B.A. Rupert)

College students who show signs of depression tend to use file-sharing services, send email and chat online more than their counterparts, according to Sriram Chellappan, assistant professor of computer science. Chellappan studied the link between Internet usage and depression, and hopes to use his findings to create software that could track Internet usage and alert users if their patterns indicate symptoms of depression.

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Donald Hey: wetland warrior

(Photo by Rebekah Raleigh)

Donald Hey, CE’63, executive director of Wetlands Research Inc. in Wadsworth, Ill., is passionate about proving the effectiveness, sustainability and economic efficiency of using restored wetlands for water quality management and flood control. He believes wetlands are the answer because they’re good for conservation and the economy alike.

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What is the one thing you couldn’t have survived at Rolla without?

Everybody has one. You know, that one thing that got you though school. For some it was a laptop, a calculator or a slide rule. For others, it was all about friends and family. Here are a few things Miners say they couldn’t live without during their time on campus.

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