Ben Roodman: Text is what’s next

To glimpse the future of social networking, don’t look to MySpace or Facebook. Turn on your cell phone instead. That’s the platform Ben Roodman is using to help on-the-go hipsters gather the latest information about concerts, movies and other forms of entertainment in their communities.
Roodman, who graduates this May with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, is the CEO of ImThere, a social networking service that connects subscribers to information about events – such as concerts, CD launch parties or indie film festivals – via text messages over their cell phones.

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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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Katie Mae Herington: prospective UMR student

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Vital stats

  • hometown: Kalona, Iowa
  • birthday: 2/1/89
  • current occupation: Mid-Prairie High School senior
  • college plans: starts UMR in August, signed to play volleyball
  • dream job: either a marine biologist studying manatees in Florida or being a photographer for National Geographic
  • interests: reading, hanging out with friends, volleyball, watching movies and crocheting

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Karl Hachmuth: current UMR student

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Vital stats

  • hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • age: 20
  • current occupation: senior majoring in NucE
  • favorite superhero: The Flash
  • his passion: shooting — he adamantly believes the ability to handle a firearm proficiently is a necessary skill that everyone most certainly should have
  • tattoos: none and he doesn’t plan on getting any
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Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Generation Xers’ lack optimism, Baby Boomers seek individual freedom, and members of the Silent Generation were cautious and, well, silent. Stereotypes were made to be broken. The UMR Magazine asked alumni during Homecoming to share thoughts about their generation. Here’s what they said.

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Jake Midkiff: recent UMR graduate

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Vital stats

  • hometown: Farmington, Missouri
  • degree: bachelor’s in GeoE’06
  • current occupation: staff engineering, Qore Property Science
  • current location: recently moved from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Nashville, Tennessee
  • college activities: Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Pi Kappa Alpha
  • political views: liberal
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Nicole Dierkling: A work ethic that pays dividends

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Nicole Dierkling
photo by Rod Lentz

Walk into the Gale Bullman Multi-Purpose Building on any given day and you will probably find Nicole Dierking, all by herself with a basketball, taking shot after shot after shot. It is a work ethic that paid dividends for the senior guard on the UMR women’s basketball team.
Dierking reached a personal milestone as the 2007 calendar year began. She became the 12th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark – and first UMR player to do so in five years – and recently completed her career as the sixth-leading scorer in school history with 1,169 points.

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Taking us to the top 5

View imageThe plan called for increasing fundraising, research and student recruitment efforts to help attain the goal. At the same time, Carney wanted to reduce the university’s deficit and flatten the administration to break down “silos” among the academic departments – moves that were also necessary to ensure the campus operates at peak efficiency.

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Creation through destruction

Toomey Hall phases include demolition, construction and renovation
The old Mechanical Engineering Annex, built in 1902, is history. The demolition, which took several months, started last winter. Now, concrete has been poured on the vacant site and the steel beams of a brand new structure have risen.
In the fall of 2007, phase one of the creation of Toomey Hall will be nearing completion. The new structure, just north of the main Mechanical Engineering Building, will be a modern facility housing laboratories and space for student research. Most of the classrooms and office spaces will remain in the Mechanical Engineering Building, which is scheduled for an extensive renovation during the final phase of the project.

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Enrollment: growth + quality = success

UMR is experiencing dramatic enrollment growth at a time when student interest in science, computing and engineering has fallen to an all-time low.
The official fall 2006 enrollment numbers show an increase for the sixth consecutive year. A total of 5,858 students are currently enrolled for the fall semester. That figure represents a 4.6 percent increase over last fall’s enrollment and a 27 percent growth over the 4,625 students attending in the fall 2000 semester.

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