Advancing Excellence

UMR capital campaign seeks to strengthen campus is key areas
If there is one common quality among UMR alumni and friends, it’s loyalty.

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Harvest Collier (left), vice provost of undergraduate studies, with chemistry students Kyle Anderson and Kylee Hyzer. | photo by Ian Nance

Take, for instance, Helen Lasko. The wife of the late Edward P. Lasko, MetE’50, established two scholarships totaling $100,000 and an estate gift that will add nearly $2 million more with money she made playing the stock market. But the gift that means the most to her is the $50 check she sends to the football program every March 17 in honor of Edward’s birthday. He played football for the Miners and UMR was important to him. Now it is important to Helen.

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A legacy through lectures

  • Goal for program support: $32 million
  • Amount raised: $32.2 million
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Walter and Miriam Remmers

When Walter, MetE’23, MS MetE’24, and Miriam Remmers said they wanted to bring big names to campus, they weren’t kidding. In 1979, Gerald Ford became the first speaker in the Remmers Special Artist/Lecturer Series. The list of those who followed includes Margaret Thatcher, Charles Kuralt, Colin Powell, Lance Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis.

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Building a better UMR

  • Goal for facilities: $37 million
  • Amount raised: $15.6 million
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John and Mary Toomey

Since the “quiet” phase of the Advancing Excellence Campaign began in 2003, UMR has received one of the largest gifts in its history: $5 million for the renovation and expansion of the mechanical and aerospace engineering complex, Toomey Hall, from John, ME’49, MS ME’51, and Mary Toomey and their family, replacing a building built on the UMR campus before the Wright brothers flew.

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Empowering the fearless

  • Goal for scholarships: $35 million
  • Amount raised: $23.1 million
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Stephen and Susan Rector | photo by Susan English

Stephen W. Rector, PetE’72, MS PetE’73, got the chance for a college education thanks to scholarships in petroleum engineering. Now, Rector and his wife, Susan, are giving that same chance to future generations of Miners through their $1 million scholarship endowment.
UMR needs to attract quality students, to encourage diversity and to recruit students interested in studying biotechnology and other emerging fields. The scholarships established through the Advancing Excellence Campaign will create opportunities for future generations of Miners.

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Campaign Launch: $115 million and counting

On Thursday, April 19, UMR Chancellor John F. Carney III announced the launch of the largest capital campaign in the institution’s history. Titled “Advancing Excellence: The Campaign for the University of Missouri-Rolla,” the goal is to raise $200 million by June 2010 to achieve the university’s vision of becoming a top five technological research university. To date, the effort has raised more than $115 million for UMR students, programs, faculty and facilities.

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David Hill: It all starts with an idea

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David Hill | photo by Megan Kean

By the time he graduated high school, industrial engineering senior David Hill already had his foot in the door of the business world. As a sophomore at Oakville Senior High in St. Louis, he and some friends started a web design company that was successful from the start, thanks to Hill’s ability to capitalize on specific customer needs.

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Stephen and Susan Rector: Enjoy the journey

From an early age, Stephen W. Rector, PetE’72, MS PetE’73, knew the value of education, though he was uncertain what path he would take.

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Brandon Landry: Life’s a marathon, not a sprint

UMR psychology student Brandon Landry knows a lot about success. As a varsity football and basketball player, Landry broke every school record at Salesian High School in Fairfield, Calif., and was known as one of the top athletes in Northern California.

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Authors among us

America’s war on drugs examined in 19th century
Today’s war on drugs is not the first battle America has fought against addiction. In her new book, The Opium Debate and Chinese Exclusion Laws, UMR historian Diana Ahmad examines the opium-smoking epidemic of the mid-19th century and finds that Chinese immigrants weren’t the problem, as is commonly believed.

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OGS earns its pearls

As the Order of the Golden Shillelagh celebrates its 30th anniversary, it’s tempting to relive the past and reminisce about how individuals “picked up the shillelagh” to provide financial support for the university. After all, that group of concerned individuals, like a grain of sand to an oyster, supplied the foundation for what became a lustrous organization.

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