In the fall of 1986, Joe Anselmo was performing a routine maintenance sweep of the sewers in the North St. Louis County city of Normandy, Mo., for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. Anselmo was inspecting and cleaning a sanitary manhole near Bermuda Road, removing debris from a basket that collects waste, when he found a ring.
David Deatherage, EMgt’92, is a professional shopper. He goes to estate sales, auctions and antique shows, always on the lookout for vintage furniture. It was a passion that started back in Rolla after he rented an apartment in an old house that had been divided. The shag carpet and window shades were turquoise. He says the interior of the place looked like it was out of House and Garden in 1952.
Established in 1978, the Missouri S&T Archives houses the historical, legal and cultural records of the university. In many cases these are documents and photographs, but the archives also preserves interesting campus artifacts. Here are a few of the more unusual finds.
“We ran up and down the dunes like crazy people, trying to figure it out,” says John Harris, GeoE’70, of his first hang gliding attempts in 1973.
As miners dig deeper and deeper into an open coal pit in Colombia, millions of years of history are displaced. On a fossil-hunting expedition to one of these pits in 2006, Carlos Jaramillo’s team found some big bones that belonged to a super-sized creature.
Common juncture • Melanie Mormile, Missouri S&T microbiologist
Construction began this spring on a 22,750-square-foot general office building on the northeast corner of Missouri S&T’s Golf Course
Follies, street painting, the court, parade and after-parade parties kept the “best ever” tradition alive in Rolla.
A group of 28 Missouri S&T students spent their spring break in New Orleans helping rebuild homes hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as part of the Miner Challenge 2010, an alternative spring break program sponsored by the university’s student life department.
Ming Leu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, is using remote-control devices from the popular Wii gaming console and putting them to work to improve manufacturing processes. He’s using the devices — called Wiimotes — to record an assembly process in hopes of improving the way companies train workers, shortening cycle time, reducing workplace injuries and helping manufacturers improve the way they communicate with plants all over the globe.