Betty Eyberg whirls into the alumni office every day, usually mid-morning but sometimes as late as 12:30 p.m. She has mail to open and checks to stamp and it must be done quickly so the alumni staff can do their jobs.
When Missouri S&T classes started this fall, the Miner Alumni Association gained eight new office workers. They file, write thank-you notes to alumni donors, make copies and run errands. At Homecoming, they were busy working – setting up and taking down tables, welcoming alumni and their guests back to campus and performing countless other tasks.
Two of the most consistent longtime donors to campus are Robert Bay, CE’49, and Richard Bauer, ChE’51. The pair has obviously seen plenty of changes on campus. And they stay involved in order to help ensure that those changes are the good kind.
As a high school student, Chip Moll was already interested in the aerospace industry – and already planning to attend Missouri S&T – when he visited the Boeing Co. in St. Louis. He was there to “shadow” a Boeing employee for a class assignment.Turns out Moll couldn’t have shadowed a better advocate for his future college and career.
Some of Missouri S&T’s most active volunteers aren’t even alumni. Yet. They are members of STAT – Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow, a student organization designed to strengthen the ties between current S&T students and alumni.
It takes many hands to make light work and to create a community of support for S&T students and alumni. Without the help of volunteers, mailings wouldn’t be as prompt; events wouldn’t run as smoothly (there’d also be no one to show visitors the way to the facilities at commencement). These individuals enrich the university experience for students and staff. It really couldn’t be done without them. The following standouts spend many hours helping the association, bringing along a wealth of knowledge and experience:
Zebulun (Zeb) Nash, ChemE’72, got interested in engineering as a kid, thanks in part to the space race. By age 12, Nash had read up on what it is that chemical, mechanical and electrical engineers actually do – and this, he will remind you, was before the Internet.
Like many other alumni, Preston Carney, CE’02, MS CE’03, realizes that his success is due in large part to the quality education he received from Missouri S&T. And he hopes that his support ensures future students are given the same opportunities he had as a student.
The overthrow of Honduras’ president last summer disrupted plans for S&T students to make a humanitarian trip to that country in August. But the students hope the situation will stabilize enough for them to make their trip over the semester break.
Towering above S&T’s Stonehenge, the campus’s memorial to ancient science and engineering, stands a new wind turbine capable of generating enough energy to power up to 90 percent of an average household’s needs. The turbine, installed on Aug. 13, is used primarily for student instruction and research.