Fabulous freshmen: smart, numerous, diverse

They’re the Missouri S&T freshman class of 2009, one of the biggest and brightest in our 139-year history. This year’s crop of first-years includes five students who have perfect ACT or SAT scores. The class average ACT score is 27.7, among the upper 10 percent in the nation and a tick above the previous year’s average. The average high school grade point average is 3.78, and more than two-thirds of the new students have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. This year’s freshman class, the third-largest in S&T’s history, also includes 268 women, an increase of 30 over last year.

Fundraising program honored

The Missouri S&T development team’s fundraising efforts have earned national recognition from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. Missouri S&T received the 2009 CASE Circle of Excellence Award in July as one of the nation’s eight most improved fundraising programs.

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Book notes

Quakers in Barbados
Distinguished Teaching Professor of History Larry Gragg’s latest book, The Quaker Community in Barbados: Changing the Planter Class (University of Missouri Press), examines how the first Quaker settlers in the New World lived among the slave trade on the island of Barbados in the 17th century.
The horror! The horror!
Staff member Duane Barton has been writing horror stories since the first grade. His first collection of horror stories, The Dark Playground, was published last summer by Publish America. When he isn’t writing scary stuff, he’s the chief clerk in S&T’s civil, architectural and environmental engineering department.

The future of solar: cleaner process, better cells

Future innovations in solar energy could be percolating in at least two Missouri S&T labs, where researchers Lifeng Zhang and Jay A. Switzer are working on separate projects.

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Explosive counterterrorism

Grad student Phillip Mulligan is trying to make improvised explosive devices more powerful with the idea of eventually making them less deadly.

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Greener rubber hits the road

In the early 1980s, author William Least Heat-Moon chronicled his travels on America’s forgotten routes in Blue Highways. Today, some Missouri S&T researchers are working on making the nation’s highways green – or at least greener.

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S&T finishes in top one-third in final Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings

Missouri S&T’s scoring performances at the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships have allowed the university’s athletics program to finish in the top one-third of Division II in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the 2008-09 season.

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International competitions for former, current Miners

Two Missouri S&T athletes – one current and one former – competed in major international sporting competitions this summer.

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New coaches join S&T lineup

Two new coaches have joined the Missouri S&T staff. Kyle Rutledge took over as the new assistant coach in track and field and Joey Goodson has been named the new assistant for the men’s basketball program.

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Fitness Center dedication

Returning alumni joined campus officials and student athletes for the dedication of the Missouri S&T Fitness Complex during Homecoming festivities in October.

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