Archives for November 2015

Promoting peace


In observance of International Day of Peace, Missouri S&T students held a candlelight vigil outside the Havener Center on Sept. 21. The event was designed to promote peace and the absence of war and violence. Information on how to respond to domestic violence and resources for victims of violence also were available.

Honoring donors and volunteers

Missouri S&T’s Honor Roll of Donors and Volunteers for fiscal year 2015 is now available online at The listing recognizes contributions and service from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

Through the Honor Roll, Missouri S&T acknowledges the philanthropic and volunteer support that continues to move our university forward. Thank you to the alumni, friends, corporate and foundation partners, faculty, staff, students, parents and others who fill our registry with Miner Pride.

Celebration of Nations


This past fall, Rolla residents joined the Missouri S&T community for a celebration of the cultural diversity that makes the town unique. The sixth annual Celebration of Nations, held in downtown Rolla on Sept. 26, began with a Parade of Nations featuring flags from approximately 80 countries — all of which are represented in the S&T student body — as well as themed floats, marching bands and community entries. After the parade, visitors sampled international cuisine, created multicultural arts and crafts, and enjoyed cultural exhibits and performances.


Save the date: Best Ever 108

Make plans now to travel to Rolla for the 108th St. Pat’s pre-parade party at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, at Hasselmann Alumni House, located at 1100 N. Pine St. Complimentary breakfast and a cash bar will be available before the parade.

If you can’t make it to Rolla, attend one of the St. Pat’s section events in your area. Help make the 108th celebration the Best Ever!

Gerald Cohen: word whiz

Gerald Cohen, a professor of foreign languages, is a word sleuth who has dug up the origins of terms like jazz, shyster and the Big Apple, a nickname applied to New York City. He’s also famous for discovering the origins of hot dog. [Read more…]

Homecoming 2015: MinerFest in review


The Miners came from behind in the second half of the Homecoming football game to beat McKendree University 34-27.


The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on African-American Recruitment and Retention celebrated its 30th anniversary during Homecoming. Gregory Skannal, GeoE’85, and Joan Montague, CSci’95, reminisce at the CACAARR Tailgate.


Spectators lined the Rolla streets to watch the first-ever MinerFest Homecoming Parade, sponsored by the Student Union Board.


Students made s’mores and watched a movie at a SUB-sponsored bonfire outside Toomey Hall.


During the Legends Luncheon, the Miner Alumni Association presented vintage-inspired letter sweaters to award recipients.


The Miner Cheerleaders shared a bit of school spirit with alumni and guests during the Legends Luncheon.


S&T student design teams showed off their work to alumni during the Silver and Gold Gathering at Hasselmann Alumni House.


Alumni visited with current students and old friends during the Silver and Gold Gathering.

Honoring Miner legends

During Homecoming, the Miner Alumni Association honored seven Miners for their accomplishments and their devotion to the association, the campus and its students.
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Making research more accessible

Military historian John C. McManus is conducting research for a new two-volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and Asian theater during World War II through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which wants to make scholarly research more accessible to the public. [Read more…]

Schrenk Hall facelift

Schrenk Hall’s 83,000-square-foot west wing will get a much-needed facelift next fall thanks to $12 million in state capital improvement funding — the first capital funds to come to Missouri S&T in more than a decade. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill in June.

The University of Missouri System and Missouri S&T will contribute approximately $6 million toward the project. Final renovation plans were approved by the UM System Board of Curators in October. Construction is expected to begin in September 2016 and be completed by December 2017.

Walking the mall


For the first time in several years, the main campus mall was free of construction when classes started in August. Throughout the installation of equipment for the geothermal energy project, which included digging 789 wells on campus, construction was a constant. At the end of the first year of operation, the geothermal energy system exceeded its goals. The university saw a 57 percent reduction in energy use, a reduction of 25,013 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and a reduction in the use of water of over 18.7 million gallons.