Briefly

Joel Burken was elected vice president of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors and is on track to lead the organization in 2011. Burken, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, is also interim director of the Environmental Research Center.
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Christine L. Laughlin, a major in the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department, began work as chief of university police at Missouri S&T on March 22. She replaced William C. Bleckman, who retired in January after a 37-year career at S&T.
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Sahra Sedigh was one of an elite group of young engineering faculty members chosen to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s first Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in Herndon, Va. Sedigh, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, developed the Flood Frog, a wireless, battery-powered device for monitoring infrastructure that could help engineers gauge wear and tear on bridges and catch problems earlier.
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W. Eric Showalter is lecturing about sustainable construction at the Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia through a grant from the Fulbright Scholar Program. A lecturer in civil, architectural and environmental engineering and faculty advisor for S&T’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Showalter is blogging about his experience at www.fulbrightestonia.blogspot.com.
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Missouri S&T’s Army ROTC program received the Best Battalion Award for the 3rd Brigade, which includes 42 programs from 10 states. This is the first time S&T’s program has received the honor. The program also received the Most Improved Battalion and First Place Commissioning awards.
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Missouri S&T received 20 awards for excellence in alumni relations, video production, fundraising, media relations, institutional relations, graphic design and institutional identity from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) during the CASE District VI conference held Jan. 10-12 in St. Louis. The advancement team earned the sweepstakes award for the fourth year in a row for best overall institutional advancement program in the enrollment category of 5,000-7,499 students.

John F. Carney III: Chief Executive Leader of the Year

Chancellor John F. Carney III received the Chief Executive Leader of the Year Award in January from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s District VI. He was recognized for leading the university through its name change and academic reorganization, emphasizing energy and environmental research, and bolstering alumni support through the campus’s $200 million Advancing Excellence Campaign.

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Dorf: Passion = success

True success in life requires more than mere talent and intelligence. It also takes passion and hard work. That was the message Roger Dorf, ME’65, shared with Missouri S&T’s newest graduates during the campus’s Dec. 19 commencement ceremonies.

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Curators’ titles conferred

Also during December commencement, Nicholas Leventis was named Curators’ Professor of chemistry and James Drallmeier was named Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. Leventis has been with the chemistry faculty since 1994 and Drallmeier has been a member of the mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty since 1989.

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Political turmoil postpones EWB trip to Honduras

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.

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Winds of change

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.

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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.

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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