Missouri Governor honors Akers

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson presented the Missouri National Guard Meritorious Service Medal Ribbon to Thomas Akers, AMath’73, MS AMath’75, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, retired instructor of mathematics and statistics at S&T, and retired NASA astronaut. The award is given to present and former guard members who perform valorous or meritorious service in support of the state. 

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Quander takes command of U.S. Army Engineer School

Col. Mark Quander, MS EMgt’00, recently became the 98th commandant of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Quander was also promoted to brigadier general. In a press release announcing the promotion, Quander said he looked forward to continuing the unit’s traditions and moving forward on the path set by his predecessor. 

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Noe assumes command of Corps’ Little Rock district

Col. Eric M. Noe, MS EMgt’01, assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Little Rock district in Arkansas in July. The Little Rock district is responsible for a $500 million program that includes civil works, military construction, Army and Air Force Medical Service support, environmental stewardship, emergency management, and support to other government agencies throughout Arkansas, southern Missouri and across the nation. 

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Scharf named to professional indoor soccer team

The St. Louis Ambush, a professional indoor soccer team, signed Mike Scharf, MBA’17, to a two-year contract as a defender on May 14. His college career was split between Rhodes College, Maryville University in St. Louis and S&T.

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Campbell sets big targets as new MODOT district engineer

Steve Campbell, CE’93, was named district engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Southwest District. Campbell has worked for MoDOT since 1993, and his previous appointment was the district’s construction and materials engineer. He now oversees a district that covers 21 counties and two metropolitan areas, Joplin and Springfield.

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Brooks given tryout with Cleveland Browns

Bo Brooks, PetE’19, who earned All-America honors for the Miner football team as a linebacker during the 2018 season, was given the opportunity to participate in two rookie tryout camps during May and June with teams in the National Football League.

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Branch promoted to colonel

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History grad returns to S&T to coach basketball

Bill Walker, Hist’87, former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), joined the S&T athletics program as head men’s basketball coach on April 1. He is the 15th head coach in the history of the Miner program. He succeeds Jim Glash, who retired after 10 seasons as head coach.

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Ninh shares Peace Corps stories

A blog post written by Kayla Ninh, EE’16, was featured in THE BRIDGE, the magazine of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers-Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE-HKN). Ninh shares her experiences with the Peace Corps, a U.S. government volunteer program that provides social and economic development abroad while promoting mutual understanding. She was stationed in Lesotho, Africa, a landlocked country surrounded by South Africa. 

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Chapin writes new thriller

Roger Chapin, Math’64, MS Math’66, wrote a novel titled The Dragon of God, a religious thriller that follows a religion professor who investigates the deaths of people who — through prior near-death experiences — believe that Christian fundamentalist beliefs are based on a misinterpretation of the Bible. 

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