Empowering the fearless

  • Goal for scholarships: $35 million
  • Amount raised: $23.1 million
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Stephen and Susan Rector | photo by Susan English

Stephen W. Rector, PetE’72, MS PetE’73, got the chance for a college education thanks to scholarships in petroleum engineering. Now, Rector and his wife, Susan, are giving that same chance to future generations of Miners through their $1 million scholarship endowment.
UMR needs to attract quality students, to encourage diversity and to recruit students interested in studying biotechnology and other emerging fields. The scholarships established through the Advancing Excellence Campaign will create opportunities for future generations of Miners.

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Focusing on faculty

  • Goal for faculty support: $26 million
  • Amount raised: $6.4 million

Endowed faculty positions attract top educators and researchers to UMR.

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Meet the team

Meet the Advancing Excellence leadership team
National Chair
Gary Forsee
, CE’72, chairman and CEO of Sprint Nextel Corp.
Forsee.jpgForsee believes alumni can have an invaluable influence on UMR’s legacy of educational excellence. “As part of the campaign leadership team and as a member of the Board of Trustees, I believe the ability to help set an agenda for the university based on a wide range of inputs is a critical step in the campaign process. A lot of voices need to be heard and they will be. From that we can in some measure ensure that the future remains bright for this institution.”

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Campaign Launch: $115 million and counting

On Thursday, April 19, UMR Chancellor John F. Carney III announced the launch of the largest capital campaign in the institution’s history. Titled “Advancing Excellence: The Campaign for the University of Missouri-Rolla,” the goal is to raise $200 million by June 2010 to achieve the university’s vision of becoming a top five technological research university. To date, the effort has raised more than $115 million for UMR students, programs, faculty and facilities.

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OGS earns its pearls

As the Order of the Golden Shillelagh celebrates its 30th anniversary, it’s tempting to relive the past and reminisce about how individuals “picked up the shillelagh” to provide financial support for the university. After all, that group of concerned individuals, like a grain of sand to an oyster, supplied the foundation for what became a lustrous organization.

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where do you fit in?

Assigning names to generations is nothing new. Look at the list below to see where you fit in.

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Talkin’ ’bout a new generation

2 students social.jpgThe year was 1982. E.T. phoned home. Cable News Network, more familiar to most as CNN, was launched. Time magazine’s Man of the Year was, for the first time, given to a non-human: a computer. And the elders of the millennial generation were learning to crawl.
Spend a few moments on any college campus and you’ll come across members of this newest generation. Often described as collaborative, optimistic, open-minded, and achievement-oriented, these tech-savvy millennials have higher expectations (of themselves and others) than any generation before them, except perhaps the Silent Generation with which they share many of the same values.

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Katie Mae Herington: prospective UMR student

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Vital stats

  • hometown: Kalona, Iowa
  • birthday: 2/1/89
  • current occupation: Mid-Prairie High School senior
  • college plans: starts UMR in August, signed to play volleyball
  • dream job: either a marine biologist studying manatees in Florida or being a photographer for National Geographic
  • interests: reading, hanging out with friends, volleyball, watching movies and crocheting

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Karl Hachmuth: current UMR student

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Vital stats

  • hometown: Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  • age: 20
  • current occupation: senior majoring in NucE
  • favorite superhero: The Flash
  • his passion: shooting — he adamantly believes the ability to handle a firearm proficiently is a necessary skill that everyone most certainly should have
  • tattoos: none and he doesn’t plan on getting any
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Talkin’ ’bout my generation

Generation Xers’ lack optimism, Baby Boomers seek individual freedom, and members of the Silent Generation were cautious and, well, silent. Stereotypes were made to be broken. The UMR Magazine asked alumni during Homecoming to share thoughts about their generation. Here’s what they said.

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