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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Jake Midkiff: recent UMR graduate

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Vital stats

  • hometown: Farmington, Missouri
  • degree: bachelor’s in GeoE’06
  • current occupation: staff engineering, Qore Property Science
  • current location: recently moved from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Nashville, Tennessee
  • college activities: Engineers Without Borders (EWB), Pi Kappa Alpha
  • political views: liberal
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Taking us to the top 5

View imageThe plan called for increasing fundraising, research and student recruitment efforts to help attain the goal. At the same time, Carney wanted to reduce the university’s deficit and flatten the administration to break down “silos” among the academic departments – moves that were also necessary to ensure the campus operates at peak efficiency.

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Creation through destruction

Toomey Hall phases include demolition, construction and renovation
The old Mechanical Engineering Annex, built in 1902, is history. The demolition, which took several months, started last winter. Now, concrete has been poured on the vacant site and the steel beams of a brand new structure have risen.
In the fall of 2007, phase one of the creation of Toomey Hall will be nearing completion. The new structure, just north of the main Mechanical Engineering Building, will be a modern facility housing laboratories and space for student research. Most of the classrooms and office spaces will remain in the Mechanical Engineering Building, which is scheduled for an extensive renovation during the final phase of the project.

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