Q&A

Toughest class … ever

Some of your classes may have been a breeze, but others kept you up at all hours studying, and some of you struggled just to pass. As part of his research for the S&T 150th anniversary history book, Larry Gragg , Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share memories of your toughest class. Here are a few of your answers.

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To the Editor

HOLY COW! 

Just received the latest Missouri S&T Magazine and read it cover to cover. Great job representing the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) by students, faculty, staff and the Dean’s Leadership Council. April has been a big promotional month for CASB with the ‘Thank You’ video and now the magazine. Now … to figure out how to leverage all this press and continue to target other opportunities to help students and CASB.

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Q&A: Miners got game

What was the most memorable sports team during your time on campus?

As part of his research for the S&T 150th history book, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share your memories. Here are a few of your answers.
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Best class ever

What was your favorite class? As part of his research for the S&T sesquicentennial history book, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share memories of your favorite class. Here are a few of your answers.
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Miners just want to have fun

One chapter of the S&T sesquicentennial history book will focus on pranks and scandals. As part of his research for that chapter, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, asked you to share your stories. Here are just a couple of them.

My freshman year, several of my dorm friends and I had a water balloon fight outside our RA’s room.

She only came out to tell us to stop when she heard one explode on her door. Oh yeah, the balloons were water‑filled condoms. A year or two later, my roommates and I got really into interior decoration using items found around campus. Some of these items included “wet floor” signs from various buildings, traffic cones with Missouri S&T painted on them and orange construction fence. Prior to graduating, I returned all items except for a hot pink wet floor sign with a mustache painted on it that was taken from the electrical engineering building.

Becky Robinson, IST’16, Blue Springs, Mo.


One Halloween about 1982, some students of Del Day in the MRC (Materials Research Center) decided to honor his role in making specialty glasses in the space shuttle missions. So Heidi Rutz, CerE’85, MS CerE’88, donated her white Honda Civic coupe and the ‘crew’ set out to convert it to a shuttle craft to fly through Rolla and trick-or-treat (heavy on the treat) at the Days’ home. Heidi, Glenn Whichard, MS CerE’83, and I fabricated wings and a rudder with white cardboard and 2x4s. The propulsion unit was three metal ash tray cylinders taped together with a CO2 fire extinguisher in one, mounted out the back of the hatch. Top speed was 35 mph before the whole thing became unstable. Still searching for that photo. Never heard from safety about the empty fire extinguisher! Was there even a safety department back then?

Tom Wetteroth, CerE’79, MS CerE’83, Chandler, Ariz.

In your words

One of the highlights from this weekend: Young woman during the Q&A portion of my talk: “I don’t have a question. Just wanted to let you know I want to be an engineer and have just decided to go to @MissouriSandT because of your talk.”

Stephanie Evans, AE’12, an electrical test engineer at Space Systems Loral in Palo Alto, Calif., and creator of The STEMulus YouTube channel, spoke to a group of high school students in Illinois about making STEM more welcoming. The comment Evans tweeted came during the Q&A portion.

“So heads up, fellow Miners. You’ve got a new recruit incoming, and I’m confident she’s going to continue the Missouri S&T tradition of shaping STEM fields, not just with innovation, but also with inclusion,” wrote Evans about the experience. Read her complete essay at magazine.mst.edu.

– Steph Evz @StephEvz43


Thank you for being there as a fellow member and advisor. You have helped keep KMNR fantastic (and yes, weird), and we struggle to think of a better person to be our advisor. For those moments when we struggle, you are there to lend a judgement-free ear and practical guidance. Your advice and opinions carry weight with us, and we take them to heart. We respect you and we will always be there to return the favor. Dr. Schramm, you have done so much for us and for KMNR that we want to give back. Please accept this gift, obtained through donations from DJs past and present, as a token of our appreciation. We hope you enjoy it, and we hope you realize how much appreciation we hold for you and the impact you have made on all of us. Read the full letter.

My students bought me a hydraulic wood splitter.

Since I arrived here at S&T, I’ve been the faculty advisor for KMNR, 89.7 FM, the student-run college radio station. The students are kind enough to allow me to do a one-hour radio show most Wednesday mornings 10–11 a.m. As the advisor to a great bunch of students, I do what I always try to do, treat people with kindness, respect and love. I didn’t think I was doing anything special. But the students and alumni of KMNR evidently thought otherwise. They organized, unbeknownst to me, a fundraising effort to buy me a gift to show just how much they appreciated my advice over the years. They raised more than enough to purchase this wood splitter! They presented it to me after my radio show last week. For one of a very few moments of my life, I was actually speechless. It’s taken me several days to even put my thoughts together here. They composed a nice letter to go along with the splitter. It will soon be framed and on my wall in a place of honor.

As a professor, I teach a great many students, both inside and outside of the classroom. They spend their time here at S&T, then move off into the world and live their lives. We professors may keep in touch with a few, but we never really know how they are doing and if all our time, energy, effort and passion in our teaching and interactions with students makes any real difference. But today I know that, perhaps, just a little, I did. I am honored and humbled beyond words.

– Jeff Schramm, Hist’92, associate professor of history and political science

“Alex’s Pizza, of course!”

We asked about your favorite place to eat, and boy did you respond. It was such an overwhelming response that Larry Gragg, author of Missouri S&T’s sesquicentennial history book, was inspired to write about it.
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Letter to the editor

Each issue I always take special notice of the alumni who have most recently passed. The vast majority of the older alumni served their country during times of conflict and went on to complete long careers, often with only one or two companies. Although I am saddened by the passing of a great generation of men and women, I greatly appreciate being reminded of the service and sacrifices those before us made. Many of these same folks are those that helped grow our university to what it is today.

Will Kirby, CE’08, ArchE’08
Overland Park, Kan.

Wanna grab a bite?

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Make us laugh

What is the funniest incident or story you recollect from your
time in Rolla?

Historian Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, recently posed this question to our readers and on social media. Here are a few of your answers. [Read more…]