Gerald Cohen: word whiz

Gerald Cohen, a professor of foreign languages, is a word sleuth who has dug up the origins of terms like jazz, shyster and the Big Apple, a nickname applied to New York City. He’s also famous for discovering the origins of hot dog. [Read more…]

Homecoming 2015: MinerFest in review


The Miners came from behind in the second half of the Homecoming football game to beat McKendree University 34-27.


The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on African-American Recruitment and Retention celebrated its 30th anniversary during Homecoming. Gregory Skannal, GeoE’85, and Joan Montague, CSci’95, reminisce at the CACAARR Tailgate.


Spectators lined the Rolla streets to watch the first-ever MinerFest Homecoming Parade, sponsored by the Student Union Board.


Students made s’mores and watched a movie at a SUB-sponsored bonfire outside Toomey Hall.


During the Legends Luncheon, the Miner Alumni Association presented vintage-inspired letter sweaters to award recipients.


The Miner Cheerleaders shared a bit of school spirit with alumni and guests during the Legends Luncheon.


S&T student design teams showed off their work to alumni during the Silver and Gold Gathering at Hasselmann Alumni House.


Alumni visited with current students and old friends during the Silver and Gold Gathering.

Honoring Miner legends

During Homecoming, the Miner Alumni Association honored seven Miners for their accomplishments and their devotion to the association, the campus and its students.
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Making research more accessible

Military historian John C. McManus is conducting research for a new two-volume history of the U.S. Army in the Pacific and Asian theater during World War II through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which wants to make scholarly research more accessible to the public. [Read more…]

Schrenk Hall facelift

Schrenk Hall’s 83,000-square-foot west wing will get a much-needed facelift next fall thanks to $12 million in state capital improvement funding — the first capital funds to come to Missouri S&T in more than a decade. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed the bill in June.

The University of Missouri System and Missouri S&T will contribute approximately $6 million toward the project. Final renovation plans were approved by the UM System Board of Curators in October. Construction is expected to begin in September 2016 and be completed by December 2017.

Walking the mall


For the first time in several years, the main campus mall was free of construction when classes started in August. Throughout the installation of equipment for the geothermal energy project, which included digging 789 wells on campus, construction was a constant. At the end of the first year of operation, the geothermal energy system exceeded its goals. The university saw a 57 percent reduction in energy use, a reduction of 25,013 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and a reduction in the use of water of over 18.7 million gallons.

Record: broken


In August, nearly 8,900 students started classes at Missouri S&T and broke the previous enrollment record, set in 2014. That total included 1,491 first-year and transfer students, which also shattered the previous record. That one had held since 1981.

Bertelsmeyer Hall earns LEED Silver certification

James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, S&T’s chemical and biochemical engineering building, was recently awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. [Read more…]

A golden year for computer science


This past fall, S&T’s computer science department kicked off a year-long celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of the computer science degree program, the first of its kind in the state. Check out more photos from the program’s history at

Dear Alumni and Friends,

Miner alumni are an inventive bunch.

From everyday innovations — toothbrushes and vacuum cleaners, driving machines and washing machines — to industrial, medical and digital advances, to the unusual and unheralded, Missouri S&T graduates have put their brains to work to make things better. [Read more…]