Golden Alumni Reunion

The 50-year anniversary of the graduating class of 1965 begins on May 19, 2015.       Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

The 50-year anniversary of the graduating class of 1965 begins on May 19, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

On May 19–20, 35 members of the class of 1965 and their guests returned to their alma mater 50 years after graduation for the 2015 Golden Alumni Reunion. Pictured at right, Bob, CE’65, and Carol Otto dance to classic Beatles tunes in the Kinyon-Koeppel Grand Hall. Entertainment was provided by Ticket to the Beatles, a St. Louis-area tribute band. Pictured below on the front porch of Hasselmann Alumni House, the alumni and their guests gathered to celebrate and reminisce over luncheons, banquets and a campus update from Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader. Alumni toured their departments and other interesting campus spots like the Kummer Student Design Center.

Garmin co-founder receives honorary degree

Min Kao, executive chair of Garmin Corp., was awarded the doctor of engineering, honoris causa, in absentia during commencement ceremonies at Missouri S&T in December.

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Fruit flies could unlock Alzheimer’s sleep secrets

Courtney Fiebelman is conducting research about Alzheimer's disease through sleep patterns by studying fruit flies on Wednesday April 29, 2015.     Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Courtney Fiebelman is conducting research about Alzheimer’s disease through sleep patterns by studying fruit flies on Wednesday April 29, 2015. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, people with Alzheimer’s Disease often have sleep pattern changes, and sleep changes somehow result from the disease’s impact on the brain.
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From the editor

Dear Alumni and Friends,

It has been nearly 10 years since I attended the first committee meeting about building an alumni house on campus. Since that time, I have experienced a range of emotions — from terror to cautious optimism to euphoria — when thinking about the project.

I must admit that when the Miner Alumni Association launched the campaign to build Hasselmann Alumni House, I thought the project was too risky. But the skeptic in me turned out to be wrong.

After years of migrating around campus, alumni have a 12,500-square-foot home of our own, on the best corner in Rolla. Now we have a beautiful space for meetings, mingling, major events — and just hanging out. We needed this common ground for many reasons. The main reason, perhaps, is the strength of permanent roots.

This issue salutes the vision that laid the foundation for Hasselmann Alumni House and the generosity that built it. From the story behind our namesake, to the number of nails in the roof, to photos of the dedication, these pages celebrate a homecoming unlike any other.

The door is open, the light is on. Make yourselves at home!

With gratitude,

Darlene Ramsay, MetE’84
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations and Advancement Services
Executive Vice President of the Miner Alumni Association

Eash joins S&T staff

In August, John F. Eash, AE’79, MS EMgt’90, former division director for Supplier Quality Regional Operations for The Boeing Co., joined the Missouri S&T staff as executive director of corporate relations.

Throughout his 36-year career with Boeing, Eash worked in manufacturing, engineering, supply chain management and quality in positions of increasing responsibility. He also spent eight years as Boeing’s executive focal for the company’s relationship with S&T.

Classroom roll call? There’s an app for that

A team of Missouri S&T researchers has developed an app that tracks classroom attendance using a smartphone camera.

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Adobe partners with technical communication

Through its University Outreach Program, Adobe Systems Inc. is partnering with Missouri S&T’s technical communication program to give its students hands-on experience with industry-standard software, such as FrameMaker and Acrobat.

The $52,000 agreement helps students develop fundamental skills and gives them access to online training materials, including seminars, videos and white papers.

Gift provides matching fund opportunities for new lab

Architectural rendering of proposed ACML

Architectural rendering of proposed ACML

A $3 million gift from the estate of James A. Heidman, CE’65, is providing an opportunity for donors to double their support for a new research initiative on campus.

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Good medicine

This fall, S&T students interested in growing health care fields like biomaterials or genetic engineering can combine traditional engineering with biological sciences through a new biomedical engineering minor.

Open to students in both the College of Engineering and Computing and the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, the major will help prepare biomedical engineers to find jobs in industry, hospitals, research facilities, academia and governmental agencies.

Grads celebrate in Hasselmann Alumni House

On May 12, the Miner Alumni Association welcomed 171 graduating seniors to Hasselmann Alumni House for Grad Finale in honor of their graduation. Students celebrated with a free barbecue and door prizes. Angela Swyers, ChE’15, won a 39-inch VIZIO Smart HDTV during the event.