Spring 2018

Great minds think unlike

Posted by on March 30, 2018

When he first arrived on campus last spring, one of interim Chancellor Christopher G. Maples’ first actions was to turn his Parker Hall office into an art gallery of sorts.

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Champion of the second right answer

Posted by on March 30, 2018

Bob Brinkmann, CE’71, credits something he calls the “second right answer” with saving his clients millions of dollars — and building his company into a $4 billion construction industry leader with a 35-state footprint.

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Where art and science intersect

Posted by on March 30, 2018

To painter Donn Ziebell, art is not an escape from his scientific career, but an intersection of that career with artistic creativity.

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The fine art of farm life

Posted by on March 30, 2018

Kayla McBride’s favorite view, the one that inspires most of her artwork, is of the rolling hills of her family’s 160-acre Bakersfield, Mo., farm.

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Engineering a best seller

Posted by on March 30, 2018

Knoxville, Tenn., author Tori L. Harris, ME’92, says his novels are science fiction written by an engineer for engineers, but he isn’t quite ready to call himself a professional author just yet.

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Lettering for a living

Posted by on March 30, 2018

Over the past 24 years, Cheryl Tefft, AMth’89, has hand-lettered thousands of envelopes and place cards, as well as a few basketballs and mini-coolers.

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Art on campus

Posted by on March 30, 2018

Tucked around corners and outside buildings, the works create moments for conversation and reflection.

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More than a hobby

Posted by on March 30, 2018

“Preserving History in Miniature” is more than just the slogan for Philip Scandura’s architectural modeling miniatures business. Miniature train and building construction has been a passion of his for as long as he can remember.

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Romancing the word

Posted by on March 30, 2018

As a kid, romance author Jamie Farrell, CpE’01, wanted to be the next great children’s author — the Beverly Cleary of her day.

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The big picture

Posted by on March 30, 2018

In junior high school, Greg M. Stowell, ME’85, MS ME’87, was forced to take an art elective. Stowell remembers spending the next year learning the basics of film-based photography — shooting, processing and printing photos in a traditional darkroom.

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