Learning by leading

Missouri S&T students leave the university with more than a degree. They gain invaluable experience in leadership by bringing people together to solve issues on campus. Here’s a look at what some organization presidents tell us they learned about leadership at S&T.

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A summer at Stingray Bay and beyond

Biological sciences senior Vanessa Mahan thought she wanted to be a medical doctor. But after a semester’s coursework in cell biology, Mahan decided the profession was not for her. Further exploring her interests through a biodiversity course, Mahan found her passion — merging medicine with her love of animals.

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Travis Gittemeier: the man inside the mascot

He isn’t the most talkative person you’ll ever meet. But when you spend many of your college days and nights suited up as a mute mascot, chattiness isn’t required.

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Deshawn Jones: On top of his game

With intelligence, discipline and athletic prowess, Deshawn Jones, a junior in biological sciences and running back for Missouri S&T’s football team, has amassed a coveted collection of athletic titles and records at S&T. But he has been raking in awards since grammar school.

Jones grew up in inner-city Chicago, the middle child of three. He began to cultivate his work ethic as a kindergartner. Today, despite his demanding schedule, he willingly gives one afternoon a week during the school year to help children at a Rolla elementary school develop skills in studying, decision-making, teamwork and leadership. [Read more…]

S&T students find a helping hand in Avery Welker

by Hannah Ramsey-Standage

It isn’t difficult to spot Avery Welker in a crowd. And the 6-foot-4-inch-tall S&T graduate student’s broad smile and relaxed manner make it easy for him to make connections.

“I find it fun to talk and learn something new about a person,” says Welker, PetE’16, MS PetE’18, pictured above with Anna Ramirez, a senior in petroleum engineering and secretary of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow. [Read more…]

An eye for business

Junior Tim Schreffl, a midfielder for the Miner men’s soccer team, grew up with a passion for sports in a tight-knit family in Germany. After seven months in Milwaukee as a high school foreign exchange student, he knew his dream was to live in the United States. [Read more…]

A legacy in mining

For the Rychtarczyks, engineering is a family affair spanning centuries and oceans. [Read more…]

Katelyn Brinker advances the future of space exploration

When the European Space Agency (ESA) launches its mission to explore Jupiter’s moons in 2022, the ambitious effort will stay connected to Earth thanks in part to the work of Mars Rover Design Team member Katelyn Brinker. [Read more…]

A life of service at home and abroad

Lydia Aiken has had a longtime interest in other cultures and compassion for people from different backgrounds. And when she graduates from Missouri S&T, she hopes to carry that compassion and understanding into a career with the U.S. Foreign Service. [Read more…]

Travis McVey: Student leader today, alumnus tomorrow

When Travis McVey came to Missouri S&T he knew he wanted to get involved. The petroleum engineering senior found the type of involvement he was looking for with STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow). [Read more…]