Pouring the Cornerstone on a Better Future

Major donors and members of the university community pour the cornerstone on the Advanced Construction and Materials Lab on October 12.

The donors who paved the way to a $6.5 million lab expansion in Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall gathered in October to pour the cornerstone on the Clayco Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory. The lab marks the final phase of a $10.5 million initiative to advance S&T’s leadership in infrastructure engineering. “The lab will be one of the finest research centers in the world for construction materials and methods,” said Chris Maples, interim chancellor.   Continue reading

Making Civil Engineering and Miner Pride a Family Affair

Tom, Bob and Steve Sieckhaus (left to right) share Miner roots and a passion for construction. Now they share pride in the Clayco Advanced Construction and Materials Lab.

Steve Sieckhaus, CE’87, MS EMgt’94, and Tom Sieckhaus, CE’88, are proof that if you grow up around a civil engineer, you’re likely to be bitten by the construction bug. In their case, you’re also likely to be smitten by Miner pride. Their father, Bob Sieckhaus, CE’63, is responsible for both. “I remember watching my Dad work most evenings at the kitchen table estimating projects,” says Steve, chief operating officer and shareholder of Clayco Inc. “He took us on site visits. My passion for construction was fueled by those visits. I never considered anything but civil.” Continue reading

OGS Weekend: Miner pride meets the Magnificent Mile

We’re headed to Chicago for our next OGS Weekend June 6-8, 2019. Plan to arrive on Thursday, June 6 at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, our hotel base for the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, we’ll explore Chicago’s finest, including a special evening at the Museum of Science and Industry’s Henry Crown Space Center, where you’ll float beyond Earth’s atmosphere on a virtual spacewalk. On Saturday night we’ll celebrate the shillelagh spirit at our biennial dinner and induction ceremony. Watch for an invitation with registration information. Questions? Contact Sarah Jones at jonessarah@mst.edu or 573-341-6359.

Postmark Gratitude

Every semester, the students who hold endowed scholarships at Missouri S&T do something “old fashioned” in the Instagram Age — they pick up pen and paper and write thank you notes to their donors. This fall, more than 1,100 students participated in a letter-writing marathon at Hasselmann Alumni House during the first week of classes. “The act of writing a thank you note — and the reciprocal act of receiving it — creates a one-to-one connection,” says Joan Nesbitt, vice chancellor for University Advancement “The feedback we receive from donors is exceptionally positive. But what is equally gratifying is the fact that so many students say they appreciate the opportunity to communicate with their donors.”

Miner memories to fill 150th anniversary book

Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science

In anticipation of Missouri S&T’s 150th anniversary celebration in 2020, Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science, has collected memories from alumni for a sesquicentennial history book. One of the most popular topics: Rolla restaurants. In a story published in Missouri S&T Magazine, alumni reminisce about their favorite restaurants. The title of the story. “Alex’s Pizza, of course,”  makes it clear that Miners love their pizza. Continue reading