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, is researching and writing a sesquicentennial history book. Over the past year, he has collected memories from hundreds of alumni. One of the most popular topics: favorite Rolla restaurants.  His story, “Alex’s Pizza, of course,” will appear in the spring 2018 issue of Missouri S&T Magazine. Among nearly 30 restaurants remembered by alumni, the title of Gragg’s story makes it clear that Miners love their pizza. Continue reading

Grab your green, parade your pride and party on Pine

Mark your calendar for the Miner Alumni Association’s 110th Best Ever St. Pat’s Celebration on Saturday, March 17, at Hasselmann Alumni House, 1100 N. Pine St. The festivities begin with breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. Then view the parade at 11 a.m. from the best corner in town. We’ll continue the celebration with a pig roast from noon-2 p.m. Reservations for lunch are required by Monday, March 5. Space is limited. For more information, contact Sarah Jones at jonessarah@mst.edu or 573-341-6359.

OGS survey results: responding to your feedback

Thank you to the members who completed our survey following OGS Weekend in October. Your feedback truly makes a difference. In response to many members who would like more opportunity to connect with each other — and those who would like to gather in Rolla — we’re planning a campus event for OGS members on Saturday, Oct. 13, during S&T’s 2018 Homecoming celebration. Watch for details in the next Shillelagh. Thank you, as well, for your feedback on our 2017 OGS Weekend in Denver. We received many great comments about our day trip to the Solar Decathlon (where S&T’s Solar House Student Design Team earned a fourth-place finish). As members shared:

  • “Coupling OGS Weekend with a student competition was fantastic.”
  • “It was great to see what S&T students are accomplishing on a world stage.”
  • “So proud of our team.”

For our next OGS Weekend in 2019, we’re considering three possible destinations: Chicago, Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Watch for more information—and thank you for the feedback!

Philanthropy month: Miners dig deeper because they care

Every April, Missouri S&T students celebrate the spirit of giving by digging deeper to make a difference. During Philanthropy Month, you’ll find them supporting each other and the many causes close to their hearts. Here’s a preview of why this coming April is a special month at S&T:

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday all month, members of Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow and Blue Key Honor Society will promote Philanthropy Month with games and giveaways in the Havener Center and outside the library.
  • On Whiteboard Wednesdays throughout April, students with whiteboards will mobilize across campus, asking students, faculty and staff to share what they love about S&T. You’ll find their answers on our Philanthropy Month Facebook page.
  • All month long, students will raise money for the Student Emergency Fund, a resource that helps Miners who are struggling to manage life’s unexpected setbacks. OGS members are invited to support the fundraising campaign (which goes live on April 1 at crowdfunding campaign) or visit giving.mst.edu to make a difference.
  • Philanthropy Month culminates on Friday, April 27, on the Puck with Philanthropalooza, when more than 20 student organizations with a service mission will showcase what they do and why they do it.

EWB challenge moves toward $1 million goal

In 2016, the Houston-based Montana Cahill Foundation, led by OGS members Peggy Cahill Montana, ChE’76, and Duane Montana, CE’75, awarded the largest gift in the history of Engineers Without Borders at Missouri S&T: a $500,000 challenge grant. To date, $350,000 has been raised in response to the challenge, much of it from OGS members, including a $250,000 gift from David, ME’93, and Ann Heikkinen, a $50,000 challenge from Rick Stephenson, S&T professor emeritus of civil engineering and longtime advisor to the chapter, and a $25,000 gift from Bipin, ChE’62, MS ChE’63, and Linda Doshi. EWB is only $150,000 away from reaching its goal of raising $1 million. For information on matching funds available, contact Tory Verkamp at verkampv@mst.edu or 573-341-6090.