Michael and Debbie Haynes: scholarship support with a Miner Match

Although romantic chemistry brought Michael, Chem’78, and Debbie Haynes together as students, it was analytical and synthetic chemistry that defined their careers. Michael was a junior chemistry major at Missouri S&T when he met Debbie on a weekend trip to Columbia, where she was majoring in recreational therapy. Debbie began coming to Rolla for party weekends. “I was what they called an ‘import’ in those days,” she says.  

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Shillelagh in Chicago! OGS members gather in the Windy City

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi thanks OGS members for their support during OGS Weekend in Chicago.

More than 100 OGS members took the shillelagh spirit to Chicago in June for OGS Weekend. History, architecture and baseball filled the first day, which concluded with a night of space exploration at the Museum of Science and Industry featuring S&T alumna and former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus, Phys’86, MS EE’90. After taking Miner pride from the Magnificent Mile to the Art Institute of Chicago, the weekend culminated with an OGS tradition: welcoming new members, who received their shillelaghs from two special guests: Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri System, and Mo Dehghani, Missouri S&T chancellor-designate. Special thanks to our panel of “Chicago experts” — Jim Faletti, EMgt’71, MS EMgt’79, John Remmers, MetE’84, and Rich Wlezien, vice provost and dean of the College of Engineering and Computing — for sharing their appreciation of the city’s legends, lore, politics and pizza.

Joan and James Woodard invest in faculty excellence

There wasn’t much exposure to engineering when Joan Woodard, AMth’73, was in high school. But the world of engineering opened up at Missouri S&T. “Once I got to Rolla, I had many friends studying engineering,” she says. “I knew that’s what I ultimately wanted to do.” Now Woodard and her husband, James Woodard Jr., have established a $1 million faculty endowment in S&T’s electrical and computer engineering department. The Woodard Associate Professorship for Excellence will support amid-career faculty member on the path to full professor by providing research funding and other resources.  Continue reading

Doubling the space where dreams are designed

A Mars rover removes the first brick from the west wall of the Kummer Student Design Center.

When Valkyrie’s robotic arm refused to budge, members of the Mars Rover Student Design Team kept their cool. In a room full of people gathered to break ground on the Kummer Student Design Center expansion, team members searched for a solution. Finally, with a reboot, the rover sprang to life and pulled a brick from the design center’s west wall. “The expansion is officially underway,said Chris Ramsay, MetE’83, MS MetE’85, assistant vice provost for student design and experiential learning. “We’ve been working toward this day for a long time and it’s great to finally be here.”  Continue reading