Celebrating the Spirit of Giving

From the 27 founders who established the Order of the Golden Shillelagh nearly 40 years ago to the 1,640 donors who carry the vision forward today, Missouri S&T’s most influential group of contributors continues to grow. On the final night of Minerfest, OGS members gathered to celebrate the spirit of giving – and welcome 34 new members.

“We come together tonight to celebrate friendship, extended family, and the profound impact that the members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh have on our university,” said Chancellor Schrader. “What a privilege it is to shine the spotlight on the giving legacy that defines this group. Your generosity is an affirmation of our shared purpose: changing lives through education.”

After dinner, the chancellor formally welcomed each new member to OGS. Then the role reversed as OGS Executive Committee Chairman Hugh Cole, EMgt’72, had the honor of inducting Chancellor Schrader and her husband, Jeff. “Their commitment to Missouri S&T reaches beyond their role as high-profile ambassadors,” he said in welcoming them to OGS.

The evening also spotlighted 39 OGS members advancing to a new level of giving. With gifts and pledges of more than $3.9 million this year, the members of OGS continue to be Missouri S&T’s greatest partners in progress. To view and download photos from this year’s OGS Dinner and other MinerFest activities, click here.

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Meet the 2013 Woman of the Year

Dr. Barbara Hale, professor of physics at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was named 2013 Woman of the Year by Missouri S&T during a campus ceremony on Wednesday, April 17 in conjunction with this year’s MinerFest OGS weekend celebration.

The Woman of the Year award is given annually in recognition of efforts to improve the campus environment for women and minorities. As part of the award, Hale received a $2,000 stipend funded by Missouri S&T graduate and fellow OGS member Cynthia Tang, founder and former chair of Insight Industries Inc.

“Dr. Hale is an outstanding educator,” wrote one of her nominators. “She has been an outspoken advocate for the faculty and for her students.” The nominator also noted that Dr. Hale has received both the Faculty Excellence Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award numerous times.

Hale, a senior investigator in the Cloud and Aerosol Science Laboratory at Missouri S&T, also serves as the personal advisor for Chi Omega sorority, a position she has held since the chapter’s founding in 1979.  Hale came to Missouri S&T in 1969 as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. She became a research associate in the Graduate Center for Cloud Physics Research in 1971. In 1973, Hale became assistant professor of physics and a senior investigator in the Graduate Center for Cloud Physics Research. She was named associate professor of physics in 1977 and professor of physics in 1982.

Hale, who holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University and a bachelor of science degree from Syracuse University, both in physics, is a member of the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Meteorological Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Sigma Pi Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi.

In addition to the Faculty Excellence and Outstanding Teaching awards, Hale received the Chi Omega National Advisor Award in 2000 and the Miner Alumni Association Faculty Advisor Award in 2002. View and download photos from the Woman of the Year celebration and other MinerFest activities here.


Breaking Ground on the Future


Missouri S&T celebrated a milestone on April 18 when alumni, students and university leaders broke ground on James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, a new home for chemical and biochemical engineering.

Named in honor of Missouri S&T graduate James E. Bertelsmeyer, ChE’66, who donated $5 million toward the project, the 68,500-square-foot teaching and research facility will be located on the northwest corner of State and 11th streets. It is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

“Whether he is supporting his grandchildren’s science projects or Miner Alumni Association scholarships, Jim Bertelsmeyer is committed to making a difference,” said Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader during the ceremony. “Giving back fills the foreground of everything Jim does, both in his community and for Missouri S&T.”

The retired founder, chair and chief executive officer of Heritage Propane Partners in Tulsa, Bertelsmeyer is a member of the Missouri S&T Board of Trustees, a past president of the Miner Alumni Association, a member and past chair of the Academy of Chemical Engineers and a member of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh.

“This building gives a shot in the arm not only to the chemical and biochemical engineering department, but also to the chemistry and biological sciences departments,” said Bertelsmeyer. “I’m proud that my family and I could play a part. I’m grateful to the many, many department alumni and faculty who participated in this project. The support came from alumni of all ages and also from our current students.”

Bertelsmeyer’s gift inspired a campaign to raise additional private funds for the project. In a matter of weeks, more than 60 alumni contributed an additional $3 million to the effort, bringing the total private support to $8 million. Joining Bertelsmeyer as a major donor was Bipin Doshi, ChE’62, and his wife, Linda. Doshi is the president and CEO of Schafer Gear Works in South Bend, Ind.

“On behalf of the student body, I would like to thank Jim Bertelsmeyer, Bipin and Linda Doshi, and the many other donors who have made this dream a reality,” said Brian Peterson, a graduate student in chemical engineering. “What you have given to Missouri S&T is more than a gift; it’s an investment in the faculty and students who will change the world through education, research and innovation.” View and download photos from the Bertelsmeyer Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony and other MinerFest activities here.