Armed with mental ammunition and fortified with fried chicken, scholarship students and donors teamed up for Missouri S&T’s first Battle of the Brains on April 19. With a new spin on the university’s traditional scholarship banquet, the epic endurance event kicked off with a picnic-style feast featuring fried chicken, catfish, local craft beers and wine – and Rolla’s own Slice of Pie.
In her opening remarks, Chancellor Schrader underscored the transformational power of scholarships and thanked the many donors whose generosity continues to change lives.
“Nationwide, economic hardship is making a college education increasingly unaffordable for many families,” she said. “This is also true on our home front. Missouri S&T awarded $34.5 million in student financial assistance for the current academic year. Thanks to our generous donors, many of whom are here tonight, this included 8,710 scholarships. We are deeply grateful to our donors. And we are immensely proud of our scholars. You are partners in building a stronger future.”
Students and donors also became teammates battling for the title of Biggest Brainiacs. From math formulas to S&T history to popular culture trivia, teams tackled 50 tough questions in five categories. With resource materials and electronic devices strictly prohibited, S&T’s scholarship superheroes demonstrated mental muscle and encyclopedic erudition. As Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Advancement Services Darlene Ramsay, MetE’84, put it: “If there’s one thing Miners are used to, it’s challenging exams.”
Special thanks to Wayne Huebner, chair of Materials Science and Engineering, for serving as game emcee. Congratulations to the winning team: Darlene Ramsay, MetE’84, Chris Ramsay, MetE’83, MS MetE’85, Bob Pahl, ChE’68, MS ChE’70, PhD ChE’74, and Ginny Pahl. And congratulations to the students on the second-place team, each of whom received a $250 book scholarship: Eli Steinbeck, Margaret Eimer, Oliver Thompson, Pater Daniels, Cody Longsworth and Joshua Smith. Well done, Brainiacs! Photos from Battle of the Brains and other MinerFest activities can be viewed and downloaded here.
Are you wondering how our Biggest Braniacs earned their titles? Here’s a short sample of the questions from our first-ever Battle of the Brains:
Round 1: Where am I?
1. Toomey Hall
3. McNutt Commons
Round 2: A Wee Bit Green
1. On the Rolla Campus, how many times has St. Pat’s been the BEST EVER?
2. When was the last year Alice made an official appearance at St. Pat’s?
3. There are eight elements that are required to be included in the St. Pat’s sweatshirt design. Name five.
Round 2 Answers:
1. 105 (we also accept 103 – there were no celebrations in 1944 or 1945)
3. St. Pat’s, 10Xth Annual, Best Ever, the year, Missouri University of Science and Technology, three shamrocks, two snakes and Rolla, Missouri.
Round 3: Geek Squad
1. On the Big Bang Theory TV Show, what is Sheldon’s catchphrase after he makes a snarky comment?2. What does WOPR stand for in teh 1983 movie War Games?
3. What is the name of the fraternity the nerds join in the Revenge of the Nerds?
Round 3 Answers:
2. War Operation Plan Response
3. Lambda Lambda Lambda
Round 4: All About the Benjamins
1. Whose face is on the $10 bill?
2. What was the first company to offer a charge card that could be used at multiple locations?
3. How many denominations of U.S. currency are in circulation today?
Round 4 Answers:
1. Alexander Hamilton
2. Diner’s club, 1950
3. $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100