Congratulations to the OGS members honored by the Miner Alumni Association during Homecoming in October: Gerry Stevenson, ChE’59, MS ChE’63, and Paul Lang, MinE’83, recipients of the Alumni Merit Award; Dixie Finley, Psyc’68, who received the Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award; and Bill Hallett, MetE’55, who was honored with the Frank H. Mackaman Alumni Volunteer Service Award. Ten honorees received awards during the annual Miner Legends Lunch.
Thank you to the OGS members and other alumni who have stepped up to support the Miner Match scholarship initiative. To date, donors have contributed $6.1 million to help S&T recruit top students through Next Generation Merit Scholarships and help current students complete their degrees through Finish Line Scholarships. Contributions received during our first Miner Giving Day totaled $375,000 in 24 hours, and with the Miner Match, we brought home $750,000 for Finish Line Scholarships. Thank you for demonstrating that Miners care.
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.Continue reading
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.
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