Chancellor Mo Dehghani hosted virtual town hall meetings in April, May and June to discuss the university’s continuing response to COVID-19. A special “Let’s Talk: Black Lives Matter” town hall on July 9 brought the S&T community together for a conversation on race. All town halls can be viewed online at chancellor.mst.edu/virtual-town-hall.
OGS member and S&T trustee Tim Bradley, PetE’77, talked about the excellence of S&T graduates during winter commencement ceremonies in December. “Every person my company hired from S&T was shovel-ready and did a superb job. S&T students and alumni never cease to impress me,” said Bradley, the retired president of Houston-based Kinder Morgan CO2 Co., who also endorsed the benefits of failure. “My experience has taught me that failure can open doors and many times can be a blessing,” he said. “The important thing is how you respond when you experience your moment of truth.” Read more about his commencement address.
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.
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
Missouri S&T is seeking nominations for our 2021 Alumni of Influence, the highest alumni honor bestowed by the university. Since we recognized our inaugural honorees in 2011, we’ve honored 38 distinguished alumni. Now we’re preparing to recognize a new group of honorees during the university’s 150th anniversary celebration. Nominate a Miner online or forward nominations to Darlene Ramsay, executive vice president, Miner Alumni Association, at firstname.lastname@example.org.