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.

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

Nominate a Miner for 2021 Alumni of Influence

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 ramsayd@mst.edu.

Second-largest fundraising year in S&T history reaches $22.6 million

The second-largest fundraising year in university history concluded on June 30, with $22.6 million in charitable gifts and pledges — a 53 percent increase over the past fiscal year and a 112 percent increase over two years ago. The university’s largest fundraising year to date was 2007, when charitable gifts totaled more than $25.4 million. “We are deeply grateful to our donors for their generous, steadfast and growing support,” says Vice Chancellor for University Advancement Joan Nesbitt. “Many alumni, friends, corporations and foundations have chosen to join us in inspiring the next generation of leaders, discovering new solutions to persistent challenges and building a stronger future together.”

OGS celebrates 40 years

OGSdenverIn 1977, a small group of alumni stepped forward to support Missouri S&T as founders of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh. The members of OGS have been picking up the shillelagh ever since. Help us celebrate 40 years by sharing your favorite OGS memories: email to alumni@mst.edu. Plan to join the biggest OGS Weekend in history on Oct. 5-7 when we gather in Denver to celebrate our 40th anniversary and cheer for S&T students competing in the 2017 Solar Decathlon.