Postmark Gratitude

Every semester, the students who hold endowed scholarships at Missouri S&T do something “old fashioned” in the Instagram Age — they pick up pen and paper and write thank you notes to their donors. This fall, more than 1,100 students participated in a letter-writing marathon at Hasselmann Alumni House during the first week of classes. “The act of writing a thank you note — and the reciprocal act of receiving it — creates a one-to-one connection,” says Joan Nesbitt, vice chancellor for University Advancement “The feedback we receive from donors is exceptionally positive. But what is equally gratifying is the fact that so many students say they appreciate the opportunity to communicate with their donors.”

Bring on the blarney for our Best Ever!

stpatsMark your calendar for the Miner Alumni Association’s 109th Best Ever St. Pat’s Celebration on Saturday, March 18, at Hasselmann Alumni House, 1100 N. Pine St. The festivities begin with a complimentary breakfast from 9-10:30 a.m. Then view the parade at 11 a.m. from the best corner in town. We’ll continue the celebration with lunch from noon-2 p.m. Cost is $20 for an adult and $10 for a child age 6-12 (children under 6 are free). Reservations are required and space is limited. Read more

Battle of the Brains: Scholars and Donors Team Up For a Cause

Battle of the BrainsMore than 200 powerhouse pugilists went to the mat on April 25 for Philanthropy Week’s prizefight of the year, the second annual Battle of the Brains.

In a night of fun, feasting and fast-thinking, 36 teams of scholarship students and donors stepped into the ring to vie for the mental heavyweight title of Biggest Brainiac, raise money for student organizations and celebrate the scholarship support that provides educational opportunity.

“This past year, Missouri S&T awarded 11,707 scholarships ranging in size from $1,000 to $30,000,” said Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader during her welcome remarks. “The value of these scholarships total more than $31 million. While these numbers speak volumes, dollar figures alone cannot capture the impact of this financial support.”

Following a buffet dinner, the bell rang on a fight night for the record books, with Dr. Matt O’Keefe, MetE’85, professor of materials science and engineering, serving as emcee and referee for five rounds of trivia. While every contender exhibited bareknuckle bravura, the winning teams were:
Winning Teams

  • History Club, first place ($500) for a trip to the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Delta Omicron Lambda, second place ($400) in support of Russell House
  • Alpha Phi Alpha, third place ($200) in support of the March of Dimes Foundation

View more Battle of the Brains event photos here.


Test your own mental mettle by answering these trivia showdown sample questions:

Round 1: Average Joes

  1. From which branch of the U.S. military did the term “cup of joe” originate?
  2. What does the “G.I.” stand for in G.I. Joe?
  3. “Joes” have become a mascot for several universities. Match the Joes to their appropriate schools:

Joe Miner
Cowboy Joe
Joe Vandal
Joe Bruin

University of Wyoming
University of Idaho
University of California, Los Angeles
Missouri S&T

Round 2: Miner Mash Up

  1. How many arches comprise S&T’s Stonehenge?
  2. What is the current use of the first dorm on campus?
  3. A four-leaf clover is considered lucky, but according to the Guinness World Records, what is the largest number of leaves ever found on a clover?

Round 3: Giving Back

  1. What famous actor partnered with S&T alumnus Gary White, CE’85, MS CE’87, to form the philanthropic
  2. In what year was the Order of the Golden Shillelagh founded?
  3. Of the $300 billion donated to the United States in 2012, what percentage came from individuals vs. corporations, foundations and institutions?

Round 4: Silver and Gold

  1. What are the chemical symbols for silver and gold?
  2. What part of the body is sometimes metaphorically described as silver?
  3. In the 007 movie Goldfinger, how does the film’s namesake villain die?

Round 5: Robots
Name these pop culture robots.

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Answer Key

Round 1: Average Joes

  1. Navy
  2. Government Issue
  3. University of Wyoming – Cowboy Joe, University of Idaho – Joe Vandal, University of California, Los Angeles – Joe Bruin, Missouri S&T – Joe Miner

Round 2: Miner Mash Up

  1. 5
  2. Chancellor’s Residence
  3. 56

Round 3: Giving Back

  1. Matt Damon
  2. 1977
  3. 70%

Round 4: Silver and Gold

  1. Ag and Au
  2. The tongue
  3. Sucked out the window of a plane in flight

Round 5: Robots

  1. HAL 9000
  2. R2-D2
  3. Wall-E

Woman of the Year: Honoring a Scholar, Mentor and Role Model

Shannon Fogg and Chancellor

Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader, right, presented Dr. Shannon Fogg with the 2014 Woman of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Shannon Fogg, associate professor of history and political science, who was named Missouri S&T’s 2014 Woman of the Year on April 23.

The annual award honors a female tenured or tenure-track faculty member for her commitment to strengthening diversity and enriching campus life. It includes a $2,000 stipend funded by Missouri S&T alumna and trustee Cynthia Tang, Econ’85.

“The Woman of the Year Award publicly celebrates the impact of women on our campus,” said Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader, speaking at the awards luncheon. “Those we have honored over the past 17 years are not only dedicated teachers and scholars, but also extraordinary mentors and peers. The award recognizes these leaders as catalysts for changes, as creators of a bright and bold future, and as voices of influence in our wider world.”

As a scholar, Fogg examines the complexities of physical and psychological rebuilding in post-World War II Europe, with a focus on the Jewish women and their families who survived the Holocaust. As a member of the campus community, her service spans many initiatives affecting women’s lives, from the Child Development Center steering committee to the Chancellor’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

A graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in history, and the University of Iowa, where she earned master of arts and Ph.D. degrees in history, Fogg joined the Missouri S&T faculty in 2004 as an assistant professor. She was named associate professor in 2011.  Since arriving on campus, she has introduced seven new courses, in addition to publishing book reviews, journal articles and book chapters.

Fogg received the Missouri Conference on History’s 2009 Book Award for her first book, The Politics of Everyday Life in Vichy France: Foreigners, Undesirables, and Strangers, published by Cambridge University Press. She received Missouri S&T’s Inspirational Woman Award in 2012.

As a colleague wrote in her nomination: “Dr. Fogg perfectly and gracefully models the values that demonstrate why women’s contributions to this campus are so important. Her career characterizes the commitment to academic citizenship and female leadership that the Woman of the Year Award is designed to honor.”



Making OGS a Family Affair

imagePaul and Jillene Hoffman credit their daughter Jennifer with inspiring their decision to support Missouri S&T – she joined OGS as a junior member immediately after graduating with her bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering.

For Jennifer Hoffman Sison, AE’11, giving back is nothing unusual.  As an undergraduate, she served as student chapter president of Engineers Without Borders, traveling to Bolivia five times to work on community development projects.

She also interned with the U.S. Air Force and studied abroad in Spain to strengthen her minor in Spanish. After graduating in 2011, Jennifer went to work for Aero Engine Controls, an Indianapolis-based division of the Rolls-Royce Group.

“Jennifer always wanted to pursue a career in space,” says her father. “When she was 7 or 8, she started going to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.  It was her dream to be an astronaut.”

When it came time look at universities, Jennifer had a strong interest in the University of Illinois, where her uncle who works for NASA’s Mars Exploration Program earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.  But out-of-state tuition costs were high.

“It came down to the value of Rolla as an in-state institution,” says Paul. “My daughter didn’t have to leave Missouri to get a world-class education.”

Today the Hoffmans share their daughter’s enthusiasm for Engineers Without Borders as donors to the organization. They are also charter members of Miners by Design and contributors to the Gavin Donohue Memorial Scholarship.

“We began contributing to Engineers Without Borders because of our daughter,” says Paul. “The experiences she had as a 19-, 20- and 21-year-old were fantastic. After she graduated and became involved as a donor, we decided to increase our own support to the OGS level.

Jennifer moved back to the St. Louis area last year and married a fellow S&T alumnus, Terrence John Sison, EMgt’07. She works as an engineer for GKN Aerospace, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metallic, composite and engine products for the aviation industry. Terrence works in the St. Louis office of ABB, an international engineering company specializing in power and automation technology.

The Hoffmans look forward to attending future OGS events with their daughter and son-in-law. Meanwhile, there may be another Miner in the making. Their youngest son attended a Missouri S&T robotics camp two summers ago and just finished his freshman year in high school.