S&T Day celebrates the 150th anniversary of the university’s charter

Miner pride — and memorabilia — filled the Missouri State Capitol rotunda on Feb. 25 when state and university officials, alumni and friends celebrated S&T Day at the Capitol on the 150th anniversary of the legislation that created the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. Speakers included University of Missouri System President Mun Choi, S&T Chancellor Mo Dehghani, State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Econ’04, Math’04, and S&T Student Council President Kaeden Kessinger, among others. Larry Gragg, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history, served as master of ceremonies. A campus kickoff for the 150th celebration is planned for Homecoming Weekend Oct. 16-18. Visit 150.mst.edu for more information.

AECI supports cooperative engineering program

Missouri S&T students in a mechanical engineering class test their projects. Photo by Jesse Cureton/ Missouri S&T

A $20,000 gift from Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), with additional funding totaling $50,000 over three years, will support the cooperative engineering program in mechanical engineering launched in 2019 by Missouri S&T and Missouri State University. “AECI’s generous gift will help open the door to engineering for more students in southwest Missouri while supporting workforce development for future professionals across the state,” says Richard Wlezien, S&T’s vice provost and dean of engineering and computing. Springfield-based AECI provides electricity to approximately 910,000 homes, farms and businesses through 51 local electric cooperatives in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma. Read more about AECI’s partnership.

OGS member Tim Bradley addresses new S&T graduates

Tim Bradley shares some Miner pride during winter commencement.

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.

Alumni John and Kristie Gibson champion Miner Athletics with giving of $6.4 million since 2017

Missouri S&T alumni John Gibson, EMgt’74, and Kristie (Capps) Gibson, EMgt’74, have transformed Miner Athletics over the past two years with a series of gifts and pledges totaling $6.4 million. The largest individual donors to the university in the past decade, they continue to champion S&T student-athletes in competition and in the classroom.