Suzanna Long: An ‘80s alumna remembers

Engineering management Chair Suzanna Long, who holds four degrees from the university, recalls her arrival to campus in 1982.

Audio transcript

When I first came to the Rolla campus in 1982, I will confess, I grew up in a tiny little town, De Soto, Missouri, about 90 miles away from here. And Rolla seemed huge to me. It was probably two to three times larger than the small town where I grew up. And so I was so impressed with all the restaurants, all the stores, but the thing that really made a difference from my life was that it seemed like a magic land of scholars. Those who were doing truly interesting work. And for me, this was exactly what I had been searching for. Because my family was really short of money, then I qualified for work study. And I had what I referred to as a defining moment of my academic career, because I had a chance to meet Dr. Barbara Hale in the department of physics. I was a physics student and she wanted to hire physics undergraduates so that she could mentor them and help them see the beauty of research. And she gave me a chance. And I must honestly say that it was amazing working with her. Getting to see a keen mind, such as she had, really opened my eyes to the possibility of good research of the things that can be done if you’re willing to work hard and to stay focused. One of the things I have always been incredibly proud of is that we started with her as a mentor and as a supervisor. And now, however many years later, we’ve ended as dear friends.

Share This Story

Spark a Memory?

Share your story! Fill out the form below to share your fondest memory or anecdote of S&T. If you'd prefer not typing, you can also share by phone at 833-646-3715 (833-Miner150).

George Mueller: ensuring the ‘moonshot’

George Mueller: ensuring the ‘moonshot’

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,” President John F. Kennedy said…

From S&T soccer to the state capitol

From S&T soccer to the state capitol

You might think that with the thousands of graduates Missouri S&T has produced over its 150-year history, at least a…

First impressions: UM System President Mun Choi

First impressions: UM System President Mun Choi

Mun Choi, who has served as president of the University of Missouri System since 2017...

Year after year, the ‘Best Ever’

Year after year, the ‘Best Ever’

Since George Menefee first donned a bishop’s hat and robe and rode a rail handcar into Rolla on March 17,…

Gregory McClain: education’s key to success

Gregory McClain: education’s key to success

Gregory McClain, who graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in engineering management and...

Tom Benton’s ‘Missouri,’ from mural to movie

Tom Benton’s ‘Missouri,’ from mural to movie

It was “over a few root beer floats” one night that James Bogan and Frank Fillo decided to make a…