Campus History

One active alumnus

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James E. “Jim” Bertelsmeyer, a 1966 chemical engineering graduate and the retired founder, chair and chief executive officer of Heritage Propane Partners in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a past president of the Miner Alumni Association, a member and past chair of the Missouri S&T Academy of Chemical Engineers, a member of S&T’s Order of the Golden…

So April. Very Fools. Many Smart. Amaze.

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We don’t always pull pranks on April Fool’s Day. But when we do, we win. So proclaimed WIRED on their Tumblr when they got word of our April 1, 2014, redo of our main website. On that day, the images on the home page were doctored by images of an internet-famous shiba inu dog —…

Chain reaction

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Take 60 sleep-deprived students — easy enough to find in Rolla — and add 450,000 strips of newsprint and 530,000 staples. What do you get? A 40.67-mile paper chain. In March 1997, S&T students spent nearly 24 hours in the Student Recreation Center constructing the chain in an effort to beat the previous record of…

Solar Village people

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Before there was a Solar Village on campus, there was a sole villager. Allison Arnn graduated in 2005 with an engineering management degree. A member of the university’s very first Solar House Design Team, Arnn spent her senior year living in the house the team designed and built for the 2002 Solar Decathlon, a U.S.…

‘Who is Ilene Morgan?’

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If “third time’s a charm” were a category on the quiz show Jeopardy!, then “Who is Dr. Ilene Morgan?” might be one of the answers. The clue might go like this:“This Missouri S&T faculty member tried twice to land a spot on this program before finally succeeding in 2012.” A longtime trivia buff and a…

Clued in on Jeopardy!

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This Missouri S&T professor of foreign languages was once a clue on the popular TV game show Jeopardy! If you guessed, “Who is Dr. Gerald Cohen?” congratulations. Cohen earned the distinction of being named in a clue on the Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, edition of the show. The clue was: “Professor Gerald Cohen, an expert…

First woman department chair

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In 1990, Dr. Elizabeth Cummins was named chair of Missouri S&T’s English department. She joined S&T as an instructor in 1967 after teaching five years at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She taught classes on literature, science fiction and technical writing. Beyond her teaching and scholarly accomplishments, including three Faculty Excellence Awards, Cummins was one of…

Raising support for scholarship

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Zebulun Nash, who graduated with a degree in chemical engineering in 1972, was part of a team that got its start by raising funds for the creation of a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at S&T. It took 20 years, but the scholarship endowment became a reality for the university’s students.

Joe Miner with Jerry Bayless

‘Mr. Miner’

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The name “Mr. Miner” may sound like someone related to mascot Joe Miner, and in Jerry Bayless’s case it may be true. Carrying the aforementioned nickname, Bayless, who earned his bachelor’s degree (1959) in civil engineering,joined the civil engineering faculty while pursuing a master’s degree (1962) in the same discipline. He remained on the faculty…

Not your average Joe

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You know all about Joe Miner, the world’s greatest mascot. But do you know Joe Minor, the civil engineer? Joseph E. Minor served as chair of S&T’s civil engineering department for five years. An expert in wind engineering, the native Texan specialized in studying the effects of tornadoes and hurricanes on buildings and the performance…