Miner Stories

Ashley (Koesterer) and Michael Pickler

Ashley (Koesterer) and Michael Pickler

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Ashley (Koesterer) and Michael Pickler met in an English class at S&T in 2012 and started walking together after class. Two years later, Michael graduated with a bachelor’s degree in information science and technology and Ashley earned bachelor’s degrees in business administration and economics.  As students, some of their favorite shared campus traditions included Sigma…

Jillian (Estes) and Charlie Stankovic

Jillian (Estes) and Charlie Stankovic

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Jillian (Estes) and Charlie Stankovic met in 2013 after overhearing stories about one another. During finals week, they played sand volleyball.  Some of their favorite shared campus experiences include classes and “anything that SUB hosted.” “We miss the S&T bubble of freedom,” she says.  Charlie earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 2016, and…

Katherine (Reid) and Josh Warner

Katherine (Reid) and Josh Warner

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Katherine (Reid) met Josh Warner in February 2011 at a social event co-hosted by her service sorority, Delta Omicron Lambda, and his fraternity, Theta Xi. In 2014, Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Katherine earned a bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering. Married in July 2016, the pair share many memorable campus moments together…

Brandon Moore and Mackenzy Vedder

Brandon Moore and Mackenzy Vedder

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Brandon Moore met Mackenzy Vedder while working as a bartender at Hoppers Pub in September 2019 at Hoppers Pub.  “I left my number and the rest is history,” Mackenzy says. “We are getting married this August!” Brandon earned his bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering in 2018. Mackenzy earned her bachelor’s degree in…

David and Karen (Miller) Sorrell

David and Karen (Miller) Sorrell

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In the spring semester of 1979, David Sorrell was looking for an “easy A” during his senior year at Missouri S&T and enrolled in Coach Pease’s swimming class as an elective. Karen (Miller) Sorrell, a sophomore at the time, was taking the same class to get the exercise. Although David already had a girlfriend, he…

Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates

Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates

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Rebecca and Joe Hawkes-Cates met in 2009 while volunteering at a Miner football game. “We handed out fruit and water to the marching band,” she says. “I was in Kappa Kappa Psi and he was in Tau Beta Sigma. We hung out together and just found each other really easy to talk to.” The next…

Keith and Bobbie (Smith) Wedge

Keith and Bobbie (Smith) Wedge

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Keith Wedge met his future wife, Bobbie (Smith), in November 1967 while he was helping establish a chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at Missouri State University in Springfield. Bobbie, an MSU student and a member of Delta Zeta sorority there, was introduced to Keith by a member of the Springfield fraternity.  “We dated for…

Kirstin Rigger and Holden McComb

Kirstin Rigger and Holden McComb

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Kirstin Rigger and Holden McComb were freshmen living in TJ Hall when they met in 2015. Holden, who lived on the floor below Kirstin, would often help her with her chemistry assignments. “We were just casual acquaintances, but I had a huge crush on him,” she says. “I convinced a mutual friend to invite him…

Amanda (Gealy) and Logan Meyer

Amanda (Gealy) and Logan Meyer

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Amanda (Gealy) and Logan Meyer met through mutual friends during St. Pat’s in 2010. Amanda earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering management in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Logan earned bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and architectural engineering in 2011. The couple was married in 2014 and their child, Madison Ruth, was born in 2018.…

Lynsey (Jorgenson) and Bret Grinde

Lynsey (Jorgenson) and Bret Grinde

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It didn’t take long for Lynsey (Jorgenson) and Bret Grinde to meet each other on campus in August 2005. “We met the second day after freshman move-in,” she says. “During freshman week, we ran into each other on campus a few times, including when a fire alarm was pulled in TJ. On Friday, he asked…