Miner Stories

Rosalie (Larson) and Stan Hadley

Rosalie (Larson) and Stan Hadley

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Rosalie (Larson) and Stan Hadley met one Friday in September 1977 in TJ Hall. Rosalie’s roommate was a lab partner with a friend of Stan’s, so they were eating lunch together in the hall’s cafeteria. Later that day, Stan, a junior, had already decided he’d like to ask Rosalie, a freshman, out when he caught…

Kathy (Stone) and Bob Phillips

Kathy (Stone) and Bob Phillips

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Kathy (Stone) and Bob Phillips were both living in TJ Hall’s North Tower when they met in August 1986 while attending a trigonometry review session before the start of their freshman year. At breakfast on Tuesday morning, Bob and several of the other guys from his floor decided to sit with Kathy and her roommate.…

Jordan Lynn and Derek Voges

Jordan (Lynn) and Derek Voges

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Jordan Lynn and Derek Voges met at a Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity party at the end of August in 2015. “We were both keeping an eye on a mutual friend who ended up calling us ‘mom and dad’ by the end of the night, so we played along,” she says. “Once we got the mutual…

Hilary (Kuehn) and Christopher Zerr

Hilary (Kuehn) and Christopher Zerr

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Hilary (Kuehn) was living in the Residential College in August 2006 when her roommate, Emilie, took her to a party at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house and introduced her to Christopher Zerr. They spent the evening talking and became Facebook friends. “I am a member of Chi Omega and Chris is a member of…

Savannah (Signaigo) and Nathan Leezer

Savannah (Signaigo) and Nathan Leezer

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Savannah (Signaigo) and Nathan Leezer met during Greek Week activities in September 2010 when Nathan, a first-year Interfraternity Council representative, and Savannah, a first-year Panhellenic Council member, were paired up to time the fraternity and sorority races at the Vichy airport. That afternoon, the beer garden was running low on ice, and since Nathan had…

Pam (Thebeau) and Dennis Leitterman

Pam (Thebeau) and Dennis Leitterman

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Although both Pam (Thebeau) and Dennis Leitterman started as freshmen in fall 1971, they didn’t meet until August 1975. “I was a co-op student, and after my freshman year, alternated semesters in class in Rolla and semesters at work in St. Louis,” Dennis says. “Between 1972 and 1975, there were five work sessions totaling 18…

Alyssa Purdy and Ryon Owings

Alyssa Purdy and Ryon Owings

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Alyssa Purdy and Ryon Owings met during Opening Week in August 2014. Both lived in TJ Hall’s north tower – Alyssa on the fifth floor and Ryon on the sixth floor. “Our RA’s were good friends with each other, so they encouraged 5N and 6N to mingle and get to know one another,” she says.…

Amanda (Kay Hansen) and Chris Byrd

Amanda (Kay Hansen) and Chris Byrd

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It was a fire drill at TJ Residence Hall in September 1999 that first brought Amanda (Kay Hansen) and Chris Byrd together. The two connected again a couple of weeks later at the hall’s dance and have been together ever since. The pair graduated with bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering in May 2003. “We got…

Leslie Bixler and Matt Bubenheim

Leslie Bixler and Matt Bubenheim

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Leslie Bixler and Matt Bubenheim met in a physics demonstration on the first day of Opening Week in August 2014. “We chatted a bit before and after class and then went our separate ways,” she says. “Coincidentally, we found ourselves in the same physics lab group for the remainder of the week. We exchanged numbers…

Elizabeth and Teddy Caputa-Hatley

Elizabeth and Teddy Caputa-Hatley

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Elizabeth and Teddy Caputa-Hatley met on the second day of Opening Week in 2015 in Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall. Elizabeth was waiting outside of the building’s lecture hall, feeling alone and nervous about meeting new people and making friends. “Teddy walked up to the hall and was wearing some of his crazy socks hiked up…