Chancellor’s Newsletter – December 2007

A new year, a new name

Greetings and Happy New Year from the University of Missouri-Rolla – soon to be Missouri University of Science and Technology. On New Year’s Day, your university will officially take on its new name – a more fitting description of our mission as one of the nation’s leading technological research universities.

Here on the campus of soon-to-be Missouri S&T, things are bustling in preparation for 2008. We’re off to a great start with the new name and a renewed sense of purpose for our university. We’re building on an amazing year in which we not only changed the university’s name, but also realized several other successes.

  • In April, we publicly launched Advancing Excellence, a campaign to raise $200 million for the campus to strengthen our position as a leading technological research university.
  • Fall 2007 enrollment increased to above 6,000, achieving a goal the campus set in 2001. The official fall enrollment of 6,167 was the highest in more than two decades.
  • One of our most popular summer camps – Explosives Camp – was featured in The New York Times, fittingly on the day before Independence Day.
  • Most recently, Gary Forsee, CE’72, former CEO of Sprint, was announced as the incoming president of the four-campus University of Missouri System. He takes the helm in February and will work closely with fellow graduate Cheryl Walker, EE’86, who becomes chair of the university’s Board of Curators in January.

What’s in store for 2008? We’ll be celebrating the 100-year anniversary of St. Pat’s, continuing our momentum with the Advancing Excellence campaign, and focusing much of our research and educational work to address two of society’s most critical challenges: energy and the environment. Along the way, we’ll continue to build our reputation as a top technological research university by increasing our research activities while continuing to lead the nation in delivering an extraordinary undergraduate education – in 2008 and beyond.


John F. Carney, III signature graphic

John F. Carney III, Chancellor

2007 Gala
Gala benefits design teams
The fourth annual Gala hosted by Bob (CE’71) and Kim Brinkmann at their home in St. Albans, Mo., raised more than $145,000 to benefit Missouri S&T’s student design teams and organizations like Engineers Without Borders. Read More.

Research news: an ‘Oscar’ of invention
A team of Missouri S&T researchers won a 2007 R&D 100 Award – dubbed the “Oscars of Invention” – from R&D magazine. The researchers share the award with Deft Inc. of Irvine, Calif., for work to develop chrome-free coatings that reduce health risks for workers who apply primer to military aircraft.

A century of ‘Best Evers’
What began in 1908 as an excuse to ditch class has become a storied tradition for the campus. The final issue of UMR Magazine commemorates the 100 years of St. Pat’s Celebrations. Visit the online version for more photos and other features.


Advancing Excellence - the campaign for Missouri S&T

Visions - Missouri S&T's research blog

Experience This! - all about student design

TechnoFiles - download podcasts

S&T news via RSS

S&T in the news

Missouri S&T Bookstore - for all your S&T clothing and merchandise

UMR Fall 2007 Commencement
December Commencement: 650 new grads, eight honorary degrees

Some 650 new graduates joined the ranks of MSM, UMR and Missouri S&T alumni when they received their degrees on Saturday, Dec. 15. Matteo Coco, CE’66, vice president (retired) of St. Louis-based Alberici Constructors, delivered the commencement address, and eight alumni were awarded honorary professional degrees.

UMR Solar Decathalon house

S&T poised to address energy, environmental issues

In his recent State of the University address, Chancellor John F. Carney III said the campus is uniquely qualified to tackle the world’s energy and environmental issues, with a breadth of academic offerings in those areas unrivaled by any other technological research university. (View Chancellor Carney’s PowePoint presentation.)

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