Monthly Archives: October 2016

Midterm Recovery: Tips to Avoid the Square Root Club

Tim Maninger

The middle of the semester can bring triumph or tribulation for all students, depending on how your exams go. A bad midterm grade can ruin your confidence and sap your motivation. If you weren’t working hard enough before, it can seem like an insurmountable task to turn yourself around after that. Thankfully, like a lot of things, this is not exactly like it seems. A bad midterm can knock you down or you can use it as a swift kick in the pants to set you back on the right path. All it takes to switch directions is some self awareness, some discipline, and some direction and hopefully, I can help with one of those things by laying out four basic steps.

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Three Cheers for 50 years of Engineering Management

By Mahati Ganji, Features Writer 

In 1967, the first university department ever dedicated specifically to the field of “engineering management” was founded at S&T. Half a century later we are happy to commemorate 50 successful years of growth and innovation of that same engineering management program. To celebrate this historic achievement past and present students and the members of the Academy of Engineering Management have joined together to create what was sure to be a memorable anniversary celebration during Homecoming.

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Dr. James Friend Seminar

By Michael Pellham, Features Writer 

Alumni Dr. James R. Friend returned to S&T on Monday, October 17th to give a presentation of his recent research as part of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Centennial Seminar Series. The Seminar Series is one of the ongoing events held by the MAE department in celebration of its 100th year. Dr. Friend graduated from Rolla, obtaining his BS degree in aerospace engineering and then proceeded to receive an MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at S&T by 1998. Since then he has been around the world teaching and researching engineering in places such as Tokyo, Australia, Colorado, and is currently a professor at the University of California, San Diego in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Dr. Friend has written over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 8 book chapters, along with being named one of the Top Ten Emerging Scientific Leaders of Australia by Microsoft, in addition to many other achievements not listed. It is easy to say that the professor has built up quite a distinction in academia. His primary focus has been researching engineering applications on the nano-scale and, more specifically, the topic on which he presented in a Toomey lecture hall full of people, nanoacoustofluics.

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Pink October

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor

Every year, the month of October is internationally dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness in order to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for further research into the cause, prevention diagnosis, treatment and cure of breast cancer. In furthering breast cancer awareness, information and support to those affected by breast cancer is also readily available. Seeing that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, it is only natural that we bring light to what S&T’s local chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha (Eta Theta) has done to contribute to their fraternity’s national philanthropy and breast cancer awareness on campus.

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Second Annual Cops vs. Miners Paintball Tournament

By Tim Maninger, Features Writer

Interested in paintball, blowing off steam or taking on local law enforcement? Say no more, the second annual Cops vs Miners paintball tournament is happening Saturday, November 5th at the Paintball Preserve. The Paintball Reserve is located in Rolla just off of Missouri 72, nearby the infamous Fugitive Beach. This event, hosted by University Police Lieutenant Oscar Kemp partnered with the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. Teams of paintballers from University Police and Rolla Police will be facing off against teams of students from fraternities, student organizations, or just teams of friends. The registration fee is $100 per team and is due by October 22. The registration fee seems a little steep at first, but once you consider the split cost of an individual on team, it is not bad and is definitely something that college students can afford. They have a set five person team, so that is $20 per person and a registration limit of 25 participating teams. The tournament is set up as a two game elimination tournament, otherwise known as a double elimination tournament bracket system.

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Diwali Celebration 2016

By Mahati Ganji, Features Writer

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Diwali is one of the oldest and largest festivals in India and is celebrated throughout the country by all communities. Diwali, also called “The Festival of Light,” is an ancient festival celebrated annually in autumn on the new moon. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness or good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over desire; the physical representation of light being the metaphorical depiction of these victories and during Diwali, millions of lights can be seen shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries.

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Prescription Take Back Initiative takes on S&T

By Michael Pellham, Features Writer

Have a medicine cabinet full of old or unneeded pill bottles like that bottle of ibuprofen or antibiotics from 2002? Next Friday, is the perfect time to perform a cleansing of your medicine cabinet, as Joe PEERs, in collaboration with the University Police Department, will be in Havenar administering the Drug Take Back Initiative, where any campus member can bring in and drop off their prescription drugs. The program will run in Havenar on October 21st from 10:30 to 1:30pm. The DEA backed program provides the opportunity to safely dispose of any prescription drugs, such as those that are expired, unused or unidentifiable. This program aims to create a safe environment to dispose these medications, helping you clear out your medicine cabinet (or personal pharmacy), but ultimately, creating a safer environment in your own home for yourself and/or children. The discarding of unnecessary or unused drugs also has many obvious benefits for the community as a whole.

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State of the University Address Recap

By Leslie Hamilton, Features Editor

Every year, similarly to how the President of the United States (POTUS) issues a State of the Union Address, our Chancellor does the same for our university. Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader held the State of the University Address at the Missouri University of Science and Technology on October 4th at noon in Leach Theatre, encouraging students, staff and faculty to attend. This year’s State of the University Address was different than others and for a purpose. Typically, the address is mainly a length presentation highlighting the university’s challenges that were overcome, the challenges that the university is facing and the university’s successes in the past year. The address that Chancellor Schrader gave last week only briefly touched on these topics and placed a large focus on a carefully curated panel of faculty, staff and students about their S&T experience and how a recently implemented strategic plan for success, deemed “Rising to the Challenge,” has shaped it. This plan seeks to inspire creative thinkers, enhance reputation and raise visibility, ensure return on educational and financial investment and increase meaningful interactions. This panel featured: professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and the director of the Freshman Engineering Program, Dr. Doug Ludlow; vice chancellor of University Advancement, Joan Nesbitt; S&T alumna, the Robert V. Wolf Professor in Metallurgical Engineering, and new faculty member, Dr. Laura Bartlett; Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of chemistry and associate dean for research and external relations in the College of Arts, Sciences and Business, Dr. Yinfa Ma; and lastly, a sophomore in aerospace engineering and the president of the Formula SAE Design Team, Jarrett Harkless.

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Engineering Management Commemorates 50th Anniversary

By Hadley Bjerke, News Writer

Source: care.mst.edu

Source: care.mst.edu

Blending technological problem-solving and organizing, administrating, and planning is a skill required by the modern workplace of the past half-century. But Missouri University of Science and Technology has been one step ahead, thanks in large part to Bernie Sarchet, an executive who was with chemical manufacturers Koppers.

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Lab Receives Generous Donation

By Alexis Lee, News Writer

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The Advanced Construction and Materials Laboratory (ACML) is one giant step closer to its goal thanks to the generous donation given by the Sunderland Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ash Grove Cement Company. The ACML, held in Butler-Carlton Hall, is seeking six million dollars worth of improvement to help benefit research in areas of buildings, civil, power infrastructure, and infrastructure management, and the Sunderland Foundation offered the university one hundred thousand dollars to support these efforts.

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