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Tue, March 17, 2015

Paying it forward

In the three years since I joined the Missouri S&T family, I have seen the dedication of Miner alumni and friends manifest thousands of times.

This academic year has seen the culmination of that dedication, first with the opening and dedication of Bertelsmeyer Hall, the new home for chemical and biochemical engineering, and again last weekend, as we christened Hasselmann Alumni House. Neither of these major projects would have happened without help from the university’s generous friends.

This month’s newsletter focuses on donors, one of six customer groups identified in our strategic plan. Many of these individuals are alumni who, recognizing the doors education opened for them, have decided to pay it forward so that more students can benefit from a Missouri S&T education. We are indeed lucky to have them, and my team and I are working to ensure they receive a top return for their investments in us.

A lasting legacy

Amidst our St. Pat’s celebrations over the weekend, on Saturday we dedicated the newly constructed 12,500-square-foot Hasselmann Alumni House. From the building’s namesake to the many donors who helped make the alumni house a reality, the building is a testament to the faith our alumni have in Missouri S&T.

The building is named in honor of the late Karl F. Hasselmann, a 1925 mining engineering graduate and founder of Salt Dome Oil Corp.

Through a bequest, Karl and his wife, Marjory, provided a significant estate gift to the university in addition to the continued proceeds from mineral rights and oil and gas leases held in a trust. As Missouri S&T’s most generous donors, the Hasselmanns have contributed over $20.4 million to date.

If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out the space — the best venue in the region by my estimation — please stop by or view our online gallery of photos.

A month of saying "thanks"

Speaking of generous acts, you will be seeing quite a few of them next month. April is Philanthropy Month and our University Advancement division has planned a full slate of activities, including:
  • The 15 for ‘15 Program, during which we hope to have at least 15 percent of the student body contribute matching gifts to the Spirit for Change program. This program provides various methods of support and random acts of kindness to students throughout the school year.
  • A crowd funding campaign for something on campus, which will be announced very soon.
  • TAG Day (Thanking All Givers) on April 15.
  • Random acts of kindness, where students wearing TAG shirts and buttons will randomly receive bookstore gift cards, on April 16-17.
  • A lab dedication celebrating 11 newly renovated and equipped instructional labs held in Toomey Hall on April 16.
  • And our annual Battle of the Brains trivia competition on April 17, to raise money for scholarships.

Seeking nominations

In 2011 Missouri S&T honored our first class of Alumni of Influence – alumni who, through their wisdom, discoveries, inventions, and generosity, have made their mark on the world. This tradition will continue in 2016, when we gather to honor the next class of Alumni of Influence. We’re looking for recommendations for this next class. For nearly 145 years, graduates of what is now known as Missouri S&T have accomplished remarkable feats. Submit your nomination here.

ROI university

Missouri S&T has once again been recognized for the excellent return on investment we provide. Earlier this month, PayScale released its annual College ROI Report. PayScale ranks universities by comparing a school’s total cost of attendance for a bachelor’s degree with a graduate’s earning potential. Missouri S&T tied for third place nationally among public universities in the category of annualized ROI. We ranked fifth for our 20-year return on investment. Providing top ROI to all our customer groups – including students and donors – is a key aspect of our strategic plan.

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It continues to be an honor to serve as chancellor of this extraordinary university. Of all the rich traditions we share as a university, none is more pronounced than the willingness of Miners to give generously of their time, enthusiasm and gifts. I hope this St. Patrick's Day leaves you feeling as lucky as I do. Go Miners!

Warmest regards,

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.
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