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Wed, January 20, 2016

A warm welcome back!

For those of you returning to Missouri S&T this week, welcome! I hope you have had an enjoyable and restorative break.

Many of you were already beginning winter break when astronaut Janet Kavandi, one of three NASA astronauts to graduate from Missouri S&T, returned to campus to address our nearly 900 candidates for graduation. If you haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and listen to her commencement address.

Dr. Kavandi’s insights from her life and career are sure to inspire you. “Life is full of mysteries and complexities,” she shared. “Just when we think we understand one thing, we learn something new that causes us to rethink what we believed that we understood.”

At Missouri S&T, providing solutions to the world’s great challenges is central to our mission, and I am gratified to begin another semester with so many talented, bright people who I know will help illuminate many of these mysteries and complexities.

A day ‘ON’ for the record books

A record number of students participated in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. More than 300 volunteers truly helped make Monday "a day ON, not a day off" in Rolla and surrounding areas. Service projects ranged from flood clean-up to helping community organizations to writing letters to troops. Students even spent time with baby goats while helping around the Humane Society, pictured above.

Our students helped answer a question once posed by King himself: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?" Our community is fortunate to have so many service-minded students, faculty and staff in our midst. Thank you for spending your time in service to the community.

My commitment to open communication

As part of an ongoing commitment to ensuring open lines of communication, my administrative team is forming a new group this spring called the Chancellor’s Council. The council, made up of representatives of faculty, staff, students and administration, will meet regularly to vet new university policies and discuss other issues of interest.

In addition, Provost Robert J. Marley and I will be meeting with campus leaders this spring to discuss how our administration can best facilitate the growth and success of the university as a whole. I appreciate your openness and candor as we seek to further strengthen engagement from the campus community.

Strengthening Miner pride

During the past year and a half, Missouri S&T has been conducting market research with members of the Missouri S&T family, potential students and other influencers. Some of you may have participated in these surveys. Thank you!

The results of this research have informed our refreshed brand identity, which we publicly announced earlier this month. This new identity, both modern and approachable, is designed to strengthen pride among all students, alumni, faculty and staff and more clearly define what it means to be a Missouri S&T Miner.

The refreshed brand identity – known as “Miners Dig Deeper” – celebrates the university’s distinctive 145-year heritage of looking beyond the surface to uncover solutions to intellectual and societal challenges.

Explore our new look here, and let me know what you think!

Did you know?

Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway is the first S&T graduate to hold executive office in the state of Missouri. I had the honor to meet with Auditor Galloway two weeks ago to brief her on all the positive changes going on at Missouri S&T since she earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and applied mathematics from Missouri S&T in 2004. She is a shining example of what it means to be a Miner!


Today and every day I am reminded of the great achievements and immense potential of Miner Nation. My best wishes to you as we begin a new year. Go Miners!

Warmest regards,

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.
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