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Thu, March 24, 2016

Supporting Missouri S&T

Congratulations to our campus family! The great work of Missouri S&T is definitely recognized by the Missouri Legislature. 

Earlier this month, I visited with our elected officials as part of the University of Missouri System’s annual Legislative Day. Although this is proving to be a challenging year for the UM System, our campus continues to stand out statewide for the exceptional return on the investment made by the state of Missouri.
This campus truly shines in the comments I receive on your behalf. In Jefferson City, and across Missouri, people recognize the caliber of education we offer, our exceptional faculty and staff, and the unique role our institution plays in the state. Our proposals to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics education from kindergarten through graduate school are gaining traction. Our state senators and representatives clearly understand the importance of supporting the work we do to prepare students from all majors to lead in Missouri and beyond.
This year’s legislative session is far from over, and it’s never been more important that Miners speak with a unified voice in support of the university. If you are interested in learning more about how you can rally behind Missouri S&T and the University of Missouri System, please reach out to Chief of Staff Elizabeth Smith. For weekly updates on University of Missouri System political news, subscribe to the Legislative Update.

Celebrating a spirit of generosity

Missouri S&T is known for its traditions, which shine bright in the month of March. Next month will mark the anniversary of a new tradition gaining momentum on campus: Philanthropy Month.
As we have done for the past two years, in April we will celebrate giving, growth, pride and progress — and the philanthropic spirit that unites Miner Nation.
Philanthropy Month is a time to celebrate the support of our alumni, students, friends and family, whether marking a location of donor support, handing out T-shirts and gift cards, or giving away free umbrellas during rainy days. Learn more about how you can get involved in Philanthropy Month.

Ensuring employer satisfaction

This month recruiters and company representatives from across the nation gathered for the spring meeting of our Corporate Development Council. I was pleased to share our latest survey of employers, which showed a 99 percent satisfaction rating with our graduates. We are working to continue to earn this rating!
Based on feedback from these employers and others, this year’s first-year undergraduates are the first required to complete an experiential learning component before graduation. We constantly seek feedback on our graduates’ abilities to meet the needs of employers. Please contact me with your insights and suggestions.

Did you know?

The theme of this year’s St. Pat’s celebration was “St. Pat goes to the movies.” Last week we celebrated love and kindness, banished snakes and took time to participate in the new Gonzo Gives Back Day of Service. Eighty students participated in nine projects in our local community. This year, and every year, members of Miner Nation are true stars. I hope you had a great St. Pat's, and may luck go with you!

Warmest regards,

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.
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