Miners give back
April is Philanthropy Month at Missouri S&T, and we're celebrating the spirit of giving by spotlighting students, faculty, staff and alumni who give of themselves as volunteers and donors to all manner of causes – from the fight against cancer to mentoring students. I hope you'll take a minute to read one or more of our 30 days of philanthropy by logging on to our Miners Give Back website. And I encourage you to share these stories on social media with the hashtag #minersgiveback.
Honoring our women leaders
Thanks to the generosity of one of our most supportive alumni-philanthropists (Cindy Tang, Econ'85), we will be celebrating the accomplishments of our female faculty members during the annual Woman of the Year event. The event begins at noon Wednesday, April 23, in Leach Theatre with a presentation by last year's Woman of the Year recipient, Dr. Barbara Hale, professor of physics, and the announcement of this year's winner. A complimentary lunch will follow. I hope you'll join me for the event to celebrate the achievements of our outstanding faculty!
The core of our strategic plan – that we will provide a top return on investment among public research universities by 2020 – is gaining national recognition. In late March, PayScale Inc. ranked Missouri S&T No. 5 among the nation's public universities in terms of return on investment. More recently, Forbes also cited us, based on that PayScale study, in its list of the 25 colleges with the best ROI, while Business Insider picked us as Missouri's representative on its list of the most underrated college of every state. It's far better to be underrated than overrated, but with this kind of attention, Missouri S&T won't remain a secret much longer!
Strengthening STEM education
Finally, I'm honored to be part of an upcoming panel discussion on the importance of STEM education in our state and nation. Brewer Science, Tech44: The Ideas Highway, Missouri S&T Global Learning and BSA LifeStructures are all sponsors of this event, titled STEM: Growing Innovation in St. Louis. The event will be held on Friday, May 23, at the Living World at the Saint Louis Zoo. I'll be joined on the panel by Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development; Sharon Frazee, vice president of research and analysis at Express Scripts in St. Louis; and Kevin Token, senior director at BSA LifeStructures in St. Louis. Dr. Terry Brewer, president of Brewer Science in Rolla, will introduce the panel. The forum is hosted by the St. Louis Business Journal and is offered free of charge. If you're in the St. Louis region, I hope you'll join us for this important conversation. Admission is free, but reservations are requested by May 19. You may go online to register.