Friday, November 11, 2022
From all of us here at S&T, to all our veterans on this Veterans Day, thank you for your dedication and for your service with honor. We recognize and appreciate your sacrifices and the sacrifices of those who love and support you.
Dedicated students, distinguished colleagues and dear friends,
“Broad STEM outreach.” – Fred Kummer
Seventeen years ago, U.S. higher education institutions were alerted by a wake-up call when the National Academies released its influential report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future. This report was emphatic in highlighting that the United States’ competitiveness in the global marketplace was at risk due to lack of broad-based STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and research. The report called for more undergraduate and graduate science scholarships, new programs to train science teachers, and more research funding, among other initiatives. The report also pointed to the need to engage more children in STEM activities at a younger age.
Fred and June Kummer heeded the warning when they bestowed the largest gift to S&T with a key mandate of “broad STEM outreach.” Fred was emphatic about cultivating the next generation of STEM-savvy workers. A formidable mandate that is easy to visualize and imperative to actualize.
As I write this note on our National STEM Day, I am delighted to report that we have taken Fred’s mandate to heart here at S&T and have made substantial progress toward its many goals. Our efforts to date include but are not limited to STEM education “pipeline” development, science teacher education, large-scale scholarships at all levels and STEM education summer camps, among many other activities. Here are some examples:
The late Fred Kummer recognized the need and purposefully invested in and empowered our efforts in addressing the national need for STEM education. Together with all our faculty, staff and community partners, in observance of National STEM Day, we are mindful of the moment and purposeful in our efforts to rise above the STEM storm and to answer the call of the nation and Fred’s foresightful mandate.
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