Archives for March 2, 2017

Nominate employee for Staff Excellence Award

Do you know a Missouri S&T staff member who goes above his or her job duties? Faculty, staff and students can nominate an outstanding staff member to receive one of nine 2017 Staff Excellence Awards. Nominations are due Friday, April 6. Submit your nomination online or visit the Staff Council website, print the form and follow the directions on the form to submit it.

eBus is retired

Because of persistent technological issues that caused unreliability, as well as unsustainable repair costs, the Center for Sustainability has retired the eBus. The eBus will no longer run daily shuttle services.

“The Center for Sustainability has been delighted to serve the campus community by providing environmentally friendly shuttle services with its research-based electric bus for the past three years,” says Stephane Menand, assistant director the Center for Sustainability. “We recognize the hardship this might create for some students, but we have exhausted all available options before coming to this difficult decision.”

Students to hold tribute for Dr. Philpot

Members of the Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Design Team along with faculty, staff and students in civil, architectural and environmental engineering, will host a campuswide tribute for Dr. Timothy Philpot. Philpot, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, died unexpectedly from a stroke on Jan. 25. The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, March 3, in the Kummer Atrium of Butler-Carlton Hall. The event will include a short service with several speakers and a dedication of the team’s 2017 bridge.

Seven teams reel in funding from Miner Tank

The Missouri S&T Innovation Team has announced its fiscal year 2017 funding for innovation proposals presented at the Miner Tank competitions this academic year. Read more about these projects:

  • Differential servo (DIVO) joint for robotics
  • Drug substitute for addiction recovery in newborns and adults
  • Gas separation with 3-D printing
  • Liquid propellant rocket
  • Radioactive nanomaterials for cancer treatment
  • Solar car motor construction
  • Video arcade system to benefit charities

Students to unveil Mars Rover on March 3

Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team will unveil Gryphon, this year’s student-built rover, at noon Friday, March 3, in the Havener Center atrium. After unveiling the rover, the team will host a meet-and-greet with team members and showcase parts and aspects of the vehicle. The team will compete at the Mars Society’s 2017 University Rover Challenge, held June 1-3 at the Mars Desert Research Station in Hanksville, Utah. Approximately 30 university teams worldwide will compete at the event.

Open casting calls in April seek students, faculty

Know any “All-Star” Miners? Encourage them to come to an open casting call in April for a chance to be featured in upcoming university promotions. The marketing and communications department is looking for students and faculty who aren’t camera shy and who love talking up Missouri S&T. RSVP is requested at

Once registered, you can drop in anytime during the sessions on April 5 and April 7. Here’s what to expect when you arrive: You’ll be asked to smile for a headshot, participate in quick interviews both on and off camera, and then you’ll receive free lunch and an exclusive Miners T-shirt. Learn more at

Let the moon hit your eyes at observatory

The Missouri S&T Observatory will open its doors at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, for viewing the moon through the university’s 16-inch-diameter telescope. Come see the pock-marked surface of the moon in surprising detail.

Limit plastic bottle use with water refill stations

Missouri S&T has installed water refill bottle stations in many locations across campus. Check out this map from the Center for Sustainability to find the water bottle refill station closest to you. Click on the blue water glass symbol on a building for a description of the locations inside.

IT Help Desk to temporarily close March 9

The IT help Desk and walk-in center will be closed 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, March 9, due to a campus technology support staff event. The Help Desk will reopen at noon and resume regular business hours, closing at 5 p.m.

How do you get around? Take transportation survey

Missouri S&T and the City of Rolla are exploring the development of a transit system to serve the campus and Rolla communities. Please take the short survey by Wednesday, March 15, to provide input on your transportation needs, experiences and preferences.