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Cagatay Atmaca with children in Beijing China. Photo submitted.

Cagatay Atmaca with local children in Beijing, China. He visited the area as part of a geological field trip in 2012. Photos submitted.

A year before coming to Missouri S&T nearly three years ago, Cagatay “Ty” Atmaca was sent to learn English in America by the Turkish Petroleum Corp., the national oil company of the Republic of Turkey.

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A booming second career

Steve Hall recently earned his master's degree in explosives engineering. Photos by Sam O'Keefe.

Steve Hall recently earned his master’s degree in explosives engineering. Photos by Sam O’Keefe.

It was 1974 when Steve Hall first crossed the stage in Gale Bullman to receive his chemical engineering degree. This spring, exactly 40 years later, Hall made the trek again, this time to pick up his master’s degree in explosives engineering.

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‘How could I not?’

James Zeiger donated bone marrow to a 63-year-old woman through the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

James Zeiger donated bone marrow to a 63-year-old woman through the Be the Match bone marrow registry. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

When James Zeiger came across the Be the Match bone marrow registry table at the Havener Center during the summer of 2012, he didn’t think twice about registering to become a bone marrow donor. A frequent blood donor, it just seemed natural to sign up alongside the other camp counselors.

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Miners Up ‘til Dawn

Mireille Paquette (left), Jake Zorn and Brett Payne are organizing a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Photo by Sam O'Keefe.

Mireille Paquette (left), Jacob Zorn and Brett Payne organized a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Photo by Sam O’Keefe.

Missouri S&T students’ year-long fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital culminated with Up ‘til Dawn, an all-night event for students that took place on Friday, April 26. In its third year, the student-organized event has raised more than $55,000 for the hospital to-date. This year’s goal was $30,000.

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Driving culture change

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Steve Parks, a 1982 engineering management graduate, is director of diversity for Ameren Corp. in St. Louis. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Steve Parks knows how hard it is to challenge and change the culture of a workplace. “You have to be patient,” he says. “Sometimes you have to go back and look at how things used to be so you can see the progress.”

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A sense of balance

Jordan Wengler started a record label and has a new job with Perceptive Software. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Jordan Wengler started a record label and has a new job with Perceptive Software. Photo by B.A. Rupert and Jake Otto.

Work hard, play hard. It’s a popular adage and one that Jordan Wengler has subscribed to throughout his time at Missouri S&T. Now that he’s graduating with his bachelor’s degree in business and management systems, Wengler is getting ready to work and play harder than ever before.

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Intramurals: it’s everybody’s game

Nick White (right) and Justin Raymer run Missouri S&T’s intramurals program. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Nick White (right) and Justin Raymer run Missouri S&T’s intramurals program. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Missouri S&T’s intramurals program offers a wide array of competitive sports, including (okay, take a deep breath) badminton, basketball, billiards, bowling, cross country, darts, disc golf, dodge ball, flag football, golf, inner tube water polo, kickball, Madden Xbox, racquetball (time for another breath), soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, track and field, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, washers and weightlifting.

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A spooky tradition continues …

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The Haunted Mine was briefly illuminated for this photo by B.A. Rupert.

Watch this to get a feel for the Haunted Mine experience: 

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A one-stop success shop

Margaret Eimer (left) checks in with Kayla Klossner, a success coach at the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Senior Margaret Eimer (left) visits with Kayla Klossner, a success coach at the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Missouri S&T offers a lot of student services. But with so many options, it can be hard for students to know exactly what kind of help they need and where to find it. That’s why the Burns & McDonnell Student Success Center was created last fall.

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Sleeping like a … fruit fly?

Dillon Barton, an undergraduate from Belle, Mo., is one of the students that studies fruit flies' sleep behavior. Photos by B.A. Rupert

Dillon Barton, an undergraduate from Belle, Mo., is one of the students that studies fruit flies’ sleep behavior. Photos by B.A. Rupert

Matthew Thimgan, assistant professor of biological sciences at Missouri S&T, and his students are studying the sleep patterns of the Drosophila melanogaster, aka the common fruit fly. The insect gives them a way to identify genes and pathways that regulate sleep and to learn about how sleep deprivation affects health and performance.

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Building bridges

S&T mascot Joe Miner with his furry friend. Photo by B.A. Rupert

S&T mascot Joe Miner with one of the camels from Celebration of Nations. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Watch video of the 2012 Celebration:

These bridges are not the kind that Missouri S&T’s civil engineers might create. The bridges built through Rolla’s Celebration of Nations help connect S&T’s multicultural campus community with area residents in a way like no other. [Read more…]

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