Nikia Chapman: Queen of speed

Nikia Chapman after her first-place win in the women’s drag race last year in Toole, Utah. Photos by Bob Phelan

Stats:  sophomore in geological engineering from Columbia, Mo.

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The science of pumpkin chucking

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Brandon Cundiff and Ting Chi “Johnny” Hsu load the pumpkin chucker. Photo by Terry Barner

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Before they graduate from Missouri S&T, students in the mechanical engineering program must take, and pass, ME 261, otherwise known as ME Senior Design.

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Course under construction

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Eric Showalter and students with iPads donated by S&T alumni. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Old class: Eric Showalter, associate teaching professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, has taught a construction management course called Cost Estimating and Scheduling for more than a decade. One semester-long assignment requires students to pick a construction site and keep a diary of everything that happens there — from weather conditions to which subcontractors are on site and what work is being done. It gets them in the habit of observing and writing, Showalter says.

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Strange things in the Archives

Established in 1978, the Missouri S&T Archives houses the historical, legal and cultural records of the university. In many cases these are documents and photographs, but the archives also preserves interesting campus artifacts.

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  • Robert Brickner, son of Hugo Brickner, a 1930 civil engineering graduate, and Larraine Love, the Queen of Love and Beauty 1927, donated this vintage camera in addition to photos, building plans, hand-carved items from the Far East and money from every country in that area. The younger Brickner graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and Stanford, spent time in the military as a civil engineer and then worked for civilian companies building roads and bridges in the Far East during and after the Vietnam War.

    Robert Brickner, son of Hugo Brickner, a 1930 civil engineering graduate, and Larraine Love, the Queen of Love and Beauty 1927, donated this vintage camera in addition to photos, building plans, hand-carved items from the Far East and money from every country in that area. The younger Brickner graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and Stanford, spent time in the military as a civil engineer and then worked for civilian companies building roads and bridges in the Far East during and after the Vietnam War.

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Donald Hey: wetland warrior

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Donald Hey believes wetlands are the answer to water quality management and flood control. Photo by Rebekah Raleigh

Crusade: Donald Hey, a 1963 civil engineering gradute, is executive director of Wetlands Research Inc. in Wadsworth, Ill. He is passionate about proving the effectiveness, sustainability and economic efficiency of using restored wetlands for water quality management and flood control. He believes wetlands are the answer because they’re good for conservation and the economy alike.

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Missouri murals come alive in HD

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A portion of Thomas Hart Benton’s mural from the walls of the House Lounge in the Missouri state capitol building in Jefferson City

Using tempera paint, muralist Thomas Hart Benton told the story of Missouri’s history on the walls of the House Lounge in the Missouri state capitol building. Missouri S&T’s Jim Bogan brought the mural, and its creator, to life in his video Tom Benton’s Missouri. This fall, the film was re-mastered in high definition and re-released to mark its 20th anniversary.

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Painting up a storm

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Scott Melby, a senior geology major, recently rediscovered his love of painting. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Scott Melby can’t stop painting. His first painting, done as part of an art class at Missouri S&T, was an image of a driftwood stump taken from a photo of a recent trip to Jekyll Island, Ga. In the 10 months that followed, the senior geology major has painted more than 70 pieces.

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