Name that building

Ever get curious about the people behind the names for campus buildings and athletic facilities?  S&T has honored dozens of people whose influence has helped shape the campus, building it into one of the nation’s top technological research universities. Their stories are legendary — at least within our Miner Nation.

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  • EmersonFormerly the Electrical Engineering Building, Emerson Electric Co. Hall was named after Emerson, which provided funding for renovations and an addition to the original electrical engineering building in 1996. The renovations and construction were completed in 1998, and the building was rededicated Emerson Hall.

  • ToomeyToomey Hall was named after John Toomey, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1949 and a master of science degree in mechanical engineering in 1951. Toomey served as a Navy pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War II and became a fan of aerospace engineering, as well. In 2004, he made a substantial pledge for the modernization of the building that houses the mechanical and aerospace engineering programs at S&T.

Story by Peter Ehrhard and Mindy Limback
Photos by B.A. Rupert


  1. Schrenk Hall was the requested memorial by the Alpha Chi Sigma chapter at Mo S&T. The morning after Doc Schrenk passed away, we gathered in the mail room between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (it was finals week). We had a quorum, and voted on it. It was unanimous. We then directed one of the members, I think it was the Master Alchemist (President) to write a letter to the President of the System and the Chair of the Board of Curators requesting the honor. As almost an afterthought, as a courtesy, we copied the Chancellor, the two deans and two department chairs (biological sciences was not copied, it may not have even existed at the time). So, now you know the background of how the push for its naming was initiated (told from first hand experience – I was there.)