Erica Budler: Never a doubt

Senior Erica Budler says she has never doubted her choice of a major in engineering management. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Erica Budler is a senior majoring in engineering management. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Erica Budler has known since eighth grade that she wanted to be an engineer. Admiration for her brother, Nick Budler, a 2009 mechanical engineering graduate, was encouragement enough for her to choose Missouri S&T for her degree. Since starting classes, Budler says, “I have never had any doubt about my decision to come to Missouri S&T or my choice of major, engineering management.”

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#ThankfulMiners share their attitude of gratitude

Photo by B.A. Rupert.

From left: Byron Erard, Vicki McKinney, Grace Deitzler and Mario Ceron. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

There’s something in air this time of year. It’s not just the cooler nights or the leaves falling on the upper quad. Close your eyes and you can feel it. Thankfulness.

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Examining the JFK news leak controversy

Patrick Huber shows a picture of Father Huber from his latest book, "He’s Dead All Right: Father Oscar L. Huber, the Kennedy Assassination, and the News Leak Controversy." Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Patrick Huber shows a picture of Father Huber from his latest book, “He’s Dead All Right: Father Oscar L. Huber, the Kennedy Assassination, and the News Leak Controversy.” Photo by B.A. Rupert.

On the day President John F. Kennedy was shot, Time magazine Washington correspondent Hugh Sidey, one of a group of reporters who had gathered outside Parkland Hospital in Dallas, claimed two priests left the building and one of them leaked the news of Kennedy’s death before the White House could make an official statement.

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Commanding the ‘boom’

Senior Jordan Verslues (right) leads the Army ROTC’s cannon crew. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Senior Jordan Verslues leads the Army ROTC’s cannon crew. Photo by B.A. Rupert.

Jordan Verslues hasn’t missed a single home football game at Missouri S&T during the past three years, and he’s on track for perfect attendance again this season.

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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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Married … with dissertations

Krista and Matt Limmer at one of their favorite spots on campus. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Krista and Matt Limmer at one of their favorite spots on campus, near Toomey Hall. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Krista Kalac met Matt Limmer in the summer of 2008, while the two were working as interns for Owens Corning’s research and development facility in Granville, Ohio. She was studying materials science and mathematics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and he was majoring in mechanical engineering at The Ohio State University.

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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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Big-picture thinker

Katelyn Denby

Katelyn Denby studies ways to improve nutrition by optimizing gardening practices based on geographic regions. Photo by Terry Barner.

As a child, Katelyn Denby loved being outdoors and surrounded by nature near her hometown of Edwardsville, Ill.

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Practice makes perfect

Elyse Carter is trombone section leader for the Missouri S&T Marching Band. Photo by B.A. Rupert

Elyse Carter is the trombone section leader for the Missouri S&T Marching Band. Photo by B.A. Rupert

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It’s not a football field. It’s a marching field that the band lets the football team use sometimes.”

That is the perspective of Elyse Carter, trombone section leader for the Missouri S&T Marching Band.

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Defying gravity

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Pictured from left: Jon Hilsher, a senior in mechanical engineering from Maryland Heights, Mo., and Peter Carnesciali and Kevin King, who are quoted in the story below. Photo and video courtesy of NASA

Miners in Space team members were flying high this past summer during a weeklong trip to Houston that included flights aboard NASA’s Weightless Wonder aircraft, part of the agency’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program.

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