While many college students were lounging on the beaches of Cancun during Spring Break, Julie Gallaway, assistant professor of economics and finance at the University of Missouri-Rolla, traveled to another part of Mexico, studying how small loans help people in a poverty-stricken area.
Steve Dismuke of Elburn, Ill., a graduate student in mining engineering at UMR, will be the first to receive his master’s degree in mining engineering from UMR’s online distance education program. Dismuke will graduate at the end of the summer semester.
Dismuke received his bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from UMR in 1979. During much of his coursework, Dismuke was the mine superintendent of Red Dog Mine near the Inupiaq village of Kivalina in northwest Alaska. Recently, Dismuke became the project engineer for Vulcan Materials Co. in Bartlett, Ill.
"He has done excellent work in the classes that he took from us," says Dr. Tad Golosinski, professor of mining engineering and one of Dismuke’s main instructors.
Dismuke enrolled in the online program through UMR’s distance and continuing education program to catch up on recent advances in the mining field. "I had been a mine superintendent for the last 12 years and had gotten away from the engineering work," he says. "I was concerned that one day I may have to rely on those engineering skills again, especially the way the job market changes. I thought it would be a good idea for me to sharpen my skills and do a little bit of self-improvement."
UMR’s distance and continuing education program offers a variety of programs that provides individuals the opportunity to continue their education or professional career development. For more information go online to campus.mst.edu/dce/ , email dce.mst.edu , or call (573) 341-4132.