UMR unveiled a new look for its main
website today (Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007) in preparation for the university’s
name change on Jan. 1, when it becomes Missouri University of Science and
Technology (Missouri S&T).
University officials launched the redesigned website during the break
between academic semesters to help ensure a smooth transition from the old web
and email domain (umr.edu) to its new address, mst.edu.
The redesigned site features a cleaner look and easier navigation for
current and prospective students, faculty and staff, alumni, and other frequent
visitors to the website. The site is optimized for mobile devices, meets
compliance standards established by the World Wide Web Consortium and is
supported by most modern browsers. The website also meets Section 508
accessibility standards to ensure accessibility for disabled users.
The site displays the new Missouri S&T
logo, which features a unique pickaxe symbol in the ampersand – a nod to
the university’s founding in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines
Coinciding with the website update, the university switched all student,
faculty and staff email addresses to the mst.edu domain.
The change from UMR to Missouri S&T was first proposed in
October 2006 by Chancellor John F. Carney III in an effort to help define the
university’s role as a leading technological research institution. “The
University of Missouri-Rolla is unique among the four University of Missouri
campuses because of our focus as a technological research institution,” Carney
said at the time. “We believe a more distinctive name would afford UMR several
advantages in recruiting students on a national level.”
The name change was unanimously approved
April 6, 2007, by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.