A group of six former student-athletes from Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Academy of Miner Athletics on Friday, Oct. 17. This was the academy’s fourth induction class.
The academy recognizes alumni who have brought honor to the university’s athletic department through their accomplishments on the playing field, in their careers and through community leadership. Academy members support the department through coordinated gifts of time, experience and money. The Academy of Miner Athletics was founded in October 2011 with its first induction class of 33 individuals.
New members are:
Dennis Doering, who works with Central Technology Systems in Jefferson City, Missouri, after working as a computer programmer and analyst with the Missouri Public Service Commission and Missouri Supreme Court and then in the private sector. Doering, a member of the Miner football team, earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Missouri S&T in 1973. He also worked with Modern Business Systems and later with OMD Corp., where he eventually became vice president of software development.
Rick Lux, a sales manager at Holtec Gas Systems in Chesterfield, Missouri, has spent 30 years in the petroleum, medical and chemical industries in sales, marketing and product development. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1981. As a student, he competed in track and field, setting numerous school records, including marks in the indoor 600-yard run and outdoor 400- and 800-meter runs that still stand today. His 600-yard time was the third-fastest in NCAA Division II in 1981. In his professional career, Lux has authored or co-authored two patents, one in the bio-renewable industry and the other in the medical industry.
Tim Schoenecker, has been a member of the faculty in the School of Business at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for the last 22 years, including six years as associate dean and interim dean. Schoenecker competed in track and field as a sprinter and was part of two school-record relay teams during his Miner career. He later returned to campus to attend graduate school and served as a volunteer assistant coach for Dewey Allgood. Schoenecker earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1984, the same year he received the Gale Bullman Award.
JoAnne Steineman, a project manager in the design and construction office at Missouri S&T, was a member of the Lady Miner softball team in her undergraduate academic career. Steineman, who served as a team captain for the 1991 softball team, earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1992. She is a registered engineer in the state of Missouri and a LEED AP in design and construction. She serves as a board member of Catholic Newman Center and a past board member of the Rolla Multisport Club.
Joe Stemler, an aerospace engineer in aerodynamics with Boeing in St. Louis, earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering in 1992 and competed for the Miner cross country and track and field programs for four years. He returned to campus in 2004 to make a presentation to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on hypersonics and the X-43A program.
Scott Stephens, a bridge engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Northwest district in Chillicothe, Missouri, spent 15 years working with the power division at Black & Veatch before joining MoDOT. A four-year starter and three-time all-conference selection as a tight end for the Miner football team, Stephens was a member of two Missouri Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship teams, including the 1980 team that finished the year undefeated and ranked 10th in NCAA Division II.