A group of four former student-athletes from Missouri University of Science and Technology were inducted into the Academy of Miner Athletics on Friday, Oct. 27.
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:
— Jennifer Jansen of Chesterfield, Missouri, a part-time parish accountant with 14 years of professional experience in providing financial analysis for capital investments, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting. Jansen earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1991. She also holds an MBA from Illinois State University. At S&T, Jansen played four years of varsity basketball and two years of softball. She was inducted into the Miner Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006 and was also inducted in 2004 as part of the 1986-87 women’s basketball team.
— Mike Kissing of Ballwin, Missouri. Kissing earned a bachelor of science degree in metallurgical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1969. After graduation, he worked as a metallurgical engineer with Caterpillar until 1971, then worked for GM Foundry. He left that position to become the market director for the Carondolet Corp. from 1977 until 1985, then joined KEMS Inc. as a consultant and metallurgical representative, where he worked until 2007. At S&T, Kissing was a three-year member of the track and field program, where he threw the shot put and discus.
— Richard Rosenkoetter of Hartville, Missouri, vice chair of the Wright County Extension Council for the University of Missouri Extension program. Rosenkoetter earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Missouri S&T in 1969. After graduation, he joined Formica Corp. as a project engineer, then served as a U.S. Marine Corps captain in Vietnam. When his tour of duty ended in February 1972, he returned to Formica. In May 1974, he began a 12-year tenure with Monsanto Corp., where he worked as a process engineer, production supervisor and manufacturing manager. After he left Monsanto in 1986, he spent a year as a plant manager with Midland Resources and then moved over to Miles Laboratories, where he served as the manufacturing director until September 1990. Rosenkoetter was a part owner of Kemiron and spent the final 14 years of his professional career as plant manager and vice president for manufacturing for SNF Holding Co., until his retirement in June 2009. At S&T, he was a hurdler in the track and field program.
— Melissa Talley of Houston, former project engineer and construction manager for Tetra Tech MPS, formerly McNamee, Porter and Seeley. Talley earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Missouri S&T in 1993. At S&T, she was a member of the softball team and the track and field program. Talley and her husband, Brian, are members of the Order of the Golden Shillelagh.