S&T students participate in Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum

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On March 22, 2022

Student leaders at Missouri State Capitol

From left: Alec Schlotzhauer, a 2017 S&T graduate in architectural engineering and civil engineering, Wulfe Retzlaff, Alex Dempsey, a 2008 S&T graduate in engineering management, Pooja Bhatia, Brenan Pool and Nicolas Wetzel pose for a photo at the Missouri State Capitol. Photo provided by Brenan Pool.

Four students from Missouri S&T represented the university during the 37th annual Missouri Governor’s Student Leadership Forum held February 25-27, 2022, in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The Missouri S&T students who attended are:

  • Wulfe Retzlaff, president of National Society of Leadership and Success, Student Council Leadership Development Chair, member of the S&T football team, and recently elected incoming president of Student Council. Retzlaff is a senior in mechanical engineering from Truckee, California.
  • Pooja Bhatia, secretary of the India Association, VP of International Student Club, and member of S&T Astronomical Research Society . Bhatia is a graduate student in business administration from Ahmedabad, India.
  • Nicholas Wetzel, president of Campus Christian Fellowship, is a senior in mechanical engineering from Kearney, Missouri.
  • Brenan Pool, president of American Society of Civil Engineers, president of the Architectural Engineering Institute, president of Chi Epsilon, and a member of Associated Students of the University of Missouri. Pool is a senior in architectural engineering from Concord, Illinois.

The program began in 1986 under the leadership of former Missouri Governor and 79th U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Students heard from several speakers, including Becca Chapman, director of women’s philanthropy at Wheeler Mission, the largest rescue mission and homeless shelter in the state of Indiana; Taisir Yanis, owner of Yanis Coffee Shop in Jefferson City; Scott Crosley, an Airborne Ranger, Army Chaplain, Lieutenant Colonel, and CEO of PIVOT, a national anti-sex trafficking agency; and William Bumphus, director of Men’s Emergency Shelter.

Students ended the weekend with a morning at the Capitol, touring the House Lounge and hearing from Bob Priddy, retired news director of Missourinet. After a tour of the House Floor led by Missouri State Representative Travis Fitzwater, they visited the governor’s office for a meeting with Governor Mike Parson.

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