Eight Missouri S&T alumni and one current faculty member will be honored for their professional achievements and service contributions during the Miner Alumni Association’s Legends Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 27. The awards banquet is held annually in conjunction with Missouri S&T’s Homecoming festivities.
The event will be held noon-1:30 p.m. in the Kinyon-Koeppel Grand Hall of Hasselmann Alumni House at Missouri S&T, located at 1100 N. Pine St. in Rolla. The luncheon is open to the public, and tickets are $25. To register, visit mineralumni.com/homecoming. For more information, contact the Miner Alumni Association at 800-566-4637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s award recipients include:
- Ryan Cheek, assistant professor of English and technical communication at Missouri S&T. Cheek will receive the Class of ’42 Excellence in Teaching Award.
- Wesley Everhart of Overland Park, Kansas, will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Everhart, lead engineer at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies, earned a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 2009, a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering in 2011, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering in 2022, all from S&T.
- Kimberly Finke Morrison of Lakewood, Colorado, will receive the Jerry R. Bayless Alumni Merit Award. Morrison, senior director of global tailings management at the Denver headquarters of Newmont Corp., earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from S&T in 1996.
- Marsia Geldert-Murphey of Glen Carbon, Illinois, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Geldert-Murphey, regional director for Lochmueller Group, earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1997. She is president of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
- Will Kirby of Elkhorn, Nebraska, will receive the Frank H. Mackaman Alumni Volunteer Service Award. Kirby, a transportation sustainability leader for HDR Inc., earned bachelor’s degrees in civil and architectural engineering from S&T in 2008.
- Steven Moss, of Chesterfield, Missouri, will receive the Jerry R. Bayless Alumni Merit Award. Moss, who retired as senior vice president of new business development for Nooter/Eriksen Cogeneration Systems, earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from S&T in 1976.
- Michael Ptasznik of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Ptasznik, vice president of engineering and operational technology at Mark Anthony Brewing Inc., earned a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from S&T in 2007.
- Olin R. Raby of Bonita Springs, Florida, will receive the Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award. Raby, who retired as vice president of technical services at Ralcorp Holdings, earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from S&T in 1966.
- George Webber of Redlands, California, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award. Webber, president and co-founder of Webber & Webber Mining Consultants Inc., earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mining engineering in 1971 and 1975, respectively.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students located in Rolla, Missouri. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System, Missouri S&T offers over 100 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top public universities for salary impact, according to the Wall Street Journal. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.