Representatives from Missouri S&T kicked off a new community outreach program Monday, Nov. 28, at the Dent County Extension Council meeting at the Salem Community Center in Salem, Missouri. Representatives of the Extension Council and other community leaders attended the event.
The Missouri S&T program is designed to raise awareness among community leaders of the university’s academic programs, scholarships, pre-college programs, and support services to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. Presenting at the Salem event were:
- Dr. Stephen Roberts, chief operational officer of Missouri S&T’s Kummer Institute for Student Success, Research and Economic Development, who briefly discussed the university’s history from its founding in 1870 as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. Roberts also shared information about Missouri S&T’s Small Business Development Center programs for entrepreneurs and business owners.
- David Spivey, vice provost of enrollment management, who discussed the university’s academic programs, scholarships and return on investment. Spivey informed the group that S&T offers a broad range of 101 academic programs in 40 disciplines, that S&T graduates are highly sought after and earn the highest average starting salary of any university in Missouri. Spivey also discussed the university’s new Solving for Tomorrow Scholarship, which provides need-based aid to eligible Missouri students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year. To learn more about the Solving for Tomorrow Scholarship, visit sfa.mst.edu.
- Courtney Jones, director of the Kummer Center for STEM Education, who discussed the university’s outreach to pre-college students and teachers in the area. Jones and the STEM Center offer numerous field trips, visits to campus and popular summer camps for K-12 students.
Also attending the event from Missouri S&T were Angelina Billo, industry engagement officer; Andrew Careaga, chief marketing and communications officer; and Melanie Keeney, director of engagement and outreach. Dr. Sarah Hultine Massengale, state extension specialist in community development for University of Missouri Extension, coordinated the meeting as part of the UM System’s engagement and outreach efforts.
Community leaders interested in hosting a visit from Missouri S&T representatives should contact Melanie Keeney by calling 573-341-4786 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.