Archives for August 2015

Registration for Homecoming, Oct 22-24, 2015 is Now Open!

minerfest_homecomingOur Computer Science Golden Jubilee celebration kicks off at the MinerFest Homecoming, Oct 22-24, 2015 in Rolla, Missouri.  A complete list of homecoming activities for all organizations can be found at: .  A link to registration can also be found at the same page.  Some Homecoming events require reservations.  Others do not.

Two Golden Jubilee events require advance reservations.  Please use the registration link on the page to sign up for these events.

Arlan DeKock Recognition Dinner
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Comfort Suites Inn Banquet Room
Reception at 5:00 pm.  Dinner at 6:00 pm.
Cost: $30 plus no-host bar

Golden Jubilee Speaker Series Launch
with Entrepreneur, Tan Le, CEO & Founder of Emotive Lifesciences
Friday, October 23, 2015
Leach Theatre, Castleman Hall
Doors open at 2:30 pm.  Presentation begins at 3:00 pm.
Video of Hackathon for Humanity projects immediately follows the Tan Le presentation/Q&A (~4:15 pm)
Cost:  Free, but reservations for tickets are required.
Pick up your tickets at the Leach Theatre Box Office, M-F, Oct 14-23.

See for additional Golden Jubilee events that do not require reservations.


Call for Tributes to Dr. Arlan DeKock

Dr. Arlan DeKock

Dr. Arlan DeKock

Tributes Due by September 22, 2015

Our first event in the Homecoming Kickoff to the Computer Science Golden Jubilee will be a recognition dinner for Dr. Arlan DeKock.   Dr. DeKock worked at the University from 1968-2006, first as a professor of Computer Science, later as the chair of the Department of Computer Science, and eventually as founding dean of the School of Management and Information Systems.  A dinner in Dr. DeKock’s honor will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at the Comfort Suites Inn.  Registration for the dinner and other Homecoming events is now open.

In preparation for the recognition dinner, we are collecting stories, tributes and photos related to Dr. DeKock which we will compile in a keepsake book for him.  These can be humorous or serious, long or short.  You might highlight some aspect of his character illustrated by a personal observation or recall some practical insights you gained from him.  In order to be included in the keepsake book for Dr. DeKock, we need to receive your tributes by September 22.  We will also share these via this blog throughout the Golden Jubilee Celebration year.  Please send to: .  Be sure to include your full name, your relationship to Missouri University of Science and Technology (e.g. alum, faculty, staff), your major and year of graduation if you are an alum, and your email so we can contact you if we have any questions.

Related Article:  Registration for Homecoming, Oct 22-24, 2015 is Now Open!

View Your Rollamo Yearbook Online

RollamoCover1972I own several Rollamo Yearbooks. I even know where they are. The one from my freshman year (1971-72) at UMR measures 9.25” x 12.25”x 1.75” and weighs over 6.5 pounds. Though its footprint isn’t much different from a laptop computer, it is definitely chunkier and heavier – not the easiest of books to browse.

But thanks to the digital age, all the Rollamo yearbooks, which date back to 1907, are available online for you to browse at your convenience. The collection resides at: .

And not only can you browse the yearbooks of your choice, you can also get a glimpse of how many other people are looking at Rollamos around the globe.   A real-time map at the bottom of the page referenced above let’s you use your mouse to hover or click to see what yearbooks are being viewed in other parts of the world.

If you’re planning to come for the Computer Science Golden Jubilee kickoff at Homecoming, looking at some of the yearbooks online can be a great way to refresh your memories of people and campus spots. If you can’t make it to Rolla for Homecoming, browsing the yearbooks can also be a good way to join the celebration from afar.  Yearbooks online — another great example of computer science technology at work!


Pam Leitterman
BS Applied Mathematics, 1975
Co-chair CS Golden Jubilee Steering Committee
President, Academy of Computer Science