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Monday, April 23, 2007

Jump Ball

Originally uploaded by duanekeys.

Originally uploaded by duanekeys.

I enjoyed the beautiful weather on Saturday by taking some photos of my cousin Aaron in a flag football game. The Panthers won pretty easily. "Our team scored six touchdowns, but I only scored 5" Aaron reported with a sly grin.

Ozarks Football

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The Bulldogs lost to the Irish Friday night (24-6). My cousin Aaron, QB for the the Bulldogs scrambled for one TD. The official account from the OFL site:
Harrison Stadium April 20, 2007 - Red Division
Bulldogs vs Irish

On a beautiful evening made to order for football, the action doesn't get any better than this!

Trevor Vaughn led the Irish offense with a dazzling 128 rushing yards on 11 carries, scoring 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Chad McBride completed 4 passes for 42 yards, 3 incompletions and 1 interception. Irish receiver Thomas Halter led the team with 2 receptions for 20 yards. James Glover returned a Bulldog kickoff for 15 yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, Thomas Halter led the team in tackles with 7. Carlo Duaban and Timothy Gerwel each racked up 4 tackles. Dylan Beuhler and Timothy Gerwel each posted one quarterback sack. Nolan Bettlach and Chad McBride picked off 1 pass each.

The Bulldogs came out in the spread offense in their inaugural season. Aaron Creson rushed for 37 yards in 10 carries and a touchdown and completed 1 pass to Jacob Rowden for 13 yards. Jake Gagliardo returned a kickoff for 15 yards.

The Bulldogs star defensive player was Steven Cody posting 5 tackles, 1 quarterback sack and 1 interception. Jake Gagliardo racked up 5 tackles.

Both teams rewarded the crowd with plenty of action, but in the end, the Irish attack was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome. Irish 24, Bulldogs 6.

Zac of ZC Photography was on site to capture the action.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

UMR becomes Missouri S&T

My alma mater has gotten into the name changing fun. UMR becomes Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The University of Missouri-Rolla will become Missouri University of Science and Technology – or “Missouri S&T” – under a proposal approved today by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.

The curators approved a recommendation from UMR Chancellor John F. Carney III today (April 6, 2007) during their meeting on the Rolla campus. The name change takes effect on Jan. 1, 2008.

“Missouri S&T will better define the university as a leading technological research university,” Carney says. “We believe the new name will help to differentiate this university in a highly competitive university market and provide a national competitive advantage.”

The decision follows more than six months of research and discussion with numerous UMR constituents, including alumni, students, prospective students, faculty, staff, corporate recruiters and community leaders.

Carney says the name change will help the institution have a stronger identity while remaining a part of the four-campus University of Missouri.

Carney first raised the name change issue during his State of the University Address to the campus community last October. UMR’s current appellation does not distinguish the campus as one focused on engineering, technology and science, he said.

Soon after he joined UMR in September 2005, Carney set a goal of making UMR one of the nation’s top five technological research universities by 2010. While UMR’s marketing materials already carry the tagline of “Missouri’s premier technological research university,” the institution is not as well known as it deserves to be in other parts of the United States, Carney says.

“The University of Missouri-Rolla is unique among the four University of Missouri campuses because of our focus as a technological research university,” Carney says. “We believe a more distinctive name would afford UMR several advantages in recruiting students on a national level.”

The university was founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. It was informally known as the Missouri School of Mines, or MSM, until 1964, when it was renamed the University of Missouri at Rolla. The campus became known as the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1968.

Alumni, students and others have been discussing the proposal on Name Change Conversations, a weblog the university created to foster communication about the proposal. The blog is online at http://namechange.umr.edu .

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Critic Passes

The Critic
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I met John at the Springfield blogger's meeting. I thought, here's a guy that's off his rocker and he knows it and likes it. I spent very little "real-time" in John's company but I felt like I knew him better than others I interact with on a daily basis.

I'll miss his daily rants about polictics and religion on his blog. And I'll miss the random e-mail forwards and the updates to his flickr stream.

Here's some links to other folks that are going to miss him:
Atomic Babbon.net: Springfield Blogger John Stone Passed Away
Zach Is Here: John Stone Passes Away
Rhetorica: Goodbye John Stone
Chatter: John Stone, 62
Tony Messenger: A Tribute To Curby...
John Stone Tribute Podcast

Rest in peace, my friend.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Office decor

I've been struggling with picking pictures to print and frame for my office. I've avoided hanging "art" so far because I wanted it to be something I created. Now a couple years after acquiring a digital camera and several thousand images later, I still have bare walls.

At one time I was thinking of a Springfield sites theme. I still like the idea though I no longer reside in Springfield proper. Here's some of what I would choose with that theme in mind.

kinetic sunset

I liked this of Kinetic Man against the Springfield skyline.

tickets please

This was my favorite of my pictures from the fair last year.

Welcome to Greene County

While not of Springfield itself, this was my favorite of my ice-storm photos.

Hammons Field

The clouds made this shot of Hammons field work for me.

I've also considered a farm-themed set of photos to decorate my office at work with. Most people find it surprising that I spend my non-work time at home on a farm, and it would be fun to share some of those photos.


I like this shot as well as several other from the farrier's visit. I'm afraid, however, that people might not get the right idea by having this picture on the wall.

Winter Gaze

This is a picture of Buddy, one of the neighbor's horses. I like the "artsy" feel of this shot. I don't proclaim to know very much about horses in general but I am learning.

rural sunset

I did print out this one and gave it as a gift to our neighbors. The shot features their windmill against the summer sunset.

All and all I need to pick something to complete the "atmosphere" of my office. If anyone has any suggestions from my flickr stream, let me know!

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Grown men?

Yes, this would be 4 grown men playing Nintendo DS on their lunch hour. Yes, they work with me. Yes, I use the term "men" loosely. :)

Sorry for the poor quality camera-phone image.

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