S&T Parent and Family Dictionary

Additional Authorized Access (Triple A): Missouri S&T students can grant other users direct and authorized online access to their student information in Joe’SS, which may include student account information, academic information, directory information, and financial aid.

Arrival District: A series of building and landscape projects which will dramatically connect the university with Interstate 44.

Authorized Payers: Missouri S&T students may select one or more authorized payers that are allowed to view and pay the student account.

Blarney Bash: A campus event that includes non-alcoholic events to students during St. Pat's festivities.

Block Party: Campus event that occurs in April which includes food, fun, and inflatable games 

Canvas: Course management system used for online instruction and learning.

Career Fair: Biannual campus event that attracts 300+ recruiters for co-op, internship, and full-time position interviews.

Celebration of Nations: Campus event that showcases cultural diversity.

Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op): Program that allows students to take a break from their studies and work full time for a company prior to graduation, generally lasting for one summer and one semester.

Declining Balance Dollars (DBDs) : Most meal plans include declining balance dollars which roll over from the fall to spring semester. 

Experiential Learning: Forms of this "hands-on" learning include internships, co-ops, design teams, and more.

Family Weekend: Annual weekend in September for families to visit campus and participate in campus events, Celebration of Nations, and cheer on the Miners at athletic events.

Family Connection: Newsletter delivered weekly by email to subscribing parents and family to provide timely news and events.

FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

Greek System: Campus system composed of fraternities and sororities.

Havener Center: Home of many aspects of student life including food vendors, the bookstore, and the offices of many on-campus organizations.

Hold: If a student has been notified that a hold has been placed on his or her student account, he/she must determine the cause of the hold and then remedy the situation before being allowed to register for class. Common reasons for holds are: financial (past due balance) or advising (student needs to see his or her advisor).

Innovation Forum: a studio located in the Innovation Lab equipped for digital content creation.

Innovation Lab: Opening Spring 2024, this building will provide increased experiential learning areas for individuals and groups in active learning classrooms, collaborative labs, Maker Space, and the Innovation Forum.

Internships: A summertime program giving students valuable work experience while making professional connections. Internships can be paid or unpaid, depending on the company.

IT Help Desk: Provides over-the-phone troubleshooting and support for technology needs:573-341-HELP.

Joe Miner: S&T's official mascot is rugged and individualistic, personifying the frontier spirit and the determination to success, qualities closely associated with the university's founding in 1870. He carries the tools of his trade, a pick ax and slide rule.

Joe Miner Chatbot: Text messaging powered by artificial intelligence, the Joe Miner Chatbot provides timely information and solicits the voice of S&T students at scale.

Joe’SS: System that provides online registrations, payment of fees, and access to student records.

KMNR: S&T's student operated radio station at 89.7 FM.

Leach Theatre: On-campus theatre that offers world class entertainment to the South Central Missouri area.

Markets: Open 24 hours per day and accessible with a student ID, the 4 markets on campus (Havener Center, TJ Hall, RC basement, and Miner Village) offer students self-checkout service for food, snacks, and drinks.

Millennium Arch: Campus landmark near Castleman Hall, sculpted with waterjet technology.

Miner BUCKS: Miner BUCKS can be purchased on their own or as a supplement to a meal plan. Miner BUCKS transfer from one semester to the next.

MinerLINK: Launchpad for on-campus engagement; students can access information for Registered Student Organizations, events, and other exciting opportunities by logging in with their campus credentials.

Miner Rama: An event that occurs early in the fall semester to showcase student organizations and design teams.

Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (MSM): Former name of the institution. (1870-1964)

My S&T: a customizable browsing portal located at https://mymst.edu which provides access to S&T websites, departments, organizations, and more.

On-Track: At-risk student program that refines student’s study skills, self- management skills, and knowledge of campus resources through seminars, one-on-one meetings, and supplemental activities. 

Promenade: Green space and sidewalks outside of the Havener Center popular with students as a meeting space and for campus-wide events.

Protoplex: Scheduled to open in Fall 2025, the Protoplex will anchor S&T's planned manufacturing and innovation campus, featuring collaborations with manufacturing industry partners.

RA (Resident Assistant): Undergraduate student living on each floor of the residence hall.

Rave Guardian App: a free mobile app that turns a smartphone into a personal safety device.

RD (Residence Director): Full-time professional staff member that manages the day-to-day operations of the residence hall.

Registrar: Office that handles transcript, academic calendars, academic records, and more.

RHA (Residence Hall Association): Student governing body within the residence halls on campus.

RSO: Recognized Student Organization

Stonehenge: Scaled down replica of the prehistoric English monument crafted with waterjet technology.

St. Pat’s: Annual celebration of St. Pat, the patron saint of Engineering.

StuCo (Student Council): Student Body Government at S&T.

SUB (Student Union Board): Recognized Student Organization responsible for campus-wide programming and student activities.

Testing Center: Secure testing facility that provides a variety of standardized tests along with testing accommodations for self-identified students with a disability.

The Puck: Campus landmark located between Centennial Hall, Norwood Hall, and the Rolla Building.

UCARE: University Committee for Assistance, Response, and Evaluation for the early intervention, prevention, and support of at risk or students in need.

University of Missouri- Rolla (UMR): Former name of the institution. (1964-2008)

Welcome Center: New proposed facility in Arrival District to greet and orient campus visitors.

Withdrawal (WD): The process by which students may drop a class (or multiple classes) after the drop date has passed. Check out the Registrar’s academic calendar for information pertaining to dates and deadlines that govern withdrawal.