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The reputation and legacy of the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering have been built on a foundation of educational excellence, student success, faculty accomplishment and staff dedication.

Private support has played a crucial role in building Mizzou Engineering’s tradition of excellence. Generous philanthropy not only allows the college to maintain its preeminent stature, but also puts it on a trajectory of greater distinction.

Historically, the college has chosen to honor its most generous donors with membership in a giving society, previously known as the St. Pat’s Society. But a recent initiative to distinguish the society from the annual St. Pat’s week events and extend membership to younger alumni also resulted in a name change: The Shamrock Society.

In addition to the satisfaction of knowing that they are playing an active role in shaping the college’s present and future, Shamrock Society members are invited to special engineering events, and are recognized in various college and university honor rolls.

Both annual and sustaining Shamrock Society individual members receive a society lapel pin; sustaining members’ pins are set with gemstones. Annual membership is $1,000, and young alumni who graduated within the past 10 years may join for an annual gift of $500. The society will induct its first young alumni members at its Gala in April.

Other benefits include professional and social networking opportunities with other MU alums and invitations to private, members-only events like the Gala.

Society Gala to be hosted by Dave and Mardel Lillard

The Shamrock Society Gala, the society’s premiere event, is scheduled for April 8, 2011. It will be a glamorous evening of good food, music, dancing and fellowship with alumni and friends who share a strong devotion to the college like this year’s hosts, Dave and Mardel Lillard.

The Lillards met on the University of Missouri campus where Dave earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Mardel, received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, both in 1952 preceding their marriage that year.

Both first-generation college graduates, Dave and Mardel share a desire to give back to the University and the colleges from which they were graduated.  The Lillards said they believe that education is a “building block” process. Just as previous generations made it possible for them to receive state-of-the-art educations in their respective professions, now it is their turn.

The Lillards appreciate the University’s donor facilities available to them and the Shamrock Society, which enriches the experience of shared dedication and support for the College of Engineering.

“We are part of the ‘give-back’ generation,” said Dave. “Those who experienced the Great Depression and World War II know that their very survival carries an indebtedness to unknown others. Mentors like Arlow Ferry [BS CiE ’23], Paul Doll [BS AgE ’36; MS ‘37], and Les Webb [BS ChE ’49] were all give-back people and greatly influenced my perspective on philanthropy and commitment to the University of Missouri and the College of Engineering which have served us so well.”

Dave and Mardel invite you to become members of the Shamrock Society and join them at the Gala.


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