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Mizzou Engineering celebrates E-week March 11 to 19

Alumnus Don Flora readies to kneel, kiss the “blarney stone” and be knighted by St. Patrick at the 2010 knighting ceremony, one of the College of Engineering’s oldest Engineers Week traditions.

The 108th annual Mizzou Engineers week kicks off  on Friday, March 11. This year’s theme, “the E series,” is a spin-off of Gatorade’s G series line of drinks. E-week 2011 offers plenty of fun activities so engineers can refuel, train harder and perform better.

E-week officially starts Friday, March 11 when engineering distinguished alumnus Dave Lillard flips the switch to light the dome on Jesse Hall. The ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. on Francis Quadrangle and is free. Engineers’ songs will be sung, refreshments will be served, and canned goods will be collected for raffle tickets. The dome will remain lit green until the end of E-week.

Monday night, head to the Blue Note for the St. Patrick’s Day concert, featuring the Bel Airs, a blues band based in Columbia. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public. Doors open at 7 p.m.

In the past, St. Pat’s skits, BBQ and Quiz Bowl finals have been held at Déjà Vu nightclub, but this year they’ll take place at the Blue Note. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on March 16, the night includes good food, cutthroat competition and entertainment. King and queen candidates will perform skits making fun of everything from teachers to other schools to each other.

On Thursday, March 17 — St. Patrick’s Day — the College of Engineering hosts its annual E-week open house. The college’s seven departments stage fun and entertaining engineering concept demonstrations for hundreds of Missouri elementary, middle school and high school students. Tours begin at 8am and continue through the day.

E-week goes into the weekend with the Knighting ceremony on Friday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. This event is one of the oldest engineering traditions. Graduating seniors and other esteemed members of the engineering profession are deemed Knights or Ladies of St. Patrick. St. Patrick himself will be in attendance to knight the engineers, who will kiss the Blarney Stone.

Also on Friday is the Missouri Honor Awards banquet at the Holiday Inn Executive Center. The annual ceremony recognizes selected alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of engineering, as well as commending faculty and staff nominated by their peers and top-performing students.

E-week wraps up on Saturday with the MU Alumni Association’s Citation of Merit Luncheon at noon, the Society of Women in Engineering’s Green Tea at 1:30 in Ketcham Auditorium, and the St. Pat’s Ball banquet and Alumni Association Casino Night at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner is at 7:30 p.m.; and the coronation of King and Queen is at 8:30 p.m. Engineers adorned in fine fashion will dance the night away with St. Patrick himself.

For the entire E-week schedule, click here: engineering.missouri.edu/eweek.