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Engineers’ Week celebrates old, new traditions

Green light bathes the dome of Jesse Hall for Engineers' Week. The lights were turned on at the dome lighting ceremony, one of the week's first events.

Perhaps no other student body takes pride in kneeling to kiss a stone tablet while a thick, wooden stick — known as a shillelagh — wielded by a cloaked, bearded man dressed in green grazes the kneeler’s shoulder in a century-old tradition that ends in a group kow-tow.

But MU engineers do.

The Knighting Ceremony was just one of the events that concluded the 109th Engineers’ Week after eight days of events celebrating University of Missouri College of Engineering history, traditions, St. Pat and the future of engineering.

Several Engineers’ Week (March 9-17) events continued the long-celebrated traditions, including the Lab Exhibits and Open House, the Green Tea, the Knighting Ceremony and the college’s Missouri Honor Awards.

The week formally kicked off March 9 with the annual dome lighting. King and queen candidates gathered with E-Week organizers, students and onlookers for a ceremony preceding the flipping of a switch that bathes the Jesse Hall dome in green for the week.

The rest of the week was filled with annually anticipated events, such as skits and BBQ, and some new events, including a karaoke night, a kickball tournament and a 5k run/walk to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Graduating seniors kissed the blarney stone and were knighted by St. Patrick at the Knighting Ceremony March 16. Three alumni also were honored that night at the 61st annual Missouri Honor Awards. This year’s recipients were alumni John T. Conway (BS CiE ’71, MPA ’86); Paul R. Hollrah (BS CiE ’62); and David R. Poe (BS MAE ’70).

The 109th Engineers’ Week wound down on March 17 with the Citation of Merit Luncheon honoring Susan Pasternak (BS EE ’70), Society of Women Engineer’s (SWE) Ada Wilson Lecture and Green Tea, and the St. Pat’s Ball.

E-Week king and queen candidates make up the St. Patrick’s Court. Candidates spent the week campaigning, performing and volunteering. They also performed in the Wednesday night skits. Amer Krvavac and Ashley Apple were named king and queen Saturday night at the St. Pat’s Ball.