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Engineering tradition swings into full gear

Samantha Sublett, a biological engineering junior, sets up the E-Week sales booth for the day. Photo by Vicki Hodder

Pranksters launched the MU College of Engineering’s annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this week with some good-natured ribbing of their traditional law school rivals.

More than a century ago, engineering students seeking a break from their stringent school schedules declared St. Patrick their patron saint and his namesake day a holiday. The celebration since then has grown into a week-long tradition—dubbed Engineers’ Week, or E-Week—featuring both educational and lighthearted activities.

CoE students this year carried on tradition by painting shamrocks and E-Week messages on the MU law school’s windows at the week’s beginning. Engineering and law school students for decades have participated in what college historian and former Professor Mendell P. Weinbach termed a “feud,” manifested in recent years by occasional pranks.

Scheduled E-Week activities include a talk by CoE Professor Curt Davis, who will discuss ice sheets, global warming and rising sea levels on Wednesday. Davis’ E-Week presentation will start at 1 p.m. at Ketcham Auditorium, in Lafferre Hall.

More than 1,000 mid-Missouri students will view and experiment with exhibits representing all the college’s departments on Thursday. The annual exhibit will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Lafferre Hall and Engineering Building West.

A college tradition’s centennial will take center stage Friday when several alumni become knights of St. Patrick. Receiving an honor inaugurated in 1907, winners of this year’s College of Engineering Missouri Honor Awards and the Citation of Merit will be knighted at 5 p.m. at the engineering shamrock, between Lafferre and Switzler halls.

See the E-Week schedule for more information.

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