Trio of Engineering students selected to Mizzou ’39
Three University of Missouri College of Engineering senior students were selected as Mizzou ’39 recipients this year, earning recognition for “their academic achievement, leadership and service to Mizzou and the community.”
Paul Ehlinger, Tyler Garrett and Skylar Morris were among the 39 seniors who took part in the annual unveiling ceremony for recipients of the honor, sponsored by the Mizzou Alumni Association Student Board.
Students applied to be part of the select group after being recommended by the AASB. Those chosen advanced to a round of interviews with representatives of the Mizzou Alumni Association and the top 39 after the round of interviews were this year’s honorees.
Ehlinger, a bioengineering major who hails from Lee’s Summit, Mo., was service chair of Mortar Board, Library Student Ambassador, president of the Engineer’s Club, one of the top 10 of homecoming royalty, a recipient of the Engineering Dean’s Scholarship, a Bright Flight Scholarship recipient and a residential peer advisor. His faculty/staff mentor was Dr. Lakshmi Pulakat of the School of Medicine, who has been the principal investigator in his research lab at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital for the last two years.
He said his selection “was truly an honor,” and Ehlinger said he was awed by the unveiling ceremony.
“The unveiling ceremony on Francis Quad was phenomenal. As we walked up to the steps of Jesse [Hall], the bells rang once for each honoree. We then were announced as we faced the Columns — a memory I will never forget,” he said.
Garrett, a civil engineering major from Worth, Mo., earned recognition for his accomplishments, which include: serving as student director of the college’s study abroad program, being part of the Mizzou for Malawi steering committee, serving as president of Engineering Student Ambassadors, working as recruitment chair for Alpha Gamma Rho, being a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as a photographer for The Odyssey (the weekly newspaper for Greek life students) and being a king candidate for Engineers’ Week. His mentor was Tina Balser, formerly the College of Engineering’s director of student enrichment and currently the coordinator of student services and records for the Student Success Center.
Garrett said being chosen as an engineering student was a high honor.
“Knowing first hand what it takes to obtain an engineering degree, keep your head above water, and stay heavily involved elsewhere on campus compared to the same involvement atop other degrees, I view being chosen as an engineering student as one of the highest honors on campus,” he said. “I believe having this honor presented to the three of us engineering students is really an accreditation of our work ethic.”
Morris, an industrial engineering major from Dawson, Ill., was selected thanks in large part to his work as a Summer Welcome leader, recruitment chair for Delta Chi, a co-chair for the MU Office of Admissions Outreach, the vice president of membership development for the Intrafraternity Council, a steering committee member for GAMMA, the co-director of the More for Less Campaign, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and an IFC Outstanding Greek Student. His mentor was IMSE professor Cerry Klein.
“Being selected to be a part of the 2014 class of Mizzou ’39 means so much to me, and I feel so fortunate to be included with the extremely talented members of the class,” Morris said. “I have always felt that this award was extremely special as it is awarded to those that have made an impact on Mizzou throughout each of their four years here, and I feel honored that AASB and those on the selection committee felt that I had done this.”