Rolla Is A Great Community!

We often tell prospective students (and their sometimes nervous parents) that Rolla takes great pride in Missouri S&T and will do most anything to support our students. Here’s a perfect example:

As the previous blog post pointed out, S&T’s Formula SAE Racing team spent much of 2013 establishing an intercollegiate autocross event to replace an industry-sponsored event. As S&T is a state-assisted university, instead of the state-supported institution many assume it to be, pinching pennies and sharing equipment has become de rigueur*.

The Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, home to more than a dozen intercollegiate design teams, has a fleet of truck for team use, all of which were in California with the solar house team. Jack Savage’s FSAE team arranged to borrow another campus truck to pull the team’s gooseneck trailer, but that one couldn’t get back to campus in time. Panic time, as the event couldn’t take place without the Miners.

Plan B? Rent a truck. Nowhere in Rolla could be found a vehicle on short notice, leaving only hours before the Miners were in real trouble.

Plan C. Call Hi-Tech Collision, a local auto/body shop that frequently sponsors design teams, to see who in town might have the necessary motive power. Owner Nick Frost said “well, we just detailed a truck for a local bank, and I think it’s for sale. Why not call them?”

Long story short, up stepped Adam Housewright of First Community National Bank, who had his personal Dodge dually 1-ton truck up for sale. When told of the situation Adam said “Sure, you can have it! Just fill it up when you bring it back.”

Wow! No contract, lawyers, or signature. Just a handshake. Without Adam’s trust and generosity this event might have been a disaster, so with apologies to Yakov Smirnoff, “is Rolla a great place or what?”

Thanks so much, Adam!

*for you KU grads, “de rigueur” is French for “business as usual.”