S&T Parent and Family Dictionary

Academic Advisor: Person who helps students select coursework and can refer students to appropriate campus services.

Add/Drop: The process by which a student can still add or remove a class from his or her schedule.  Check out the Registrar’s academic calendar for dates and deadlines that govern Add/Drop.

Additional Authorized Access (Triple A): Missouri S&T students can grant other users direct and authorized online access to their student information in Joe’SS, which may include student account information, academic information, directory information, and financial aid.

Authorized Payers: Missouri S&T students may select one or more authorized payers that are allowed to view and pay the student account.

Blackboard: Couse management system used for online instruction and learning.

Blarney Bash: A campus event that includes non-alcoholic events to students during St. Pat's festivities.

Block Party: Campus event that occurs in April which includes food, fun, and inflatable games

Blocks: Blocks (meals) are a component of meal plan # 2.  Blocks roll over from week to week. 

Career Fair: Biannual campus event that attracts 300+ recruiters for co-op, internship, and full-time position interviews.

Celebration of Nations: Campus event that showcases cultural diversity.

Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op): Program that allows students to take a break from their studies and work full time for a company prior to graduation.

Declining Balance Dollars: Most meal plans include declining balance dollars or ‘points’ which can be used at any Dining Services operation on campus.  Declining Balance Dollars do not carry over from one semester to the next.

Facebook: Popular online social networking site for college students.

FERPA: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

Greek System: Campus system composed of fraternities and sororities.

Havener Center: Home of many aspects of student life including food vendors, the bookstore, and the offices of many on-campus organizations.

Hold: If a student has been notified that a hold has been placed on his or her student account, he/she must determine the cause of the hold and then remedy the situation before being allowed to register for class. Common reasons for holds are: financial (past due balance) or advising (student needs to see his or her advisor).

IT Help Desk: Provides over-the-phone troubleshooting and support for technology needs:573-341-HELP.

Joe’SS: System that provides online registrations, payment of fees, and access to student records.

KMNR: S&T's student operated radio station. 89.7 FM

KMST: Public radio station operated out of the Missouri S&T Library.  88.5FM

Leach Theatre: On campus theatre that offers world class entertainment to the South Central Missouri area.

Millennium Arch: Campus landmark near Castleman Hall, sculpted with waterjet technology.

Miner BUCKS: Miner BUCKS can be purchased on their own or as a supplement to a meal plan. Unlike Declining Balance Dollars, Miner BUCKS do transfer from one semester to the next.

Miner Rama: An event that occurs early in the fall semester to showcase student organizations and design teams.

Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy (MSM): Former name of the institution.  (1870-1964)

On-Track: At-risk student program that refines student’s study skills, self- management skills, and knowledge of campus resources through seminars, one-on-one meetings, and supplemental activities. 

Open Foundry: Campus event that allows students to design something to be cast in aluminum for their enjoyment.

OrgSync: S&T student’s launchpad for on campus involvement; students can access information for all 200+ RSO's, events on campus, and other exciting opportunities by logging in with their campus credentials.   

RA (Resident Assistant): Undergraduate student living on each floor of the residence hall.

RD (Residence Director): Full-time professional staff member that manages the day-to-day operations of the residence hall.

Registrar: Office that handles transcript, academic calendars, academic records, and more.

RHA (Residence Hall Association): Student governing body within the residence halls on campus.

RSO: Recognized Student Organization

S&T Family Connection: On-line newsletter distributed to parents and families twice a week when classes are in session.

Stonehenge: Scaled down replica of the prehistoric English monument crafted with waterjet technology.

St. Pat’s: Annual celebration of the St. Pat, the patron St. of Engineering.

StuCo (Student Council): Student Body Government at S&T.

SUB (Student Union Board): Recognized Student Organization responsible for campus-wide programming and student activities.

Testing Center: Secure testing facility that provides a variety of standardized tests along with testing accommodations for self-identified students with a disability

The Puck: Campus landmark located between Centennial Hall, Norwood Hall, and the Rolla Building.

University of Missouri- Rolla (UMR): Former name of the institution. (1964-2008)

Withdrawal (WD): The process by which students may drop a class (or multiple classes) after the drop date has passed.  Check out the Registrar’s academic calendar for information pertaining to dates and deadlines that govern withdrawal.