Rose-Hulman Inducts Six Into Athletic Hall of Fame




TERRE HAUTE, IND. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology inducted six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday morning (Oct. 5) at the Sports and Recreation Center.

Robert Chandler (2002), Christina (Forsyth) Drake (2002), Chuck Howard (contributor), Andrew Schipper (2003), Matthew Smith (2003) and Chris Unton (2002) were be added to the shrine.

The Athletic Hall of Fame grew to 173 members with the induction of this year's class.

Capsules of the 21st anniversary Rose-Hulman Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Class are below.

ROBERT CHANDLER (Civil Engineering, 2002) -- Robert finished 19-9 as a pitcher for the Rose-Hulman baseball team and ranks fourth in program history with 213 strikeouts.  The left-hander finished 7-1 with a 3.22 earned run average as a junior and was 7-3 with a 3.77 ERA as a senior.  He also ranks eighth and ninth in single-season school history with 78 and 75 strikeouts in a season.  Today, the civil engineering graduate works for CONTECH, a company providing and support for site development projects in Nashville.  He also earned a master's degree from David Lipscomb University.

CHRISTINA (FORSYTH) DRAKE (Electrical Engineering, 2002) -- Christina ranks fifth in Rose-Hulman women's basketball history with 1,223 career points.  She also stands sixth in career rebounds (614) and third in free throws (333).  The electrical engineering graduate earned second-team all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors after scoring 17.1 points per game as a senior.  During her junior year, Forsyth scored 15.3 points per game to earn honorable mention all-league accolades.  Today, Christina works with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) as a manager for Operation Procedures and Compliance.

ANDREW SCHIPPER (Mechanical Engineering, 2003) -- Andrew became the first six-time All-American in Rose-Hulman athletic history with a historic career in track and field.  The pole vaulter placed second nationally at the 2000 NCAA Division III Outdoor and 2003 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships to highlight a career that featured five top-five national finishes.  He also won three Little State and three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles.  The mechanical engineering graduate currently works as a senior water engineer for the city of Fort Wayne.

MATTHEW SMITH (Mechanical Engineering, 2003) -- Matthew was the first NCAA Division III National Champion at Rose-Hulman outside the sport of track and field.  Smith won the 100-yard breaststroke title at the 2003 Swimming National Championships to highlight a career that featured four All-American awards and third-team Academic All-American accolades.  He was also a provisional qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games representing the nation of Estonia.  The mechanical engineering graduate currently works as a staff engineer at Burns and McDowell and graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2010.

CHRIS UNTON (Computer Science, 2002) -- Chris served a true definition of the term student-athlete during his Rose-Hulman career to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.  Unton was a first-team Academic All-American, joining just four other players from nearly 1,000 college division schools, in 2002 after earning first-team all-league honors on the court.  He also captured third-team Academic All-American honors in 2001 while completing his undergraduate degree one academic quarter early with a perfect 4.00 GPA.  The computer science major played on two conference title teams and currently works as a senior manager for IT Compliance at MISO.

CHUCK HOWARD (Contributor) -- Chuck spent 37 years on the Rose-Hulman Admissions staff from 1968-2005, including 23 years as the Dean of Admissions and eight years as Vice-President of Admissions.  Howard also earned the President's Outstanding Service Award and was a John Mutchner Award winner for athletic department support in 1988.  He helped recruit a generation of students and student-athletes to Rose-Hulman and was widely regarded as one of the team's greatest fans throughout his career.