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Students Recognized for Academic Success, Service to Others, & Campus Leadership

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Heminway Gold Medal

Seven students were recognized for completing their undergraduate careers with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages-the highest overall grade-point average in the graduating class, and a commendable achievement for any Rose-Hulman graduate. These students were:

  • Ivel L. Collins, a mechanical engineering major from Fairfax, Virginia. Earlier, he received the Cummins Engine Company, Inc. Award as the most outstanding graduating mechanical engineering student, selected by department faculty members.
  • Matthew A. Conrad, a chemical engineering major from Anderson, Indiana. He also received the Archer Daniels Midland Award for excellence in chemical engineering, selected by department faculty members, and was an Academic All-American tennis player, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
  • Andrew R. Miller, a computer science and mathematics double major from Lebanon, Indiana.
  • Lauren F. Miller, a biomedical engineering and molecular biology double major from Galesburg, Illinois. She also received the Samuel F. Hulbert Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Graduate Award, chosen by department faculty members, and is a finalist for the 2016 Academic All-American tennis team.
  • Cort K. Pugh, a computer science and economics major from North Liberty, Iowa. He also received the Outstanding Senior in Economics Award, selected by department faculty members.
  • Christopher J. Sander, a chemical engineering major from Baileyville, Illinois. He was also a two-time Academic All-American football player, selected by CoSIDA.
  • Alec C. Sills, an electrical engineering major from Whitehouse, Ohio. He also received the Clarence C. Knipmeyer Award for being the graduating electrical engineering major with the highest grade-point average.

Sarah Heminway, a cousin of the institute's founder, Chauncey Rose, established the Heminway Gold Medal award in 1888 to honor outstanding academic student achievement.

Commencement 2016 Top Of The Class Heminway

Top Of The Class: Six of the seven students graduating with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages were honored at this year's commencement. The group included (from left) Alec Sills, Christopher Sander, Lauren Miller, Andrew Miller, Matthew Conrad, and Ivel Collins. Not pictured is Cort Pugh.

Herman A. Moench Outstanding Senior Commendation

Abigail M. Etters, a biochemistry major from Oceanside, California was saluted by the faculty and staff for being "authentically curious, conscientious, engaged, and enthusiastic," while also being a commendable influence on her fellow classmates.

Etters helped form Rose-Hulman's Pre-Med Club, and as president helped the organization achieve Gold Star status by organizing opportunities for students to volunteer at Terre Haute's Union Hospital. She also initiated a Surgery of the Week professional education program and developed a program to provide certification for club members in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, automated external defibrillators, and first aid.

Herman A. Moench Distinguished Professor Richard Ditteon notes that Etters proposed that the institute begin offering a course in sociology, a new subject area covered in medical school entrance testing.

Etters, who will begin medical school this fall in New Mexico, conducted cancer research on campus and at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Those efforts recently received a best poster award in a competition at the University of Kentucky that was sponsored by the American Chemical Society. She also received the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry's William Albert Noyes Sr. Award for outstanding achievement in chemistry courses.

Besides biochemistry, Etters also minored in mathematics and Spanish.

Herman A. Moench was a legendary Rose-Hulman professor and administrator.

Commencement 2016 Moench Award Abigail Etters

Moench Award Winner: Abigail Etters was recognized for her strong academic performance, undergraduate research projects, and initiative to start several Pre-Med Club activities.

John T. Royse Award

Tyler J. Rockwood was recognized for having an insatiable desire to develop software programs and mobile applications, along with being involved in several aspects of the campus community.

The computer science and software engineering double major from Prineville, Oregon helped create several different software services and mobile applications, including the football-oriented noHuddle Remote, that are being utilized at Rose-Hulman and throughout the world.

Erik Hayes, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, notes that "while (Rockwood's) technical abilities are second to none, what impresses his colleagues the most is his humility and willingness to share his time and knowledge helping fellow students solve their technical and software problems."

Rockwood received the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering's Pearson Education Outstanding Senior Award, selected by faculty members. He also was a three year varsity letterman on the institute's football team, president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity chapter, and member of several academic honor societies. Rockwood will be taking his talents to work at Google in California.

John T. Royse served as a member of Rose-Hulman's Board of Trustees for several years, and the Royse family tradition continues as John N. Royse serves as an emeritus member today.

Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award

Elias Eteshola, a master's degree recipient in chemistry from Gahanna, Ohio, received the Outstanding Thesis Award, selected by a committee of faculty members. His thesis, advised by chemistry and biochemistry professor Daniel Morris, covered the topic "Antioxidant Mechanisms of Glutathione against Metal-Medicated Oxidative DNA Damage."
Commencement 2016 Royse Award Tyler Rockwood

Royse Award Winner: Tyler Rockwood's development of several software programs and mobile applications, and his leadership role in several campus groups, were recognized by the campus community.