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President Branam Visits Gov. Daniels & State Leaders During Crossroads of Higher Education Statehouse Visit

February 11, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Matt Branam joined students, staff

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Making A Point: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology President Matt Branam took advantage of a recent visit to the Indiana Statehouse to visit Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who nearly a year ago was the first recipient of the college's Excellence in Innovation Award. (Photo courtesy of Tony Campbell, Indiana State University)

members and alumni in meeting Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and other statewide leaders as Terre Haute was recently recognized for being Indiana's 2010 Community of the Year.

The visit was organized by the City of Terre Haute, Greater Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Crossroads of Higher Education organization, which features Rose-Hulman, Indiana State University, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and Ivy Tech Community College.

A resolution recognizing Terre Haute was authored in the House by local Reps. Bob Heaton and Clyde Kersey, and sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Tim Skinner. The resolution saluted higher education as one of the assets for the community and Indiana.

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Honored At Statehouse: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology student LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin (left), Director of Planning Studies Tuesday Strong (next to LeMoyne) and alumnus Phil Ramge (second from right) on the Statehouse floor for the reading of the special resolution honoring Terre Haute as Indiana's Community of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Tony Campbell, Indiana State University)

During the Statehouse visit, LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin, a senior biomedical engineering major from Alexandria, Ind., joined with 2009 mechanical engineering alumnus Phil Ramge in discussing with state lawmakers about Rose-Hulman, innovative projects completed at Rose-Hulman Ventures and the importance of financial aid to Indiana college students. Habimana-Griffin is a first-generation college student who has become a campus leader and future medical college student. Ramge was among former interns at Rose-Hulman Ventures who developed the Myriad medical device for Indianapolis' NICO Corporation. The device is the most significant advancement in minimally invasive neurosurgery in the past decade. Ramge now works for Greenwood Machine, which makes subassemblies for the Myriad device.

Habimana-Griffin and Ramge joined Tuesday Strong, director of planning studies, on the floor of the Statehouse for the reading of the joint honor resolution for Terre Haute.

Others supporting the visitation day event were alumni Jeff Papa, the Indiana Senate Majority Chief of Staff, and Drew Gehman, information technology specialist at Rose-Hulman Ventures; and Donna Smith, assistant to the associate dean of Rose-Hulman Ventures.

More information about Rose-Hulman Ventures can be found here