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Campus Community Passes along Holiday Spirit to Area Children in Many Ways
December 19, 2012
Rose-Hulman students, faculty, and staff members got in the
spirit of the holiday season by contributing to several community
service programs that will bring smiles to the faces of area
children this Christmas.
Working Together: Several Rose-Hulman students
used their engineering skills at workstations throughout the
institute's Facilities Operations Center to assemble 420 bicycles
and tricycles in four hours for Terre Haute's Bikes For Tykes
The institute's Facilities Operations Center resembled Santa's
Workshop for four hours on December 15 as more than 300 students
assembled 420 bicycles and tricycles for the Bikes For Tykes
project, organized by the Exchange Club of Terre Haute. There were
40 workstations to assemble, inspect, sort, and distribute the
And, the students used their problem-solving skills to figure
out the complicated braking system for the 24- and 26-inch
"The students get so much personal enjoyment out of this
project. It is great to see our students using their many talents
to give back to the community in such a great way," says Julia
Williams, Ph.D., professor of English and executive director of the
Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment. She
joined with Biomedical Engineering Professor Christine Buckley in
assembling bikes again this year.
"This always puts me in the holiday spirit," states Buckley.
Rose-Hulman students have assisted the Exchange Club on the
Bikes For Tykes project for 14 years.
"We couldn't do this project without all of the great support we
get from Rose-Hulman and its students. These students continue to
amaze me every year with their dedication to this project," states
Exchange Club of Terre Haute President Adam Decker.
Elsewhere on campus, hundreds of mittens, gloves, and scarfs
adorn a holiday tree in the lobby of the Hulman Union-thanks to
donations from students and other members of the campus community.
The "Mitten Tree" was organized by the Office of Student
Activities, and the mittens will be presented to students at Terre
Haute's Franklin Elementary School to keep warm for the winter
|Keeping Children Warm: Students, faculty,
and staff members donated hundreds of mittens, gloves, and scarfs
that will be given to children at Terre Haute's Franklin Elementary
School for this winter season.
"The support shown by our caring campus community has been
overwhelming. It has been our best Mitten Tree Drive ever," says
Donna Gustafson, dean of student services.
Members of the Cecil T. Lobo student chapter of the
American Society of Civil Engineers collected over
$1,100 from campus employees and students for the annual Terre
Haute Tribune-Star Christmas Basket Fund. This project delivers a
bountiful holiday feast to 500 Wabash Valley families each year.
ASCE Treasurer Adam Carlson joined members John Munson, Anne
Pierce, and Samantha Springer in organized this year's campaign,
which received donations throughout the campus community. Since
1989, ASCE has helped the campus community donate $42,700 for the
"The ASCE's annual donation helps us achieve our fund-raising
goal for our project, which helps so many families in our
community," states Tribune-Star Publisher William "B.J." Riley.
"We're so thankful to Rose-Hulman's support."