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Featured items from the December 19th Rose Exchange meeting

December 19, 2012

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     A busy room full of Rose-Hulman students building bikes for tykes
    The generosity of the campus community has once again been showcased in the following community service projects for the holiday season:

-          Bikes For Tykes: More than 400 bicycles and tricycles were assembled, inspected, and delivered by students, faculty, and staff members in the Exchange Club of Terre Haute's annual Bikes For Tykes holiday project. The assembly day was conducted on December 15 in the Facilities Operations Center, led by Rohan Talwar and Michael Taylor. Dale Long of the Office of Communications and Marketing helped coordinate student volunteers.

-          The Cookie Tree: The efforts of campus switchboard operator Mary Greer to bake hundreds of cookies each day for Rose-Hulman students-placed under a holiday tree in the lobby of Hadley Hall-has been featured inThe Terre Haute Tribune-Star, WTHI-TV, WTWO-TV, and Indianapolis' WIBC-FM radio station. This is the ninth year that Greer has done this heart-warming project.

-          The Mitten Tree: Hundreds of mittens, gloves, and scarfs adorn a holiday tree in the lobby of the Hulman Union building-thanks to donations from students, faculty, and staff members. The items will be delivered to children at Terre Haute's Franklin Elementary School for the winter season.

-          Christmas Basket Fund: 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 annualTerre Haute Tribune-StarChristmas Basket Fund. This project delivers a bountiful holiday feast to 500 Wabash Valley families each year. Since 1989, ASCE has helped the campus community donate $42,700 for the basket fund.

-          Leftover gifts from this year's Rose-Hulman Family Holiday Party were presented to Terre Haute's Fraternal Order of Police organization for distribution to local families this holiday season.

  • President Robert Coons offered a holiday greeting to the campus community. 2012 was another outstanding year for the institute, and 2013 will offer even more promise as aspects of the 2013-2018 strategic plan are implemented.
  • A team of three sophomores has been selected to compete in the International Collegiate Programming Competition this summer in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Students on the team include computer science majors Anthony Piergiovanni and Erik Sanders, and software engineering student Alexander Memering. Director of Software Engineering Shawn Bohner, Ph.D., is the team's mentor. This is the second time that a Rose-Hulman team has advanced to the international level of this annual competition.
  • Seventh-five retirees and spouses attended the annual Retirees Holiday Luncheon on December 17. The institute is examining how these valuable Rose-Hulman advocates can be engaged throughout the school year.
  • The Office of Institutional Advancement will expand in 2013 to help the institute meet its  financial challenges.

-          Grace Findlay is the new director of major gifts. She formerly was director of development at St. Louis University's School of Public Health.

-          Alan Morrison will be director of special projects and gifts after serving Rose-Hulman as assistant director of recreational sports and athletic facilities.

  • The men's basketball team is receiving recognition in the NCAA Division III poll after posting a 10-1 record with victories over Indiana rivals DePauw University, Wabash College, and Hanover College. Coach Jim Shaw's team will resume play with a home game against Earlham College on January 2, starting at 7:30 p.m., in the Sports and Recreation Center.
  • Adam Nolte, Ph.D., head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, recently visited the U.S. Navy's submarine base in San Diego. The Navy is interested in interviewing Rose-Hulman graduating seniors for career paths in this area of the military. Faculty and staff members should refer students to Nolte about program information.
  • Members of the Office of Institutional Advancement will be accepting year-end gifts from alumni, faculty, staff members, and friends throughout the holiday season. Contact the office at 877-8453 or
  • ARAMARK Chef Pat Kelly is recovering in Union Hospital after suffering injuries in a recent Terre Haute traffic accident.  

Advisory: The first Rose Exchange meeting of 2013 will be WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room of the Hulman Union.