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Featured items from the September 26th Rose Exchange meeting

October 2, 2012

Branam Center Naming  
 Naming Ceremony for Branam Innovation Center  

The Board of Trustees has approved our new Strategic Plan with unanimous support and enthusiasm. President Coons thanked the faculty and staff members which helped during the yearlong process of engagement with our many constituents which resulted in this Strategic Plan. The full plan, being called "The Next Steps...," outlines six bold goals and forward-looking initiatives. These steps will help complete The "Great" Debate vision of transforming the Institute from "best in class" to one of the great science, engineering, and math institutions in the world. We will move soon into a focused process to develop our action plans, assign champions, develop target dates, and progress benchmarks.
• Homecoming was a rewarding experience as hundreds of alumni re-connected with their alma mater, students continued rich traditions, academic departments showcased their world-class facilities, and the football team won a thrilling game. President Rob Coons and the Office of Alumni Affairs thanked the campus community for making the weekend such a resounding success.
• Rose-Hulman will host the FIRST Robotics Competition's Crossroads Regional during Spring Break (April 4-6, 2013) in the Sports and Recreation Center. This event is expected to bring 50 high-school teams and as many as 4,000 attendees from throughout the country. Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Professor Carlotta Berry, Ph.D., is the regional competition chair. She will seek assistance from many faculty, staff members, students, local engineers and local educators to help host this event.  
• A total of 188 companies and over 500 company representatives are looking forward to meet students at the Fall Career Fair on Wednesday, October 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the field house area of the Sports and Recreation Center. Find out the list of companies planning to attend the fall career fair at Faculty and staff members should encourage students of all majors to attend this event. A Rose-Hulman Expo, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Hulbert Arena, will give academic departments, certification programs and campus organizations an opportunity to showcase projects to these visiting companies and recruiters.
• Rose-Hulman and Japan's Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) will celebrate their 20-year collaboration on October 19-20 with educational workshops, social events, and dedication of a new campus landmark, a cherry orchard with 40 Sakura Japanese cherry trees in a plaza located adjacent to the White Chapel. (The number of trees is symbolic to each year in the partnership for both colleges.) A delegation of KIT administrators and educators will visit Rose-Hulman for a workshop on inverted classroom techniques and a session on KIT's state-of-the-art "Factory of Dreams" Yumekoho Laboratory. A special show by Japanese traditional instrumental performer Shunsuke Kimura will be hosted on October 20 in the Hatfield Hall Theater.
• Rose-Hulman's undergraduate second-major program in computational science will get national visibility at the 2013 joint mathematics meetings in January. Mathematics professors Kurt Brayn, Ph.D., Joe Eichholz, Ph.D., and Jeff Leader, Ph.D., are organizing a contributed paper session on computational modeling in the undergraduate curriculum. Our computational science program is one a few undergraduate programs in the nation.
• A total of 84 people have already registered to attend the first Rose Startup Workshop on October 27, organized by the new Rose-Hulman Innovative Student Entrepreneurs organization. The event, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Hulman Union, will feature several successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalist that will pass along helpful advice on starting business and high-tech enterprises. Students, faculty and staff members can register at  through October 13. There is a limit of 200 attendees.  This event is free for Rose-Hulman students.
• The Alcoa Foundation is continuing to support the Institute's diversity initiatives by providing monetary support to several student professional chapters and student recruitment programs. Jolio Jose San Martin Neto, vice president for worldwide operations human resources, visited campus this week to meet with students and present a Foundation check to Luanne Tilstra, director of the Center for Diversity.
• Another week has brought more international groups to campus in search of developing educational relationships with Rose-Hulman and learning more about our unique programs. A group of dignitaries from Japan's University of Aizu visited campus to get a sense of the flavor from our homecoming festivities. They would like to use our homecoming as a model to develop long-term relationships with alumni.  
• The EcoCAR2 team unveiled the 2013 Chevy Malibu that will be re-modified during the next two years as part of this national engineering automotive design challenge. The Malibu was provided by the General Motors Corporation. Team members will create a new, improved vehicle that will achieve four primary technical goals: reduce petroleum consumption, reduce well-to-wheel greenhouse gas emissions, reduce criteria tailpipe emissions, and maintain consumer acceptability in the areas of performance, utility and safety. Rose-Hulman is one of 15 North American colleges participating in EcoCAR2: Plugging into the Future.
• Local orthopedic surgeon Gary Ulrich, D.O., has provided the Athletic Department with updated x-ray equipment that enhances our sports medicine operations.  
• The Office of Global Programs hosted a campus Study Abroad Fair on September 25. The event was well attended by students interested in participating in international education programs.
• Political Science Professor Terrence Casey, Ph.D., head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, moderated a campus panel discussion on "The Economy and the Election" on September 25. Economics professors featured were Dale Bremmer, Ph.D.; Kevin Christ, Ph.D.; and Jong Hun Kim. The session was well attended by students, faculty and staff members, and was covered by local media.
• The Office of Business and Finance completed the 2011-12 audit in record time and with no significant findings by the external review team.  Matt Davis, Interim Vice President for Finance and Controller, saluted his staff for its efficiency and attention to detail throughout this year's audit process.
• Five former student-athletes will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame on October 6 during a special ceremony, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Recreation Center.  This year's inductees are basketball player Zack Johnson (1998 alumnus), volleyball/basketball player Jennifer (Krause) Lawrence (2002), track athlete James McTaggart (1895), baseball player Rob Nichols (1999) and basketball player David Yeager (1968). The ceremony is free and open to the campus community.
• Senior chemistry major Kim Secrist has had a paper published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry on a project completed on campus with Adam Nolte, interim head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The paper covers the topic "Humidity-Responsive Gas Barrier of Hydrogen-Bonded Polymer-Clay Multilayer Thin Films."
• Several Homecoming activities earned considerable media coverage for Rose-Hulman in the key Indianapolis market, including the dedication of the William Alfred Cook Laboratory for Bioscience Research, the naming of the Matt Branam Innovation Center, and announcement of the FIRST Robotics' Crossroads Regional Competition.
• The campus landscape has a new look this fall through more than 1,000 plants placed by members of the Greek community during the recent Brush Up For Homecoming event. These plants include 750 mums (at over two dozen locations), 260 hostas (along the north edge of Olin Hall), 183 roses (at three locations), 60 ornamental grasses, over 100 other perennials, and placed more than two truckloads of mulch (at multiple locations).   

Also, check out the Rose-Hulman Innovation Blog. This week's blog post - "Say No to Cracks" - features work by Adam Nolte with U. Penn's Daeyeon Lee.