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Featured items from the November 28th Rose Exchange meeting

November 29, 2012

  • The campus will host the following special events before the holiday break:
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  Dr. Bruce Horten

- Dr. Bruce Horten, M.D., will kick off the institute's Signature Lecture Series on Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall Theater. He is one of the world's leading experts in classifying and targeting specific cancers, and his presentation will cover a revolutionary cancer therapy based on a patient's genetic makeup. The title of the lecture is "Targets: Transforming the Assault on Cancer." It is free and open to the public. Dr. Horten is the National Medical Director for Integrated Oncology Laboratory of LabCorp.

- Mathematics Alumnus Felda Hardymon, Ph.D., a Harvard Business School professor who specializes in venture capital and private equity, will visit campus on December 5 to instruct two classes and conduct a question-and-answer session with students. He has also been a visiting professor of finance at The London School of Economics, and is a partner for Bessemer Venture Partners' Cambridge, Massachusetts office. He focuses on investments in the software, communications, and storage sectors.

- Intercultural communications expert Milton J. Bennett, Ph.D., will be featured in a convocation on December 10, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., in the Hatfield Hall Theater. Intercultural communication competency is one of the most important skills in today's global economy. Bennett is the creator of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). The intercultural competency approach has many advantages.  First, it is process oriented. Second, the approach has applications to both domestic and global diversity. Originally developed to facilitate training for students and professionals preparing to live and work in a different country, intercultural competency training methods require few, if any, modifications to be useful for domestic cultural diversity training.

- Jason Winkle, Ph.D., will be featured in a Leadership Speaker Series presentation on December 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Union. The title of his talk is "Something's Missing:  A Few Lost Lessons on Leadership." He is a former director at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and has recently taken on a new challenge, as the founder and director of the Center for Leadership Development at Indiana State University.

  • Freshman are enjoying their time on campus and appreciate the caring attitude of the institute's administration, faculty, and staff members - according to results from the 2012 Freshman Poll, completed by 90 percent of the class at the end of the fall quarter (conducted by the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment). Poll highlights include:

-          97.7% rated Rose-Hulman in general as "excellent/good."

-          97.7% rated faculty attitude toward students as "excellent/good."

-          97.5% rated the Sports and Recreation Center as "excellent/good."

-          97.3% rated the performance of the residence life custodial/housekeeping staff as "excellent/good."

-          96.7% rated our overall academic program as "excellent/good."

-          95.1% rated classroom facilities as "excellent/good."

-          91.9% cited communication as being important to their success on campus.

-          90.6% rated the Hulman Union office as "excellent/good."

Several areas received all-time best scores this year.

  • 3.07 was the all-student grade point average for the fall quarter.
  • Our graduate school is celebrating its 120th anniversary this school year. Promotional banners will be placed near Myers Hall, and a speakers series, featuring master's alumni, is planned for the winter and spring quarters.
  • Halliburton has provided a grant to support the ROSE-BUD program's mentoring and professional skills initiative. This program supports and encourages underrepresented populations in electrical and computer engineering.
  • Junior electrical engineering student Drew Belk has earned third team Capital One NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. On the field, Belk ranked second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with 10 goals and was third in the league with 21 points. In the classroom, he carries a 3.74 grade point average. Belk becomes the 97th Academic All-American in Rose-Hulman athletics history and claimed the seventh award in men's soccer. At least one Rose-Hulman student-athlete has earned Academic All-American honors for the last 27 years, the sixth longest streak among all NCAA Division I, II or III institutions.
  • Electrical engineering graduate student Jon Nibert and mechanical engineering professor Zac Chambers, Ph.D., represented Rose-Hulman at E2 Festa, a capstone design competition and conference at Seoul Institute of Technology, sponsored by the South Korean Government. In addition to Korea, there were students from China, Japan, Singapore, and the U.S. at the event.
  • This year's campus United Way campaign has collected $49,465. Forty percent of employees have contributed this year.
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs started its Rose On The Road alumni outreach series this week with Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell, Ph.D., and Executive Director of Alumni Affairs Jim Bertoli engaging alumni living in the Dayton, Ohio, area. Future events are planned in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Detroit.
  • Karen DeGrange, Director of International Student Services, hosted 19 international students at her home for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • ARAMARK Food Service has placed collection boxes in the lobby of the Hulman Union to support Terre Haute's Toys For Tots holiday drive.
  • Two students from France have joined the student body for the winter quarter.
  • The Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering has welcomed Lisa Knott as its new secretary.
  • Eggnog will be an added holiday beverage feature to ARAMARK's Java City and Logan's operations, starting next week.
  • Rose-Hulman once again showcased its hospitality by hosting more than 600 runners and thousands of spectators at the 2012 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. Special thanks was extended to ARAMARK, the Office of Student Affairs, the Sports and Recreation Center, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and Facilities
  • ARAMARK's Christmas Dinner special is planned on December 18, from 5-7 p.m., in the Vonderschmitt Dining Room of the Hulman Union. Faculty, staff members, and their families are invited to enjoy the meal - at $5 per person.