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Featured items from the December 5th Rose Exchange meeting
December 10, 2012
Reminder: Intercultural communications expert Milton J. Bennett,
Ph.D., will be featured in a campus convocation on Monday, December
10, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m., in the Hatfield Hall Theater.
Bennett is the creator of the Developmental Model of Intercultural
Sensitivity. The campus community is strongly encouraged to attend
|Bridge Building contestants
Chaela Jean and Jessica Lundin
- Also involving intercultural communications, an Enhancing
Intercultural Competence Workshop is planned on campus Saturday,
December 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Music Room of the
Hulman Union. Kay Coder will lead a workshop to help the campus
community learn the skills required to be more competent at
intercultural communication. Space is limited. Contact Luanne
Tilstra, Director of the Center on Diversity, to register.
- The Office of Admissions received 750 applications from 2013-14
prospective students on Monday, December 3-meeting the free
application deadline. This statistic is a substantial increase over
past years and indicates continued high interest among high-school
seniors in Rose-Hulman. However, not all the prospects may meet our
enrollment criteria. The Office of Enrollment Management is
examining the impact of these good times in our recruitment
- The recent Signature Lecture, featuring targeted cancer
treatment advocate Dr. Bruce Horten, M.D., was a resounding
success. He left with a great impression about Rose-Hulman and how
our graduates, faculty, and staff are making a difference in
- Congratulations to Tom Miller, assistant vice president for
student affairs, for being presented the prestigious Dr. William
Bannon Award from the Wabash Valley Hospice organization. The award
recognizes a person that has supported Hospice and its staff.
- The Office of Institutional Advancement's Fall Phonathon has
raised $450,000 for the Fund For Rose-Hulman, which supports the
institute's academic programs and student scholarships.
- The annual Rose-Hulman Family Holiday Party will be Sunday,
December 9, in the Hulman Union. Gifts will be distributed to
children 10 years old and under from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms,
while a traditional holiday dinner and program will begin at 5 p.m.
in the Vonderschmitt Dining Room.
- Economics majors Caleb Eiler and Wilson Kurian have been
offered Gov. Robert Orr Entrepreneurial Fellowships to explore
their interests in start-ups and entrepreneurship. These two-year,
paid fellowships give college graduates an excellent opportunity to
work alongside entrepreneurs. Several Rose-Hulman alumni have been
Orr Fellows before starting successful businesses.
- Rose-Hulman is participating in the Consortium for
Undergraduate STEM Success (CUSTEMS), a project funded by the Sloan
Foundation to determine why students migrate in and out of STEM
programs. Rose-Hulman first-year students will participate in a
survey this month, and the results of surveys from all schools
participating will be shared in May 2013. Joining Rose-Hulman in
the study are liberal arts colleges, historically black colleges
and universities, and comprehensive universities.
- Sophomore mechanical engineering student Nick Buchta has earned
Capital One NCAA Division III Football Academic All-American
honors, from the College Sports Information Directors of America.
He maintains a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Buchta becomes the
98th Academic All-American in Rose-Hulman athletics history and the
31st football awardee. 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
- Four computer science and software engineering students will
join department head Cary Laxer in participating in an electronic
health documentation workshop next week at Sweden's Uppsala
University. This is part of an international design project
involving students from both institutions.
- Rose-Hulman's participation in the Project to Assess Climate in
Engineering (PACE), also funded by the Sloan Foundation, has
revealed that Rose-Hulman scored high in effective strategies that
help women and under-represented minorities to feel comfortable and
succeed in engineering programs. The survey results are given to
each participating school with the identities of participating
schools withheld. Rose-Hulman's performance has been so outstanding
that several other participating schools have asked to know the
identity of the high-performing school, so our best practices can
be adopted at other institutions. The institute has agree to share
our identity and our practices.
- The Railroad Engineers Club is the newest student organization
on campus. Student members are involved with the new National
University Rail (NURail) Center, a multi-university consortium
focusing on rail education and research to improve railroad safety,
efficiency, and reliability. McKinney is the club's advisor.
- Employees should make sure they are registered to receive
electronic versions of the 2012 W-2 wage and tax statement
forms-before the end of the year.
- Twenty students participated in the six-hour international
William Lowell Putnam Mathematics Competition on December 1.
Mathematics professors John Rickert, Ph.D., and Kurt Bryan, Ph.D.,
helped organize the test-taking session.
- Senior civil engineering students Chaela Jean and Jessica
Lundin earned fourth-place honors in a recent international bridge
building contest that attracted competitors from Japan, Columbia,
Turkey, and the United States. The challenge was to build a truss
bridge that could span one meter, weigh less than 100 grams and use
only materials made of pulp derived from wood. The bridge built by
Jean and Lundin was a three-legged space truss structure made out
of compressed cardboard tubes that held 9.1 kg. Colleges from
Japan, Turkey, Columbia, and the United States competed this
- The Department of Civil Engineering is hosting the annual Hot
Mix Asphalt Quality Assurance program this week. Faculty Emeritus
James McKinney, Ph.D., helps the Indiana Asphalt Pavement
Association (IAPA) in organizing these professional development
sessions. McKinney was inducted into the IAPA's Hall of Fame
earlier this year.