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Featured items from the December 5th Rose Exchange meeting

December 10, 2012

  • Bridge Contest 2012  
    Bridge Building contestants Chaela Jean and Jessica Lundin
    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 this convocation.
  • 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 efforts.
  • 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 scientific discovery.
  • 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 institutions.
  • 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 year.
  • 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.