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Featured items from the January 23rd Rose Exchange meeting

January 24, 2013

  •  career fair 300  
    busy winter career fair 2013   
    A total of 122 companies and more than 100 alumni were on campus today to recruit students at the Winter Career Fair for full time, internship, and co-op opportunities. The event is organized by the Office of Career Services. Approximately 51 percent of the 2012-13 senior class has already accepted career-starting positions, plan to attend graduate school, or will be commissioned military officers after receiving their degrees.
  • The Institute Planning Group has approved a tentative balanced 2013-14 budget that was developed by the administration. Matters in this budget will now be reviewed by Board of Trustees committees, and then discussed/approved by all trustees at the winter board meeting.
  • President Robert A. Coons and Vice President for Academic Affairs Phillip Cornwell, PhD, reviewed challenges in undergraduate technological education at this year’s meeting of Association of Independent Technological Universities (AITU) member institutions. Rose-Hulman stacks up very well against its AITU colleagues. Several new educational initiatives are being implemented throughout the country. Information about some of these programs will be discussed on campus in the near future.
  • Kern Family Foundation Program Director Doug Melton, PhD, visited campus recently to rebuild relationships with Rose-Hulman administrators, faculty, and staff members. This Wisconsin-based foundation supports higher education initiatives.
  • As many as 45 candidates will be coming to campus during the next three months to interview for 15 faculty openings for the 2013-14 academic year. These candidates will also be examining if they want to join the campus community.
  • Ten female students were special guests of the Ford Motor Company at last weekend’s InForum Leadership event as part of the North American Auto Show in Detroit. We were the only institution outside of Michigan invited to attend. The group had the opportunity to meet key Ford executives, visited the Chrysler Technology Center, and met several Rose-Hulman alumni living in the Detroit area. Escorting the students were Bill Kline, PhD, Dean of Innovation and Engagement; Zac Chambers, PhD, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Advanced Transportation System program; Ashley Bernal, PhD, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Richard Boyce, director of corporate and foundation relations.
  • Mathematics professors made the following contributions to the recent AMA/MAA meetings:

-          Ralph Grimaldi, PhD, presented the paper “Up-Down Sequences: Inversions, Coinversions, The Sum of the Major Indices."

-          Kurt Bryan, PhD, attended an editorial board meeting for the PRIMUS journal, and was a judge at the MAA undergraduate research poster session.

-          Tom Langley, PhD, made a presentation on "Block Transpositions, Scrambling Numbers, and Commutativity."

  • The women’s basketball team is hosting its annual breast cancer awareness game on Saturday, January 26 (vs. College of Mount St. Joseph) in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center. Fifty breast cancer survivors are planning to be recognized before the game at 12:45 p.m. The campus community can support breast cancer research and Wabash Valley Breast Cancer Survivors Inc. by purchasing special t-shirts ($12) on Thursday, January 23 in the Commons Area of Moench Hall. Donations will also be accepted. A total of $1,200 was raised during last year’s fundraising drive. Women’s Basketball Coach Jon Prevo, a cancer survivor, has organized this event.
  • The Department of Civil Engineers’ Board of Advisors meeting provided an opportunity for 22 professional engineers to review this year’s senior design projects.
  • U.S. Army Green Beret and Captain Richard Franko, a 2007 civil engineering alumnus, will receive the 2013 Jess R. Lucas Alumni Leadership Award at a special campus dinner on February 6.
  • Mathematics Professor Joe Eichholz, PhD, participated in a meeting of judges for the Moody's Mega Math Challenge, a national high school math competition, and was a judge at the MAA undergraduate research poster session.
  • Rose-Hulman and the city of Terre Haute have been selected to be a regional site for this year’s NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. Art Nehf Field will host one of eight venues for the 56 teams that qualify for postseason play. Either six or eight teams will appear in Rose-Hulman's regional, playing in a double-elimination tournament format, from May 15-19. This is the fourth time since 2005 that the athletic department has hosted a regional baseball tournament.
  • The Office of Student Affairs is preparing to welcome 18 new students to campus residence halls for the spring quarter.
  • The Office of Business and Finance is expected to release employees’ W-2 forms today. Over 2,000 forms were processed this year, with nearly half being distributed electronically.
  • The Logan Library has adopted the “Text-a-Librarian" program, which provides user-friendly assistance through chat, text, and social media resources.
  • U.S. Postal Service rates increase on Sunday for first-class and specialty mailings.
  • Mathematics Professor Allen Holder, PhD, gave three talks at the recent INFORMS Computing Society Conference. Topics covered were “Metabolic Studies With Robust Flux Balance Analysis”, “An Investigation Into the Robustness of Algorithms Designed for Efficient Protein Structure Alignment Across Databases” (work with Rose-Hulman students Jacqueline Simon and Jonathon Strauser, and math colleague Yosi Shibberu, PhD”), and “Teaching and Research Experience With Pyomo.” The first two talks resulted from work in the informal computational biology program supervised by Mark Brandt, PhD; Dave Goulet, PhD; Shibberu; and Holder.
  • A new 3-D Printing Station, developed by graduate student Michael Bell, has proven to be a success with students. This technology is available 24 hours daily in a common space near Room D115 of Moench Hall. More than 100 students have received training on using the technology, and more than 100 parts have been created since late December. The station has been supported by the Independent Project/Research Opportunities Program.
  • Timothy Chow, PhD, director of institutional research, has contributed the chapter “Using Institutional Research to Jump Start Your Benchmarking Process” in the winter issue of the Benchmarking in Institutional Research journal. The publication is part of the New Directions in Institutional Research series produced by the Association for Institutional Research.
  • Mechanical Engineering Professor David Fisher, PhD, helped the Office of Student Affairs organize the puzzle hunt activity that was part of this year’s Greatest Floor residence life event. More than 60 percent of campus residents participated in this year’s “friendly” competition.
  • The paper "Counting Fixed Points, Two-Cycles, and Collisions of the Discrete Exponential Function using p-adic Methods," by Mathematics Professor Joshua Holden, PhD, was published in the Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society.