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Featured items from the January 30th Rose Exchange meeting

February 4, 2013

 Brazil Day Planners  
17 visiting students from Brazil plan "Brazilian Day"
at Rose-Hulman.
 

The institute will celebrate the successes of Brazil’s Science Without Borders (SWB) exchange program during a special Brazilian Day campus event on February 9 in the Sports and Recreation Center. The SWB program has brought 17 students from throughout the South American country to study on campus and participate in summer internships or research experiences. Eight students will complete the program later this month, while nine students are staying through the summer. Two new students are scheduled to begin the program in early March. The Brazilian students wish to thank the campus and Terre Haute community for their generosity and support during the 2012-13 school year, and the event will also educate people about the heritage and culture of their home country. Opening ceremonies, starting at 4 p.m., will feature President Robert A. Coons and Camila Mandel Barros, deputy consul for the Consulate General Office of Brazil in Chicago. A demonstration of Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines dance and music, is planned from 5-5:30 p.m. It will be followed by Samba music from the Planeta Azul band, at 5:30 p.m., and a typical Brazilian dinner featuring Feijoada, a stew with black beans and fresh pork, and side dishes, starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are required for the event and must be purchased by Monday, February 4. The cost is $9 for adults and children over 5 years old, and tickets cover entrance to all events. There is a limited supply of tickets for the general public. Register online at www.rose-hulman.edu/brazilianday or call Rose-Hulman’s Office of Global Programs at 877-8810. A limited number of Rose-Hulman students can attend free by picking up tickets in the Office of Student Affairs.

  • As part of the institute’s expanding institutional awareness efforts, Vice President for Rose-Hulman Ventures Elizabeth Hagerman, PhD, spoke at the Rotary Club of Indianapolis luncheon on January 29. This is the largest Rotary Club in the nation with approximately 450 business and community leaders. 
  • The FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional Committee is preparing for this campus event on April 4-6, and making sure it is a special occasion for Rose-Hulman, Terre Haute, volunteers, and the participating high school students/teachers/team engineering mentors. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu/FIRST. The organizing committee is led by regional director Carlotta Berry, PhD, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and includes Matt Sinclair, director of recreational sports and athletic facilities, and Dexter Jordan, associate director of admissions and multicultural recruitment.
  • Rose-Hulman also supported a recent robotics competition for 600 to 700 Indianapolis middle- and high-school students. The event was conducted in “Rose-Hulman Arena.” Jordan helped organize promotional opportunities for the institute.  
  • Congratulations to Susan Smith, learning center director and assistant professor of rhetoric, for being named one of the United Way of the Wabash Valley’s 2013 Women of Influence. She started the Homework Hotline, free math/science tutoring service, and has been active in many other community activities.
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics Josh Holden, PhD, was featured by Maplesoft in a web-based article about Rose-Hulman being a leader in using Maple in the classroom. Read the article at www.maplesoft.com/company/publications/articles/view.aspx?SID=142196&P=TC-3084.
  • In celebration of African American History Month, the Center for Diversity is presenting renowned jazz flutist/lecturer Galen performing a special “Notes at Noon” music-while-you-eat session on Friday, February 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Vonderschmitt Dining Room of the Hulman Union.
  • Chrysler and Ford enjoyed how the institute promoted a recent trip by a student group to attend the Inforum Leadership Seminar and North American Auto Show. Chrysler may feature portions of the story in internal communications.
  • The men’s basketball team is ranked No. 23 in the latest NCAA Division national poll. The squad’s four seniors will be recognized before the Engineers’ game against Franklin College, starting at 7:30 p.m., in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center.
  • Assistant Mathematics Professor Eric Reyes, PhD, co-authored an article on the topic "Reduction in First and Recurrent Cardiovascular Events with Ticagrelor Compared with Clopidogrel in the PLATO Study." This paper is in Reyes’ biostatistics expertise and he will be teaching a course in this area during the spring quarter.
  • Yang Jin, PhD, associate professor of mechanical engineering at China’s Hubei University of Automotive Technology, is spending a six-month sabbatical on campus. She will be assisting EcoCAR2 team members and advisors with model-based design of the vehicle’s subsystems, and attended the recent EcoCAR2 Winter Workshop in Texas. She will also attend several classes for first-hand observances of Rose-Hulman’s outstanding teaching reputation. Professor Jin’s visit has been supported by the Office of Global Programs and opens the new exchange program between Rose-Hulman and Hubei University.   
  • Nearly 50 students will participate in the Leadership Academy’s crisis simulation exercise on Friday, February 1.
  • Cary Laxer, PhD, head of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, is visiting three German universities this week to explore dual degree programs and international student design projects. 
  • Senior Liz Evans recorded the best high jump (5-foot-10) in NCAA Division III so far this season.  The mark is the second best height of her career that features four NCAA Division III national championships and six All-American awards.  Evans also ranks in the top 20 in NCAA Division I, II and III women's track and field with the mark.
  • Mathematics professors Al Holder, PhD, and Joe Eichholz, PhD, will mentor four student teams in this year’s International Modeling Competition in Modeling. This 84-hour challenge examines mathematical modeling, team work, and computing. Past Rose-Hulman teams have earned recognition in this competition.
  • The Office of Human Resources is hosting the “Change a Life, Become a Mentor” professional development seminar on Tuesday, February 5 about the institute’s mentoring program, the benefits of mentoring, and how sharing your knowledge, skills, and experience can translate to the success of others. Dawn Blankenbeker, associate director of human resources, will present the seminar from 1:35 - 2:25 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Hulman Union. Faculty and staff members can register via ANGEL on or before February 5.
  • Several athletic department administrators attended a NCAA Drug Education Workshop this week in Indianapolis.
  • Rose-Hulman will help Shelbyville/Shelby County officials host a networking event on February 20 for community leaders.