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Featured items from the January 9th Rose Exchange meeting

January 15, 2013

  •  Goldsmith speaks Indy    
    Alumnus Marshall Goldsmith spoke in Indianapolis, Jan. 8 2013    
    Phil Cornwell, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, Dr. Julia Williams, and Rick Stamper, PhD, dean of faculty, represented Rose-Hulman at the World Congress on Engineering Education in Qatar.
  • Presidents and chief academic officers of institutions in the Association of Independent Technological Universities will meet next week to exchange ideas and discuss areas of concern in higher education.
  • Several committees of the Board of Trustees will meet in early February to prepare for the winter board meeting, including approving the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The main agenda item for the board meeting will be a review of finalists for the presidential search process.
  • The Institute Planning Group will meet on January 22 for a final review of the 2013-14 budget draft.
  • The new year has brought the following new responsibilities and positions in the areas of Facilities Operations, Admissions, and Sports and Recreation Services:

-          Brian Shearer is the associate director for recreational sports and athletic facilities. He is also the head softball coach.

-          Kelly Meyer is a new counselor for the Office of Admissions.

-          Jake Wagle, a 2007 civil engineering alumnus, is the director of facilities operations. He comes to campus after working on several institute projects for Garmong Construction.

-          Pete Mobley, another alumnus, is the institute’s first plant engineer.

-          Ryan Brimberry is the assistant director for recreational sports and athletic facilities.

-          Rohan Talwar is manager of maintenance and custodial services.

-          Susan Reynolds is manager of facilities support services.

-          Alan Youngblood is manager of planning for facility support services.

-          Daniel O’Leary is coordinator for intramurals and club sports/special events.

-          Ralph Ross is assistant manager of maintenance and custodial services.

  • Marshall Goldsmith, an alumnus/executive coach/best-selling business author, was the keynote speaker at the Economic Club of Indiana luncheon on January 8 in downtown Indianapolis. Approximately 600 Indiana business leaders and executives attended the event, including a contingent of Rose-Hulman officials.
  • Executives of Zuken USA visited campus to meet with student leaders and faculty advisers of the Formula SAE race team and EcoCAR2 team. The company has provided $107,000 worth of computer software to the institute’s Advanced Transportation Systems program this year. Zuken's E3 Series CAD software package helps engineers define the electrical characteristics of a product's design including the wire harness, cable assembly, and cabinet components. This donation was sought by Formula SAE team leader Senior Brandon Hasenour after using the software during an internship.
  • A 2012 biomedical engineering capstone design project for an eight-year-old Rockville, Indiana boy was named last year’s top life sciences story by Inside Indiana Business. The project was featured in a mini-documentary posted to YouTube that is nothing short of heartwarming-and a testament of the young talent in the Hoosier state.
  • Terre Haute’s Oakley Foundation is supporting a trip by Physics and Optical Engineering Professor Richard Ditteon, PhD, to Australia during the spring quarter to work at the Oakley Southern Sky Observatory. He will spend one month getting the observatory to function fully and collect data. Senior physics student James Folberth has received funding from the Office of Global Studies and the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society to assist Ditteon in Australia for a shorter period of time.
  • Basketball fans can now watch free video webcasts of home men’s and women’s games through a partnership with Stretch Internet. Rose-Hulman students will serve in all film, production, and broadcast roles.  Video will be provided free to fans, with the complete game available on-demand just minutes following play through the college's Game Central Portal.  The link to the Portal is available at
  • Wonjong Joo, a professor at Seoul National University of Science and Technology (Seoul Tech), visited campus officials about the dual degree program in optical engineering and other academic initiatives with Rose-Hulman. He met with several faculty members from the Department of Physics and Optical Engineering and attended the department’s capstone design class.
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs’ “Rose On The Road” journey continues with a meeting in Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina on February 6. Alumni and guests will have an opportunity to visit Milliken’s Innovation Gallery. These meetings allow alumni to learn more about Rose-Hulman and the 2013-2018 strategic plan.
  • The Office of Student Activities has planned several fun-filled events to keep students active during these harsh winter conditions. These events include a Winter Fun Fest, on January 17; a Ski Trip, on January 26; and a Chili Cook Off, on January 29.  
  • The Office of Human Resources is reviewing the institute’s professional development program offerings for the rest of the school year. Employee feedback is important. A survey is being conducted through January 20 on Banner Web.
  • The Office of Student Affairs is assembling the summer schedule for those programs requiring campus housing.  Please contact Pete Gustafson, vice president for student affairs, with the name of the program, dates, number of individuals involved, and contact person by January 18. 
  • Physics and Optical Engineering Professor Paul Leisher, PhD, will attend a seminar in Seoul. South Korea, this summer. He will also take this opportunity to visit with the faculty members at Seoul National University of Science and Technology.
  • Charles Joenathan, head of the Department of the Physics and Optical Engineering, thanked the campus community for contributing to the Faculty Without Borders’ recent book drive to Africa.
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs hosted two special events for Wabash Valley alumni, families, and guests: a tour of the new UAP medical office building and a reception before the Rose-Hulman Performing Arts Series’ Russian National Ballet performance.
  • Stephanie Wilson has been hired as assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry for the 2013-14 school year. She earned a doctorate degree at Texas A&M University.