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Featured items from the September 25 and October 2 Rose Exchange meetings:

October 3, 2013

RHIT Group

Fun Times At FIRST: FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional Director Carlotta Berry, PhD, (front) joined several faculty and staff members in enjoying the fun and excitement at last year’s event. The competition is coming back to the Sports and Recreation Center on March 6-8, 2014.

  • A record 209 companies from throughout the country were planning to attend the Fall Career Fair (October 2), organized by the Office of Career Services. Academic departments and student organizations were also taking advantage of networking opportunities at a Rose Expo, scheduled before the career fair.
  • President James C. Conwell and Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell recently met with leaders of Eli Lilly & Company and Rolls-Royce. Both Fortune 500 companies want to develop better partnerships with Rose-Hulman.
  • Eighth District U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon took one minute on the floor of the U.S. Congress on September 26 to salute Rose-Hulman on this year’s No. 1 ranking in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report College Guide. The shout out was broadcast on CSPAN.
  • Students have organized the first TEDxRoseHulman event on Saturday, October 5 starting at 7 p.m. Speeches will be conducted in the Hatfield Hall Theater and broadcast to several other campus locations. Among the speakers will be mechanical engineering professor Thomas Adams, PhD, on “Why Engineering is like Playing The Doors on Solo Ukulele” and emeriti mathematics professor Herb Bailey, PhD, on “Application of Mathematics in the ‘Real’ World and in ‘My’ World.” Find out more at
  • Rose-Hulman will again host the premier international youth robotics competition when the FIRST Crossroads Regional returns to the college’s Sports and Recreation Center on March 6-8, 2014. There will be 45 teams of about 25 high-school students coming to measure the effectiveness of their robots and test the power of collaboration during the regional round of the competition. The winning three-team alliance from the 2013 Crossroads Regional helped kickoff activities for the 2014 event by demonstrating their innovative robotics during halftime of Rose-Hulman’s Homecoming football game on September 21. The Indiana teams came from Carmel, Indianapolis, and West Lafayette. Electrical and computer engineering professor Carlotta Berry, PhD, is the Crossroads Regional Director. She is seeking volunteers to help host the 2014 event. Find out how to get involved at
  • Rose-Hulman and our students will continue to benefit from its association with the National University Rail (NURail) Center, which recently received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. This is a multi-university rail transportation and engineering research center led by the University of Illinois, and was the nation’s first University Transportation Center (UTC) to focus on rail transportation and engineering with the objective of improving and expanding rail research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer. Other NURail partner schools include Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee. Emeriti civil engineering professor James McKinney, PhD, is leading Rose-Hulman’s participation in this project.
  • This year’s campus United Way Campaign is underway with the goal to surpass last year’s $52,000 donation and improve the participation percentage. Donations help support 30 community agencies providing valuable assistance to residents – young and old.
  • Playful crooner and jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and the John Pizzarelli Quartet take the stage on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. as the Performing Arts Series continues at the Hatfield Hall Theater. Before the show, sponsored by Wise Pies Pizza and subs, the first 200 ticketholders can enjoy a complimentary slice of pizza, beginning at 6:45 p.m, as part of a special “Pizza and Pizzarelli” pre-show event. Find out more about the show at
  • This year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees feature baseball pitcher Robert Chandler (2002), women’s basketball player Christina (Forsyth) Drake (2002), retired Dean of Admissions Chuck Howard (contributor), track and field athlete Andrew Schipper (2003), swimmer Matthew Smith (2003), and men’s basketball player Chris Unton (2002). The induction ceremony is Saturday, October 5 at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Recreation Center.
  • The campus will celebrate Diversity Week, Oct. 7-10,  with the following events:
    • Monday, October 7: Diversity Beads, Lobby, Hulman Memorial Student Union, 10:50 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 8: Human Sphere Race, Jim Rendel Soccer Field, 5-7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, October 8: Presentation, “Diversity According to South Park and Family Guy,” featuring Matt Glowacki, Hatfield Hall Theater, 7:30-8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 9: Taste the World, Kahn Room, Hulman Memorial Student Union, 6-8 p.m.
    • Thursday, October 10: Scavenger Hunt, Patio, Hulman Memorial Student Union, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • A new initiative of the Office of Instructional, Administrative, and Information Technology (IAIT) will facilitate ongoing communication, understanding, and services with the campus community.
  • The next networking event for the Rose-Hulman/Shelbyville/Shelby County partnership will feature several students who have served as EMERGE program mentors, encouraging high-school students toward STEM careers.
  • Central Indiana alumni have had the opportunity to meet President Conwell at recent receptions in downtown Indianapolis, Carmel, Greenwood, and Plainfield. These events have been organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs.
  • Mathematics professor Diane Evans, PhD, gave a talk at the ASQ-Wabash Valley dinner meeting. She took five Six Sigma students to the meeting, allowing them to network with local manufacturing engineering professionals. Also, the article "A Bicycle Crash Inspires a Paired Test Activity," authored by Evans and 2013 mathematics/electrical engineering graduate Elizabeth Evans, has been accepted for publication in the Teaching Statistics journal.
  • Professors Dale Bremmer, PhD; Dan Hartner, PhD; and Mark Minster, PhD, participated in a “The Economics and Ethics of Fracking” roundtable September 25 at Indiana State University.
  • Rose-Hulman’s No. 7 ranking for median starting salaries ($65,100) in the 2013 PayScale Salary Survey has been highlighted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNBC, and Yahoo Finance.
  • Civil engineering professor Kyle Kershaw, PhD, will have a paper published in the January issue of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. The title of the paper is “Full-Scale Field Testing of Micropiles in Stiff Clay Subjected to Combined Axial and Lateral Loads.”
  • Mathematics professor Will Green, PhD, gave a talk on “Time-Decay Estimates for Two-Dimensional Schrodinger and Wave Equations” at the PDE and Analysis Seminar at the University of Kentucky. Also, his paper on “Dispersive Estimates for Schrödinger Operators in Dimension Two with Obstructions at Zero Energy,”a joint project with Burak Erdogan at the University of Illinois, was published in the transactions of the American Mathematical Society.
  • Stephanie Wang, the new higher education reporter for The Indianapolis Star, has visited campus this fall to interview President Conwell and meet with Vice President for Enrollment Management Jim Goecker, Dean of Innovation Bill Kline, and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Tom Miller. These meetings were coordinated by the Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • A paper written by students Matthew Charnley and Andrew Rzeznik from mathematics professor Kurt Bryan’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program have been published in SIAM Undergraduate Research Online. The paper covered the topic "Thermal Detection of Inaccessible Corrosion."
  • This year’s Rose-Hulman Day of Service will be October 12. Teams of students, faculty, and staff members will complete several service projects throughout the morning. Kristen Loyd, Assistant Dean of Student Services, is once again coordinating this event.
  • Mathematics professor Josh Holden, PhD, made a presentation on "Counting Solutions to Exponential Congruences Using p-adic Methods" at the Canadian Mathematical Society meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also attended an invitation-only mini-conference on "New Directions for Mathematics Research Experiences for Undergraduates" at Mount Holyoke College.
  • Mathematics professor Christina Selby, PhD, presented a paper on “Using Photometric Instruments to Observe and Model the South Atlantic Anomaly” at the Mathematics Association of America MathFest in Hartford, Connecticut.


All faculty and staff members are invited to learn more about what’s happening on campus by attending the Rose Exchange meetings each Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m., in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.