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Featured items from the October 23 Rose Exchange meeting:

October 23, 2013

  • Mike Hatfield
    Successful alumnus Mike Hatfield, president of California-based Cyan Inc., will be one of the keynote speakers of the upcoming RISE entrepreneurship conference on campus.
    President Conwell has joined Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell, PhD, and Executive Director of the Office of Research, Planning and Assessment Julia Williams, PhD, in representing Rose-Hulman at this week’s 20th anniversary celebration for Japan’s University of Aizu. The institute has been an educational partner with Aizu since 2006.
  • During the Japan trip, President Conwell will also be featured at the Symposium on International Research & Educational Collaboration on Thursday, October 24. He will join administrators from Aizu, China’s Nanjing University, Taiwan’s Chaoyang University of Technology and Russia’s Novosibirsk State University in making presentations about the value of collaboration at their institutions.
  • Successful entrepreneurs Michael Hatfield and Jason Zielke will be keynote speakers at this year’s Rose Startup conference on November 9 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in the Hulman Memorial Student Union, organized by the Rose Innovative Student Entrepreneurs (RISE) organization. This event brings together students, alumni, experienced entrepreneurs, and young rock-star entrepreneurs to explore entrepreneurial opportunities and thinking. Panel and breakout sessions will cover the following topics: Why Entrepreneurship?, Funding and Growing, Pitching a Winner, Protecting Your Idea, Funding and Growing, and Resources for Entrepreneurship. Hatfield, a 1984 electrical engineering and mathematical economics alumnus and Rose-Hulman trustee, is president of California-based Cyan, Inc. Zielke, a 2000 mechanical engineering graduate, is president of Indianapolis’ Precise Path Robotics Inc.
  • Construction started on October 21 for the new perimeter road project.               The first two to three weeks of the project involve clearing a path for the new road, starting north of the Apartment residence hall. The project will progress, along the path of the new road, ending near the Percopo Hall parking lot. Students, faculty, and staff members should stay clear of this project. Completion is set for July 2014.
  • The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is resurrecting the master’s degree program in chemistry. It will become the institute’s only graduate school program in the sciences and mathematics. More details will be announced at this month’s faculty Institute Meeting.
  • Rose-Hulman seniors are superior to the average students at other colleges and universities administering the major field test in economics. The average score (out of 200) of the four students taking the test from 2008-2013 was 175.5 – placing Rose-Hulman in the 97th percentile. The scores of our 2013 seniors ranged from 186 (95th percentile among individual scores) to 161 (57th percentile). A total of 93 institutions administered the field test from 2008-2013.
  • The Harvest Festival returns on November 6 (4:30-7 p.m., Robert and Louise Kahn Rooms, Hulman Memorial Student Union) to help educate the campus community about harvest celebrations around the world. The event, organized by the Center for Diversity, will include a variety of foods from different countries, and information about international customs and cultures. Contact Center for Diversity Director Luanne Tilstra ( for more information.
  • The campus’ United Way fundraising drive has hit the home stretch, with 60 percent of employees already contributing. Make a pledge or donation through your United Way representative or to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Rose-Hulman athletics will host first-place Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference teams this Saturday, October 26, in football (vs. Franklin College, 1:30 p.m.), volleyball (vs. Defiance College, 1 p.m.), and women’s/men’s soccer (vs. Hanover College, 1/3p.m.).
  • Congratulate Computer Science Professor Michael Wollowski, PhD, for becoming a United States citizen. The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering will host a reception to mark this achievement on Friday, October 25, from 12:40-1:30 p.m. in Room F-225 of Moench Hall. The campus community is invited to attend this event.
  • Membership in male fraternity organizations will grow following Preference Tuesday (October 29), marking the end of the fall recruitment campaign. The Office of Student Affairs helps coordinate the selection process.
  • Help kick off the men’s and women’s basketball seasons by participating in this year’s Non-Midnight Madness event on Sunday, October 27 (9-11 p.m., Hulbert Arena, Sports and Recreation Center). There will be food, prizes, games, and lots of fun! The men’s team will have an exhibition game against Indiana State University on November 3, at 2 p.m., in the Hulman Center in downtown Terre Haute.


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.