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Featured items from the November 20th Rose Exchange meeting

November 20, 2013

Exchange Soccer

Sweet Sports Success: Soccer players celebrate after defeating No. 1-ranked Ohio Wesleyan 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. (Photo by Mike Lanke)

President James C. Conwell, PhD, led a campus contingent that visited administrators and alumni at Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s headquarters in Findlay, Ohio. Three top corporate leaders are Rose-Hulman alumni.

Congratulations to the men’s soccer team for advancing to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III national tournament. The Engineers upset No. 1-ranked Ohio Wesleyan University, 1-0, last Sunday. Now the team (12-5-5) will take on No. 19 Franklin & Marshall College (16-3-2) in the NCAA sectional semifinals on Saturday, November 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The game can be viewed online at http://gomessiah.com/showcase. The winner will play either No. 3 Messiah College (20-1-1) or Kenyon College (16-4-3) on Sunday, November 24, at 5 p.m.

The strong fall sports season continued with the football team capturing a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship (the program’s first league title since 1988). Meanwhile, Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery became the second women’s cross country runner to qualify for the Division III national meet. She had a third-place finish at the Great Lakes regional, and now is preparing for Saturday’s nationals at Hanover, Indiana.

Nineteen exchange students from Brazil, South America, will be joining the student body during the winter quarter after successfully passing an English language bridge course.

The Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) has reached three major milestones:

  • In October, the PRISM website reached the 300-million hits mark.
  • On November 19, the website hit a record with 800 unique log-ins within 60 minutes.
  • On November 18, a total of 4,300 unique users visited the website during a 24-hour period.

Reminder Faculty: Final fall quarter grades must be filed electronically with the Office of Registrar by 9 a.m. on Monday, November 25.

Seven exchange students from Sweden, China, and Germany will have completed their campus programs after the fall academic quarter. They were part of first-time international programs with their universities.

The campus’ United Way fundraising drive is closing in on this year’s $53,000 goal–thanks to the efforts of the campaign team consisting of Chris Aimone, Caroline Carvill, Pete Gustafson, David Henthorn, Sudipa Kirtley, Mitch Landess, Tom Miller, Ed Mottel, Susan Reynolds, Don Richards, Linda Sears, Yosi Shibberu, and Michael Wollowski.

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will be adding Daniel Kim, PhD, to the faculty for the winter academic quarter. He recently earned his doctorate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Thanks to the following faculty and staff members for helping serve the Last Supper Before Finals to students on Sunday, November 17: Pete and Donna Gustafson, Tom and Kim Miller,  Mike and Sara Latta, Dan and Jenny Moore, Rusty Loyd, Karen DeGrange, Ashley Bernal, and Lori Cates.

Three new staff members were welcomed to the campus community:

  • Lauren Jackson, associate director of alumni affairs. She formerly worked at Angie’s List.
  • Bob Jackson, education liaison for the PRISM program. He was formerly the Science Department chair at West Vigo High School, where he taught chemistry and biology for over 20 years. He has earned several teaching awards, and has severed on state and regional educational task forces.
  • Mike Johnson, IMPaCT workforce development liaison for Shelbyville and Shelby County for the PRISM program. He is working with five high schools to facilitate EMERGE, PRISM’s tele-mentoring component. He is a Shelbyville native who has taught industrial technology courses on the high school level, and served as principal for two high schools in Shelby and Franklin counties.

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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.