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Featured items from the February 20th Rose Exchange meeting

February 22, 2013

New Coons Profile Photo  
           Rose-Hulman Interim President Robert Coons  

*     Rob Coons was thanked for his service to the institute as Interim President since April, 2012. This period has been filled with many achievements, including welcoming a record freshman class, opening of a new residence hall and biosciences laboratory, and the successful conclusion of the strategic planning process. “I have been thankful for this latest opportunity to help such a great institution,” he said. “I know that Rose-Hulman’s best days are ahead.” President Coons’ State of the Institute Address will be part of this weekend’s winter board meeting.

  • *     The Board of Trustees is being asked to approve the institute’s 2013-14 budget proposal after review by several committees this week. 
  • *     The trustees’ Building and Grounds Committee is examining the development of an updated campus master plan to align with priorities in the strategic plan. The last master plan was issued in 2008.


  • The men’s basketball team needs the campus’ support on Friday night when the Engineers play DefianceCollege in the semifinals of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Championship Tournament. Tipoff is scheduled at 8 p.m. in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and RecreationCenter. The team, ranked No. 23 this week by, won the HCAC’s regular-season title with a 16-2 league record and 22-3 overall mark. HanoverCollege and TransylvaniaUniversity (Ky.) open Friday night’s tournament action at 6 p.m. Admission will be free for students, faculty, and staff (with school ID) while other family members and friends will be charged $6 for adults, $5 for students attending non-HCAC schools, and free for children 11 years old and under. The championship game will be Saturday night, starting at 7 p.m. The tournament champion will get the HCAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III national tournament.
  • The Office of Student Affairs is allowing residence halls to remain open through Saturday night for students wishing to remain on campus to attend the basketball tournament.
  • Rose-Hulman had 16 United Way Vanguard donors ($1,000 or more), the most of any company participating in the 2012-13 fundraising campaign. Thank you for contributing to so many organizations providing services to our community.
  • Congratulations to the men’s track and field team for winning its third consecutive HCAC indoor title. Senior Tyler Hannan was crowned as the HCAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year, while Coach Larry Cole was named the Men’s Head Coach of the Year. Meanwhile, senior Liz Evans won the Women's Field Athlete of the Year award.
  • Further congratulations go to the men’s swimming team, ranked No. 24 nationally after establishing 11 men’s school records at last weekend’s College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Championships. That effort included five conference championships and a third-place team finish. Freshman Orion Martin and senior John Huster automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III national championships with the best two marks in school history in the 100-yard butterfly. Coach Keith Crawford was named the CCIW’s Coach of the Year.
  • The creativity of students, faculty, and alumni is featured in the Winter Echoes alumni magazine, which will be distributed to the campus community during the quarter break. The magazine is produced by the Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Carpeting in hallways and the Commons Area of Moench Hall will be replaced during the quarter break. Work will be scheduled during evenings. The Office of Facilities Operations thanks faculty and staff members for their patience throughout this project.
  • The recent Rose-Hulman Brazilian Day is making great impact on other U.S. universities and has become a model for other events. More than 100 Brazilian Science Without Borders students from seven states attended our event. David Saide, education sector for the Brazilian Consulate’s Chicago office, congratulated Rose-Hulman for “the wonderful event you put together with our scholars. This event and your initiative will surely continue to give fruit for many years to come, ultimately strengthening the Brazilian presence in the Midwest.”
  • The Sports and RecreationCenter operation hours are being expanded for the spring quarter to utilize the facility and enhance the campus life experience through the following areas:

                - Fieldhouse/Weight Room/Cardio Room/ Locker Room

                Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

                Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

                Saturday: 10 a.m. to  10 p.m.

                Sunday: Noon to Midnight

                - Pool

                Monday-Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 4-8 p.m.

                Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

                Sunday: Noon to 6 p.m.

  • “Rose on the Road” alumni events have been added in Evansville (March 16) and Atlanta (March 21).  Also, 70 persons will be attending an alumni reception on Saturday in Naples, Florida being hosted by Joseph and Merrylee Kandel, parents of graduate student Max Kandel.
  • The Office of Career Services, Department of Engineering Management, and PRISM’s mentoring program will be represented at tonight’s networking event in Shelbyville, Indiana. This continues building relationships in the partnership between community leaders and Rose-Hulman.


Advisory: The Rose Exchange will take a week break between quarters. The next meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, March 6.