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Featured items from the April 10th Rose Exchange meeting

April 15, 2013

 Fun at FIRST Robotics  
After months of hard work and preparation,
advisors enjoy the fun of robots.  

The Crossroads Regional FIRST Robotics competition, hosted on campus April 4-6, was a big success, and featured a surprise visit by FIRST Robotics Founder Dean Kamen. Students from 50 teams in seven Midwest states brought their robots to the event. Carlotta Berry, PhD, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was director of the organizing committee, assisted by Bill Kline, PhD, dean of innovation and engagement. Several faculty and staff members, students, and alumni assisted as judges, production assistants, and support staff. Other offices assisting were the Sports and Recreation Center, facilities operations, public safety, ARAMARK Food Services, the athletic department, admissions, academic department machine shops, Homework Hotline, and communications and marketing.

  • “Remembering Matt Branam” is a special memorial event on Saturday, April 20 in the White Chapel from noon to 3 p.m. that pays tribute to the life and legacy of the institute’s late president. Students, faculty, staff, family, and friends are invited to reflect and celebrate, view commemorative slide shows, and place remembrance flowers on Speed Lake.
  • The Office of Institutional Advancement’s Student Phonathon has exceeded its $672,000 goal for the 2012-13 academic year. So far, student callers have solicited pledges worth $685,000! The students now have a goal to raise $725,000 by the end the middle of May. Students also have been making Thank You Calls to institute donors throughout the spring quarter. These donors have appreciated this new aspect of the institute’s fundraising efforts.
  • Educators from as far away as Korea participate in the institute’s first virtual conference, the RosEvaluation Conference, on April 1-2. Alan Ward, manager of instructional technology, provided great service to the Office of Instructional Research, Planning and Assessment (IRPA) for this event. Mackenzie Valandingham, IRPA’s administrative assistant, coordinated conference activities. 
  • The Cecil T. Lobo Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers has been awarded the 2013 Distinguished Chapter Award for Region 4 by the ASCE Committee on Student Members. This marks the 24th time in the past 27 years that Rose-Hulman’s chapter has been recognized among the top five chapters in the country. The honor was based on campus, community, and chapter activities recorded in the group’s 2012 annual report. Michael Robinson, PhD, civil engineering professor, serves as the chapter’s faculty advisor.
  • Eighty companies and nearly 200 representatives are planning to participate in the Spring Career Fair on April 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the fieldhouse area of the Sports and Recreation Center. This event, organized by the Office of Career Services, offers excellent opportunities to underclass students seeking summer internships and co-ops. The Class of 2013 placement rate is now at 78 percent.
  • You can get projects done around your house or business and help the American Red Cross at the same time through Rose-Hulman’s “Save The Day” fundraising event on Saturday, May 4. Students can be hired for $10 per hour to complete a variety of home or business projects. No task is too big or too small.  Project hosts must provide all materials and equipment. There is a minimum of two students per project and the task must last at least two hours. The minimum expense would be $40 per project. Persons should call the Office of Student Affairs (877-8472) to place a work order. Each assignment must have a contact person, address, e-mail, and telephone contacts and a description of the project to be completed. All event proceeds go to the American Red Cross’ Wabash Valley chapter, courtesy of Rose-Hulman’s student community.
  • Campus Beautification Day is Saturday, April 27. Faculty and staff members are invited to join student groups in completing projects throughout campus. Work assignments will be distributed at 8:30 a.m. on the Hulman Student Union Patio Area. A cookout is planned for all volunteers, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the patio.
  • Mathematics professor John Rickert, PhD, is the new vice chair and colleague Kurt Bryan, PhD, is the treasurer of the Indiana Mathematical Association of America.
  • Senior biomedical engineering student Betsy Jones has been one of 40 American collegiate scholars awarded Whitaker Fellowships, which support emerging leaders in biomedical engineering to undertake a self-designed project overseas that will enhance their careers. Jones is planning to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, starting this fall. This is the latest fellowship awarded to our students: chemical engineering senior Emily Yedinak was recently awarded a Fulbright Student Fellowship to study in Chile, starting next March, and   chemical engineering junior Katherine Moravec was named a Goldwater Scholar and will spend this summer as a research intern at Harvard Medical School’s Stem Cell Institute.
  • Starting with the 2013-14 academic year, Moodle will become the default learning management software on campus. ANGEL will no longer be generally available. Therefore, Moodle Champion Joshua Holden, PhD, is working with Janie Szabo, new instructional technology manager, and the Office of Instructional Technology to provide training opportunities and materials that meet faculty needs. A Banner survey is currently available through April 21 for faculty feedback on Moodle training and preparations for this fall.
  • April 19-20 is Family Weekend on campus, with the Office of Student Affairs helping the Parents Association to organize a variety of educational and fun-filled activities. The Honors & Awards Ceremony is scheduled on April 20, starting at 1:30 p.m., in the Hatfield Hall Theater.
  • The Office of Communications and Marketing has DVDs with copies of the institute’s new promotional videos, featuring our quality faculty, project-based learning, student involvement, and faculty-student collaborations. These are videos that should only be used for special events at this time. They will be distributed to the general public in the future.
  • Computer science and software engineering professor Nadine Shillingford Wondem, PhD, has been invited to three workshops this summer: The Workshop on Curriculum Development in Security and Information Assurance (San Jose, California), the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education (Mobile Bay, Alabama), and the Women’s Institute for Summer Enrichment program, organized by the Team for Research in Ubiquitous Secure Technology (San Jose). She is receiving travel scholarships for all these events. It should be noted that these opportunities resulted from conversations Professor Shillingford Wondem had with the CSSE department’s ABET Software Engineering program evaluator during Rose-Hulman’s ABET visit.
  • James Goecker, vice president for enrollment management, and Luchen Li, PhD, associate dean for global programs, visited Institute of International Education officials during a recent trip to New York. Rose-Hulman is exploring more international educational opportunities, like the Brazilian government’s Science Without Borders program, to bring cultural diversity to campus. Also, there are several fellowship opportunities to help Rose-Hulman students gain global experiences.
  • The Student Government Association recently hosted its first Faculty Administration Student Talks, covering such topics as the institute’s enrollment size and “What Makes Rose Special.” More sessions are planned throughout the next year. Faculty, administrators, and staff are encouraged to participate when requested by SGA.
  • Mathematics professor Ralph Grimaldi, PhD, recently presented the research paper “A Partial Order for Extraordinary Subsets” at the 44th Southeast Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing at Florida Atlantic University. Also, his paper with John Rickert on “Up-Down Sequences and the Fibonacci Numbers” was recently published in the Congressus Numerantium journal.
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs is planning a special alumni event for the Indiana Pacers’ final regular season game on Wednesday, April 17 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.  Faculty, staff members and families are encountered to attend, as long as tickets remain. The cost is $75 per person, covering a pre-game dinner in the Varsity Club (staring at 6:30 p.m.) and a Club Level seat in Section 113 for the 8 p.m. game.  Visit to purchase tickets.
  • “Innovation Management” is the theme of an Office of Engineering Management seminar taking place on April 26 at AIT Laboratories offices in Indianapolis.
  • Mechanical engineering professor Allen White, PhD, was commended for his role as faculty advisor of the Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicles team, which took two cars to compete in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon on April 5-7 in Houston. The team encountered a myriad of mechanical problems throughout the event, but still made a competitive run on the track and learned several lessons for next year.
  • Mathematics professor William Green, PhD, gave a talk on "Exponential Decay for Dispersion Managed Solitons for General Dispersion Profiles" at the third Ohio River Analysis Meeting at the University of Cincinnati. His joint paper with Burak Erdogan on "Dispersive Estimates for Matrix Schrodinger Operators in Dimension Two" has been accepted by the Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems journal.
  • The Office of Student Affairs’ Senior Survey will be administrated by IRPA, starting on April 22.
  • Five three-student teams, coached by Rickert, participated in the Indiana Collegiate Mathematics Competition at Indiana University East. Our teams placed fourth, sixth, 10th, 14th, and 24th among the 36 teams.
  • A Rose-Hulman student team represented Belgium in the Model United Nations competition on April 13-14 in St. Louis. Terrence Casey, head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, is the club’s faculty advisor.
  • The Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) is hosting a workshop on Monday, April 15, from 4:20-5:10 p.m. in Room O-269 of the Olin Advanced Learning Center. The topic, “Why Engineering Your Personal Brand Matters”, will be discussed by Jason Scott Embry, executive director of development, and Grace Finley, director of major gifts. Also, chemical engineering alumnus Jessica Farmer Albert made LAP presentation on “Leadership: Finding Your Recipe for Success” on April 11.   
  • The athletic department is celebrating NCAA Division III Week. The institute’s NCAA Faculty Representative David Voltmer, PhD, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday’s baseball game.
  • Justin Perry was introduced as the new Manager of Grounds Services. He comes from Eastern Illinois University, where he served as supervisor of grounds. He is a graduate of Illinois State University.
  • The Office of Human Resources has organized the following programs:

-          Learn@Lunch: Self-Defense, with Terre Haute police officer Phil Haley, on April 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Hulman Union.

-          Supervisor Workshop: Coaching, led by Dawn Blankenbeker, on April 23 from 10:50-11:40 a.m. in the Performing Arts Room of the Hulman Student Union.