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Featured items from the April 24th Rose Exchange meeting

April 29, 2013

  National Champions: Members of the Human Powered Vehicle Team celebrate this year’s championships at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ west and east regional competitions. The team has now won 10 of the last 12 regional events.
  • The campus community is invited to welcome James and Angela Conwell at a special reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the lobby of Hatfield Hall. This will be Dr. Conwell’s first day as Rose-Hulman’s 15th president.
  • Tuesday, April 30 will have the final town hall-style meetings to get campus involvement in developing the action plans for each of the six strategies outlined in the “Next Steps” Strategic Plan. Each meeting will include a brief update/overview about the strategic planning process, followed by time to engage with various goal and strategy champions to begin the process of forming teams. The final sessions are planned from 10:50-11:40 a.m. or 12:40-1:30 p.m. in the Kahn rooms of the Hulman Student Union.
  • Interim President Rob Coons joined Rickey McCurry, vice president for institutional advancement, in meeting alumni, family members, and friends at “Rose on the Road” events throughout Texas, organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs.
  • The Human Powered Vehicle team is once again national champions after winning the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ West and East regional titles this month. The team has now won 10 of the last 12 regional titles over the last six years! This year’s west regional was conducted in San Jose, California, while the east regional was at Big Rapids, Michigan. Mechanical Engineering Professor Michael Moorhead, PhD, has been the team’s advisor since the project’s inception.
  • The Cyber Defense Team had an impressive third-place finish in the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC). Sean Richardson, a senior computer engineering major, and Cameron Spry, a junior computer science student, earned most valuable player awards for their performances at the competition. Other team members were seniors Matt Fuson, Parker Schmidt, and Mark Wlodarski; juniors Ryne Bell and Robert Fendricks, and sophomore Neil Semmel. The team advisor was Nadine Shillingford Wondem, PhD, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering.
  • Hall of Fame Track & Field Coach Bill Welch donated eight trees to be planted near Cook Stadium to honor the institute’s All-American cross country and track/field athletes. The trees were planted as part of this year’s Arbor Day celebration.
  • Rockwell Collins has provided $90,000 to support several academic programs and student organizations. Rose-Hulman is one of eight Trusted Partner educational institutions supported by the Iowa-based corporation.
  • Cheryl Burgess, institute nurse, received the Joy Hulbert Award from the Parents’ Association during this year’s Spring Parents Weekend. This award recognizes a female faculty or staff member for service to the institute and having a caring attitude to the student body.
  • The Institute of International Education, administrator of several global education scholarship programs, is featuring a story about 2013-14 Fulbright U.S. Student Emily Yedinak (senior chemical engineering and chemistry major) on the program’s website and e-newsletter to global educators. Yedinak’s story, written by Director of Media Relations Dale Long, is highlighted on Rose-Hulman’s website.
  • The 30th Rose-Hulman Mathematics Conference broke all previous attendance records, with more than 125 participants from institutions throughout the world. This year’s organizers, mathematics professors Al Holder and Vin Isaia, thank Coons for a welcoming the participants, Director of Career Services Kevin Hewerdine for hosting a dinner for visiting industry speakers, the Office of Communications and Marketing for publicizing the conference, and mathematics faculty and staff, math students, members of the Pi Mu Epsilon math honor society, and members of Pi Kappa Alpha for supporting the conference.
  • Rose-Hulman may have administered its final Fundamentals of Engineering Exam on April 13. Future exams will be conducted electronically at testing centers or home computers throughout the country. There is concern that fewer graduating seniors will take the exam in the future, and, therefore, Rose-Hulman is hoping to be added as an electronic testing center in the future.
  • Civil Engineering Professor Emeritus Jim McKinney, PhD, made a presentation about the institute’s new NURAIL railroad education initiative during the American Society of Mechanical Engineering/American Society of Civil Engineering/IEEEE Joint Rail Conference on April 15-18 at Knoxville, Tennessee. McKinney also joined educators from Michigan Technological University, University of Illinois, and University of Tennessee in showcasing how universities and industry are collaborating to develop railway education. Several Rose-Hulman students also attended the conference.
  • Chemical engineering students participated in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Midwest Chem-E-Car Competition at Cincinnati, Ohio. The team is supported by Dow Chemical and Marathon Oil, and has David Henthorn, PhD, as faculty advisor.
  • The Logan Library, the Department of Physics and Applied Optics, and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering have provided expanded IEEE journal coverage to include archives from 1884-1994. These electronic, full-text journals are available through the IEEE Xplore Digital Library at
  • As invited presenters at the 2013 ABET Symposium, Sarah Forbes (IRPA’s Director of Data Management and Reporting) and Shannon Sipes (IRPA’s Director of Assessment) presented a session on “Assessing Service as a Student Learning Outcome.”  This session highlighted one of the new student learning outcomes and the tools created by the Office of Instructional, Administrative, and Information Technology to collect the data. 
  • The Office of Student Affairs hosted the Spring Family Weekend on April 19-20, with assistance from the following persons: Interim President Coons, Elizabeth Hagerman and Rose-Hulman Ventures staff, Richard House, John Aidoo, Kevin Hewerdine, and Kyle Rhodes.
  • Items sold at the institute’s spring public auction resulted in $9,300 being raised for the Rose-Hulman scholarship fund.
  • Dick Boyce, director of corporate and foundation relations, represented Rose-Hulman at the recent Haliburton Day in Texas. Haliburton has supported several institute programs.
  • ARAMARK Food Service will host its Rose-Hulman Appreciation Night dinner on May 8, from 5-7:15 p.m. in the Vonderschmitt Dining Room. Faculty, staff members, and their families are invited to attend.  The cost is $5 per person.

Members of the campus community are invited to attend the Rose Exchange each Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m., in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room of the Hulman Student Union.