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Featured items from the May 1st Rose Exchange meeting:

May 6, 2013

             Conwell - new president
    Rose-Hulman’s 15th President James C. Conwell, PhD, PE
  
  • James Conwell, PhD, was welcomed on his first day as the institute’s 15th president. He thanked the campus community for its support during the transition period. Now, Dr. Conwell and his wife, Angela, are looking forward to meeting faculty and staff members during the rest of the school year. He also thanked Rob Coons,  senior vice president and chief administrative officer, for his continued quality service to the institute as interim president during the past year.
     
  • The 2013-14 freshman class is on target to meet the institute’s goals after receiving enrollment deposits by the May 1 deadline.
     
  • May 1 through May 31 is the open enrollment period for the health, dental/vision, and flexible spending plans.  ALL HEALTH INSURANCE participants must COMPLETE THE “HEALTH INSURANCE Enrollment form” each year. This form requires completion on or before May 31, 2013.
     
  • Elizabeth Hagerman, PhD, vice president for Rose-Hulman Ventures, will be the commencement speaker at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on May 4.
     
  • Rose-Hulman and the institute’s PRISM program have signed an agreement with the University of Indianapolis to form the Indiana Collaborative for Problem-Based Learning.  PRISM will provide the IT framework and digital library for K-12 professional development programs throughout Indiana. Five-day workshops will take place at various sites across the state, beginning in June.
     
  • The Office of Institutional Advancement is having success reaching out to alumni, thanks to Rose On The Road events and other outreach activities organized by the Office of Alumni Affairs. A total of 40 alumni, family members, and friends attended a recent event in Houston. This was an overwhelming improvement over the 18 people attending a similar event last year.
     
  • Rose-Hulman has signed an agreement to establish a strategic partnership with Germany’s Hochschule Furtwangen University. The Office of Global Programs set up this addition to the institute’s global education initiative.
     
  • Mechanical Engineering Professor Zac Chambers, PhD, has been invited to make a presentation at the Engine Expo Open Technology Forum in Stuttgart, Germany on June 4-6. Chambers is director of the institute’s advanced transportation system program and EcoCAR2 team co-advisor.
     
  • An article co-written by Mechanical Engineering Professor Thomas Adams, PhD, and senior mechanical engineering student Christopher Grant has been published in the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics. The article covered the topic “A Simple Algorithm to Relate Measured Surface Roughness to Equivalent Sand-grain Roughness.” The work represented a continued collaboration between Adams, Grant, and James Madison engineering professor Heather Watson on modeling surface roughness in pipe flow.
     
  • The Department of Engineering Management hosted seminars on engineering ethics and innovation management recently at AIT Laboratories’ Indianapolis operations center. Making presentations were Elizabeth Hagerman, PhD; Bill Kline, PhD; and Terry Schumacher, PhD.  Timothy Chow, PhD, director of institutional research, provided assistance with evaluations.
     
  • Upper-class students will file for on-campus housing on May 6-8, and incoming freshmen will make housing deposits by May 24. All residence halls should once again be full for the 2013-14 school year.
     
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs is hosting a special event at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum on May 4. Approximately 80 Wabash Valley alumni, family members, and friends are planning to participate. 
     
  • Nearly 150 students participated in this year’s Campus Beautification Day, helping get the campus grounds ready for the last month of the academic year. The Office of Facilities Operations assisted with project assignments, tools, and professional landscaping expertise.
     
  • The Office of Student Affairs is seeking faculty volunteers to serve as freshman academic advisors for the 2013-14 school year. Interested faculty should contact Pete Gustafson, vice president for student affairs.
     
  • Robert A. Jones, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis division, met recently with members of Rose-Hulman’s cyber security team and faculty advisor Nadine Shillingford Wondem. He is interested in assisting with the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering’s new computer security course, being offered during the fall quarter. Jones most recently served as a section chief in the counterintelligence division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. This meeting with Jones was organized by Hugh Baker, regional advancement director for the Office of Institutional Advancement.
     
  • Senior electrical engineering/math student Liz Evans earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Women’s Field Athlete of the Year at this year’s outdoor championships. This marks the sixth time she has received this honor in her collegiate career.
     
  • A civil engineering capstone design project has provided a sustainability plan for the City of Terre Haute’s Spirit of Terre Haute model train in Deming Park. The project was recently featured in a front-page story in The Terre Haute Tribune-Star. Other senior projects have been completed for clients in Ghana, Kenya, Springfield (Missouri), and Columbus (Ohio).
     
  • The Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council had a campus cookout on April 27 with members of the Student Alumni Association and other seniors—encouraging Class of 2013 members to become active in alumni association activities no matter where they might be living to begin their careers.
     
  • The Athletic Department will host its Senior Awards Dessert on May 7.
     
  • Track and field coach Larry Cole was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year after the men’s team won this year’s league outdoor championship. This was the 10th time that Cole has received this honor at the end of the indoor or outdoor season.
     
  • Reminder: ARAMARK Food Services’ Customer Appreciation Dinner will be 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 $6 per person.