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Featured items from the August 14th Rose Exchange meeting:

August 14, 2013

  • President James C. Conwell, PhD, PE, will update the campus community on the next stages in the strategic planning process and some of his plans for the 2013-14 academic year during the Opening Symposium (August 30, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and a Town Hall Meeting (details forthcoming). The President’s Cabinet officers examined aspects about the strategic plan during the recent executives retreat.
  • Other activities to welcome the new school year include:
    • New Faculty Orientation, August 21
    • Dean’s Soiree, August 30, 5-8 p.m. (hosted at President Conwell’s house)
    • President Conwell’s Welcome Address to Incoming Students, August 31, Hulbert Arena, Sports and Recreation Center, 1:15-2:15 p.m.
    • Rose Women’s Welcome Coffee, September 3, 7-9 p.m. (hosted by Jim and Angela Conwell)
    • Rose Family Picnic, September 7, 5-8 p.m., Rose-Hulman Ventures, South Campus

Reminder: The 2013-14 academic year begins on Thursday, September 5.

August 15 2 2013

Global Outreach: Jim Goecker, vice president for enrollment management, recently hosted a Rose-Hulman information session in China and had meetings throughout the country to extend global educational opportunities for faculty and students.

  • Jim Goecker, vice president for enrollment management, and Luchen Li, PhD, associate dean of global programs, have returned from travels to Brazil and China to meet prospective students, international institutions, and exchange program supporters. More than 100 people attended a Rose-Hulman information session in China. Students and faculty will benefit from these visits and relationships.
  • The closing session of this summer’s Innovation Workshop will be Monday, August 19 in the Hulman Memorial Union, from 9 a.m. to noon. All faculty members are invited to attend, hear updates on workshop activities, and participate in lunch. There have been three working groups this summer: Innovation in Design, “Clean Slate,” and the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineering (HERE) group. Workshop members have also been reading, The Coming Jobs War. Special workshop guests will be veteran innovators/entrepreneurs Scott Atkin and Tim Bruemmer, former Beckman-Coulter executives.
  • A new feature of the second floor lobby of Olin Hall, the GE Wall, will be dedicated on August 26, with a special ceremony starting at 1 p.m. This new feature highlights many of GE’s innovative achievements and the role Rose-Hulman alumni continue to make with the Fortune 500 company.
  • Student-athletes will be the next group of students arriving on campus in preparation for the upcoming school year. Football players are scheduled to arrive on Saturday, August 17, and Resident Assistants will begin training on Monday, August 19. Meanwhile, first-year students will complete the five-week Fast Track Calculus and Accelerated Math Physics programs on Friday, August 23.
  • The Logan Library is now creating an institutional repository that will organize and provide access to scholarly activities by Rose-Hulman faculty and students. Starting this fall, the repository will be the place for faculty articles, other faculty research publications, and student work (graduate school theses and senior design projects). Faculty can also submit their own journals and information gathered from Rose-Hulman-hosted conference/workshop websites. For more information, contact Richard Bernier, library user services and technologies librarian.
  • New faculty and staff members will have their profile photographs taken for the Office of Communications and Marketing on Wednesday, August 21, in the Reading Room of the Hulman Memorial Union. The schedule: New faculty, from 12:45-1:30 p.m., and new staff, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., on a first-come, first-served basis. Faculty and staff wishing to have their photographs retaken can also participate. These photos are used for department and office web pages, specialty publications, and media relations to support the institute.
  • Members of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors met with President Conwell and other institute officials during a meeting in Louisville on August 9.
  • Faculty and staff members participating in this week’s Enhancing Intercultural Competence Workshop were: Thom Adams, Ashley Bernal, Dawn Blankenbeker, Sylvia Carlisle, Hyung-Jung Chang, Steve Chenoweth, Scott Clark, Kay C Dee, Karen DeGrange, Bernadette Ewen, Grace Findley, Jim Hanson, Richard House, Ella Ingram, Dexter Jordan, Elaine Kirkpatrick, Richard Layton, Glen Livesay, Kristen Loyd, John McSweeney, Don Richards, Nebula Schultz, Terry Schumacher, and Luanne Tilstra.
  • The PRISM program has hosted 25 Vigo County School Corporation middle school science, math, and technology students for a campus workshop to adapt new educational tools for the 2013-14 school year. The workshop, supported by the Indiana Department of Education, has been organized by PRISM Director Patricia Carlson and PRISM staff.
  • The following events are planned for the fall quarter:
    • October 5 – TEDxRosehulman, throughout campus, during evening
    • October 11 – Department of Engineering Management’s Fall Seminar
    • November 9 – RISE Startup Workshop, Hulman Memorial Union
  • The Department of Physics and Optical Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Logan Library are proud to announce that Optical Society of America (OSA) journal coverage has been expanded to include the OSA Journal Archives. This will feature the following publications:
    • Applied Optics, 1962-2005
    • Journal of the Optical Society of America, 1917-1983
    • Journal of the Optical Society of America A, 1984-2005
    • Journal of the Optical Society of America B, 1984-2005
    • Optics & Photonics News, 1990-2005
    • Optics Express, 1997-2005
    • Optics Letters, 1977-2005
    • Optics News, 1975-1989
    • Q&A Conference Proceedings, 1979-2005

These electronic, full-text journals are available through the OpticsInfoBase at

  • Alumni are hosting Send Off/Welcome parties for incoming freshman students in the following Indiana cities: Bloomington, Columbus, Fort Wayne, Greenwood, and Terre Haute. These events are being supported by the Office of Alumni Affairs.
  • Brian Shearer, assistant Sports and Recreation Center director, has provided athletic department staff members with first aid and CPR training.
  • The following new Office of Institutional Advancement employees were introduced as they begin their Rose-Hulman careers:
    • Jennifer Lawrence, director of foundation relations
    • Brandon Zollner, director of corporate relations


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.