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Featured items from the January 15th Rose Exchange meeting:

January 15, 2014

Phil Cornwell

Passing Along Advice: Phil Cornwell provided testimony and answered questions during a House subcommittee hearing that examined engagement and retention issues in STEM programs.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell, PhD, represented Rose-Hulman in testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology. He joined FIRST Robotics Founder Dean Kamen in discussing how private-sector organizations can assist the engagement and retention of American youths toward science, technology, engineering and math careers. The hearing was chaired by U.S. Eighth District Representative Larry Bucshon (R-Indiana).

Brian Brandt, interim vice president for EIT, gave a progress report about the office’s accomplishments and preparations to meet initiatives in the institute’s Strategic Plan. Overall, the operations would have a 4.5 out of 5.0 rating on the maturity level; the staff is knowledgeable, caring, and service-oriented; and campus-wide meetings have identified 117 different topics of current or future concern.

Common threads covered the following areas: Training, help desk operations, projects, laptops and desktops, and strategy projects with business/process improvements.

This week, EIT started implementing Six Sigma Lean principles for the help desk operations. Other projects include:

  • A Distributed Antenna System is being examined to enhance cellphone reception in student residence halls
  • Continuous network updates and improvements
  • Manage several infrastructure and system upgrades
  • Security assessment (EDUCAUSE self-assessment)
  • Data center assessment (N +1 redundancy target)
  • Rose-Hulman web assessment – Heuristic and comparative

Regarding the search for a permanent Vice President for EIT, several quality candidates were reviewed by the search committee, led by Jim Goecker, vice president for enrollment management. Campus interviews may begin next week with the hopes of announcing the selected candidate in mid-March.

Dean of Faculty Richard Stamper, Vice President for Rose-Hulman Ventures Elizabeth Hagerman and Phil Cornwell visited Kern Family Foundation leadership this week for person-to-person discussions about a grant proposal to support future institute academic initiatives.

The following offices were thanked for their dedication and hard work to help the institute and its faculty, staff, and students during last week’s winter storm: Facilities operations, Sports and Recreation Center, public safety, and student affairs. Facilities operations also provided valuable assistance to allow a tractor trailer to make a delivery to Hatfield Hall for the Moscow Festival Ballet’s sold-out Performing Arts Series show on January 8.

Junior biomedical engineering student Erin Campbell has received a prestigious Whitaker International Undergraduate Grant, affording her the opportunity to have an internship this spring at Mashoko Christian Hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa. She becomes the second Rose-Hulman to receive a Whitaker grant, available through the Institute of International Education. The Office of Global Programs provides assistance in reviewing and applying for these international study opportunities.

Rose-Hulman’s IMPaCT 2016 partnership with Shelby County and the City of Shelbyville will continue for a second year through $140,000 to support programs that help create home-grown entrepreneurial talent, educate future innovators, and attract manufacturing- and technology-based businesses to the region. Rose-Hulman Ventures, PRISM, and Operation Catapult are among institute programs benefitting from this partnership.

Vigo County School Corporation high school students will compete as a rookie team in the FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional, being hosted in the Sports and Recreation Center on March 6-8. Ten Rose-Hulman students, all with FIRST Robotics experience, are mentoring the team, which meets six days each week in the Branam Innovation Center on campus. A total of 44 teams from eight states are registered to participate in this year’s regional. For more information, visit

A total of 130 companies and nearly 400 company representatives are planning to attend the Winter Career Fair on January 22 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), organized by the Office of Career Services. Find out which companies are planning to attend at

For the second consecutive year, 10 female students will participate in the Inforum Leadership Seminar that’s part of the North American Auto Show, taking place this weekend in Detroit. Rose-Hulman is the only college outside Michigan invited to have students participate in this professional development outreach event. Mechanical engineering professors Ashley Bernal and Zac Chambers will join Brandon Zollner, director of corporate relations, in escorting this student group.

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering will host a visiting professor from Turkey’s Ankara University, supported by the Fulbright Scholars program.

Nan Mattai, senior vice president for Rockwell Collins, will make an all-day campus visit on Tuesday, January 21. In recent years, Rockwell has provided generous support of the robotics team, and has a strong interest in higher education robotics programs. Corporate officials have expressed interest in a larger investment related to robotics at Rose-Hulman.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Patsy Brackin, PhD, has been appointed to the executive committee of the influential Education Accreditation Council.

Athletic Director Jeff Jenkins and Faculty Representative David Voltmer, PhD, will represent the institute at the upcoming NCAA Convention.

The Office of Student Affairs has compiled a preliminary summer program list. Contact Pete Gustafson, vice president for student affairs, to add programs needing campus residence hall space or food service.

The Logan Library’s new The Rose Scholar project ( provides access to the scholarly, educational, and creative works of the campus community. It is coordinated by the library and is supported by the Office of Institutional Technology. The first scholarly paper has been filed by Physics and Optical Engineering Professor Paul Leisher, PhD.

The men’s basketball team takes an eight-game winning streak into Saturday’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game against the College of Mount St. Joseph, starting at 3 p.m., in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center. The women’s basketball team will also play the Lions, starting at 1 p.m.

Allan Thompson was introduced as the new IT training specialist in the EIT office. He brings considerable experiences to this position from his work at Indiana State University.

The men’s and women’s track and field teams will host Manchester University while Indiana State University competes against Illinois State University in Friday night’s Terre Haute Double Dual Indoor Meet in the fieldhouse area of the Sports and Recreation Center.


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.