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Featured Items from the January 29th and February 5th Rose Exchange Meetings

February 7, 2014


  • Many thanks to the hard-working Facilities Operations staff and leadership for snow removal efforts during the recent winter storms and frigid temperatures. These efforts have helped keep the campus safe.
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Fun Times: Several faculty and staff participated as volunteers at last year’s FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional on campus, including regional coordinator Carlotta Berry, PhD. This year’s event will be March 6-8 in the Sports and Recreation Center.

  • A balanced budget for 2014-15 is currently under review by executive committees of the Board of Trustees, and will be considered for approval during the upcoming winter board meeting.
  • Volunteers are sought for a variety of assignments at the FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional, being hosted on campus March 6-8 in the Sports and Recreation Center. Register at (see Volunteers tab).
  • Congratulations to Director of Financial Aid Melinda Middleton for receiving the Parents’ Association’s Joy Hulbert Award during Winter Family Weekend (February 1-2). The award recognizes a female staff or faculty member for supporting students.
  • Reminder: The Faculty/Staff Survey is available on Banner Web through February 9. Results will be reported at the Board of Trustees’ winter meeting. Participation is a key element to this review process.
  • Vice President for Academic Affairs Phil Cornwell, PhD, was featured in a national publication article that examined how engineering colleges reward faculty members for their teaching value. The article was published in the January issue of American Society of Engineering Education’s PRISM magazine. Also, ASEE’s Connections e-newsletter published a story about Cornwell’s recent testimony at a congressional science subcommittee.
  • The final two candidates for Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer of the Institute will visit campus next week. The search committee encourages the campus community to attend these public presentations, starting at 4:20 p.m., in Room E-104 of Moench Hall. The candidates are:

-          February 12: Craig Klimczak

-          February 14: Wayne Dennison

  • Mark Farner, ARAMARK director for the past 33 years, is retiring on March 14. Ryan Rogers, longtime catering manager, will move into leadership of the campus’ residence food service operations.
  • As part of the campus’ emergency preparedness, fire drills will be conducted in academic buildings during the first week of each academic quarter. Building evacuation procedures are currently being reviewed with academic department officials.
  • The last diversity workshop of the quarter (Workshop I) will be held on February 7, from 2:30-4:15 p.m., in Room G-308 of Crapo Hall. Register by contacting Diversity Center Director Luanne Tilstra. At least two Workshop II sessions are being planned during the spring quarter, along with one Workshop I session, and possibly one session of a new workshop.
  • Winter Parents Weekend (January 31-February 1) brought several parents to campus to participate in a variety of activities with their children. These parents are passionate about Rose-Hulman and look forward to learning more about the institute.
  • Rose-Hulman officials will participate in a networking event on February 12 that marks the start of the second year of the institute’s economic development partnership with Shelbyville and Shelby County.
  • David Fisher, PhD, associate professor of mechanical engineering, was recently featured in a news story on Indianapolis ABC affiliate WRTV. Professor Fisher discussed aspects about creating iPhone apps and how parental controls can keep “dangerous apps” from their child’s Smartphones.
  • TIAA-CREF consultants will be on campus February 11-12 for individual counseling sessions with faculty and staff members. Contact Annette Brainard in the Office of Human Resources to schedule a session.
  • All chemistry majors are required to do a research project for their degree. The culmination of their research project is a 50-minute presentation during the departmental seminar time.  Traditionally, these presentations have been presented during spring quarter. This year the seminar series started during winter quarter (January 29) because of the number of senior chemistry majors (14). Seminars during winter quarter will be conducted fifth period on Wednesdays in Room G317; spring quarter seminars will be fifth period on Wednesdays in Room G315. Interested persons are invited to attend any or all of the presentations. Notices will be distributed to the campus community one week in advance of each session.
  • A group of chemical engineering students and faculty members recently visited Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in Robinson, Illinois. Several Rose-Hulman alumni are in prominent positions at the refinery.
  • Young Alumni Council President Michael Reeves (CE, 2006) and Past-President Janae Chaney (ME, 2005) met with the campus administration recently to continue a dialogue about how young alumni can help Rose-Hulman and ways the institute can serve our young alumni.
  • The Leadership Academy Program will host its annual crisis simulation event on February 7.  This event will have 30 to 40 students learning to apply their leadership and communication skills in a disaster scenario. Emergency managers from three surrounding counties, along with staff from Union Hospital, will observe and provide feedback to students.
  • Facilities Operations has closed the pedestrian bridge leading from behind Crapo Hall to Cook Stadium for the demolition and replacement of this bridge. It is anticipated that the new bridge to be in place and accessible no later than May 1. To support this project, there will areas blocked off to allow staging and equipment delivery. The work area will be fenced and the campus community should respect these boundaries.
  • Civil Engineering Professor Michael Robinson, PhD, joined new officers of the Cecil T. Lobo student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineering in attending a New Leaders Workshop. The chapter has filed its 2013 activity report.
  • The institute’s programming team will compete in the Association of Computing Machinery Midwest regional on February 7.
  • The men’s basketball team is leading the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with an 11-2 league record (16-4 overall). The team will have its last regular-season home game on February 12 against Hanover College, starting at 7:30 p.m.
  • Vigo County middle school students will compete in the regional MATHCOUNTS on February 8 in the Sports and Recreation Center and Hatfield Hall Theater. Mathematics Professor Elton Graves is the regional MATHCOUNTS coordinator, while Professor John Rickert is the chief grader.
  • As a community service, the Sports and Recreation Center hosted recent testing sessions for 180 city police officer candidates.
  • More than 700 students participated in this year’s Greatest Floor “friendly” residence hall competition.
  • Kimberly J. Campbell was introduced as the new associate director of human resources. She formerly worked for Cargill and is a certified human resources professional.


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.