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Featured items from the March 12th Rose Exchange meeting

March 14, 2014

Berry Award

Volunteer Recognition: Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Carlotta Berry, PhD, received the FIRST Robotics Crossroads Regional Volunteer of the Year Award. The honor recognized Berry’s hard work as regional chair during the past two years. (Photo by Chris Minnick)

President Conwell summarized activities from the Board of Trustees’ winter meeting. Key issues were the institution’s strategic initiatives, recruitment of the “student of the future,” first-year implementation of strategic plan initiatives, and the important role of accreditation.

In other matters, Conwell reported:

  • There must be a focus on growing the institute financially, paying special attention to the financial aid budget and tuition rates.
  • The institute must continue to adjust to changing demographics and technology.
  • The Perimeter Road Project is on budget and on schedule to be completed this summer.
  • An extensive renovation of Rose-Hulman Ventures is underway at the South Campus, making better use of workspaces and offices. The project is being paid through local economic development funds.

Interesting statistics reveal:

  • Total enrollment is 2,222 students (undergraduate and graduate) are enrolled for the 2013-14 school year.
  • A total of 390 seniors are on schedule to graduate on May 31.
  • 92% of the Class of 2014 seniors has had at least one internship experience; 80% have had two or more internships.
  • $69,230 is the current average starting salary for Class of 2014 graduates.
  • So far, this year’s seniors have had approximately three job offers to consider accepting.
  • More than 700 students are actively involved in community service.
  • 3.11 was the winter quarter all-student grade point average.

The Board of Trustees is seeking to improve the line of communication with faculty and staff, and welcomes feedback on key institutional issues through the elected representatives (Ella Ingram/Rebecca DeVasher, faculty; Michael DeVasher, staff).

FIRST Robotics’ second Crossroads Regional was another success, attracting thousands of high school students, mentors, teachers, parents, and other family members, and local residents. Regional Chair Carlotta Berry, PhD, was named Regional Volunteer of the Year. The Vigo County Robotics Team, mentored by 10 Rose-Hulman students, earned the Rookie All-Star Award and was a member of the winning alliance. This means the local high school student team will advance to the FIRST Robotics Finals next month in St. Louis. The lead mentor is Kelli Greenberg, a senior biomedical engineering student and Terre Haute North High School graduate. The institutional representative is Harold (Soup) Campbell, associate director of pre-college outreach for the Office of Admissions.

President Conwell and Phil Cornwell greeted Crossroads Regional visitors to campus during the event’s opening ceremonies. Faculty members serving as regional judges were Jameel Ahmed, Shawn Bohner, Matt Boutell, Daniel Chang, Alan Chiu, and Chris Miller. Several alumni and students were judges and volunteers. Staff members playing key volunteer roles were Timothy Chow, Curtiss Davis, Sue Dayhuff, Bernadette Ewen, Brian Fair, Charlie Jones, Brenda Mardis, Harvey Mehling, Pam Pahnke, Linda Price, Tom Rogge, Keith Royer, Roger Sladek, and Ben Webster. Groups and offices assisting were the Sports and Recreation Center, Communications and Marketing, Admissions, Public Safety, IAIT, and ARAMARK Food Service.

Rose-Hulman also hosted 110 professors and department heads during last weekend’s Illinois/Indiana ASEE Section and RosEvaluation Conferences. Several students and faculty participated in the sessions. Visiting faculty members were highly complementary of Rose-Hulman’s facilities and attention to our academic mission.

Engineers Without Borders Founder Bernard Amadei will visit campus on Tuesday, March 18, to make a presentation about how people can use their talents to address challenging global issues. The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. It is being sponsored by Rose-Hulman’s Leadership Advancement Program and Grand Challenges Group. Amadei will also meet with members of the campus’ Engineers Without Borders student chapter and members of this year’s Leadership Advancement Program class.

Meanwhile, Annette Berndt, senior instructor at the University of British Columbia, will be featured in a campus presentation on Friday, March 14, in Room M-137 of Myers Hall (4:20-5:10 p.m.). She will also provide a faculty workshop on Saturday, March 15. Berndt has joined faculty colleagues in teaching “The Global Engineer” course. It strives to enrich student’s global, social, and cultural understanding, while also enhancing their critical thinking, communications, and problem-solving skills. She is also a co-author on the forthcoming book “Engineering with Integrity: Grappling with Real-World Problems.” Berndt’s visit is sponsored by a grant from the Ball Brothers Foundation's Venture Fund, which supports Rose-Hulman’s Grand Challenges global educational initiative.
Terrence Casey, Scott Clark, Samuel Martland, and Maki Hirotani of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences escorted 14 students to visit Japan during quarter break. It was a rewarding experience for the students and faculty members.

Civil Engineering Professor Jim Hanson, PhD, was featured in a February ASEE PRISM magazine article on sparking creativity in engineering design courses. Several paragraphs feature Hanson’s award-winning teaching techniques. Hanson conducted an interview with PRISM Deputy Editorr Mary Lord during the holiday break. Director of Media Relations Dale Long helped facilitate the interview.

The Indiana MATHCOUNTS competition will bring 192 students and 49 coaches from 44 middle schools to campus on Saturday, March 15. Professor Elton Graves, PhD, is helping organize the event, with assistance from Department Secretary Michelle Prather. Professor John Rickert, PhD, is the chief grader and Professor Leanne Holder, PhD, will be the master of ceremonies for the Countdown Round, taking place in the Hatfield Hall Theater (1:30-2:30 p.m.).
Mathematics Professors Ralpha Grimaldi, PhD, and Rickert published the paper  "A Partial Order for Extraordinary Subsets" in the Congressus Numerantium journal.

Reminder: This year’s Benefits/Wellness Fair is planned March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the fieldhouse area of the Sports and Recreation Center.

Fifteen students are serving as the first Rose-Hulman Buddies, helping to welcome visiting international students to campus. The program is organized by the Office of Global Programs.

Congratulations to Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Micah Taylor, PhD, for earning his doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina.

The Office of Student Affairs has distributed housing information to students interested in living on campus during the 2014-15 academic year.

Stephanie Emanus is ARAMARK Food Services’ new catering manager. Offices should contact her for their future catering needs.

Alexander (Alex) Thomas, a sophomore chemical engineering major, has received a travel award from the Independent Projects and Research Opportunities Program to present a poster at the national American Chemical Society meeting. This is quite an accomplishment for an undergraduate student. Thomas has taken advantage of research opportunities offered by Rose-Hulman through the Reba and Joseph Weaver Undergraduate Research program. His poster covered the topic “Modeling the Liquid Crystalline Properties of Type-I Collagen.”
Residence life staff members visited Clemson University during the quarter break. Clemson’s Department of Biomedical Engineering values the high quality of Rose-Hulman alumni accepted into the institution’s graduate school program. Clemson officials also fondly remember the career contributions of Rose-Hulman Emeritus President Samuel Hulbert, a former department head and bioceramics pioneer.

The Office of Student Affairs’ Greek of the Year Banquet on March 26 will recognize leaders of Rose-Hulman’s 11 greek organizations.

The Department of Mathematics has hired three visiting assistant professors for the 2014-15 academic year:

  • Tim All will be rejoining the faculty for the next year
  • Nathan Chenette is coming from Clemson University
  • Mark Panaggio is coming from Northwestern University


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.