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Featured items from the March 19th Rose Exchange meeting

March 21, 2014

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Completing Project: Members of the Engineers Without Borders student chapter have spent five years working on creating sanitary and health care facilities to improve the quality of life for a developing community in the Dominican Republic. (Photo by John Gardner)

  • An upcoming town hall meeting will give campus community members the opportunity to get involved in the implementation of elements in the institute’s strategic plan. Details will be announced soon.
  • Engineers Without Borders student chapter members spent the quarter break completing the final stage of a five-year project to establish a medical clinic building and expand sanitation facilities for a village in the Dominican Republic. Chapter Co-Faculty Advisor John Gardner once again provided valuable assistance during this recent journey. He will give a report about the project during a Lunch-and-Learn session on March 26 in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Memorial Student Union, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. 
  • Development activities are on track to meet this year’s fund-raising goals. Staff members are investigating how Rose-Hulman can further benefit from grant opportunities with foundations and corporations.
  • Recruitment activities for the 2014-15 freshman class are hitting the final stretch, with the enrollment deadline approaching on May 1. Nearly 2,200 financial aid packages are being mailed this week to prospective students and their families. The Office of Admissions is expecting campus visits by 600 to 700 families during the next six weeks as prospective students make their final decisions.  
  • President Conwell and other campus officials toured Alcoa’s Warrick County production facility and investigated ways Rose-Hulman can help the company in the future. This is part of Institutional Advancement strategies to better engage corporations with the institute.
  • Engineers Without Borders Founder Bernard Amadei visited several institute officials and student groups during a campus visit on March 18. He also gave a public presentation.
  • The AQIP campus visit (April 2-4) by an external review team will serve as a pathway to gaining accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Office of Alumni Affairs’ activities are keeping alumni informed about latest campus developments and elements of the strategic plan. A Rose on the Road event is planned in Washington, D.C., on March 29.
  • Jim Goecker, vice president for enrollment management, and Luchen Li, associate dean of global programs, visited Institute of International Education officials to explore future opportunities and enrich current relationships.
  • Wayne Dennison is scheduled to begin responsibilities as Chief Information Officer on June 1.
  • Institute administrators and other campus officials have completed Title IX training and discussions on updated federal procedural guidelines.
  • The musical and dancing talents of students and faculty will be featured in this year’s Engineers In Concert on Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hatfield Hall Theater. This is free show that’s open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Jason Scott Embry, executive director of development, will be master of ceremonies for this special show.
  • About 40 Wabash Valley Girl Scouts will visit campus on Saturday, March 22, for the Girl Scouts: Discovering STEM at Rose-Hulman event (10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sports and Recreation Center). It strives to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. There will be five 10-minute activities by multiple student organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Several staff members have helped organize and coordinate this community outreach event.
  • The Office of Student Affairs is now accepting online submissions for the 2014 Senior Poll.
  • More than 200 students are showcasing their talents in performing arts groups this spring quarter. Videos of past shows featuring these groups are being archived and will soon be available for viewing.
  • The Logan Library is accepting faculty recommendations for books/e-books that should be purchased to support Rose-Hulman courses and laboratory sessions.
  • The Vigo County Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization is hosting a fund-raising dinner theater event in Hatfield Hall on May 4 as part of the Drama Club’s special “Cats” musical production. This event has been organized by Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Head Cary Laxer, PhD. 
  • Senior basketball player Julian Strickland will represent Rose-Hulman in the Reese’s Division III College All-Star Game at the NCAA Division III Final Four this weekend. He has also named a first-team all-Midwest Region selection by d3hoops.com and by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
  • The Office of Institutional Advancement thanks Julianna Bradford for her service as executive assistant to the vice president. She is leaving Rose-Hulman after seven years of employment in a variety of staff roles.
  • The Logan Library will celebrate Chip-N-Dip Day on Friday, March 21, from 2-4 p.m. near the circulation desk. Staff members are looking forward to having more students discover library services.

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