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Students Recognized for Academic Achievements, Leadership & Dedication to Campus Community

May 31, 2014

Student Group

Ten students were recognized during Rose-Hulman’s 2014 commencement for their academic achievements, campus leadership and citizenship, participation in co-curricular activities, and dedication to making the campus community a better place to live, study, and play.

The student awards presented were:

Heminway Gold Medal

This honor is presented annually to honor the student or students graduating with the highest overall grade point average. Sarah Heminway, cousin of the institute’s founder, Chauncey Rose, established the award in 1888, and was first presented at the fourth graduation.

The following members of the Class of 2014 completed their undergraduate degree requirements with perfect 4.0 grade point averages, and received a Heminway Gold Medal for this outstanding academic achievement:

Elswick

William Elswick

Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Chester, Virginia


Landwehr

Ryan Landwehr

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Tipp City, Ohio


Sanders

Erik Sanders

Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Mishawaka, Indiana


Mathes

Michael Mathes

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Dunlap, Illinois


Kodama

Christopher Kodama

Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii


Janeira

Adam Janeira

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Newburgh, Indiana


Meyer

Garrett Meyer

Major: Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics
Hometown: Stanberry, Missouri

John T. Royse Award

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This award, honoring John T. Royse for his many years of service to the institute’s board of trustees, is presented to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty and staff, is considered to be the most outstanding graduate. Selection is based on four criteria: Academic achievement, student leadership, participation in co-curricular activities, and general campus citizenship.

Katherine A. Moravec, a chemical engineering graduate from Seymour, Indiana, was a 2013-2014 Goldwater Scholar, one of the nation’s top undergraduate engineering honors; was a research intern last summer at Harvard Medical School’s Stem Cell Institute; earned a biochemistry and molecular biology minor; was president of Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society; and earned the Department of Chemical engineering’s Outstanding Senior Award.

She also was the head orientation leader welcoming new students to campus; gave campus tours to prospective students as members of the Office of Admissions’ A-Team member; was vice president of administration for the Delta Delta Delta fraternity; has been a varsity athlete in track and cross country; participated in Drama Club musical performances; and was Rose-Hulman’s 2013 homecoming queen.

“Katherine has been a tremendous ambassador for Rose-Hulman. She has had the highest level of integrity, strong values, and passion for the Rose-Hulman community,” states Pete Gustafson, vice president for student affairs.

Moravec plans to spend the summer in an international pre-health internship in the Azores Islands in the North Atlantic, before attending medical school at Indiana University this fall.

Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation 

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This honor was named to recognition the many contributions of Herman A. Moench, a Rose-Hulman professor and administrator for over 50 years. It salutes the graduating senior who exhibits “honesty, self-discipline, compassion, and moral conviction, for all of which the student must be respected by student peers.” The recipient is chosen by vote of the faculty and professional staff. 

Robert B. Mayhew, a mechanical engineering graduate from Terre Haute, Indiana, helped attract students to Rose-Hulman as a counselor for the Operation Catapult summer STEM exploratory program and Admissions’ A-Team; was a mentor and role model for members of the varsity track, cross country, and soccer teams; and helped bridge the gap between the institute and alumni through his work in the Student Alumni Association. He also served as a tutor for the Homework Hotline service.

Mayhew has also been a member of Rose-Hulman Chorus, drama club, photography club, and RHIThm “A Capella” singing club. He is the lead singer of the award-winning “Foggy Isle Rovers” band, and was active in the campus’ Intervarsity Christian Fellowship organization.

A roommate referred to Mayhew as a student who “every morning wakes with the intention of living life to its fullest.”

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Keith Hoover, PhD, adds, “Like Herman Moench, Rob Mayhew has clearly made Rose-Hulman a better place. But, after graduation, he will endeavor to make the entire world a better place.”

Mayhew’s journey will start by working for innovator Dean Kamen’s DEKA organization, an engineering development firm that focuses on medical and humanitarian projects for underdeveloped countries.

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Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award

This honor, presented annually since 2000, recognizes excellence in research which is highlighted in a well-written thesis. 

Bradley A. Herbig, a Cincinnati, Ohio resident who earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering, completed the thesis “Simulation, Production, and Characterization of Electrospun Poly (Lactic-Co-Glycolic) Acid Nanofibers.” His thesis advisor was Adam Nolte, PhD, head of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Herbig earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Rose-Hulman in 2012.