The Rose-Hulman experience has been five times as sweet for the
Moravec family, whose five siblings have appreciated the
opportunities to learn about themselves and their futures in
It's a fascinating family within the Rose- Hulman Family, and
possibly the most members of one family ever to attend the college
at one time.
First, there's Matt, a junior computer engineering major who
arrived in 2009. Then, there's the sophomore fraternal quadruplets
that came last fall: Leah, a biomedical engineering major;
Katherine, a chemical engineering/chemistry major; Patricia, a
mechanical engineering/physics student; and Christina, who attended
for one year before leaving campus this fall.
The remaining four are getting fully immersed into Rose-Hulman,
becoming residence life leaders, competing on athletic teams,
joining Greek organizations, and extending the family with newfound
friends, faculty members, and staff colleagues.
"We have different personalities and different goals, but the
same family values," says Leah.
Patricia quickly interjects, "Most importantly, we're always
supportive of each other. When we're having one of those
frustrating days on campus, it's nice to have family here. We get
together and share a good laugh."
The Moravec sisters also shared the same differential equations
course last spring and are members of the same sorority, Delta
Delta Delta. Other than that, the siblings rarely see each other on
campus. They lived across three residence halls during the 2010-11
school year, are members of different student organizations, and
rarely share the same personal schedules.
"There may be days in which we don't see each other. So, we have
had the opportunity to create our own lives and spaces, despite
attending the same college," says Katherine. "We cherish those rare
times when we do get together. That's our quality 'family
Christina adds, "Last year was a learning experience about what
is important to me: family. Also, I have learned to take care of
myself and be proud of my work no matter the grade. I have grown as
a person and had the opportunity to have my family here to enjoy
Matt warmly accepted his sisters to Rose-Hulman despite
originally encouraging them to attend different colleges. It's a
coincidence that they all chose Rose-Hulman. In big brother fashion
he stated, "I wanted them to be happy. I don't see them much on
campus. I have my own life, friends, and responsibilities. However,
it's nice knowing that they're here."
Also welcoming the arrangement has been the siblings' parents,
Sue Wiethoff of Seymour, Ind., and Anthony Moravec of Columbus,
Ind. This allows them to visit four of their children in one
"We have always been close," says Patricia. "We know that the
time is coming for us to go our separate ways. So, we're cherishing
all the time we have now." ■