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   Back in the 1990s, a winter storm caused a power outage on the Rose-Hulman campus and closed the school for the first time in years. So much for Phil Cornwell's review session, thought electrical   out  the important stuff and made you fill it in, keeping you engaged throughout the lecture." Likewise, she says, Cornwell's example problems held key lessons and applied the theories covered in lecture. "You couldn't help but learn the material." "I consider being a teacher a calling," Cornwell says. "When I was working on my Ph.D. at Princeton, I discovered that research was OK and I was good at it, but what really energized me was teaching and 
working with students. Therefore, I decided to look for a job at a school where the emphasis was undergraduate education and teaching."
   That turned out to be Rose-Hulman, which he says nurtured his teaching skills. "I'd never taught when I came here, but I would teach with someone else. That was tremendous for me." Cornwell is a believer in active learning, allowing students to learn by doing and through interactive examples. Being a good teacher, he says, means "being organized, having a mastery of the material, being enthusiastic, respecting the students, engaging students in the material through actively learning, homework and projects, having high expectations and standards, and helping students reach those standards." It's a lot of effort, but definitely worth it, he says. "The most satisfying part of the job is helping students learn and seeing them become successful after leaving Rose-Hulman." Page Square
engineering student Kelly Orr.
"I remember in the next day of class, Dr. Cornwell asked why no one had showed up for the review. He said that he was there and had candles," recalls Orr (EE, 1996), who is manager consultant at Sogeti USA. "For the rest of my years at Rose-Hulman, several of my colleagues and I had a saying, 'I Had Candles,' that we used as sort of an example of 'No Excuses.'" There's certainly no excuse for being stumped by difficult subject matter if the professor is Cornwell, who became Vice President for Academic Affairs last year. He's well known for making tough topics easier to grasp. How? By letting students fill in the blanks, according to Julie Baas (ME, 2011), who works for Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies. "Dr. Cornwell's notes were invaluable," Baas says. "He didn't just hand you a packet and ask you to follow along. He left