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The visually striking Flame of Millennium sculpture greets visitors along the campus entranceway. Created by world-class sculptor Leonardo Nierman, the abstract, stainless-steel sculpture stands 25 feet tall and weighs more than seven tons. The piece represents a flame in the wind as the source of light bringing wisdom and clarity in the new millennium. Elsewhere, the Self-Made Man sculpture, created by Bobbie Carlyle, stands proudly in front of the Sports and Recreation Center. A steel sculpture near Olin Hall is both art and a handson learning tool, with various structural members and connection methods used
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09Artwork Landmarks -4by engineers and contractors. It is believed to be the only sculpture of its kind fabricated by civil engineering students. It honors the late professor Cecil T. Lobo. The latest addition to the campus’ landscape art collection is Elusive sElf, a sculpture by artist Aleksandra Krasutskaya that’s displayed in the Olin Advanced Learning Center’s Friendship Garden. It features the figure of a lady pieced together by mirror fragments. These mirrors allow the artwork to take on different points of view, and you might think you are actually looking right through her. “She mirrors you and mirrors the environment,” Letsinger says. “She changes every day, like our own human personalities.”

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   No matter where you turn on campus, artwork from different eras and genres covers nearly every hallway and office wall. Imaginations are piqued by 19th-century British watercolor paintings in the Hulman Student Union, ceramic works by the late Mary Alice Hadley in (most appropriately) Hadley Hall, and paintings and crafts by Indiana artists in the Logan Library from the Tri Kappa sorority’s permanent collection.
   There are also paintings by former Hoosier artist D. Omer “Salty” Seamon, paintings and bronze castings depicting scenes of the American West from the Swango Western Art Collection, and seasonal art exhibits by Wabash Valley artists.
   “We’re the region’s largest art museum,” says Art Curator Steve Letsinger. “Art says, ‘open the door, open the door to the possible.’ We hope students take away the curiosity of the creative process.”

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Elephant Tracks: Rosie, the college’s elephant mascot, greets students and other campus visitors to Olin Hall. This mural was created by artist Pat Grigg.
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Creating Life-Saving Devices

   The engineer, scientist, and entrepreneur share a vision that is creating lifesaving devices by the hands of student interns, project managers, and faculty members at Rose-Hulman Ventures, located on the institute’s South Campus.
   Optical, mechanical, and electrical subsystems were developed for an instrument that allows healthcare professionals to accurately measure kidney function with a device appropriate for the clinical setting. A new surgical tool may prove to be the missing cornerstone of the neurosurgical market. An improved robotics system has provided a more cost-effective automation solution for the client company. 
   At Rose-Hulman Ventures, students enter a creative environment that models the industrial world. They are interns working on real projects in designated work areas patterned after the companies for which they work.

 

 

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Weekly Jam Sessions

   Bluegrass music, old-time mountain music, or other forms of acoustic sounds are the core of weekly jam sessions by students, faculty, and staff members organized by David Voltmer, PhD, electrical and computer
engineering professor emeritus/banjo player extraordinaire.
   “It’s a fun group of people from many different musical interests,” he says.
   Then, one Saturday each month, Wabash Valley pickers and singers gather in Moench Hall’s GM Room for jam sessions as part of the Wabash Valley chapter of the National Crossroads Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Association. These sessions started in the 1980s and have produced musicians that are now performing on the national stage.
   “Where there’s bluegrass, bluegrass players go,” says Voltmer, who hosted a bluegrass radio show, “Rosey’s Pickin’ Parlor,” on campus station WMHD-FM from 1982 until retiring the program last fall.
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Faculty Expertise Put in Print

Besides being recognized as outstanding teachers, faculty members are also scholars in their fields and have authored or contributed to more than
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   Now in its fifth edition is the popular Discrete and Combinatorial Mathematics: An Applied Introduction textbook written by Mathematics Professor Ralph P. Grimaldi, PhD.
   Mark A. Yoder, PhD, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is co-author of DSP First: A Multimedia Approach, a class-test, hands-on, multimedia package that has introduced discretetime systems to beginning engineering students.
   One of the most recent books is The Legacy of the Crash: How the Financial Crisis Changed America and Britain, by Terrence Casey, PhD, head of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of political science. The book provides a sophisticated account of how the American and British administrations are faring following the financial crisis in September 2008. It also looks at the challenges of governing in the new “age of austerity.”

Residence Halls Reflect Students' Interests

   Campus residence halls are students’ “home away from home” and reflect their personality and creativity. Lofts are always a popular source of pride and make effective use of space.
   Jacob Kabealo, a sophomore member of the cross-country team, hangs worn-out running shoes throughout his campus apartment. Nearby is a map that points out his many long-distance running excursions throughout the United States.
09Artwork Landmarks -14   Other rooms have aquariums, soothing miniature waterfalls, posters, artwork, and exotic light fixtures.
   “You name it, you’ll see it somewhere on campus,” says Erik Hayes (ME, 1997/MSME, 2000), assistant dean of student affairs.
   Freshmen Jesseca Weeks and Austin Mroz got into the holiday spirit this year by decorating their third floor Baur-Sames-Bogart residence hall room with an igloo, snowflakes, ornaments, and a sleigh. They even showcased their engineering skills by creating an interior snow globe with a hair dryer blowing snowflakes around the globe (the interior window frame). The room earned first-place honors in a campus contest.
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