Info to know for Rose-Hulman Parents
Welcome to our family!
The Rose-Hulman Parents' Association welcomes both you and your
student to the Rose-Hulman family. As a parent of a Rose-Hulman
student, you are automatically a member of the Parents'
Association. You are an important part of our community, and we
encourage you to become an active participant.
This is an exciting time in your lives as your student makes a
major transition from high school to college. We are honored that
you have selected Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology for this
important step. Your sons and daughters are to be congratulated for
their achievements thus far. Our congratulations to you, also, for
the important role you have played in their success!
ADVICE FROM CURRENT STUDENTS AND PARENTS
- Keep in touch, even if you're not hearing much from your
student. A letter a week, an e-mail message, a phone call or a box
of cookies makes your son or daughter aware of your continuing
support. The greatest need for contact with home is likely during
the early weeks of the quarter, during times of academic pressure,
and during a crisis.
- Listen to your student. Your son or daughter will probably make
at least one "dump" call when you will hear nothing but complaints.
Often, just talking about the problem makes your student feel
better and ready to move on. Most of all, students want to know
that you understand their feelings and the academic stress of being
- Don't ask about grades all the time. The adjustment to
Rose-Hulman's academic demands takes time, and midterm grades may
not be indicative of a freshman's future work. Sometimes it takes
several quarters before a student realizes the amount and quality
of study time he or she needs.
- Encourage your student to get involved in at least one activity
during the freshman year. It doesn't matter what the activity is as
long as the student has a feeling of connection to other students
and to the community.
- If you're concerned about a situation, remember that you can
always call the Office of Student Affairs and share your concern.
The staff members can often give you suggestions on how to deal
with the problem and ease your mind.
- At the same time, don't try to always "fix it" for your
student. As young adults, students need to seek out solutions for
themselves. After talking to someone in the Office of Student
Affairs, you can always give your son or daughter suggestions for
working things out.
- Stay involved at Rose-Hulman. Come back to campus during the
Parents' Association sponsored activities such as Dads' Day and
Moms' Night. Visit at Homecoming.
- Don't react too hastily to roommate concerns. Often, it takes
several months for roommates to adjust to one another. However,
don't let serious problems go too long. If your student has a
roommate who violates his or her space or comfort, insist that your
student talk to the Resident Assistant or the Assistant Dean of
Student Affairs. Remember, you can always make a confidential call
to a staff person.
- Questions about your student? Contact us at: email@example.com.
All questions will be answered by Erik Hayes, Assistant Dean of
ROSE-HULMAN PARENTS' ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Parents' Association is to promote the
welfare and interests of Rose-Hulman students through services and
open communication on campus and wherever Rose-Hulman families
What does the Parents' Association do?
- It provides opportunities for communication between all parents
and Rose-Hulman administration.
- It provides opportunities for parents to learn more about
Rose-Hulman. Three newsletters are published annually with
newsworthy information about students, Parents' Association
activities and college news.
- It sponsors special programs and events for students and their
- It raises funds to support special projects which enhance the
lives of all Rose-Hulman students.
- Parents' Association meetings are held four times a year. Two
of the meetings are held in conjunction with Dads' Day and Moms'
Day. All parents are encouraged to attend!
Midterm grades for each student are submitted to the Registrar
at the end of the fifth week of the term. A copy of these grades is
sent to the student's advisor, from whom the student picks up a
copy. The midterm grade reflects the performance of the graded work
during the first five weeks of the term but does not represent the
final grade in the course.
Final grades for each student, along with term and cumulative
grade point averages, are mailed to the student's permanent home
address by the Registrar, usually within a week after the end of
finals. Students whose grades place them on academic probation will
also receive a letter from the Registrar at this time.
Copies of the Final Grade Report are filed with the student's
advisor, the Registrar and the Office of Student Affairs.
If Your Student Is Having Academic Trouble
Rose-Hulman expects that students carry the primary
responsibility for their academic work and for communicating about
that work with faculty, staff and their parents. If concerns arise
about a situation involving your son or daughter, the Institute
suggests that parents first have a direct and open conversation
with your student. Help the student consider whom he or she can
approach for advice or help, encourage the student to take the
appropriate steps to get that help, and request that the student
keep you, as parents, informed. If this approach is not successful,
parents can refer their student to the Office of Student Affairs.
They will assist a student in finding ways to resolve problems.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center offers academic assistance in the areas of
chemistry, computer science, math, physics and writing. Peer
tutors, specially trained students supervised by professional
staff, do the majority of tutoring at the Center, working one on
one with students. Our Supplemental Instruction program offers
biweekly group study sessions for targeted freshman courses.
Professors encourage students to participate in study sessions held
at the Learning Center or to take writing assignments there to be
edited before they are submitted.
The Learning Center also offers end-of-the-quarter review
sessions for several freshman and sophomore level computer science,
chemistry, math and physics courses. Handouts and past tests are on
file for many humanities and social science courses and several
lower-level math and science courses. Help with study skills and
preparation of resumes is available, and the Learning Center
sponsors special evening sessions on topics ranging from
"Conquering Test Anxiety and Managing Stress" to "Using Powerpoint
for Oral Reports."
The Learning Center, located in the lower level of the John
Logan Library, is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Monday through
Friday and Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
PARENTS' FUND-RAISING PROJECTS
The Flame of the Millennium Plaza Brick Campaign
Parents can leave a lasting legacy in a student's honor by
having his or her name engraved on special bricks that are part of
a new campus Reflection Plaza surrounding the beautiful
45-foot-tall, stainless steel Flame of the Millennium sculpture.
The plaza is located between the main campus driveway and Hatfield
Hall on the campus' front lawn. It features a large reflecting pool
and a walkway consisting of personalized bricks.
There are three sizes of bricks available: 4" x 8" ($150), 8" x
8" ($500) and 12" x 12" ($1,000). The bricks can be engraved with
three lines of 20 characters on each line.
For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs
at 800-248-7448, ext. 8359. Orders can also be placed online.
Bucks For Books
There are two words any parent dreads hearing - "Send Money!"
Perhaps Bucks For Books can help. This program offers short-term,
no-interest loans for students who are struggling to find funds to
purchase textbooks for the academic quarter. To be eligible,
students must be undergraduates enrolled at least half time at
After qualifying for a Bucks For Books loan, bookstore credit is
issued for the amount needed to purchase textbooks. Students may
borrow up to $500, but the amount of the loan may not exceed the
cost of books. The Bucks For Books loan is interest free for up to
Loans will be extended on a first-come, first-served basis to
students in need. For more details, students should contact the
Financial Aid Office.
Short-Term Emergency Loan Program
Students needing immediate financial assistance to pay for
transportation home, medical bills, car repairs or rent can receive
assistance through Rose-Hulman's short-term emergency loan program.
The fund was established in 2002.
Loans of up to $1,500 will be available during the school
year to help students pay rent, medical bills, and transportation
There is no interest on the loan if repaid within 90 days or the
term chosen on the promissory note. If the loan is not repaid, the
amount is applied to the student's tuition account, where it will
accrue 1.5% interest per month.
Proceeds from many Parents' Association projects go towards
maintaining the short-term emergency loan program. Contributions
can also be made to the fund.
Donations for the Bucks For Books and short-term emergency loan
projects should be sent to the Office of Development, CM 12, 5500
Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, IN 47803 or online.
LOCAL SERVICES FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Ask to see if there is a Rose-Hulman discount when you call
these local vendors.
- Rose-Hulman Dining Services 812-877-9317
- Kroger Bakery, 2650 Wabash Avenue, 812-232-4194
- Walmart Super Center, 2399 State Road 46, 812-872-2520
Balloon & Cookie Bouquets
- Poplar Flower Shop, 812-232-3319. Will deliver.
- Poplar Flower Shop, 812-232-3319. Will deliver.
- Flowers & More, 812-234-6544. Will deliver.
- Diana's Flower & Gift Shoppe, 812-466-1453. Will
- Rose-Hulman Dining Services has quarterly and holiday gift
packages, as well as Final Exam Week Survival Packs. To order, call