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Featured items from the October 17th Rose Exchange meeting

October 22, 2012

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    Approximately 490 students will complete 33 projects for community agencies, churches, and other local organizations in this year's Rose-Hulman Day of Service on Saturday, October 20. Each work group will have at least one faculty or staff mentor. This annual community service event has been organized by Kristen Loyd.
  • President Robert Coons and Dr. Phil Cornwell, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs, will visit with Lilly Endowment Inc. officials this week to examine future grant opportunities. The Lilly Endowment has been a strong educational partner with Rose-Hulman in the past.
  • The Institute Planning Group has met to begin aligning the recently-approved strategic initiatives into the annual and long-term budget planning process.
  • Projects completed by students during summer or academic year educational programs will be featured in this year's Interdisciplinary Research Collaborative Undergraduate Symposium on Monday, October 22, from 8 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Union. Alumnus Michael Mussallem, Chairman and CEO of Edwards Lifesciences, will present the keynote address at 4:30 p.m. in Room E-104 of Moench Hall. All activities are open to the campus community. The IRC Undergraduate Symposium has been organized by Dr. Mark Brandt, Ph.D. (chemistry and biochemistry) and Dr. Peter Coppinger, Ph.D. (applied biology and biomedical engineering)
  • Siemens' video project, "The Helping Hand," that showcased a 2012 biomedical engineering senior capstone project continues to draw worldwide attention to Rose-Hulman. The video has been highlighted this week on websites for Fast Company,, and Scientific America.
  • Mechanical Engineering Professor Dr. David Fisher, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker to the 10th annual Indiana Icon Society Appreciation Dinner at the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites on November 5 in downtown Indianapolis. Dr. Fisher will speak on the topic "The Imagined Technology of Robots in the 'Star Wars' Movies." The museum will open an exhibit on "'Star Wars': Where Science Meets Imagination" in May, 2013. Michael Davids, Director of Marketing, made arrangements for this prestigious speaking engagement.
  • Chemical Engineering Professors Dr. Atanas Serbezov, Ph.D., and Dr. Hossein Hariri, Ph.D., have been invited by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to participate in the development of a guidelines book focused on the application of process safety concepts and management system practices for chemical process development labs and pilot plants. This invitation came as a result of a series of presentations that Chemical Engineering Professor Dr. Ron Artigue, Ph.D., and Serbezov have given in recent years to highlight the integration of industrial control systems in the Department of Chemical Engineering's Unit Operations Labaoratory. Serbezov and Hariri were the only academics invited to participate-a strong testament to the high quality and reputation of Rose-Hulman's Unit Operations Lab.
  • October is Cultural Diversity Month. It is also a time for harvest in many cultures. So, the Center for Diversity has organized a new activity, Harvest Festivals around the World, to educate the campus community about harvest celebrations around the world. The event will be conducted on October 31 from 4-6 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Union.  
  • Dr. Luchen Li, Ph.D., was invited by Xi'an Polytechnic University to participate in a forum and speak during the institution's 100-year anniversary event on October 18. The topic of his presentation was "Global Agility and Student Success in Higher Education." This opportunity has allowed Rose-Hulman to earn invitations from university presidents and leaders in Germany, China, and Hong Kong to explore collaborative partnerships. Dr. Li will follow up on these invitations. Rose-Hulman is also now known in China's largest city, Xi'an.
  • Always seeking more global outreach opportunities, Dr. Li has also been working with China's Harbin Institute of Technology, a formidable school with excellent credentials. He is striving to have Rose-Hulman partner with Harbin for short-term programs, faculty exchange, student exchange, and summer short courses.
  • This year's campus United Way fundraising drive has collected $18,100 so far. Seven employees have earned Vanguard status by making donations of $1,000 or more.
  • Linda Gilbert, Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, will be honored for 28 years of service to Rose-Hulman during a retirement reception on Wednesday, October 24, from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Union. The campus community is invited to attend this special event.
  • Economics Professor Dr. Jong Kim, Ph.D., accompanied six students to the Society of Asian Engineers and Scientists in Baltimore during fall break.
  • The Office of Alumni Affairs has planned several events to get alumni involved with their alma mater, including a tailgate event from a recent women's volleyball match at Franklin College, a dinner on the north side of Indianapolis, pre-game festivities at an Indianapolis Colts football game, and tickets to the upcoming Denver Broncos-Cincinnati Bengals game in Cincinnati.
  • Shannon Sexton, Director of Assessment, has had an article published in Assessment Update:  Progress, Trends, and Practices in Higher Education (September-October, Volume 24, Number 5, 2012 Wiley Periodicals). The article covers the topic "Assessment Plans: A Tool for Sanity." It is available at (doi:10.1002/au.245).
  • This is an important time in the recruitment period for Rose-Hulman's fraternity and panhellenic chapters. Bid Day for the three female fraternities is this week, with 66 students participating in recruiting activities. Preference Tuesday for male fraternity chapters will be next week. A record number of male students have participated in the fall recruitment activities.
  • Two other alumni were finalists for the 2012 Indy's Best & Brightest Award, presented by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. Honored were Dedric Day (Chem Eng., '03) of Eli Lilly & Company, in the health and life sciences category, and Tracey Lockhart (Mech. Eng., '02) of Rolls-Royce Corporation, in the manufacturing, retail, and services category. As reported last week, Greg Gotwald (Chem. Eng., '01) was a winner in the law category. He is a partner with Plews, Shadley, Racher & Braun.
  • Budget managers are reminded that November 8th is the deadline for provide 2013-14 budget requests to the Office of Business and Finance.
  • Rose-Hulman's women's athletic teams are having a fall sports season. The tennis team placed second in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, while the golf team was third in the league.