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Featured items from the October 17th Rose Exchange meeting
October 22, 2012
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, Slate.com, and
- 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
- 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
- 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 &
- 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