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Featured items from the November 13 Rose Exchange meeting:

November 13, 2013

White Chapel Fall Scene

Spectacular Fall Scene: The campus looked beautiful throughout the change of seasons this fall. (Photo by Shawn Spence)

  • Elements of the institute’s Strategic Plan are starting to be implemented, with three initiatives receiving funding in the 2013-14 budget:
    • Planning for online education programs
    • Faculty and staff professional development
    • Preliminary conceptual sketches for proposed new state-of-the-art academic building and expansion to the Hulman Memorial Student Union. These sketches will be used by the Office of Institutional Advancement to seek project fundraising.
  • Other elements of the Strategic Plan are under consideration for future budget implementation. A specific SharePoint site ( has been developed to assist in keeping faculty and staff informed about the progress on the Strategic Plan.
  • Planning continues for a comprehensive fundraising campaign, organized by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Fifteen alumni, friends, and parents have volunteered for positions on the campaign cabinet. Pete Gustafson and Caroline Carvill are serving as chairs for the faculty/staff campaign, which will have kickoff events on December 6 in the Robert and Louise Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Memorial Student Union—a breakfast, 8:15-9:15 a.m., or lunch, from noon to 1 p.m. The goal is 100 percent participation by the campus community.
  • Rose-Hulman Ventures is undergoing extensive interior changes for better space allocation and creating a better work environment. The project is expected to be complete in April, 2014.
  • A thesis-based master’s of science degree in chemistry is once again being made available to students. This is the only science master’s degree currently offered by the institute.
  • Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community leaders attended the second Rose Startup Conference on November 9. Keynote speakers were alumni Michael Hatfield (President/Founder of Cyan Optics) and Jason Zielke (President of Precise Path Robotics). Helping make this event a success were members of the Rose Innovative Student Entrepreneurs (RISE) organization, Bill Kline, Brenda Mardis, Randy Carle, and the Office of Communications and Marketing.
  • Nearly 400 students from 26 Indiana and Illinois schools participated in the 48th Rose-Hulman High School Mathematics Competition on November 9. Carmel High School was the overall school champion, with Terre Haute South placing second. This event was organized by John Rickert, PhD, (for 23rd year) and Leanne Holder, PhD, with assistance from Bill Butske (grading room coordinator), PhD, Department of Mathematics Secretary Michelle Prather, several other department faculty members, and approximately 80 student volunteers.
  • Phil Cornwell, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, represented Rose-Hulman at the ASEE Global Leadership Forum and Midwest engineering deans meeting.
  • Approval is being sought for the first undergraduate dual degree program – in international computer science with the University of Applied Sciences at Ulm, Germany. Cary Laxer, PhD, head of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, has been working for almost two years on this program.
  • A paper by Assistant Professor of Music David Chapman, PhD, won the 2013 Paul A. Pisk Prize for most outstanding paper by a graduate student at the 79th annual American Musicological Society meeting in Pittsburgh. The paper, “Improvisation, Watermelons, and Steve Reich’s Piano Phase,” also he sought his doctorate in musicology at Washington University (St. Louis).
  • Eli Lilly and Company executives are reaching out to investigate future opportunities to partner with the institute on STEM initiatives.
  • Mathematics Professor Sylvia Carlisle, PhD, gave a recent colloquium talk at Wabash College on “Introduction to Model Theory.”
  • Congratulations to the men’s soccer team for winning its first NCAA Division III tournament match with a thrilling 9-8 shootout victory over Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania. The Engineers (12-5-4), coached by Sean Helliwell, will now play Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday, November 17, at 1 p.m., in Delaware, Ohio.
  • The Homework Hotline may be used as a model for plans by Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville to start a similar service. Rose-Hulman would reap financial benefits from this franchise adaptation.
  • The women’s basketball team opens the 2013-14 season with a home game against IU-South Bend on Friday, November 15, in Hulbert Arena of the Sports and Recreation Center. Tipoff is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering will have a reception on Friday, November 15, to thank departing faculty member Nadine Shillingford Wondem for her service to our students and institute.
  • The Center for Diversity will conduct an on-line campus community survey December 4-18 to help build a climate of respect for diversity. If you have questions, contact either Luanne Tilstra ( of the Center for Diversity.
  • Approximately 40 alumni attended a recent Rose on the Road event in San Francisco, with President Conwell being the special guest of honor.
  • Volunteers are needed to assist in serving the Last Supper Before Finals to the students on Sunday, November 17, from 4:45-6:15 pm. in the Hulman Memorial Student Union. Beside serving the already prepared meal, this is a good opportunity for you to encourage students entering this important and stressful week. Interested persons should Donna Gustafson at or extension 8275.
  • The Department of Civil Engineering is looking forward to welcoming new faculty member Michelle Payne, PhD, at the beginning of the winter quarter. She recently completed her doctorate in environmental engineering at the University of Illinois.
  • We’re in the final days of the campus’ United Way fundraising campaign, with support closing in on the $53,000 goal.
  • The Office of Institutional Advancement is looking to recognize faculty and staff members for their community service contributions. A survey is currently posted on Banner. The institute will host the annual Service Club Day Luncheon on November 26 in the Vonderschmitt Dining Room of the Hulman Memorial Student Union, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Alumni are looking forward to supporting the football team’s final regular-season game on Saturday, November 16, at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana) and the men’s basketball team during its season-opening weekend at Washington University (St. Louis) on November 22-23.
  • Looking ahead, the first winter quarter blood drive is December 4-5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m,. in the Robert and Louise Kahn Room of the Hulman Memorial Student Union.  All blood donations will support the Indiana Blood Center.


All faculty and staff members are invited to learn more about what’s happening on campus by attending the Rose Exchange meetings each Wednesday, starting at 8 a.m., in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.