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Featured items from the March 13th Rose Exchange meeting

March 18, 2013

 Govenor Spence at Rose-Hulman  
(l-r)  Rob Coons, Governor Pence, Glen Livesay  
  • Indiana Governor Mike Pence visited campus on March 7 to meet administrators and attend a biomedical engineering class, taught by Glen Livesay. Pence, a Hanover College alumnus, seeks to build relationships with Indiana’s private colleges and universities.

President-Elect James Conwell, PhD, is working with the transition committee with great anticipation of becoming the institute’s 15th president on May 1. He will be visiting campus to meet members of the president’s cabinet, academic leaders, student leaders, and staff members.


  • The Office of Academic Affairs continues to investigate possibilities of Rose-Hulman becoming involved with the Project Lead the Way, a national program that hopes to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.
  • The Office of Admissions is entering the home stretch in recruitment of the 2013-14 freshman class. More than 500 people visited campus during March 2012 as prospective students returned to attend classes, stay overnight in a residence hall, and learn whether Rose-Hulman is their college choice. Faculty and staff members were thanked for playing a valuable role throughout the recruitment process. Meanwhile, the Office of Financial Aid has mailed financial aid packages to more than 2,000 prospective students for the 2013-14 freshman class.
  • Rose-Hulman will acknowledge the contributions of past and current women faculty, staff, and students at an appreciation banquet on March 28 in honor of National Women’s History Month and its theme “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.” The banquet, hosted by the Center for Diversity, is planned on March 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Advanced reservations can be made through Luanne Tilstra, PhD, at or by picking up tickets at the Hulman Student Union Office after March 20.
  • Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning Julia Williams, PhD, was invited to speak at the third study session for enrollment management in Kyoto, Japan. Her talk covered “Best Practices for Enrollment Management and Institutional Research” and was sponsored by Yamagata University. While in Japan, Williams also traveled to the University of Aizu to introduce faculty and staff to Rose-Hulman. She also met with Aizu student Shuta Yamamoto, who attended Rose-Hulman last year. 
  • The Department of Engineering Management’s Spring Seminar on April 26 will feature Scott Atkin, president of Beckman Coulter Life Sciences. Atkin because associated with Rose-Hulman through the institute’s Indianapolis Board of Associates.
  • Student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers hosted 100 people for a Diversity Recruitment Weekend on March 8-9. This event strives to improve future minority populations in the student body.
  • Rose-Hulman students will explore the landforms, ecology, culture, and wildlife of Kenya’s Rift Valley during a two-week field studies program from May 27 to June 13. The excursion will be led by professors Mike Kukral, PhD, and Richard Onyancha, PhD.
  • A second continuing education workshop on engineering ethics, organized by the Department of Engineering Management, is being planned on April 24 in Indianapolis. The original workshop on March 13 quickly filled to capacity. Alumnus Greg Gotwald, an Indianapolis-based attorney, is featured on the workshop program.
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Matt Boutell, PhD, moderated a panel on “Fulbrights Abroad in Computer Science” at the recent Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education Conference.
  • The Office of Global Programs has awarded Spring 2013 Global Experience Fellowships ($1,000) to applied biology student Alex Cochrane and biomedical engineering students Emily Lakes and Alexandra Schwier. The trio will have a global experience this spring in Kenya.
  • Approximately 50 information booths will be featured in this year’s Wellness Fair on Thursday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the fieldhouse area of the Sports and Recreation Center. This event is being organized by the Office of Human Resources.
  • Another valuable networking session is planned on April 10 for the institute’s economic partnership in Shelbyville, Indiana.
      Governor Pence wstudent 
       Governor shakes hands with Rose-Hulman student


  • The Leadership Advancement Program will have its annual Case Study Competition on March 15-16. This year’s event features a case developed by the institute’s Grand Challenges Team. Ten teams of students will create case solutions through written and oral reports.
  • Representatives from Kenya’s new Rongo University visited campus on March 11-12 to discover the many effective strategies that build a No. 1 ranking school of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Rongo University is in the process of building curricula, staff, and infrastructure for its 1,600 students. The institution is also exploring opportunities for collaboration at the institutional level, and specifically in the capacity of building their School of Science, Technology, and Engineering.
  • Director of Assessment Timothy Chow, PhD, has been elected to the Nominations and Elections Committee of the Indiana Association for Institutional Research.
  • Janie Szabo is the institute’s new Instructional Technology Manager. She is completing a master’s degree in educational instruction technology and formerly was assistant director of the homework hotline.
  • Sylvia Carlisle, PhD, will remain with the Department of Mathematics as a full-time faculty member after serving as a visiting assistant professor this school year.
  • David Chapman, PhD, will be joining the faculty this fall as the institute’s first doctorate-degreed professor of music. He formerly taught at Washington University (Mo.).


Advisory: The Logan Library will host next week’s meeting. Faculty and staff members are invited to attend, starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 to get a library tour and learn the latest about the institute.