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Featured items from the February 12th Rose Exchange meeting

February 14, 2014


Li With Saide 2

Cultural Exchange: Luchen Li, PhD, associate dean of global programs, thanked David Saide from the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago for attending this week’s World Cup Warm Up campus event.

  • The campus community should continue to follow the advice from Rose-Hulman Medical Director Mark Schuld, M.D., following last week’s announcement from the Vigo County Health Department that a Rose-Hulman student has been diagnosed with mumps.
  • Health reasons have forced Trustee Michael Evans to step down as chair of the institute’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Vice President for Institutional Advancement Rickey McCurry pointed out that Evans has been tireless in his support of Rose-Hulman. Bill Schindel, 1969 alumnus and trustee, will be stepping into the role of campaign chair.
  • For the third consecutive year, Rose-Hulman’s team won the Indiana Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, an eight-hour challenge in which the team set up a computer that defended attacks from opposing teams and judges. This was a commendable effort since there are six new members from last year’s third-place national competition team. The team captain is Cameron Spry, with teammates Taylor Burns, Robin Cooper, Dax Earl, Aaron Golliver, Jonathan Jungck, Mason Schneider, and Neil Semmel. This year’s faculty mentor is Computer Science and Software Engineering Professor Michael Hewner, PhD. Director of Software Engineering Shawn Bohner, PhD, escorted the team to the state contest in Fort Wayne. The team is now preparing to defend its Midwest title and, hopefully, earn a return trip to nationals.
  • Approximately 100 students, faculty, and staff members attended the World Cup Warm Up (February 11), organized Brazilian students on campus. The program featured food, music, and juggling-soccer competition. A special guest was David Saide from the Brazilian Consulate in Chicago. The event was sponsored by the Office of Global Programs. 
  • Trustee Andy Williams, executive vice president of Energy Recovery Products, was the keynote speaker at the Department of Engineering Management’s Winter Seminar (February 7) on campus. He discussed the topic “Leadership and Retaining Talent in a Global Organization.” Other featured speakers were officials from Rolls-Royce, Boeing, and University of Notre Dame.
  • Several mathematics faculty members and one student attended the joint mathematics meetings, the world's largest annual meeting of academic mathematicians. Faculty contributions included:
    • Josh Holden, PhD, presented "Granny's Not So Square, After All: Hyperbolic Tilings with Truly Hyperbolic Crochet Motifs'' in the American Mathematical Society’s special session on mathematics and mathematics education in fiber arts. He participated in the officer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America’s special Mathematics and the Arts interest group.
    • Timothy All, PhD, made a number theory session presentation.
  • 2014-15 Student Government President Kylie McCollum and Vice President Alex Thomas were introduced following their student body election. Their one-year term begins at the start of the spring quarter.
  • Fifty students participated in the Leadership Advancement Program’s crisis simulation (February 7), organized by Lt. Col. Brian Friedhoff, retiring head of the Wabash region Army ROTC unit.


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.