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March 18, 2014

Echoes Winter 2014

Rising Star: Emily (Mitchell) Sontag, a 2005 chemistry alumna, is featured on the cover of the winter Echoes alumni magazine issue. She has started a three-year research project at Stanford University which could help unlock the mysteries associated with the neurodegenerative disorders tied to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and ALS/Lou Gehrig’s diseases.

The winter issue of the institute’s Echoes alumni magazine will be delivered to faculty and staff members during quarter break. The accomplishments of several successful young alumni, 40 years old and younger, are profiled in the issue. Featured on the cover is Emily (Mitchell) Sontag, a 2005 chemistry alumna who is a post-doctoral biology student at Stanford University and 2013 Distinguished Young Alumni Award winner. Echoes is a publication of the Office of Communications and Marketing.

The Sports and Recreation Center is preparing to host the FIRST Robotics’ Crossroads Regional on March 6-8. This year’s event will bring 45 high school teams from nine states, along with hundreds of parents, team mentors, and other campus visitors. Follow the activities at

Learning Center Director Susan Smith recently gave Lilly Endowment Inc. officials an update on the Homework Hotline’s many successes, including recently conducting the 500,000th tutoring session since the service opened in 1991. Smith’s passion for the educational outreach program and its impact on youth’s lives was evident throughout the presentation.

The campus will conduct an emergency preparedness drill on March 6. Meanwhile, a fire drill is planned in academic buildings on March 10. For more information on these upcoming events contact Jake Campbell, senior manager of environmental health and safety, in the Office of Facilities.

A total of 37 international students will be joining the student body in the spring quarter. These students will be housed in campus residence halls. Twenty-three of the new students are coming from programs sponsored by the Institute of International Education.

Six international students concluded their campus educational experiences at the end of the winter quarter. The Office of Global Program’s new Buddy Program helped the students make a successful transition to Rose-Hulman.

Congratulations to Head Track and Field Coach Larry Cole for being named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year—the 11th time he has been recognized during the indoor or outdoor seasons. The Engineers won the league indoor championship for the fourth straight year.

Professor of Anthropology Scott Clark, PhD, will once again escort students in visiting educational institutions and cultural sights in Japan during the quarter break.

President Jim Conwell was a guest speaker for Bill Kline’s Production/Operations Management course during the last week of the winter quarter. He provided students with valuable insight on corporate management and working with global partners.

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering Head Cary Laxer, PhD, is once again leading the registration team for this year’s computer science educators conference. Department Secretary Lynn Degler is assisting.

Thanks to the following administrators, faculty and staff members for serving the Last Supper before winter quarter final exams: Jim and Angela Conwell, Pete and Donna Gustafson, Ashley Bernal, Karen DeGrange, Erik and Mel Hayes, Mike and Sarah Latta, Kristen Latta, Elaine Lee, Melinda Middleton, Tom and Kim Miller, and Kyle Rhodes.


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. ADVISORY: The next meeting will be conducted on March 12.