Lots of kids want to be – or at least work with – astronauts when they grow up. Bill Durgin, the final candidate for Rose-Hulman’s Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) position, made that dream come true.
Durgin, currently a University Executive at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), discussed his application with faculty and staff Wednesday.
Dr. Dave Goldberg is “just a down-to-earth guy following his passion” – or so he said Monday in his panel, when speaking about his application for the Vice President of Academic Affairs (VPAA) position.
Goldberg, a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), started his talk with stories of his youth: a ham radio operator from Detroit, Goldberg grew up the son of an engineer and has pursued the profession for decades.
Ash cloud grounds Europe
Air traffic over Europe and northern Asia is slowly getting underway again, as the European Union gradually lifts a halt order on travel because of an ash cloud from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The crisis has left thousands of people stranded in airports throughout the world and prevented many world leaders from attending the funeral of the Polish president. Volcanic ash has been a red flag for airlines since a British Airways jet lost power to all four of its engines in 1982 after flying through an ash cloud over Indonesia. The ash is damaging to airplane surfaces, especially engines, as it can solidify in the ventilation holes that keep an engine cool.
Last Saturday, the Rose campus was an early riser’s dream, as students across campus woke up as early as 8 a.m. to participate in the Red Cross Service Day.
The event was sponsored by Student Affairs after Pete Gustafson, Vice-President for Student Affairs, was asked to join the “Save the Day” campaign committee. The was another great example of Rose Hulman students’ dedication to service. More than 60 students participated in the event, adding up to more than 190 voluntary man-hours of work done that morning.
Two weeks ago, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Erik Hayes received an anonymous note through the campus mail system from an “emotionally struggling” student. Student Affairs subsequently began efforts to discover the identity of the individual, including contacting the mailroom and hiring a handwriting expert to try and identify the identity of the writer. The note included content that led Student Affairs to conclude that there was a potential threat to the Percopo residence hall.
Between a prominent placement in the “(500) Days of Summer” soundtrack, multiple parodies on SNL, and the webseries “Live From Daryl’s House,” Daryl Hall and John Oates are having a resurgence of popularity. The Bird and the Bee continue this trend with their new album “Interpreting the Masters Volume I: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates,” covering eight of the duo’s classic hits along with one original homage.
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