Subway cashier Bonnie Hughes, a single grandmother raising three children, received a check for $4444.44 for a family vacation at Disney World from the campus community Wednesday night.

When about 200 students who had donated to the “Bonnie Fund” filled the Subway lobby just before closing, Hughes’ first thought was how she was going to feed everyone. What happened next was a total surprise. Junior Alex Bledsoe, a long-time family friend, came around the counter to tell Hughes that the campus community had come together to raise money for her family vacation. She was speechless.

“I just started crying,” Hughes said. “I cried forever.”

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Bill Kline was selected as VPAA this past summer.[br][url]http://www.rose-hulman.edu[/url]Bill Kline was selected as VPAA this past summer.
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Three candidates have visited campus and made their own cases for the position, and now the administration is working toward filling the position of Dean of Faculty.

Over the past few months, Dr. Julia Ross of the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Dr. Randy Weinstein of Villanova University, and Dr. Jacqueline El-Sayed of Kettering University each spoke to faculty, staff, and students on campus, and in particular to the search committee led by Dr. Mark Anklam.

"We worked with a search firm to identify candidates and solicit applications, and narrowed the pool of applicants down to the three who interviewed on campus," Anklam said of the careful search process that began long before candidates arrived in Terre Haute.

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Jong Kim, Kevin Sutterer, Tatsuki Kawaguchi, Patsy Brackin, and Scott Clark sat in to discuss the recovery and rebuilding process in Japan one year following the earthquake/tsunami disaster. [br] Jessica Reames • photo editorJong Kim, Kevin Sutterer, Tatsuki Kawaguchi, Patsy Brackin, and Scott Clark sat in to discuss the recovery and rebuilding process in Japan one year following the earthquake/tsunami disaster.
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Almost a year after the devastating Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, a panel of Rose-Hulman professors and visiting faculty from the University of Aizu came together to discuss the progress of the rebuilding process. The natural disaster, which claimed 15,850 lives and caused more than $250 billion in damages, according to panelist Dr. Jong Kim, hit the eastern coast of Japan on March 11th, 2011. Even though it was halfway across the world, this earthquake still greatly affected the Rose-Hulman community.

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View a digital copy of The Rose Thorn's commemorative issue for Matt Branam here.

Senior biomedical engineer Hobey Tam expressed his memories of President Branam in this mural, drawn in the Root Quadrangle. [br]Julia Williams • guest photographerSenior biomedical engineer Hobey Tam expressed his memories of President Branam in this mural, drawn in the Root Quadrangle.
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Open visitation

Monday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rose-Hulman Hatfield Hall

Celebration of a 'Great' life

Saturday, April 28th at 1 p.m., Rose-Hulman Sports & Recreation Center

Open visitation for President Matt Branam will be held this coming Monday, April 23rd from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., according to an all-campus email from Chief Administrative Officer Rob Coons.

After public visitation, a private funeral service will be held before Branam is buried in Rosedale Cemetary in Terre Haute.

A "Celebration of a 'Great' Life" will be held Saturday, April 28th at 1 p.m. at Rose-Hulman's Sports & Recreation Center. The event will celebrate and commemorate Branam's life and accomplishments.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Matt Branam Scholarship Fund at Rose-Hulman.

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