Iota Informant December 2006 Elected Officers and Committee Appointees for 1/2006-1/2007 Master Alchemist – Chuck Compson Vice Master Alchemists – Amanda Isom Chemistry on Wheels – John O’Grady Karen Kirchman V-Cow’s – Phil Booher Master of Ceremonies – Rich Do Kyle Kamischke V-Master of Ceremonies – Brandon Kocher* John Pinkus Reporter – Ben Mann Rush Chairs – Ross Poland Recorder – Amanda Rhode Anthony Sloan Treasurer – Alex Lamont Public Relations – CeCe Latta Webmaster – Mark Vaccari Service Chair – Ashley Trantham* Alumni Secretary – Chris Nicholson Social Chairs – Amanda Rhode Chapter Advisor – Dr. Howard McLean Ashley Trantham* Faculty Advisor – Dr. David Miller Venerable Degenerate – Steve Jugle *: In the departure of Ashley Trantham and Brandon Kocher, Mariah Walton has taken the position of VMC, Adam Georgas is now Service Chair, and Pam Major joins Amanda Rohde as Social Chair. 2006 Conclave wrap-up The 48th Biennial Conclave was held at Beta Gamma Chapter at UCLA in early August 2006. Two collegiates from Iota attended: CeCe Latta was our official chapter delegate, and Rich Do was also present. Other alumni brothers in attendance were John Becker, Harold Cowan, Craig Czymanski, Pat Kemle, Bill Lewis, Howard McLean, and Mike Raffay – and of course Rosaniline. Harold helped throughout the week with the electronic support of the National Office operations. Rosaniline ready to attend the toga party. Iota brothers in California. National and District Leadership Changes The Supreme Council and Grand Recorder for the 2006-2008 biennium consists of: GMA Sherrie Settle, Alpha Kappa 1983 GCA John Stipp, Epsilon 1989 GR Patrick Johanns, Alpha Theta 1982 GPA Howard McLean, Iota 1989 GMC Jennifer Showerman, Zeta 1992 Christy Gesell, Epsilon 1994, was appointed as the new North Central District Counselor to replace Jennifer Showerman, Zeta 1992, who was elected to the S.C. This created a vacancy in the presidency of the Indianapolis Professional Chapter filled by the elevation of VP Valerie Knoll, Iota 1998. The Annual North Central Regional Conclave Iota chapter was again well-represented at the 11th annual North Central Regional Conclave held at the National Office in Indianapolis on September 30, 2006. Iota had 6 collegiates and 10 alumni present. Brother Harold Cowan, Iota 1988, once again opened his house to provide food and lodging for brothers needing a spot of floor for the Friday and Saturday night. Many thanks Harold!! Iota brothers with a new traveling “I” token. Homecoming Gathering with the Alumni Iota brothers with a new traveling “I” token. guests gathered at Applebees after the bonfire. The chapter stayed until Once again the chapter collegiates, alumni, and midnight to toast Karen Kirchman’s 21st birthday. For the sports-minded brothers, the outhouse fell outside the bonfire and Rose-Hulman lost the football game. Professional Events The Chemistry on Wheels Program continues… Upcoming COW Events (as the calendar stands) Looking for COW Tales!!! Jan 13— SWE Day We are currently working on an article about Iota’s “Chemistry 20—Chem Show @ Sarah Scott Middle School on Wheels” program for an Indiana teachers’ newsletter. We Feb are looking for any fond memories you may have of the program 3— Chem Show @ Chauncey Rose Middle School (provided they are appropriate newsletter material) along with 8— DeVaney Science Fair any moments you believe to be important to the growth of the Morning—Judging program. Email your stories to email@example.com . Evening—Chem Show 10— Engineering Merit Badge 13—Chem Show @ Indianapolis School for the Blind Mar 10—SWE Day Science Fair 24—Chem Show @ West Vigo Middle School Apr 19— Chem Show @ Ben Franklin Elementary School 21—Composite Materials Merit Badge May 12—Space Exploration Merit Badge Nuclear Science Merit Badge Day written by Kyle Kamischke, 12/13/2006; On Saturday, December 9, several of our brothers volunteered their time to help local Boy Scouts fulfill the requirements for the Nuclear Science merit badge. The badge is designed to get scouts to delve deeper into chemistry and learn about the structure of atoms and their properties. John O’Grady, Chemistry on Wheels Director, started off the event with a discussion about the properties of atoms and their ability to emit radiation. Next, the scouts split into groups and attended three separate sessions to teach the scouts about the uses and dangers of nuclear materials. Brothers Chuck Compson, Alex Lamont, and John Pinkus talked about careers in nuclear science while scouts built a model of a nuclear power plant and learned the dangers of improperly designing a reactor. Brothers Kyle Kamischke and Ethan Murnahan showed the scouts how to use Geiger Counters by having them check granite rocks for radon. Brother A couple of the regular attendees. Richard Do and pledge Sarah Erhart talked more about radon and helped the scouts with a crossword puzzle containing words about nuclear science. Finally, the event was closed with a discussion about people who made important contributions to the atomic energy field. Several scouting parents expressed great appreciation to Dr. McLean and were pleased with how the event was carried out. Fall 2006 Initiations Iota played a significant part in Epsilon’s initiation in mid-November by supplying our local equipment for them to set up a double-Hexagon ceremony for their gaggle of almost 40 pledges. Iota’s own initiation was held December 16, 2006 in the Chemical Engineering department for 21 new brothers, one of these being Iota chapter’s 500th member to be initiated. A number of Alumni were back including Bryan Bals, John Becker, Angela (Waterman) Bridges, Harold Cowan, Jess Gunn, Mike Lindley, Mike Raffay, and Mercedes Reeder. The chapter continues to enjoy strong faculty support with the following professors present for all or part of the day: Mark Brandt, Peter Coppinger, Rebecca DeVasher, and Ed Mottel. Also of note, John O’Grady played the entire Hexagon for Dr. McClellan, an event (to our knowledge) unprecedented. Our new brothers have each been asked to share a sentence or two about themselves: Jonathan Bott, freshman chemistry major from New Hampshire. Last year I attended the Clarkson School at Clarkson University instead of finishing high school. As part of that program I took regular freshman classes at Clarkson University. Evan Breedlove, mechanical engineer from St. Charles, IL. I supplement my polymathic studies by playing the piano and trumpet. Ashlee Brewer, sophomore chemistry major. I like to watch funny movies, read books, and talk. I am extremely clumsy. Continued on the following page... Fall 2006 Initiations Continued from the previous page… Bryan Do, sophomore chemical engineering and chemistry major. I enjoy playing tennis, watching drum and bugle corp, and playing the drums. Sarah Erhart, freshman applied biology and biochemistry major. I like books, video games, candy, and kitties. Tess Fuller, sophomore chemical engineering major. I enjoy singing and dancing (but I’m not very good at either), frolicking under the sun, flying kites, and playing with chinchillas. Mandy Grantz, junior chemical engineering major from Rapid City, SD. I play tennis for Rose. Elise Guzman, junior applied biology/biochemistry and molecular biology major. I love running, watching movies and spending time with my friends! I am also a member of Chi Omega. Ashley “Charlie” Hill, junior chemistry major. I have two of the sweetest kittens ever! They are Figaro (b&w female) and Montana (black male). Both kittens are very loving, which helps explain why I didn’t get much sleep last night: Montana always sleeps on me, usually my head. My parents say he is my familiar because he’s black. Figaro also keeps me up at night because, for whatever reason, she never quite got out of the nursing stage and always purrs insanely loud in my ear as she kneads my hair. Besides catering to my kittens’ whims, I spend most of my time doing homework. If I didn’t have homework, I’d like to say I would swim and exercise, but I’d probably watch House. Helen Kim, freshman chemical engineering major. I am a second generation Korean-American from Ava, MO. I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, and taking pictures. I also work at the Homework Hotline. Chandra Lesniak, junior applied biology/biochemistry and molecular biology major. I broke my axe getting into my car this morning, but Kyle Kamischke fixed it. Anita Mathur, senior chemical engineering major. Ever since I could walk I’ve been dancing. I used to do a classical Indian dance called Bharatanatyam and now I do film dancing. I’m obsessed with Bollywood movies, even the really sappy ones. My favorite store is Brookstone (yay massage chairs!) Dr. Scott McClellan is an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. Sarah Messmer, sophomore Chemical Engineering major with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology minor. I play on the Rose volleyball team, and I enjoy oil painting, playing piano and guitar and designing/remaking clothes. Ashley Montgomery, junior chemical engineering major. I like to spend my free time playing softball, fishing, and riding my bicycle. Bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle. I want to ride my bike. Dr. Jennifer O’Connor, Assistant Professor of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering. Emily Paris, senior applied biology major with Japanese minor. I enjoy fishing, hunting, and horseback riding. I love taking roadtrips and spending time with my friends and fiancé. Continued on the following page... Fall 2006 Initiations Continued from the previous page… Sarah Rosbottom, sophomore applied biology/biochemistry and molecular biology major. I play golf for Rose and I work in the Alumni Office. I enjoy reading and am a member of Circle K. Levi Rupp, sophomore chemistry/biochemistry and molecular biology major. My two main interests are watching and playing sports and outdoor activities such as backpacking, whitewater rafting, and canyoneering. Erinn Sheridan, sophomore chemical engineering major. I am currently serving as a Sophomore Advisor on BSB 3. I enjoy being outdoors and am a member of Chi Omega. Mitch Wice, sophomore chemical engineering major with a biochemical engineering minor. I play euphonium at Rose and am President of the Rose Pep Band. I also work at Washington University School of Medicine working in the Endocrinology Department. News about members Angela (Waterman) Bridges, Iota 1991, and husband Levi Bridges announce the arrival of Noah Bridges on June 28, 2006, at 22.5 inches and 10 pounds, 6 ounces. He joins big brother Logan age 2 and a half. Amelia Mae Huehls, Iota 2004, was awarded the 22nd annual E. E. Dunlap Scholarship for the 2006-07 academic year. Bill Lewis, Iota 1995, and Ann Bruegger were married September 17, 2005, on Mackinaw Island. The couple honeymooned in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and attended the 2006 Los Angeles Conclave together. They now reside in Coatesville, IN. Drs. David and Penney Miller, Iota 1989 and 2002, respectively, announce the arrival of Opal Caroline Miller on December 13, 2006, at 21.5 inches and 7 pounds, 13 ounces. The chapter made Opal a miniature axe complete with signatures. Laura Jean (Carlson) Noonan, Iota 2000, and husband Michael announce the arrival of Thomas Noonan on October 30th, 2006, at 21.5 inches and 8 pounds, 6 ounces. He joins an older brother Patrick “PJ” who was born July 13th, 2005. John Becker, Iota 1986, left his position with the Fraternity National Office in December 2005, after almost 9 years(email me off-line if you want more info: firstname.lastname@example.org). Since then he has been free-lancing with all sorts of projects including selling on Ebay. He is casually looking for formal employment back in the real world, although he has enjoyed the temporary break from the rat race. It was nice to watch conclave as an observer this time. Iota’s Centennial Celebration: 1909-2009 Iota Chapter is beginning to think about conclave 2008 and our centennial in 2009. At this time, both Epsilon and Zeta chapters are gathering their local data and strongly contemplating bids for the 2008 national conclave with help being solicited from Iota and the district. Similarly, the first few inklings are beginning to surface about what to do for our own centennial in the spring of 2009. Banquet? History publication? There certainly have been major changes at Rose in the past decade. Topmost are the admission of women and the addition/expansion of several majors/minors within the curriculum relating to applied biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, and molecular biology. Distribution of the Iota Informant This issue starts an experiment to distribute the Informant primarily by email through the alumni office at Rose-Hulman. Creation and Contact Information This edition of the Informant was edited by John O’Grady, with John Becker, Kyle Kamischke, and John O’Grady providing the content. Questions or Comments on the newsletter? 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