TERRE HAUTE —
When an elephant lumbers past, she’s bound to leave a mark.
And that’s what the 2013 Rose-Hulman graduating class wants to leave for future generations of Engineers.
“This is essentially the senior class gift,” said Durushka Ahmed, senior class president, speaking of the 14 foot-by-14 foot mosaic mural featuring “Rosie,” the school’s elephant mascot, striding above the words, “Leave your mark 2013.”
The mosaic design sprang from the creative mind of Edie Richards, a Wabash Valley artist with lots of experience with mosaics and murals. At first, the mosaic was simply to feature the Rose-Hulman “R,” But Richards wanted to bring Rosie into the picture.
The mosaic project got the OK from Rose officials just a few weeks ago, so work has been on-going pretty much non-stop each evening as dedicated Rose-Hulman seniors spend hours numbering each piece of tile slated to become part of the giant mosaic.
“Think of this as a big, 5,000-piece jigsaw puzzle,” Richards said.
Often senior class projects at Rose involve raising money for scholarships or study rooms. The class of 2013 wanted to do something different and tangible, Ahmed said. A 10-member committee chose this project, which was later approved by a vote of all the seniors, she said.
“They didn’t know how crazy this idea was,” Richards said looking at an outline of the mosaic on the floor of the Branam Innovation Center on the Rose campus. “But I think it’s a good crazy.”
When completed, the mosaic mural will be a permanent part of the newest structure at Rose-Hulman, a new amphitheater in the middle of campus to be used, among other things, for outdoor classes. Richards plans to begin assembling the approximately 5,000 mosaic pieces on the amphitheater wall Monday. The official unveiling is slated for May 13.
Part of the project involved using hammers to smash thick ceramic tiles to create the pieces for the mosaic. Rose seniors involved in the project said that part allowed them to blow off some steam. Each piece is being individually fitted into the design pattern and numbered to make later assembly as easy as possible for Richards.
“We’ve been living here,” Ahmed said of the handful of seniors working on the project Friday night. In all, about 10 percent of the senior class of nearly 500 students have participated in the actual work, she said.
On Friday night, along with Ahmed, seniors Alexandra Schwier and Carley Shumate worked on the project along side Richards. Also, Kayla Pence, a 2012 graduate, was lending a hand.
Doing a project such as this was a nice break from engineering course work, Ahmed said. In fact, there really weren’t very many engineering skills involved in the project, she said.
“This has been a very different experience,” she said.
Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Large mosaic mural to feature school mascot ‘Rosie’
TERRE HAUTE —
When an elephant lumbers past, she’s bound to leave a mark.
- Local & Bistate
Purdue shooting leaves one person dead
A Purdue University engineering student opened fire inside a basement classroom Tuesday, killing a teaching assistant and prompting officials to put the campus on lockdown, police and the university said.
Putnam deputy released from jail, awaits trial on federal charges
Terry Joe “T.J.” Smith, the Putnam County Sheriff’s deputy who has been indicted by a federal grand jury on allegations of deprivation of civil rights in his police duties, has been released from jail as he awaits trial.
THS grad Miller among students in adjacent building when shooting occurs
Kris Miller and his roommate were in a computer lab of Purdue’s mechanical engineering building Tuesday when they received a call that a shooting had occurred next door.
Bosma moves gay marriage ban bill to friendlier committee
Republican House of Representatives Speaker Brian Bosma sent a bill that proposes a constitutional ban on gay marriage to a more conservative-leaning legislature committee Tuesday, because it lacked support on the first committee to which it was assigned.
We enter the deep freeze again
If you had to step outside to get your newspaper this morning, you might have noticed it’s painfully cold once again.
Levy redirects school funds
If the new “protected levy” legislation goes into effect later this year, it would mean “a substantial reduction” in revenue for Vigo County School Corp. bus transportation, capital projects and bus replacement funds, according to the district’s chief financial officer.
School debt levy redirects funds across Indiana
School officials and state legislators from around the state are searching for ways to keep the school buses running — and children safe on the streets — pending the loss of millions of dollars for school transportation.
More than 50 school districts in Indiana stand to lose at least 20 percent of their revenues for transportation, new buses and other big-ticket projects under a new law that requires them to first pay off their debts.
VIDEO: Sen. Donnelly updates T-S editorial board
Passage of a long overdue U.S. farm bill could be completed by the end of this month, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., said Tuesday.
Vigo coroner tries again for salary increase
After being denied last year, Vigo County Coroner Dr. Susan Amos is again seeking to have her county salary increased to match that of several other county office holders.
Indiana lawmakers eyeing roads, preschool deals
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Votes on deals to spend heavily on new road construction and a preschool pilot program are expected to dominate the final day of this year’s legislative session in Indiana on Thursday, March 13.
MARK BENNETT: First BaconFest sure to cure your salty fried meat cravings
Bacon taught me a life lesson.
I wrapped strips of it around chicken livers and secured the cold, gooey bundles with toothpicks to earn money.
New rules may keep moped riders on road
Rep. Dave Wolkins could oppose moped regulations for only so long, as more bikes zipped along the roads and were involved in an increasing number of accidents.
Nearly half of Indiana students get meal aid
Nearly 50 percent of Indiana public school students receive free or reduced-cost meals through the federal school-lunch program.
Hearing date set for Dugger charter school
The Indiana Charter School Board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on April 8 related to a proposed charter school for the Dugger-Union Community School Corp.
Sullivan County ambulance overturns on Interstate 70
Two Sullivan County emergency medical technicians were treated and released from Terre Haute Regional Hospital after their ambulance rolled over in the median of Interstate 70, about 1 mile east of the Indiana 46 exit on Wednesday afternoon.
New trustee appointed to Indiana State board
Kathleen G. Cabello, president and co-founder of Cabello Associates Inc., has been appointed by Gov. Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State University Board of Trustees.
Car from home invasion recovered
A stolen vehicle believed to have been used by suspects in a March 4 home invasion has been recovered.
- Sisters of Providence to close Woods Day Care/Pre-School in June
Stolen car used in home invasion recovered
A stolen vehicle used by suspects in a March 4 home invasion has been recovered.
Ambulance overturns on I-70
Two Sullivan County emergency medical technicians were taken to Terre Haute Regional Hospital this afternoon after their ambulance went into the median east of the Indiana 46 exit along Interstate 70.
Gov. Pence appoints new member to ISU board of trustees
Kathleen G. Cabello, president and co-founder of Cabello Associates Inc., will serve on the Indiana State University board of trustees. Gov. Mike Pence announced the appointment today.
Vigo County Jail Log: March 12, 2014
The following individuals were booked into the Vigo County Jail by area law enforcement on Tuesday and Wednesday, based on jail records.
Cold and snow returns after brief period of warmth
Another storm dealt yet another wintery blast to the snow-weary Midwest and a blizzard warning was issued in upstate New York on Wednesday after a day or so of spring-like temperatures teased the region.
Sheriff: Investigation affecting department’s current police work
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department is putting the best possible face on a string of allegations lodged against one of its deputies.
Greencastle Council seat will remain vacant for now
The Greencastle City Council is still waiting to learn the appropriate next step in dealing with one of its members who is facing federal allegations of civil rights violations while in his role as a Putnam County deputy.
Former pitcher Tommy John now saving lives
Terre Haute native Tommy John is well known for his illustrious major league baseball career, which spanned 26 years and included 288 victories.
Downtown housing project on schedule
Demolition of buildings fronting Wabash Avenue from Sixth Street west to Fifth Street is on schedule to be completed by the end of this month, with construction of a new five-story building to house Indiana State University students and retail shops starting in April, said Nicole King, marketing coordinator for Thompson Thrift.
Where no one follows the law
Loughmiller’s Pub across Washington Street from the Statehouse is a favorite hangout for legislators and lobbyists who like the tavern’s menu of gourmet burgers and craft beers. State police are regular lunch customers, as are state officials who regulate the sale of alcohol.
Terre Haute man facing felony arson charges
A Terre Haute man faces a charge of class-B felony arson in connection with an August garage fire.
Stolen gun, drugs found in search after traffic stop
A traffic stop Monday night on Third Street led to the arrest of a Terre Haute man on drug-related charges and recovery of a stolen handgun that had belonged to a Vigo County Sheriff’s Department reserve deputy.
- More Local & Bistate Headlines
- Purdue shooting leaves one person dead