TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman will induct six new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday inside the Sports and Recreation Center.
Robert Chandler (2002 graduate), Christina (Forsyth) Drake (2002), Chuck Howard (contributor), Andrew Schipper (2003), Matthew Smith (2003) and Chris Unton (2002) will be added to the shrine.
The induction ceremony takes place at 11:30 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Sports and Recreation Center. Also, the new inductees will be introduced to the crowd at halftime of the Hanover vs. Rose football game, which starts at 1:30 p.m. at Cook Stadium.
2013 Rose-Hulman Hall of Fame inductees
Robert Chandler (civil engineering, 2002) — Chandler finished 19-9 as a pitcher for the Rose-Hulman baseball and ranks fourth in program history with 213 strikeouts. The left-hander finished 7-1 with a 3.22 earned-run average as a junior and was 7-3 with a 3.77 ERA as a senior. He also ranks eighth and ninth in single-season school history with 78 and 75 strikeouts in a season. Today, the civil-engineering graduate works for CONTECH, a company providing support for site development projects in Nashville. He also earned a master’s degree from David Lipscomb University.
Christina (Forsythe) Drake (electrical engineering, 2002) — The former Christina Forsyth ranks fifth in Rose women’s basketball history with 1,223 career points. She also stands sixth in career rebounds (614) and third in free throws (333). The electrcial-engineering graduate earned second-team all-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors after scoring 17.1 points per game as a senior. During her junior year, Forsyth scored 15.3 points per game to earn honorable-mention all-league accolades. Today, she works with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) as a manager for Operation Procedures and Compliance.
Andrew Schipper (mechanical engineering, 2003) — Schipper became the first six-time All-American in Rose-Hulman athletic history as a pole-vaulter in track and field. He placed second nationally at the 2000 NCAA Division III outdoor and 2003 NCAA Division III indoor championships to highlight a career that featured five top-five national finishes. He also won three Little State and three Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles. The mechanical-engineering graduate currently works as a senior water engineer for the city of Fort Wayne.
Matthew Smith (mechanical engineering, 2003) — Smith was the first NCAA Division III national champion at Rose outside the sport of track and field. A swimmer, Smith won the 100-yard breaststroke title in the 2003 national championships to highlight a career that featured four All-American awards and third-team Academic All-American accolades. He also was a provisional qualifier for the 2008 Olympic Games representing the nation of Estonia. The mechanical-engineering graduate currently works as a staff engineer at Burns and McDowell and graduated from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in 2010.
Chris Unton (computer science, 2002) — Unton served the true definition of the term student-athlete during his Rose-Hulman career to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. Unton was a first-team Academic All-American, joining just four other players from nearly 1,000 college division schools, in 2002 after earning first-team all-league honors on the court. He also captured third-team Academic All-American honors in 2001 while completing his undergraduate degree one academic quarter early with a perfect 4.00 grade-point average. The computer-science major played on two conference title teams and currently works as a senior manager for IT Compliance at MISO.
Chuck Howard (contributor) — Howard spent 37 years on the Rose-Hulman Admissions staff from 1968-2005, including 23 years as Dean of Admissions and eight years as Vice-President of Admissions. Howard also earned the President’s Outstanding Service Award and was a John Mutchner Award winner for athletic department support in 1988. He helped recruit a generation of students and student-athletes to Rose and was widely regarded as one of the team’s greatest fans throughout his career.
• Bees win — At West Vigo Middle School, Honey Creek won the Vigo County middle school championship for the third year in a row, defeating Otter Creek by scores of 25-9, 25-15 Tuesday.
For Honey Creek, which finished 8-3 for the season, Leah Franklin posted 10 aces, four spike kills and four assists and Taylor Campbell contributed six spike kills, five assists and three aces.
For Otter Creek, Chloe Mason had three kills and two aces and Ashley Curry added three aces.
The Bees’ junior varsity also won 25-12, 25-14 over Otter Creek, winning the title for a fourth straight year.
• Engineers play well — At Crawfordsville Golf Club, Rose-Hulman set two school records in a dual match with Wabash College on Wednesday.
Junior Travis Whithaus set a school record with the first round of 68 in men’s program history.
Whithaus fired a 2-under-par round for the second sub-70 score in school history. Joe Miller set the previous single-round stroke record of 69 at the Emory Invitational in 1999.
Rose also set an 18-hole school record with a team score of 282.
Wabash claimed top honors in the dual match with a 6-5 victory to retain the Little Giant-Engineer Cup. The Little Giants won six of 10 dual matches, with Rose-Hulman winning the team score bonus point.
Rose-Hulman returns to action this weekend in the Wabash Invitational.