Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will celebrate the successes of its new global science and engineering exchange program with the Brazilian government during a special campus event on Feb. 9.
Brazil’s Science Without Borders program has brought 17 students from throughout the South American country to study on campus and participate in summer internships or research experiences. Eight students will complete the program later this month, while nine students are staying through the summer. Two new students are scheduled to begin the program in early March.
SWB is part of the Brazilian government’s initiative to send up to 100,000 undergraduate and graduate students overseas to the best technology schools in the world by 2015. Approximately 2,200 Brazilian undergraduate students are currently studying in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields in the U.S.
“This has been a wonderful learning experience for these visiting Brazilian students and our campus community,” stated Luchen Li, associate dean of global programs. “Rose-Hulman is becoming a globally-connected institution, and through hosting international students, we’re giving our students more opportunities to experience the world and its diversity.”
Before returning home, the SWB students will host a Brazilian Day event on Feb. 9 to thank the campus and Terre Haute community for their generosity and support during the 2012-13 school year, while also educating people about the heritage and culture of Brazil. Activities are planned from 3:30-8 p.m. in the Sports and Recreation Center.
Opening ceremonies, starting at 4 p.m., will feature Rose-Hulman president Robert A. Coons and Camila Mandel Barros, deputy consul for the Consulate General Office of Brazil in Chicago. Special declarations will be made by Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett and District 42 Indiana State Representative Alan Morrison.
A demonstration of Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art that combines dance and music, is planned from 5-5:30 p.m. It will be followed by Samba music from the Planeta Azul band, at 5:30 p.m., and a typical Brazilian dinner featuring Feijoada, a stew with black beans and fresh pork, and side dishes, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are required for the event and must be purchased by Monday. The cost is $9 for adults and children over 5 years old, and tickets cover entrance to all events. There is a limited supply of tickets for the general public. Register online at www.rose-
hulman.edu/brazilianday or call Rose-Hulman’s Office of Global Programs at 812-877-8810. A limited number of Rose-Hulman students can attend free by picking up tickets in the Office of Student Affairs.
Several SWB students attending other Midwest colleges and universities are planning to attend the evening event, and a special morning educational workshop, sponsored by General Electric and Tupy Foundry Corporation, which has production facilities in America and Mexico. Speakers will include Paulo Dutra e Mello, sales and engineering director of Tupy American Foundry Corp.
“We want to show our appreciation to the support we have received from the Rose-Hulman administration, faculty, staff and students, along with the citizens of Terre Haute. We’re leaving with some great memories and experiences,” stated Luis Pelaez Covatti, an electrical engineering student and president of the Brazilian Day organizing committee.
The Brazilian students have lived in residence-hall rooms with other Rose-Hulman students, participated on intramural teams, have had meals at homes of faculty and staff members, and fellow students have loaned them business suits for internship interviews. Several Brazilian students have also taken a spring break trip to Florida and have travelled to see Niagara Falls, New York City and Washington, D.C. They were featured on a regional NBA television broadcast while waving a Brazilian flag to support former Indiana Pacers basketball player/Brazil native Leandro Barbosa.
“We expected this to be a good experience, but it has been much greater. Every day I’m impressed even more with the quality of Rose-Hulman and its caring atmosphere,” said Danielle Cunha, a chemical engineering student.