This year's homecoming was a time for reflecting on the past, enjoying the present, and looking toward the future.
   The Innovation Center was named in memory of Matt Branam and his many contributions to the campus and its students. Branam, a 1979 alumnus and the institute's 14th president, fostered the development of a large open concept building for students to build innovative projects.
   "Starting his career at UPS as a civil
engineer, Matt Branam built a lot of big garages-some of the biggest in America. However, he had never built one with such a fun and exciting purpose as this one," says President Robert A. Coons.     
   The William Alfred Cook Laboratory for Bioscience Research was also unveiled on the south side of Crapo Hall. This "living laboratory" was provided by trustee and Cook Group CEO Carl Cook on behalf of his late father, a life sciences pioneer. It will
help cultivate plants for experiments and research, and create a cradle-to-grave engineering environment for students to examine the recyclability factor of materials made from plants.
   "This laboratory gives our biological science program a major boost, and showcases that Rose-Hulman is placing a strategic emphasis in the sciences," states Applied Biology Professor Peter Coppinger, Ph.D.