The longer Mike Hatfield is away from Rose-Hulman, the more he appreciates the role his alma mater had in molding the person, innovator, and entrepreneur that he's become.
  That's why he has joined alumni and friends in leaving legacies on campus through a variety of gifts that help keep the institute at the forefront of undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education. This assistance

has come through donations to construct buildings, assist students through endowed scholarships, and support outstanding teaching through endowed faculty chairs.
  Hatfield (EE, 1984) has become a prominent high-tech entrepreneur, growing three ventures. This success allowed the California resident to provide the $14 million gift needed to construct a campus performing arts and alumni center, along with setting up an endowment to

fund the building's maintenance. The gift, the largest individual donation in institute history, honors Hatfield's parents, Pat and Larry Hatfield.
  "Rose-Hulman gives students excellent opportunities for leadership roles in academic and extracurricular activities. I want to make sure that type of educational environment continues," stated Mike Hatfield, a Rose-Hulman trustee, at the 2002 dedication ceremony. "I know (the