Roundabout 12.5.17

Next Meeting

Instead of our usual noon meeting, we will meet at 6 p.m. on Dec. 12 for our holiday dinner at the IMU. Walk by the Gingerbread House in the East Lounge on your way to the Frangipani Room. Bring your parking ticket to be stamped as usual.



This Week’s News

Volunteers help Teachers Warehouse

Kudos to the Teachers Warehouse volunteers who set up the high school rooms on Dec. 2.


Trees produce award

The Bloomington Rotary Club received an award from the City of Bloomington for the tree planting at Crestmont Park. Ann Connors, Loren Snyder, and Kimberly Gray accepted the award on behalf of the club.

If you plan to donate a centennial tree or two, please be sure Pam has the check for $120 per tree by the end of the year, made payable to the Bloomington Rotary Foundation. You can also ask Pam to add the contribution to your quarterly statement.


Ring those bells

Thanks to those who rang the bells for the local Salvation Army on Saturday, Dec. 2, at College Mall: Jim Bright, Anne Bright, Rex Hillery, Jack Kirtland, Steve Moberly, Bill Murphy, and Jerry Pagac.

We still need two more bell ringers for this year:  Dec. 16 from 12-1 p. m. and Dec. 23 from 12-1 p. m. Sign up here:


Help CASA through Sunrise raffle

The Bloomington Sunrise Club is doing a fundraiser raffle for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). For $20 you get a chance to win one of seven excellent prizes. See any Sunrise Club member before the Dec. 13 drawing.



Rotarians in the News

Jim and Anne Bright posed with Hanna Boufford, one of the recipients of the James E. and Anne (Echlin) Bright Scholarship in Media Studies, and Dean James Shanahan. (Ann Schertz Photography)


Rotarian Rashad Mammadov successfully defended his dissertation December 1, 2017.




December 5 Presentation

Jim Shea introduced our speaker, Raj Acharya, dean of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, who spoke about the school and its new Intelligent Systems Engineering program. Dean Acharya came to IU from Penn State because of the opportunity to start an engineering program at a Big Ten university. He noted that the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering includes four departments: Computer Sciences, Library and Information Science, Informatics, and Intelligent Systems Engineering. The programs are all excellent and award winning. For example, the Library and Information Science program is listed as #2 in the World University Rankings.


Dean Acharya agreed with a New York Times article that declared “all science is computer science.” He explained the school is about sensors, information, computing, and humans. He envisions the new engineering program as Renaissance Engineering, which educates students in fundamental principles of their disciplines and creates global thinkers who are well versed in the arts and humanities. The process of sensors to solutions includes collecting data, gleaning information from the data, aggregating knowledge, making decisions and taking actions.


The new B.S. in Intelligent Systems Engineering (ISE) has four tracks: computer engineering; cyber-physical systems, such as the Internet of Things and robotics; bioengineering; and molecular and nanoscale engineering. The M.S. and Ph.D. programs have seven tracks. The M.S. was approved in 2017 and the Ph.D. program already has 40 students. You can learn more about the programs at




Our December 5 Meeting


President Mike Baker led our meeting.


Jack Kirtland greeted Rotarians and guests.


Loren Snyder led the pledge and reflection. He reflected on the number 86,400, which is the number of seconds in a day that are ours to use or lose.



Michael Shermis introduced guests.

Steven Fortune, guest of Liz Feitl

Chris Meulbroek, guest of Jim Bright

Josh Wood, guest and son of Marilyn Wood

Kim Berglund and Jason Dauby, guests of Liz Irwin

Terry and Carolyn Frey, guests of Jean Emery

Julia Merkt, who is transferring to our club


Birthdays for the next two weeks

Michael Shermis, Dec. 10

Ann Marie Thomson, Dec. 12

Emily Metzgar, Dec. 14

Glen Inman, Dec. 17


Membership Anniversaries

Jim Harvey, 11 years this time around

Peggy Frisbie, 20 years



Glenda Murray, Reporter

Charlie Osborne, Photographer