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2014 Celebration

In 2013-14 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE), the forerunner of the College of Liberal Arts. This historic event marked the moment that liberal arts began in earnest to build its future as Purdue’s center for excellence in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Our alumni vividly demonstrate that excellence in many fields and communities across the globe—so we’ve asked 50 of them to tell us more about their careers and lives, via a modified version of the Proust questionnaire. This survey of revealing questions was a popular parlor game in Marcel Proust’s time, made famous by his answers and adapted by Vanity Fair and the show Inside the Actors Studio. We hope you enjoy getting to know these fascinating and inspiring CLA alumni.



Ashley Scott

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BA 2010, Brian Lamb School of Communication      

Ashley Scott is a natural at fostering connections: between businesses and communities, between young professionals, and between individuals and their goals. As operations manager and community curator at MatchBOX Coworking Studio, she oversees a shared work and creative space for entrepreneurs and office nomads. Her skills at bringing people and ideas together were evident at Purdue, where she worked to form the Black Thought Collective. After graduation, she worked in Purdue’s Office of Admissions and later encouraged urban entrepreneurs in her position at digitalundivided. She also started and maintains Ashley G. Scott Consulting and the meetup group Black Professionals of Greater Lafayette. It’s no surprise that she was selected as the Purdue Alumni Association’s 2011 Outstanding Young Alumna, one of Tippy Connect’s Top 10 Under 40 from Greater Lafayette Commerce, and one of Northeast Indiana’s 101 Connectors

At MatchBOX she has continued to build her skills. “In September of 2013, I was 25 years old and starting my new job at MatchBOX Coworking Studio” recalls Scott. “I’m the first full-time employee of MatchBOX, so not only did they trust me to introduce the concept of a shared work environment to the Greater Lafayette community, but also they felt I represented the type of talent a space like MatchBOX was designed to attract and retain in central Indiana.” 

“Shortly after I was hired, the organization decided to hold a press conference announcing my arrival. The mayor of Lafayette, the community’s director of economic development, and one of MatchBOX’s other co-founders gave humbling remarks about my addition to the team—I felt honored to stand in their presence. I’ll never forget the warm welcome I received and the flurry of media attention it generated.”

Read on for Scott’s responses to our version of the Proust survey.



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