Purdue University College of Liberal Arts

Alumni and Friends

Past Distinguished Alumni Recipients


Since 1986, the Distinguished Alumni Award has recognized CLA alumni for their professional achievements, dedication to their communities, and involvement with Purdue.

 2011 Recipients

Jennifer Lancaster

BA 1996, Political Science 

Professional History
Author, Bitter is the New Black, Bright Lights Big Ass, Such a Pretty Fat, Pretty in Plaid, My Fair Lazy
Syndicated Humor Columnist, Tribune Media Services
Blogger, Jennsylvania

New York Times Best Selling Author



Dr. Michael Louis Radelet

PhD 1977, Sociology
MA 1974, Sociology, Eastern Michigan University
BA 1972, Sociology, Michigan State University

Professional History
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Colorado-Boulder
Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Florida
Visiting Professor, School of Law, University of Westminster (London)

Chase Faculty Service Award
Service Award, Boulder Faculty Assembly
Paul Tappan Award for Lifetime Achievement, Western Society of Criminology
Volunteer of the Year Award, Families of Homicide Victims and Missing Persons
Steven M. Goldstein Criminal Justice Award, Florida Association of Criminal Defense
Criminologist of the Year Award, American Society Lawyer of Criminology
Peacemake of the Year Award, Center for Peace Studies
Teaching Improvement Program Award, University of Florida
President's Humanitarian Award, University of Florida
Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award, University of Florida

Membership/Community Involvement
Chair, Membership and Program Committees, Society for the Study of Social Problems
Nominations Committee, American Sociological Association
Board of Directors, Big Brothers of Gainesville
Committee on Ethical Issues in Criminological Research, American Society of Criminology
Awards Committee for Outstanding Dissertation, ASA Medical Sociology Section



Ginger Thompson

BA 1986, Communication
J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Graduate Fellow, The Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Professional History
National Correspondent, Washington Bureau, New York Times
Bureau Chief, Mexico City, New York Times
Reporter, New York Times
Foreign/National Correspondent, Chicago Tribune
Latin America Correspondent, Baltimore Sun
National Correspondent, Baltimore Sun
Reporter, Los Angeles Times

Pulitzer Prize, Winner, “How Race is Lived in America”
Pulitzer Prize, Finalist for Gold Medal for Public Service
Maria Moors Cabot Prize
Selden Ring Award, USC School of Journalism
Overseas Press Club Award, Human Rights Reporting
InterAmerican Press Association Award


Ambassador José  H. Villarreal

BA 1975, Political Science, Purdue University
JD 1979, Mauer School of Law, Indiana University

Professional History
Senior Advisor, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld
U.S. Commissioner General, Expo 2010 Shanghai
Associate Director, White House Office of Presidential Personnel
Senior Advisor, Senator Hillary Clinton presidential campaign
National Treasurer, Gore-Lieberman presidential campaign
Deputy Campaign Manager, Bill Clinton presidential campaign
Assistant Attorney General, Public Finance Division, Texas Attorney General’s Office

Awards/Honors/Community Service
Awarded Personal Rank of Ambassador by President Barack Obama
Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, Indiana University Mauer School of Law
Chairman of the Board, National Council of La Raza
Board of Directors, Center for American Progress
Board of Directors, New America Alliance
Board of Directors, PMI Group
Board of Directors, Union Pacific
Board of Directors, First Solar, Inc.
Board of Directors, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics, Hispanic Business


2010 Recipients

Ken Armstrong

BA 1985, Political Science, Purdue University

Professional History
Investigative Reporter, Seattle Times
Co-Author, “Scoreboard, Baby”
Legal Affairs Writer, Chicago Tribune
McGraw Professor of Writing, Princeton University

Michael Kelly Award, Atlantic Media Company
John Chancellor Award, Columbia University
Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism, Nieman Foundation
Four-time finalist, Pulitzer Prize
Nieman Fellow, Harvard University


Wally Brant 

BA, 1971, History, Purdue University

Professional History

President, Indiana Oxygen
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force

“Best of Indianapolis” Award for Medical and Industrial Gases
Indianapolis Colts Community Service Award
“Image of Welding” (National Winner), American Welding Society
Indiana Award of Excellence, Baird, Kurtz & Dobson (BKD) LLP
Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young


Randy Earle

MA 1968, Theatre, Purdue University
BSIM 1967, Krannert, Purdue University

Professional History
Professor (Emeritus), Department of Television, Radio, Film, and Theatre, San Jose State University
Theatre Consultant, Pantechnicon LLC
Administrator/Technical Operations Supervisor, Morris Dailey Auditorium
Lighting Designer for several local theatres and production companies

Chair of Fellows, Past President, and Fellow, United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT)
Joel E. Rubin Award, USITT
Founding member/past president, Northern California section, USITT
Governor’s Award for Employee Safety, State of California
Three-time recipient, Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, San Jose State University

Marybeth Lyles Higuera

MA, Audiology, California State University
BS 1959, Speech Pathology/Audiology, Purdue University

Professional History
Semi-Professional poker player
Travel Consultant, Lewis Travel Service
Independent Speech Pathologist
Speech Pathologist, California School System

Awards/Honors/Community Service
Pinnacle Award, Purdue University
Philanthropist – her commitment to her home and Purdue communities include gifts to:
• Purdue’s Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences for the construction of the Lyles-Porter Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building
• The Fox Theatre (Visalia, CA) for the completion of the building interior and the Lyles-Porter Auditorium
• The College of the Sequoias (Visalia, CA) for the construction of the Thomas Porter Field House

Sherry Smith

PhD 1984, History, University of Washington
MA 1974, American Studies, Purdue University
BA 1972, History, Purdue University

Professional History
Distinguished Professor, History Department, Southern Methodist University
Associate Director, William B. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Associate Professor, History Department, University of Texas, El Paso
Author of 30 books, articles, and publications

President, Western History Association
Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow, Huntington Library
Calvin Horn Lecturer, University of New Mexico
James A. Rawley Prize, Organization of American Historians
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for College Teachers
Fulbright Senior Lecturer, University of Otago, New Zealand
And others

Chesley Sullenberger

MS 1973, Psychology, Purdue University
BS 197, Psychology, US Air Force Academy
MA 1979, Public Administration, University of Northern Colorado


2009 Recipients

Mark Andrews

BA 1971, Speech (Communication), Purdue University

Professional History
General manager and company manager, Professional Theatre Productions
Associate general manager, Phantom — The Las Vegas Spectacular
Company manager, first national tour of Wicked
Company manager, The Phantom of the Opera, New York City
Company manager, first national tour of Sunset Boulevard

Community Involvement
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
The American Run for the End of AIDS

M. Leroy Keyes

BS 1969, Physical Recreation Education, Purdue University

Professional History
Assistant director, John Purdue Club — Purdue University
Administrative assistant and running-back coach, Purdue Football Program
Desegregation specialist, Philadelphia school district
First-round NFL draft choice in 1969, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs

Inaugural inductee, Purdue Athletic Hall of Fame, 1994
National Collegiate Hall of Fame, 1990
Purdue’s All-Time Greatest Football Player, 1987


Lorraine Olson Ramig

PhD 1980, Speech Pathology and Speech Science, Purdue University
MS 1975, Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BS 1972, Speech Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Professional History
Professor, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder
Senior scientist, National Center for Voice and Speech
Adjunct professor, Department of Biobehavior, Columbia University Teacher’s College, New York

Professional Service/Boards
LSVT Foundation, co-founder
David Phinney Foundation, scientific advisory board and board of directors
Journal of Voice, editorial board
Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, editorial board

Tom Scholl

BA 1970, Philosophy, Purdue University
Executive Management Program 1981, MIT Sloan School of Management

Professional History
General partner, Novak Biddle Venture Partners
Co-founder/chairman, Cognio
Founder, Telogy Networks
Senior vice president of engineering, Hughes Network Systems

Professional Service/Boards
University of Maryland Board of Trustees
Clark School of Engineering Board of Visitors, chairman
FiberZone Networks Inc., board chairman
Joseph A. Sciulli Entrepreneur of the Year, Maryland High Technology Council, 1995

John W. Stauffer

BSE 1981, Mechanical Engineering, Duke University
MALS 1991, Humanities, Wesleyan University
MA 1993, American Studies, Purdue University
M.Phil. 1996, American Studies, Yale University
PhD 1999, American Studies, Yale University
Honorary MA 2004, Harvard University

Professional History
Chair, History of American Civilization Program, Harvard University
Professor, English and African American Studies, Harvard University
John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

Marquis Who’s Who in the World
Outstanding Intellectual of the 21st Century, International Biographical Centre
Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award, Harvard University, 2005
Clark Research Award, Harvard University, 1999, 2002, 2005

 2008 Recipients

Joann Pasquale DiGennaro

BA 1965, Communication, Purdue University
1966 University of Rome
MS 1976, University of Maryland
1978, Oxford University Law Program
JD 1979, George Mason University School of Law

Professional History
President, Center for Excellence in Education

Professional Service/Community Involvement
Board of Visitors, U.S. Army War College
NASA Advisory Council
Board of Governors, Coordinating Council for International Universities
Board of Directors, Sts. Cyril and Methodius Foundation, Sofia, Bulgaria
Advisory Board for Educational Projects, Siemens Corporation
Chairperson, Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees
Executive Board and Officer, Northern Virginia Mental Health Association Board of Trustees
Chairman, International Trade Committee, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce

2007 Recognition by U.S. Congress for education, science, and technology programming between United States and other nations
2007 Recognition Award for Philanthropy, Government of Bulgaria
2006 Gold Ring Award, Pharos Tribune Newspaper
Outstanding Service, Mental Health Association of Northern Virginia
Who’s Who of American Women

David Geeslin

BA 1989, Linguistics, Purdue University
EdM 1991, Deaf Education, Boston University
EdD 2007, Educational Leadership, Indiana University

Professional History
Indiana School for the Deaf
Educational Consultant
Supervising Teacher (Principal of Elementary)
Interim Director of Outreach
Interim Assistant Director of Outreach
Interim Director of Assessment Services Center
Language Assessment Specialist
American Sign Language Assessment Coordinator
Consultant (Language Assessment Specialist), Boston Children Deaf Network, Boston Children’s Hospital

Professional Service
Indiana School for the Deaf
Bilingual/Bicultural Committee
Communication Committee
Tech Prep Curriculum Committee
Technology Committee
Indianapolis Public School Cultural Audit Task Force
Board member, State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities

Chuck Jones

BA 1981, Industrial Design and Human Factors Engineering, Purdue University

Professional History
Whirlpool Corporation
Corporate Vice President, Global Product Design
Group Manager, ID/HI and Business Strategy Office, Xerox Corporation
General Manager, Meridian Division, Herman Miller Incorporated
Haworth Incorporated
Manager, Corporate Industrial Design
Manager, Venture Group
Kimball International
Manager, Advanced Concepts and Innovation
Industrial Designer, Corporate Design Center

Professional Service
Elected to Academy of Fellows, International Design Society
Elected to Academy of Fellows, World Technology Network
Judge, 1995 BusinessWeek/IDEA design competition
Chair, 1999 BusinessWeek “Designs of the Decade” competition
Chair, 2002 BusinessWeek/IDEA design competition
Fellow, Industrial Designers Society of America
Design Management Institute
Product Development and Management Association
Professional Member, Human Factors Society
Founding Member, Association for Software Design 

National Design Award
More than 100 international awards for product design excellence
Fast Company “Master of Design”
BusinessWeek Industrial Design Excellence Award
Who’s Who in Science and Technology
Who’s Who in America

Dorothy Leland

BA 1971, English, Purdue University
MA 1973, American Studies, Purdue University
PhD 1978, Philosophy, Purdue University

Professional History
Georgia College & State University
President and Professor of Philosophy
Florida Atlantic University
Vice President, Boca Raton Campus
Executive Director and Associate Provost
Special Assistant to the Provost
Director and Executive Director, Women’s Studies Center
Purdue University
Director, Women’s Resource Office
Director and Co-Director, Doctoral Program in English and Philosophy
Assistant and Associate Professor of Philosophy

Professional Service
Board of Trustees/Directors
Page Foundation
Oconee River Greenway Foundation
Flannery O’Connor-Andalusia Foundation
Middle Georgia United Way
Georgia Council on Economic Education
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
President, Peach Belt Athletic Conference
Chair, Policies and Purposes Committee, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Mentor, Georgia Education Mentorship Program

Betsy Turner

BA 1977, Communication Education, Purdue University
MA 1979, Communication, Purdue University
JD 1986, Vanderbilt University Law School

Professional History
Counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Litigation Associate, Boies & McInnis LLP
Litigation Associate, Stecher, Jaglom & Prutzman
Law Clerk, Gilbert S. Merritt, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Paralegal Assistant, Williams & Connolly

Professional Service/Community Involvement
The Drama League of New York
Board of Directors
First Vice President
Member, Green Room Company
Member, Cornwall Garden Club and Royal Horticulture Society

2007 Recipients

Wotjek Chodzko-Zajko


B.Ed, 1979, Exercise Physiology (Honors), University of London
PhD, 1984, PhD, Exercise Physiology, Purdue
Post Doctorate, 1985-87, Center for Research on Aging, Purdue   

Professional History

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 
Head, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health
Chair, Campus Initiative on Aging
Head, Department of Community Health
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Kent State University
Coordinator, Exercise Science Program
Associate Professor
University of Alabama
Assistant Professor
Purdue University     
Research Fellow   


International Society for Aging and Physical Activity, President
Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Founding Editor and Editorial Board member
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance
American College of Sports Medicine
Aging Society of America
Gerontological Society of America

Awards and Recognitions

Appointed, President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Science Board
Congressional Briefing, Senate Special Committee on Aging and House Fitness Caucus
Visiting Professor, Akademia Wychowania Fizycznego (Warsaw, Poland)
Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecturer (LSU)
King McCristal Distinguished Scholar Award (University of Illinois)
Presidential Award, North American Society for Sport and Physical Education
And many more.

Jonnie Guerra


PhD 1981, English, Purdue
MA 1975, English, Purdue
BA 1973, English, Seaton Hill College (PA) – Magna Cum Laude

Professional History

Cabrini College (PA)
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English
Emily Dickinson International Society Bulletin Editor, Poet to Poet Series
Purdue University
Visiting Scholar in the Department of English
Randolph Macon Woman’s College    
Dean of the College and Professor of English
Walsh University 
Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of English
Mount Vernon College 
Director of the First-Year Program

Community Involvement

Tutor, Lafayette Adult Reading Academy
Strategic Planning Committee, Canton Symphony Orchestra
Community Leaders Panel for Women’s Network Project, “Developing Community Plans to Improve Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education for Women and Minorities.”
Co-Coordinator, Scholars in Cooperative Career Exploration Program
Coordinator, Mount Vernon College Poetry Festival for High School Students


Substantive Change Committee, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Emily Dickinson International Society, Inc, held several leadership postions
Modern Language Association


Fulbright Scholar Grant to lecture in Hungary*
*Declined to accept appointment as Associate Academic Dean at Walsh University

Donald A. Mahley


MA 1971, International Relations, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburg
BA 1964, Philosophy, Purdue

Professional History

U.S. Department of State

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Threat Reduction, Export Controls and Negotiations
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arms Control Implementation
Special Negotiator for Chemical and Biological Arms Control(with rank of Ambassador)
U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 
Acting Assistant Director for Multilateral Affairs
National Security Council
Director of Defense Policy and Arms Control
Deputy Director of Defense Policy and Armst Control
Deputy Director, Defense Plans Division, U.S. Mission to NATO
Associate Professor of Military Strategy, National War College
Commander, TUSLOG Detachment 168, Turkey
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences, U.S. Military Academy
Chief, Technical Inspection Branch, H.S. Army Missile and Munitions School, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama
Commander, 611th Ordinance Company, Vietnam


Defense Superior Service Medal, Department of Defense
Legion of Merit, Department of Defense
Distinguished Honor Awards (three), Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Superior Honor Award, Department of State
Presidential Service Award, National Security Council
Joint Unit Commendation Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Achievement Medal

Hy Mariampolski


PhD 1977, Sociology, Purdue
MS 1971, Sociology, Purdue
BA 1968, Sociology, City College of New York of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Professional History

QualiData Research Inc.
Founder, President, and Managing Director
Hunter College (CUNY)
Adjunct Professor
New York City Partnership/New York Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Research Consultant
Yeshiva University
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Kansas State University
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Indiana University
Lecturer of Sociology


Qualitive Research Consultants Association
European Society for Market Research
University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Coca-Cola Center for Marketing Studies
Purdue University, College of Liberal Arts, Dean's Advisory Council
American Sociology Association


Membership, Market Research Council (honorary association of market-research professionals)
2006 Industrial Design Excellence Award-Gold
The Society of the Quill Literary Award
Outstanding Leadership Award
Doctoral Dissertation Grant

David Potts


MFA 1976, Stage Design, Brandeis University
BA 1972, Theatre, Purdue

Professional History

Production and Set Designer: 18 films/television series, 5 Broadway and 26 0ff Broadway shows, 42 regional theater shows, and 4 themed entertainment events
Art Director, John from Cincinnati, HBO
Art Director, Deadwood, HBO
Born Yesterday, 46th Street Theatre, Broadway
Sleuth, National Tour/San Francisco, Broadway
The Boys Next Door, off Broadway
Be Happy for Me, off Broadway
The Philadelphia Story, Alaska Repertory Theatre
Grand Hotel: The Musical, Colony Theatre
75 Years of Disney Magic, Disney on Ice International Tour
Ice Capades, National Tour


Emmy Award, Art Direction, Deadwood (HBO)
Art Director's Guild Production, Design Award Nomination, Deadwood (HBO)
Cable ACE Award Nomination, Production Design, 5th of July (M.O.W./Showtime and PBS Theatre in America)
Drama Desk Award Nomination, Set Design, Full Hookup (off Broadway/New York Theatre)
Ovation Award Nomination, Sherlock's Last Case (Los Angeles Theatre)

Patricia Welch (Deceased)


PhD 1977, Developmental Psychology, Purdue
MA 1973, Psychology-Child Development, Purdue
BA 1950, English, Butler University

Professional History

Consultant, Diagnostic Clinic, St. Mary's Child Center
Sales Representative, Educational Division, Scholastic, Inc.
Executive Director, St. Mary's Child Center
Educational Consultant, Catholic Social Services
Part-time Instructor, IUPUI Psychology Department
Teaching/Research Assistant, Purdue
Research, Genetics Department, Indiana University Medical Center
Assistant to Chairman and Office Manager, Marion County Democratic Central Committee
Social Investigator, New York City Department of Welfare
Children's Book Editor, Sheed and Ward Publishers
Editorial Assistant, Children's Books, Oxford Unviersity Press

Professional/Community Associations

Indiana Genetic Disease Advisory Committee
USCO Adult Education Program
Indianapolis Alliance for Jobs Inc.
Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners
Greater Indianapolis Progress
Indianapolis Ballet Society
Orton Dyslexis Society

Awards and Honors

Sagamore of the Wabash
Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health
Girls Incorporated Forum Series Honoree
Community Leader Recognition Ceremony (Network of Women in Business)
Certificate of Recognition, Purdue

2006 Recipients

Stephen McKinley Henderson


Lincoln University, Missouri, 1967-68
The Juilliard School, Group I, Drama Division, 1968-70
BFA 1972, North Carolina School of the Arts, 1972
MA 1977, Theatre, Purdue

Professional History

Tenured faculty member and former chair, Department of Theatre and Dance, SUNY, Buffalo
Performed in numerous theater productions and acted in several films and television programs, most recently including:
• “Van Helsing,” Dracula, The Musical, Broadway, 2004–05
• “Pontius Pilate,” the LAByrinth production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, 2004–05
• Drowning Crow, Broadway, February 2004
• “Arthur” in HBO Film, Everyday People
• Member, Theatre Lab Acting Company, Sundance Institute, Summer 2003
• “Slowdrag,” Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Broadway, 2003
• “Stool Pigeon,” King Hedley II, Broadway, 2001
Directed a number of productions, including
• Ali! at the John Houseman Theatre (New York), Mermaid Theatre (London), and Olympic Arts Festival (Atlanta, 1996)
• The Ninth Wave (1996) for the St. Louis Black Repertory Company
• Oleanna (1995) at The Kavinoky Theatre (Buffalo)

Awards and Honors

Fox Fellowship, to study with Lloyd Richards (2003)
Career Achievement Award presented by the ARTVOICE Committee, Buffalo (2002)
Obie, Drama Desk, and Audelco awards for work in August Wilson’s, Jitney
Beverly Hills’ NAACP Theatre Award and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for “Turnbo” in Jitney (2000)
ARTVOICE citation for Special Contribution to the 1998–99 theater season, Buffalo (1999)
Artist of the Year Award, National Endowment of the Arts for the Arts Council of Buffalo and Erie County (1993), presented by NEA Chair, Jane Alexander
Distinguished Alumni Award, Black Cultural Center at Purdue University (1991)

Community Involvement

• Guest speaker/lecturer for several fundraising and special awareness events and benefits
• Member of Alumni Panel, Drama Division, Juilliard School at Lincoln Center (NY)
• Adjudicator, Irene Ryan recognition in acting and Lorraine Hansberry recognition in playwriting for the regional American College Theatre Festival (SUNY-Buffalo)
• Member, provost’s committee to establish the School of Arts and Sciences (SUNY-Buffalo)
• Coordinator, Student Playwrights Workshop and Conference (SUNY-Buffalo)
• Member, Women’s Rights Committee

Renu Khator


BA 1973, Liberal Arts, Kanpur University (India)
MA 1975, Political Science, Purdue
PhD 1975, Political Science/Public Administration, Purdue

Professional History

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of South Florida (2004– )
Professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida (1995– )
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of South Florida (2002–03)
Director/Chair, Environmental Science and Policy Department, University of South Florida (1997–2000)
Faculty Assistant to the President, University of South Florida (1995–97)
Director of Graduate Program, Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida (1990–93)

Awards and Honors

Received 19 research awards and grants
Outstanding Indian of the Tampa Bar, awarded by the Indian Community (1999)
Profiles in Sarita and India Abroad (1995)
Teaching Incentive Program Award (1994)

Community Involvement

• President of the Board, Kiran C. Patel Charter School (2003– )
• Board of Directors, Moffitt Cancer Hospital (2000– )
• Board, University of South Florida Foundation (1998– )
• Board of Directors, Lowry Park Zoo (2001– )
• Secretary and Board of Directors, Girl Scouts, Sun Coast Chapter (2002– )
• Advisory Board, City of Clearwater Brownfield (1999– )
• City of Tampa Environmental Taskforce (1999– )

Bart Peterson


BA 1980,, Political Science, Purdue
JD 1983, University of Michigan Law School

Professional History

Mayor, Indianapolis, Indiana (1999– )
President, The Precedent Companies (1995–99)
Chief of Staff, Indiana Governor Evan Bayh (1993–95)
Advisor/Deputy Chief of Staff, Indiana Governor Evan Bayh (1989–93)
Lawyer, Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan (1983–89)

Community Involvement

President, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
First Vice President, National League of Cities
Member, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana’s Board of Trustees
Member, Board of Trustees of the Regenstrief Foundation

Joanne Pottlitzer


MA 1964, Spanish, Middlebury College (Vermont
BS 1959, Theatre, Purdue

Professional History

Founder/Artistic and Producing Director, TOLA (Theatre of Latin America, Inc.) (1966-1980): produced more than twenty plays Off Broadway, fifteen concerts in major New York concert halls, and ten national tours, culminating in the hemispheric Theatre in the Americas Festival in 1979. 
Producer, An Evening with José Triana, in association with CUNY Graduate Center’s International Series at the Martin Segal Theatre (2005), Tres Marías y una Rosa (1981), Festival of Drums II (1980), Theatre in the Americas Festival (1979),
Writer, articles in PAJ (A Journal of Performance and Art) (2004), Theatre Journal (2004), Review magazine (2003), Yale University’s Theater magazine (2001), Crimes of War magazine (2001) and The New York Times (2000).  Book: Hispanic Theatre in the United States and Puerto Rico (1988).
Translator, published and/or produced of translations of 15 plays include: Saying Yes by Griselda Gambaro (2004), La Chunga by Mario Vargas Llosa (2002), Daedalus in the Belly of the Beast by Marco Antonio de la Parra (1992), The Toothbrush by Jorge Díaz (1990)
Director, productions in New York, Los Angeles, Tucson, Santiago de Chile (1982-1992)

Awards and Honors

The Rockefeller Foundation, four-week writing residency in Ballagio, Italy, to work on her forthcoming book, Symbols of Resistance: A Chilean Legacy (2004)
Award from the Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations acknowledging and in appreciation of contributions toward restoring democracy in Chile (2001)
Visiting Faculty Fellowship, Notre Dame University’s Kellogg Institute of International Studies (1995)
Senior Fulbright Lecture/Research Award to travel to Chile (1994–95)
The Villager Award for producing the Theatre in the Americas Festival (1979)
Obie Award for producing Chile! Chile! (1976)
Obie Award for producing A Latin American Fair of Opinion (1972)

Community Involvement

Board of Directors, League of Professional Theatre Women
Member, NoPassport (NOPE)
Member, The Women’s Project and Productions




2005 Recipients

Carolyn Curiel


BA 1976, Radio-TV-Film, Purdue
HD 1998, Calumet College of St. Joseph, Indiana

Professional History

Editorial Writer; Member, Editorial Board, The New York Times
Senior Fellow, Pew Hispanic Center
United States Ambassador to Belize, US Embassy
Presidential Speechwriter, The White House
Senior Presidential Speechwriter and Special Assistant to the President, The White House
Producer-Writer, ABC News Nightline
Desk Editor, Week in Review, Foreign and National Desks, The New York Times
Copy Editor, National Desk, The Washington Post
Freelance Writer/Reporter/Producer, ABC News
Caribbean Division Chief; Editor, Foreign News/Midwest Desk, United Press

Awards and Honors

Publisher’s Award, The New York Times (2003)
Achievement Award, Hammond (Indiana) Historical Society and Rotary Club (2003)
One of 50 women of the century, Latina Magazine (1999)
Old Master Honoree, Purdue University (1999)
Consistently appear on lists of nation’s most influential Hispanics

Stuart Howard


Certificate 1960, La Sorbonne, Paris, France
BFA 1962, Playwriting, Carnegie Institute of Technology
MA 1964, Theatre, Purdue

Professional History

Owner, Stuart Howard and Associates
Faculty, Drama Division, Julliard School
Opened the casting office of Pulivino and Howard
Head of Casting Department, Oglivy and Mather Advertising
Agent, Hesseltine/Baker Talent Agency
Guest lecturer at:
 Carnegie Mellon University
 State University of New York
 Trinity Repertory Theatre
 Valdosta State College
 Stella Adler Studio of Acting
 Brooklyn College

Professional Memberships

The Casting Society of America

Community Involvement

Founding Member, Holocaust Museum (Washington, DC)
God’s Love, We Deliver, delivering meals to house-bound, ill New Yorkers
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Jacquiline S. Rudolph Touba


BA 1958, Sociology, Syracuse University
1960,Non-Western Sociology, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands
Diploma 1962, Comprehensive Planning, International Institute for Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands
MS 1963, Sociology, Purdue
PhD 1966, Sociology, Purdue

Professional History

Founding Executive Director, World Awareness Children’s Museum
Grant Peer Reviewer, Federal Institute for Museum and Library Services
Grant Reviewer, National Endowment for the Humanities-Division of Research Programs
Founding Director, International Arts and Culture Association
Independent Scholar, Research on Turkish Culture
Independent Scholar, Research on Tribal Jewelry in Morocco
Mentor, Empire State College, State University of New York
Private business and investor
Visiting Professor, Skidmore College (New York)
Associate Professor of Sociology and Head of the Comparative Sociology Section,
 Institute for Social Studies and Research, Tehran University (Iran)
Consultant, Joint Study of Windows with USHEW and the University of Cairo (Egypt)
Chief Expert, Iranian Statistical Center, Plan Organization, Demographic and Social
Part-time Lecturer, College of Education, Tehran University (Iran)
Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
Consultant, Legal Aid Assurance Program of the Delaware Department of Public Welfare
Consultant, Redevelopment Agency of the Wilmington Public Housing Authority, West
 Center City Redevelopment Area Survey
Consultant, Community Services Council of Delaware
Consultant, Akron Department of City Planning and Urban Renewal (Ohio)
Teaching Assistant, Purdue University
Work Student, Provincial Planning Service of South Holland, The Hague, The

Professional Memberships

American Association of Museums
International Society for Education Through Art
Association of Youth Museums
National Art Education Association
New England Museum Association
Community Involvement
Rotary Club of Glens Falls
Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lake George Chamber of Commerce
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
Lake George Arts Project

Awards and Honors

Team Leader, Rotary Group Study Exchange, Orissa Province, India (2001)
Woman of Distinction Award, Adirondack Girl Scout Council (1999)
Zonta International Peace Award (1989)
Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council Apple Award for Outstanding Contributions to
 Arts in Education (1988)
Visiting Fellow, Policy Center on Aging, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Travel Grant to Varna, Bulgaria, International Sociological Association (1970)
Foundation Fellowship, Purdue University (1964)
Fellowship, International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

Robert Utley


BS 1951, History, Purdue
MA 1952, History, Indiana University
HDR 1974, Purdue
HDR 1976, University of New Mexico
HDR 1983, Indiana University

Professional History

Freelance Writer, Teacher, Consultant
Deputy Executive Director, President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
Assistant Director of the Service for Park Historic Preservation, National Park Service
Director for the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation; Department of the  Interior, National Park Service
Chief Historian, Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Regional Historian for the Southwest Region, Department of the Interior, National Park  Service
Historian, Department of the Interior, National Park Service
Historian for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of Defense
Historical Aide, Department of the Interior, National Park Service
U.S. ARMY (1952-1956)
U.S. Army Reserves (1956-1959)

Advisory Positions

Board of Directors, Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
Honorary Advisor, National Wildlife Art Museum
Board of Director, Eastern National Park and Monument Association
Member Advisory Committee, Center for the History of the American Indian
Member Board of Advisors, National Historical Society
Editorial Board of numerous magazines and journals

Professional Memberships

American Historical Association
Organization of American Historians
National Historical Society
Historical Society of New Mexico
Santa Fe Westerners
Council on America’s Military Past
Western Writers of America
Texas State Historical Association
George Wright Society
Wyoming State Historical Society
North Dakota Historical Society
Western History Association
Potomac Corral of the Westerners

Community Involvement

Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department

Awards and Honors

Wrangler Award, National Cowboy Museum and Western Heritage Center (2003, 1988,  1987)
T.H. Fehrenback Award, Texas Historical Commission (2003)
Fellow, Texas Institute of Letters (2003)
Beinecke Senior Fellowship, Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, Yale  University (2001-2002)
Presidents Award for Outstanding Service, Western Writers of America (2001)
Affiliated Scholar, Southwestern University (1997)
Jeff Dykes Award, Potomac Westerners Corral (1997)
Samuel Eliot Morison Prize, Society for Military History (1997)
Fellow, Society of American Historians (1995)
George Melendez Wright Award for Excellence, George Wright Society (1995)
Caughey Prize, Western History Association (1994, 1988)
Owen Wister Award, Western Writers of America (1994)
Spur Award, Western Writers of American (1993)
Edgar Lee Hewitt Award for Public Service, Historical Society of New Mexico (1988)
Emil W. Haury Award, Southwest Parks and Monument Association (1982)
Huntington Library Research Fellowship (1981)
Distinguished Service Alumni Award, Indiana University (1977)
Distinguished Service Award, Department of the Interior (1971)
Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History (1964)
Buffalo Award, New York Westerners (1964)
Outstanding Performance Award, National Park Service (1963, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972,  1975, 1976)

Jack Wiggins


BA 1948, Psychology, University of Oklahoma
MA 1951, Clinical Psychology, Southern Methodist University
PhD 1952, Clinical Psychology, Purdue
HD 1998, Psychology, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
HD 1999, Pscychology California School of Professional Psychology

Professional History

Senior Faculty Consultant, Nebraska Mental Health Clinics Internship Training Program
Community Representative, Mayo Clinics Institutional Review Board
Member/Consultant, Arizona Psychological Association
Member, Board of the Mental Health Association of Arizona
Member, Board of the Arizona Chapter of the American Liver Foundation
Medical Advisory Board Foundation, Behavioral Health
Board of Trustee, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
President, Psychological Development Center, Inc
Staff Psychologist, William, Lynde and Williams, Management Consultants
 Private Practice
Chief Psychologist, Outpatient Clinic, Cleveland Psychiatric Institute
Intern, Elgin State Hospital

Professional/Civic Activities

Board of Directors, Academy of Medical Psychology
Founder, American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy
Founder, APA College of Professional Psychology
Founder, Division of Addictions
Founder, Division of Family Psychology
Founder, Division of Independent Practice
Founder, Division of Health Psychology
Board of Trustees, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Clinical Professor and Advisory Board, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University
Member, Cleveland Federation for Community Planning
Editor, Journal of Adolescent Chemical Dependency Volume 2 (Special Issue)
Editorial Consultant, Psychotherapy in Private Practice
Editorial Consultant, Journal of the Division of Psychotherapy, APA
Editorial Consultant, Professional Psychology Research and Practice
American Psychological Foundation
Greater Washington Association for Advancement of Psychology
Association for the Advancement of Psychology
Council of Applied Psychological Professions and Sciences
Member, APA Council of Representatives
American Psychological Association
Ohio Academy of Consulting Psychologists
Ohio Psychological Association
Cleveland Academy of Consulting Psychologists
Cleveland Psychological Association

Awards and Honors

Aaron Canter Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology (2002)
American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied  Psychology as a Professional Practice (1997)
Distinguished Public Service Award, Division of Independent Practice (1994)
Karl F. Heiser Award for Advocacy (1992)
Division 43 Special Award (1992)
Ohio Senate Resolution of Congratulations and Service to Ohio (1990)
Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice
Distinguished Psychologist Award, Cleveland Psychological Association (1989)
Distinguished Psychologist Award, APA Division of Psychotherapy (1989)
Psychologist of the Year, APA Division of Independent Practice (1984)
Distinguished Psychologist Award, APA Division of Clinical Psychology (1983
Distinguished Service Award, APA Division of Psychotherapy (1981)
Service Award for Public Policy Research, Council for the Advancement of Psychology  (1975)
Special Award, Board of Professional Affairs (1975)
Psychologist of the Year Award, Cleveland Academy of Consulting Psychology (1975)
Distinguished Service Award, Ohio Psychological Association (1974)
Special Recognition of Service Award to Profession of the Science of Psychology, Ohio  Psychological Association (1972)

2004 Recipients

Edward (Ted) Allen


BA 1987, Psychology, Purdue University
MA 1989, Journalism, New York University
*Also received a certificate from the Science and Environmental Reporting Program.

Professional History
Food and Wine Expert, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy television show on Bravo
Senior Editor and Restaurant Critic, Chicago Magazine
Writer, Esquire Magazine (Co-Author of the column Things A Man Should Know)
Co-Author of four books:
• Esquire’s Things a Man Should Know About Handshakes, White Lies and Which Fork Goes Where: Easy Business Etiquette for Complicated Times (Allen and Ted Omelianuk)
• Esquire’s Things a Man Should Know About Sex (Allen and Omelianuk)
• Esquire’s Things a Man Should Know About Style (Allen and Omelianuk)
• Esquire’s Things a Man Should Know About Marriage: A Groom’s Guide to the Wedding and Beyond (Allen and Omelianuk)
Copy Editor, Journal and Courier

Currently Ted Allen is the wine and food expert on Bravo’s hit television show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. He and the other members of the “Fab Five” have become influential on television and in society. Ted is originally from Carmel, Indiana, and has called Chicago home until recently moving to New York for the show. Although Ted was a Psychology major while at Purdue, his primary career focus has been journalism. In fact, he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2001 for an Esquire feature story on male breast cancer. As a student, Ted played the bass guitar for “The Positive Reinforces,” a band that included others from the Psychology Department, including David Santogrossi, an Associate Dean in the School of Liberal Arts.

Jane Kinn Buser


BA 1968, Recreation, Purdue

Professional History

Executive Director of Human Resource Services - Boise State University
Project Director - American Red Cross
Senior Human Resources Specialist - Bank Building Corporation
Unit Director - American Red Cross, Republic of South Vietnam Program


Boise State University Women in History Honoree (2002)
College and Professional Association – Human Resources’ Distinguished Service Award (1998)
YWCA’s Tribute to Women and Industry Honoree (1998)
The Idaho Statesman’s Distinguished Citizen (1992)
Recipient of the Joyce Stein Award for Service to Women (1985)

Service to Boise State University

Member - President’s Cabinet
Co-Founder, past Senator, Vice President, and President - Professional Staff Association
Member - Affirmative Action Committee
Past member - Women’s Center Advisory Board
Member - HERS/West Executive Committee

Current and Past Membership in Professional Associations

College and Professional Association – Human Resources (CUPA-HR)
State Human Resources Association
Ada County Personnel Advisory Council
Human Resources of Treasure Valley Association
Idaho Job Training Council
Public Employees Retirement Coalition
Idaho Public Employees Retiree Health Insurance Review Committee
State of Idaho Group Health HR Advisory Group
Albertson’s College HR Advisory Board

Current and Past Communication Involvement

Board of Directors and Secretary - Susan G. Komen (Boise Affiliate) Board
Board of Directors - The Children’s School
National Board of Directors and Secretary - Women Overseas Service
Board of Directors - Capital Educators Federal Credit Union
Board of Directors and Chair of Fund Distribution and Personnel Committees -
United Way of Ada County
Board of Directors - Idaho Conservation League
Board of Directors - American Red Cross
Board of Directors and past President of the Board of Directors – YWCA
Co-Chair of 1997 FWC Executive Breakfast and Seminar - Family Workplace Consortium

Leonard Cox


BA 1979, Communication
MA 1996, Organizational Communication

Professional History

Co-owner - River Films, Inc
Partner - The Michael Cohen Group, LLC
Director of Corporation Communications, -National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
Director of External Affairs - Purdue University School of Science
Assistant Press Secretary - Office of the Lieutenant Governor for the State of Indiana

Community Involvement

Volunteer and past Advisory Board Member - The Dwelling Place
Volunteer - Friends in Deed
Active Member - St. Paul and St. Andrew Methodist Church

Awards and Honors

CNN’s selected his documentary, Questioning Faith, as one of the Top Ten Films of the Year (2002)
Received an EMMY nomination for his documentary, Family Name (1998)
Received Best Documentary for Family Name at the Sundance Film Festival for (1997)
Shared CASE Silver Medal Award (1986)

Sonya Margerum


BA, Chemisty and Biology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
MA 1979, Political Science and Government, Purdue University

Professional History

Mayor of West Lafayette (1980-2004)
West Lafayette City Council (1976-1980)


Sagamore of the Wabash (2004)
Order of the Griffin, Purdue University (2004)
Russell G. Lloyd Distinguished Service Award (IACT) (1992)
Distinguished Alumna, St. Olaf College (1983)

Professional Service

Board Member - Youth, Education, and Families Institute (NLC)
Board Member - Indiana Economic Development Commission
Steering Committee for Host City Indianapolis – NLC annual conference
Board Member - National League of Cities
Past Steering Committee Member - NLC - Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
Former President - Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
Past Executive Committee Member - IACT

Current Community Involvement

Board Member - Greater Lafayette Museum of Art
Board Member - Tippecanoe Arts Federation
Board Member - Crisis Center
Member - League of Women Voters

Stephanie Tolan


BA 1964, Creative Writing
MA 1967, English

Professional History

Author of young adult, nonfiction, and intermediate novels and children’s books; as well as plays and musicals
National Expert/Speaker/Advocate for the gifted child

Honors and Awards
Many of her books have won numerous awards, including the most recent Surviving the Applewhites (Harper Collins, 2002), which won the 2003 Newbery Honor Book.
Albany Author of the Year (1990), Friends of the Albany Public Library
Individual Artist Fellowships (1978, 1981, 1997), Ohio Arts Council
Certificate for Contributions to the Literary Arts in the State and the Nation (1981), Ohio Arts Council
Post Corbett Award Finalist (1981)
Fellowship in Children’s Literature (1980), Breadloaf Writer’s Conference

Community Involvement

Consultant on the needs of the gifted children

John von Szeliski


BS 1956, Psychology and Theatre, Purdue
MS 1958, Theatre, Purdue
PhD 1962, Theatre and English,University of Minnesota

Professional History

Architect/Owner, John von Szeliski and Associates
Director of Planning and Design, TBP Architects
Head of Theatre and Professor, Williams College (Williamstown, MA)
Professor, University of Tampa
Author, Tragedy and Fear (1971, University of North Carolina Press)
Contributing Illustrator, Theatre, by Robert Cohen (Mayfield Publishing Company)
Producer/Author, of radio and television programs on arts topics
Director of forty stage productions; designer of twenty

Community Involvement

Volunteer, Share Our Selves
Elder, St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Trustee, Williamstown Summer Theatre

 2003 Recipients

Dan Angel 


BS 1961, Wayne State University
MA 1963, Wayne State University
PhD 1965, Purdue

Professional History

President, Marshall University
President, Stephen f. Austin State University
President, Austin Community College
President, Citrus College
President, Imperial Valley College
State Representative, Michigan 49th District


Exemplary Leadership Award, American Council on Education, 1995
Transofrmational Leadership Medal, 1989
"Pacesetter of the Year," National Council for Community Relations, 1989
"Public Administrator of the Year," Austin Society for Public Administrators, 1986

Board of Directors

Federal Reserve Board, Dallas Chemical Alliance Zone
Fifth Third Bank
West Virginia, Roundtable
Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce

Donald Bain


BS Speech, 1957

Professional History

Author and Ghostwriter of over 80 books: "Murder She Wrote" series; Autobiography: Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume: Writing for a Living.
Public Relations Executive, McCann-Erickson and American Airlines
Consultatn, Pan Am
Writer/Director of syndicated radio shows and industrial fims
Co-Founder, Hyphenates, Ltd
Jazz Musician, vibraphone and drums


Silver Anvil Awards, Public Relations Society of America
National Bestseller lists


Sigma Delta Chi
Writer's Guild of America
Author's Guild
National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Mystery Writers of America

J. Russell "Rusty" Rueff Jr.


BA 1984, Radio and Television
MS 1986, Counseling, School of Education

Professional History

Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Electronic Arts, Inc.
Vice President, International Human Resources, Pepsi-Cola International
Vice President, North American Restaurant Human Resources, Pizza Hut
Director, Staffing and Headquarters Support, Frito-Lay, Inc.
Personnel Trainee, Pratt & Whitney, a Division of United Technologies Corp.


Named one of "Ten Forward-Thinking Business Leaders," Fast Company magazine

Professional and Community Involvement

Member, Purdue University, School of Liberal Arts Dean's Advisory Council
Board member, Hire.com
Board member, All Bases Covered
President, The Sage International Theater Group
Trustee, American Conservatory Theater (ACT)
Member, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

Cynthia Stohl


BS 1969, State University College of New York at Buffalo
MA 1978, Communication, Purdue
PhD 1982, Communication, Purdue

Professional History

Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
Communication Department Chair, Purdue
Professor, Purdue
Visiting Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder
Visiting Scholar, Psychology Department, Aarhus University, Denmark
Visiting Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Margaret Church Distinguished Professor of Communication, 1998-2001
National Communication Association Award, "Best Article," Organizational Communication Division, 1998 & 2001; Best Book 1995
Excellence in Distance Education, Purdue 2000
Inaugural Member of The Book of Great Teachers, Purdue, 1999
Charles B. Murphy Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Purdue, 1993


 2002 Recipients

Kathryn Bushkin Calvin


BS 1971, Speech Pathology/Audiology

Professional History

Senior Vice President, AOL Time Warner and President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation
Press Secretary, Senator Gary Hart
Campaign Press Secretary, Senator Gary Hart presidential campaign
Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report
Senior Managing Director of Hill and Knowlton
Chief Communications Office and Senior Vice President, America Online


Top Communications Professional in Technology Industry, 1999
Top Women in Communications/Public Relations, 1999
Spirit of Liberty Award, People for the American Way Foundation, 2001
Washington Area Women's Foundation Entrepreneurial Philanthropy Award

Board of Directors

Stargazer Foundation
International Women's Media Foundation
Wolf Trap National Park
Share Our Strength
International Radio and Television Society

Priscilla Hill-Ardoin


BA 1972, Theatre, Drury College
MA 1974, Organizational Communication, Purdue
MBA 1988, Olin School of Business, Washington University
JD 1996, St. Louis University
Honory Doctorate of Law 1998, Harris-Stowe State College

Professional History

Senior Vice President, SBC Telecommunications, Inc.
Communications Department, Prairie View A&M University
Assistant Vice President for Corporate Services, SBC Communications, Inc.
President, Missouri Southwestern Bell
Chairman of the Board, SBC Foundation


Missourian Award, 1999
National Eagle Leadership (NELI) Award
Houston NewsPages Woman of Distinction Awad
Epworth Family Champion Award
YWCA Academy of Leaders (St. Louis)
"America's Best & Brightest Business and Professional Men & Women," Dollars & Sense Magazine 
Phenomenal Woman Award; Spelman University Award
Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington University, 2000

Board of Directors

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Telecommunications Development fund
National Exchange Carrier Association (NECA)
The National Symphony Orchestra Association (Kennedy Center)
The OASIS Institute
National Association of Black Telecommunications Professionals
Women's Research and Education Institute
Business Council, Washington University, School of Business
Formerly a Director of the Boy Scouts of America
Commerce Bank
Eagle Office Products Group
Nelson Gallery Foundation's Business Council
Drury College

Community Service

Girl Scouts Council of Greater St. Louis, Missouri
Best Friends Foundation

Carolyn Phillips


BA 1978, Mass Communication
Radcliffe Publishing Procedures 1979, Harvard University

Professional History

Assistant Managing Editor, Wall Street Journal, New York
Science Writer/Editor, Purdue News Service
Reporter, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Bureau
Deputy News Editor, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Bureau
Recruiter, Dow Jones & Co., New York
Deputy Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal, Houston Bureau
Adjunct Journalism Instructor, University of Houston
Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal, Houston Bureau

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Black Journalists
American Society of Newspaper Editors


Newswomen's Club of New York
Women in Communications Inc.
National Association of Black Journalists
2001 Old Masters, Purdue

Professional Service

National Writers Workshop Keynote Speaker
American Society of Newspaper Editors Professional-in-Residence on numerous campuses including:
San Francisco State University, Ohio University, Jackson State University, Southwest Texas State, Northwestern University, University of Mississippi, University of Memphis, IUPUI
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Workshops
American Medical Association Workshops
Public Relations Society of America Workshops
Dow Jones Newspaper fund Student and Faculty Workshops
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Workshops

2001  Recipients

Paula Backscheider


BA 1964, English
PhD 1972, English
MS, Southern Connecticut University

Professional History

Professor and Stevens Eminent Scholar
Pepperell-Philpott Eminent Scholar and Professor, Department of English, Auburn University
Roswell Burrows Professor, University of Rochester
Assistant Professor, Rollins College
Post-doctoral fellow, Purdue

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Modern Language Association
American Council of Learned Societies


Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Book in 1990 and 2000


Reflections on Biography, Oxford:Oxford University Press
Spectacular Politics: Theatrical Power and Mass Culture in Early Modern England, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
Daniel Defoe: His Life, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press
Daniel Defoe: Ambition and Innovation, Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky

Roger Blalock


AAS 1966, Burlington College
BS 1969, Physical Education

Professional History

Associate Athletic Director, Purdue
Assistant Athletic Director, Purdue
Associate Director, Office of Admissions, Purdue
Assistant Basketball Coach, Eastern Michigan University
Assistant Basketball Coach, Purdue
Financial Aid Counselor, Purdue
Sales and Marketing, Dow Chemical Company

Professional Affiliations

Advisor, Association of Black Students, Purdue
Founding member, Purdue Black Alumni Organization, Purdue Alumni Association
Fund raising, Purdue Black Cultural Center
Purdue School of Liberal Arts Alumni Board
Member of Purdue basketball team, 1967-1968


IACAC Human Relations Award

Community Service

Co-chair, West Lafayette Human Relations Committee
College Board (SAT), Midwest Regional Council National Achievement Scholarship Selection Committee





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