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From the Dean

Dear Friends,

With the end of our fiscal year, it is with great pride that I report that giving to the College of Liberal Arts topped $6M for the second consecutive year in 2013–14. It has been a year of extraordinary giving to the College at all levels. During Purdue’s first Day of Giving on April 30, Liberal Arts was the academic unit with the largest number of gifts made, and we certainly won the prize for creativity, with one gift made from a plane in flight! Especially meaningful are the 79 people who became new donors to Liberal Arts on that day.

Gifts to the College enhance our programs and enable us to provide exceptional opportunities for our students and faculty. In this issue of the Dean’s Club Connection, read on for four stories of how your support has helped students, faculty, and alumni—and allowed them to share their research and expertise with the wider community.

Allison Turner, a student in both CLA and the College of Agriculture, is a two-time Udall Scholar and Truman Scholarship finalist. She talks more about her research in sustainability and water policy in an interview with the National and International Scholarships Office, which assisted her with her scholarship applications.

The doctoral program in comparative literature allows Yuhan Huang to pursue her interests in literature and the arts—and she uses these in turn to raise awareness of Asian and Asian-American culture on campus by sharing her work with other students.

Professor of anthropology Melissa Remis examines how multiple forces come together to have an impact on a population—in this case, the BaAka people in the Central African Republic. Remis and her colleague collected health measures and dietary surveys to study how wildlife decline and civil unrest affect the human population in the Dzanga-Sangha Dense Forest Reserve.

At Purdue, we have the opportunity to highlight how the liberal arts and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are enriched and have greater capacity for meaningful change when the disciplines intersect. Alumna Christine Himes (BA 1979) will be putting these principles to work at her new position as dean of Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Human Sciences. We’re proud that our alumni provide inspired leadership at higher education institutions.

None of the work of the College would be possible, however, without your generosity. Thank you for answering the call and providing unwavering support for the College of Liberal Arts. It is most appreciated.

Sincerely,

Bud

Irwin Weiser

Justin S. Morrill Dean

College of Liberal Arts


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Giving tops $6M for second consecutive year

Giving tops 6M dollars for second consecutive year

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, the College of Liberal Arts received more than $6 million in gifts during the 2013–2014 fiscal year and had outstanding results for Purdue’s first-ever Day of Giving. More

Senior Allison Turner wins second Udall Scholarship 

Senior Allison Turner wins second Udall Scholarship

Allison Turner, a senior in CLA and the College of Agriculture, is a two-time Udall Scholar and a Truman Scholarship finalist. In this interview, she shares her research interests in sustainability, water policy, and how they affect communities—and the valuable support CLA students receive from the National & International Scholarships Office. More

Doctoral student Yuhan Huang promotes culture on campus

Doctoral student Yuhan Huang promotes culture on campus

Yuhan Huang’s doctoral program in comparative literature allows her to explore her interests in literature and the arts, as well as to share Asian and Asian-American culture with others on campus. More

Anthropologist studies human health in the Central African Republic

Anthropologist studies human health in the Central African Republic

Professor Melissa Remis recently published her findings on the food insecurity facing the BaAka people in the Central African Republic, exacerbated by political and economic unrest and complicated by efforts to help protect wildlife in their forest reserve communities.   More

Alumna Christine Himes named dean at Illinois Institute of Technology

Alumna Christine Himes named dean at Illinois Institute of Technology

Christine Himes (BA 1979, Russian; BS 1979 industrial management) was appointed the new dean of Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Human Sciences, and hopes to help the college’s students become “creative innovators of the future.” More



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