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Spring 2012 | By THiNK Staff. Photo by $photocredit.value.

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BRIAN LAMB (BA, Speech; HDR, Political Science, 1986) received the Lone Sailor Award, given to sea service veterans who have gone on to excellence in their civilian careers.


FRED LASH (BA, History) was selected best actor in a recent Virginia Theatre Association One-Act Play competition in Richmond, Virginia, for Heroes, which was judged best play. He also received an Excellence in Acting award at the 2011 Southeast Theatre Conference One-Act Play Festival in Atlanta, Georgia.


TED PRIEBE (BA, Speech) was appointed chairman of the advisory board and senior consultant for Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland Advertising Agency in Worthington, Ohio.


MICHAEL A. McCARNEY (BA, Political Science), associate broker at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, was elected to a second term as a member of the board of directors of the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.


LAURA CORPUS (BA, French) was elected president of the Arc BRIDGES board of directors.


DOROTHY LELAND (BA, English; MA 1973, American Studies; PhD 1978, Philosophy) has been appointed chancellor of the University of California, Merced.

DOREEN A. SIMMONS (BA, Political Science) is a partner at Hancock & Estabrook, LLP, and was named the 2011 Syracuse Environmental Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.


MAX D. KIME (BA, Philosophy) is the senior investment advisor at Goelzer Investment Management in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was named a 2011 Five-Star Wealth Manager for the Indianapolis market by Indianapolis Monthly Magazine.

JANE M. SHIELDS (BA, Political Science) was appointed to the board of directors of the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania. She is an attorney at the law firm of MacElree Harvey.


JANE BOSWELL (BA, MA 1977, Creative Arts) was honored at the Lafayette, Indiana, YWCA Salute to Women banquet for her "outstanding and inspirational" achievement in volunteer or professional roles, community involvement, and leadership/role modeling qualities.


CLIFFORD L. SWOPE (BA, Sociology) was recognized as account executive of the year by USF Holland, Division of YRC Worldwide.

JEFF WASHBURN (BA, Journalism) received the Silver Medal Award from the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame for commendable sports writing.


ELAINE M. ENICK (BA, Communication) and her Arabian jumper, EVG Allon Dunit, won the Triple Jumper Championship at the Arabian Sport Horse Nationals.

JANE E. MOSS (MS, Liberal Arts) was named the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year for Richmond Community Schools.


GREGORY A. COOK (BA, History) was promoted to vice president of commercial/international sales and marketing at The Braun Corp. in Winamac, Indiana.


KAREN REUTHER (BA, Industrial Design) was appointed president of the Design Management Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.


DANA E. (STEVENS) SCADUTO (BA, English) is Dickinson College's general counsel and has been appointed to a three-year term on the Legal Services Review Panel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). She was also appointed as president-elect of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) for fiscal 2011-12.


MICHAEL GLAUSER (PhD, Organizational Communication) joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University as the executive director of entrepreneurial programs.

ANGIE KLINK (BA, Communication) published Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home with Purdue University Press.

SHARON MELLOR (BA, Communication) was appointed CEO of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation in Rosemont, Illinois.


GRETEL KULUPKA (BA, Fine Arts) was honored when her business, Gretel's Fine Gifts, was named small business of the month by Greater Lafayette Commerce of Lafayette, Indiana.


WENDY J. HENRY (BA, Communication) joined Time Warner Cable's Southwest Ohio division as its senior director of sales in Mason, Ohio.

CHRISTOPHER McGREW (BA, Political Science) was named the director of international programs and services at Indiana State University.


TODD J. LEONARD (BA; MA 1987, History) was promoted to full professor at Fukuoka University of Education in Japan.


EARL HESS (PhD, American Studies) published Lincoln Memorial University and the Shaping of Appalachia, with University of Tennessee Press.

TAMARA J. MADISON (BA, Foreign Languages and Literatures) is an English adjunct instructor at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she teaches in academic foundations and, in her spare time, writes poetry.


DENISE M. BOSTDORFF (PhD, Organizational Communication) is a professor of communication studies at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and author of Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine: The Cold War Call to Arms, which received the Bruce E.Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award at the National Communication Association meeting in San Francisco.

THARON W. HOWARD (MA; PhD 1992, English) received the Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication.


J. ANDREW CASSANO (BA, Theatre) has been appointed as administrative director of the Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

MATTHEW L. SIEGEL (BA, Communication) was appointed vice president of sales and marketing at Club Champion LLC in Highland Park, Illinois.


DAVID C. ARNOLD (BA, European History) was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the Pentagon.

DONALD F. KERBER (BA, Political Science) was named the North Region sales manager of GE Inspection Services in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.

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PATRICK BOLAND (BA, European History) retired from the Army to Arizona after 21 years on active duty as a military intelligence officer. He received the Knowlton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the United States Army Military Intelligence Corps.

HENRY HUGHES (MA, Creative Writing; PhD 2002, English) was chosen as a finalist for the 2011 Oregon Book Award for his second collection of poems, Moist Meridian.

KENDA RESLER-FRIEND (BA, Communication) has been named DHT communications leader with Dow AgroSciences LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana.


COLLEEN MORTON BUSCH (BA, Foreign Languages and Literatures) published her first book, Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara.

JAMES GITZLAND (BA, Philosophy) is the senior litigating attorney for CNA Financial in Chicago, Illinois.

DEE ANNA McPHERSON (BA, Public Relations) has been promoted to vice president of communications at Yammer Inc. in San Francisco, California.


KEITH MATUNE (BA, Political Science) was elected to the Community High School District 99 Board of Education in Downers Grove, Illinois.


ROBERT J. BEESON (BS, Economics) is principal/senior network engineer with BayF1 Technologies in Alameda, California.

JO ALICE BLONDIN (BA, English) was selected as a 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. She was also selected as a board member for the Women's Foundation of Arkansas.

CHRISTOPHER KAUFFMAN (BA, Spanish) is an attending physician at the Crozer-Chester Center in Upland, Pennsylvania.


AMY BEAR (BA, Political Science) is the vice president of development at VSA Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.

MARIANE L. DORRIS (BA, Political Science; MA 1996, Organizational Communication) was selected for the 2011 Florida Rising Stars.


STEPHEN M. CALIENDO (MA; PhD 1998, Political Science) received the 2011 award for Outstanding Faculty Scholarship for his professional development in the past year as a professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

BRENT GOODMAN (MFA, Creative Writing) was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award and a Thom Gunn Award from the Publisher's Triangle for his first book, The Brother Swimming Beneath Me.

TROY HARRIS (BA, Sociology) received the 2010 West Lafayette Police Officer of the Year award.

ELIZABETH A. MILES (BA; PhD 1999, English) is an associate professor and chair of the Writing and Rhetoric Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. She was the winner of the 2010 Teaching Excellence Award.


TED W. BUMBLEBURG (BA, Physical Education Recreation), superintendent of Lafayette Parks, was honored as professional of the year by the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association. He is the past president of the CLA Alumni Board.

HEATHER C. GIVANS (BA, Fine Arts) opened her shop, Crimson Tate: Modern Quilter, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


DYLAN CERNITZ (BA, Political Science) is an associate at the Portland, Oregon-based family law firm Gevurtz Menashe and was included on the 2011 Oregon Super Lawyers list as a "Rising Star."

NANCY LATTA (PhD, History) retired from her position as associate director of publications and history instructor at Indiana State University.

ANGELA L. PING (BA, Communication) joined Roper St. Francis Foundation as director of major gifts for Roper St. Francis Healthcare in Charleston, South Carolina.


ANDREW R. SCOTT (BA, Creative Writing) published his first short story collection, Naked Summer (Press 53).


KEVIN L. NOELL (BA, Communication) was appointed to serve on the board for the Lee County Boys & Girls Club in Florida.

STEPHANIE WHITE (BA, Communication) was named assistant coach of the Indiana Fever women's basketball team.


MELISSA A. BENEFIEL (MS, Sociology) is a grant writer/fundraiser at Purdue University North Central.

MARTHA LEE BRACKEN (BA, English) was appointed as the executive vice-president of Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana.

SCOTT REMSBERG (BA, Communication) is past president of the Purdue Alumni Club of Upstate South Carolina, where he was the club president for five years.


ISMAEL De JESUS JR (BA, Communication) was appointed as senior safety training specialist at Safety Training and Tracing in Whiting, Indiana.

LAURA M. EDWARDS (BA, History) was appointed senior director of development for the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.


KATE BOUSUM (BA, Communication) was promoted to director of advancement for Child's Voice in Chicago, Illinois.

SCOTT GRAVES (BA, Communication) was promoted to head coach of Lafayette Jefferson High School volleyball in Lafayette, Indiana.

RESA B. HODNETT (BA, Communication) was hired as membership program manager at Greater Lafayette Commerce in Indiana.

ANDRIJA SAMARDZICH (BA, English) joined Williams Kastner as an associate in the Portland, Oregon, office.


KATHERINE M. GIBSON (BA, Theatre) was given a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, winning in the category of Outstanding PSA. She produced the winning piece for Oprah Winfrey's "No Phone Zone."

AARON MICHAEL MORALES (MFA, Creative Writing) was honored with his first novel, Drowning Tucson, being chosen as a Top Five Fiction Debut of 2010 by Poets & Writers. It was also a Chicago Tribune "notable book."

MICHELLE O'MALLEY (BA, English) has been named audience marketing director at Business Insurance in Chicago, Illinois.

LAUREN C. REISING (BA, Communication) accepted a position at the Illinois Institute of Technology as the manager of development and alumni communications in Chicago, Illinois.


CAREN E. SHORT (BA, Political Science) joined the Southern Poverty Law Center as a staff attorney in the Alabama office.


SARAH GREEN (MFA, Creative Writing) published her first poetry chapbook, Temporary Housing.

VICKY ORTIZ (BA; MA 2007, Communication) received the Outstanding Latino Student Award by Purdue's Latino Faculty and Staff Association.

MARI GALLAS PLIKUHN (BA; PhD 2010, Sociology) accepted a position as an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Evansville.

MICHAEL S. RHINEHART (BA, English) joined the law firm Quarles & Brady LLP in the Commercial Litigation Group.


ANTHONY BLACKBURN (BA, History) was named a captain in the U.S. Army.

JENNA L. HAGUE (BA, Communication) was named manager of eRevenue at the American Cancer Society in Chicago, Illinois.


LAURA DONNELLY (MFA, Creative Writing) completed Nocturne: Schumann's Letters, published by Finishing Line Press.

JACQUELINE F. HILLS (BA, Communication) is now senior assistant director of environment change communication in Purdue's Office of Admissions.

KATRINA T. MASON (BA, Sociology) was appointed as a consultant at Kaiser Associates in Washington, D.C.

GRETCHEN S. PRATT (MFA, Creative Writing) had her poem, "To my father on the anniversary of his death," appear in Best American Poetry 2011.

JEFFREY T. WEBB (BA, Sociology) was awarded the Silver Merit Award during a special Lafayette Police Civil Service Commission meeting at City Hall for his heroic efforts assisting the rescue of two teenagers from a flooding storm drain in Indiana.


ALEX DORSEY (BA, Fine Arts) is a visual designer for the Spectrem Group in Lake Forest, Illinois.

SARAH K. GOMEZ (BA, Communication) is coordinator of client services database administration in the Chicago White Sox front office in Chicago, Illinois.

SEAN SCOTT (PhD, History) published A Visitation of God: Northern Civilians Interpret the Civil War, Oxford Press.

GARET TURNER (BA, Political Science) is associate director of regional programs for Trust of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


TYLER JOHNSON (PhD, History) accepted a position as associate professor of history at Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

MEHDI OKASI (MFA, Creative Writing) won the $10,000 Life Career Short Story Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. In 2011-12 he will be a Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

BRIAN SCHEETS (BA, Political Science) is the recruiter onward director for Onward Healthcare in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

RAFAEL SMITH (BA, Industrial Design) designed Über Shelter, an emergency shelter for victims of natural disasters and military conflicts. His invention was first tested in Haiti in early 2011 after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.


MORGAN L. APPLEGATE (BA, Sociology) joined Rudolph, Fine, Porter & Johnson, LLP as a paralegal in the litigation department in Peru, Indiana.

LEAH HARMON (BA, Communication) is production coordinator for Taillight TV in Nashville, Tennessee.

JULIE HENSON (BA, Sociology) was named the ReadUp Volunteer Coordinator for United Way of Central Indiana in Indianapolis, Indiana.

RONALD JOHNSON (PhD, History) accepted an assistant professor of history position at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

ERICA LANGE (BA, Communication) is assistant account executive for GolinHarris in Chicago, Illinois.

DAVID M. RYAN (BA, History) was appointed as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy in Hawaii.

ASHLEY SCOTT (BA, Communication) became assistant director of admissions at Purdue University.

GARRETT WASHINGTON (PhD, History) was appointed a Mellon postdoctoral fellow and visiting assistant professor at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.


EMILY BIANG (BA, Communication) is the interim resource and information specialist for the United Way of Lake County in Chicago, Illinois.

MARIO CHARD (MFA, Creative Writing) received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University's creative writing program.

ANDREW CLEMENSON (BA, Industrial Design) won a Golden Award, the top prize in the "NanjingInnovation Design Competition," for his design of a rescue breather to help anyone who is not trained with CPR. His design also won a bronze award in the Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA competition.

SARAH J. DOOLEY (BA, Spanish) is a managed print services consultant for Genesis Technologies in Northbrook, Illinois.

STEVEN FILIE (BA, History) is a social studies teacher at Arlington High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

JESSICA D. HELMER (BA, Art History) is an administrative assistant at All Tech Decorating Company in Romeoville, Illinois.

STEVEN MILLS (PhD, Spanish Literature) is an assistant professor of Spanish at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

KATHERINE A. WHATLEY (BA, Communication) is president/CEO of NexGenPR Inc. in Ossian, Indiana.

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