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Fall 2013 | By THiNK Staff.


R. WAYNE PACE (PhD, Communication), founder and first president of the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD), was honored by the AHRD with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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BILL LEAVITT (BA, English) published Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure.


BILL HICKS (BA, Communication; MS 1974, Education), director of forensics at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, was honored with the NFL Lifetime Service Award at the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament in Indianapolis, IN.


NANCY AHLRICHS (BA; MS 1976, Anthropology), strategic account manager for Flashpoint, joined the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

DOUG LOGAN (BA, Communication), director of Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, was recognized with a 2013 Outstanding Contributor to Amateur Football Award by the Central NY Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

KENT J. SHEETS (BA, Radio-TV-Film) was inducted, by a vote of the student members, as an honorary member of the University of Michigan Medical School Chapter Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.


LIONEL “BO” J. BEAULIEU (MS; PhD 1977, Sociology) was appointed the director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development in West Lafayette, IN.

RUTH CROCKER (MA; PhD 1982, History) was a recipient of the 2012 Creative Research and Scholarship Award from Auburn University, Auburn, AL.


PAUL BROCKMAN (BA; MA 1978, History), director of manuscripts and visual collections for the Indiana Historical Society, completed two terms on the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

RODGER DEAN DUNCAN (PhD, Organizational Communication) published the book, Change-Friendly Leadership: How to Transform Good Intentions into Great Performance (Maxwell Stone Publishing).

BRANDON MARIE MILLER (BA, History) published her 11th history title for young adults, Women of the Frontier, 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers (Chicago Review Press).

Honorary Doctorates 

Two CLA alumnae received Honorary Doctorates from the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue during the May 2013 commencement ceremonies.

Jane Chance

JANE CHANCE (BA 1967, English; HDR, 2013, CLA) Dr. Chance is the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Chair of English (Emerita) at Rice University in Texas. She taught medieval literature, medievalism, and the study of women and gender there from 1973—when she became the first tenure-track woman to teach in her department—until 2011. She also taught at the University of Saskatchewan-Saskatoon and was an honorary research fellow at University College, University of London. She has published 22 books and more than 100 articles, reviews, and poems.

Kathy (Fitchey) Calvin

KATHY (FITCHEY) CALVIN (BS 1971, Speech Pathology & Audiology; HDR 2013, CLA) Dr. Calvin, also a recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award, is the CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Calvin joined the foundation as chief operating officer in 2003, was promoted to CEO in 2009, and was named president and CEO in 2013. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, she was president of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international non-governmental organizations sector was featured by the New York Times in 2011.


ROGER LOSSING (BA, Political Science) was named senior vice president of the Delaware County Bank & Trust in Delaware, OH.


LORETTA H. RUSH (BA, History) was sworn in as a justice on the Indiana Supreme Court in Indianapolis, IN.


BOB BUGHER (BA, Political Science) was named as one of the “Best in the Business” by the American Correctional Association.

ALAN LEE (BA, Communication) released a new thriller, Sandstorm (Forge Books).


ROSEMARIE SANTARE SCHWER (BA, Communication) earned the highest credential available to American educators by becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.


ROBERT SCHULTZ (BA, Communication) was selected by Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. to be its next vice president of marketing and communication in Indianapolis, IN.


ANA PINTO-ALEXANDER (BA, Interior Design) was named a “Legend of Interior Design” by the American Society of Interior Designers in Indianapolis, IN.

RON LAMBERSON (BA, English) published the book The Kilimanjaro Club.

KRISTEN MORRIS (BA, Communication) became the chief government and community relations officer for the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

GREGORY WERICH (BA, History) was recognized at the Indiana Judicial Conference for 25 years of service as an Indiana probation officer.


JOHN E. M. BROWN (BA, Languages and Cultures) was promoted to captain in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and is based at Stennis Space Center, MS.

P. MICHAEL PHILLIPS (BA, History) is a colonel in the U.S. Army who has been assigned to director of Asian Studies in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA.

DANIEL B. VINOVICH (BA, Political Science) became president of the Indiana State Bar Association for 2012–13.


MELISSA BARNES (BA, Political Science) was promoted to chief ethics and compliance officer and senior vice president of enterprise risk management at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN.

LYNDA KACHUREK (MA, History) was appointed the new head of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.


JOE BALITEWICZ (BA, Political Science) joined the advisory services practice of KPMG Consulting in Chicago, IL.


KEITH MATUNE (BA, Political Science) was named as the State of Illinois Law and Government “Teacher of the Year” by The Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, which is one of the most prestigious awards given to social studies teachers in Illinois.


BEY-LING SHA (BA, Communication) was honored by the Public Relations Society of America as its “2012 Outstanding Educator of the Year” at San Diego State University in California.


WENDY M. CUMMINS (BA, Languages and Cultures) joined Henriott Group, Inc. as an employee benefits consultant.

Angie Klink

Writing Women

ANGIE KLINK (BA 1981, Communication) was awarded an American Advertising Federation Gold ADDY Award for her book, Main Street Mainstay, which she wrote for Lafayette Savings Bank in Lafayette, IN. Her next book, The Dean’s Bible (Purdue Press, 2014), will detail how five women, each a legendary dean of women or dean of students, successively nurtured students at Purdue from the 1930s to 1990s. Focused on changing attitudes at Purdue, the book also opens a window onto cultural change in America as a whole, exploring how each of the Deans participated nationally in the quest for equality— from the suppressive 1950s, the awakening sixties, women’s liberation, Title IX, 1980s AIDS and alcohol, to the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Photo courtesy of Angie Klink.


ALEX INTERMILL (BA, Political Science) has been named chair of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Environment Law Section for 2012–13.

JENNIFER LANCASTER (BA, Political Science) published The Tao of Martha: My Year of LIVING; Or, Why I’m Never Getting All That Glitter Off of the Dog (New American Library/Penguin).

JENNIFER PING (BA, History), principal of Bose Public Affairs Group, joined the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

ALYSE VORDERMARK (BA, Communication) cofounded Branches Furniture, which specializes in upcycled furniture and accessories in
Sherwood, OR.


STEVEN STOFFERAHN (MA; PhD 2003, History) received the 2012 Community-Based Learning and Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty whose community service joins their academic goals and activities with community issues. He is an assistant professor of history at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN.


JOSHUA A. MILES (BA, Communication) was named one of the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2013. He is the owner of Miles Design in Indianapolis, IN.

STEVEN WAGNER (PhD, History) received the Missouri Southern State University’s “Outstanding Teacher” award for the 2011–12 academic year.


NICOLE VISNYAK (BA, Communication) is the senior project manager within the technology division of FTI Consulting in Chicago, IL.


LORI J. BAUERLE (BA, Industrial Design) is a furniture specialist for Cardinal Copier Solutions in Lafayette, IN.

SUSANNA CALKINS (PhD, History), published her first historical fiction novel, A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate (Minotaur Books).

MICHAEL S. BOTTORFF (BA, English) is the technology administrative manager for Hamilton Southeastern Schools in Fishers, IN.

LAURA EDWARDS (BA, History) became the director of the IU Health Arnett Foundation in Lafayette, IN, and joined the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

RYAN MICHAEL MCDANIEL (BA, Organizational Communication) was promoted to managing director of education and life sciences at Huron Consulting Group in Chicago, IL.


STEPHANY RECHTSTEINER (BA, Communication) received her certification in volunteer administration, the only international professional certification in the field of volunteer resources management.


JEWANNA CARVER (BA, Communication) accepted the position of senior writer for principal gifts at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, IL.

SCOTT KELLER (BA, Political Science) is the chief counsel for U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

KATHERINE WETZEL (BA, Communication) was promoted to vice president of technology for Porter Novelli in Atlanta, GA.


KENYA DAVIS-HAYES (PhD, American Studies), associate professor of American history at California Baptist University, was added to the media agency Past Preservers, which represents academics in the area of film, television, and documentaries.

EMILY FREED (BA, Communication) was promoted to regulatory affairs manager at Stryker Medical, a division of Stryker Corporation in Portage, MI.

STEPHANIE PEMBERTON (BA, Communication) was promoted to senior director of marketing for the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, IN.

MICHAEL S. RHINEHART (BA, English) is an attorney and was named to the 2013 Illinois “Rising Stars” list.


MARGUERITE ALLEGRETTI (BA, Communication) is an alumni relations specialist for Kendall College in Chicago, IL.

RYAN HEATER (BA, History) was named legislative director for Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann of Indianapolis, IN.

SAMUEL LONDON (PhD, History) was promoted to associate professor with tenure, and appointed chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL.


JAMES BUSS (PhD, History) published Winning the West with Words: Language and Conquest in the Lower Great Lakes (University of Oklahoma Press, 2011).


BRITTANY J. FETZER (BA, Communication) completed the 2012 Wisconsin Ironman.

ANDREW KOCH (PhD, American Studies) was named an ACE Fellow at the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, where he is Executive Vice President.

KATIE THOMAS (BA, Political Science) joined Indiana’s Soybean Alliance as a public affairs program manager.

DANIEL W. WILLIAMS (MA, History) was named the winner of the 2012 L. Ray Buckendale Lecture Award from SAE International.

Marianne Boruch gave the keynote address at the 2013 summer commencement.

Marianne Boruch, the Purdue professor of English who won the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for 2013 gave the keynote address at the University's 2013 summer commencement ceremony.


WHITNEY EMMERT (BA, History) was named group coordinator by Little Star Center in Carmel, IN.

ERICA HAGUE (BA, History) received the National Council on Public History’s 2012 Student Project Award at the OAH/NCPH conference in Milwaukee, WI.


RONALD A. JOHNSON (PhD, History) was selected as the International Studies “Professor of the Year” by students and faculty of the Center for International Studies at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX.

RAY KROHN (PhD, History) accepted a position as lecturer in the Department of History at Boise State University in Boise, ID.

RYAN L. NUGENT (BA, Communication) is an inbound relationship manager for Groupon in Chicago, IL.


CHELSEA HAYES (BA, Communication), was promoted to sales support with GE Capital and joined the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

JILL KRASUSKI (MA, History) is the assistant director of admissions at The Art Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

JAMAL RATCHFORD (PhD, History) is an assistant professor of history and political science at the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN.


AMANDA BARNETT (BA, Communication) is a scheduler to a member of the Alabama delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

SHELBY BELL (BA, History) is a manager for Speedway, LLC.

CORY BULTEMA (BA, Communication) joined Proctor and Gamble as a human resources manager in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ERICA MORIN (PhD, History) accepted a position as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

DANIEL VAN DE VOORDE (BA, Communication) became the project coordinator for Strata Decision Technology in Chicago, Illinois, and joined the College of Liberal Arts Alumni Board.

WILLIAM VOGEL (BA, History) was named one of fifteen winners of the 2012 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, which recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies.

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