Each year, the TRIO/Educational Opportunity Programs honor a Purdue University Calumet faculty/staff member or member from the community for dedication to the mission and ideas of educational opportunity. The honor is done in the form of an award we have titled The Sue Panther Award. Sue Panther is a former Purdue University Calumet employee who has dedicated her life to educational opportunity and access not only at Purdue Calumet through her grant writing, but also with her active participation in the communities of East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond.
This award in the past has been given to Dr. Alan Spector (Behavioral Sciences), the late Arnold Ridgell (former Ombudsman for From Boots to Books), and Patricia Grady (Admissions and Recruitment.) By unanimous consent, the staff agreed to award this honor to William “Bill” Frazier. Throughout the year, we sponsor several events on campus for our participants, their parents, local school officials, and community members. It is because of Bill’s attention to detail, dedication to providing you with what you want, and his ability to anticipate what you may have not considered, that we have been able to sponsor programming in a well-organized and appointed room.