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To enrich Hammond middle school learning
To enhance science and mathematics learning among Hammond middle school students, Fifth Third Bank is partnering with Purdue University Calumet to implement the university’s submarine simulation program.

The program, “Exploration Earth: Mission Ocean,” combines curriculum, classroom experiments and simulation exercises to engage students in advanced science and math concepts. Purdue Calumet’s School of Education, headed by Robert Rivers, dean, developed the program from a U.S. Department of Navy grant.

Chancellor Howard Cohen (right) and kids

“Research has indicated that an interest in math and science really takes root in a child’s imagination in early middle school,”

Fifth Third Bank Indiana Market President Craig Pratt said.

Purdue Calumet Chancellor Howard Cohen added, “We are appreciative of Fifth Third Bank’s desire and commitment to partner in a program that delivers a challenging, hands-on learning experience through which Hammond students can develop skill levels and learn to work as a team with a common goal.”

Students will use a submarine simulator and NavyOps software to learn experientially in a manner that encourages greater understanding of science and technological concepts.

Spring term students enroll in record number of credit hours
Purdue Calumet’s 8,944 spring semester students have enrolled in a University record-setting 94,282 credit hours of course work. The credit hour total surpasses by 4.6 percent (4,141 hours) last year’s previous pace-setting spring credit hour sum of 90,141 hours. This year’s total continues a trend of Purdue Calumet students enrolling in more courses and, thereby, making greater progress in a more timely manner toward their Purdue degree, a Purdue Calumet strategic objective.

Undergraduate students this spring are enrolled in an average course load of 11.1 hours, up from 10.6 last spring and 10.4 in spring 2007.

“We are especially pleased that some 80 percent of our students last fall who were eligible to return this spring to continue their education have done so,” Registrar and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services Anne Agosto-Severa said. “That is believed to be the highest return rate in our campus history.”

The current spring term enrollment total follows a fall count of 9,325. The graduation of several hundred students each December contributes to reduced spring enrollment.

35 spend spring break doing community service
From Hammond to Fort Wayne to Houston, Tex., 28 Purdue Calumet students and seven faculty/staff members spent their March spring break participating in community service initiatives.

Three students and two faculty/staff members volunteered at Haven House domestic violence shelter in Hammond. Fifteen students accompanied by three faculty/staffers joined in a cleaning and restoration project of historic buildings, artifacts and displays at Forks of the Wabash in Fort Wayne. Ten other students plus three faculty and staff members volunteered their clean-up efforts in a storm-stricken area of Houston through the non-profit organization, Generation One. Purdue Calumet’s Office of Student Affairs coordinated the effort.

National Science Foundation grant advances mechatronics program
Purdue Calumet’s School of Technology has received a nearly $150,000 National Science Foundation grant in support of the School’s new mechatronics engineering technology program (See Adapting Academically). The award, officially valued at $149,372, will sustain continued research and development of courses and facilities within the program.

Mechatronics engineering technology combines mechanical design, manufacturing and electrical control within a foundational context of packaging machinery. The program prepares students for such jobs as machine designers, packaging engineers, automation specialists and service technicians in the growing field of high speed packaging.

Honors and distinctions

Peggy S. Gerard, School of Nursing DeanNursing dean receives national honor
Peggy S. Gerard, dean of Purdue Calumet’s School of Nursing, has received the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Brenda Lyon Leadership Award. The award honors an individual who has attained national recognition as a clinical nurse specialist leader, has helped improve health care delivery and has helped mentor others to become successful leaders.

Fulbright Fellowship to education professor
Lynn Zimmerman, Professor of EducationAn interest in helping teach teachers how to teach better motivated Associate Professor of Education Lynn Zimmerman to submit a proposal to the Fulbright Scholar program, resulting in her receipt of the prestigious fellowship. She is lecturing this spring at the University of Wroclaw in Poland on the “Cultural and Social Foundations of Education.” Her interest in diversity and social issues in education inspired the topic.

Research award for engineering professor
George NnannaAssociate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of Purdue University Calumet’s Water Institute George Nnanna has received Purdue Calumet’s Outstanding Sponsored Research Award. His research activity has attracted more than $2 million in funding from the National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Energy; British Petroleum (BP); and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning.

Physics professor is part of international discovery team
Neeti ParasharAssociate Professor of Physics NeetiParashar is part of the international high energy physics team of scientists that recently discovered “single top quark.” The discovery, announced from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, confirms parameters of particle physics that are important in advancing understanding of the nature of matter.

8 students named to ‘Who’s Who…’
Eight Purdue Calumet students have been named to the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Selected were undergraduates Amy L. Chapleau of Chicago Heights, Ill., Dianca Chase of Hammond, Tinisha A. Greenwell of Hammond, Ryan Natzke of Lansing, Ill., Raquel A. Perez of Highland and Amanda Tuel of Highland. Graduate students chosen were Bara El-Khouri of Tinley Park, Ill. And Tyranna L. McCann of Lansing, Ill.

More Purdue Calumet people…

Vice Chancellor for Information Systems appointed
H. Frank CervoneTo advance the changing, emerging needs of information technology and library resources, H. Frank Cervone has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Information Systems. He began his appointment April 6 after having served as Director of Library, Information and Media Studies at Chicago State University. Previously, he was Assistant University Librarian/Chief Technology Officer for the Northwestern (Ill.) University Library System and University Press. His appointment, according to Chancellor Howard Cohen, signals a new, progressive direction for Purdue Calumet in its quest to connect technology and knowledge by combining the university’s computing infrastructure and library resources.

Edgar Spikes (left) and Vic Ullman

For 89-year-old, it’s never too late to learn
Edgar Spikes had a broken computer at his East Chicago home that he knew neither how to operate, nor repair. So he decided to take a class at Purdue Calumet to learn how to fix it. Nearly two years later, Spikes, who turns 89 this April, is still enrolling in computing classes at Purdue Calumet through the Dept. of Electrical & Computing Engineering Technology. NBC Channel 5 Chicago, for a March 24 newscast, featured Spikes, who regularly exercises on his home treadmill and rowing machine before coming to class. View the Channel 5 news clip here.

Kaitlin Graig (left) and Joe Wielosinski

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