Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 - 3:01 pm

News and Notes

Chancellor Cohen stepping down June 30

Chancellor Cohen Awarding Diploma
Cohen has served Purdue Calumet since July, 2001.

Howard Cohen, who as Purdue Calumet chancellor has presided over record enrollment, the introduction of campus student housing, an innovative experiential learning initiative, strategies to advance student success and degree attainment, plus a more engaged university role in Northwest Indiana, plans to step down June 30.

Cohen, 66, who has headed Purdue Calumet since 2001, plans to remain at Purdue Calumet as a faculty member in the Department of English and Philosophy. Efforts of a search committee to recruit his successor are underway.


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More Faculty & Staff

Student Affairs Vice Chancellor to retire

Melinda Dalgarn

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Melinda Dalgarn, who has played a major role in the development of student housing, while advancing activities that have helped Purdue Calumet transition from a commuter campus to a regional university, has announced her retirement.

She plans to leave Purdue Calumet June 30.


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3 receive 2009-10 Outstanding Faculty Awards

Chancellor Cohen and Outstanding Faculty
Chancellor Cohen (from left) with Professors Gopalan, Rittenmeyer and Fewer.

Two Purdue Calumet professors received the university’s annual Outstanding Faculty Awards for the 2009-10 academic year.

The recipients are: Associate Professor of English Colin Fewer (Outstanding Teacher), Professor of Electrical Engineering Kalippan Gopalan (Outstanding Scholar) and Professor of Nursing Leslie Rittenmeyer (Outstanding Service).


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Grants & Resources

Advancing wind energy education

Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) has received a $749,853 federal grant to advance wind energy education.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the three-year, Funding for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) grant. It is supporting the project, “Mixed Reality Simulators for Wind Energy Education.” Five such simulators will be developed to train university students and professionals about wind energy. The grant is in response to the U.S. Department of Energy’s “20% Wind Energy by 2030” initiative to advance more efficient and diversified energy use internationally.


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Strengthening emergency preparedness

Purdue Calumet plans to strengthen and expand its level of emergency preparedness by developing an integrated, all-hazards crisis management plan with a $486,281 grant it has received from the U.S. Department of Education.

Purdue Calumet is one of 17 colleges and universities among 323 national applicants to receive grant funding this year under the Emergency Management for Higher Education Program.


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High-powered, $275,000 Northwest Indiana Robotic (NIRo) Telescope to debut

Efforts of Professors Slavin (middle) and Rengstorf (left) in acquiring the Northwest Indiana Robotic Telescope are helping PUC students such as William (Brent) Segally (right) see the universe more clearly.

After much anticipation, the Northwest Indiana Robotic (NIRo) Telescope, a state-of-the-art instrument that permits cutting edge astronomical research and project-oriented science education, is becoming part of northwest Indiana’s scientific culture.

The NIRo Telescope, valued at some $275,000, is housed in a dedicated observatory at the Calumet Astronomy Center at Buckley Homestead County Park in Lowell. Purdue Calumet astronomy and physics students, area middle school students and community residents are benefiting from the telescope. (Read more in Experience Technology feature.)


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PUC students achieve #1 ranking in worldwide, simulated business competition

A simulated business, developed and managed by three Purdue University Calumet management students, achieved a No. 1 ranking among 2,646 college student business teams worldwide.

Christopher Holeman and Michelle McGehee of Hammond and Valparaiso resident Katie Proper, seniors in Purdue Calumet’s School of Management, teamed up in a management senior capstone course taught by Assistant Professor of Management Arifin Angriawan. As a course requirement, the students competed in the online edition of The Business Strategy Game, published and marketed by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Competing in the game were teams of business students from 201 higher educational institutions across the world, each operating a simulated athletic footwear company. The student teams apply best business practices to develop competitive strategies for global market leadership in competition with rival student “companies.”

Specifically, the Purdue Calumet student trio’s virtual footwear company, Diggity, topped all collegiate competitors in the category of Return on Equity during the week of Nov. 22-28. (Read more in Experience Technology feature.)


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Class of 568 graduates in December

Graduates in the Campus Gymnasium
The campus gymnasium served as the site of fall Commencement Exercises Dec. 14.

Referring to it as being “at the heart of university learning in every major,” Chancellor Howard Cohen encouraged Purdue Calumet fall graduation candidates and summer graduates Dec. 14 to draw from their “implicit curriculum” of learning.

Cohen addressed the graduates, their families and friends at Fall Commencement Exercises in the university gymnasium. Overall, the fall graduating class totaled 507. The graduates earned 112 master’s degrees, 379 baccalaureate degrees and 77 associate degrees. Some of the 168 summer graduates also participated in the Exercises.


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9,807 attended last fall

Purdue Calumet’s fall semester enrollment totaled 9,807. While the total is 3.2 percent less than last fall’s, record-setting 10,133 figure, the entering class in fall 2010 represents a significant step forward in academic preparation.

In response to state and national objectives to improve degree attainment, Purdue Calumet increased its minimum admission requirements for the fifth straight year. (Read more in Raising the Bar feature.) Though admission applications for the 2010 fall semester were up 13.6 percent from last year, 765 applicants were denied admission for failing to meet minimum standards. That’s a 121.7 percent increase in denials over the previous fall and a 507.1 percent jump from fall 2008. The number of denials contributed to an enrollment decrease of 391 newly-admitted students from the previous year.


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Experiential Learning

PUC honors 6 ‘Experiential Learning Exemplary Community Partners’

Six area businesses and organizations received Purdue Calumet’s 2010 Experiential Learning Exemplary Community Partner Awards.

Recipients were recognized for partnering in dedicated, collaborative and exceptional ways with students and faculty within the university’s experiential learning initiative. Driving the initiative are relationships involving community organizations, which provide experiential learning opportunities; faculty, who develop and teach courses that integrate the opportunities; and students, who benefit, grow and turn the opportunities into valuable learning experiences.


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