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Purdue Calumet Faculty & Staff News Briefs

International business professor receives Fulbright Specialists Award

Purdue University Calumet Professor of International Business Charles Rarick received a Fulbright Specialists Award to serve this summer at Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia.

Rarick was selected to present graduate and undergraduate level lectures, conduct workshops and training, assist in MBA program development, consult with faculty and administration concerning teaching methods in international business and establish an institute for Indonesian case research.


Charles Rarick


The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange activity. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have taught, studied or conducted research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the United States.

Fulbright Scholar Award recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement.

Rarick, a resident of Crown Point, has served Purdue Calumet since 2008. He holds baccalaureate degrees from College of the Ozarks and the University of State of New York, an MBA from Drury University and Ph.D. from Saint Louis University.

SOURCE: Charles Rarick, Email; PH: 219/989-8161.

CIVS director/professor offers keynote address at international steel conference

Chenn Zhou, director of Purdue University Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation, delivered the keynote address at the Baosteel BAC 2013 academic steel conference in Shanghai, China June 6.

Zhou, also a professor of mechanical engineering and interim associate vice chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, addressed the topic, “Application of Simulation and Visualization Technologies in Steel Manufacturing.” More than 500 individuals representing steel companies, universities and research institutes from 20+ nations and regions attended the conference, which focused on meeting steel’s new challenges.

The conference serves an open international platform for scientists and engineers in the steel industry to exhibit their academic and scientific

Chenn Zhou

achievements, as well as promote technical exchange and cooperation.

Purdue Calumet’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS) combines advanced simulation techniques with 3-dimensional visualization modeling and virtual reality technologies to solve research problems and address industrial challenges.

Zhou, a Munster resident, has served Purdue Calumet since 1994. She holds baccalaureate and master’s degrees from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

SOURCE: Chenn Zhou, Email; PH: 219/989-2665.

Chemistry professor attends workshop for inorganic chemistry experts

Purdue University Calumet Associate Professor of Chemistry Libbie Pelter joined 20 inorganic chemistry faculty peers and graduate students nationwide at the workshop, VIPEr: Solid State Materials for Alternative Energy Needs.


Libbie Pelter

The workshop, sponsored by the Interactive Online Network of Inorganic Chemistry (IONIC) June 23-29, brought together experts from various inorganic sub disciplinary fields to focus on recent research developments in solid-state inorganic chemistry.

A grant to IONIC from the National Science Foundation sponsored the workshop.

Pelter, a Purdue Calumet faculty member since 2001, resides in Schererville. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. from the University of California.

SOURCE: Libbie Pelter, Email; PH: 219/989-2780.

Accounting prof heads Audit Committee of Bo Jackson foundation

Dolores Rinke, a Purdue University Calumet accounting professor and certified public accountant, is serving the foundation of former professional and college football and baseball standout Bo Jackson.

Rinke is a director and head of the Audit Committee for the Give Me A Chance Foundation, a 501c3 organization. The foundation serves to inspire disadvantaged youth through involvement in sports, while encouraging a strong commitment to education.


Dolores Rinke


Rinke, of Burr Ridge, Ill., has been a Purdue Calumet faculty member since 1987. She holds a baccalaureate degree from Walsh College and MBA and doctoral degrees from Northern Illinois University.

SOURCE: Dolores Rinke, Email; PH: 219/989-2605.

Professor writes book about Cuba

Purdue University Calumet professor and scholar Kathleen Tobin contends that “what we hear about Cuba does not come close to telling the whole story.”

That is one reason why the associate professor of Latin American Studies wrote the book, ‘Of God and Cuba,’ recently published by Mill City Press, Inc. Tobin, who has visited the nearby Caribbean island nation three times, expressed in the book a deeper understanding of Cuban people, culture and its differences with the United States.


Kathy Tobin


“In my courses in Latin American history, we devote substantial attention to the Catholic Church and its complexity regarding conquest and social justice,” the Munster resident said. “In this book, I wanted to explore how this has played out in Cuba.”

Her book also addresses political and economic differences between Cuba and the United States. Overall, she describes the book as a personal journey through her research process and experiences in Cuba.

“It is worthwhile to look at the history of Cuba to better understand the choices and values of Cuban people before we rush to judgment about what is good or bad; right or wrong,” she said. “It also is very valuable to listen to the opinions of Cubans living on the island to learn what they think.”

Of God and Cuba’ is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. Tobin also wrote the book, ‘Brush with Haiti,’ following the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Tobin has served on the Purdue Calumet faculty for 16 years. She earned baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees at Calumet College of St. Joseph, Purdue Calumet and the University of Chicago, respectively.

SOURCE: Kathleen Tobin, Email; PH: 219/989-3192.

Educational Talent Search director appointed

A former Educational Talent Search program participant is the new director of Purdue University Calumet’s Educational Talent Search program.

Jimmie Sanders, who grew up in Gary and participated in Educational Talent Search at West Side High School, leads the federally-funded Purdue Calumet program. The program is designed to assist and encourage students from low income, first generation college backgrounds to graduate from high school and pursue higher education.

Sanders recently served as academic manager for Columbia College of Chicago and its Department of Humanities, History and Social Sciences. He also has held positions at Chicago State University and the University of Illinois.


Jimmie Sanders


A high school graduate of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities of Muncie, he also holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and master’s degrees in sociology and human resources management from the University of Illinois.

SOURCE: Jimmie Sanders, Email; PH: 219/989-2298.