Kuan-Chou Chen & C. Pat Obi . . . Two named professorships were announced at the recent Purdue Board of Trustees meeting:
— Kuan-Chou Chen, professor; department head of Information Systems, Finance and Business Analytics; and interim head of Graduate Studies in Education, was named the Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Professor in Economic Development. His research areas include computer simulation modeling, data mining, information security, business intelligence and economic development modeling. The Thomas M. McDermott Sr. Professorship was established in 2005 through an endowment supported by the city of Hammond.
— C. Pat Obi, professor of finance and MBA for Executives program director, was named White Lodging Professor of Finance. His research areas include corporate financial analysis, financial planning, business valuation and risk management. The White Lodging Professorship was introduced in 2010 through an endowment supported by the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation.
- Mary Lee Vance, Dhanfu Elston, Karen Bishop Morris, Jacquelyn Bustos . . . Director of Academic Advising Mary Lee Vance served as lead editor of the soon-to-be-released book, Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act: Inclusive Policy and Practice for Higher Education. Scheduled for publication by NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education during its annual conference this month, the book is a primer and quick reference guide for higher education professionals who work with students with disabilities. Director of Student Success and Transition Dhanfu Elston wrote a book chapter, as did Writing Center Director Karen Bishop Morris and Writing Center Assistant Jacquelyn Bustos.
- Dhanfu Elston . . . Director Elston also has been elected co-director of the NASPA African-American Knowledge Community (AAKC). The focus of AAKC is to educate NASPA members about trends and issues related to African-American professionals and students through information sharing related to research, campus issues and mentoring.
- Pamela Riesmeyer . . . Campus Web Accessibility Coordinator Pamela Riesmeyer received Purdue University’s 2014 Focus Staff Award for her contributions furthering Purdue’s commitment to disability accessibility and diversity. She was recognized Tuesday (3/4) during a luncheon at Purdue West Lafayette for “going above and beyond to ensure equal access to online and digital information for people with disabilities.”
photo by Haley LeRand, courtesy of The Purdue University Calumet Chronicle.
- Adam Rengstorf . . . Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Adam Rengstorf has been named academic director of the 2014 Summer Science Program campus at the New Mexico Institute of Technology. Each year, the Summer Science Program hosts 36 of the world’s top high school science students and immerses them in hands-on astronomical research, including imaging and software writing. Professor Rengstorf served as associate academic director at the California Summer Science Program the previous two years.
- Tom Megyesi . . . Women’s Basketball Coach Tom Megyesi was named Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after leading the Peregrines to the regular season championship and last week’s postseason conference tournament title. Coach Megyesi’ s nationally-ranked, 24-6 squad will compete next week in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II tournament at Sioux City, Iowa.
- Saul Lerner . . . And be sure to calendar Purdue Calumet’s 5th Annual Faculty Lecture, to be presented at 6 p.m., March 18 by Professor of History Saul Lerner in Alumni Hall. During his presentation, “Inequality in Modern America—Causes, Consequences, and Future Prospects”, Professor Lerner will examine how inequality has been a partisan political issue and impacted the economy.