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Faculty, staff updated at kick-off convocation

Effectively adapting to Purdue Calumet’s changing nature and environment was a recurring theme at last week’s academic year-opening Faculty & Staff Convocation.

In his remarks Chancellor Keon addressed a changing Purdue Calumet from past, present and future perspectives (Read Chancellor’s Message).

‘Logical decisions based on facts and data’

“The Chancellor’s comments about making ‘logical decisions based on facts and data’ really impacted how I plan to do business in my own department,” Director of Career Services and former APSAC Chair Shelly Robinson said. “I believe change is constant and resisting is truly futile; therefore, I embrace it.”

She added that she also plans to embrace the Chancellor’s encouragement to approach challenges as opportunities. “It seems apparent that creativity and innovation will be important as we move forward on a personal, departmental and organizational level,” she said.

Growing partnership with Hammond

One such opportunity discussed is the growing, multi-faceted partnership Purdue Calumet is enjoying with the city of Hammond. In addition to upcoming development of the Dowling Park sports complex, the university and the downtown Towle Theater are collaborating on various performing arts and other culture-related programs and activities.

The annual convocation also included Faculty Senate, APSAC, CSSAC and Student Government reports and the announcement of Professor of Physics Neeti Parashar and Associate Professor of Nursing Lynn Miskovich as Outstanding Faculty Award recipients (Read their comments elsewhere in this issue.).