Public Service and Leadership

2 NW Indiana natives—a Secret Service exec &
former ambassador, Clinton speech writer—to discuss
‘Public Service & Leadership’ Oct. 9

Two Purdue graduates who took classes at Purdue Calumet and have gone on to successful national careers in public service will share their perspectives about “Public Service and Leadership,” during a campus forum at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 in Alumni Hall.

Featured participants are Carolyn Curiel, former U.S. President Bill Clinton speech writer and U.S. Ambassador to the Central American nation of Belize, and Dale Pupillo, deputy assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service who formerly headed the Vice Presidential Protective Division. Curiel grew up in East Chicago and Hammond; Pupillo formerly resided in Gary and Merrillville.

Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Rupp will moderate the forum. Members of the campus and local community are invited to attend.

Ambassador Carolyn Curiel
Ambassador Carolyn Curiel

Curiel, a Morton High School alumna, claims her attendance at a 1968 presidential campaign rally in East Chicago for candidate Robert Kennedy whet her appetite for public service.

“The experience of that evening left me feeling that I needed to try to contribute to a better world, to shed light into shadows in whatever way I could,” said Curiel, also a former journalist and now a Purdue faculty member and director of Project Impact, said. “So I went to The Washington Post, The New York Times, ABC News and into public service.”

Dale Pupillo
Dale Pupillo

Pupillo, a 30-year Secret Service veteran, also is credited with having helped establish in his hometown during the early 1970s the suicide crisis Rap Line, which has evolved into Crisis Center, Inc., a multi-service, crisis intervention resource for troubled teens and others.

“I have been very lucky throughout my career to witness and participate in extraordinary events,” he said. “I attribute my ability and success to the fact I grew up in Northwest Indiana.”

During the forum, Curiel and Pupillo will express how their Northwest Indiana upbringing molded their desire and commitment to serve publicly, as well as qualities of public service leadership they have embraced.

Curiel and Pupillo also will speak to political science and criminal justice classes that morning.