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Advisor Spotlights - Thanks for All You've Done!

In this edition of Advising Matters, we’d like to take a moment to recognize the following PACADA members who are retiring or have recently retired. Best wishes to them as they embark on this chapter of their lives!

Jerry Ripke
Assistant Director of Admissions

How long have you worked at Purdue? 
Almost 20 years.

In what area?
The Office of Admissions as an Assistant Director of Admissions.

What will you miss most? 
The Purdue people I’ve met over the years.

What do you look forward to in retirement?
More time with the family.  I’m also looking for a part time job but wish to volunteer at my church and other organizations.

What words of wisdom or advice can you pass along to other PACADA members? 
Remember who you/we are and what you/we do.   As I’ve said many times, “The P in the word Purdue represents the People who make up Purdue: the administration and staff as well as the students.”  There is no other college or university like Purdue.  Enjoy your work.  Go Boilers and Hail Purdue!

Diane Stevenson
Academic Advisor
Undergraduate Studies Program

How long have you worked at Purdue?
30 years.

In what area(s) were you an academic advisor?
Management, Computer Science, and the Undergraduate Studies Program.

What will you miss most?
My Purdue family and bird’s eye view of AMAZING sunrises!

What do you look forward to in retirement?
Being my own CEO, traveling, volunteering, hiking and biking rails to trails.

What words of wisdom or advice can you pass along to advisors?
Keep your eye on the horizon not the waves.

Denise Ottinger
Admissions and Enrollment Manager
Student Services Center
School of Veterinary Medicine

How long have you worked at Purdue?  
35 years.

In what area(s) were you an academic advisor? 
I worked in Financial Aid the first half of my Purdue career.  I worked with students in programs with special costs of attendance such as the veterinary students.  I then transitioned to Veterinary Medicine where I continued to work with students on financial aid issues and awarding scholarships from SVM’s pot of money.  I assisted students in our program to accommodate dealing with family issues, personal health issues, financial issues, marriages/divorces, adoption, newborns, etc.  

What will you miss most? 
The people around the campus with whom I have worked for years on various committees, projects, etc. for the good of our students.

What do you look forward to in retirement? 
Spending more time with my aging mother, working on my antique business and putting to use my knowledge learned in the Master Gardener program in which I participated this past fall semester.

What words of wisdom or advice can you pass along to advisors? 
Stress, constant change and politics in the work place are now inevitable.  Unfortunately, this can overshadow all else unless we make a concerted effort to not forget for whom we are really here – our students.  In order to maintain our focus, we have to also take care of ourselves both physically and emotionally.  We have to learn to do what is necessary for our own health and peace of mind if we want to better serve our students.  Sometimes, we all just need a ‘mental health’ day out of the office to rejuvenate. 

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