Beyond the Classroom

We are excited to announce the 2017 Outstanding Seniors in Consumer Science! This is an annual, CSR departmental award given to a student or students in each major who have demonstrated a level of academic, professional, and personal accomplishment which makes them stand out among their peers. These students have exemplary service and leadership accomplishments within the university, the college of HHS, the department of Consumer Science, and their communities. Take a look at the accomplishments of the students in Consumer Science! We salute them!


  • Jiaxin "Teresa" He, Financial Counseling & Planning, has served HHS as an Ambassador and as a Peer Mentor to new freshmen.  She has been an active member and leader on the Student Development Council. This past summer she completed an internship in the human resource department of the Broodmoor (hotel) in Colorado Springs, CO. where she trained with the benefits manager and became familiar with employee benefit plans.  Teresa served as a Resident Assistant at Purdue for the 2015-16 school year and was a teaching assistant in the Risk Management course.  Teresa traveled to India over the winter break 2013-14 to volunteer with local farmers and village women and in the Summer of 2014 she traveled to Nepal as a volunteer where she helped children learn to read and write in English. She is applying to graduate schools in the United States and in Australia and is excited to see where this takes her!
  • Bobbe Molter, Senior Advisor/Lead Academic Advisor
  • Anna Bowers, Apparel Design & Technology, completed the visiting student program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where she earned an AAS degree in fashion design. She has developed her design skills through internships with Johnathan Kayne in Nashville, TN., and J. Mendel in New York City where she helped produced the first ever 2016 Haute Couture show.  She earned scholarships and awards as the most outstanding freshmen and later the most outstanding sophomore both for her exceptional garment and portfolio design work.  She spent the summer of 2014 studying fashion design in Italy where she developed three fashion collections. She is fluent in German and French.  This April, she will present her final Senior Collection at the Annual Purdue Fashion Show. You can take a look at her digital design portfolio here.  
  • Kearsten Boyk, Selling and Sales Management, is the President for Pi Sigma Epsilon, Epsilon Lambda Chapter, a national sales and marketing academic fraternity. Professionally, she has completed two sales internships, one with University Studios in Orlando, FL and one with The Purdue Exponent in West Lafayette, IN.  She has further refined her professional development skills through participation in sales competitions. Kearsten has helped mentor and train other sales competitors and has readied them for sales competition.  This fall Kearsten was a CSR 100 Peer Mentor to prospective and current selling & sales management freshmen.  She has also assisted in the department as a CSR career conference host.  She is active in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma as well as Campus Outreach. Through these organizations she has served the Purdue and West Lafayette and Lafayette communities.  Kearsten has also put her selling and sales management skills to use by becoming an Independent Sales Consultant for Jamberry Nails where she create her own customer base, marketing strategies, and business processes to sell this product to customers in her personal network and beyond.   She studied in Barcelona, Spain in the summer of 2015 and will graduate with a minor in psychology. Kearsten has accepted an offer to work as a full time staff member with Purdue’s Campus Outreach team.
  • Falicia Duncan, Retail Management (not pictured), is completing the Entrepreneurship Certificate and has been persistent in her retail career and professional development through her work at The Buckle.  She completed a summer buying internship and a summer sales and management internship with the company and has worked in the store during the school year for two years. Upon graduation, she plans to join the Executive Training Program with Von Maur which will lead to a buyer position for the company. For two fall semesters, Falicia has served as a CSR 100 class Peer Mentor where she’s guided new and prospective retail management students as they transition from high school to college. Additionally, she served as an HHS College Success Mentor where she worked one on one with multiple students and organized bi-weekly and bi-monthly events. Falicia is a Purdue cheerleader and a four year member and current class captain of the Purdue Co-Ed Division I cheerleading team. As a cheerleader, Falicia serves as a Purdue Ambassador at sporting events but also through countless Lafayette, West Lafayette and Purdue community service projects.  
  • Alexandra "Ally" Ylo, Financial Counseling & Planning - the CSR Outstanding Senior (not pictured)- earned a Presidential Scholarship based upon her excellent achievements in high school.  She continued her high academic achievements at Purdue University and has earned a 3.60/4.00 GPA majoring in Financial Counseling and Planning with a minor in Management.  In her freshmen year, Ally collaborated with seventeen members of Purdue’s Honor College to develop, produce, and complete a project focusing on sustainability and waste on Purdue’s campus.  She has been recognized on the Dean’s List each of her four years at Purdue. Ally was selected to be an HHS Ambassador in her sophomore year and was invited to continue in this role in her junior and senior years. Ally is an active member of the Purdue chapter of the Financial Planning Association.  She recently participated in leadership conference for women in the financial industry, in Chicago, IL. Ally completed a year-long internship as a financial advisor trainee with Bison Financial Group in Lafayette, IN.  Over two semesters and a summer she shadowed licensed advisors, used industry software to prepare for client appointments, planned client events and prospected her own clientele.  By the end of the summer of 2016, Ally had established her own client base.  This internship challenged her to manage her academic life, professional life, and her social life responsibilities.  Ally also works year round for Milestone Therapy as a billing administrator.  Ally plans on sitting for the Certified Financial Planner’s exam to become a CFP®. She has volunteered at several community events; she  worked with Legal Aid, volunteered at the Zoo Run Run, participated in Winterization, and she sorted donations at the Food Finders Foodbank.


By going beyond the classroom CSR students become more engaged in their fields of study. They become citizens with a broader cultural sensitivity and they become leaders amongst their peers. CSR students  seek study abroad opportunities, internship experiences, and other professional development activities that will lead them towards a better understanding of the ever-changing global and multi-cultural markets.

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