Meet Our Students...

Who Move the World Forward...

 

Afton Goins

Afton Goins
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

After working with children at a day care center last summer, she switched majors to early childhood education and Spanish and now aspires to work for a private preschool where she can teach gifted children and introduce Spanish at an early age. As a creative writing minor who hopes one day to write inspirational children's books, she advocates the usefulness of an artistic outlet.

"I'm still figuring myself out and I'm still learning about what I want and how I want to matter to future generations," she says. "My ultimate goal is to make an impact, but I'm still fuzzy as to how."

 

 

Courtney Moses

Courtney Moses
Major: Human Services

Courtney was a junior when Purdue swimmer Carly Mercer came to her with the idea of doing a Boilermaker version of Make-A-Wish. Together with other student-athletes, they started Boiler-Maker-Wish to grant wishes to local kids living with a disability or hardship. The twist is that all wishes relate to Purdue sports, like attending a game or meeting players. Purdue athletes fulfill the wishes, and since the project started, five kids have had their wishes granted.

"One of the best things is seeing the parents' faces when their child's wish is granted. Our motto for Boiler-Maker-Wish is putting a smile on a kid's face, but I think we should add putting a smile on the parents' faces too."

 

Who are Healthmakers...

Lydia Lochamire

Lydia Lochamire
Major: Developmental and Family Science

Lydia completed her capstone research project, The Continuity of Stress from Pregnancy to Parenting, under the direction of Assistant Professor Leah Hibel. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Hibel’s Family Physiology and Mom-Baby Immunity labs for over two years. Lydia was active in the HHS Student Council since 2011 and served as its president. After graduation, Lydia hopes to pursue a professional degree in medicine and focus on mother-baby health. Lydia is the recipient of the 2014 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

"Helping and interacting with patients is where I definitely feel like I am headed in the right direction with my life. Working at the hospital allows me to combine the knowledge I'm gaining in school with the interpersonal skills I'll need for my future."

 

Who are Discovery Makers...

Christina Citta

Christina Citta
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Right Start Pediatric Therapies, Inc.

Her ‘aha moment’ happened in a classroom at the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School while conducting research as part of the honors program. She was examining pre-engineering behaviors exhibited by preschoolers and the activities and lessons in the classroom that foster those behaviors. With help from her faculty mentors, she created a unique observation protocol to record pre-engineering behaviors displayed by children during free play. Christina is the recipient of the 2012 HDFS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award.

 

 

 

Our Award Winners...

2017

Stephanie Clymer

Stephanie Clymer
Major: Developmental and Family Science Award

Stephanie came to Purdue with the goal of going to graduate school in veterinary medicine, but through personal and family experiences she felt led to change her major to helping people and learning about the processes behind how and why lives change. She chose to major in Developmental and Family Sciences, with a concentration in Family and Community Health, and added a minor in Psychology. She will be graduating next month, and has already accepted a job in Washington state. Her passion for helping people is seen in many areas of her education, as well as in her life outside of the classroom. Stephanie has worked with YWCA, Mental Health America, and completed a volunteer internship at Howard Brown Health in Chicago last summer. She worked with Believe Midwifery Services for a semester, helped as a supplemental instructor for the Statistics 301 course at Purdue, and was a Student Ambassador for the College of Health and Human Sciences throughout this past year. Stephanie also completed a study abroad at University College Dublin in Ireland last summer, where she studied comparative healthcare systems in Ireland and around the world. She was on the honors list for the past three semesters and was on the Dean’s List last semester. She is one of our 3-year graduates and packed all of these accomplishments into that short time. Stephanie is the recipient of the 2017 HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

Aspen Kitchell

Aspen Kitchell
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Aspen has distinguished herself by excelling in a demanding academic major and being elected to the Mortar Board National Honor Society, while also contributing in many ways in her extra-curricular activities. She is a dedicated early childhood education student, with well-defined career goals. She always has been clear that she wants to be a teacher working with children in elementary school, in an inclusive classroom that serves children both typically-developing and those with disabilities. She served on the Purdue Student Education Council for two years, including as secretary of the organization for one year, and she also served as a mentor for new HDFS majors in our departmental orientation class. She volunteered in the community, contributing to several local elementary schools and the Read to Succeed program. She also worked with children with disabilities in the Pete’s Pals program and continued her service to children and adults with special needs through day camp. Aspen participated with the Purduettes Choir for four years, managing the group in her last two years, co-directed the PMO Kid’s choir, and had a key role in a student-produced rock concert. Her plans in the immediate future are to continue her passion of early childhood education and land that “perfect” first teaching job. That said, Aspen ended her student teaching early in order to begin a long term substitute position before she has even graduated. Aspen is the recipient of a 2017 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the 2017 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.

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 Katelyn Miller
 Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Katelyn is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (2014-present) and the Purdue Student Unit (2014-present). She attended two national conferences, several state meetings and was the 2015 Vice President for the Purdue Student Unit. This involved planning meetings, setting up community service activities, assisting with FCCLA events, and recruiting new members. She was an HHS student mentor, participated in various intramural team sports and was on the Publicity Committee for the Purdue Student Education Association. Her community service included the creation of a website for family members to order flowers and learn about the history of a cemetery while working as maintenance, and writing and receiving a grant for over $600 to purchase needed supplies and food to donate to the Lafayette Food Pantry. This involved packaging food bags and creating a handout on how to make chicken salad. She also assisted with the renovation of an elementary school in Indianapolis as a participant of Outreach to Teach. Katelyn has been on the Dean's List and Semester Honors every semester while attending Purdue and received the Jewel L. Taylor National Undergraduate Scholarship Award. She also studied abroad in Italy. Her long-term goal is to be a full-time FACS teacher leading an FCCLA Chapter (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America). Katelyn is the recipient of the 2017 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

Kanza Zafar

Kanza Zafar
Major: Human Services

Kanza is the student representative on the Purdue Grade Appeals Committee, the HHS Representative for the National Mentoring Symposium, an HDFS Student Mentor, the HDFS Student Representative for the Search and Screen Committee, and the HDFS Representative for the HHS Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee. She is also a member of the Psychology Club and the Public Health Student Association. Every semester, she made Semester Honors, was on the Dean's List, and received the State of Indiana Higher Education Award. She worked as a library assistant with the West Lafayette Public Library and was a student volunteer at the Hanna Community Center creating a service learning project to encourage physical activity in children. She is the children's secretary for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community where she creates lesson plans, conducts meetings, and comunicates with the parents. She had the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant transcribing data, conducting lab procedures, and researching articles. She was also an Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist providing individualized ABA therapy and documenting daily data at the Cornerstone Autism Center. This past fall, she was accepted into the accelerated 4+1 MPH (Masters of Public Health) program while working on a dual major (HDFS and Psychological Sciences). After graduation, she plans to continue working on her Masters in Public Health degree and hopes to become an international public health educator.

2016

Rebecca Thompson

Rebecca Thompson
Major: Developmental and Family Science Award

Rebecca is a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, an ambassador for Purdue’s Exploratory Studies Program, and President of St. Tom’s Photography Club. She was an undergraduate research assistant for the Military Family Research Institute, a co-coordinator for St. Tom’s New Student Overnighter, and a committee member on St. Tom’s Liturgy Committee. She volunteers as a Lafayette Urban Ministry mentor and tutor for K-6 students and as a meal host for temporarily homeless families in the Lafayette area. She also volunteers as a Rest Home Companion offering social support at University Place Retirement Home and has cared for a camper with neuromuscular disease at Bradford Woods Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp. She was awarded a 4-year Purdue Trustee Scholarship and PEFCU Citizenship Award and has been on the Dean’s List and Semester Honors every semester while attending Purdue. Rebecca aspires to earn both master’s and doctorate degrees in occupational therapy then apply for a clinical faculty position or open a private clinic. Her degree has taught her how to develop her research skills, to critically think, and how to apply new technical skills to her real-world research experiences while at Purdue. Rebecca is the recipient of the 2016 HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

 

Claire Chapman

Claire Chapman
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Claire was an HDFS research assistant where she assessed young children’s mathematical abilities and assisted with audio transcribing and coding. She was also a Residential Service Provider at Community Ventures in Living in Lafayette, IN. She participated in College Mentors for Kids, the Council for Exceptional Children, Pre-OT/PT Club, and as a Bible study leader and Ministry Council member at Purdue Christian Campus House. She was an Instructional Assistant, camp counselor, and a Buddy with Best Buddies where she twice received the Buddy of the Month award. Claire also volunteered her time on three mission trips to Spain, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. She also had the opportunity to volunteer at Riley Hospital for Children assisting occupational and physical therapists by preparing equipment and helping with activities. She was a Purdue Mitchell Scholarship Nominee, on the Dean’s List every semester, and received the Purdue University Presidential Scholarship and the Indiana Farm Bureau John O. Hutchins Scholarship. Claire will attend Indiana University’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program after graduating from Purdue. She looks forward to working at Riley Hospital for Children, helping children learn how to overcome their illnesses or disabilities and live as independently as possible. Claire is a recipient of the 2016 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the 2016 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.

 

Shannon Taylor

Shannon Taylor
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Shannon is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Purdue Student Unit. She volunteered with the Salvation Army Christmas gift program and Second Helpings, National Day of Giving; created and led an information session on food insecurity for Pike High School Nutrition and Wellness classes; and marketed the Purdue FACS Education program as well as evaluated student projects for state competition at the Future Community and Career Leaders of America, Indiana conference. She was on the Dean’s List and Semester Honors every semester while attending Purdue. Her degree taught her how to manage and staff a student-run restaurant; enrich the lives of families through child, adolescent, and parental development courses; the importance of diversity education and culturally sensitive approaches; and how the field of FCSE has evolved over the years. After graduation, Shannon plans to apply for a teaching position at a high school in the Indianapolis area. Then, she would like to return and pursue a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and possibly a doctorate in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Shannon is the recipient of the 2016 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

 

Megan Arnold

Megan Arnold
Major: Human Services

Megan was a research assistant for two different HDFS faculty members where she supervised family visits, coded couple behavior, conducted math assessments, and processed data. She was also a Human Services Student Mentor leading weekly meetings with new HDFS students. She volunteered as a Community Impact Intern with United Way of Delaware County, evaluating and developing resources for community impact; was very involved in leadership activities with Campus Crusade, the International Justice Mission, and Clear River Church; and was an intramural sports team captain. She was on the Dean’s List and Semester Honors for eight consecutive semesters and graduated a semester early in December, 2015 with Highest Distinction Honors. Currently, Megan is working full time with United Way of Delaware County. She is also working on her teacher’s license so that she can teach at an elementary school before pursuing a master’s degree in school administration. Ultimately, she would like to find a leadership position as a principal or vice principal at an elementary school where she can be an advocate for education, research involvement, and leadership development. Megan is the recipient of the 2016 HDFS Excellence in Human Services award.

 

2015

Hannah Addie

Hannah Addie
Major: Developmental and Family Science

Hannah participated in a poster session as second author at the 2015 SRCD Biennial Meeting (Poster title: Marital Aggression and Childrearing Disagreements: Relations to Child Secure Behavior in a Preschool Sample) along with HDFS graduate students and mentor, Dr. Germán Posada. She was a research assistant coding attachment stories and conducting literature reviews for the Attachment Relationships Lab. Previously, she was a Project Leader with the Mother-Baby Immunity Research Project leading home visits, observing participants, collecting biological samples, and training observers on data entry. She has also volunteered at Riley Children’s Hospital as a Child Life volunteer. She was a founding member and President of the HDFS Club and served as the student representative on the HDFS Undergraduate Committee. Hannah plans to attend graduate school to improve her research skills and study the way infants and children form emotional attachments as well as how best to intervene on behalf of children at risk of forming insecure attachments. Hannah is the recipient of a 2015 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

 

Emily Edwards

Emily Edwards
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Emily was selected as a Team Leader for Boiler Gold Rush where she led small group discussions and supervised bonding games with new Purdue students. She also refereed the Sigma Delta Tau fundraising effort benefitting Prevent Child Abuse America. Emily worked with MAPS students as an academic resource guide, was a residential camp counselor, and worked one-on-one with students as a course assistant for the GERI Super Saturday’s Entomology course where she prepared and presented a lecture. In addition, she helped women and children at the YWCA safe house, assisted the elderly through the Winterization project, and participated in the local Hunger Hike. She is a member of the Asian American Association and was instrumental in reviving the Hapa Student Association, increasing their membership and activities. Emily anticipates teaching English abroad for a year then returning to the US in hopes of using her diverse experiences to teach life skills to middle or high school students in Family and Consumer Sciences. Emily is the recipient of the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

 

Natalie Henning

Natalie Henning
Major: Human Services

Natalie was selected as an administrative intern with the Ben & Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School. She hopes to learn more about the business aspects of directing a child care center while using her skills learned as a Human Services major. She is also working on a dual minor in Law and Society and Organizational Leadership and Supervision. Natalie gained hands-on experience working one-on-one with nursing home residents, as a child care assistant at a local center, and as a research assistant in the Relationships Healthcare Lab and the Attachment Relationships Lab transcribing and coding conversations. She was a member of the College Mentors for Kids, Pete’s Pals, and the Purdue Association for the Care of Children’s Health. She is currently in Alpha Chi Omega and served on their Philanthropy Committee. After graduation, Natalie hopes to hold the position of assistant director at a facility such as a child care center. Natalie is the recipient of the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Human Services award.

 

Sophia Kaforski

Sophia Kaforski
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Sophia was selected as an HDFS 100 Peer Mentor and led small group discussions, provided guidance, and served as a role model to a group of beginning HDFS students with similar career interests. She is a member of College Mentors for Kids where she served as a role model, mentor, and friend to an at-risk elementary school student, and is currently on the fundraising committee. She was also a member of the Purdue Association for the Care of Children’s Health and volunteered at Riley Children’s Hospital in the burn, stem cell, and cancer units making the children’s environment more comfortable and enjoyable by planning individual and family activities. She also planned and led activities for children ages 5-13 years old and assisted with their homework while a camp counselor and child care worker. Sophia’s goal after graduating from Purdue is to pursue a position as a Child Life Specialist in a children’s hospital in the Chicago area. Sophia is the recipient of the 2015 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.

 

2014

Amanda Harle

Amanda Harle
Major: Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Amanda was a student teacher at both Wilbur Wright Middle School, Munster, IN and Griffith High School, Griffith, IN in the fall of 2014. She held executive leadership roles in both the campus and state units of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and volunteered as a tutor at Klondike Elementary School. After graduation, Amanda plans to complete a Certificate of Gerontology and obtain a position as an activities director in a nursing home. Amanda is the recipient of the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Family and Consumer Sciences Education award.

 

Lydia Lochamire

Lydia Lochamire
Major: Developmental and Family Science

Lydia completed her capstone research project, The Continuity of Stress from Pregnancy to Parenting, under the direction of Assistant Professor Leah Hibel. She worked as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Hibel’s Family Physiology and Mom-Baby Immunity labs for over two years. Lydia was active in the HHS Student Council since 2011 and served as its president. After graduation, Lydia hopes to pursue a professional degree in medicine and focus on mother-baby health. Lydia is the recipient of a 2014 HHS Outstanding Undergraduate Senior award and the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Developmental and Family Science award.

"Helping and interacting with patients is where I definitely feel like I am headed in the right direction with my life. Working at the hospital allows me to combine the knowledge I'm gaining in school with the interpersonal skills I'll need for my future."

 

Anne Miltenberger

Anne Miltenberger
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs

Anne was a student teacher in an early childhood special education preschool classroom at Frontier Elementary School in Brookston, IN. She was a two-time recipient of the Carolyn Camarata Scholarship and has served as an Exploratory Studies Student Ambassador since 2010. Anne has a passion for working with young children with varying abilities and exceptional needs and plans to work in an accredited preschool setting after graduation. Anne is the recipient of the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs award.

 

 

Megan Neher

Megan Neher
Major: Human Services

Megan completed her capstone internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Indianapolis, IN. Every year since 2010, Megan has helped to coordinate the Purdue University Dance Marathon which raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital. She also has volunteered as a Big Buddy with College Mentors for Kids. After graduation, Megan plans to work in a non-profit organization that serves children with medical needs. Megan is the recipient of the 2014 HDFS Excellence in Human Services award.

 

 

 

Our Notable Alumni...

Stacy Baker

Stacy Baker
Major: Human Services
Current Job: Volunteer Coordinator, Food Finders Food Bank, Inc.

“When choosing a degree, I asked myself two questions; 1) Will this degree allow me to help people? And 2) Will this degree help me to obtain a career that puts a smile on my face, and on the faces of those I am assisting?

I knew Human Services was the degree for me as soon as I came across it. When I joined the HDFS department as a student, I felt like I was joining an amazing group of students and faculty members that wanted the same things from their degrees and careers that I wanted.

With my degree, I was able to obtain a great job at Food Finders Food Bank, Inc., in Lafayette, Indiana. My job as Volunteer Coordinator is a hands on, active position that allows me to work with people of many different ages (8-90 year olds!), skill levels, and education levels. I can honestly say that I use the skills and knowledge I obtained from my Human Services degree every single day. Working with people is a tough job, but knowing that I am helping to put food on the table of those in need is what puts a smile on my face at the end of the day.”

 

Jen Bushore-Barry

Jen Bushore-Barry
Major: Human Services (Individual and Family Development)
Current Job: Director, Heartford House

“My degree in HDFS prepared me for working with families in many different settings and helped me to feel confident that I could make a difference in the lives of others. I have had several interns from the program over the last several years and this program has gotten even stronger in preparing human service professionals. I would not be where I am today without the degree I received from Purdue University.”

 

 

Amber Harmon

Amber Harmon
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Developmental Preschool Teacher, Frontier School Corportation

"My degree has served as a foundation for everything I do within my professional field. It has allowed me the opportunity to be part of a collaborative team working together to impact the lives of young children in early intervention and to instill an early love for learning that will follow them for years to come. I have been able to create an inclusive environment where children can grow and learn from one another...a classroom that is truly building a better world, one friend at a time."

 

 

Elena Kopf

Elena Kopf
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Right Steps Child Development Center

“My degree in Early Childhood Education has enabled me to obtain lead teaching positions in childcare settings. Coupled with my experience, my education allowed me to become a center director in December of 2012. I am in classrooms daily, work with families, supervise staff, and work with administration to make business decisions regarding my center. I would not have been able to get where I am today without my degree from Human Development and Family Studies at Purdue University."

 

 

Payton Leach

Payton Leach
Major: Human Services
Current Job: Community Engagement Associate, The Mind Trust

“When I entered Purdue University my professional goal was to obtain a job after graduation that would allow me to start my career. Personally, I also yearned for a job that would also allow me the personal satisfaction of knowing that I was actively helping my community. My internship and my HDFS degree provided me with the skills, knowledge and confidence to obtain my current position at The Mind Trust."

"The Mind Trust is an education nonprofit organization in Indianapolis striving to ensure that all students – regardless of their economic circumstances – have access to an excellent education. In my role as the Community Engagement Associate I will work to advance The Mind Trust's efforts to foster understanding of our work and mission among communities most impacted by education change. My position with The Mind Trust will be an amazing start to my professional career. My HDFS degree prepared me for this experience and the opportunity to accomplish great work in the community that will help shape future generations in a positive way.”

 

Sarah Moore

Sarah Moore
Major: Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Needs
Current Job: Infant Toddler Specialist, The Child Care Resource Network

“Having an Early Childhood Education degree from Purdue University has given me many more opportunities than I had ever imagined it could. I have gone from being a classroom teacher to being an advocate for better baby care in Indiana. In my current role, I am able to use the information and hands on experience I obtained while at Purdue University to collaborate with many Early Childhood Professionals within the State to improve the quality of care for children birth to three.”

 

 

Megan Ober

Megan Ober
Major: Developmental and Family Science
Current Job: Working in adult oncology nursing; delivering chemotherapy infusion to adults in an outpatient clinic

“I like being able to create that therapeutic relationship with patients and families and trying to make things a little better, for even a few minutes, in one of the most difficult times in their lives... I love the education I received from Purdue, it has helped me more than anything else in being as successful as I have been.”

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