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December 20, 2013

Appointments, honors and activities

Faculty and staff honors:

- Christopher Slaten, assistant professor of counseling and development in the College of Education, was named 2013 Exemplary Counselor Educator by the Indiana School Counselor Association. The award recognizes excellence in preparing the next generation of school counselors. Slaten was selected for the passion and leadership he shows in giving underserved youth the tools to imagine a better future and strive to attain it. Slaten's research focuses on advocacy for mental health services in K-12 schools. He is the leader of MAGNIFY, a small-group learning program designed to empower and encourage educationally marginalized youth to reach their potential through self-awareness, self-acceptance, social skill building and planning for the future. The program has served more than 970 youths from three elementary schools, three middle schools and three nontraditional high schools. 

Notables:

- Purdue University students who marketed and sold a product as part of their class have donated their commissions of nearly $4,000 to two charities. The donations were increased by two corporate supporters that matched part of the contributions. Students in the agricultural economics advanced sales and marketing course obtain practical experience that they can apply in their work after graduation. They began the semester learning about the Cutco cutlery product and developing their sales presentations. They identified potential customers, set appointments, presented products and provided services. Students in the class traditionally have received commissions for their efforts, the best earning hundreds of dollars. But students in the fall semester class decided to contribute their commissions to Indiana charities rather than to benefit personally. But there was quandary: Half of the 24 students chose to support Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis and the other half the Wounded Warriors Project. So students turned the project into a competition, dividing into two teams. The team with the highest commissions would have its total matched by Vector Marketing and the Cutco organization, supporters of the course. The team supporting the Wounded Warriors triumphed. Contributions of $3,998.20 - double the commissions of the winning team - went to the Wounded Warriors Project and $1,917.55 went to Riley Children's Hospital.

Alumni honors:

- State Rep. Suzanne Crouch, a Purdue alumna, was appointed state auditor earlier this week by Gov. Mike Pence. Crouch, a Republican who has represented House District 78 in Evansville since 2006, also has been county auditor and county commissioner in Vanderburgh County. She has a bachelor of science degree in science from Purdue.