Appointments, honors and activities

September 19, 2014  


Appointments and promotions:

- Ileana Corets Santiago will serve as interim program director for the Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence through the fall semester. She will be responsible for the center's program management and day-to-day operations.

- The Purdue Police Department has added Donald E. Hartman and Rodney Dilling to its force. Hartman, who has been with the West Lafayette Police Department for 13 years, began his duties Sept. 8. He is a certified accident reconstructionist, forensic computer examiner and evidence specialist. Dilling, who begins his duties Monday (Sept. 22), served with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department for 20 years and is a former member of the SRT team. He also is a certified personal trainer.

Faculty and staff honors:

- Betty Nelson, dean of students emerita and former dean of students at Purdue, has received the Distinguished Lifetime Membership Award from the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. Nelson worked at Purdue for three decades, beginning in the Psychology Department before joining the staff of the Dean of Women's Office. She became dean of students in 1987, retiring in 1996 when she was made dean of students emerita. She established the Dean Betty Nelson Service Award to honor Purdue students who have made remarkable contributions in community service but whose achievements often go unnoticed because of the humble nature of their work.

Student honors:

- Ryan Cross, a graduate student in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, is one of eight students in the nation to receive a Mortar Board National Foundation fellowship. Cross, a member of the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board at Purdue, received a bachelor's degree in biology and genetics from Purdue in May. The foundation awards fellowships to assist members in financing their graduate studies. Recipients are chosen based on a demonstrated record of academic excellence, strong recommendation, scholarship promise and Mortar Board involvement. There are 231 chapters of Mortar Board. The Purdue chapter was founded in 1926. 

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