Appointments, honors and activities

June 5, 2015  


Faculty and staff honors:

- Colleen Brown, Kaletra Dispennett, Jennifer Fecher and Brooke Linn won the Best in Region V award from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising for their presentation "Tools for Integrating Academic and Career Advising." Brown, Dispennett, Fecher and Linn are part of the Purdue Career Advising Council, whose mission is to create a consistent approach to career advising for all students and to help academic advisers gain knowledge in career advising. Their presentation during the regional conference session in Indianapolis this spring focused on sharing information on the formation of the Purdue Career Advising Council and how career advising practices can be better integrated into academic advising.

- Colleen Brown, a senior academic adviser in the Department of Exploratory Studies, has been selected to receive an Outstanding New Advisor Award in academic advising from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. NACADA says the award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students and who have served as an adviser for a period of three years.

- Rosemary Ricci, senior academic adviser in the College of Health and Human Sciences, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit in academic advising from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. NACADA says the award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students for a period longer than three years. 

- Susan Aufderheide, director of the Department of Exploratory Studies, has been appointed to the Annual Conference Advisory Board of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising. NACADA says the board oversees the curriculum and activities of the annual conference, including the keynote session, concurrent presentations, pre-conference workshops, poster sessions and other program formats to assure a successful event.

Student honors:

-  A student team from Purdue University has won second place in the on-site mining category of the sixth annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The 30-member Purdue Lunabotics team is advised by mechanical engineering professor Eric Nauman. The student organization aims to develop innovative robots for space exploration. The purpose of the Robotic Mining Competition is to challenge university-level student teams to design and build a mining robot that can traverse a simulated Martian terrain, excavate and deposit as much regolith - or loose soil found on Mars - as possible within a 10-minute time window. Concepts developed by the university teams could end up being used by NASA. "Advances in Martian mining have the potential to significantly contribute to our nation's space vision and NASA space exploration operations," according to the space administration. 

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