Appointments, honors and activities
July 10, 2015
• Alumni honors:
- Lexi Hiland, who graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in film and video studies from the College of Liberal Arts, was listed No. 1 on a list of 10 Latino Filmmakers You Should Know by Remezcla. The list is based on the indie filmmakers that were featured throughout the National Association of Latino Independent Producers' annual NALIP Media Summit on June 25-28. Her film, "La Lotería de la Vida," the lottery of life, tells her personal story about being abandoned as a newborn in Pamplona, Colombia. She was born in Colombia to a woman who was deaf and unable to care for a baby. Hiland's documentary focuses on the woman who cared for her the year before being adopted by an American family. Hiland's film was part of the NALIP Official Selection. Hiland is an associate producer at Think Ahead Studios in Indianapolis.
• Student honors:
- The Purdue Lunabotics club placed second out of 46 teams recently in NASA's annual Robotic Mining Competition. It was the first time the club participated in the competition. The team successfully maneuvered simulated Martian terrain to collect and transport resources. Bobby Rolley, president of Purdue Lunabotics, said the club did well because of its ability to perform the tasks while factoring in robot mass, power consumption and data usage into its design and operation. The club works to develop innovative robots for space exploration.