Appointments, honors and activities

December 11, 2015  

Student honors:

- Paul Brayton, an undergraduate student in the Environmental and Ecological Engineering program and a Marine Corps veteran, has been named the Veteran of the Month for the national Peer Advisers for Veterans in Education. Purdue is a participating member of PAVE, which supports veterans' transitions to college after military service and works to foster academic and personal success. The program connects incoming student veterans with student veterans already on campus. Brayton, who volunteers with PAVE, retired as a gunnery sergeant in 2014 after serving multiple deployments and going to places such as the Persian Gulf, Japan, Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Appointments and promotions:

- President Mitch Daniels has been named honorary co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Future of Work Initiative. The yearlong nonpartisan effort aims "to identify concrete ways to strengthen the social contract in the midst of sweeping changes in the 21st century workplace and workforce." It will focus on two challenges: how best to advance and protect the economic interests of Americans in the rapidly growing economy of shared goods and services, and how to "inspire a 21st century capitalism for a 21st century workforce by incenting employers to help workers get ahead." Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is the other honorary co-chair. Bruce Reed and John Bridgeland, who headed the Domestic Policy Council under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively, will serve as co-chairs. Aspen Institute news release

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