Faculty Fellows 2005-06
Kristina Bross, Associate Professor of English
Bross' students will catalog and preserve fragile items in the Tippecanoe County Historical Association's collection. The students' goal will be to make important records of local history more accessible to the community and academic researchers.
Mark Haugan, Associate Professor of Physics
Haugan works with Purdue students in two physics outreach programs (coordinated by Julie Conlon) for elementary and secondary schools throughout Indiana. Physics Educational Activities, Resources and Learning Strategies (PEARLS) teaches physics to younger students in ways that motivate them to consider careers in science. Educating Next Generations and Generating Enthusiasm (ENGAGE) features Purdue physics students who offer innovative science and technology activities to K-12 students who otherwise would not have access to them.
Mohan Dutta-Bergman, Assistant Professor of Communication
Dutta-Bergman's students develop public relations campaigns for non-profit organizations in the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Students perform research and market analysis before producing their marketing materials, which can be stored in a Web-based archive. Dutta-Bergman also received a separate grant from the Office of International Programs to set up a Service-Learning based study abroad program in rural India, through which students develop communication strategies for non-governmental organizations.
Alka Harriger, Professor of Computer Technology
Harriger's students develop interactive, customizable websites for community groups and organizations. Past clients have included Big Brothers/Big Sisters, West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, and the Wabash Valley Youth Symphony. Harriger is using the grant to purchase a Web server to house the client websites after the project ends. The server provides more time to find a long-term, affordable Web hosting solution for the clients.
Mick La Lopa, Associate Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
La Lopa's students perform feasibility studies for non-profit agencies, such as the Museum at Prophetstown, to help them operate more efficiently. As part of the course requirement, students offer suggestions on how to develop a new gift shop, expand the food-service operation, and enhance the personal and educational services that are provided to the Museum at Prophetstown's visitors. La Lopa also designed a workbook on Service-Learning as a faculty resource.