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April 6, 2001

Outstanding seniors, leaders honored at convocation

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue students will be recognized for their academic achievements and leadership Sunday (4/8) during the annual University Honors Convocation.

Amanda Teder, Lafayette, Ind., received the annual Flora Roberts Award for the outstanding graduating woman. Benjamin J. Hasse, Kingsford, Mich., received the annual G.A. Ross Award for the outstanding graduating man.

Yvette D. Brown, Gary Ind., earned the Louis Sudler Prize for excellence in the arts. John Jay Young, Carmel, Ind., received the Bruce Helfert Memorial Award for the outstanding junior majoring in science or engineering.

Ten Purdue University students received Charles O. McGaughey (mick GOY) Leadership Awards. The recipients are seniors Andrea Lynn Carollo of St. Charles, Ill.; Emily Therese Cripe of Sanford, Mich.; Amelia Hammond of Waveland, Ind.; Jeremy Michael Mackling of Elkhart, Ind.; Kurt Aaron Mathas of Montezuma, Ind.; Stephen R. Parker of Columbus, Ind.; Elisha Lee Priebe of Ladoga, Ind.; Eric Steiner of Berne, Ind.; Teder, also the recipient of the Flora Robert Award; and James Vaca of Elburn, Ill.

Roberts and Ross Awards

The Flora Roberts Award is given to a senior woman student for outstanding scholarship, leadership, character and service to the university community. The award was established by the will of Flora Roberts, a member of the Purdue Class of 1887. The award consists of the Flora Roberts medal, $500 and a certificate. Teder's name will be inscribed on a marker on the Purdue Mall.

Teder will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in management. She was selected as a member of the Krannert School of Management Case Competition team that placed fourth in an international competition. She is the student member of the Purdue University Board of Trustees and was president of the School of Management Council. Teder also is a member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and the School of Management Employers Forum. She was a leader with Old Masters, Chi Omega Sorority and Order of Omega. In her sophomore year she was selected from 180 sophomores to receive one of four emerging leader award scholarships during the Emily Mauzy Vogel Leadership Conference.

The G.A. Ross Award goes to the outstanding senior man based on academic achievement, leadership, character and overall contribution to the university. An endowment provides the recipient with a medal, $500 and a certificate. Hasse's name will be engraved on a marker on the Purdue Mall.

Hasse will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in forestry and a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish. While enrolled at Purdue, he has been a teaching assistant, a research and field intern, a genetics lab technician and has tutored forestry students. He has held leadership positions in the Society of American Foresters Purdue Student Chapter, the Forestry and Natural Resources Student Council and is currently co-editor of the forestry and natural resources yearbook. He serves on St. Thomas Aquinas' Executive Council and has volunteered at the Lafayette Urban Ministry Homeless Shelter for four years. After graduation, he plans to join the Peace Corps to help implement better environmental procedures in Latin American countries.

The Sudler Prize

The Louis Sudler Prize is given to the graduating senior who displays excellence in the creative or performing arts. Sudler, who was a Chicago businessman, created an endowment that provides a $1,000 cash prize for the winner.

Brown will graduate with bachelor of arts degrees in professional and creative writing. She has served as student assistant at the HSSE Library, coordinator of the Black Cultural Center's Haraka Writers, was a counselor at Purdue's Gifted Education Resource Institute, and was a volunteer for Turkey Thicket Urban Day Camp for the District of Columbia Department of Recreation. As a poet, her work has been published in "Write to Freedom," "Eclipsing a Nappy New Millennium," and "The Bell Tower."

The Helfert Award

The Helfert Award is presented to a junior in the School of Science or the Schools of Engineering who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and an understanding of the impact of science and technology on humanity. The $1,000 award is made possible through a gift from Sylvia Helfert, Marina del Rey, Calif., in memory of her son, Bruce Helfert, a 1964 Purdue graduate. Bruce Helfert was a surgeon at March Air Force Base in California when he died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Young is majoring in interdisciplinary engineering studies and has devoted much time to research in the areas of wound healing, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, gelating biomaterials and protein engineering for electron transfer studies. He has served as a volunteer at the St. James Shelter in Massachusetts and gives science demonstrations to elementary school students.

McGaughey Leadership Awards

McGaughey, a 1939 Purdue graduate from Indianapolis, established the award to honor undergraduates who show leadership abilities and an appreciation of basic American values through service to the community and the university. The first awards were presented in 1991. McGaughey, who cofounded the Indiana-based MCL Cafeteria chain, died in 1992.

Recipients must have completed at least two years of study at Purdue while maintaining a B average and have an appreciation of the values of liberty, the democratic form of government, and the importance of respect for others and for the diversity of the United States. The award provides an unrestricted cash award of $2,695.

Here are details about the winners:

• Carollo is a computer science major with a minor in law and society. She is a vice president of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. Carollo has been affiliated with Purdue Mock Trial Team, Itasca Club of Earhart Hall, Association of Computing Machinery, Women in Science Program, Women in Computer Science, Boiler Gold Rush, Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Upsilon Pi Epsilon and Phi Beta Kappa. She also has been involved as a volunteer for the National Ski Patrol and Lafayette Urban Ministry.

• Cripe is majoring in interpersonal communication and philosophy with minors in biology and sociology. She has held leadership roles in the School of Liberal Arts Dean's Ambassador Program, Hillenbrand Hall student staff and the School of Liberal Arts Honors Council. She has been a residential teaching assistant at Northwestern University's Equinox Program at the Center for Talent Development and a health coordinator and extern technician at the Mid-Michigan Medical Center.

• Hammond is majoring in plant science with a minor in international studies. She is vice president of allocations for the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and is a leader with the Agriculture Ambassadors. Hammond has worked with the Glenwood Cooperative House, Purdue Cooperative Housing Association, Botany Club and served as a laboratory assistant on several different research projects. She also has served as a volunteer with the Lafayette Urban Ministry, New Hope Christian Church in Crawfordsville and Otterbein United Methodist Church.

• Mackling is majoring in construction engineering and management. He is a member of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Delta Upsilon Fraternity and American Society of Civil Engineers. Mackling also has been affiliated with the Purdue Student Engineering Foundation, Boiler Gold Rush, Golden Key National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. He has been a volunteer with the Lafayette Urban Ministry, Rossville Community cleanup of Wildcat Creek and the Special Olympics tennis program.

• Mathas is majoring in political science with minors in English and history. He is an active member of Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society and Iron Key. Mathas also has been affiliated with Old Masters Central Committee, Excalibur Club, the Mauzy Leadership Mentor Program, Purdue Mock Trail Team, Pre-Law Society, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Sigma Alpha. He has served as a legal aid volunteer for Tippecanoe County and was an intern for Lt. Gov. Joseph Kernan.

• Parker is majoring in biology with minors in management and psychology. He is actively involved in Iron Key, Old Masters, Purdue Student Government and Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. Parker also is affiliated with Omicron Delta Kappa, Interfraternity Council, Mauzy Leadership Mentor Program, Phi Beta Kappa Society, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha Academic Honorary, Golden Key National Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Parker is an emergency room technician, a District III Archon for Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and is involved with Volunteers in Medicine.

• Priebe is majoring in agricultural education. She holds leadership positions in Iron Key, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Purdue Foundation Student Board, Alpha Phi, Old Masters and Purdue Student Government. Priebe also is affiliated with Agricultural Council, Agronomy Club, Golden Key National Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society, Gamma Sigma Delta National Academic Agriculture Honorary, Sisters of the Harvest Moon and Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Conference. She is a volunteer with Purdue's Read With Me Program, Lafayette Adult Reading Academy, National Association of Agricultural Educators and American Vocational Association.

• Steiner is majoring in agricultural education and is president of the Purdue chapter of the Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society. He also is a leader in Agriculture Ambassadors; FarmHouse Fraternity; Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honorary; The Kitchen Table; the Society for Minorities in Agriculture, National Resources, and Related Sciences; Order of Omega; and Purdue Foundation Student Board. He was the state winner of the Indiana Farm Bureau Discussion Meet and the 2000 Outstanding Greek Man of the Year. Steiner also has participated in the International Study Abroad programs in Honduras and Poland. He has been a developer for the Indiana FFA Leadership Center and a peer advocate for the "Your Choice" Alcohol Awareness campaign. He has volunteered at organizations that include Lafayette Adult Reading Academy, Lafayette Urban Ministries and Lafayette Salvation Army.

• For biographical information about Amanda Teder, please see Roberts and Ross Award section.

• Vaca is majoring in management and human resources with a management information systems minor. He is a leader in Purdue Student Government, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, Mortar Board National Senior Honor Society, Order of Omega, Skull and Crescent Honor Society, Mauzy Leadership Mentorship Program, and Krannert Host a Freshman Program. He also has been affiliated with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Phi Eta Sigma Honorary, Alpha Lambda Delta Honoraries and the Society for Human Resource Management. Vaca has completed internships with Andersen Consulting, General Motors and Aramark. He has served as a volunteer with Toys for Tots, Adopt-A-Highway and the Police Neighborhood Resource Center in Rolling Meadows, Ill.

Also recognized for their academic achievements were 12 current or former undergraduate students who received National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships, which provide tuition for three years of graduate study, a $16,800 annual stipend and a $10,500 cost of education allowance. An additional 55 students who maintained an A average during their college careers also were honored.


Ross and Roberts Awards: Elizabeth Smithka, assistant dean of students, (765) 494-8698,

Sudler Award: Renee Thomas, director, Black Cultural Center, (765) 494-3091,

Helfert Award: J. Raymond Jones, student relations specialist, (765) 494-1235,

McGaughey Leadership Awards: Pablo Malavenda, associate dean of students, (765) 494-1243;

Writer: Bob Johnson, (765) 496-7704,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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