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March 8, 2013

Appointments, honors and activities

Appointments and promotions:

- James R. Hintz, Purdue's associate dean of students for Student Activities and Organizations, announced two appointments. Melissa Gruver will serve as assistant dean of students for Leadership and Civic Engagement. She will be responsible for the leadership development programs and Boiler Volunteer Network. Brandon Cutler will serve as assistant dean of students/director of Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life. Gruver worked in the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement and the Waco Episcopal Student Center at Baylor University and has been serving as the community engagement coordinator at Texas Christian University. Cutler previously served as assistant director of Greek affairs, primary fraternity adviser at Kansas State University and has been serving as assistant director of student life and director of Greek life at Ball State University. Both will begin April 15.

Faculty and staff honors:

- John G. Baugh, director of agricultural services and regulations for Purdue University's College of Agriculture, has received a Beck's Hybrids Beyond the Fence award from for his support of Indiana agriculture. He was among four people who received the annual award in various categories. Baugh was presented with the Friend of Indiana Agriculture award, given to an individual who has had a positive effect on agriculture but isn't directly involved in it. The awards are sponsored in conjunction with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and the Indiana Corn Growers Association. Baugh has served in his role at Purdue since 1995. He has lead liaison and administrative responsibility for state agricultural service and regulatory functions located at Purdue, as well as liaison responsibility to other organizations and programs which impact these services. Baugh also serves as Purdue Agriculture's primary contact with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture and is involved with state-level legislation that affects Purdue Agriculture.

- Dawn Marsh, assistant history professor at Purdue University, was selected by the Ohio Historical Society to participate in a project on Midwestern Native American tribes. "Native Americans in the Midwest: Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges" is a three-year faculty and curriculum development project that aims to provide 36 community colleges with better teaching tools for these subjects. A National Endowment for the Humanities grant is funding the project, and is only one of three such grants awarded this year. Marsh joined the Purdue faculty in 2007 and teaches a variety of courses on Native American history and culture.

- James Forney, professor of biochemistry, has been selected to receive a 2013 Trustee Teaching Award from the Indiana University Board of Trustees. The award recognizes outstanding teaching and his "efforts teaching biochemistry to medical students" at the Indiana University School of Medicine-Lafayette. He will be honored at the School of Medicine's May commencement ceremony. Forney has been at Purdue since 1988, when he was an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry. He became an associate professor in 1994 and a professor in 1999. From 2001-08, he served as head of the department.