College of Liberal Arts honors alumni, celebrates 50th anniversary

April 15, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's College of Liberal Arts honored four distinguished alumni Friday (April 12) during its 2013 annual awards banquet and launch of the 50th anniversary of the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education.

Originally part of the School of Science, Education, and Humanities, HSSE was created in 1963 to formally recognize the arts, humanities, and social sciences as integral areas of teaching and research at Purdue.

Today, the College of Liberal Arts includes the department of Anthropology, Brian Lamb School of Communication, department of English, department of History, School of Languages and Cultures, departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology, and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. In addition, the college's Interdisciplinary Studies Program is home to 15 areas of study.

Recipients of the 2013 distinguished alumni award are Diane Arenberg, Sara Busche Cobb, Andrew B. Maner and Mary Murcko.

* Arenberg is a professional artist, with her own company – Diane Arenberg Design. She earned her bachelor's degree in interior design in 1976.

* Cobb is the vice president of education for the Lilly Endowment Inc., in Indianapolis. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science in 1980. 

* Maner is IBM's Global Business Services Public Sector Practice Federal Leader in
Fairfax, Va. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication and political science in 1991.

* Murcko is president of national sales at Gannett Co. Inc. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication in 1986. 

Catherine Shevlin Pierce delivered the banquet's keynote address in which she explored the links between humanities and sciences in the 21st century and how Purdue is responding. Pierce received a master's degree in 1964 from the department of history and an honorary doctorate in 2005, both from Purdue. She is the former director of the United Nations Population Fund and now serves on the adjunct faculty for New York University's Center for Global Affairs.   

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855, 

Source: Christine Sharp, 765-494-7884, 

Related website:

Purdue University, 610 Purdue Mall, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-4600

© 2014-17 Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Integrity Statement | Copyright Complaints | Brand Toolkit | Maintained by Marketing and Media

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact us at so we can help.