Martin, Rollock to receive Purdue's Dreamer Award

January 28, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Christopher Martin, director of business management, and David Rollock, associate professor of psychological sciences, will receive Purdue University's 2013 Dreamer Award.

The award will be presented during a Feb. 4 ceremony that will include the Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative lecture by Julian Bond. Originally scheduled for Jan. 21, the ceremony was postponed due to inclement weather on the East Coast, preventing Bond from traveling to Purdue. Bond is former chairman of the NAACP and a leader in the American civil rights movement. The convocation is part of Purdue's The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be free and open to the public.

The Dreamer Award, established in 2004, is given annually to an individual or organization within the Purdue community whose contributions embody King's vision of service to others and furthers the university's commitment to diversity.

"Each in their respective activities effectively blends thought leadership with results-oriented impact strategies, resulting in transformative institutional change," said Carolyn Johnson, director of the Diversity Resource Office at Purdue.

Martin joined Purdue in 1998 as a Business Services trainee and has held positions as a business analyst, senior business manager for Krannert, and cluster manager for the colleges of Education, Liberal Arts, and Technology. Before taking his current position in 2011, he had been director of financial affairs in the College of Engineering since 2004.

Johnson said Martin created a climate of inclusion and diversity including requirement of business managers to attend diversity workshops and all staff to attend the Diversity@Work Program.

He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hanover College and a master's degree in higher education administration from Purdue.

Rollock, who has an extensive background as a licensed clinical psychologist, mentors undergraduate students through Purdue's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and the Summer Research Opportunity Program. He also regularly matches minority undergraduate applicants with faculty mentors in his own department and in others.

Johnson said Rollock led college- and university-level committees on intercultural competence and sexual harassment, and also has served on committees about recruitment and retention of student and faculty members from underrepresented groups

He was one of six faculty members to receive 2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Awards in Memory of Charles B. Murphy. In 2008, he was inducted into Purdue's Book of Great Teachers.

Rollock earned his bachelor's degree from Princeton and received his doctorate from Yale. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Source: Carolyn E. Johnson, 765-494-7307,

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