College of Liberal Arts honors alumni, celebrates 50th anniversary

April 16, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's College of Liberal Arts honored five distinguished alumni April 11 during its 2014 annual awards banquet and celebration of the 50th anniversary of the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education.

Recipients of the 2014 distinguished alumni award are Curtis J. Clawson, Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, Ana Pinto-Alexander, Vice Admiral Carol M. Pottenger and Dale A. Pupillo.

* Clawson, of Bonita Springs, Fla., is retired as chairman, CEO and president of Hayes Lemmerz International. He earned his bachelor's degree in Spanish and management in 1984.

* Marshall, of Washington, D.C., is the ambassador-in-residence at the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science in 1986.

* Pinto-Alexander, of Indianapolis, is principal and senior vice president of HKS Inc. She earned her bachelor's degree in interior design in 1986.

* Pottenger, of Virginia Beach, Va., is retired, and she most recently served as deputy chief of staff for the Capability Development at NATO Headquarters supreme Allied Commander Transformation. She earned her bachelor's degree in history in 1977 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in history in 2007.

* Pupillo, of Washington, D.C., is assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service. He earned his bachelor's degree in political science in 1976.

The College of Liberal Arts' 50th anniversary celebration, launched last April, concludes this spring. Last week featured a series of panels focusing on the intersection of liberal arts and STEM and a sculpture dedication at Founders Park. Preston Jackson's "Distant Paths," installed near Beering and University halls, captures the diversity of people's ongoing journeys.

The College of Liberal Arts, which was originally part of the School of Science, Education and Humanities, 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 departments of anthropology, English, history, philosophy, political science and sociology, and the Brian Lamb School of Communication, School of Languages and Cultures, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. 

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723,

Source: Christine Sharp, 765-494-7884,

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