College of Liberal Arts recognizes young alumni

September 3, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue's College of Liberal Arts has named three alumni as the 2014 Emerging Voice Award winners.

The alumni will be honored Friday (Sept. 5) at a reception.

"The award was created to recognize young alumni under the age of 40 who are models in their careers, are change agents in their communities, and represent the college as graduates who think broadly and lead boldly, reimagining the world around them," said Irwin Weiser, Justin S. Morrill Dean of Liberal Arts.

Recipients are Heather Fosburgh, Ting Gootee and Scott Keller:

* Fosburgh, program manager for Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale University, earned a bachelor's degree in communication in 1995. At the institute, she works on projects throughout the world including those that target high transmission areas for HIV/AIDS that support the implementation of national health insurance in South Africa; that provide leadership, governance and management training with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia; and that implement an intervention to improve outcomes for heart attack patients in U.S. hospitals. More information is available online.

* Gootee, chief investment officer for Elevate Ventures, earned a master's degree in American Studies in 2003. At Elevate Ventures her primary responsibilities are in investment strategies, due diligence, portfolio oversight and back office operational support. Previously, Gootee was deputy director, 21 Fund & Entrepreneurship at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, where she provided operational and financial management. More information is available online.

* Scott Keller, chief counsel for the Office of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, earned bachelor's degrees in political science and philosophy in 2002. Before joining Cruz's office, Keller was an associate at Yetter Coleman LLP and an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Keller clerked for associate justice Anthony Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court, was a Bristow Fellow in the U.S. Solicitor General's Office, and clerked for chief judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. More information is available online

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

Source: Chris Sharp, College of Liberal Arts director of alumni relations and special events, 765-494-7884, 

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