Appointments, honors and activities

April 17, 2015  

Faculty and staff honors:

- Leah Jamieson, Purdue University's John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering and Ransburg Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received the Rochester Institute of Technology's first Kate Gleason Medal for Leadership in Engineering Education. RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering established the award to recognize the influential role that academic leaders of engineering colleges play in creating the engineers of tomorrow. She will receive the award during a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday (April 23) in the Xerox Auditorium in RIT's James E. Gleason Building. Following the awards ceremony, Jamieson will present a public lecture to students and faculty on her vision for the future of engineering education. RIT is in the Rochester, New York, metropolitan area. An RIT announcement about the award is available at

- Laurence B. Leonard, the Rachel E. Stark Distinguished Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, and director of Purdue's Child Language Laboratory, will receive the biennial Callier Prize in Communication Disorders to recognize his work in the study of children with specific language impairment. Leonard's research focuses on understanding the nature of this impairment, a language disorder that delays the mastery of language skills in children who have no hearing loss or significant delays in other developmental areas. The award will be presented by the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at UT Dallas. Leonard will be honored at the Callier Cares Luncheon on April 30 and will offer the keynote address at the Callier Prize Conference on May 1. More information is available online.

Alumni honors:

- Purdue alumnus Scott Niswonger recently received a 2015 Governor's Arts Award from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and first lady Crissy Haslam. The awards recognize individuals and organizations whose contributions to the cultural life of Tennessee are outstanding. Niswonger, principal owner of Landair Corp. and chairman emeritus of Forward Air, which he founded in1981, was cited for being "instrumental in bringing positive change to Northeast Tennessee." The award citation said he has made "a tremendous impact in the region through the Niswonger Foundation and the Niswonger Performing Arts Center." Niswonger graduated from Purdue's aviation technology program in 1968. In 2004 he made a $4.6 million gift for construction of an aviation technology building and partial renovation of the existing facility. He also assisted in raising another $2 million for the project. In 2007 the building was renamed the Niswonger Aviation Technology Building.

Student honors:

- Elizabeth Wilhoit, a doctoral candidate studying organizational communication in the Brian Lamb School of Communication, received the Top Paper in Organization and Professional Communication award from the Central States Communication Association. The award honors her research study, "Converging Professionalism and Authenticity: Understanding Women's Sensemaking of their Lifestyle Blogging Careers."

- A team of Krannert School of Management graduate students took first place in the Babson College Marketing Club's case competition. During the competition, the team developed a marketing campaign for the geographic expansion of sales of ZOOS Greek Iced Tea. The team won $3,500 for first place. Team members are Vikram Bharadwaj, Abhijit Bharadwaj, Amanda Dyson and Abby Schneider. Vikram Bharadwaj is team captain and a second-year MBA student. The others are first-year MBA students.  

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