December 1, 2017

Appointments, honors and activities

Faculty and staff honors:

- Heather Howard, assistant professor of libraries and business information specialist, received ATG Media’s first “Up and Comers” Award, which is intended for librarians, library staff, vendors, publishers, MLIS students, instructors, consultants and researchers who are new to their field or are in the early years of the profession. She was nominated by fellow business librarian Ilana Stonebraker. ATG Media includes the Charleston Conference and the Against the Grain news source for librarians.

- Michael Witt, Purdue University Libraries associate professor, has received a visiting research fellowship at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) at Lund University in Sweden, where he will spend a month as a part of a sabbatical during the Spring 2018 semester. According to the Pufendorf IAS website, it hosts international experts on different themes that revolve around one or more current research issues. Witt will participate in the data theme, which incorporates five distinct threads that relate to archiving vanishing languages, data visualization, text mining, creating astronomical catalogs and interdisciplinary collaboration. Witt’s research focuses on the application of library science principles to the management and curation of research data.

- Ronnell Dubose, assistant director of academic success for Purdue’s Horizons TRiO program, was named president-elect of Indiana TRiO for the 2017-18 academic year. Indiana TRiO represents the 30-plus TRiO programs across the state. Dubose will take on the president’s duties in 2018. 

- Jamie Richards, director of Purdue’s Veterans Success Center, was honored by Duke Energy on Nov. 10 during halftime at the Purdue’s men’s basketball game with the company’s Difference Maker Award. The award recognizes individuals in the community who go out of their way to bring about significant change through their dedication and impact.



- Purdue University’s Physical Facilities was presented with a 2017 Golden Handshake Award from the Supplier Diversity Development Coalition of Greater Lafayette at the 13th Annual Relationships to Partnerships event on Nov. 17. Physical Facilities engaged in a number of activities recently that positively contributed to their efforts to include more opportunities for diverse firms. The organization made web-based enhancements including an ePlanroom that houses all bid documents and reports in a centralized location, continued to engage with the Supplier Diversity Development Advocacy Council, held forums for general contractors and architecture and engineering firms to showcase current and future projects and increased their utilization of the construction manager as constructor delivery method, which leverages the competitive nature of the market to include more participation opportunities for diverse firms.


Alumni honors:

- Callie Veelenturf, a recent graduate of Purdue, has won a scholarship from Turtle Island Restoration Network, a leading marine conservation nonprofit headquartered in California. She will be on the Cocos Island Research Expedition to help study, tag and track sharks and sea turtles with leading environmentalists. More on the opportunity can be found here.



- The Krannert School of Management received recognition in the annual Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Rankings. Krannert placed No. 16 nationally in the employer survey, the highest ranking for a school in Indiana. That survey is based on recruiter feedback on the skills they look for in MBAs, and which programs best equip their students with those skills, according to the Bloomberg website. Bloomberg surveyed MBAs after graduation for more insight into what graduates can expect in their careers. Overall, Purdue jumped four spots in the rankings to No. 38.

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