Name: Christine Pekny
Title: Senior Academic Advisor
College/Department: Engineering/ Multidisciplinary Engineering & Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies
How long have you worked at Purdue? 24 years. YIKES!
What is your most memorable moment from your time at Purdue? Since it has stuck with me for over twenty years, I’d have to say the time a parent called and wanted to know why Purdue could not provide a person to go to the dorms personally to wake up her son that had trouble getting up for his morning classes.
What are your hobbies outside of the office? Working out at Orangetheory Fitness every day (bit of an obsession), travelling (Hawaii is my favorite, really want to go to Australia), binge watching (I have subscriptions to HBO, Showtime, Hulu, Netflix, Starz & Amazon Prime. Should I really admit to this? LOL), walking my three dogs, putting up fun Christmas light displays.
What is your favorite part about working at Purdue? The people, students and colleagues alike. It is an awesome job to be on a college campus, where each year there is a new group of enthusiastic students with ambitions and ideas. I work with a great group of colleagues always willing to provide their advising insights. Purdue provides an atmosphere that allows me to keep up with the latest developments both technical and non-technical so that I am always learning and feeling younger than I really am.
What was your favorite part about today? 1) Great weather and the chance to be outside, maintaining a safe social distance of course. 2) All of the student’s audio portion of the Zoom meetings working.
What’s a fun fact about you or something that might surprise the students to know? I hiked the Grand Canyon, rim to rim to rim (that’s 45 miles) in October 2019.
What is a one-sentence piece of advice you’d give to a new advisor? Reach out to your fellow advisors, they are always willing to help and some will become friends.
Contributed by Danielle Gilbert