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February 14, 1997

Appointments and Promotions:

-- Thomas Bacher, former vice president of marketing and sales for M.E. Sharpe Inc. of Armonk, N.Y., has been appointed director of the Purdue University Press. Bacher, who has 15 years of experience in various publishing fields, said he plans to widen the scope of the press's activities to include serial and electronic products.

-- Charles "Chuck" O'Keefe has joined the staff of Personnel Services as a human resources consultant. Formerly an attorney with the Indianapolis firm of Sommer & Barnard, O'Keefe spent the last two years representing clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

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Campus News:

-- The PMO Express will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Hillenbrand Residence Hall study lounge. The free performance is open to the public and is part of a series presented by the Purdue Musical Organizations in Hillenbrand Hall. For more information about the Feb. 24 performance, contact Jon Ranard, Purdue Musical Organizations, (765) 494-3941.

-- The Council on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for its annual Violet Haas Award. The award is presented in May to a department, program or individual that has made a positive impact on behalf of women. Nomination packages, including nomination letters of two pages or less, should be sent to Carolyn Percifield at the Office of the Dean of Engineering, Engineering Administration Building, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. 47907. Nominations must be submitted by March 7.

-- Alpha Sigma Lambda, an academic honor society for undergraduate students age 24 or older, will send out invitations for new members this month. Members must have at least a 3.6 grade point average and be at least a junior. New members will be initiated April 6 in the Anniversary Drawing Room, Purdue Memorial Union. Guest speaker for the ceremony will be Tony Hawkins, dean of students. The society was established in 1945 at Northwestern University. The organization has more than 250 chapters and 11,000 members nationally.

-- The priority deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid is March 1. Students attending Purdue must list the university as a data recipient in Section H, said Joyce Hall, director of the Division of Financial Aid. Information from the form is used to determine financial aid from Purdue as well as state and federal aid programs. More information is available at or by calling (765) 494-5050.

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Faculty and Staff Honors:

-- Two Purdue faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Robert J. Bernhard, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories, and Ben M. Hillberry, professor of mechanical engineering. Fellow-grade membership is conferred upon members with at least 10 years active engineering practice who have made significant contributions to the field.

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Alumni Honors:

-- Charles V. Jakowatz, an alumnus in the Schools of Engineering, is one of seven people nationwide to win the 1996 E.O. Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy. Jakowatz, an electrical engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, received his bachelor's (1972), master's (1973) and doctoral (1976) degrees from Purdue in electrical engineering. His award recognizes his fundamental research in signal analysis and image processing and its applications to national security, especially in the overhead detection and identification of weapons of mass destruction.

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