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Marion W. Blalock

Director, Minority Engineering Programs
(765) 494-3974

Is director of minority programs in engineering and an academic adviser in the Department of Freshman Engineering. Has developed recruitment and retention programs for minority engineering students. Developed pre-college programs for minority students in grades 7-12. Has conducted workshops for junior and senior high school teachers.

Patricia A. Carlisle

Director, Student Support Services, Purdue North Central
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer
(219) 785-5241

Directs a successful federally funded program that provides academic and personal support for first-generation, low-income and disabled students. Students in this program have a high retention and graduation rate. Also monitors campus EO/AA activities and provides leadership in women's programming.

Douglas L. Christiansen

Director of Admissions
(765) 494-1776

Was associate director of the Office of Student Recruitment and High School Services at the University of Utah. In that position, was responsible for state and national student recruitment programs. Supervised the development of several programs that encouraged enrollment of National Merit Finalists, minority scholars and female students in the science areas. Served as director for the Rocky Mountain Association of College Admission Counselors annual college fair in Salt Lake City drawing 3,300 students and involving 107 colleges and universities from across the country.

Jane Z. Daniels

Director, Women in Engineering Programs
(765) 494-3889

Is the founding president of a national organization focusing on the recruitment and retention of women in engineering. Is the U.S. representative to international forums on gender equity and engineering. Has been a consultant to industry, government and educational institutions for the past 10 years. Was senior program officer for National Science Foundation Programs for Women and Girls.

Regina Todd Hicks

Director, minority programs, School of Science
(765) 494-1760

Is a multicultural counselor. Has developed recruitment and retention programs for college and pre-college minority science students.

Myra Mason

Program specialist, Horizons Program
(765) 494-7094

Works with Horizons, a program supported jointly by the university and the U.S. Department of Education. Program goal is to retain and graduate students from low-income families, first-generation college students and those with disabilities. Served as director of diversity at Purdue 1993-1997. Developed Diversi-Team, a group of faculty, staff and students who conduct workshops and seminars about cultural diversity and tolerance. Was statewide director of educational opportunity for the central office of Indiana Vocational Technical College. Also was minority affairs director for Indiana University's School of Dentistry. Developed and directed federal Health Careers Opportunity and Graduate and Professional Opportunity Fellowship programs for the IU school, increasing minority enrollment from 1 percent to 14 percent.

Kathleen D. Thayer

Director, Learning Center, School of Liberal Arts
(765) 494-8720

Is expert on developmental education and learning skills and strategies for success in college. Gives workshops on academic success skills such as time management and lecture note-taking. Conducted a study of retention rates for minority students in a study-skills seminar. Is author of "Effective Study Methods -- A Modular Approach" (Stipes Publishing, 1995). Created seven videotapes for self-directed learning of study and test-taking skills. Developed curriculum for several classes and presented papers on the use of instructional technology to increase access and cost effectiveness. The Purdue Learning Center serves thousands of students annually with diverse class offerings and campus support services. It offers workshops, audiovisual tapes and television programs on topics such as Lecture Notetaking, Time Management, Reading Efficiency and Test-Taking Skills.

Phillip C. Wankat

Professor, chemical engineering
Interim director, Continuing Engineering Education
(765) 494-7015

Has expertise on engineering enrollments and retention, teaching methods, student learning and distance education. Is knowledgeable about enrollments, recruitment and retention programs for women and minorities. Is associate editor of Chemical Engineering Education.

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