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Student Life Recognitions

Special Boilermaker Award

Student Life would like to recognize areas within the division that have made an impact both to students and the greater campus community. In this issue we recognize the Roger C. Stewart Leadership experience at Purdue (LEAP), the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative, The Unity Committee, Brandon Cutler, associate dean of students for fraternity, sorority and cooperative life and Jay Gephart, director of Purdue University Bands & Orchestras.

Purdue Recognized as Don Clifton Strengths for Students Awards Winner

Purdue University has been recognized as a 2020 Don Clifton Strengths for Students Award winner, selected from a small number of finalists among more than 1,000 schools which partner with Gallup on their strengths-based strategy. Purdue partners with Gallup to introduce Clifton Strengths for Students ®, an online talent assessment, to incoming Boilermakers. Known as myStrengths, the assessment is administered through the Roger C. Stewart Leadership Experience at Purdue and the Leadership and Professional Development Initiative. Since its inception in 2016, more than 34,000 Boilermakers have taken the assessment.

Members of Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life Community Honored

Brandon Cutler Headshot Nathan Longo Headshot

Three individuals associated with Purdue’s Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life community have received recognition from the North American Interfraternity Conference. Brandon Cutler, associate dean of students for Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life, received the Advisor Award of Distinction, as did Bill Miller, chapter advisor for Phi Gamma Delta. The award recognizes individuals who have shown exceptional commitment to guiding and mentoring a chapter, council or community. Nathan Longo received one of nine Undergraduate Award of Distinction honors, which recognize fraternity men who embody the values of their fraternity in their development as both a leader and better man.

Salazar Honored by Tippy Connect Young Professionals

Cassandra Salazar HeadshotCassandra Salazar, student affairs specialist for Student Activities and Organizations, has been named a Top 10 Under 40 award recipient by Tippy Connect Young Professionals. The honor highlighted Salazar’s work as a champion of diversity in the Greater Lafayette area through her work with the Latino Center for Wellness & Education. Salazar advises and coaches diverse student organizations on campus.

Jones Honored with Special Boilermaker Award

Margie Jones, assistant director of student involvement for Student Activities and Organizations, has been recognized with a Special Boilermaker Award from the Purdue Alumni Association. The award honors members of the Purdue faculty or staff who have contributed to the improvement of the quality of life and/or the betterment of the educational experience for a substantial number of Purdue students. Jones advises the Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board and Old Masters, and serves as a liaison to help student organizations engage with their alumni. She assists students through their leadership journey while helping them develop skills in leadership development, personal growth and budget management.