Purdue University Northwest celebrated Monday (3/6) the one-year anniversary of its founding (March 4, 2016) in recognition of when the Higher Learning Commission officially approved the establishment of Purdue University Northwest via the unification of Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central.
The Founders Day observance served to honor the many accomplishments, “firsts” and memorable events that took place during PNW’s first year of existence, while commemorating the rich histories of Purdue Calumet and Purdue North Central and looking ahead to the university’s future.
Faculty, staff and student honors
Outstanding faculty, staff and student awards also were presented. The recipients were nominated and selected by their peers. Those honored were:
Outstanding Administrative Leadership Awards – Donna Adelsperger, associate comptroller, and Edward Furticella, head, Department of Quantitative Business Studies.
Outstanding Faculty Awards
- Engagement: Chenn Zhou, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation;
- Scholarship: James Pula, professor of history;
- Teaching: David Pratt, associate professor of education.
Outstanding Student Service Award – Kate Zavada Sech, majoring in early childhood education.
Outstanding Administrative Staff Awards – Kenisha Williams, Admissions and Recruitment processing team lead, and Tanika House, assistant director of Financial Aid.
Outstanding Clerical Staff Awards – Maribel Lopez, secretary, Department of Political Science, Economics & World Language and Cultures, and Chiquita Teamer, secretary, Facilities Services.
Outstanding Service Staff Awards – Patrick Tracy, detective, University Police, and Matt Gourley, computer technician, Information Services.
Employees honored for their years of service:
50 years – Saul Lerner.
45 years – Edward Vockell.
40 years – Daniel Dunn; Edassery James; Zenobia Mistri; Alan Spector.
35 years – Roberta Allan; Isaac Facen; Michael Flannery; Leslie Rittenmeyer; Richard Trznadel.
30 years – Harvey Abramowitz; Ralph Cherry; Tammy Guerrero; Akram Hossain; Patricia Jacoby; Michael Kull; Maria Longas; Lakshman Mapa; Paul McGrath; Robert Merkovsky; Masoud Mojtahed, Mary O’Dea; Susanne O'Drobinak; Daniel Padberg; Thomas Roach; Scott Smithson; Sham Tickoo; Wei Tsyi Ting; Laura Unger; David Vorwald; Nuri Zeytinoglu.
25 years – Reynaldo Barreto; Deborah Birch; Thomas Brady; Mary Didelot, Anthony Elmendorf; Roy Evans; David Feikes; Lori Feldman; Lorna Hecker; Lisa Hopp; Michael Mick; Michael Pelter; Jeanne Rhyne; Sharon Robey; Beth Rudnick; Eugene Schlossberger; Pierre Simmons; Peter Turbek; Jane Walker; Rita Fields.
20 years – David Burrus; Jason Buxbaum; Susan Delatorre; Janusz Duzinkiewicz; Anne Edwards; Renee Fife; Maria Garcia Verdugo; Catherine Gillotti; Collins Glass; Cynthia Graham; Kimberly Ison; Tricia Jauquet; LaShawn M Jones; Jonathan Kuhn; John Lucas; Sandra Montalvo; Leslie Mosser; Neil Nemeth; Mark Penman; Edwin Rodriguez; Jane Rose; John Rowan; Kathryn Rowberg; Susan Scachitti; Mark Smith; Janice Tazbir; Leslie Thompson; Kathleen Tobin; Edward Vavrek; Elsa Weber; Jennifer Williams; Samuel Williams.
15 years – Susan Anderson; Burton Artz; Jacqueline Bales; Derek Bjonback; Richard Bohan;
Lavada Brandon; Chynisse Browder; Kimberly Butala; Kam Chan; Terri Chance; Kuan Chou Chen; Keh Wen Chuang; Howard Cohen; Jerry De Groot; Martin Denkhoff; Mary Jane Dopp; Laura Dorsch; Matthew Dudzik; Patricia Hales; Janet Hero; Pamela Hunter; Keyuan Jiang; Athula Kulatunga; Suzanne Lesko; Patricia Mellon; Jennifer Meska; Cheryl Moredich; David Nalbone; Agbai Nnanna; Laura Pardonek; Kevin Popa; David Pratt; Victor Shires; Claudia Valladolid; Nerry Valle; Ruijian Zhang.
10 years – Arifin Angriawan; Constantin Apostoaia; Gokarna Aryal; Euradell Bannister Dumas; Cindy Best; Bonnie Colon; Samuel Cuellar; Tom Dobes; Mohammed Errihani; Roy Fowles; Kim Frazier; Kendra Gardin; Doreen Gonzalez Gaboyan; Amy Grossman; Kenneth Jackson; James Johnsen; Susitha Karunaratne; Kenneth Kincaid; Janet Landrum; Anka Matijevich; Thomas Megyesi; Louise Meuzellaar; Paolo Miranda; Karen Morris; Rex Morrow; Shoji Nakayama; Julie Osborn; Richard Panton; Robert Peterson; Juanita Pruitt; Vanessa Quinn; Myrna Ramirez; Brad Remmenga; Virginia Rhodes; Christabel Rogalin; Heather Runyan; Akili Sadiki Shakur; Kristin Sarver; Angela Schooley; Kathryn Smith; Sara Soneye; Sheila Stephenson; Daniel Suson; Rita Swartzlander; Nicoleta Tarfulea; Robert Teske; Heather Torrie; Xiuling Wang; Kenneth West; Amelia Wilson; Carol Wright; Lin Zhao.
5 years – Marcella Allen; Ruth Andrews; Reginald Black; Gary Brownlee; Amanda Champlin; Angelo Cicco; Kevin Cleary; Richard Costello; Taryn Eastland; Lorri Feldt; Thomas Hampton; Wei He; Brooke Hewson; Scott Iverson; Elizabeth Janowski; Kristine Kuether; William Law; Erika Lubeznik; Judith Moore; Jane Mutchler; Janice Ott; Michael Prater; Stacie Reardon; Jennifer Rockafellow; Randyl Rohm; Marla Ropp-Funk; Omar Sahmoudi; Joellen Sanders; Terrence Scherer; Manghui Tu; Janice Vandeel; Florian Vauleon; Gayle Voight-Block; Kenneth White; Henry Williams; Diana Young.
Retirees – Mary Ann Bishel; Philip Brown; Ruthann Chaddock; Pamela Eggebrecht; Theresa Ek; Kathleen Galovic; D. Carol Kurmis; Lynda Levin; Larryl Matthews; Bernard Parsons; Cynthia Roberts.
Purdue University Northwest
Purdue University Northwest (PNW), a comprehensive regional university within the Purdue University system, has two campuses in Hammond and Westville in Northwest Indiana. PNW was established by the unification in 2016 of the former Purdue University Calumet and Purdue University North Central. With more than 15,000 students enrolled last fall and nearly 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Purdue Northwest is Indiana’s fifth largest public university. For more information about PNW, visit www.pnw.edu.