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Distinguished Education Alumni Awards

The College of Education presents Distinguished Education Alumni Awards to recognize notable professional achievements of college alumni. The honorees are selected by the college leadership and are recognized biennially.

2013 Distinguished Education Alumni Awards

Purdue's College of Education is honoring four people as distinguished alumni for 2013 during a ceremony on Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Purdue Marriott Hall.

The honorees are:  

David FenellJan Hansen (PhD'88 -Educational Psychology) is President/CEO of Educate Tanzania, a Minnesota- based nonprofit, dedicated to building Karagwe University College in Tanzania. While a doctoral student at Purdue, she helped Prof. John Feldhusen expand the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI). As a research fellow and visiting professor, she helped Professor Miraca U.M. Gross at the University of New South Wales initiate and grow GERI's sister center in Australia. After leaving Purdue, Hansen cofounded the Center for Pre-Collegiate Engineering Education at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. While serving as an advisor in Tanzania in 2008, she learned about plans for a university and wanted to help. In 2010, she resigned her tenured position from the University of St. Thomas to devote herself to building Karagwe University College in Tanzania. Since then Hansen has led efforts to bring education, water and health to the 'neediest part of the world.' Hansen has received numerous awards for her work and has published over 50 articles and 2 books. She serves on editorial and advisory boards and has led educational initiatives in the United States, Japan, Australia, Puerto Rico, and Africa.

Jane Foley Carol A. Loehr (BA'65-Elementary and Special Education) is a retired educator and community volunteer who has become a national advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention.  Her work helps families who have experienced a death from suicide cope with their grief and provides educational resources that help de-stigmatize mental illness and suicide. Carol embarked on this mission following the suicide of her son Keith in 1999. While struggling with her own grief, she discovered there were very few resources available to help families through the experience.   To fill that void, she built and maintains a website ( which provides resources for grieving survivors including an email support group. She authored "My Uncle Keith Died"-a children's book to help families explain mental illness and suicide to children. She created and distributes wristbands that proclaim "Prevent Suicide = Treat Depression." Because teachers and school counselors should be aware of the warning signs of depression and at-risk behaviors, Carol and her husband Dick created The Keith Loehr Memorial Scholarship in the College of Education for graduate students in school counseling who have an interest in suicide prevention in primary and secondary schools.

Penny KolloffAlbert Kwing-Wong Siu (PhD'79 Counseling Psychology) is Vice President and General Manager of the PAREXEL Academy, a unit of Human Resources that manages the Learning and Leadership Development function for PAREXEL-a global clinical research and regulatory consulting and outsourcing company. Previous positions include Vice President for Learning and Development at Boston Scientific, President of Gilead Learning, and Chief Learning Officer for AT&T where he executed a Memorandum of Understanding agreement between China's State Planning Commission and AT&T to enable the process of transforming China's state owned telecommunication enterprises into various market-based, customer-focused corporations. He also served 16 years with Hewlett-Packard, including eight years in China and Hong Kong. Siu has served on the board of directors at Thrivent Financial for 14 years, and currently serves on the Board of Directors at Wittenberg University.

Jack MillerDeborah S Teuscher (MS'94 -Science Education) Deborah Teuscher's education philosophy can be summed up in three words: "Making Science Matter." She is an award-winning science educator who recently retired from the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township in Indianapolis after teaching earth space science, integrated  chemistry and physics, physical science, biology and directing activities of the school district's planetarium. In 1993, Teuscher received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Grant for a two-week geologic study tour of Iceland. The  portfolio of teaching units developed from that experience led to a Golden Apple Award in 1995. In addition to teaching, she participated in a year-long "teacher in residence" experience as a Master Practitioner at Butler University. Teuscher has been awarded the 2007 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on behalf of the White House.


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