Distinguished Education Alumni AwardsThe 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:
Jan 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.
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 (www.TheGiftofKeith.org) 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.
Albert 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.
Deborah 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.
2011 Distinguished Education Alumni Award recipients are:
(Edu PhD '79)
is professor of counselor education at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and was the interim dean of the College of Education. He teaches a range of courses including counseling theories and techniques, group counseling theory and techniques, and marriage and family therapy. His introductory textbook, Counseling Families: An Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy, has been adopted by academic institutions nationwide. He is a Colonel (retired) in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps Reserve, and was mobilized immediately after the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Fenell deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq, where he delivered psychological support to military personnel. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for each combat tour. In addition to his Ph.D. in counselor education from Purdue University, Fenell also earned a master's degree in education from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in physiology from Oklahoma State University.
(CLA BA '73, CLA MS '77, Edu PhD '92)
oversees the nationwide selection of exemplary K-12 educators for the Milken Educator Awards as senior vice president at the Milken Family Foundation. She also serves on the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching Advisory Council, is a senior advisor for the Lowell Milken Center, and directs the Milken Scholars program, an initiative that helps outstanding young men and women achieve their academic and professional goals. She was a senior advisor to William Bennett, former U.S. Secretary of Education, for four years. Before joining the Milken Foundation, Foley worked for 24 years as a public school educator. Under her leadership as principal, Flint Lake Elementary School in Indiana attained state and national recognition in the areas of school restructuring, professional development, technology integration and student achievement. Her honors include the International Society of Educational Planning Outstanding Dissertation Award, and in 1994, she was honored as a Milken National Educator for the State of Indiana.
(Edu PhD '83)
began her teaching career in a kindergarten classroom in Detroit. She taught elementary and middle school children in public, private and laboratory schools, and was a tenured faculty member at Eastern Kentucky University, Ball State University and Illinois State University, where she retired in 2006. As a doctoral student, Kolloff partnered with John Feldhusen to develop a program for gifted learners, and she was the first assistant director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue. She later participated in the creation of the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics and Humanities. Among her honors are the Early Leader and the Outstanding Research Paper awards from National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), a Mensa Education and Research Award for Excellence, and the Distinguished Service award from the Illinois Association for Gifted Children (IAGC). Kolloff serves on advisory boards at Purdue and Northwestern universities and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She has held leadership positions for the NAGC and state associations in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois, and is a former president of IAGC. In addition to her Ph.D. from Purdue University, she earned her master's from Eastern Kentucky University, and her bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College.
(Edu PhD '74 )
is the president of Central Connecticut State University. Prior to coming to Connecticut in 2005, he served as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and also as dean of the College of Education at Florida State University. Miller's national awards include the 2005 Excellence in Diversity award from the Brothers of the Academy for his commitment to access, retention and graduation of underrepresented students in higher education. In 2003, he was recognized as CEO of the year by the National Academic Advisory Association. His annual study of America's Most Literate Cities has been published worldwide, reaching an audience of more than 100 million annually. His scholarship includes presenting 56 refereed papers, publishing 43 articles, and authoring 10 book chapters and four books. In addition to his doctorate degree in education from Purdue University, he also earned a master's degree in education from Northern Illinois University, and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio University.
(Edu PhD '90)
is the director of secondary education for the College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Delaware. She is responsible for coordinating all secondary education programs, and she oversees the program's professional development, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education reporting, and externally funded grants. Scantlebury is a member of many professional organizations, including the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for which she was named a fellow in 2009. She has presented numerous talks on topics of gender issues in science, mathematics, technology and assessment, and is a visiting research scholar at the Center for Gender Research at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. In 2008, she was named Outstanding Science Teacher Educator of the Year by the Association for Science Teacher Education. In addition to her Ph.D. in science education from Purdue University, she also earned a master's in science education from Curtin University of Technology, and an honors degree in chemistry and a Diploma of Education from Flinders University of South Australia.
2009 Distinguished Education Alumni Award recipients are:
Jane Zimmer Daniels
(MS '73, PhD '88)
Jane Zimmer Daniels works for the Henry Luce Foundation as the director for Clare Booth Luce and Higher Education Programs. Called the ?mother of women in engineering programs,? she is a leader in assisting women entering careers in science and engineering. For 20 years Jane was the director of Purdue's Women in Engineering Program (WiEP) and advisor for the Society of Women Engineers. She has been a visiting scientist at the National Science Foundation's Program for Gender Equity in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology and is one of the three founding members of the national organization Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN). Jane is a current member of Purdue's Engineering Advisory Council. Beth Holloway, director of Purdue's Women in Engineering Program, says ?Purdue is a national leader in the graduation of women engineers because of the programs that Jane developed while she was on campus. Jane worked tirelessly to improve the climate for women at Purdue, both in the College of Engineering and at the University level, while at the same time, continuing the programs that provided support and encouragement to female engineering students.?
(MS '74 - Calumet, EDS '93)
Edwyna Hord is the principal of William Merritt Chase Alternative School in the Gary Indiana Community School Corporation. Strongly devoted to her students and community, she has worked in education for over 40 years. Prior to joining Chase Alternative, Edwyna was executive director of educational improvement for the Gary Community School Corporation, principal at Bailly Junior High School, assistant principal at West Side High School, principal at Emerson School for the Visual and Performing Arts, and acting principal at Theodore Roosevelt High School, all of the Gary Community School Corporation. In addition, Edwyna shares her educational expertise as an adjunct professor at Indiana Wesleyan University in their Masters of Education program. Edwyna is a former member of the College of Education's Advisory Committee. ?Edwyna's commitment and dedication to making higher education available to non-traditional students from Northwest Indiana is inspirational,? says Phoebe Bailey, director of education programs for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. ?She has an uncanny ability to connect with students and motivate them to learn. There are countless students in Northwest Indiana, Purdue and beyond who are better people thanks to Edwyna.
Mike Koldyke formed Frontenac Co., a venture capital and investment company in Chicago, and retired as an active member of the firm in 1993. He is committed to improving public education and promoting excellence in teaching in Chicago and throughout Illinois. He is founder and chair emeritus of the Golden Apple Foundation which recognizes and provides continuing support to outstanding teachers in Illinois. Mike has chaired the Chicago School Finance Authority and was instrumental in starting the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH) program to prepare new principals in Chicago. He is founder and chairman of the Academy for Urban School Leadership, a program developed to train exceptionally talented prospective teachers. He also helped launch Chicago's first contract schools, including the renowned Dodge Academy. In 1997 Mike was recognized by Purdue as an Old Master. Dominic Belmonte, president and CEO of the Golden Apple Foundation, says Mike is ?a tireless, consistent and passionate advocate for change in education? and that his efforts will have a permanent and positive effect on teaching and the regard for teachers in Chicago.
(BA '79, MS '81, PhD '00)
Teresa Roche is the vice president and chief learning officer at Agilent Technologies. She is the lead architect and portfolio manager of the company's learning and leadership development solutions. Prior to joining Agilent, she was an executive for Hewlett-Packard and the Grass Valley Group and chaired the American Electronics Association's National Human Resources Committee. In 2005 Purdue recognized Teresa as an Old Master. She has volunteered on the College of Education's Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) advisory board and is currently a member of the college's Dean's Advisory Council. Teresa lives in Fort Collins, CO with her husband David and daughter Kate where they are involved in a number of community organizations. Betty Nelson, dean emeritus of students at Purdue, says ?The fact that Teresa Roche serves as VP and chief learning officer at Agilent Technologies only vaguely hints at the intensity with which she lives and works ? every day, wherever in the world she may be. Her life is about connecting with others ? capturing each moment, giving it purpose, seeing talents that can flourish with coaching.?
Mary Kay Sommers
Mary Kay Sommers is the principal at Shepardson Elementary in the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado. She served as the president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) during the 2007-2008 school year. While president of the NAESP, Mary Kay worked with educational and political leaders from around the world, including former First Lady Laura Bush. She visited schools throughout the country, and testified before Congress on acts regarding education. Before moving to Colorado, Mary Kay was an elementary school teacher and principal in Indiana, including West Lafayette. She is a member of the inaugural School Leadership Academy Board and is active in the Colorado Association of Elementary School Principals. Jane Van Scoyoc, retired director of children's ministries at First United Methodist Church, West Lafayette, says, ?Mary Kay has devoted her professional life to educating and nurturing children, to training and supporting teachers, and to improving the educational system nationwide? and that her lifelong dedication and outstanding skills in teaching and administrating make her well deserving of this award.
Barbara Downing, Carol Lambdin, Dana Mackey, and Phillip Wankat were honored for their successes in the education field.
"The College of Education is delighted to recognize outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Education Alumni Awards," said Dean George Hynd. "The talents and abilities of these alumni are an inspiration to current and future generations of teachers. We congratulate the honorees on their successes and achievements and look forward to their future accomplishments."
2007 Distinguished Education Alumni Award recipients are:
|Phillip Wankat of West Lafayette, Ind.
Award of Distinction
He received his master's degree in education from Purdue in 1982. Wankat, Clifton L. Lovell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Engineering Education and director of engineering education undergraduate degree programs, joined the Purdue faculty in 1970. He has supervised more than 40 master's and doctoral students and is a key faculty member in the newly created department of engineering education at Purdue. Wankat is a member of the Indiana Project Lead the Way leadership team, which aims to create partnerships with schools to prepare students for success in science, engineering and engineering technology.
|Barbara Downing of Wilmington, N.C.
Career Achievement Award
Downing received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and special education from Purdue in 1967. In 1981 she founded Tot Spot, LLC, where she serves as both director and teacher. Tot Spot, located in Wilmington, is a team of 21 caregivers, some of whom work full-time, part-time and on a substitute basis. Before founding Tot Spot, she served as a child-care advisory board member for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, was founder and director of Christ United Methodist Preschool in Shreveport, La., and was classroom teacher at Miami Elementary School in Lafayette, Ind.
|Carol Lambdin of Dayton, Ohio
Lambdin received a bachelor's degree in education from Purdue in 1967. She teaches first grade for Mad River Local Schools in Dayton. For the past 15 years, she has served as a mentor for the Mad River Local Schools' Entry Year program, through which she has guided more than 40 teachers during their first year of teaching.
|Dana Mackey of Chicago
Young Educator Award
Mackey received a master's degree in education from Purdue in 1998. She works as a school counselor in Chicago Public Schools. Since joining the school system in 2000, she has developed a schoolwide, comprehensive guidance program, led faculty in-services and helped bring her school into compliance with national standards. Mackey also serves as a program director for Cabrini Connections in Chicago, bringing agencies, volunteers and fundraising events together in support of a tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk children.
|Also honored at the ceremony was Maribeth Cassidy Schmitt, who received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue in 1972, 1983 and 1987, respectively. Schmitt was awarded the Jean Adamson Stanley Faculty Chair in Literacy, established by Susan and Ronald Dollens in honor of Susan's mother, Jean Adamson. Schmitt is a clinical professor of literacy and language education, assistant head of curriculum and instruction, and director of the Purdue Literacy Network Project. She is one of only 55 international trainers of teacher leaders for the Reading Recovery program. In 2003 the Indiana General Assembly passed a resolution honoring Schmitt for her contributions to literacy learning and instructional leadership in Indiana. She is a former editor of an international journal on early literacy and the lead author of a recently published book titled, "Changing Futures: The Influence of Reading Recovery in the United States."
Karen Symms Gallagher (PhD '82)
Award of Distinction
Dr. Karen Symms Gallagher began her teaching career in 1971. She taught Language Arts, Speech, Social Studies, English, and was an Assistant Principal, before working in higher education administration. Dr. Gallagher is currently the Emery Stoops and Joyce King-Stoops Dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, a position she has held since 2000. Dr. Gallagher received two nominations for the Award of Distinction. One of her nominators wrote, "She has distinguished herself as a teacher, administrator, nationally renowned scholar in Educational Leadership and Policy, and an unceasing advocate for effective education for all." The second nominator added, "I am always impressed with Dr. Gallagher's leadership, enthusiasm and vision as to where colleges of education should focus efforts to meet reform challenges."
Karen B. Gossard Bogan (BA '66)
Career Achievement Award
Ms. Karen B. Gossard Bogan graduated with a BA in Elementary Education in 1966 and began teaching at Kyger Elementary School in Frankfort, Indiana. She is currently teaching at Central Elementary School in Lebanon, Indiana and will retire at the end of the current year, which makes it quite apropos that she receives the Career Achievement Award. Ms. Bogan's talent as a teacher and her positive attitude are just two of the reasons she was nominated for this award by her Principal. Her nominator wrote, ?Karen does an amazing job in the classroom. Her biggest strength is in improving self-esteem to increase learning. Students mature in her classroom and are often turned around from past years of being unsuccessful. As a principal, I place students in Karen's class who need that "extra touch" to make it over the bar! Karen always delivers!?
Sally Downham Miller (BA '71, Ma '80, PhD '82)
Community Achievement Award
Dr. Sally Downham Miller holds three College of Education degrees. She received her Baccalaureate in 1971, her Masters in 1980, and her Doctorate in 1982. Her Mourning and Dancing books on grief and recovery have garnered her national attention on television and radio shows. She is a highly sought after speaker and has been invited to speak to both local and national school districts and professional organizations. Dr. Miller's local non-profit organization, "Mourning and Dancing, Inc." offers a monthly psychoeducational group for bereaved adults, a support group for teens, and a weekend camp for children and adolescents. Her nominator said, "Her national recognition is built first upon her compassion for bereaved individuals; the bereaved individuals she interacts with on a daily basis in our community."
Laura Reasoner Jones (BA '73)
Ms. Laura Reasoner Jones attained her BA in Elementary Education in 1973 - with honors and at the age of 20. In 1994 she began GEMS (Girls Excelling in Math and Science), a club helping 5th and 6th grade girls in math and science. Creating and producing a video, Tech-Savvy Girls, she won a Telly Award and funding for the distribution of this video through a $100,000 grant in 2004 from the National Science Foundation. Describing another of Ms. Jones' ventures, her nominator wrote, "She also spearheaded the creation of the local Herndon History Festival which will take place in May and June 2006. This festival will have many long-lasting results, including the use of the Hidden Herndon History Hunt materials created by Ms. Jones for school children as they search for clues to the historic buildings all over town during and after the History Festival."
Daniel G. McNulty (BA '01)
Young Educator Award
Mr. Daniel G. McNulty is a graduate in Special Education and is teaching at Frontier Elementary School in Brookston, Indiana. Mr. McNulty has incorporated innovative practices into his curriculum for students with mild to severe levels of mental disabilities and autism. Curriculum-based instruction, pre-vocational training, self management, and self advocacy skills are all part of his unique approach. His school, with Mr. McNulty's leadership, was chosen as a pilot site for the Universal Design for Learning project and has received high-tech equipment and educational software. His nominator wrote, "As a special education professional for 21 years, I can honestly say without reservation that Mr. McNulty is one of the best special educators with whom I've ever had the privilege of working and teaching. He exemplifies what I hope to see in all of my graduates."
Jane Butler Kahle (Ma '63, PhD '71)
Friend of Education Award
Dr. Jane Butler Kahle earned her Masters and PhD from the College of Science. Dr. Kahle taught at Purdue University for a number of years rising to the rank of full professor. She also served as the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. She currently serves as the Condit Endowed Professor of Science Education at Miami University in Ohio. At Miami she was awarded an honorary doctorate in 1991, and was recently named a university distinguished scholar. Dr. Kahle?s distinguished record of scholarship and service includes having authored 5 books, 22 book chapters, 5 monographs, 9 monograph chapters, and over 70 refereed journal articles. Her nominator said, "Jane has had a stellar career in education, becoming recognized as one of the foremost authorities on women in science and a leader in the worldwide science education community."
Lifetime Achievement Award -
Robert B. Kane
For creating and advancing a vision of excellence for Education at Purdue University
Dr. Kane earned his bachelor's degree in math, master's in education and doctoral degree in math education, all from the University of Illinois . He came to Purdue in 1960 for a joint appointment in education and mathematics, staying 33 years. Bob's first leadership post was chair of mathematics and science education while teaching. From 1975 to 1989 he was the head of the Department of Education and director of teacher education. Long an advocate for establishing a separate school of education, he saw that dream realized and then served a two-year post as inaugural dean from 1989 to 1991. He continued to serve Education part-time for another two years before retiring in 1993. During his career, Bob wrote or co-authored some 60 math books, was named to the Purdue University Book of Great Teachers and a distinguished professorship has been named for him. In 2004, Bob and his wife, Barbara, established the Dean's Doctoral Scholarship in Purdue's College of Education to fund doctoral student scholarships. "Bob Kane's career has revolved around the betterment of education: he has made great strides in changing our world here at Purdue," said George Hynd.
Friend of Education -
For outstanding leadership and innovative contributions in the field of higher education
Ms. Morse holds three degrees from Purdue University : a bachelor's degree in education and master's degrees in both education and management. She was a classroom teacher for 10 years in West Lafayette , California and Iran before refocusing her skills on the corporate and financial sectors. Tamara is now the owner of Morse Financial Group, a private financial advisory practice in Port Ludlow, Washington. Tamara maintains a dynamic relationship with the University. She was president of the Purdue Club of Puget Sound and served on the Krannert School Alumni Association. She is the president of the Board of Directors of the Purdue Alumni Association and is a cabinet member for the Campaign for Purdue. Among Tamara's significant contributions to Purdue, she is endowing a scholarship in honor of her father, Professor Fred Morse. Her nominator wrote, "Tamara exemplifies the best characteristics we seek in a leader, a teacher and a mentor...patience, tenacity, wisdom, knowledge and passion."
Career Achievement Award -
Erna Seecamp Yackel
For pioneering contributions, continued commitment, and dedication to mathematical education
Dr. Yackel was awarded a doctorate in mathematics education from Purdue University in 1984. She is a professor of mathematics education at Purdue University Calumet. Erna's research efforts and collaborations have generated results that influenced the direction of research in mathematics in the United States , South Africa and Taiwan . In 1990 she was awarded the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. This award had never before been given to a female mathematics educator. Erna shares her enthusiasm for mathematics research by mentoring young investigators, participating in curriculum development, authoring books and publications and presenting at prestigious conferences around the world. Her nominator writes that Erna is "a highly regarded mathematics educator both as a scholar and mentor who has generously and graciously given of her time to develop teachers and young mathematics education researchers."
Community Achievement Award -
Richard "Rusty" King
For commitment and dedication to creating opportunities for children and lifeling learners in the community
Mr. King received his bachelor's degree in social studies education in 1974. A classroom teacher for 17 years, he moved to administration in 1991. Rusty was a middle school assistant principal in Martinsville , a middle school principal in Greencastle, and is now the assistant superintendent of the North West Hendricks School Corporation. He has served as the director of the corporation's Gifted and Talented programs, has authored an award-winning School Crisis Plan, oversees testing initiatives and staff development. An interest in life-long learning compelled Rusty and others to create the Hendricks College Network, a county-wide initiative to encourage and promote continuing educational opportunities. He participates on accreditation visitation teams, state and regional advisory councils and mentors new school administrators. His nominator admires Rusty's "strong sense of commitment to education" and notes that "Rusty has volunteered literally hundreds of hours to directly impact the quality of life in the community."
Mentor Award -
For indomitable spirit, energy and dedication to helping students and fellow teachers strive for excellence
Ms. Bunte received her bachelor's degree in elementary education and her master's degree in literacy in language from Purdue University in 1989 and 1991. Susan's desire to work with inner city students led her to teach students with learning disabilities in the Cincinnati Public Schools. She involved the parents in their children's education, even visiting the homes of her
underprivileged minority students. In 1994, she was named the building's "Teacher of the Year." Next was a position in a year round school teaching emotionally disturbed children from profoundly deprived backgrounds. Currently, she is the assistant principal at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. Her nominator sees Susan as "a true mentor of others. One who reaches out to those who need help, both at the academic and personal level, and who has made a difference in the lives of many teachers, children and parents."
Young Educator Award -
For exemplary classroom teaching and outstanding leadership in professional development
Ms. Fernandez received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Purdue University in 1999. Her goal was to teach in an inner city school, and after working at the Indiana State Senate following graduation, she moved to Manhattan 's Lower East Side . During the past four years, Heidi has taught third and fifth grade students, and has taught in the after school reading and math programs. Teaching in New York City was a dramatic transition for Heidi. Not only are her 8-, 9- and 10-year-old students wise beyond their years, PS126 is only blocks from where the World Trade Centers stood. Five teachers resigned immediately following the terrorist attack. Heidi not only remained at the school, but coordinated a relief drive with West Lafayette schools for the benefit of her students and their families. Her nominator wrote, "With determination, a consistently open and positive attitude and high energy, Heidi persevered to become a very successful teacher who will make a difference in many children's lives."
Award of Distinction -
For outstanding scholarship, leadership and service in the field of higher education
Mr. Carnaghi earned his master's Degree in educational administration from Purdue University in 1975 while he was working as assistant director of the University's Budget Office. For nearly 10 years, John directed the Purdue Budget Office supervising the university-wide budget and preparing the critical legislative budget requests. His successes propelled him to the position of vice chancellor for Financial Affairs at Indiana University and Purdue University at Ft. Wayne where he promoted a successful cooperation between Purdue and IU. Today he is senior vice president for Finance and Administration at Florida State University where he has served with distinction for the last 14 years. John i s a member of the Alumni Hall of Fame at Southern Illinois University and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his hometown of Herrin , Illinois . His nominator states, "John is the ultimate professional who has always been dedicated to improving life, human beings, processes and universities."
Award of Distinction -
For outstanding scholarship, leadership and service in the field of counselor education
Dr. Conyne earned his master's degree in counseling and personnel services from Purdue University in 1968 and his doctorate in counseling in 1970. Robert is a licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical psychologist, licensed professional clinical counselor and nationally certified counselor. Currently a professor at the University of Cincinnati , Robert serves as director of the counseling program and the center director of Ecological Counseling. He has authored 10 books including Ecological Counseling, which was reviewed as "arguably the best-articulated counseling meta-theory since Ivey's "Developmental Therapy' was published 30 years ago." His expertise makes him an active consultant and a leader in professional organizations. His nominator says, "Through his service, teaching and leadership, Dr. Conyne has challenged the status quo of counseling while supporting its traditions. His vision, embodied in his ecological approach, is of a dynamic profession using multiple ways of helping people."
Award of Distinction (2004)-
For outstanding leadership and service in the field of gifted and talented education
Dr. Gross earned her master's degree in education from Purdue in 1986 and her doctorate in educational psychology in 1989. After 20 years as a classroom teacher and deputy principal in Scotland and Australia , she came to Purdue to pursue academic study in gifted education with Dr. John Feldhusen. Miraca was selected in 1989 at the University of Melbourne ( Australia ) for the first academic position at an Australian university dedicated to gifted education. She is now professor of Gifted Education at The University of New South Wales in Sydney , where she directs the Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Center . Miraca's research and writings reflect a broad spectrum analysis of highly gifted youth; and she has developed curriculum for gifted primary and secondary students, designed courses for university students, and created professional development certifications and seminars. Her nominator says of Miraca, "she is recognized by scholars around the world as a pioneer in creating new insights about the nature and nurture of highly able youth."
Award of Distinction -
Janine M. Bernard
For outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service in the field of counselor education
Dr. Bernard received her doctorate in counseling education and supervision at Purdue University in 1975. She is a highly respected scholar both nationally and internationally in counselor education, social work, and psychology, providing leadership in professional organizations and serving on editorial boards. Her discrimination model is typically the first model taught in counseling supervision courses. Her near classic textbook, Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision, now in its third edition, is considered to be the definitive work in counseling supervision. Janine's nominator wrote, "In regard to supervision, Dr. Bernard is currently the most respected voice in the field of counselor education."
Career Achievement Award -
William E. Christopher
For pioneering contributions, continued commitment, and dedication to public education
Dr. Christopher received hi s m aster's degree in 1964 and his doctorate in 1972 in educational administration at Purdue University . He has been a science teacher, a principal, and by age 28, he was superintendent in the Tri-County School Corporation in Wolcott , Indiana . From 1986-1994, when educational policy was undergoing dramatic changes in Indiana, he held pioneering positions as the first senior officer for professional development in the Indiana Department of Education, the first commissioner of the Indiana Commission on Vocational Education and Technical Education, and the first commissioner of the Department of Workforce Development. Bill continues to demonstrate outstanding commitment and service to education.
Community Achievement Award -
M. Kay Clark
For commitment and dedication to providing children in her community with an exceptional education experience in a nurturing environment
Mrs. Clark earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Purdue University in 1969. Within three weeks of taking her first position as a kindergarten teacher at a small start-up childcare center in Georgia , she was appointed its director. Under Kay's educational leadership, business acumen, and eventually ownership, Wood Acres grew from 17 kindergarten students in two rooms to over 700 students in a nine building complex on a 10-acre campus for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students. For 33 years, she provided quality traditional education at nearly half the cost of other private schools in the Atlanta area, a service viewed by the community as one of it s m ost valuable resources.
Community Achievement Award -
Edwin C. Leonard
For outstanding dedication to higher education and to his community as a teacher, researcher, coach, and advisor
Dr. Leonard earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and hi s m aster's and doctoral degrees in educational administration from Purdue University in 1962, 1966, and 1971, respectively. For the past 37 years, Ed has enriched the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) campus and community as an inspiring teacher, researcher, and advisor. Countless not-for-profits in the community have benefited from his pro-bono consulting. He has coached community and college golf and basketball teams, and started the basketball program at IPFW, now an NCAA Division I program.
Friend of Education Award -
Gregg O. Lehman
For outstanding leadership and innovative contributions in the fields of higher education and healthcare
Dr. Lehman received his master's and doctoral degrees in educational administration from Purdue University in 1971 and 1973. He is an entrepreneur whose contributions in education and health care have improved institutions and their processes and benefited students and employees. At age 34, Gregg was named president of Taylor University where he created innovative academics programs, record enrollments, and operating surpluses. During the past 18 years, he has served as president and CEO of four different healthcare organizations. Gregg is a national leader in the areas of health care cost, quality, and patient safety. His dedication to promoting health and disease management has resulted in better health for employees and reduced medical claims for corporate America.
Friend of Education Award -
Lawrence G. Shoaf
For outstanding leadership and significant reforms in public education management and the insurance industry
Dr. Shoaf received hi s m aster's and doctoral degrees in educational administration from Purdue University in 1972 and 1974. As a national leader in public education management, he advocated financial reforms, innovative reporting, and cost effectivenes s m easures in K-12 education. For 12 years, he implemented those reforms as chief financial officer at major school corporations in Illinois and California . During the past 20 years, Larry has become a leader in the insurance industry. Serving as senior vice president of the international insurance firms of Alexander & Alexander, Inc. and Marsh Risk and Insurance Services, he excelled in e-commerce, alternative markets, and new products. His leadership continues to benefit his community where he serves on numerous boards.
Mentor Award -
Kenneth L. Gleason
For indomitable spirit, energy, and dedication in helping students and fellow teachers strive for excellence
Mr. Gleason received a bachelor's degree in social studies education and a specialist degree in instructional development from Purdue University in 1970 and 1991. For 33 years, Ken has been a teacher, coach, and mentor to students and fellow teachers. At Franklin Central Middle School in Indiana , he taught social studies and coached basketball, track, baseball and swimming. For over 20 years, he inspired his students to pursue college and become informed, participating citizens. After moving to Florida , he was appointed chair of social studies department at the newly created Poinciana High School . Ken, a National Board Certified teacher, announces home football games and advises the student council. His energy and spirit continue to help teachers, clubs, sports teams, and students create their school traditions and strive for excellence.
Young Educator Award -
Jodi L. Allen
For exemplary classroom teaching and outstanding leadership in professional development
Ms. Allen received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Purdue University in 2000. In only four years teaching at Glen Acres Elementary School in Lafayette , Jodi has become an exemplary classroom teacher, gaining the esteem of her fellow teachers and receiving numerous grants. Jodi was chosen to participant in the Indiana Higher Education Standards-based Integrated Science Instruction (SISI) program at Purdue. Now she serves as the youngest master teacher each summer for that program. Her former principal said, "I saw students who had disliked school in years past come to life in Ms. Allen's room. She has a special way of tuning into the interests of each student. She works with students before and after school. She attends their ball games. Former students from the middle school even come to her for help after school!"
Career Achievement AwardEllsworth P. Christmas
BS Agriculture '58, MS Agriculture '61, PhD Agriculture '64
Award of Distinction
Ellsworth P. Christmas, of West Lafayette, earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 1958, 1961 and 1964, respectively. An agronomy professor at Purdue, Christmas has been on the faculty for 41 years as a professor and Extension specialist. Christmas received the College of Education Career Achievement Award for dedication to the best educational practices, exemplary research and assistance to colleagues throughout the world.
Esther Lee PhD'71
Dean of the Graduate School
Troy State University
Esther Lee, who serves as dean of the graduate school at Troy State University - Montgomery in Montgomery, Ala., earned her doctoral degree from Purdue in 1971. Until moving to Troy State this fall, she was a professor and chair of the Department of Education at DePauw University. She produces a syndicated column about parenting and has served as deputy director of the U.S. Department of Education. Lee received the College of Education Award of Distinction for commitment and dedication to educational excellence and for outstanding leadership in higher education and government.
Erick Pruitt BA'98
6th Grade Teacher
Chicago Public Schools
Erick Pruitt is a sixth-grade teacher at Woodlawn Community School, a new community-based school with an African-centered curriculum in Chicago. He received his bachelor's degree from Purdue in 1998 after serving for eight years in the U.S. Marines. Pruitt received the College of Education Young Educator Award for commitment to urban education and innovation in teaching and dedication to the success of his students.
Mentor AwardBarbara Siegfried BS'59, MA'63
English/Foreign Language Department Chair
Clinton Central School Corporation
Barbara Siegfried, of Frankfort, Ind., is a teacher and chair of the English and foreign languages department at Clinton Central Jr./Sr. High School in Michigantown, Ind. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue in 1959 and 1963, respectively. In the 44 years she has taught Spanish and English at Clinton Central, she has served as a mentor to thousands of students and as a sponsor for myriad school activities. Siegfried received the College of Education Mentor Award for dedication to the well-being of her high school students through exemplary teaching and mentoring.
Friend of Education AwardSue Spooner BS'60, PhD'75
University of Northern Colorado
Now residing in Estes Park, Colorado
Sue Spooner, a professor emeritus at the University of Northern Colorado who lives in Estes Park Colo., earned her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Purdue in 1960 and 1975, respectively. In 2000 she retired as a professor and coordinator of the college student personnel administration program at Northern Colorado. For more than 30 years she has held local and national leadership positions for the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts USA, including a nine-year stint as executive director of the Sycamore Girl Scout Council in Lafayette, Ind. Spooner received the College of Education Friend of Education Award for extraordinary professional and volunteer leadership and lifelong devotion to education, scholarship and service.
Community Achievement AwardJames Thomas BS'48, MS'52, PhD'60
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Assistant to the president, retired
West Virginia State College
Now residing in Greencastle, Indiana
James Thomas, of Greencastle, Ind., retired in 1989 as a professor from West Virginia State College. He received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Purdue in 1948, 1952 and 1960, respectively. His tenure at West Virginia State included time as the chair of the Department of Education and associate provost for academic affairs. A longstanding Rotarian and civic leader, he has served with several charitable and community organizations. Thomas received the College of Education Community Achievement Award for service to community through sustained commitment to education and a spirit of volunteerism.
Award of DistinctionMuhyieddeen Sh. Touq PhD'72
Jordanian Ambassador to Austria
Permanent Representative to the United Nations Organizations in Vienna
Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Muhyieddeen Sh. Touq serves as the Jordanian ambassador to Austria and coordinates his country's diplomatic efforts in several other central European countries. A well-known author and scholar in the Middle East, he has served as a dean at three Arab universities and as president of Philadelphia University in Jordan. He received a doctoral degree from Purdue in 1972. Touq was honored with the College of Education Award of Distinction for scholarship, leadership and dedication to the advancement of education, and for steadfast commitment to improving international relations.
Community Achievement AwardJoanne Troutner BA'74, MS'76
Director of Technology and Media
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Joanne Troutner, of Lafayette, Ind., is the director of technology and media for the Tippecanoe School Corporation. She received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Purdue in 1974 and 1976, respectively. Troutner has worked as a media specialist and a junior high English teacher and writes a regular column for the international magazine Teacher Librarian. She received the College of Education Community Achievement Award for outstanding leadership, scholarship and teaching in the K-12 community and dedication to learners.
Mrs. Sara McGrew MacGregor (BA'98), Mr. Theodore Leuenberger (BS'72, MS'77), Ms. Margaretha Motes (BA'68), Mr. Roger Norris (BA'72), and Dr. Jack Miller (PhD'75)
Dr. Willie F. Trotty (PhD'77), Dr. Barbara Bradley Stonewater (BA'68, MS'69), Mrs. Rhonda Lantz Buzan (BA'71), Dr. Bernadette Cole Slaughter (PhD'83), and Mrs. Amy M. Jacks (BA'99)
Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Richard D. Miller
Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Lowell C. Rose
Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Kathleen Steele
Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Richard L. Andrews
Distinguished Alumni Award: Dr. Rita Rodgers Culross
Distinguished Alumni Award: Mrs. Kathy L. Payne
Distinguished Alumni Award: Ms. Cheryl A. Cowan
Distinguished Alumni Award: Mr. Donald C. Manlove
Distinguished Alumni Award: Mrs. Sandra K. Shoemaker
Accomplishments in Research, Presentation, and Service: Dr. Christine Marie Campbell
Dedication to Educational Excellence: Dr. Timothy F. Hyland
Innovation in Curriculum Design: Mrs. Amy M. McClelland
Contributions to Educational Research and Assessment: Dr. Richard J. Noeth
Expanding Educational Experiences: Ms. Janet C. Ault
Leadership and Innovation in Educational Administration: Dr. Robert Dalton
Innovation in Curriculum Design: Ms. Elizabeth Halterman
Teaching Excellence: Ms. Marie C. Roth
Award of Distinction: Dr. Joan P. Gipe
Career Achievement: Mrs. Hazel J. Feldhusen
Career Achievement: Dr. Nellie F. Moore
SOE Award: Mr. Paul D. Schuyler
Young Educator: Mr. John P. Pearl
Award of Distinction: Dr. William A. Jenkins
Career Achievement: Dr. Harlan R. Day
Community Achievement: Mr. George W. Miller
Young Educator: Mrs. Jill R. Fuller Todd
Career Achievement: Mr. James C. Chasey
Community Achievement: Mrs. Lauralee Foerster
Friend of Education: Dr. Carole A. Ames
Young Educator: Ms. Michelle L. Graham
Award of Distinction: Dr. Ann E. Robinson
Career Achievement: Mr. Thomas G. Grabill
Community Achievement: Ms. Barbara Jo McCain
Friend of Education: Ms. Patricia Lynn O'Brien
Young Educator: Mr. William Shidler
Award of Distinction: Dr. Marylu K. McEwen
Career Achievement: Dr. Russell L. Nichols
Community Achievement: Mr. Robert S. Foerster
Friend of Education: Dr. William R. Fellmy
Young Educator: Mrs. Amy D. Sturgeon
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