The year in review at Purdue Calumet
January 3, 2013 12:36PM
Updated: February 5, 2013 6:17AM
For Purdue University Calumet, 2012 was a year of acquisition, recognition and realization.
The university acquired the nearby Kaplan Commons building as the future home of the PUC Commercialization Center.
Also, professor of nursing Lisa Hopp was nationally recognized as an inductee of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing.
PUC’s Water Institute and Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center realized its desire to move into cutting- edge research laboratories, thanks to U.S. Department of Energy grants U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, helped obtain.
Academics — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved new degree programs that will debut during the spring 2013 semester: a master’s in modeling, simulation and visualization, and an online master’s in technology with a concentration in technology leadership and management.
Additionally, a 2+2 articulation degree program between PUC’s bachelor’s in construction management and engineering technologies program and College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Ill., was introduced last fall.
Student achievement — Honors program student worker Brandon Rukes, a junior accounting and finance major from Griffith, was named Indiana Student Employee of the Year.
† Department of Information Systems seniors Joe Kelley and Tim Richardson of Hobart and Josh McFadden of Griffith earned Overall Champion and Best Case Solution Awards in the Information Systems Project and Case Competition last spring at Ball State.
† Hospitality and tourism management major Rebecca Galinis of Merrillville won the inaugural National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators and Developers-White Lodging Services Corp. Future Leaders Scholarship, a $3,000 renewable merit award.
† Tyler Billingsley of Hobart was among seven students nationally who received a $3,000 Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society.
Faculty recognition — Faculty members authored-edited the following books.
† Associate professor of Latin American studies Kathleen Tobin’s “Brush with Haiti” offers a pre- and post-2010 earthquake perspective of the impoverished nation’s rich history, complex politics, religions and multihued culture.
† Professor of English Jane Campbell and professor of communication Theresa Carilli co-edited “Challenging Images of Women in the Media: Reinventing Women’s Lives,” a series of 15 articles that examines the status of women as depicted by the media.
† Professor of Spanish Jose Castro-Urioste edited the anthology “America Nuestra,” consisting of 18 short stories written by Spanish-speaking writers living in the United States.
† Technical writing instructor Bill Leavitt wrote “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” which helps readers develop a plan for a healthy, fulfilling retirement.
† Professor of physics Neeti Parashar served with international researchers who announced last summer the discovery of a new subatomic particle that enhances understanding about the natural universe.
† Associate professor of history Wendy St. Jean was named a 2012-13 Indiana Campus Compact Senior Faculty Fellow.
† Professor of economics Amlan Mitra was reappointed to the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
† Professor of communication Yahya Kamalipour delivered the keynote address at last summer’s international Global Communication Association conference in Zambia.
† PUC’s Outstanding Faculty for 2011-12 were associate professor of nursing Maureen Marthaler (teacher), assistant professor of management Rachel Clapp Smith (scholar) and associate professor of education Lynn Zimmerman (Service).
Outreach — PUC’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation was a co-recipient of the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana’s 2012-13 Chanute Prize for Team Innovation, the top award the group presents for innovation.
† PUC’s Leadership Center was established to advance successful leadership among experienced and emerging leaders.
† The PUC Water Institute and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory completed a five-year, BP-funded study expressing optimism that satisfying the Great Lakes Initiative’s mercury discharge criteria is doable.
† PUC researchers, headed by Energy Efficiency & Reliability Center director and professor of physics Robert Kramer, generated a patent for developing a new, less-costly process for producing coke fuel needed in steel production.
Honors, achievements and distinctions — PUC graduates earned nearly 1,800 degrees during 2012.
Fall enrollment of 10,133 marked the second time in university history the number of students enrolled surpassed 10,000.
† Installed last March as the seventh PUC campus leader, Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said his vision is for a university that prepares students for innovative jobs, and careers yet to emerge.
† The effectiveness of its Residence Hall Association earned PUC School of the Year by the Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls and the Indiana Residence Hall Organization.
† PUC’s Upward Bound program was refunded for five years, thanks to a $2.73 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
Athletics — Veteran athletics administrator Rick Costello, who formerly headed the NCAA Division I program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was appointed athletics director.
† Men’s and women’s soccer debuted last fall, increasing PUC’s intercollegiate sports program to 10 teams. James Drzewiecki and Leslie Ferguson were named the respective head coaches.
† Student-athletes completed the spring semester with a cumulative grade- point average of 3.08 (4.0 scale), the highest in the history of PUC’s Athletic Department.