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November 3, 2003

Appointments, promotions; faculty, staff and alumni honors; campus events



– Dean Balloti and Bridget Williams Golden were promoted to the positions of assistant deans of students in the Office of the Dean of Students. Balloti and Golden have been instrumental in the success of Horizons, a federally funded program at Purdue designed to help first generation college students, disabled and low income students succeed in their university experience. Balloti came to Purdue in 1993 as Horizons coordinator. Since her appointment in 2001 as first leadership coordinator for the Office of the Dean of Students, Golden has developed more than a dozen programs that cover a wide range of leadership topics and involve a diverse group of students.



– Richard Widdows, professor and department head of consumer sciences and retailing, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Society of Consumer Affairs, Professionals in Business International. SOCAP is the world's largest organization of customer care professionals, providing members with educational, networking, and career-development opportunities. The Alexandria, Va.-based organization has more than 2,500 members worldwide. Widdows' term begins in January. (jml)

– The AgrAbility Project's 10-year summary won a grand award in the Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) competition. The project team received the award in the brochure, manuals and reports category for nonprofit small office. APEX is a competition for communications professionals, and awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. The AgrAbility's entry contains information on the national project impact, state project successes, future plans and participating projects.

– Amanda Owen has been selected as a Bamford-Lahey Scholar for 2003-04. The Bamford-Lahey Children's Foundation was established for the purpose of conducting and supporting programs that will enhance the linguistic, cognitive, social and emotional development of children. Owen, who works with preschoolers who have developmental language impairments, will receive a stipend of $8,330 to fund her work at the M.D. Steer Audiology and Speech Clinics at Purdue. (apn)

– Three professors of horticulture were honored at the American Society of Horticulture Science (ASHS) annual meeting at Providence, R.I. Allen Hammer was the recipient of the Outstanding Extension Educator Award for his contributions to Indiana's floriculture industry through extension and research. He is involved with the Plant Pest Diagnostic Clinic, Purdue Greenhouse Media Analysis Laboratory and the National Poinsettia Trials. Jules Janick was awarded the Outstanding International Horticulturist Award for research, publications and leadership in the international horticulture community. He has conducted research in fruit breeding, authored more than 350 papers and one textbook, and held leadership positions in both the ASHS and the International Society for Horticulture Science. Cary Mitchell was named the president of ASHS. He is working on a project to allow food production in life-support systems in extraterrestrial habitats.



–Thomas A. Smith, Oglethorpe Power Corp. president and CEO, was named a recipient of the 2003 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. He received the award at a special gala at the Great Hall on Ellis Island in New York Harbor earlier this year. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor is sanctioned by the U.S. Congress. It was created in 1986 to honor outstanding Americans representing the many ancestral groups who have made contributions to America. Smith is a certified public accountant, with a master's degree in industrial management-finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a master's degree in analytical chemistry from Purdue, and a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Catawba College.

– Jill Montgomery received the American Society of Horticultural Science Scholars Award at the annual meeting in Providence, R.I. Montgomery graduated from Purdue in May 2003 with a bachelor's degree in horticulture science and is currently pursuing a master's degree in horticulture at Cornell, focusing on controlled environment agriculture.



– Philip L. Fuchs, professor in Purdue's Department of Chemistry, will speak on "Chemistry, Computers and Cancer." His talk, this year's McCoy Distinguished Lecture, will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. A reception will follow immediately afterward in the Stewart Center Art Gallery.

– Lee B. Reichman, founding executive director of the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center, will speak on "Defusing the Timebomb: The Global Epidemic of Tuberculosis." His talk, part of the School of Pharmacy's Anderson Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.


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