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April 15, 2005

Appointments and promotions

– Kenneth J. Musselman has been named the strategic collaboration director of the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering, which is located administratively in Discovery Park's e-Enterprise Center. The Regenstrief Center, which officially started operation Jan. 1, aims to improve the quality and efficiency of health-care delivery, both in Indiana and nationally. Musselman, who received his master's degree and doctorate from Purdue, will be responsible for all aspects of fostering, building and managing relationships with health-care partners and prospective Regenstrief Center partners.

Campus activities

– Lucía Charún Illescas, journalist and author, will present "Afro-Peru and the Genesis of 'Malambo'" from 3-4:15 p.m. on Tuesday (April 19) in Stanley Coulter Hall, Room 239. Illescas, who was born in Lima, Peru, and currently lives in Hamburg, Germany, will focus on historical and contemporary issues relating to Peru. Her latest novel "Malambo" was published in 2001 in Lima. Her presentation is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the African American Studies and Research Center and the Latino Cultural Center.

– The Religious Studies Program will present "Waging the Real Jihad: Living Cross-Culturally in an Age of Conflict." Scott C. Alexander, associate professor of Islam and director of the Catholic-Muslim Studies Program at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, is speaking at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 20) in Stewart Center, Room 206. Alexander will address questions about jihad, including if the term refers to armed conflict in defense of one's faith and community. Alexander is the author of several articles on Islamic history and religion. He also is a creator and director of a documentary video on Jews, Muslims and Christians entitled "Abraham's Children: Jews, Christians, and Muslims in a Mid-Western College Town." He is currently working on a book, tentatively titled "Islam: An Introduction for Christians."

– The Council on the Status of Women will present its annual Violet Haas Award at 4 p.m. Friday (April 22) in the Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118. Barbara Clark, director of Science Diversity Programs, will be this year's recipient. The award is given for outstanding efforts in support of campus women.

Faculty and staff honors

– Pat Fletcher, a member of the Krannert School of Management support staff, was honored on Wednesday (April 13) for receiving the Rose Award from the Purdue Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board. Fletcher's nomination was made by Krannert School faculty and staff. The award honors a clerical or service staff member who always goes "above and beyond" the call of duty and has positively changed the workplace atmosphere. Fletcher was cited for continually offering to provide assistance throughout the school and sharing a smile and positive attitude with faculty, staff and students. During the faculty/staff luncheon where Fletcher was recognized, Mortar Board representatives presented her with a dozen roses and a certificate. Mortar Board is a national senior honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

Alumni honors

– Jonathon Townsend of East Lansing, Mich., received the Young Achievers Award from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. The award, based on professional achievement and contributions to society, is presented to select members of the graduating class from 10 years ago. This year, six honorees were named on April 9 during the college's 98th annual conference. Townsend is the dairy technical manager for Land O'Lakes Feed in East Lansing and is a doctorate candidate in the Purdue University School of Agriculture. After graduating from Auburn in 1995, he worked three years in New York before doing a residency in dairy production medicine at Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine.

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