Purdue News

September 28, 2006

Latino Faculty and Staff Association presents first-time awards

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University's Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA) presented four Outstanding Latino Awards at the celebration for the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month and the Latino Cultural Center's new building Sept. 15.

The awards, which are the first of their kind from the association, were given for Outstanding Faculty, Outstanding Staff, Outstanding Student and Outstanding Community Ally. They were presented by Kimber Nicoletti, the association's president and minority outreach coordinator for the Communities Against Rape Initiative, a statewide sexual violence prevention education effort based out of the Youth Development/Agricultural Education Department in the College of Agriculture, and Javier Magallanes, the association's vice-president and director of development for the President's Council. Purdue president Martin C. Jischke was the guest speaker.

"As the Latino Cultural Center and the Latino Faculty and Staff Association have expanded in recent years, it became important to honor those who have dedicated their time and services to Latino culture at Purdue," Nicoletti said. "An awards committee reviewed and voted on nominees for each category."

The recipients are:

• Angelica Duran, associate professor of English and former director of the Latino Faculty and Staff Association, for Outstanding Faculty.

• Maricela Alvarado, director of the Latino Cultural Center, for Outstanding Staff.

• Jose Uribe, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts from Dallas, for Outstanding Student.

• Mary Pilat, associate professor in the department of youth development and agricultural education and principal investigator of the Communities Against Rape Initiative, for Outstanding Community Ally.

The Latino Faculty and Staff Association is a five-year-old educational organization that advocates for Latino issues in higher education, including the educational welfare and advancement of the Latino community. Its goal is to promote the social and cultural dimensions of Latino history, heritage and culture as it relates to education.

Writer: Bethany Bannister-Andrews, (765) 494-2073, bbannister@purdue.edu

Source: Kimber Nicoletti, (765) 494-6871, knicolet@purdue.edu

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