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May 1, 2007

College of Liberal Arts names 2007 distinguished alumni

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University College of Liberal Arts honored six people as its 2007 distinguished alumni.

Recipients are Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko (pronounced Voy-TEK hod-sko ZY-ko), Jonnie G. Guerra, Donald Mahley, Hyman (Hy) Mariampolski (pronounced mariam-POL-ski), David Potts and Patricia Welch.

* Chodzko-Zajko is professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He earned his doctorate in 1984 in exercise physiology and has spent the past 20 years focusing on the effect of exercise and physical activity on the health and quality of life in old age.

* Guerra is vice president for academic affairs and professor of English at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pa. She earned her master's degree in American studies in 1975 and her doctorate in English in 1981.

* Mahley of Vienna, Va., is an ambassador and acting deputy assistant secretary for Threat Reduction, Export Controls and Negotiations for the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of State. In 2004, he was the senior U.S. representative in Libya during the dismantlement of Libya's programs for weapons of mass destruction. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1964.

* Mariampolski is managing director of QualiData Research Inc. in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he is a leading worldwide consultant and award-winning authority on qualitative marketing research. He earned his master's of science degree and doctorate in sociology in 1971 and 1977, respectively.

* Potts is a television, film and theater production and set designer in Santa Monica, Calif. He earned his bachelor's in theater in 1972. He is currently the art director on the new HBO television series "John From Cincinnati." He received an Emmy Award as art director for the HBO series "Deadwood."

* Welch is a retired executive director at St. Mary's Child Center in Indianapolis. She earned a master's degree in psychology and child development in 1973 and a doctorate in developmental psychology in 1977. When she retired in 2001, the center was recognized as on one of the highest quality preschools in the state.

The College of Liberal Arts enrolls 6,200 undergraduate and 1,100 graduate students at Purdue's West Lafayette campus. The college encompasses 11 academic departments: communication; English; foreign languages and literatures; health and kinesiology; history; philosophy; political science; psychological sciences; sociology and anthropology; speech, language and hearing sciences; and visual and performing arts.

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences is ranked nationally for its graduate programs. The Department of Communication also is recognized nationally for its organizational, health and interpersonal areas.

The college is home to 14 interdisciplinary programs: African-American studies, American studies, Asian studies, classical studies, comparative literature, film studies, Italian studies, Jewish studies, linguistics, medieval studies, peace studies, philosophy and literature, religious studies and women's studies.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, (765) 494-9723,

Source: Chris Sharp, director of alumni relations and special events, (765) 494-7884,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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