June 2007


The Year in Review. . . .
John Contreni

You'll pardon me, I trust, for thinking that this has been a whirlwind year for the College.

We began with record enrollments in our degree programs, testimony to the attractiveness of our curricula and to the outstanding teaching of our faculty and graduate students. And we ended, in the closing days of the semester, with the inauguration of the Confucius Institute at Purdue, the first in the state and one of only five in the Midwest; the Board of Trustees ratification of the establishment of a Department of Anthropology; the recognition of the A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise, and Nutrition as an official University center; and the conferral of degrees on more than 900 of our students, including the first graduates of our new Doctor of Audiology program.

In between, we hired some 35 new faculty colleagues who will be joining us in August; promoted 29 colleagues; honored two of our alumni, Carol Pottenger and Bill Byham, with honorary degrees; surpassed our Campaign for Purdue fundraising goal; secured three of the University's 20 Goodwin Challenge distinguished professorships; mounted a glittering season in the arts, which included invitations to the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Region III and the Prague Quadrennial as well as inspiring and provocative exhibitions in the Purdue Galleries.

And did I mention that the 2006 Indiana Professor of the Year was one of our colleagues, Randy Roberts?

Hundreds of colleagues from around the world, across campus, and members of the Lafayette–West Lafayette communities benefited from our contributions to the arts, humanities, behavioral, and social sciences when they attended the 2006 Black Graduate Conference in Psychology; the National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Seminar; the North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) conference, jointly meeting with the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR); the Annual Meeting of the Semiotic Society of America; and the Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy. Cindy Sheehan and Sherman Alexie attracted standing room only audiences to Fowler Hall.

We launched our new community engagement program, PLACE, and the focus taskforce finished its work on the College's new positioning statement.

If the College had a banner, one could have observed our faculty and students waving it this year in Ethiopia, China, Japan, India, England, Spain, Belgium, Turkey, Egypt, France, Italy, Canada, Brazil, Nicaragua, Mexico, Taiwan, Germany, the Czech Republic, and many, many other places around the globe.

Although the pace undoubtedly slackens during the summer months, we are already planning to welcome new students, new colleagues, and a new president to campus.

Thanks to everyone for a great year and best wishes for an interesting summer!


John J. Contreni
Justin S. Morrill Dean


Institute will make China more accessible to Indiana

Purdue and Chinese officials on May 14 celebrated the opening of a new China center, called the Confucius Institute at Purdue, which will offer Chinese language and cultural programs for students and the public.

President Jischke and Wei Hong
at opening ceremony

"Indiana and China may seem far apart geographically, but this Purdue institute will make the rich diversity, history, and culture of the world's largest country more accessible to our campus community and state," said Purdue Provost Sally Mason, who chairs the Purdue's Confucius Institute advisory board. "China was one of the first countries that Purdue began a relationship with in the early 20th century. The history between our University and China is deep, and this institute will help enhance that relationship."

Chinese delegation
Envision Center

Purdue's institute is a collaboration among the colleges of Liberal Arts and Engineering and the Krannert School of Management, as well as the Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai, China.

One of the institute's goals is to facilitate more exchange opportunities between Purdue and China. In 2006-07, 140 Purdue students studied in China, especially in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing. While no Purdue students studied in China 10 years ago, it is currently the most popular destination for them. More

Trustees approves department change

The Purdue Board of Trustees on May 18 approved the creation of an independent Department of Anthropology.

The trustees approved the College of Liberal Arts' request to establish the Department of Anthropology in fall 2008. For more than 30 years, Anthropology has been a part of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The change will create independent departments for both Anthropology and Sociology.

"The Anthropology undergraduate major and graduate program are proven academic programs that support 45 undergraduate majors, 20 graduate students and almost 900 enrollments a semester," said John Contreni, the Justin S. Morrill Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. "As its own department, the area of Anthropology will continue to prosper and offer a rich education in biological, archaeological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology."

Anthropology, which will be the College of Liberal Arts' 12th department, is home to 11 faculty members whose research interests include topics such as Jewish communities in Denmark, rural communities in Indonesia, gorilla social organization and ecology in the Central African Republic, health of older adults in the United States, and settlement archaeology in Mexico and Peru. Starting in fall 2008, the new department's administrative offices will be housed on the second floor of Stone Hall in the former Consumer and Family Sciences library. Some faculty offices will remain on the third floor of Stone Hall. More

Students intern at one of the largest music festivals

A dozen Purdue students will serve a summer internship with entertainment video professionals during the June 7-10 annual Country Music Association's (CMA) Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.

Film/Video Studies
offers internships for students

The course is offered by Hall of Music Productions as part of a summer internship program in the College of Liberal Arts' Film/Video Studies program.

"The students get a chance to work beside and learn from a group of highly respected professionals in the live video production industry," said Steve Hall, director of Purdue's Hall of Music Productions. "Students participate in every aspect of video production -- the first day of load-in through four days of performances at two different venues and the load-out on late Sunday evening. The shows they produce at Riverfront Park and LP Field will be seen live on the large video screens by more than 100,000 fans attending the festival. In addition, the students will work alongside an ABC television crew that will be on site taping the festival for a special to air nationally on July 23."

In addition to courses offered in video production and editing through Hall of Music Productions, Film/Video Studies' courses include digital video, scriptwriting, the Mafia in the movies, history of film, French cinema, literature and the visual arts. More than 80 students are majoring in this program. More

Audiology students first to graduate with new degree

The first students to earn clinical doctoral audiology (Au.D.) degrees from Purdue graduated May 11.

The students are Jamie Worthington Beck of Auburn, Ind., Rebecca Benjamin of Whiting, Iowa, Lauren Chael Hendrickson of Lebanon, Ind., and Le'Ann Scott of Gary, Ind. The four graduates are entering clinical practice.

The doctor of audiology is a clinical post-baccalaureate degree that prepares clinicians for audiology practice and clinical science, said Robert Novak, head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The profession of audiology has gone to the Au.D. as the entry-level degree for practicing audiology, he said. More

Purdue launches faculty expertise database

Purdue has launched a publicly accessible database of research expertise for all faculty members at the West Lafayette campus.

The Purdue University Research Expertise database, or PURE, provides information for more than 2,000 faculty members and includes expertise in more than 650 areas of research.

PURE can be searched by the name of the researcher, area of research, keywords or the full list can be displayed.

The database provides summaries of faculty members' departments, areas of research and keywords, and provides a link to their Web pages. It includes researchers in the arts and humanities, life sciences, management, physical sciences, mathematics, engineering and technology, and social and behavioral sciences. More

Course to help boost college study skills

Liberal Arts is offering a summer class to help current and future college students excel in the classroom.

The eight-week class, called GS290X, takes place from 6-8:50 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 11. The class is open to anyone, including adults returning to school, incoming college students, and college seniors preparing for graduate school.

"Too many students spin their wheels when they study," said Sara Jane Coffman, instructional development specialist and course instructor. "Putting information into their brains is like trying to put sticky notes on their foreheads, but the sticky notes don't have enough glue on them. In this course, students learn to input and retrieve information so it sticks." More


Purdue students to read fiction writing

A group of students will present some of their fiction writing at a June 7 event.

The students, all enrolled in a fiction-writing course taught by author Patricia Henley, will give readings at 7 p.m. at Café Royale, 112 and 130 Northwestern Ave.

The event is free and open to the public, but donations of canned goods for the Food Finders Food Bank will be accepted.

Conference brings Levinas scholars to Purdue

The public is invited to attend the second annual meeting of the North American Levinas Society at Purdue.

The conference, Levinas and Community, is June 10-12. Conference sessions are free and open to the public. Information about session times and meeting rooms is available online.

The program will feature, in addition to dozens of talks, six plenary sessions, four of which will honor members of the Levinas family (Simone, George, David and Joelle Hansel). More


New associate dean

– Adriela Fernández has been named an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts.


Fernández, who was an associate professor of Social Sciences, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Integrative Studies at Governors State University in Chicago, will oversee academic programs and online learning in the College of Liberal Arts.

Her appointment was effective May 1. She earned her bachelor's degree in economics from the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, and her master's degree in applied economics and doctorate degree in international relations and comparative politics from Purdue. Her expertise includes Latin American studies, and multicultural education.

New department head

– Robert Novak, professor of Audiology, has been named head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts.

Novak served as interim head twice, most recently for 2006-07. The appointment is in effect on July 1.

Faculty honors

– Leonard Harris, professor of Philosophy, has been named the chair of the Philosophy and Literature Program in the College of Liberal Arts. The program is one of 15 interdisciplinary studies areas in liberal arts. Harris is an expert in American philosophy and African American philosophy.

– Valentine Moghadam, director of Women's Studies and professor of Sociology, presented the opening remarks at the Nobel Women's Initiative first International Women's Conference in Galway, Ireland. The conference, "Women Redefining Peace in the Middle East & Beyond," was May 29-31. The initiative was established in 2006 by six female recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize to strengthen work being done in support of women's rights around the world. Twelve women in the Nobel Peace Prize's more than 100-year history have been recognized with this award.



Wall Street Journal
The accidental binge drinker: How much we really pour
(Julia Chester, Department of Psychological Sciences)

Chicago Tribune
C-SPAN? In Indiana?
(Robert X. Browning, Department of Psychological Sciences)

Babies stun scientists with 'amazing' insights
(George Hollich, Department of Psychological Sciences)

Louisville Courier-Journal and Lafayette Journal
& Courier

A marathon with a message
(Mike Flynn, Department of Health and Kinesiology)

Houston Chronicle
Cult horror-movie makers resurrected
(Lance Duerfahrd, Department of English)

Lafayette Journal & Courier
Professor to address international conference
(Valentine Moghadam, Women's Studies and Department of Sociology and Anthropology)

Lafayette Journal & Courier
Purdue students put color theory to use
(Petronio Bendito, Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts)

Lafayette Journal & Courier
Taking steps toward a cure
(Meghan McDonough, Department of Health and Kinesiology)

Lafayette Journal & Courier
Just call him professor
(Randy Roberts, Department of History)


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