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Purdue Northwest employees and students honored at third annual Founders Day celebration


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At what has become an annual spring tradition, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) celebrated the anniversary of its founding by honoring faculty, staff and students. Now in its third year, the PNW community gathered on the Westville Campus Friday, March 1 for its Founders Day festivities.

The pinnacle of the event recognized outstanding faculty, staff and students, along with other employees for their years of service. This year’s honorees were:

Outstanding faculty awards

  • Scholarship: Alain Togbe, professor of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Teaching: Nicoleta Tarfulea, associate professor of Mathematics, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Engagement: Pamela Saylor, clinical assistant professor, College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

Outstanding staff awards

  • Administrative Leadership:

    • Kuan-Chou Chen, associate dean of Graduate Programs for the College of Business; interim director of Hospitality & Tourism Management
    • Andrew Pettee, interim Dean of Students

  • Administrative Staff of the Year

    • Martin Denkhoff, senior business manager
    • Diana Williams, campus transportation supervisor

  • Service Staff of the Year

    • Susan Craig, associate custodian
    • Trisha Smith, associate custodian

  • Clerical Staff of the Year

    • Kimberly Baum, administrative clerk
    • Beth Simac, administrative assistant

Outstanding student service awards

  • Hannah Scheffer
  • Yamani Woody

Employees honored for their years of service:
35 Years: Tomas Sanchez, Omer Farook

30 Years: David Detmer, Nasser Houshangi, Mark Mabrito, Cyril Obi, Mary Beth O’Connor, Mohammad Zahraee, Arthur Stueber, Susan Craig, Randall Thomas, Robert Hoffmann

25 Years: Barbara Phillips, Kimberly Walton-Trajkovski, Cynthia Perez, Colette Morrow, Roger Kraft, Barbara Mania-Farnell, Chenn Zhou, Colleen Robison, Marsha Gordon

20 Years: Gillian Leonard, Margaret Greer, Mary Martinez, Will Lewis, Dana Krill, Kimberly Mortimer, Niaz Latif, Naomi Gomez, Michelle Grant, Janice Novosel, Sandra Steele, Rodger Veatch, Donna Whitten, Raida Abuizam, Joy Colwell, Daphne Robinson, Jasmine Marquez

15 Years: Brock Martin, Joan Dorman, Dushan Nikolovski, Rick Rickerson, Lawrence Furman, William Miller, Eloise Gonzalez, William Baginski, Maribel Lopez, James Pula, Scott Parsons, Harold Pinnick, Geoffrey Schultz, Annette Coates, Michael Connolly, Jerome Mostek, Steven Scipes, Sarah Smith, Michelle Block, Rita Brusca-Vega, Lizbeth Bryant, Heather Cook, Jessica Dean, Roseann Such, Nicolae Tarfulea, Christina Nevill, Maja Marjanovic, Linda Neulieb, Diane Brown

10 Years: Jaclyn Barkow, Natalie Connors, Timothy Sanders, Jayni Rush, Laurie Brookhart, Marla Ropp-Funk, Kristin Potthoff, Michelle Clauss, Maria Watson, Jigar Shah, Michael Lynn, Sherry Velasquez, Joseph White, Glynn Bricker, Heather Fielding, Beth Vottero, Rachel Clark, Renee Conroy, Claudia Mich, Rachel Smith, Su-Jeong Wee, Shuhui Yang, Yueqi Zhang, Bernadette Perez, Michael Ramirez, James Lesniak, Maria Carrillo

5 Years: Cezara Crisan, Mark Emmett, Cindy Torres, Julie Wiejak, John Nava, Elaine Balio, Sue Bremer, Tanya Adcock, Kris Falzone, Andrew Pettee, Tigist Asnake, Jennifer Madgiak, Martha Espitia-Ruiz, Charnell Thomas, Tiffany Collins, Beth Simac, Janet Allen, Natalie Miller, Amy Miller, Vance Thompson, Erica Burnett, Robin McCammon, Amy Libauskas, David Ellis, Cindy Christ, Chien-Chung Chen, Corinne Djuric, Denise Frazier, Hansung Kim, Jiliang Li, Michelle Spaulding, Ceren Turedi, Hui Chu, Norma Elias, Connie Farrell, Deanna Francoeur-Schmidt, Lindsay Gielda, Kelsey Giesler, Samantha Horn, Shontrai Irving, Wendy Kasche, Erin Okamoto Protsman, Anna Pajak, Joshua Polman, Scott Simerlein, George Stefanek, Kelly Vaughan, Wangling Yu, Christine Livergood, Joseph Coates, James Nagy, Joshua Bonneville, Bir Kafle, Anna Kent, Jason Jeffress, Robert Stack, Alan McCafferty, Lea Diaz, Sharon Smith, Trisha Smith, Debra Alexander, Jessica Orr, Cheryl Lutgen

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