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Alumni Family Picnic
Mark your calendar for our first Alumni Family Picnic.

Saturday, June 2
3:00-6:00 p.m.

Dean Rhonda Phillips invites you to:
  • Tour the Honors College building
  • Ride the Boilermaker Special
  • Play yard games
  • Enjoy a picnic dinner
Invitations will be sent via email in April.

Honors College launches 'Honors Pathways' program
Honors Pathways is a new pilot program connecting upper division Honors College students with Honors College alumni. 

Utilizing the strengths-based approach of  Purdue's Leadership and Professional Development Initiative , this mentoring program will help students be more intentional about honing their skills and preparing for future challenges.  How can they best apply their talents to their academic, social and personal lives? 

Questions? Email: sashaunwood@pur 
Got news? Send us your class notes!
Are you celebrating a new position? Perhaps you've won an industry award, been featured in a recent publication, or are tackling an exciting business venture? 

Tell us about it! 

We'd love to feature you in our upcoming  "class notes" section. 

Submit your news to lindsayperrault@

Be sure to include your full name, degree and class.
You're invited: Spring 2018 Medallion Ceremony
Alumni are invited to celebrate with our newest Honors College graduates. 
Please join us on Wednesday, May 9 at  5:00 p.m. in Honors Hall for our Spring 2018 Medallion Ceremony. 

If you are planning to attend please email Alumni and Outreach Coordinator Chad Johnson  at  to RSVP.  

We are excited to have you at this celebration.

Your top Purdue "Bucket List" items...
We were curious what our alumni are most eager to do when returning to Purdue.

Here is your top 10 list:
  • See old/new facilities
  • Go to a basketball game
  • See the football team (WIN)
  • Do a fountain run
  • Participate in the Grand Prix
  • Attend a Convocations show
  • Ride the Boilermaker Special
  • Visit Harry's
  • Eat at Triple XXX
  • Sled on Slayter
Some other unique requests...
  • Hit the Big Bass Drum
  • Run the "Nearly Naked Mile"
  • Meet Mitch
We're working to make these happen, so please watch for "Bucket List" details in our next alumni newsletter.  
Alumni Snapshot: Where you are/What you are doing
Our Honors College graduates are doing BIG things. 

In addition to pursuing Master's degrees and Ph.Ds, here is a small sampling of the exciting endeavors
 you are involved in:

Materials Engineer
Rolls Royce

Soldier Creek Winery

Rare Book Cataloguer
Philadelphia Rare Books

Social Studies Teacher
West Lafayette Jr. Sr. High School

Medical Writer
MediTech Media

Occupational Therapist
Cincinnati Center for Autism

AmeriCorps VISTA 
Crossroads Community Food Network

NIH Post-Bac

Ensign-Submarine Officer
US Navy

Sr. Brand Director

Robotic Technologist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Fulbright Grantee
Germany's Fraunhofer ISE



McDowell Farm School

Second Lieutenant
US Army

Managing Partner
EnVista LLC

February 21, 2018 
Dear alumni and ODK members,

Welcome to our very first alumni newsletter. This biannual message will help you stay connected with the Honors College and Purdue University. 

We aim to keep you informed about college news, share the stories of our incredible students, and offer opportunities for you to continue your involvement in programs that have no doubt impacted your life.

There are plenty of highlights to mention this semester, including a new strategic plan outlining our major goals for the next five years. A group of Honors College faculty and staff worked with an expert consultant for many months to create this visionary document. We believe it will help us become a national exemplar of what honors education should look like and will guide us in our mission to foster outstanding talent for tomorrow's leadership. 

From receiving national recognition for sustainability, to launching a new Mars learning community, and celebrating Purdue's first Marshall Scholarship in 25 years, 2017-18 has been a very exciting time for the Honors College. Please join me in reading about our recent accomplishments and the new endeavors YOU can be a part of.

Good as Gold: Honors College and Residences earns LEED Gold certification
The Honors College believes in high standards and its facilities reflect that. Late last month, the U.S. Green Building Council officially awarded the Honors College and Residences LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification, fulfilling a goal for sustainability that was set during the facility's design.

LEED certification provides third-party confirmation that design and construction practices have exceeded national standards for building performance.

"Honors College and Residences will be durable, efficient, and effective," Honors College Dean Rhonda Phillips said. "We strive to set an example for our students to be global citizens and leaders. This designation speaks volumes about what it means to be a sustainable steward at a public university."

"We are not only are providing comfort for our occupants, but also reducing operating costs," Michael Gulich, director of Purdue Campus Master Planning and Sustainability added.

Honors College and Residences: Built to a Higher Standard
Built to a Higher Standard: The story behind Honors College and Residences
  • The Honors College will save $200,000 annually with HCR's high-efficiency heating/cooling/ventilation
  • HCR is expected to be 40 percent more energy-efficient than Indiana code requirements
  • Efficient shower/faucet fixtures will save nearly 2 million gallons of water per year
  • Purdue saved $3 million during the construction of HCR, by utilizing new building materials and practices
  • The 18-month construction of HCR marked the quickest completion time for a Purdue residence hall.
Never content with 'minimum' standards: Member of inaugural Stamps Scholars cohort chases her dreams, serves her country

To say University Honors Program (UHP) alum  Jene√© Jagoda is ambitious, doesn't do her justice. In addition to serving in the U.S. Air Force, she's about to pursue a master's degree and professional engineer license, and has just earned her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification. 

Jagoda believes her honors education paved the way for those achievements by expanding her global perspectives and training her to aim high.

"I learn much more and receive much greater personal satisfaction by pushing myself to go above and beyond," she explained. "By completing honors contracts in some of my classes, I had the opportunity to apply the civil engineering principles I was learning to topics I was interested in, such as the structural design of San Francisco's golden Gate Bridge, the navigation and function of Britain's canal system, and the iconic architecture of Florence and Rome."

In fact, honors contracting played a key role in her recent PMP certification. To earn the recognition, Jagoda needed 4,500 hours of project management experience. The amount of time seemed daunting at first, as she had less than 2.5 years of work experience. However, Jagoda soon realized projects she had completed for the University Honors Program could help fulfill the requirement. Through honors contracting, she had managed multiple projects from concept to completion before leaving Purdue. 

After graduation, Jagoda commissioned as a civil engineer in the U.S. Air Force. She's currently stationed at RAF Mildenhall, England as the executive officer for the 100th Mission Support Group. That means, she manages the routing, correspondence and tasking for five squadrons: communications, civil engineering, force support, logistics and security forces. Jagoda says her time as a Stamps Scholar has been invaluable in building a skill set she uses daily in Europe.

"The Stamps Foundation changed my life by opening up the world to me," she added." I used my enrichment funds to complete a Maymester program in Italy and a summer term in Australia. Not only did these programs provide me with an opportunity to study international culture and engineering first-hand, they also provided me with the life skills needed to travel confidently and interact with foreign cultures."

It is both humbling and inspiring to read about the incredible accomplishments of my fellow Stamps Scholars, Jagoda says. 

" What a difference one couple, Roe and Penny Stamps, are making in the lives of college students across the nation," she said.
Honors College student earns prestigious international scholarship to continue studies in U.K.

Congratulations to Abby Lemert, Purdue's first Marshall Scholarship recipient in 25 years.  The coveted award is designed to strengthen the relationship between the United States and United Kingdom. 

The Fort Wayne native is a senior majoring in multidisciplinary engineering. She hopes to advance policy-making in cybersecurity, specifically focusing on the use of cyber technology as a means of oppression.

"Emerging internet technologies, social media and big data raise fundamental questions about how we balance national security with an individual's right to privacy," Lemert explained. "In liberal democracies like the U.S. and Great Britain, ideally, we'll begin to answer those questions through open conversations between the public, media, policymakers and tech companies. But in authoritarian regimes around the world, those conversations will never take place. Internet technologies will instead be used for censorship and surveillance of dissidents, minorities, human rights activists, and other vulnerable groups."

Faculty member pens new poetry collection

There is a certain power in simplicity and that strength is evident in Honors College faculty member J. Peter Moore's new collection of poetry, " Zippers and Jeans" (Selva Oscura, 2017). Hoping to pull in readers who don't consider themselves typical poetry lovers, Moore is stripping down verse to its most basic form, presenting an unexpectedly comical journey through heartbreak.

"More than any of my previous work, this collection represents an effort at plainsong," he explained. "I wanted a form that could at once address seriousness, but without devolving into the familiar patterns of elegy. I found deadpan, a mode of joke-telling that uses silence and flat expression to deliver grave truth in a humorous manner."

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Class partners with community organizations to explore Lafayette well-being
Well-being is something of a buzzword these days. Tossed around equally by politicians, heath care workers and college campuses, it's a much-lauded goal with a current of complexity underneath. While research has uncovered elements of well-being that transcend countries and cultures, the term remains highly personal. In fact, the face of wellness can vary drastically across groups and communities.

So, what does it look like locally and why does well-being matter?

Students in Honors College Professor Jason Ware's HONR "Well-Being" course examined the hard-to-define term by forging partnerships with community organizations-and eventually-trusted relationships with the individuals they serve. Less about desk time and more about face-to-face time, it stretched beyond well-being to inject students into the heart of important Lafayette services.

"I learned many things about how research works, the functioning of non-profits, what it means to be a part of a community," student Katie Ceglio said. "We were actually doing these things-conducting research, integrating in the community-rather than reading and talking about them. I could learn directly from my own experiences, which is very unique in higher education."

Learning community to explore 'Mars Alive!'

How do we move beyond the Earth's surface either in reality or in our imaginations? Next fall, the new Honors College Science and Society Learning Community will delve deep into science fact and fiction.

Members of this close-knit community will forge together the humanities and STEM disciplines using Mars as a case study. This interdisciplinary group of students and faculty will explore how imagining, analyzing, and making plans to inhabit the red planet enable us to think about our place in this world and in worlds beyond.

"The idea for this learning community came from a group of students in 'Evolution of Ideas: Utopia' during spring semester 2016," Associate Dean of Research and Creative Endeavors Kristina Bross said. "Their vision was to bring together students from different fields to learn about science and society issues from experts, researchers and one another."

Research suggests learning communities are a fast track to academic success, bringing students together for shared curriculum and extracurricular activities. Students in HCSS-LC: Mars Alive! will live together in Third Street Suites and take two honors classes: "Science Fiction and Fantasy," taught by Bross in the fall and "Life on Mars," taught by two researchers in the  Resilient ExtraTerrestrial Habitats (RETH) group, Professors Antonio Bobet and Shirley Dyke in the spring. 

Thinking Strategically: Goals for the next 5 years 
Here at the Honors College, we champion the cultivation of knowledge and skills. By bringing together high ability students from all areas of study into one intellectual and residential community of scholars, we are creating the next generation of leaders. Our students emerge ready to take on interdisciplinary challenges and examine issues from a variety of perspectives. 

However, we can't do it alone. 

Our new strategic plan, which will serve the college through 2022, highlights the importance of collaboration. As we evolve from the "start-up" phase that marked our first five years of development, we are depending on the active participation of Purdue's disciplinary colleges, their faculty, and their staff. In addition, four primary goals emerged in our planning:
  • Immerse students in interdisciplinary, collaborative learning
  • Inspire them to undertake innovative research, scholarship, and creative activity
  • Provide a climate of diversity and inclusion 
  • Develop a strong sense of community and desire for global engagement

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