THiNK Magazine

Fall 2019

THiNK Magazine  features stories that explore contemporary issues through the work of Liberal Arts faculty, students, and alumni.

In this issue of THiNK Magazine, we highlight innovative educational opportunities that students enjoy within the College of Liberal Arts, as well as the international scholarship that enriches the careers of many faculty members. Whether they are competing in a national debate tournament, leading affordable housing initiatives in major cities, or developing their own languages, those from the College of Liberal Arts are leaving a distinctive mark upon the world.

Fall 2019 Issue

Global reach

Global reach
Participating in the Fulbright Scholar Program can be a life-changing experience. The College of Liberal Arts ranks among Purdue’s best-represented campus units with numerous Fulbrighters among its faculty.

A faithful partnership

A faithful partnership
Motivated by Pope Francis, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Don Mitchell helped assemble Buddhist-Catholic partnerships that will address the housing crises in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Stating their case

Stating their case
Purdue’s speech and debate team has expanded its focus to compete in multiple events, aiming to build a nationally relevant program that can compete with the nation’s best.

Man Plus Machine

Man + Machine
Three students share excerpts from their archival research papers that feature source material from Purdue’s Neil A. Armstrong Papers to explore the Boilermaker astronaut’s legendary NASA career.

Creating new languages

Creating new languages
Klingon, Dothraki, Mynʐdavo? Students create their own languages in an English course that uses linguistic creations from famous fictional works as a teaching device.

Living the data life

Living the data life
The College of Liberal Arts-connected sections of the Data Mine learning community will pair STEM and liberal arts students, allowing both groups to enjoy the benefits of cross-disciplinary interaction.

Space walking

Space walking
Professor Angelica Duran’s students design “Purdue Space Walks” campus maps, directing visitors to landmarks – like the Voss Model and the shuttlegum trees – that explain the university’s connection to space exploration.

An artistic legacy

An artistic legacy
Influential pottery designer and ceramicist Laura Anne Fry was a notable Purdue faculty member just after the turn of the century. Fry’s great-great-niece, art curator Laura F. Fry, discusses her famous relative’s life and career with English professor Daniel Morris.

Broadening perspectives

Broadening perspectives
With input from numerous international students and an award-winning faculty, the American Studies program incorporates many different viewpoints to examine the United States’ various spheres of influence.

Languages of business

Languages of business
Catering to a growing business industry appetite for multilingual employees, the School of Languages and Cultures offers more than a dozen language courses that serve specialized purposes.

Grading Indiana inclusivity

Grading Indiana inclusivity
Are Indiana’s medium-sized cities developing infrastructures that effectively cater to their growing immigrant populations? Students in a political science course examine the towns’ efforts.

Fanciful footwear

Fanciful footwear
Indiana-born artist Chris Francis has designed custom footwear for celebrities like singer Dolly Parton. Francis will showcase some of his creations in an exhibition at Pao Hall’s Rueff Galleries.

A safe approach

A safe approach
Emily Haas is not just a mining researcher, she has actually completed new miner training herself. This issue’s alumni profile features Haas’ efforts to improve mining industry safety standards.

Murphy Award winner Derek Pacheco

Murphy Award winner Derek Pacheco
English associate professor Derek Pacheco, one of two CLA winners of Purdue’s highest undergraduate teaching honor in 2019, answers five questions about his teaching experiences and influences.

Murphy Award winner Yvonne Pitts

Murphy Award winner Yvonne Pitts
History associate professor Yvonne Pitts, one of two CLA winners of Purdue’s highest undergraduate teaching honor in 2019, shares her thoughts on the teaching profession.

In her own words

In her own words
Holly Okonkwo has studied the experiences of women scientists and technologists in the U.S. and Africa. The assistant professor of anthropology describes what she has observed.

Reaching a broader audience

Reaching a broader audience
The first voice you hear in the trailer for Showtime’s new documentary on boxing champ Sonny Liston belongs to Randy Roberts, a 150th Anniversary Professor and Distinguished Professor of History. Roberts also appears in a new documentary on the Army-Navy football rivalry.

From childhood interest to academic pursuit

From childhood interest to academic pursuit
Pedro Bassoe developed an interest in Japanese culture as a child, oddly enough while making regular trips to Brazil to visit family. That interest evolved into an academic career for the new assistant professor of Japanese language and culture.

Bigger than basketball

Bigger than basketball
Four Purdue students – three of whom are CLA majors – made a banner celebrating Texas guard Andrew Jones’ return from leukemia treatment when the Longhorns played at Mackey Arena on Nov. 9.

Online Exclusives

2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

Robert Heiber

2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni:
Robert Heiber

During a long career in Hollywood, alumnus helped preserve the sound quality of some of the world’s most famous motion pictures.

Karen Korellis Reuther

2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni:
Karen Korellis Reuther

Industrial design graduate has worked as a creative director for two of the world’s best-known athletic brands, Nike and Reebok.

Melvin Lenzy

2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni:
Melvin Lenzy

As a global brand director at Nike, alumnus helps build strategic marketing plans for celebrity athletes like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

Carlos Paulet

2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni:
Carlos Paulet

Business leader and wife honor late daughter’s life through non-profit that brings art and love to children with cancer.

Sally Scholz

2019 CLA Distinguished Alumni:
Sally Scholz

Philosophy Ph.D. recipient has published books on Beauvoir and Rousseau and serves as department chair and professor of philosophy at Villanova University.

2019 Emerging Voice Awards

Emily Haas

2019 CLA Emerging Voice Awards:
Emily Haas

The Brian Lamb School of Communication Ph.D. recipient conducts first-hand research to improve mining safety conditions.

Ryan Heater

2019 CLA Emerging Voice Awards:
Ryan Heater

An executive director with the Indiana Regulatory Commission, Heater already has extensive experience working in state government.

Sarah Kyle

2019 CLA Emerging Voice Awards:
Sarah Kyle

Watching C-SPAN video clips in a Purdue political science course helped inspire Kyle to make a career out of working in Washington D.C.

Man + Machine Research Papers

Read the full-length versions of Sam Conkle, Alex Crick, and Jaehyeok Kim’s research papers featured in the Man + Machine series in the fall issue of THiNK Magazine. The students conducted archival research using Purdue’s Neil A. Armstrong Papers as part of their work in history professor Michael G. Smith’s undergraduate archival research seminar, HIST 395.

The Near Tragedy of Gemini 8

The Near Tragedy of Gemini 8
How Neil Armstrong’s First Space Mission Was Almost His Last - Sam Conkle

Steering Saturn

Steering Saturn
It Took More Than a Calculator to Get Armstrong on the Moon - Alex Crick

Neil Armstrong By the Numbers

Neil Armstrong By the Numbers
Tracing the Small Steps to the Moon - Jaehyeok Kim

The OWL at 25

Way back in 1994, Writing Lab director Mickey Harris simply wanted to be able to distribute writing handouts via email. That’s the origin story for what became Purdue’s Online Writing Lab, better known as the OWL. In the 25 years since Harris’ students first digitized those handouts, the OWL has become one of the world’s best-known online writing resources, drawing millions of annual clicks from across the globe.

OWL history

OWL history
How did the OWL develop a worldwide audience anyway?

OWL future

OWL future
What will online writing instruction look like in the future?

Insider's perspective

Insider’s perspective
Content coordinator Joe Forte shares what it’s like to run the OWL.

OWL stories

OWL stories
OWL contributors share some of their stories about working on the site.

Related Stories

Dragon designers

Dragon designers
This is a capstone project with teeth. Three multidisciplinary engineering students create functioning dragon heads and claws for Purdue Theatre’s spring production of She Kills Monsters.

Purdue Galleries preview

Purdue Galleries preview
Purdue Galleries interim director Erika Kvam discusses the highlights on the 2019-20 exhibit schedule, including AI-driven artwork by Anna Ridler and Iranian artist Amir Fallah’s exploration of the immigrant experience.

Meet artist Anna Ridler

Meet artist Anna Ridler
The British artist’s digitized tulips, featured in a Ringel Galleries exhibition, draw a historical connection between today’s cryptocurrency craze and the 17th century “tulip mania” that swept through Europe.

Gaming with historical context

Gaming with historical context
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey game director Scott Phillips, a 2001 Fine Arts graduate, discusses incorporating real-life figures and events and elements from great works of literature into his video games.

Rich Dionne Q and A

Rich Dionne Q&A
Purdue is increasingly becoming a place that embraces students’ creativity according to Rich Dionne. The clinical associate professor and technical director in the Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance shares what it’s like to work at the intersection of STEM and liberal arts at Purdue.

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