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PNW Recognizes Campus Leaders at Annual Founders Day Celebration

March 10, 2022

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) recently recognized several peer-nominated students, faculty, and staff for their leadership and innovation. The awards were announced at PNW’s annual Founders’ Day celebration held at the Westville campus.

PNW’s Founders’ Day event celebrates the anniversary of the founding of the university and reflects the mission and progress of the Metropolitan University’s role in transformative change in Northwest Indiana.

The event also recognizes a new set of candidates each year who have passed on this mission through their academics, scholarships, and community service on campus and in Northwest Indiana.

This year’s Founders Day was part of year-round Roaring Ahead 5.75 activities, commemorating fifth year as Purdue Northwest and 75 years of the university’s two campuses serving the area.

PNW congratulates all honored employees for their years of service and the recipients of outstanding faculty, staff and student awards.

See the Founders’ Day celebration

Three PNW faculty members have received outstanding faculty awards in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and engagement. They are the following:

Outstanding Faculty Award

David Detmer, professor of philosophy — Fellowship

Gokarna R. Aryal, Professor of Statistics — Teaching

Shontrai D. Irving, Clinical Associate Professor of Business Law—Engagement

The PNW staff members who received awards in each of the following categories are:

Best Administrative Leadership Award

Rachel Clapp-Smith, Acting Dean of the College of Business

Nicoleta Tarfulea, chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Michael Bourgeois, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Institutional Effectiveness and Data Strategy

Best Administrative Professional Award

John Bachmann, Grounds and Landscape Manager

Allison Vickers, Academic Advisor at Honors College

Outstanding Office Award

Maria Fuentes, Library Operations Specialist

Sandra Montalvo, Secretary of the Advice Center

Outstanding Service Award

Victor Santiago, PNW Police Sergeant

Beth Stone, caretaker

Two PNW students received awards for their service in the following categories:

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Aneri Patel, fourth-year mechanical engineering major

Outstanding Graduate Student

Oriana White, Master of Business Administration Candidate

Deepa Majumdar, Professor of Philosophy, and Karen Bishop Morris, Associate Professor of English, PNW faculty members, received plaques and medals commemorating their Purdue system-wide Dreamer Awards for their organization of the series of PNW social justice lectures on race, racism and anti-racism. . Purdue’s Dreamer Award recognizes individuals and organizations that advance Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of service and commitment to diversity and inclusion each year.

PNW also posthumously honored Saul Lerner, professor of history, for his 55 years of service to the university. Lerner died in early February at the age of 85. He had served PNW and its students continuously since 1967.